The Empire Ears Legend X is a flagship hybrid driver IEM with 5 balanced armature drivers handling treble and midrange, as well as 2 W9 high excursion dynamic drivers for bass frequencies.
- Drivers - 7 Proprietary Drivers, Hybrid Design (2 W9 Subwoofers, 2 Mid, 1 Mid-High, 1 High, 1 Super High)
- Impedance - 14 ohms @ 1kHz
- Sensitivity - 102dB @ 1kHz, 1mW
- Cable - 26AWG UPOCC Litz Copper Cable, Handcrafted by Effect Audio
- Carrying case - Yes
- Price $2299
The main takeaway for me after spending a week with it is that the Legend X has the craziest slam in the bass I’ve yet heard. In my mind this competes with the Sony IER-Z1R in that category and I’d have to have them side by side in order to conclude which is better. It’s also reasonably well-balanced for the rest of its frequency response, but keep in mind this is without question a ‘V-shaped’ sound signature, with a substantial bass elevation. It’s technical performance like detail, stage, instrument separation etc. is also top tier, being able to compete with other flagships. The one downside for me is that the bass emphasis is just too strong, and for most of the music I like to listen to, it tends to crowd out the rest of the mix a bit. But with that said the treble balance is really impressive, even if there’s the slightest 5khz zing (not as much as there is with the Valkyrie). Overall I’m once again impressed by what these hybrid style IEMs can do for bass slam, and overall just the detail capability is amazing.
You can check out my full written comparison here (along with a video at the bottom):
For anyone into modern genres like electronic music, hip hop, EDM etc. this is worth a look.