The Valkyrie is the energy of a live performance distilled into an in ear monitor. A rich and tight low end drives a listening experience akin to being in a crowded arena with your favorite band. The crisp and detailed highs are airy with enormous treble extension while the mids are lush and ripe with clarity. With the Valkyrie you hear everything and feel everything.
Valkyrie is a tribrid IEM, meaning it utilizes dynamic drivers in the form of the Weapon IX subwoofer for the lows, a balanced armature driver for the mids, and an electrostatic driver for the highs. These three technologies are precisely controlled via a 4-way synX crossover network and our new proprietary EIVEC technology – Empire Intelligent Variable Electrostatic Control, for a seamless sound signature across a substantial sound stage. The Valkyrie comes standard with an Effect Audio Eros II bespoke cable.
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.
Empire Ears feature a combination of both proprietary balanced armature speakers and dynamic range subwoofers in order to deliver maximum clarity while achieving a powerful low end response. By combining the two we can create a listening experience unique in its fullness and unrivaled in its sound.
Balanced armature drivers are the professional’s standard. True, honest, non-fatiguing sound across the entire frequency range with tighter responses and super broad dispersion. Dynamic drivers use a diaphragm push sound into the ear resulting in rich tones and emphatic, visceral bass.
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.
Developed with over 30 years audio manufacturing experience the synX Crossover is the industry’s most advanced IEM crossover technology. 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 is a supercharged crossover design that designates more individual audio bands per driver than any other crossover technology currently in existence. By creating an ultra-wide, multi-channel highway our engineers can manipulate specific parts of the frequency range in order to precisely craft the target response and eliminate any signs of phase incoherence between the drivers. Alternatively, mixing engineers, performers and audiophiles will have full control of the drivers when equalizing through a mixing console or digital audio player.
We install, by hand, a variety of top secret resistors, electrolytic capacitors, splitters, filters and other technologies, soldered in-line to tune our in-ear monitors.
synX Crossover Network features a myriad of other advantages including:
-Ultra-Wide Frequency Bandwidth: The Bravado, our entry level model, produces a super-wide 8hz to 40khz frequency range, offering listeners unparalleled sound quality and details.
-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.
After nearly 2 years of relentless R&D Empire is proud to announce the Weapon IX (W9), a proprietary 9mm rare-earth magnet subwoofer with the ability to deliver extreme output, accurate dynamics and sublime sound quality all at the same time.
This proprietary dynamic driver brings the full force of your music to your ears, hitting you with the essence of a true subwoofer. This visceral sensation brings a depth to the experience that is unmatched in the in-ear monitor world. Every kick drum hit, snare triplet, or reverberation of a slapped bass note will be felt as much as it is heard.
In the case of Legend X IEMs we use two Weapon IX subwoofers, one of which is dedicated strictly to subsonic frequencies for the low end and the mid lows. This means that one subwoofer produces a rich and luscious tone while the other provides the air pressure of the hit. By not artificially upping the bass we maintain our enormous, 3D soundstage.
Bespoke, handcrafted Eros II cable by Effect Audio. The Eros II boasts a proprietary blend of 26 AWG UPOCC Litz Copper and UPOCC Pure Silver wire with ultra-flexible insulation for maximum signal speed transmission, performance, and ergonomics. Each cable is terminated in an ultra durable 3.5mm, 24k Oyaide gold plated right angle plug. Alternatively, for our audiophile clientele, we also offer 2.5 and 4.4 balanced terminations at no additional charge.
3 Proprietary Drivers, Tribrid Design
1 W9 Subwoofer, 1 Mid, 1 EST High
EIVEC – Empire Intelligent Variable Electrostatic Control
4-Way synX Crossover System
A.R.C. Resonance Mitigation Technology
Impedance: 3 ohms @ 1kHz
Frequency Response: 4 Hz – 100kHz
Sensitivity: 96dB @ 1kHz, 1mW
26AWG UPOCC Litz Copper/UPOCC Silver Hybrid Cable, Handcrafted by Effect Audio
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