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thomask

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I will stay in Seoul, Korea for dental work another 2 weeks at 19th floor hotel room.

But I am quite happy with the sound out of Massdrop Empire Zeus IEM (I paid 1K$) using my Dell Gaming Laptop and Youtube source.


It is quite musical with almost 75% of nuanced details and realistic soundstage of my high end 2 channel system.

Unless I wish to get subbass and full dynamics, it suit my need.

Actually it is pretty dynamic with 7 drivers but with good coherence.
 

the sound of Tao

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I will stay in Seoul, Korea for dental work another 2 weeks at 19th floor hotel room.

But I am quite happy with the sound out of Massdrop Empire Zeus IEM (I paid 1K$) using my Dell Gaming Laptop and Youtube source.


It is quite musical with almost 75% of nuanced details and realistic soundstage of my high end 2 channel system.

Unless I wish to get subbass and full dynamics, it suit my need.

Actually it is pretty dynamic with 7 drivers but with good coherence.
I’m guessing the dentist is giving you laughing gas just so you don’t notice there are no valves currently in your system Thomas :eek:
 

spiritofmusic

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Graham, he's about to wake up...
 

thomask

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I’m guessing the dentist is giving you laughing gas just so you don’t notice there are no valves currently in your system Thomas :eek:
The Empire Zeus IEM with 14 drivers is amazing with excellent nuanced details and realistic soundstage even without tube in the chain.

Another thing is that internet connection is very stable and fast in Seoul, Korea.

While in suburb of Seattle, I had some discontinuity of music through Youtube.

This IEM almost sounds like floor standing speaker except body slamming bass.
 
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thomask

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Graham, he's about to wake up...
It is not just dream.

Although I liked Hifiman Sundara headphone, this Empire Zeus IEM is another lever above it with nuanced details and dynamics.

I never imagined that IEM could sound so musical with gaming laptop.


Stax 009S and Carbon Amp is another level above Empire Zeus IEM in naturalness.

But Empire Zeus IEM is portable and not far behind Stax 009S.

If you have a chance, I would recommend you to try it.
 

thomask

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Empire Zeus IEM technical Spec.

  • Transparent blue ABS plastic shell and faceplate
  • 14 balanced-armature drivers: 2 low, 6 mid, 6 high
  • Stainless steel canal with 4 sound bores
  • 7-way proprietary crossover network
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz–20 kHz
  • Impedance: 10 ohms at 1 kHz
  • Input sensitivity: 119 dB at 1 mW
  • Noise isolation: -28 dB +/- 2 dB
  • 48 in (122 cm) silver-plated copper insulated cable
  • 2-pin 0.78mm connectors
  • ⅛ in (3.5 mm) gold-plated TRS plug

It is amazing that 14 drivers are included in small enclosures and its tweeter sounds so clean and amazing considering I am very sensitive to clean treble having used plasma tweeter for 12 years.
 
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gian60

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I have 009 with Megahertz tube amp and when i am out i use A&K 380 with Final Audio Pianoforte X

Only 1 driver and sound very natural
 

thomask

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I have 009 with Megahertz tube amp and when i am out i use A&K 380 with Final Audio Pianoforte X

Only 1 driver and sound very natural
I also enjoy Stax 009S while at home.

But this small IEM with 14 drivers in it is amazing with nuanced details and realistic soundstage driven by laptop.

I do not understand why they had used so many drivers but it works.
 
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gian60

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On Empire website i don't see Zeus,
I see X series and EP series with different model but i don't see Zeus
Which is cost?
Why there isn't in site?
 

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