The Bravado MKII is the next generation of the Bravado and is the sequel to one of our best selling IEMs. At its core is a substantially upgraded 4 driver tribrid configuration designed to exude the same u-shaped fighting spirit as its predecessor while addressing the growing need for even more dynamic range, detail retrieval and soundstage. All of this is made possible with the most advanced IEM technology currently available: a next generation W9+ subwoofer, a proprietary balanced armature driver and dual electrostatics divided 6-ways via a reengineered synX crossover network backed by EIVEC and ARC resonance mitigation technology.
The Bravado MKII embodies our relentless quest to push the limits of design and performance to a new extreme. With bolder styling, more technology and performance than ever before the Bravado MKII takes its class-obliterating heritage to unprecedented heights.
The Bravado MKII has an all new livery, adorned with a suspended metallic glitter faceplate – called Deep Field – that, like the sound signature of the Bravado MKII itself, toes the line between subtle and bombastic. Named for the famed Hubble Telescope image, Deep Field encompasses the unknowable depths of the universe in its shimmery surface, inspiring the same sense of wonder as the photo from which it gets its name.
Unrivaled Build Quality. Every individual component is inspected by hand and held to the highest standard. Then, every in-ear monitor is handcrafted by our passionate craftsmen, from shell construction through to hand lacquering each unit.
From the silver-plated copper wires to the beautifully created jewel tone shells to the rich and exotic imported amboyna burl wood and abalone shell faceplates we use only the finest material to craft every single component of each Empire in-ear monitor, from the inside out.
Every Empire Ears in-ear monitor is proudly designed, engineered, and manufactured in Norcross, Georgia USA.
Nothing beats the isolation and comfort of a custom shelled in-ear monitor. Provide us with molds of your ears and we will hand-craft an in-ear monitor that delivers the highest possible quality of comfort, isolation and sound.
A.R.C. is a proprietary combination of advanced polymers coating that adds to the relative mass of each component dampening the resonant vibrations. Is designed to eliminate unwanted vibrations and resonance from within the in-ear monitors themselves. With A.R.C. clarity is increased substantially, bass is deeper, and the IEM becomes more efficient overall.
The specific qualities of the A.R.C. were inspired by natural resins. In fact, natural rosin has seen use in musical instruments for centuries, being applied to the strings of a violin for its stick-slip friction component that allows a note to be played more reliably while not affecting the pitch or duration of the note due to it’s anti-resonance qualities.
By utilizing our A.R.C. we can cut down dramatically in-shell resonance. The result is a much cleaner sound with no phase interference, a better listening experience without fatigue and an isolation that you can genuinely appreciate for hours on end.
Boasting three of the industry’s most advanced driver technologies, Bravado MKII is truly a standout tribrid IEM with an uncompromising performance ethos focused on delivering the purest connection between listener and IEM.
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 our exacting quality standards in our Norcross, Georgia laboratory.
Precision Balanced Armature Driver Mid
Bravado MKII comes equipped with a proprietary balanced armature driver to deliver the signature midrange that the world has come to know and love from Empire Ears.
Bravado MKII masterfully manipulates dual electrostatic drivers in unison with our proprietary EIVEC technology to effortlessly reproduce a remarkable 5Hz-100kHz frequency range. The ultralight moving membrane within Bravado MKII’s electrostatic drivers give the most accurate transient response, resulting in unparalleled clarity, separation and detail.
Legendary Crossover Network
Genetically dissimilar from the rest of the IEM world, our 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 6-way synX crossover network designed to maximize performance from each and every driver.
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 Bravado MKII 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 we’ve 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.
Empire Intelligent Variable Electrostatic Control
The lightning-quick electrostatic drivers accommodates Bravado MKII’s wide frequency range while remaining balanced and compact. A single bespoke transformer unites the dual electrostats via our proprietary EIVEC technology to all of the other components while eliminating any signs of phase incoherence and distortion.
At Empire Ears we believe that an extraordinary IEM requires an extraordinary cable. We’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. 2.5 to 3.5mm and 4.4mm
4 Proprietary Drivers, Tribrid Design
1 Next Generation W9+ Subwoofer – Sub-Bass/Bass
1 Proprietary Balanced Armature Driver – Mid
2 Premium Electrostatic Drivers – 1 High, 1 Super-High
6-Way synX Crossover Network
EIVEC – Empire Intelligent Variable Electrostatic Control Technology
A.R.C. Resonance Mitigation Technology
Impedance: 4 Ohms @ 1kHz
Frequency Response: 5 Hz – 100kHz
Sensitivity: 99dB @ 1kHz, 1mW
Bespoke Alpha IV UPOCC Copper Litz Cable
Included at no additional charge with each order.