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Empire Ears HERO Universal IEMs

$1,349.00
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The Founder's Edition

From the very beginning of Empire Ears' history, IEMs have represented dreams, hopes and aspirations. For Empire, a brand that aims to provide customers enlightened moments of pure listening euphoria, the development of Hero was an indispensable step. As a further highlight of over 30 years of excellence and their 5th anniversary year, Empire Ears is ecstatic to present the Founder’s Editions as a sincere, heart-felt Thank You to all those whom helped them come this far in The Pursuit of Extraordinary.

Each Founder's Edition Hero will receive the following touches:

  • Production Photograph Autographed by Dean Vang (Founder & CTO), Jack Vang (VP), and Catherine Young (CEO)
  • Serialized Founder's Edition Plaque
  • Serialized IEMs
  • Dean Vang's signature on each shell
  • Signatures of the entire production team
  • Odin Founder's Edition will have a limited run of 200 units

What's In The Box

Included at no additional charge with each order.

  • In Ear Monitor
  • Empire Pandora Case
  • Empire Cleaning Cloth
  • Empire Cleaning Tool
  • Final Audio Type E Tips - SS, S, M, L, LL

The heart of Hero is a proprietary quad hybrid configuration comprised of proprietary triple balanced armatures and a next generation W9+ subwoofer. This staunch combination generates legendary bass response while delivering lush, intimate vocals and supreme detail retrieval via a 4-ways synX crossover network backed by ARC resonance mitigation technology.

Designer's Notes

Hero is relentless, fierce and unapologetic – a renunciation of rules, preconceptions and everything that’s expected from it. It represents a tour de force of Empire’s expertise and craftsmanship, elevating musicality presentation to a level non-existent in its tier. With DNA sourced directly from Legend X and Zeus XIV, Hero reveres the past to emulate flagship levels of performance without the flagship admission.

The heart of Hero is a proprietary quad hybrid configuration comprised of proprietary triple balanced armatures and a next generation W9+ subwoofer. This staunch combination generates legendary bass response while delivering lush, intimate vocals and supreme detail retrieval via a 4-ways synX crossover network backed by ARC resonance mitigation technology.

Every element of Hero is a combination of reminiscence to history and it embodies a relentless quest to push the limits of possibility. Its sophisticated design, proprietary technology and extraordinary audio reproduction capabilities make it a class-dominating masterpiece.

Technical Specifications

  • 4 Proprietary Drivers, Hybrid Design
  • 1 Next Generation W9+ Subwoofer - Sub-Bass/Bass
  • 3 Proprietary Balanced Armature Drivers - 1 Mid, 1 Mid-High, 1 High
  • 4-Way synX Crossover Network
  • A.R.C. Resonance Mitigation Technology
  • Impedance: 17.6 Ohms @ 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 5 Hz - 40kHz
  • Sensitivity: 105dB @ 1kHz, 1mW
  • Handcrafted Alpha-IV 26AWG UPOCC Copper Litz Cable
Empire Ear HERO Headphones
Empire Ear HERO Headphones Breakdown

Alpha-IV

Empire Ears believes that an extraordinary IEM requires an extraordinary cable. They’re proud to introduce Alpha-IV (A4); a premium handcrafted 4 core cable comprised of a proprietary 26AWG UPOCC Litz Copper with multi-size stranding. The advantage of multi-sized stranded design within the same encapsulations enables A4 to achieve distinct highs and details due to the signal transmission speed in thinner cable strands, while the thicker size cable strands deliver smoother bass and mids.
A4 features a durable, overmolded .78 2-pin connector offered with either a 3.5mm right angle or 2.5mm balanced termination and improves upon the previous cable design.

Empire Ear HERO AlphaV Cable

A Heroic Hybrid

Boasting two of the industry’s most advanced driver technologies, HERO is truly a standout hybrid IEM with an uncompromising performance ethos focused on delivering the purest connection between listener and IEM.

Weapon IX+

Our signature W9+ dynamic driver brought serious performance to the IEM world by combining the breakthrough of an enclosed woofer in a tuned bass-reflex system. Elevating the W9 design formula to its highest level, the W9+ boasts a larger internal coil diameter, more linear excursion envelope along with a more capable suspension to handle peak-to-peak excursion while mitigating distortion. W9+ extinguishes any limits the previous design had and delivers unparalleled bass on all fronts. Every W9+ subwoofer is hand assembled to exacting quality standards in Empire Ears' Norcross, Georgia laboratory.

Empire Ear HERO W9 Subwoofers
BA Drivers

Hero comes equipped with 3 proprietary balanced armature drivers to deliver the signature midrange that the world has come to know and love from Empire Ears. Each of these drivers has been purpose built to precise requirements and exacting standards. Empire Ears works closely with their vendors to ensure that only the highest performing components are used.

Empire Ear HERO BA Drivers

synX Crossover Technology

Legendary Crossover Network
Genetically dissimilar from the rest of the IEM world, the synX crossover network truly stands out with countless bespoke methods and technologies protecting it as a unique masterpiece. A marriage of 3 different driver technologies become symphonized by a unique, proprietary 8-way synX crossover network designed to maximize performance from each and every drive

Empire Ear HERO synX_Crossover
synX advantages

synX powered in-ear monitors have remarkably high stereo separation and smooth phase response, leading to more dynamic realistic imaging and staging for both live and studio use. synX features a myriad of other advantages including:

  • Ultra-Wide Frequency Bandwidth: The Legend X produces a super-wide frequency range, offering listeners unparalleled sound quality and details that bests even the most high-end headphones on the market.
  • Best Signal-to-Noise: In order to ensure that all of the industry-leading sound quality is heard in your ears, Empire has worked to create a unique combination of handpicked resistors, electrolytic capacitors, and filters in order to ensure the cleanest signal path possible while offering an exceptionally low noise floor.
  • Low Distortion: Extremely low distortion means that every nuance in your mix will be reproduced faithfully without audible artifacts.
  • Maximum Signal Transfer: Every driver and crossover is individually wired and insulated with 7-strand, UPOCC Litz wires to eliminate acoustic feedback and further soldered with highly conductive, ultra pure silver and gold Mundorf Supreme for maximum signal transfer.

A.R.C. Technology

ARC (Anti-Resonance Compound) is a proprietary conformal coating that virtually eliminates unwanted vibrations and resonance from within IEMs. ARC effectively increases the mass of the components it’s applied to: every driver, crossover, and sound tube. This gives the internals more solidity while serving as a dampener to absorb the unwanted resonance instead of reflecting them out of phase. With A.R.C. clarity is increased substantially, bass is deeper, and the IEM becomes more efficient.

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4 Drivers: 1 Sub, 1 Low, 1 Mid, 1 High
4-Way Crossover
I: 17.6 Ohms @ 1kHz
FR: 5Hz-40kHz
S: 105dB @ 1kHz, 1mW
Hybrid Design features a Next Generation W9+ Subwoofer for Sub-Bass/Bass
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Specs

Technical Features

Driver Design
3 Proprietary Empire Balanced Armature Drivers
1 low, 1 mid, 1 high
Technology
4-Way synX Crossover Network
A.R.C. Resonance Mitigation Technology
Impedance
17.6 Ohms @ 1kHz
Frequency Response
5 Hz - 40kHz
Sensitivity
105dB @ 1kHz, 1mW
Cable
Handcrafted Alpha-IV 26AWG UPOCC Copper Litz Cable

Package Includes

  • In Ear Monitor
  • Empire Pandora Case
  • Empire Cleaning Cloth
  • Empire Cleaning Tool
  • Final Audio Type E Tips - SS, S, M, L, LL
  • Alpha IV Cable

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