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    Reply to review by 'pinkzeppelincult' on item 'Empire Ears Valkyrie'

    The decay isn't BA speed by any means, but I don't feel like it really lingers that much either. Snappy might be an overstatement, but it's quick enough that I wasn't able to gum it up with anything.
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    Review by 'pinkzeppelincult' on item 'Empire Ears Valkyrie'

    Note: All listening was done through foobar2000 on Windows 10 routed through an iBasso DX200 (Amp 1) functioning as a USB DAC. Presentation: The Valkyrie's signature is subtly but distinctly V-shaped (V for Valkyrie, obviously). The bass and treble are forward of the mids, but they don't drown...
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    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    Well, to get back to EE, do y'all know any DIY repairs I could do on my newly cracked custom Phantom? :triportsad: Like epoxy or something? The shell is solidly in one piece, just with a nasty fissure. I'd rather not drop $300 on a reshell if I can avoid it without damaging the internals or the fit.
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    CIEM Crack Repair

    I have a custom Empire Ears Phantom that recently developed some large cracks but is still solidly in one piece. Could I repair this with ABS adhesive or something similar? Or could that potentially damage the internals/ruin the fit? I don't care too much about the aesthetics.
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    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    Ah, I misunderstood. Certainly throwing significant money at something you haven't evaluated properly is foolish, hence my endorsement of auditions. But, while I think measurements can be as useful as human reviews, it's difficult for me to see them being any more useful, for the same reasons...
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    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    Provided your ears and brain are identical to the model and software used to make the measurements…. Besides, the point is that a purchase that makes someone happy isn't frivolous regardless of whether it "should" make a difference.
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    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    All good points. More generally, especially for newcomers, I think it's very important to audition any audio equipment you're interested in at a price point you're not comfortable potentially dropping for nothing. Find your way to a CanJam, audio store, or local meet; or request a demo unit from...
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    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    This is totally fair. If you can't hear the difference, lucky you, really. But if you can hear the difference, whether or not it's "really" there doesn't matter; what matters is finding what gives you the best experience in your budget. It's the same with any art form: some people think Pollack...
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    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    The problem is that "good" is a misdirection. Audio experiences are subjective. If somebody is convinced they hear a difference, that's effectively the same as "actually" hearing it; and, not everybody likes what "objectively perfect" reproduction sounds like. As far as files go, try a <128kbps...
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    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    Many thanks to everyone for the kind words and suggestions! I'll be sure to give what I can from above a listen. :) I think this is important to keep in mind. Whenever I read a review I start with the comparisons because they're so much more reliable than the standalone impressions, which I...
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    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    I just spent nearly 12 hours auditioning the Phantom with the EA Leonidas II, Thor II 8-Wire, Eros II 8-Wire, and Cleopatra. Some quick 'n' dirty impressions as compared to the Ares II 8-Wire: - The Leonidas II is a weird pairing. Its fundamentals—separation, imaging, detail retrieval...
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    CanJam London 2019 Impressions thread

    Can anybody speak to the M11Pro as compared to the DX200/220? Mainly on sound but also Android performance?
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    HIFIMAN TWS600 Loaner Tour

    Put me down as interested! I'm usually in Santa Fe, NM but may be in Seattle, WA depending on my position in the tour. I'm intrigued by Bluetooth developing into a legitimate audiophile technology given its inherent portability and convenience, and if these sound good and function well (that...
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    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    Does anybody know if there are plans for a Wraith and/or Valkyrie tour? Always excited to hear new stuff from EE and CanJam Denver seems to have been nixed this year :triportsad:
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