Empire Ears Odin UIEM
Empire Ears launched Odin as the cumulation of all their dreams. With development beginning in 2017, this 11-driver tri-brid pushed every boundary to firmly establish itself as the best IEM Dean and Jack Vang know how to build.
Tuned with a linear frequency response in mind to complement the bass-driven Legend X, the Odin flanks five balanced armatures with dual W9+ dynamic drivers and four electrostatic drivers for the most complete, lucid sound ever heard.
Sheer audio resolution, particularly through the mid-range, was subsequently achieved. Even more remarkable is that that was not done at the expense of musicality or cohesiveness; the sweetness to the voices and instruments that populate the mid-ranges of your music has to be heard to be believed.
Cayin Audio's N6II/E02 and iBasso Audio's DX300 propels the frequency gamut along with force, as the DAP of choice to drive Odin's 3ohm load. No stone was left unturned in Odin's design. From PW Audio 1960 cable inclusion to thorough acoustic and crossover engineering, this Viking god is arguably Head-Fi's most complete flagship IEM.
Spectacular sound awaits below bespoke, individually unique 'Bifrost' faceplates. Praise has been pouring in: Headfonia immediately elected Odin to its shortlist of best UIEM of 2020, while Twister6 hails this monolith as "the mashup of [Empire Ears] greatest hits". The Headphone List recommends it unabatedly "to those who crave a grand, towering sound ... the Odin will prove as much a technical masterclass as it is a riveting listen".
Headfonics declare Odin "a technical beast bar none with masterful levels of control from the dual subwoofer configuration right up to that nuanced treble tuning". In a shoot-out with other flagships, Positive Feedback crowned this a "transparency and sound-staging champion".