ZMF Headphones Vérité
The mastery of beryllium as a driver material in the Vérité underlined ZMF Headphones' credentials as an elite headphone manufacturer.
With the advantages of one of audio's most coveted materials at hand, ZMF set out to build a statement flagship with all the speed, transparency, scale and dynamics in the world. Reference lovers, rejoice!
Its driver starts with a sandwich driver core of softer plastic PEN for effective damping at higher frequencies, this surface being coated with beryllium for the metal's stiffness, lightness and air acceleration properties.
That means Vérité's driver moves as a perfect piston over all frequencies up to and above its working range, keeping distortion down due to cone and modal break-up.
Audiophile Style compared the open version against its closed brethren, publishing a comprehensive study complete with measurements to conclude "they're as good as anything on the market today" and what "ZMF have achieved with the Vérité is truly remarkable ... whether ZMF wanted to create a headphone that could comfortably go head-to-head with Focal's Utopia, he succeeded".
Stereophile's Herb Reichert says the "Vérités come closer to [Sony's] MDR-R10s in basic sonic character than any other headphones I've auditioned ... may even exceed Sony's cult classics in their illusion of speed and transparency".