Empire Ears Raven
* Launch Edition limited to 400 units
- 12 Driver Quadbrid, Dual Conduction Flagship
- Dual W9+ Subwoofers
- Five Proprietary Balanced Armature Drivers
- Quad Electrostatic Tweeters
- W10 Bone Conduction Ultra Driver
- Proprietary Multi-Point synX Crossover Network
- DCA - Dual Conduction Architecture
- EIVEC MKII - Empire Intelligent Variable Electrostatic Control Technology
- HRC – Harmonic Resonance Core
- ARC – Resonance Mitigation Technology
- Impedance: 2 ohms @1kHz
- Frequency Response: 5 Hz - 100kHz
- Sensitivity: 108.1dB @ 1kHz, 1mW
- Premium Empire X PWaudio R7 OCC Dual Gauge Cable X 4.4 Rhodium Termination
W10 - At the forefront of innovation is our W10 Bone Conductor. This groundbreaking driver delivers unparalleled imaging, intricate nuance retrieval, and rich timbre by transmitting sound through bone conduction. The result is an immersive sonic experience engages the listener on a truly profound level.
Dual W9+ - The heart of the RAVEN's seismic bass response is EE's custom designed 9mm W9+ subwoofers. These dedicated low-frequency drivers deliver thunderous power and unmatched control, laying the foundation for a legendary bass experience.
Quintuplet Balanced Armature Drivers - Tasked with reproducing the critical mid-range frequencies are bespoke BA drivers, engineered in collaboration with industry leaders Knowles and Sonion. Their unique design and singular focus render a captivating and pure mid-range that truly brings music to life.
Quad Electrostatic Tweeters
Ensconced within Raven are Sonion electrostatic tweeters, each featuring an ultra-light moving membrane. These precision instruments offer an extraordinarily accurate transient response, allowing for unrivaled clarity, pristine separation, and breathtaking detail.
HARMONIC RESONANCE CORE
RAVEN, Empire Ears' first venture into metallurgy, marks a pivotal point in the quest for sonic excellence. Far from being a mere aesthetic choice, the incorporation of metallurgy, specifically with the 316L stainless steel plate in the RAVEN's faceplate design, demonstrates our profound commitment to elevating the performance of the W10 bone conductor. This steel plate does more than please the eye; it aids in the resonance, amplification, and dispersion of sound waves, synergizing with other elements to achieve a distinctive sound signature and optimize RAVEN's acoustic performance.
Our meticulous engineering led to the creation of a purpose-built polymer acoustic stage known as the Harmonic Resonance Core (HRC), situated strategically between the shell and the plate. Vibrations reverberate through these structures, culminating within an internal polymer basin that holds the plate. This arrangement, boosted by the metal plate, elevates the vibration effect, resulting in an unmatched enhancement in acoustic reproduction. The vibrations manifest tangibly, enriching the bass and treble with unprecedented depth, extension, and clarity, and thereby redefining the summit-fi segment.
RAVEN represents more than an advancement in traditional IEM technology; it's a daring step towards reshaping the future of in-ear monitor excellence. While the metal plate and clever design interplay are key to this remarkable sound experience, the underlying principle of dual conduction remains central to delivering an unparalleled listening experience.
The Eye of Odin
With a nod to the mythical EYE of ODIN and the iconic Empire Ears wingspan, RAVEN’s industrial 316L stainless steel faceplates becomes a mesmerizing canvas, skillfully crafted through precision CNC techniques. The meticulous process continues with hand-polishing and perfecting every detail, culminating in a lavish physical vapor deposition coating that exudes opulence.
At the heart of the RAVEN's custom-designed R7 cable, crafted in collaboration with PWAudio, is the Limerence 60's proprietary OCC structure copper conductor. This masterful combination delivers unparalleled purity of signal, enriching every auditory nuance. Thoughtfully designed, the conductor gauge melds a 26 AWG core with a 25 AWG 2nd layer, harmonizing together in a symphony that unlocks the full potential of RAVEN. Boasting 4 core conductors integrated seamlessly with 4 additional 2nd layer conductors, the R7 elevates the audio journey, orchestrating a sound experience that must be heard to be believed. Adorned with a premium 4.4 rhodium connector and Satin Black finish, the R7 cable's elegance transcends mere function, offering a touch of refined aesthetic to the listening experience. The “7” in its name signifies the meticulous journey of creation, marking the seventh iteration of versions and tuning, a testament to the rigorous development process that went into crafting a cable worthy of the Raven.
synX (Crossover Network)
Genetically dissimilar from the rest of the IEM world, our synX crossover network truly stands out with countless bespoke methods and technologies protecting it as a unique masterpiece. A marriage of 4 distinct driver technologies is symphonized via a proprietary multi-point synX crossover network, ensuring maximum performance from all 12 drivers.
The EIVEC MKII engine was developed to ensure optimal timing, phasing and control between the electrostatic and bone conductor – a monumental achievement. Empire Intelligent Variable Electrostatic Control – EIVEC - is Empire’s approach to incorporating electrostatic EST drivers into IEMs. For all the incredible range and resolution, electrostatic drivers are notoriously hard to control, often overpowering other drivers. EIVEC is our solution to that, and the degree of control provided by EIVEC is so precise that the electrostatics can operate independently, performing disparate tasks within the sound stage to deliver layer upon layer of detail and texture for unparalleled performance.
In EE's pursuit of perfection with RAVEN, we've elegantly reimagined the application of our renowned ARC (Anti-Resonance Control) technology. No longer confined to the chassis, ARC now targets other key elements such as specific internal components, aligning flawlessly with the Harmonic Resonance Core (HRC). This adaptation eliminates unwanted vibrations and flex, refining and enhancing the sound in a way that feels both revolutionary and inherently Empire. The synergy between ARC and HRC is a testament to our relentless innovation, a sublime interplay that delivers an audio experience unparalleled in purity and depth. ARC (Anti-Resonance Control) is a proprietary conformal coating that virtually eliminates unwanted vibrations and resonance.
Dual Tri-Port Exhausts
Due to the nature of the W10’s extreme output the enclosure’s air volume and vent design were especially crucial for proper tuning. Even the slightest change in diameter and positioning had a dramatic effect on sound quality and performance. By mastering the W10’s volume requirements we’re able to harness its optimal output, capabilities and potential.