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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CEE_TEE
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Apr 4, 2019
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Hi everyone! Couple of updates for first purchasers... (Thank you very much!) DHL Tracking/Actually UPS: For international shipments, the links we sent out went to DHL but we actually used UPS to ship. This was flagged to internal teams and we were working on a fix. However, you might receive your Zeus first (or you can copy and paste the number into UPS tracking). Sorry for the confusion! Cleaning Cloths: There was a mistake and microfiber cleaning cloths were left out of all of the first kits we were sent. We are working now to get one sent out to each of you separately. Apologies. Everyone should have (5) sets of Final ear tips total, a cleaning tool, carry case, care and wearing card, a certificate of authenticity, and...a microfiber cleaning cloth. In this picture, the 5th set of ear tips are on the earpieces to make them easier to see in the presentation box:
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Happy Listening!
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Apr 4, 2019
Ouafi
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Jun 5, 2019
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Is it possible to ship with basic airmail to Europe? Shipments done through DHL and USPS are systematically subject to customs fees
Jun 5, 2019
erfan_elahi
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Jun 9, 2019
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Totally agreed. And they are more hassled to clear from the customs as you need claiming agent help and finally it takes more time than post office.
Jun 9, 2019
CEE_TEE
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Sep 20, 2018
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Who is stronger than Zeus?  This new Zeus.
Empire Ears was on our radar back in 2016, when a couple of community members pinged me and said that Jack was such a great guy and I should really check out their line-up because so many of the models/Gods sounded great.
The overall balance in the original Olympus product line was impressive. Some of the community favorites were the Spartan, Apollo, Athena, & Zeus. A lot of care was taken with the mids and to deliver a linear sound with all of the music and nothing masked.  
At 2016 RMAF, I snapped this pic of Jack…with wings:
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This was a good omen as we listened to the line-up.  He definitely helped this project happen today.  AND- if you sneak a peek at the background to the left of Jack…that’s our tuner, the Co-Founder and Engineer Dean Vang.
Speaking of tuning, I asked Dean Vang about his approach to tuning earlier this year at their new facility in Georgia:
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Dean plays guitar and bass.  He knows what these instruments sound like and he is heavily influenced by the feel of live shows.  Paraphrasing, Dean “tunes for a sound that gives the feeling of live energy from going to a show but with a studio-produced quality in terms of polish in the presentation”. We spoke about combining elements of Zeus and Athena into a new model and Dean even made some new prototypes.  While we are enjoying the process of thinking about doing something new, Jack and I kept coming back to thinking about the original Zeus XIV that made such an impact and has been so influential.  There is still so much chatter and buzz on the boards about Zeus; how could we deliver this community favorite in an accessible but uncompromised way? A lot of work and partnership, it turns out.  We’re very excited today to to announce this collaboration to the audiophile community.
After spending time with Zeus, I marvel at how much information the 14 drivers deliver to the brain. Some of it must be attributed to how sensitive they are (how little power/signal is needed get all these drivers moving) combined with the lack of dampers.  There is a direct connection from the drivers to your eardrum. It’s hard for me to do complex work while listening to these, the detail is distracting and something to get used to. (Years ago I read ClieOS’ massive earbud comparison thread on Head-Fi.org and he said he liked some earbuds that were not as detailed so he could get some work done at times, ha! I understand.)  
When it comes to a top-of-the-line (TOTL) item…you want it to deliver a special experience, to do something extraordinary.  The middle of the Zeus presentation has a 3-dimensional quality and a level of resolution that I find very addictive.  
Audiophile Ambrosia Same drivers, same crossovers, new construction. · 14 Knowles drivers (6 high, 6 mid, 2 low) per ear! · 7-way Crossover circuit · No dampers · Air/Treble · Holographic headstage · Tons of sonic information- extremely sensitive system IMPROVED Durability · ABS shell & Faceplate · stainless steel nozzle · wax guard · recessed socket for improved cable strain relief & less contamination
EMPIRE EARSIt’s a Family Affair Dean- Engineer/Co-Founder Catherine- CEO/Co-Founder Jack- VP of Sales Victor- Operations Manager Lauren- Shipping/Logistics Richard- Graphic Arts Kay- Technician Made in Georgia
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From Flinkenick: Rank #2: Empire Ears Zeus-XIV “Zeus-XIV was awe-inspiring, as the first iem to pass the 12 BA mark – the earphone community felt collectively lifted to another level. Despite initial scepticism, it quickly became apparent that Zeus’ driver count was more than a gimmick” “Zeus is an iem that never fails to impress me. It combines high resolution with an impressive stage, and power in its sound. Leave it to 14 drivers to hit you with a wall of sound – to floor you even. There’s solidity in its sound, enhanced by its forward vocals.” https://theheadphonelist.com/rank-2-empire-ears-zeus-xiv/
I’ve dreamt for a long time of being able to bring Zeus to our community on Massdrop.   Luckily, Jack dreamt with me…many thanks to Empire Ears for making this happen!
Sep 20, 2018
U0900147
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Mar 17, 2019
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Hi Cee_Tee, what's the good news?? :) have been excited for the past few days
Mar 17, 2019
erfan_elahi
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Jun 9, 2019
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got a clear example of cost cut down by not adding ADEL. But thanks for this drop, those who couldn't grab it for $2100, now at least can taste it... :-)
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Jun 9, 2019
EmpireEars
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Jack Vang, VP of Sales
Oct 1, 2018
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What's going on everyone?! My name is Jack Vang and I'm the Founder of EarWerkz and VP of Sales for Empire Ears. I can't tell you how ecstatic I am for this project and how much it means to me. Christian (@CEE_TEE) has relentlessly pursued this opportunity and I'm glad he persevered because we're FINALLY here! With the help of Massdrop, Knowles, and Final Audio we're proud to present to you all the flagship IEM that put us on the map, the Empire Ears Zeus XIV.
Dean and I have been relentlessly working on this project to ensure that each and every one of you will receive the same Zeus-XIV that the audiophile and HeadFi community has come to love. In order to achieve this we needed to make sure we had the following key components:
Empire Ears spec’d proprietary Knowles drivers
XIV crossover networks
7-strand Estron Litz internal wiring
Premium silver-plated copper (SPC) cable
These are the exact same components that we’ve been using since day one with the exception of the cable. As some of you may know we’ve gone through quite a journey with Zeus-bundled cable pairings. First it was the BTG Starlight (SPC), Whiplash (SPC), and then the Effect Audio Ares II (Copper Litz). We’ve always felt strongly about a silver-plated copper (SPC) cable to enhance the Zeus’ sound signature which is why we’ve partnered with Null Audio to help manufacture a cable that would compliment it.
Ergonomics and durability are also key considerations. The Zeus XIV does feature 14 full-size drivers and a 7-way crossover network on each side, and the drivers must be placed in a very specific place in order to achieve the original FR curve. The comfort and fit should be optimum as we’ve made the shell as small as possible and partnered with Final Audio of Japan to bring to you a complete set of their Type E tips. I encourage you to look into them as they’re some of the best premium silicone tips we’ve ever used and feel quite luxurious, though it may not be very evident in the pictures.
In regards to the shell, it is no longer hand-poured acrylic. ABS is more durable than acrylic, reduces return rates, and the faceplates/shells can be made more efficiently to help reach the price point.  Driver/crossover assembly, final assembly and testing, lacquer plus hand-polishing is all completed in our North Atlanta facility ensuring that every Zeus is built to the same standards as every other Empire IEM.  Holding these in our hand, side-by-side with the hand-pour…we know you will be happy with the looks and feel of what we are making for you.
I hope this answers a lot of the questions out there and I’ll be around from time to time to answer any other that you all might have! We will be publishing FR soon to showcase comparisons between the original handcrafted Zeus and the MD edition Zeus. I can’t thank the community and Massdrop enough for making this happen. We are STOKED to be building these Zeus’ for you all!
Oct 1, 2018
riseuplight
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May 31, 2019
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he's probably looking for a balanced connector at this price point
May 31, 2019
jsmiller58
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May 31, 2019
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Could be... If that really is the case, I must admit that most cables I get with IEMs go into a drawer and get replaced by third party ones... a great balanced cable can be had for $49 on Amazon... with this set costing $1000, I would hope people are more focused on the sound, but I may be missing something...
May 31, 2019
CEE_TEE
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Hi Everybody, Today we added the frequency response, total harmonic distortion, and comparison graphs to the drop page from Jude Mansilla of www.head-fi.org.   I am also posting a new comparison graph from Empire Ears here:
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Please note that we are now posting RAW, uncompensated frequency response graphs from Head-Fi.org for in-ear monitors for this drop and moving forward.  At our request, Head-Fi has been providing us with <both> uncompensated measurements and diffuse field (DF) compensated measurements for IEMs and headphones. We have been showing the DF-compensated versions. Because the DF compensation is less relevant to IEMs (versus headphones), Massdrop will only be showing uncompensated frequency response measurements for IEMs from now on, as others are increasingly doing. For those of you who participated in the first drop, thank you! You are first on the list and have the earliest ship date. For those of you who were waiting for some graphs, we are opening up this second drop for some additional purchasers. We have set a conservative shipping date for this second drop and hope to be able to deliver earlier. Just a reminder, these are exactly the same 14 Knowles drivers and crossovers per ear as the Original Zeus XIV. From the graphs you can see how flat, extended, and connected the sound is from sub-bass to treble air...this is Zeus!
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Dec 17, 2018
U0900147
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Jan 10, 2019
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Any production updates? Based on the info Massdrop shared, we're due for an update in Jan. Would love to hear how it's been coming along!
Jan 10, 2019
U0900147
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Mar 13, 2019
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Hi! It's mid-Mar now, i.e. the promised shipping date. Any news, please? It's ok if it isn't good news, we just need to know to manage our expectations. Please share!
Mar 13, 2019
TechnologyGod
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Jul 15, 2019
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Is anyone able to advise on the vocals performance? Does it gives harsh tones at the higher pitch?
Jul 15, 2019
M3NTAL
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Jul 11, 2019
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@EmpireEars - who should I contact to order a new cable? Thank you.
Jul 11, 2019
nar53
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Jul 10, 2019
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I'm pleased to see its not the voice of Zeos!
Jul 10, 2019
ScroogeMcDuck
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Jul 9, 2019
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These are earbuds, hence the rubber tips, which for me, never fit well, YMMV. IEM's are In Ear Monitors and more properly known as CIEM because they are custom molded to, and fit inside, your ear canal and sound totally different than a rubber tip jammed in at the top.
Jul 9, 2019
TheFlyingPig
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Jul 9, 2019
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Can anyone explain why the Drop zeus and the original zeus have difference fr curves on the graph? Different materials in the contruction?
Jul 9, 2019
mjauyong
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Jul 8, 2019
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Hi bought it on July 5 2019, excited for my totl iems. i tried ups with the tracking number from the email but still no progress of the shipment?
Jul 8, 2019
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