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Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

  1. mr.karmalicious
    would legit love to see double blind of, say, the Apple USB C dongle vs. Chord Mojo or iFi Micro iDSD Black Label. I'd very much like to see it, in fact...
  2. Barra
    Love @crinacle 's writeup. I am guilty of breaking all his rules as we seem to be lacking an appropriate vocabulary as audiophiles to describe the quality results of audiophile equipment. None of these terms are very useful or align with reviews so why bother. IMO, it is the implementation of the underlying electronics which is undescribable in typical technical rating terms. When trying to break from these limited terms, we keep getting pulled back by "Experts" to these same electrical engineering terms that seem very irrelevant to what we are hearing. The best I can do is describe "sweet spots" where these items sound there best individually or paired together to maximize SQ in my opinion. For example, the Legend X sounds wonderful but goes to extraordinary when the volume is turned up on my X/WM1a paring. Across all sources, the X SQ is IMO at its best when turned up to higher volumes than I typically listen. This is not really a power discussion but an optimized volume sweet spot discussion. But you can see how it gets pulled back to power. Now pairing it with my 1950 cable, somehow that required volume for maximum SQ IMO goes down to more comfortable levels while detail goes through the roof. Pairing? Power? or optimized sweet spots? I don't know how to describe it, but it is real for me. :)
  3. cr3ativ3
    it is .. i tried the LX with my iphone .. and the phone alone cant even drive them loud enough....to reach that "spot" :)
  4. CrocodileDundee
    I could notice between Galaxy S10, Iphone Dongle and AK SE100 using my A12t and LX. But IF I never heard my SE100 I would probable be happy with the Galaxy S10 (as I still use it sometimes when don't want to carry a DAP).
    cr3ativ3 likes this.
  5. CANiSLAYu
    Not sure if this is invitation only, but I got an e-mail today from Drop with a link to the Massdrop x Empire Ears Zeus with $250. Valid until 10/1. Might prompt some folks who were considering it to pull the triger.
    mr.karmalicious likes this.
  6. singleended5863
    Really! That is never happened.
  7. CrocodileDundee
    Got that email too. For 750 it is actually a really good deal and hard to beat if you're looking for a neutral sound.
    mr.karmalicious likes this.
  8. olddude
    For a grand it's a really good deal. For $750 it's a what are you waiting for?
  9. CrocodileDundee
    Don't like that shell colour/shape. :)

    Edit: give an Zeus with the onix black colour/shape of the LX and I will throw my money at you blind folded. :)
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2019
  10. Wyville
    Just my experience, but when I had Legend X over I found myself turning up the volume simply to get the full joy out of that bass, but when I switched cables (X6 Tri-Copper) I got that at a slightly lower volume. I have that more often. When there is one aspect of the signature I really like, I will try to accentuate that part. Has nothing to do with power or anything like that, just me wanting to focus on that one aspect. I love good bass, so when bass is a good quality but tuned too politely (not talking about Legend X here, btw :wink: ), I sometimes find myself raising the volume even though it might push it to fatiguing levels. Changing the pairing (or using EQ) in such a way that the one aspect of the signature gets accentuated, helps to avoid the need to push the volume.
    Wes S likes this.
  11. duaned
    I ended up returning the Valkyrie. It just didn't have the impact I was hoping for, and combined with a lot of treble became a turn-off to me.
  12. proedros

    so wait , Zeus for just 750$ ? link ?

    man , what a BARGAIN.....
  13. CrocodileDundee
    That's what you heard. Just head to drop.com
    proedros likes this.
  14. proedros
    well i already have a custom Zeus XR so i am covered , but for those looking for a neutral-ish beast of imaging/transparency - at that price this is a 'get my money' 100% thing

    wow. just wow.
  15. mwhals
    When I go to drop.com, it still shows as $1,000. Maybe there is a coupon code to get it for $250 off?

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