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Empire Ears Legend EVO Universal Fit In-Ear Monitors
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Product SKU: UIEM-LX EVO
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NEXT GENERATION DUAL CONDUCTION IN-EAR MONITOR
The story of the Legend EVO is one of revolution. Free from the constraints of convention and empowered by the skills gained from decades of experience, we knew that in order to develop a proper successor we had to take extraordinary new measures.
With a pioneering Dual Conduction Architecture and 8 driver tribrid system at its core1 the Legend EVO emits unprecedented levels of innovation and performance to create a new benchmark in the IEM industry.
The Legend EVO stands as the paragon of technical brilliance and it represents the boldest expression of Empire Ears.
- Dual W9+ Subwoofers
- Five Precision Balanced Armatures
- Weapon X Bone Conduction Ultra Driver
- 9-Way synX Crossover Network
- Dual Conduction Architecture
- ARC Resonance Mitigation Technology
- Impedance: 4.5 Ohms @ 1kHz
- Frequency Response: 5Hz-35kHz
- Sensitivity: 103dB @ 1kHz, 1mW
- Empire X PWAudio "GENESIS" Ultra Pure OCC Copper Cable, 4.4 Pentaconn Termination
THE SCIENCE OF HEARING
When you look at our hearing system you can break it down into 3 different regions: the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. Air conduction utilizes all 3 as sound is collected by the outer ear and directed along the ear canal into the ear drum, vibrating the bones of hearing (ossicles) in the middle ear to stimulate the hair cells inside of your cochlea in the inner ear. This stimulation creates electrical nerve impulses which are then carried to the brain by the auditory nerve to be converted into sound.
Bone conduction completely bypasses the outer and middle ear components by sending vibrations directly through the skull to stimulate the hair cells inside of your cochlea. Through bone conduction we can perceive ultrasonic hearing (beyond 20kHz) Bone conduction is generally perceived to have a lower, deeper tone because the skull conducts lower frequencies more efficiently than air.
DUAL CONDUCTION ARCHITECTURE
The Legend EVO fully exploits the best of both worlds with its pioneering Dual Conduction Architecture. A full range 5Hz-20kHz frequency response is delivered via air conduction from the dual W9+ subwoofers and 5 balanced armatures while imaging, soundstage, detail retrieval, low frequency extension and reverb is extraordinarily enhanced from 5Hz-35kHz via bone conduction from the W10.
Through the Dual Conduction Architecture and our masterful tuning the Legend EVO reproduces the most immersive, pure and stereophonic sound possible.
THE WEAPON X BONE CONDUCTION ULTRA DRIVER
When designing the most formidable bone conduction driver ever used in an IEM, it was of utmost important to carefully and thoroughly evaluate every facet of the W10 to ensure that no stone was left unturned. Every element of the W10 is hand selected, designed and vigorously tested for optimal bone conductivity performance.
Stainless Steel Chassis
The W10’s ultra robust nickel plated, SPCC chassis is designed to eliminate any coloration that may occur from internal resonance or flex.
The X Factor
The crown jewel and driving force of the W10 is its obscenely potent N52 neodymium magnet. N52 is the highest grade of neodymium currently available and its DNA consists of neodymium, iron and boron.
The entirety of the W10’s design revolved around this very magnet.
Pure Copper Voice Coil
The voice coil is one of the most important aspects of the W10. When the electrical current of audio signal passes through the coil it creates a varying magnetic field that pushes and pulls against the W10’s magnet. By altering the current back and forth we’re able to generate immense levels of sonic vibrations throughout the W10’s chassis.
The W10 employs a Japanese made pure copper voice coil optimized for accuracy in frequency and transient response. The consistency of winding tension, density of enamel, adhesive application techniques, dimensions and copper compositions were all factors that were essential for linearity, ultra low distortion and efficient heat dissipation.
Resonance & The Vibrational Membrane
The vibrational membrane is the exhaustively engineered interface between the magnetic properties and the acoustic capabilities of the W10. Constructed from steel and laser welded into place, each and every variable was critical during design. From the weight, stiffness and elasticity of the steel to the length and angle of the three cantilevered struts, breaking ground on the world’s most comprehensive and resolving bone conduction driver went beyond a labor of love and well into the realm of obsession.
FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION
The Legend Evo pays homage to its predecessor, donning its minimalist appearance and classic color scheme but a closer look at the details reveals that all was honed around extraordinary, groundbreaking performance.
Dual Tri-Port Exhausts
Due to the nature of the W10’s extreme output the enclosure’s air volume and vent design were especially crucial for proper tuning. Even the slightest change in diameter and positioning had a dramatic effect on sound quality and performance.
By mastering the W10’s volume requirements we’re able to harness its optimal output, capabilities and potential.
ARC Treated Chassis
Any flex in the enclosure walls will have unequal resonant frequencies and by treating the internals in critical areas with ARC we gain control of the room, allowing what gets reflected and/or absorbed. This eliminates any unwanted sound and allows the tone of the drivers to be as pure as possible.
Precision Mounted Weapons
The W10 is strategically ceiling mounted in a specially designed cavity at the top of the shell. This cavity is engineered to keep all sonic vibrations internal, maximizing bone conductivity transfer through the solid-filled ear canal.
Low frequency energy causes even some of the most stable materials to resonate which is why we’ve sealed the shell with a custom spec cast polymer to channel the internal sonic vibrations towards listener while reflecting any unwanted energy from the outside.
The Midas Touch
The Legend Evo dons two significant logos in gold: The timeless Empire Wing span to signify our never-ending pursuit of extraordinary and the EVO logo which marks the evolution of IEM technology from Empire Ears.
EMPIRE X PW AUDIO
- 24AWG Ultra-Pure OCC Copper
- Quad Conductor, Polypropylene Reinforced Core
- Insulated UV-Resistant Polyvinyl Chloride Sheath
- 4.4 Balanced Pentaconn Termination
Exceeding the expectations!
I have been waiting quite some time for these IEM, and meanwhile I was questioning myself if the answer to the low frequencies was somehow excessive and shadowing the mids and highs, and if the IEM would have been too big and difficult to keep in the ears, and which type of ear tips to use in order to maximise the "bone transmission". Well, it is now a few days I use these IEM and I can say that: 1) the bass is well present but not excessive, a bit more than the other IEM that have been my references so far, i.e. Tia Fourté and A18s custom from 64Audio. A bit more presence, but not excessive, is very welcome and this is what I get, I like that a lot! Very well balanced answer! 2) I was willing to use some foam tips from Complyfoam, the Comply 500 Series, which has a good protective filter and I supposed it had a good transmission to the bones...well, NOT at all! I have tested them with the Evo but I am NOT using them, as IMHO the answer is somehow dampened. I have also tested some silicone tips, and I must say that the one that gives the most satisfactory result is the one sent by Empire Ears, the Final silicon earpiece E. EE has done a good choice (or a lot of testing). I am now waiting 3 more types of tips, Sednaearfit standard, xelastec autofitting and crystal, but in case these will not be better, I will be very satisfied with the Final E. Probably the foam tips overall are not a good solution for the Evo. 3) Normally I use foam tips with universal IEMs, even because these keep well stable the IEM inside the ear, but with the Evo the Final E does a very good job, and the Evo fits quite well into my ears and give a better frequency response than foam. 4) I use all IEMs mostly with my A&K SP2000 Cu, and I have three good upgrade cables, Billow Adv form Beat Audio, and Effect Audio Centurion and Code 51. So far, with Tia Fourté and A18s, the cable that I preferred has been the Billow Adv, better than the Effect Audio ones. With the Evo, it is hard to decide if the Billow Adv is better or the Centurion is better. So I will start using the EVo with the Centurion, as the Billow Adv is my favourite on the other two IEMs. My sets will then be: - Legend Evo with Effect Audio Centurion and Final E silicon tips - Tia Fourté with Billow Adv and Comply 500 series foam tips - A18s custom with Effect Audio Code 51 I will not swap the cables too often because I don’t want to damage or wear the connections. But I will swap the sets quite a lot while listening, because all of them are quite good and depending on the mood, the type of music and the listening conditions I may need to change. And with a Van Nuys pouch and a Sony RMT NWS-20 remote I can hike a lot! Conclusions: for me Legend Evo has bean exceeding my expectations in all aspects. Welcome in my collection!