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US Head-Fi Tour: Empire Ears Wraith vs. Valkyrie TOTL CIEM Tour - Starting October 2019

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  1. Barra
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    https://empireears.com/

    I can say with confidence, that the majority of portable gear/CIEM loving Head-Fiers have been eagerly following the new impressions of Empire Ear's new Wraith and Valkyrie models. I said the same thing last year with the Phantom and the Legend X who's tour is still going due to high demand. This time Empire Ears has set a new standard by adding electrostatic drivers to the mix. For those that have been lucky enough to try them, again, we are hearing glowing reviews. I DEFINATELY WANT TO HERE THEM!!!

    How would you...those lucky enough to be in the US...like to hear them for yourselves?

    Full Reviewers First Tour
    As these are new models in need of reviews, EE requested to allow those that promise to do a full review to go first. A full review requires posting in the HeadFi review section or an audiophile review site or both. Those that wish to demo only or do simple impressions still get their chance to audition the CIEMs, but after the reviewers go first.

    If you intend on reviewing, please note this in your participation request to be moved to the front of the line.

    US TOTL CIEM Tour, Featuring
    • Wraith: with UPOCC 26AWG Handcrafted Cable by Effect Audio ($3,499.00)
      https://empireears.com/collections/ep-series/products/wraith-universal
      • 4 Electrostatic Drivers
      • 7 Proprietary Empire Balanced Armature Drivers
      • 2 Low, 3 Mid, 2 High, 4 Super-High
      • EIVEC - Empire Intelligent Variable Electrostatic Control
      • 5-Way synX Crossover Network
      • A.R.C. Resonance Mitigation Technology
      • Impedance: 4 ohms @ 1kHz
      • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 100kHz
      • Sensitivity 117dB @ 1kHz, 1mW
    • Valkyrie: with UPOCC 26AWG Handcrafted Cable by Effect Audio ($1,599.00)
      https://empireears.com/collections/x-line/products/valkyrie-universal
      • 3 Proprietary Drivers, Tribrid Design
      • 1 W9 Subwoofer, 1 Mid, 1 EST High
      • EIVEC - Empire Intelligent Variable Electrostatic Control
      • 4-Way synX Crossover System
      • A.R.C. Resonance Mitigation Technology
      • Impedance: 3 ohms @ 1kHz
      • Frequency Response: 4 Hz - 100kHz
      • Sensitivity: 96dB @ 1kHz, 1mW
    Tour Kit Pictures

     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2019
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    Tour Participation Rules and Responsibilities
    The participant list is organized logistically to minimize shipping costs starting from the West and moving toward the East Coast. The tour will begin with the first in the list for a 7-day audition. Thereafter participants will be responsible to deliver or ship the demo kit to the next participant in the list.

    Participant Qualifications
    To be eligible for the tour, all participants need to provide four types of contact information to verify identity and shipping address:
    1. State-Issued Photo ID: We need a picture of your driver's license or other qualified ID with photo and that reflects your home/shipping address.
    2. Phone Bill: We need to verify your phone number and address with a photo of a current phone bill showing your name, phone number, and address which matches your ID.
    3. Email Address: We will be managing the tours through email which requires an email that you can respond to within 24 hours.
    4. Backup Contact Info (Choose One of the Two):
      1. Employer: Name, Address, and Phone - or
      2. Relative: Name, Address, and Phone
    This information must be emailed to billb@ClearDiff.com before your name will be added to the participant list.

    Prequalification: If you have already provided this information to join one of my other tours, you are good for one year prequalifying for my other tours. However, if it has been on file for over a year, you will need to resubmit to remain current.

    Qualification Exemptions (thru @BulldogXTRM): If you wish to join the tour, but cannot provide this information - you can contact Mike Brunner (@BulldogXTRM ) at bulldogxtrm@gmail.com with options for equivalent verification options that work for you to receive an exception. Please cc billb@cleardiff.com to keep me in the loop as we work through this exception process. Our goal is to keep you on the tour so we will work with you to make it happen, but we need a way to verify the shipping address and phone number.

    Information Security
    : All personal information will be safeguarded by @Barra and will be deleted by request after the tour or by withdrawing from the tour. The information is stored on my personal computer is will not be shared with anyone other than to provide your contact/shipping information to the participant before you so that they can ship the kit your direction. When needed, you will be introduced in an email. Retained information is good for a year to join additional tours hosted by @Barra.

    Individual Responsibilities
    Participants must understand and agree to these responsibilities listed below as well as take them seriously. Those that do not follow through with the agreed-upon responsibilities will be blacklisted from all future tours. Please do not sign up for the tour if you feel there is any reason that you cannot live up to this commitment.
    • Communicate: Those in the tour will be expected to be reasonably available to communicate in tour proceedings. Phone, PMs, and email should be responded to within 24 hours maximum. Failure to do so may negate your eligibility and potentially blacklist you from future tours.
    • Protect: Participants are responsible for the value of the kit while in their care and will be expected to reimburse the manufacturer for any losses due to participant negligence. The kits should be handled with care and protected from theft. Each participant is responsible for the kit from signed receipt to signed receipt. While the manufacturer accepts responsibility in the case of shipper losses if you ship signature required, participants are still responsible for managing the shipper loss process to its conclusion until the proceedings are concluded. Providing tracking information and following the rules is critical in determining where your responsibility stops.
    • Follow the Rules: Each participant is expected to follow the rules listed below exactly:
      • At Receipt of Tour Kit: We need to know that the tour kit was received immediately to release the last participant from responsibility.
        • Confirm Receipt within 24 Hours: Please confirm receipt on the existing email thread with myself and the sender within 24 hours so both myself and the previous party knows that the transfer is complete.
        • PM Next 2 Participants: Please PM the next two participants in the participant's list (POST 3) to provide a backup in case the next participant is unavailable. Priority goes to the tour order as long as they reply within 24 to 48 hours.
        • Next Participant Email Confirmation: Please have the next participant email you and cc me at billb@cleardiff.com to confirm readiness. Please request their full name, mailing address, and phone number for the shipper.
        • Verification: Please wait to ship until I verify the shipping address by responding to that email that we are good to go.
        • Visibility: Please always respond to emails “Reply All” so that I have visibility into the shipping process.
        • Be Ready to Ship on Day 8: It is also your responsibility to ensure that you have shipped the kit to the next participant on the 8th day, so please be diligent in contacting and communicating with the next participant. Please never send a kit to a participant that has not responded even if you have their address from a prior tour.
        • Communicate Problems/Issues: If needed, you can always reach me directly at my email me at billb@cleardiff.com.
      • Impressions/Review (Optional): While optional, to keep things interesting on the tour, any impressions or insight that you can post in the thread would be greatly appreciated. Full reviews are even more appreciated.
      • Ship on Day 8:
        • Verified Recipient: It is your responsibility to verify the recipient's readiness and their address with me before shipping. If you sense any issues, please contact me before shipping.
        • Verified Address: It is important to make sure that you only mail to the verified address unless the two of you get an exception from me first.
        • Signature Required: You must ship signature required (or insured) to avoid the responsibility of shipper mishaps. The manufacturer will assume responsibility if you follow the rules.
        • Shipper Confirmation #: You must provide the recipient and me with the confirmation number by email within 24 hours of shipping. This will allow us to follow the progress and for the recipient to plan the receipt of the package since a signature is required.
      • Responsibility Ends on Signed Receipt: Your responsibility ends when the shipper posts a signed receipt from the recipient.
    Tour Signup
    This is an open tour which we expect to support all requests to participate. To make this possible, we are requiring complete contact info upfront. So, to sign up for this tour you will need to do two things:
    1. Post: Please post your name, city, and state only – no personal address in the public forum – and then declare that you agree to follow the terms of the tour.

      Example Signup Post: From Barra: I live in Anthem, AZ and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour.
    2. Email: Please email your complete contact info as detailed below to my personal email - billb@cleardiff.com:
      • Head-Fi Name: Please remember to include your Head-Fi alias so that I can match your email to your Head-Fi identity.
      • Subject Line Format: HeadFi Name - Your Name
      • Contact Info:
        • State-Issued Photo ID: We need a picture of your driver's license or other qualified ID with photo and that reflects your home/shipping address.
        • Phone Bill: We need to verify your phone number and address with a photo of a current phone bill showing your phone number and address which matches your ID.
        • Email Address: We will be managing the tours through email which requires an email that you can respond to within 24 hours.
        • Backup Contact Info (Choose One of the Two):
          1. Employer: Name, Address, and Phone - or
          2. Relative: Name, Address, and Phone
    That’s it. We reserve the right to turn down the application if we find a cause but hope to accommodate all those US Head-Fi’ers that are interested. If you follow these instructions, you are in.

    Signups begin now and will remain open during the tour welcoming latecomers. However, we reserve the right to end signups at any time so please don’t hesitate or you may lose out. The tour will start when we have enough participants to create a reasonable list. Have fun!
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2019
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    Reviewers First, Tour Participant List

    Please note, this is a full reviewer first tour. If you promise to do a full review, you will be moved to the front of the line. Everyone else looking to demo only or do impressions will get their chance once the reviewers have gone first.

    We hope to gather our list over the next few weeks to build logistics into our tour order. The tour will begin on the West Coast and move toward the East starting with reviewers first logistically, then logistically for the remainder of the list. We may start before we close our participation requests allowing latecomers to join in the process as it makes sense, but latecomer logistics will be first come first serve so likely to make postage more expensive. The good news is that we will do our best to accommodate all US Head-Fiers that wish to participate.

    US Head-Fi Tour - Empire Ears Tour Kit: (Logistical Order)

    Name: Location:

    1. REVIEWER: @BulldogXTRM - Gonzales, LA
    2. REVIEWER: @ngoshawk - Warrensburg, MO
    3. REVIEWER: @Ike1985 - Elizabethtown, KY
    4. REVIEWER: @kubig123 - NYC
    5. @toaster22 - New York, NY
    6. @rantng - Brooklyn, NY
    7. @Carlsan - NJ
    8. @doctorjazz - Westfield, NJ
    9. @guani360 - Kissimmee, FL
    10. @TheAwesomesauceShow - Lake Worth, FL
    11. @Tekk83 - Chicago, IL
    12. @hung031086 - Sun Prairie, WI
    13. @SciOC - IA
    14. @Blueshound24 - Sioux Falls, SD
    15. @eldss - Omaha, NE
    16. @lotech - Frisco, TX
    17. @aaf evo - Houston, TX
    18. @fallooffie - Odessa, TX
    19. @Tybot - Albuquerque, NM
    20. @FangJoker - Las Vegas, NV
    21. @singleended5863 - Fountain Valley, CA
    22. @SeeSax - San Jose, CA
    23. @hattrick15 - Palo Alto, CA
    24. @dewy22 - San Francisco, CA
    25. @San Man - Honolulu, HI
    26. @rwelles - OR
    27. @bvng3540 - Bothell, WA
    28. @Barra - Anthem, AZ
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2019
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    Reviews and Impressions

    Coming soon!
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2019
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    Example Participation Request

    I live in Anthem, AZ and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I will have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com.

    As a reviewer, please move me to the front of the line.
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2019
  6. rantng
    I live in Brooklyn, NY and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I will have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com.

    :wink::grin:

    You're awesome, Bill!
     
  7. Barra
    Coming early you may have missed that you can cut to the front of the line if you wish to do a full review. Just mention it in your participation request which you can edit. :)
     
  8. aaf evo
    I live in Houston, TX and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I will have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com.
     
  9. hung031086
    I live in Sun Prairie, WI and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour.
     
  10. singleended5863
    I live in Fountain Valley, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I will have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com.
     
  11. dewy22
    I’m from San Francisco, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. My documents on file are still current. I am interested in demo and provide short impressions of them. Thanks
     
  12. Giullian
    Any chance of an AUS tour?
     
  13. eldss
    I live in Omaha, NE, agree to terms of the tour and have already provided all necessary information during past tours.
     
  14. guani360
    I live in Kissimmee FL, I agree to the tour terms and conditions and have already provided all necessary information from past tours
     
  15. kubig123
    I live in NYC, I agree to the tour terms and conditions and have already provided all necessary information from previous tours.
    I'm willing to post my impressions/review and compare the Wraith and Valkyrie to the Phantom, Legend X and Zeus XR.

    Thank you for arranging this tour!
     
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