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  1. Price Drop! Empire Ears Zeus XR Universal

    Looking to sell my rare original (non-Massdrop) Empire Ears Zeus XR Universals! $400 OBO. The right earpiece is in pristine condition. The left shell and faceplate are severely cracked, but the XR switch is still connected and functional, and the sound reproduction is unaffected. EE quoted me...
  2. pinkzeppelincult

    JH Audio Layla Impressions Thread

    What and where is this loaner program you speak of…?
  3. pinkzeppelincult

    US Head-Fi Tour: VISION EARS ELYSIUM vs. VE8 vs. ERLKöNIG TOTL CIEM Tour - Starting November 2019

    I live in Annapolis, MD and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I already have emailed my required ID verification documentation to BillB@audiotiers.com.
  4. pinkzeppelincult

    JH Audio Layla Impressions Thread

    I still don't understand why anybody wouldn't just get a custom though. Even 20% off the AION is more expensive. And if the sound is the same, why wouldn't you just go for a perfect fit that can also be personalized and can't be effectively stolen?
  5. pinkzeppelincult

    JH Audio Layla Impressions Thread

    Why exactly is an improved universal fit, supposedly with the same sound, worth nearly $800 more than a custom fit? Are three extra pins that important?
  6. pinkzeppelincult

    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    Indeed. Consistently among the most pleasant and professional people I've interacted with :)
  7. pinkzeppelincult

    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    I'm not sure I understand. This assumption seems to take for granted that cables meaningfully affect the sound, but also that there's only one cable that synergizes with any given IEM for all potential listeners (and that the manufacturer correctly identifies it every time). How do those coincide?
  8. pinkzeppelincult

    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    Abalone faceplate? If so, EE really needs to step up the previews in their designer….
  9. pinkzeppelincult

    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    It's not so much a matter of making it sound good as it is tweaking the presentation to your precise taste. I greatly enjoy both the Phantom and the Zeus with their standard cables. I'd say they both sound excellent as-is. One of my all-time favorite monitors—the InEar ProPhile 8—is mightily...
  10. pinkzeppelincult

    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    I can't speak on the Legend X specifically, but I can say that cables make a surprising amount of difference, given they're essentially just better or worse conductors (as far as I'm aware). In my experience, they can be as significant or even more so than the difference between similarly priced...
  11. pinkzeppelincult

    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    This is the problem. You can't have it both ways. "Boomy," "anemic," and "like being stuck in a fishbowl full of soup" are all good descriptive words/phrases. They're unique and do a good job of communicating specific and complex characteristics of the sound. However, you're absolutely right...
  12. pinkzeppelincult

    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    I agree that comparisons are critical to an informative review, but I think Deezel's earlier comment that genres can be a tool but not a catch-all applies just as well to naming individual tracks. Usually when people list the music they used, it's nothing I've ever listened to or even heard of...
  13. pinkzeppelincult

    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    How is "anemic" any more of a value judgment than "excellent," "wonderful," or "well balanced"? Besides, KuroKitso's point seemed much more that EE didn't take the Zeus's feedback—which consistently criticized the bass quantity—well enough into account when deciding to market the Wraith as a...
  14. pinkzeppelincult

    Reply to review by 'pinkzeppelincult' on item 'Custom Art FIBAE 7'

    Solid review! Any chance you can do a more detailed comparison with the Zeus? I love the latter for the most part but I've always wished it had a better bass extension and less mid-bass bias. Would the 7 do the trick?
  15. pinkzeppelincult

    Introducing CL2 Planar (Impressions Thread)

    I second this. I had this impression when I first heard the CL2 at RMAF this year and had it confirmed on the review tour. The copper cable provides a significant improvement in balance and timbre. It's not my favorite IEM either way, but with the SPC it's borderline unlistenable as far as I'm...
  16. pinkzeppelincult

    Empire Ears Bravado and ESR Tour

    Bravado review is up! My apologies for the delay. Check it out here: https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/empire-ears-bravado.23202/reviews#review-21195 As far as the ESR goes, the imaging is easily the best I've ever heard. Its treble is pretty prominent, which combined with EE's technical...
  17. pinkzeppelincult

    Announcing CTM's Da Vinci Series Review Tour

    US reviewer here. My most recent review, of the Empire Ears Phantom, may be found here: https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/empire-ears-phantom.23164/reviews#review-20712 And here is another, of the InEar ProPhile 8S: https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/inear-prophile-8.22064/reviews#review-20391...
  18. pinkzeppelincult

    Review by 'pinkzeppelincult' on item 'Empire Ears Phantom'

    Disclaimer: I purchased the Phantom full-price from Empire Ears for my own enjoyment and under no obligations. While EE did request this review in exchange for another consideration (shoutout to Jack and Devon for their excellent customer service!), I was already half done with it at that point...
  19. pinkzeppelincult

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

    Excellent review! Do you have any suggestions for the cables you recommend that elevate the sub-bass without messing with the rest of the signature?
  20. pinkzeppelincult

    New Member Introductions thread

    To whom it may concern, I'm not a robot/spammer. Also I like music.
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