Empire Ears Valkyrie II UIEM
The Valkyrie will always be cherished as the first tri-brid from Empire Ears, and with the rest of the range being upgraded to triple driver status Founders Dean and Jack Vang likewise gave this pioneer the Mark II treatment.
Built in the same configuration as the original, Valkyrie II does offer substantial improvements bringing refinement compared to its predecessor's edge. Deep space illumination increases for a holographic soundstage, with its single electrostatic tweeter sitting further back in the mix.
Similarly clad in a 'Dragonhide' faceplate, it's an exercise in intimacy, focus and bass-forward intensity. Headfonics say Valkyrie's "core sound has not changed but the MKII is technically a better performer and just the perfect 'fun' monitor for synthwave".
The Advance and Inspire cables from Nobunaga Labs add a further touch of emphasis to the mid-range, as an immediately audible upgrade. Cayin Audio's Class A N6II/E01 and E02 similarly propel vocals along, as the DAP of choice to drive Valkyrie II's 3ohm load.
The results are stunning, and obvious. Every part of Valkyrie II's frequency response appears in balance, to make this mythical Norse character stand out amongst its competition.