Evolution, not revolution, is behind the Empire Ears push towards Evo. Head-Fi couldn't have seen the legend of Legend X just tossed out, so the addition of bone conduction ushers this flagship into a new era.
It's a spectacular experience, one you can both hear and, now, feel. The tri-brid treatment happens with the addition of Weapon X: a bone conduction driver mounted in Evo's shell to complement the air conduction of two W9+ dynamic drivers and five balanced armatures, tying each performer all together. [See Product Desc. For More]
Evo is the richer and more liquid counterpoint to Odin, with the same TOTL resolution. The bone conduction works as advertised, shaking things up in a shell-shaking experience that plumbs the low frequency depths, uniting the entire experience. The flagship intangibles are present. Nothing in the sound is separate from the whole.
Weapon X aids in the cohesion and blending of the drivers for the real illusion of soundstage depth and height. An early-rising V-shaped response adds to the presence of vocals, particularly female, also with the help of PW Audio's mid-forward Genesis cable addressing any remaining concerns over Legend X's less vivacious, warmer tint.
With the work done in Evo, it's easy to see, hear and feel why bone conduction is heralded as the next big breakthrough in personal audio. Twister6 writes "Weapon X has an audible effect", establishing Evo as a "quality bass-head IEM that can equally satisfy those who prefer consumer tunings with enhanced bass, and others who are picky audiophiles and want natural clarity".
Headfonia lands Evo on its Recommended Buys shortlist for proprietary Empire Ears breakthroughs, "going to the drawing board and coming up with their own technologies and driver designs [for] a natural sound, paired with incredible technical performance and a powerful and dynamic low end that will keep you bopping your head to the rhythm".
It's a bass monster with a mids and treble A-game, adds Headfonics, with the publication declaring it their Best UIEM of 2021. By stimulating hairs directly in your inner ear over the entire frequency response, Evo's Weapon X uses the natural construct of human hearing to ensure no loss in the transmission of sound, especially at the infrasonic and ultrasonic extremes.
Empire Ears takes bone conduction to new heights with Weapon X. The vibrating conduit turning Evo's actual shell into a transducer is on a qualitative par with whatever's come before, with proprietary ARC (Anti-Resonance Compound) cancelling out artifacts and distortion.
W10 employs a Japanese-made pure copper voice coil optimised for accuracy in frequency and transient response.
The consistency of winding tension, density of enamel, adhesive application techniques, dimensions and copper compositions were all factors that were essential for linearity, ultra low distortion and efficient heat dissipation.
Constructed from steel and laser welded into place, each and every variable was critical during the Empire Ears design of W10. It's an Evo take on the technology that leads bone conduction to its zenith, bringing you along for the ride.
The supporting cast is as important here, with a PW Audio Genesis pure copper cable terminated in 4.4mm as standard shipping together for use with Cayin Audio's N6II/T01, iBasso Audio's DX240 and Questyle Audio's M15.
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