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Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

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  1. ranfan
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2018
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  2. Mimouille
    Who goes away from head-fi for 3 days?! Do you have life or something? You know it is not recommended
    Dellwolf, ranfan, Kerouac and 7 others like this.
  3. twister6 Contributor
    ... unless if you go away for a few days to spend your time in FB audio groups :D
    flinkenick, Wyville, Blommen and 2 others like this.
  4. Deezel177
    The Singapore EE event is mere hours away. It won't take much longer. :)
  5. LouisArmstrong
    In terms of clarity can they beat Tia Fourte?
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  6. Rin1990
    Here we go.

    Let's see if there's a direct comparison for this eventually.

    Legend X and Phantom vs Tia Fourte, anyone? :D
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
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  7. bvng3540

    Legend X vs Fourte - Finally, we have a soundstage expansion match, with both having nearly the same width and depth. Sub-bass extension and mid-bass slam is noticeably bigger in LX, while Fourte has a more neutral sub-bass and slimmer and faster mid-bass. Both have a similarly tuned lower mids, south of neutral, and from there going up the difference is again quite noticeable where Fourte upper mids and treble are a lot brighter, more revealing, more micro detailed, while LX is smoother and more natural in tonality, with a lot less crunch and airiness. LX and Fourte have a very different tuning, but I know many will be curious if there are any similarities, which I didn't find.
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  8. Rin1990
    Ah, great find.

    I should re-read that review.
  9. singleended5863
    What is about the comparison between tia fourte and Phantom?
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  10. Lucif6r6th
    Singapore EE event in 2hrs. There will be jomo and vision ears on display too :imp:
  11. Wyville
    Very cynical, but I get your sentiment. Don't forget however that people are here to just have a little fun and one of the most fun things about buying new IEMs is looking at all the options and talking about them. Even buying the "flavour of the month" can be really fun for those who have the money to do it. I don't see anything there that is particularly worrying, at least not given the type of world we live in.

    That said, for me personally the Phantom are definitely not the "flavour of the month". As much as I like to hear everything and know all too well the (biological) advantages of switching between signatures, the Phantom meet very specific criteria that I have been working on for over a year. So in my case the silliness (and I happily admit to being silly) sits on a much more serious foundation.

    Just to illustrate two ways the cynicism is not always warranted (but I still understand it :wink: ).
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
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  12. PinkyPowers
    olddude is probably feeling a little bit of a sting because he just bought EE's most celebrated IEM, and now it's yesterday's news.

    But of course, IEMs are not like CPUs. They don't fall to obsolescence. What sounded great yesterday continues to sound great today. More than that, Zeus is still the flagship of the Olympus line.

    The hype train may have moved on, olddude, but I know you'll continue to love Zeus for a long, long time.

    PS. I don't use hype as a negative here. I am hyped for Legend X. :D
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  13. subguy812
    Call me cynic #2...there is a broader world out there than just IEM's and headphones. Since this is the site we are on we can focus on those items. I see you joined the site a little over a year ago and am not sure how long you have actually been into the hobby, I looked at your profile to gauge. Consumer electronics is a constant ebb and flow of new gear as is this case with new car models, cellphones and IEM's it is the normal lifecycle. It doesn't mean there aren't items that have a greater staying power than others or others that have become classics, HD650 for example. I for one do hope you finally find something that works for you, and maybe the Phantom will be it. Olddude can fight his own battle but being a realist sometimes does cross the path of cynicism and other times not. I am excited to hear the new releases, like a child at Christmas, and I also love Empire Ears and have a great relationship with that company. It is easy to forget when you are involved in a website that this is only one small cross section of the world of audio and not every consumer visits or knows about this site, it is an audiophile site. An while someone may have have a different take or doesn't drink the same Kool-Aid as you they shouldn't be labeled "very cynical". Your flavor of the month may not be the next guy's.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
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  14. subguy812
    Why would he feel the sting Pinky, he loves his purchase? While I agree if it sounds great now it will sound great tomorrow, technology changes and human nature wants the latest and greatest.
  15. ezekiel77
    A few select flavours of the month, will eventually turn out to be a benchmark others compare to. Zeus is already there now.

    And fewer still will attain legend status, thought of fondly even years after its release, no matter the tier. EX-1000, TripleFi 10, GR07, friggin' SE5U. Companies will make new IEMs inspired by their tuning, and hoping to improve on them. Zeus is too new for that, but you never know down the line if it has that something special to stand the test of time.

    Coming back to the new IEMs, Phantom has gotta be conceived to out-SE5U SE5U! Who isn't pumped for that?!
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