Massdrop x Empire Ears Zeus Universal IEMs
Massdrop x Empire Ears Zeus Universal IEMs
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A collaboration with Empire Ears, this is a new iteration of the Zeus XIV: an engineering marvel and the first 14-driver in-ear monitor ever made. This version uses the same drivers as the company’s former flagship—two bass, six midrange, and six treble—along with an identical seven-way crossover circuit to tune the drivers’ frequency response Read More
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kelsiph
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Jul 25, 2020
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Unnatural and weak bass is a deal breaker
Whilst these are far from reference sounding, the vocals do come out beautifully and have amazing resolution. And I probably don't need an IEM to be good at everything if something is stands out, but it needs to be at least passable in other areas. The bass is just terrible, to the point it hurts. Unfortunate.
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Would not recommend to a friend.
Jul 25, 2020
League544
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Jul 29, 2020
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Sucker, should of gotten the FA9.
Jul 29, 2020
mlcheong79
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Jul 8, 2020
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Very detailed sound but easily fatigue
One of the best iem at this price range. If you don't mind bright sounding iem, I would recommend this iem to anyone. However, those that are sensitive to treble spike, I would not recommend these as it can be quite piercing to the ears. However, it is very detailed and has great layering. If not for the sibilant, then I would definitely have given it a 5 stars.
Jul 8, 2020
carlsan
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May 12, 2020
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Great sound, but change the cable and tips.
These sounded good with the initial purchase, but sound great with these changes. I bought the ISN Audio CU4 balanced cable for my balanced player (iBasso DX220); this cable really brought out the best qualities of the earphones, sound-stage, imaging, solid but controlled low end, non-fatiguing but extended highs. Plus the mids filled out nicely. The tips, currently using the Sedna Earfits (MS size, get 1/2 size smaller than what you normally would use with these tips), nice wide open tips with a nice seal, this just adds to the presentation. These have become great earphones with my changes.
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May 12, 2020
Ortho_Sympa
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Apr 14, 2020
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Crazy detail retrieval but can be harsh
Probably the best iem under 1500$ for detail retrieval but, they can be harsh sounding, especially if you keep the stock silicon tips. Foam tips do help a lot. Treble and mids are amazing for the price. The bass on the other hand is "okay" at best. Amazing iem for classic or acoustic music. Not so great for rock/metal/edm. Also, these are super sensitive iems, you will hear hissing even on the THX789. I use mine with the radsone ES100 MK2 and they work like a charm.
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Apr 14, 2020
QandX
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Apr 11, 2020
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Perfect sound
The sound of this iem is perfect, use together withcmy cayin n6ii. I love it.
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Apr 11, 2020
CosmosDarkstar
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Apr 10, 2020
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Incredible headphones but noise is an issue
These are the best sounding headphones I have ever used. They have no distortion even at extremely high volume levels (I do not recommend high volume, but it is a very impressive feat). They are also shockingly comfortable for such large in-ears. I put some Comply foam tips on mine, which brings the isolation to insane levels and makes them stay perfectly in place no matter what. Do realize that because these are so sensitive, you will get noise on most things you plug them in to. As well, most devices have far too much power for these headphones. Even phones can have more power than is reasonable to push through these. Expect to spend some serious time finding the right setup for these. The carrying case is very solid and has plenty of room for spare cables, spare ear tips, and the Zeus themselves. All in all, these are absolutely incredible. Even at the higher price of $1000 they are an absolute steal, and if you catch one of the sales for $750 they're even better. I may even pick up a second pair.
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Apr 10, 2020
Gurbakhshish
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Apr 10, 2020
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WOW, these are REALLY good
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I had Noble K10 before i got these. these deliver same amount of detail without being sibilant. These have surprisingly open and large sound presentation. You will be pleasantly surprised as long as you dont expect these to replace your full sized over ear monitors.
Apr 10, 2020
Hzacks
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Mar 20, 2020
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I found them to be oddly shaped and very uncomfortable. I'm up to a 15mm wide ear tip and I still can't get a decent seal. I have not been able to find a wider ear tip to use. I can't evaluate the sound because of the poor seal.
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Would not recommend to a friend.
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Mar 20, 2020
dacreations
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Jan 6, 2020
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TOTL IEM with unmatched treble clarity.
Wonderful TOTL IEM at an amazing price, will resolve micro details in the higher frequency spectrum where many IEMs don't fare as well. It also manages to avoid sounding too harsh on treble so even someone treble-sensitive like myself have no problems listening to prolonged periods. The IEM itself is mid centric but not overwhelmingly so (mostly neutral tonality without being boring.) Do note for bass heads this may not be the right IEM for you as you can identify from the frequency response chart it does has a recessed low end. This does not mean it loses its details you can EQ the lowest frequency and all of the details will come back but it's nowhere near a harder hitting bass IEM (you'll want a dynamic driver/hybrid for that.) Only gripe: extremely sensitive (one of the worst when it comes to sensitivity.) Tried paring up with Hiby R6 Pro the noise is very distracting, when paired with Hiby impedance adapter noise does disappear but sound becomes extremely veiled its unusable. Only a low noise floor source such as the Lotoo Paw 6000 does it give dead silent background d under Low Gain. Do yourself a favor however and replace the stock cable; the cable it comes with sounds extremely dark and is unable to fully utilize the capabilities of this IEM. I currently have this paired with a PWaudio blackicon (silver+gold 1%) and Effect Audio Grandioso and the difference is night a day over stock cable. You'll be able to hear much better clarity even with a cheaper Chi-fi SPC cable.
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Jan 6, 2020
avastwasteland
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Jul 13, 2020
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Unmatched treble clarity? That's an overstatement, to be fair. There are quite a few headphones that present greater detail throughout the entire frequency range than these. Empire ears even makes a few of them.
Jul 13, 2020
League544
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Jul 29, 2020
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My FA9s take that crown, cmon just be real with me.
Jul 29, 2020
Plamya
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Dec 30, 2019
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A well made IEM with comfortable and neutral tonallity
I already got a good Harman-neutral IEM but wanted one with more comfortable tonal balance. I like the target for making music more musical, but the bass and treble are sometimes felt too intense. The conclusion first, my choice for this purchase was right. The bass is very neutral and treble (may be 3~5k?) is somewhat recessed compared to very popular Harman targeted IEMs, but it doesn't sound veiled or hazy thanks to tones of clarity and resolution. The vocal is heard at adequate distance, without masking. The treble extension is not superb. The cymbals is heard less silky and a little rough compared to some IEMs with great treble extension, but it's still above par. The headroom forms just enough in size, not too sparse or too crowded. In general it is a neutral and bright, but less fatiguing IEM that I can have on my ears for hours. There are some minor issues/concerns though.
  1. Low nominal impedance may cause issue: 10 Ohms is pretty low. To ensure solid bass, I think the source output impedance shouldn't exceed 1.0 Ohms much. From what I have tried, portable devices like iPhone X with 3.5mm adapter (approx. 0.5 Ohms), FiiO BTR1K (approx. 0.5 Ohms) and iPad Pro 1st gen (Probably not much higher than 1.0 Ohms) were Okay. But headphone amps made for high impedance devices (Output impedance 8 Ohms) resulted very poor bass. My old DAP AK100II(approx 1.7 Ohms) muffled the bass a bit. An Android phone(Samsung S9+, Approx 0.5 Ohms) required impedance matching trick for an ideal balance.
  2. Timber is...very dry. Sometimes sounds like playing a score with MIDI from Encore, Guitar Pro or SONAR without virtual instrument. But not seriously distracting.
  3. The bass might be too lacking for some listeners. I mentioned it's neutral, but the extension to sub-bass is pretty poor and weightless. This isn't a type of IEM that gives very energetic and exciting bass whatever trick you try. You won't feel much punchiness from the footdrum. I tried boosting 20Hz by up to +7dB, but it was just like there is nothing to amplify.
P.s. My first package came in without a dust filter for the left unit, but James in the support team kindly helped me out. And I apologize for my poor English to people who read through this.
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