ZMF Compendium

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  1. RatSalad

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    Not me I'm a cheap bastard, paying full price now reminds me every future sale. Hopefully b-stock Aeolus soon would be nice.
     
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    YMO it's not drinking alone if you're on Zoom

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    Had anyone put @zach915m Co-Pilot Pad onto their ZMFs?

    While I'm waiting on my Co-Pilot Pad to be shipped out with the Bocote headphone stand, doesn't matter how much I bend the crap out of the headband, it still hurts like a mofo on my head after watching Zach's headbanding video too many times, lol. To me it is how hard the metal band that's inside the default headband that hurts my head. I hope the Co-Pilot Pad just get the metal band off my head (and only use the two big pads that's inside the Co-Pilot Pad).

    So in the meanwhile I went fully nutjob on a temp solution. I first wrap a small towel around the headband. Then I wrapped a not-used pillow case around the headband. Comfort is better, not perfect still makes my head hurt a bit, but it has improved the wearing on my Auteurs on my head. Downside is I look weird on them. ;)

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    Have you tried the Suede strap? I had major discomfort with the reg leather strap and Zach sent me out suede strap cause it is thicker and it really helped my comfort levels. I also have a regular pilot pad and thats fine, but a bit too thick, i have a big head. Your solution looks good though!
     
  4. YMO

    YMO it's not drinking alone if you're on Zoom

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    Nope, because I was like screw it the issue is with the metal band that is inside the headband itself. Might as well go Co-Pilot and solve the comfort issue once and for all.

    If the Co-Pilot Pad is da shit, then I should had gotten one when I had my Eikon. Now that was pretty heavy for my head.
     
  5. Taverius

    Taverius Smells like sausages

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    I've used the Pilot with my Ironwood VC or months, and the co-pilot for a week now.

    Its good. I prefer the co-pilot, but not enough to buy 5 more to replace my normal pilot pads; they're equally comfortable, but the Pilot eats headband adjustment, since its not a shaped cushion it has to be extra thicc.

    I mean, it's a padded, way more durable, universal hd6xx-style headband cushion. Of corse it's good.
     
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  6. zach915m

    zach915m MOT: ZMF Headphones

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    Yeah so - if the steel band wrapped in leather piece is hitting your head and the leather band isn't providing any suspension, then you'd likely prefer the suede strap or one of the pilot pads. The closest equation I've been able to find is that people with 7 and 1/4 hat size or smaller would probably be best suited with the suede strap or Co pilot pad. Maybe I just have a big forehead, but I prefer the lambskin strap.
     
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    Good to know. My Co-Pilot should arrive Monday, and I can't wait. I'm glad you allow people to adjust their headbands with simple solutions.
     
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    Thats really interesting actually. I must be wearing the headphones completely wrong cause my hat size is like 7 3/4, I am on the largest size the headphones can go (past the last notch so its partly up the rod until it gets stuck from rod getting thicker) and I still needed the suede due to hot spot issues with the leather strap

    Edit: All the comfort issues are better now with the suede strap, just thought it was interesting you found its mainly for the ones with much smaller heads than mine
     
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    I have a pilot pad on my Auteurs and a Co-pilot on my eikons - I much prefer the co-pilot and am trying to decide if it's worth buying another one and selling off the pilot.

    FWIW, no matter how much I bent and played with them, I could never get the straps comfortable for long sessions (dumbo head here - 7.5-7.75, so I'm also opposite the comment that straps are better on larger noggins)
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    It's not the size of your noggin, it's the shape.

    I'm medium-large but a pronounced Klingon ridge means zmf straps are only comfortable if I give the headband a pronounced crease in the middle - makes the strap load the side of my head too instead of just the crown - but with my all-brass Ironwood VC, which is heavy enough it probably violates workplace safety regulations whether I pick it up, only a pad will do.

    I wore atticus/auteur hours per day for over 2 years with just the leather strap, but when I bought the pad for the VC I bought one for each, because I'm worth it *tosses luxurious quarantine hair*
     
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    So I didn't get my Co-Pilot pad + my ZMF headphone stand until today. I need to set up the headphone stand, but I really, really wanted to get the Co-Pilot pad to solve the comfort issue once and for all.

    On my end with the default headphone band the comfort was a 3 out of 10. With my lamo-o simple mod, comfort went up to 4 out of 10. With the Co-Pilot pad the comfort went up to 8 out of 10. Big improvement.

    No, on my end the Auteurs still have weight on my head. No, the comfort while it went up big time still cause a minor feel/pressure on my head. However, that could be the headband that I still need to do some adjustments to get it just right. Installation is super easy, took me about ten minutes. You can keep the default leather strap on, but I just took it off and just install the Co-Pilot pad.

    If you really want to improve the comfort on your ZMF, please consider the Co-Pilot pad as a possible solution. At this time I think I'm half way there on headphone adjustment on the headband, but SO MUCH IMPROVEMENT ALREADY. Honestly, if I couldn't solve the headband issue then I would had sold the Auteurs. Now I don't have that problem anymore. Now I just need to hear someone's Vérité Open to see if this is something I would like, because that W-Sound is kind of scaring me off.....

    Look how happy I look now!

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