So I was able to slither into the office before the weekend and steal the Empire Ears EVO from Taron’s desk for some initial impressions.
GRAS RA0402 Measurements (cannot be compared with other sims that have the coupler resonance at 8khz).
To me this kind of sounds like an Odin, except with GIGANTE bass - good lord is this thing ever thunderous. I like the overall tuning though, there aren’t any major harmonic imbalances and it seems like Empire Ears have really got their upper mids and treble tuning figured out reasonably well here - meaning that despite the enormous bass, it’s got good clarity to balance that out. The one quirk is the strangeness in the lower mids, and that could be where the crossover is for those W9+ bass drivers. Is it audible? Maybe…
It’s also quite detailed and technically impressive - I’ll need to compare with some other flagships around this price, maybe even the Odin again since I haven’t heard it in a bit, but so far it definitely “sounds expensive” if you know what I mean.
So, while not exactly ‘accurate’, it sure is fun, and I can see why Taron would like this.