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  1. TomKorn

    Reply to review by 'TomKorn' on item 'Empire Ears Bravado MKII (2021)'

    With Conductor 3XR there is some background noise floor as the low gain still has too much power. This amp /dac is not made for in ears though. On the Soloist 3XP no or very little noise in balanced using a 2.5mm to 4 pin XLR adapter. On all devices no hiss though.
  2. TomKorn

    Reply to review by 'TomKorn' on item 'Empire Ears Bravado MKII (2021)'

    Those don't need a lot of power. They are easy to drive. In my experience, balanced will give you better sound anyways, so I always go balanced.
  3. TomKorn

    Review by 'TomKorn' on item 'Empire Ears ESR MKII (2021)'

    Intro Empire Ears (EE) are opening 2021 with some new and exciting products. One of them is the ESR MKII, the next iteration of their ESR (“Empire Studio Reference”) in-ear studio monitor. At a retail price of $1099, it sits somewhere in the middle of their studio-collection. This is a markup...
  4. TomKorn

    Review by 'TomKorn' on item 'Empire Ears Bravado MKII (2021)'

    Intro Empire Ears are opening 2021 with some new and exciting products. One of them is the BRAVADO MKII, the next iteration of their best-selling IEM. At a retail price of $799, it marks the starting point of their entire collection. This is a markup of $100 over its predecessor. The reason...
  5. TomKorn

    Review by 'TomKorn' on item 'Empire Ears Valkyrie MKII (2021)'

    Intro Meet the latest entry in Empire Ears (EE) broad range of in-ear monitors (IEMs), the VALKYRIE MKII. At a retail price of $1599, it sits somewhere in the upper midrange of their offerings. The VALKYRIE MKII belongs to EE’s X Series which is mainly targeted at consumers rather than...
  6. TomKorn

    Review by 'TomKorn' on item 'Shozy Black Hole'

    Intro (Cable taken from Shozy Form 1.4) Black Hole (BH) is the latest in-ear monitor from Shozy. This rather unusual earphone was co-engineered with KOOK™ Electro-Acoustic Engineering Lab (USA). It features a single 10mm dynamic driver, has a semi-open-back design and comes in at $799. Shozy...
  7. TomKorn

    Review by 'TomKorn' on item 'Empire Ears HERO'

    Intro Meet the latest entry in Empire Ears (EE) broad range of in-ear monitors (IEMs), the Hero. At a retail price of $1349, it sits somewhere in the middle of their offerings. The HERO belongs to EE’s X Series which is, as far as I understand, mainly targeted at consumers rather than...
  8. TomKorn

    Review by 'TomKorn' on item 'Empire Ears ODIN'

    Intro Meet the Odin, Empire Ears (EE) latest top-of-the-line (totl) in-ear monitor. At a retail price of $3390, it is currently their most expensive offering. The Odin features a crazy 11 drivers per unit including not one but two next-gen Weapon 9+ subwoofers. The Odin marks the top end of...
  9. TomKorn

    Reply to review by 'TomKorn' on item 'Empire Ears Phantom'

    Thanks a lot for the review. Just ordered a pair of Phantoms and anxious whether I will like it. I prefer to get all the emotion out of the music rather than dissecting it. I mainly listen to classic/orchestra soundtracks, vocal/guitar centric music and unplugged stuff. I want to feel the...
  10. TomKorn

    Reply to review by 'TomKorn' on item 'Empire Ears Phantom'

    Thanks for the extensive review. I just ordered the phantom but the mixed reviews make me quite anxious as to whether I will like it. I have the SP1000M as DAP and also a silver /copper hybrid cable to spare. My current IEMs are the Shozy Pola39.
  11. TomKorn

    Review by 'TomKorn' on item 'Miter case for Astell & Kern KANN'

    Introduction After a previous review of the Miter case for FiiO X7 MKII (https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/miter-standing-case-for-fiio-x7-mkii.22841/), I am back with yet another Miter case review. This time I was looking for a case for my new Astell & Kern KANN player. Again, there are not...
  12. Miter case for Astell & Kern KANN

    Miter case for Astell & Kern KANN

  13. TomKorn

    Review by 'TomKorn' on item 'MITER Standing case for FiiO X7 MKII'

    MITER Standing case for FiiO X7 MKII http://miter.co.kr Price: around 30 US$ on Amazon Introduction After doing a review for the new FiiO X7 MKII here on Head-Fi, I was asked by Joey Lee of South Korea based company MITER if I could do a review of a protection case for named FiiO DAP that...
  14. MITER Standing case for FiiO X7 MKII

    MITER Standing case for FiiO X7 MKII

    MITER Standing case for FiiO X7 MKII
  15. TomKorn

    Review by 'TomKorn' on item 'FiiO X7 Mark II Smart Hi-Res Music Player'

    “Left-hand goosebumps” Retail price in Switzerland 699, - Swiss Francs which is 100 Francs more than the old model. Accessories in the box X7 MK II Player transparent soft plastic (silicone?) case faux black leather case with red stitching an (oddly large) screwdriver for switching...
  16. TomKorn

    Comment by 'TomKorn' in item 'FiiO X7 Mark II Smart Hi-Res Music Player'

    Where did you buy the x7 mkii? I thought it would be released on September 15th???
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