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Empire Ears X Series

Empire Ears X Series IEMs

 

Designed for the audiophile and music lover alike, the X Series taps into the best of Empire's proprietary technology and custom-made components to give you all of the energy and emotion of a live performance. The X Series' collection of both hybrid and tribrid models is built to overwhelm the senses with a raw and instinctive sound.

New X Series IEMs for 2020

BRAVADO MK-II (Coming December 2020)

Empire Ears Bravado MKII IEMs

Bravado is Empire's entry-level IEM -- an all-purpose model that performs well in all genres. The updated Bravado MK-II retains everything good about the original while getting a big boost in resolution and separation, thanks to the addition of two premium electrostatic drivers. With a slightly warm sound and much larger soundstage than the original, the overall effect is good, old-fashioned, unpretentious fun.

Bravado MK-II at a Glance

SOUND SIGNATURE: Warm side of neutral

 FEATURES:

  • 1 W9+ subwoofer (sub-bass/bass)
  • 1 proprietary balanced armature driver (mid)
  • 2 premium electrostatic drivers (high/ultra-high)
  • 4-way synX Crossover Network
  • EIVEC technology
  • A.R.C. technology
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  • Alpha-IV 26AWG UP-OCC Copper Litz Cable

TECHNICAL SPECS:

  • Frequency response: 5 Hz-100kHz
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms @ 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: 99 dB SPL @ 1kHz

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HERO

Energy, emotion, and Legend X-type performance, without the Legend X price tag. Hero delivers shimmery highs, prominent vocals, and a low end that reaches deep enough to give real life to instruments like the double bass and cello. Hero delivers the fun, front-row feel of a live performance that will have you grooving in your seat.

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Hero at a Glance

SOUND SIGNATURE: Warm, mid-forward

FEATURES:

  • 1 next-generation W9+ subwoofer (sub-bass/bass)
  • 3 proprietary balanced armature drivers (mid, mid-high, high)
  • 6-way synX Crossover Network
  • A.R.C. technology
  • Alpha-IV 26AWG UP-OCC Copper Litz Cable

 TECHNICAL SPECS:

  • Frequency response: 5Hz-40kHz
  • Impedance: 17.6 Ohms @ 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: 105dB SPL @ 1kHz

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ODIN

For mortals who seek a listening experience that is nothing short of godly, Odin brings the best of everything Empire has done to the table: the three best IEM driver technologies available, with most advanced crossover system in the industry, the finest quality materials, and masterful tuning. Odin is grand and enthusiastic but in control, with a totally natural signature and clarity that rivals the ESR without being overly analytical. In the words of Empire co-founder Jack Vang, Odin is the very personification of Empire's DNA at its most extreme -- in design, performance, and breadth of capabilities.

Odin at a Glance

SOUND SIGNATURE: Natural, balanced

 FEATURES:

  • 2 W9+ subwoofers (sub bass/bass)
  • 5 proprietary balanced armature drivers (2 low-mid, 2 mid, 1 mid-high)
  • 4 premium electrostatic drivers (2 high, 2 ultra-high)
  • 7-way synX Crossover Network
  • EIVEC technology
  • A.R.C. technology
  • Stormbreaker UP-OCC Copper Litz Cable, Quad Conductor Dual Gauge Design

 TECHNICAL SPECS:

  • Frequency response: 5Hz-100kHz
  • Impedance: 3 Ohms @ 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: 108dB SPL @ 1kHz

Dragon Cable Recommendations:

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VALKYRIE MK-II (Coming December 2020)

Empire Ears Valkyrie MKII IEMs

See if you can keep up with the energy of this updated model, Empire's first Tribrid IEM. Better acoustics in a larger shell make for tighter low-end impact, while a Weapon IX+ subwoofer offers richer resonance without any loss of sub-bass. A balanced armature driver for the mids and an electrostatic driver for the highs round out a signature that includes crisp and detailed highs and clear, lush mids. Popular with audiophiles who like and energetic and captivating signature.

Valkyrie MK-II at a Glance

SOUND SIGNATURE: Fun, highly energetic

FEATURES:

  • 1 W9+ subwoofer (sub-bass/bass)
  • 1 proprietary balanced armature driver (mid)
  • 1 premium electrostatic driver (high/ultra high)
  • 4-way synX Crossover Network
  • EIVEC technology
  • A.R.C. technology
  • Alpha Hybrid-IV 26AWG UP-OCC CopperLitz/26AWG UPOCC Silver Litz, 4 Wire Cable

TECHNICAL SPECS:

  • Frequency response: 5 Hz-100kHz
  • Impedance: 3 Ohms @ 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB SPL @ 1kHz

Other X Series Models

LEGEND X

If you're looking for one of the widest and most three-dimensional soundstages available in an IEM, look no further than the Legend X. This flagship of the X Series is tops in technical performance with the help of seven proprietary drivers, including two Weapon IX 9mm subwoofers, and a 10-way synX Crossover Network. The Legend X delivers top-tier transparency; smooth, energetic treble; and an impactful low end that combine for a fun and engaging experience.

Legend X at a Glance

SOUND SIGNATURE: Fun, energetic

 FEATURES:

  • 2 W9 subwoofers
  • 5 proprietary balance armature drivers (2 mid, 1 mid-high, 1 high, 1 super-high)
  • 10-way synX Crossover System
  • A.R.C. technology
  • Ares II 26 AWG UP-OCC Litz Copper Cable

 TECHNICAL SPECS:

  • Frequency response: 5 Hx-40kHz
  • Impedance: 14 Ohms @ 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: 102dB @ 1kHz, 1 mW

Dragon Cable Recommendation:

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BRAVADO

Bravado is Empire Ears' entry-level X Series model that features class-leading performance and technology. It's an all-purpose model that performs well in all genres. With precision up top and rich bass underneath, Bravado delivers precise imaging and separation that will make you rethink the definition of "entry level."

Bravado at a Glance

SOUND SIGNATURE: Warm side of neutral

 FEATURES:

  • 1 W9 subwoofer
  • 1 proprietary balanced armature driver (mid-high)
  • 4-way synX Crossover Network
  • A.R.C. technology
  • 26AWG UPOCC Litz Copper Cable

TECHNICAL SPECS:

  • Frequency response: 8 Hz-40kHz
  • Impedance: 22 Ohms @ 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB SPL @ 1kHz

Dragon Cable Recommendation:

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NEMESIS

Nemesis aims to overwhelm the senses through the raw spirit and emotion of a live performance. It's an experience that can not only be heard, but can be felt. Twin sequential W9 subwoofers reproduce extraordinary bass both rich in air and volume followed by three additional drivers for natural vocals and precision highs. Especially popular with drummers and bassists.

Nemesis at a Glance

SOUND SIGNATURE: Fun, energetic

FEATURES:

  • 2 W9 subwoofers
  • 3 proprietary balanced armature drivers (1 mid, 1 high, 1 super high)
  • 8-way synX Crossover Network
  • A.R.C. Resonance Mitigation Technology
  • 26AWG UPOCC Litz Copper Cable

TECHNICAL SPECS:

  • Frequency response: 5Hz-40kHz
  • Impedance: 15.5 Ohms @ 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: 101dB

 

Dragon Cable Recommendation:

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VALKYRIE

Valkyrie's goal is to captivate the listener with the power of a live performance. It's a highly energetic IEM that manages to also be intimate. This tribrid model delivers unprecedented detail and enormous treble extension; a tight and responsive low end; and lush mids. 

Valkyrie at a Glance

SOUND SIGNATURE: Fun, highly energetic

FEATURES:

  • 1 W9 subwoofer
  • 1 proprietary balanced armature driver (mid)
  • 1 premium electrostatic driver (high)
  • 4-way synX Crossover Network
  • EIVEC technology
  • A.R.C. technology
  • 26AWG UPOCC Litz Copper/UPOCC Silver Hybrid Cable

TECHNICAL SPECS:

  • Frequency response: 4 Hz-100kHz
  • Impedance: 3 Ohms @ 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB SPL @ 1kHz

Dragon Cable Recommendation:

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VANTAGE

Vantage is a remarkably smooth in-ear monitor that devliers supreme clarity across the entire frequency spectrum. The Vantage features a 4-way synX crossover network to maximize performance from the twin sequential W9 subwoofers and mid/high balanced armature driver.

Vantage at a Glance:

SOUND SIGNATURE: Warm, slightly mid-forward

FEATURES:

  • 2 W9 subwoofers
  • 1 proprietary balanced armature driver (mid-high)
  • 5-way synX Crossover Network
  • A.R.C. Resonance Mitigation Technology
  • 26AWG UPOCC Litz Copper Cable

TECHNICAL SPECS:

  • Frequency response: 5 Hz - 40kHz
  • Impedance: 16 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 100dB

Dragon Cable Recommendation:

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