Theres a lot of guys out there making their own headphones. People like ZMF, Rosson, Mr Speakers, Audeze who else?
Thing is not only are they making their own headphones but they seem to be making the best headphones around. How are they doing that without all the R&D and big company resources? I always thought the best headphones would come from the latest technology these companies develop.
The real R&D cost is going to be in the driver design.
I don’t know where ZMF source their drivers.
I would think the difference now is if you could spec the driver you could get smaller production runs at not insane prices, from one of the Chinese manufacturers.
Where I think people like Zach at ZMF succeed in making high quality components, is it’s more than just a job, and he has a vision for what he’s trying to deliver, and people seem to want it.
If you look around Alibaba you can find lots of drivers, cups, pads and everything else you’d need to put together a set. Really that’s just an advanced form of modding.
But if the question is about small indie headphone manufacturers with a founder/owner who has creativity and vision, Rosson Audio, Dan Clarke Audio (formerly Mr. Speakers)and of course ZMF come to mind.
wow wow wow, wth? check out alibaba! theres tons of headphone stuff here. my god, this is how their doing it.
Someone could make their own headphones and sell it from parts off this site. theres headphone dynamic and planar drivers here. tons of them. I wonder if this is how Sendy did it with the Aiva. and got copied by Blon and Monoprice. Some company selling their latest planar drivers in bulk somewhere.