The Valkyrie was forged for a sole purpose: to create the single most captivating listening experience possible. Countless iterations were cast aside, falling just short of our vision. It was a challenge worthy of our decades of experience, experience utterly necessary to grasp victory from the jaws of the impossible. And it is glorious. The Valkyrie dances the knife's edge, somehow both bombastic and intimate. Laser precise highs deliver unprecedented detail while a tight and responsive low end drives a listening experience unlike any other. An Electrostatic Driver for the highs, tamed by our world leading EIVEC - Empire Intelligent Variable Electrostatic Control - technology blends seamlessly with a Balanced Armature Driver for the mids and our signature Weapon IX subwoofer for the lows, all precisely controlled by a 4-way synX Crossover Network. We've thrown everything we have at the Valkyrie, and the results speak for themselves. The Valkyrie comes with our new and exclusive "Dragonhide" faceplate and an Effect Audio Eros II cable as standard.
Plumbs the depths of music, with soaring delicate highs
I’m new to IEMs. I tested our several IEMs in the $1000-$2500 range, and coming from a (very) highend headphone background, I had low expectations for IEMs. Needless to say, I fell in love with the Valkyrie. For background, my portable source is a Chord Hugo 2 primarily, but I’ve also powered these directly from my iPhone. The Hugo 2 sounds far better, but most of the magic is still there. I’m primarily an electrostatic user (HE90 / Omega 2), although I also use headphones like the Grado PS-1, and Abyss TC on occasion. I like many different types of music, and evaluated primarily with very well recorded music on Tidal. Pros: - Soaring, delicate, non-fatiguing highs. - Sub bass power, and texture. - Very large sound stage, depth, and width - Highly precise placement of instruments, and voices - Easy to power (I’m in the “mid red” area of the Hugo 2) - Beautiful vocals - Remind me of the Abyss Phi TC Cons: - Included case is more for display, albeit very high quality - A bit “V” shaped in frequency response, but quite honestly, they are so fantastic sounding that I love them. Conclusion: - It’s obvious, I’m a big fan. These are fantastic.
The Empire Ears Valkyrie is a fantastic IEM. Tastefully tuned, the 9mm dynamic driver creates a rich, lush, and refined bass. The electrostatic tweeter creates the best treble I have ever heard. Clear and extended with zero harshness, the ES Tweeter adds clear and clean treble with sparkle and sizzle. The mids are provided by a single BA driver which delivers a clean and vibrant sound. All three realms are coherent and perfectly integrated. The Eros II cable really brings out the richness of the sound. I am still burning these in, but the sound signature is settling down in a marvelous way. I absolutely love these. The sound stage is 3d holographic, and instrument placement is done with surgical precision. I am driving them with an A&K SE100, and the synastry is clear, clean, rich, smooth and precise. These are not cheap, but you get what you pay for.