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Tour: Empire Ears ODIN and HERO

The Long ODIN/HERO Tour Wait is Over

December 2020

The CIEMs in this tour are available for purchase here: https://empireears.com/

After a long and exciting ride, the rumored ODIN has finally come into reality on August 1st, 2020…and he has a little brother too – HERO. The speculation has finally come to rest since their launch and we are finally getting to read initial reviews. Now it is our turn to hear its awe-inspiring sound and I can tell you from my initial impressions that it was worth the wait. Empire Ears has done it again.

Empire Ears ODIN/HERO Tour Kit

We have one tour kit with both the HERO and the ODIN in full retail boxing for our tour:

Tour Kit – ODIN/HERO

  • ODIN ($3399): 11 Proprietary Drivers, Tribrid Design, 2-PIn cable terminated in 4.4m with full retail box.
  • HERO ($1349): 4 Proprietary Drivers, Hybrid Design, 2-Pin cable terminated in 4.4m with full retail box.

PLEASE NOTE: The tour kit does not contain an adapter to convert to 2.5m or 3.5m, so please be prepared as needed.

ODIN/HERO Kickoff Video

Tour Kit Pictures

Barra’s Quick Initial Impressions

The best part of managing tours is getting to hear all the great gear for myself. Here are some brief impressions from what I have heard so far between the tasks required to set up this tour:

  • ODIN: At first listen, you can tell that the ODIN is something very special and a CIEM that you want in your collection. The sound quality is absolutely in the exotic-tier offering end-game performance. However, unlike other top-tier or exotic-tier CIEMs, it is not as easy to provide a full sized headphone comparable to provide clarity into what exactly it sounds like – so let me break it up into its parts and come back with some conclusions. I consider the ODIN to be an audiophile tuning with the treble and details taking center stage. While the bass is polite and takes a back seat to the detailed, atmospheric presentation, the bass still packs a punch with an exquisite, almost liquid feel. While still not as wide of a soundstage as the Zeus, I find it to be quite holographic and fun. One more notable point is that it scales well with the bass coming out quite a bit more with higher powered sources and it also place nice with lower volumes for those like me that like to listen in bed at night. To summarize quickly, it was definitely worth the wait!
  • HERO: At first impressions, the HERO reminded me of an improved Phantom with that BA done right goodness, but with an underlying richness brought on by the new Weapon X dynamic bass driver. Again like the ODIN, to my ear, it has more of an audiophile tuning with details first and the bass complement. However, a bassy EDM song can catch me off guard with boosted bass that goes into the fun zone. I am hesitant to say too much as I admittedly spend much more time with the ODIN so the HERO dynamic driver is not as well exercised and may continue to evolve its sound. What I can hear so far is that the new W9 driver is more defined and tight leaving more air for the detail to come through. While my opinion is evolving with the burn-in, I can tell that the HERO is definitely another win for Empire Ears that will be very popular given its more forgiving price point. More to come later. 

Empire Ears has always been a crowd favorite and it is easy to see why. Their entire range is impressive from end-to-end in my experience based on tour units as well as in-person introductions at CANJAM with Jack. These two new additions just embolden my confidence in the brand. Even better, the improvements we are seeing offered in the ODIN and HERO are being introduced to the rest of the lineup providing more ESTs for all and a new improved next-generation W9 subwoofer throughout…with the exception of the Legend X. Hopefully, this tour will feature these additional offerings as they come available.

Rules and Responsibilities

Most of our tours are offering 7-day auditions which you are required to ship out to the next participant on day 8. Yes, you pay the shipping to the next participant, but we organize into logistically friendly orders to minimize the shipping expense.

The tour membership rules and responsibilities are described here. The key idea is that we must be communicative to participate and to keep the tour moving and interesting. It is our responsibility to follow these rules and to ensure the ability to ship out on day 8 when our turn is over.

Signing up for the Tour

To sign up for the tour, you must be a verified tour member and have joined our new AUDIOTIERs platform. The membership qualifications and requirements are described here if you are not already a member. Whether a HEADFI tour member that needs to transfer their membership to the new platform or you are a new member looking to apply for tour membership, please follow the instructions in the GETTING STARTED box below. We are now accepting applications from both US and Canadian citizens.

Getting
Started

NEW TOUR MEMBERS: 1) Register, 2) Subscribe, 3) Apply, 4) Join Tours

EXISTING HEADFI TOUR MEMBERS: 1) Register, 2) Subscribe, 3) Join Tours

Tour Signups for Verified Members: If you would like to be part of this tour, please feel free to post your request in the comments below.

Reviewers First Tour: This is a REVIEWERS GO FIRST TOUR, so if you would like to skip to the front of the line, please note that you would like to be a full reviewer in the request as in the sample below:

Sample Signup Request: I live in Anthem, AZ and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com. AS A FULL REVIEWER, PLEASE MOVE ME TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE.

Tour Participant Logistics

We are offering 7-days auditions to each participant. This logistics list is updated as I can to show you where we are in the order with each participant bolded to signify that they received the kit. This is where you will find the next two participants to contact when you receive the kit.

Signup Period: During our signup period, we collect the initial participants and provide them with a logistically friendly portion of the tour. This is the lowest cost portion in terms of shipping. Once this closes, we move to the latecomer portion.

Latecomer Period: Latecomers are welcome to the tour on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will continue taking latecomer requests until we run out of participants or the manufacturer asks us to end the tour.

Empire Ears US Tour Logistics

Tour Kit – ODIN/HERO

  1. @Barra – Anthem, AZ
  2. REVIEWER: @audiokeyreviews – Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  3. REVIEWER: @seamon67 – WEST LAFAYETTE, IN
  4. REVIEWER: @dbstechtalk – LOGANSPORT IN
  5. REVIEWER:@ngoshawk – Warrensburg, MO
  6. REVIEWER: kubig123 – New York, NY
  7. REVIEWER: runningwithit – Memphis Tennessee (In process)
  8. REVIEWER: drunkenmunkey – Highlands Ranch, CO
  9. REVIEWER: @audio in – Merced, CA
  10. REVIEWER: @csglinux – Los Angeles, CA
  11. @eTHE2 – Diamond Bar, CA
  12. CANiSLAYu – Concord, CA 
  13. @wardo783 – Porter Ranch, CA
  14. hamhamhamsta – Santa Ana, CA 
  15. bhschap – Orange, CA (In Process)
  16. @hypermuteki – Las Vegas, NV
  17. @rwelles – Florence, OR
  18. @bvng3540 – Bothell WA
  19. bvng3540 – Bothell, WA
  20. EricR – Eagle, ID
  21. @rmsanger – South Jordan, UT 
  22. circa – Denver CO 
  23. @tybot – Albuquerque, NM
  24. Towa – Nashville, TN
  25. @darkestred – Denville, NJ
  26. Doctorjazz – Westfield NJ 
  27. rantng – Brooklyn, NY
  28. @tawmizzzz – Somerville, MA 
  29. Gc335 – CUMBERLAND, RI 
  30. forkofnature – Annapolis, MD 
  31. gnahra – Fort Myers, FL
  32. @Barra – Anthem, AZ

Potential Canadian Tour

We are checking participation levels for Canadian tour members. If we get 8 requests, we will move to extend our tour to Canada. If we get 16 requests, we will ask for an additional tour kit to start an additional tour right away. Again, Fir Audio will have to agree, but this should not be an issue if we get the numbers.

  • @Barra – Anthem, AZ
  • REVIEWER: @Tanjiro – Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • Titienne – Levis, Quebec, Canada
  • musicDAN – BROSSARD, QC Canada
  • @gasdoc – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Tanjiro – Ontario Canada
  • efejoao –  Vancouver, BC (Canada) (Application in Process)
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Ian Maddela
US Tours
08/14/2020 4:05 am

Definitely want in on this tour!

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Tom Ezell
Admin
08/16/2020 2:25 pm

As echo’d above, I’d like to be included in this tour also.

I live in Diamond Bar, CA, and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I am a registered tour participant and billb@AudioTiers.com has my information on file.

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Last edited 2 months ago by eTHE2
Lorenzo Cussigh
US Tours Reviewer
08/17/2020 4:40 pm

I live in New York, NY and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour.
Bill, you already have my documentation, let me know if i have to send them again.

Thanks

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Etienne Pelletier
CA Tours
08/17/2020 9:44 pm

Would love to be added to this tour as well !

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David Sylvia
US Tours Reviewer
08/18/2020 10:04 am

I live in Logansport, IN and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com. As a reviewer, please move me to the top of the list.

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Benny Nguyen
US Tours
08/19/2020 5:04 am

I would like to participate, I was going to buy the hero, but Odin seem like a better, once audition, might buy both

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Chris Clemente
US Tours
08/20/2020 3:41 am

I live in Denville, NJ and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. My info should still be verified.

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Patrick Rortvedt
US Tours
08/21/2020 8:03 pm

I would love to hear these!

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Sebstien Chiu
US Tours Reviewer
08/26/2020 7:22 pm

I live in Highlands Ranch, CO and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com (and have already been approved)!

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David Mccary
US Tours Reviewer
09/03/2020 11:46 pm

I live in Merced, California and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com

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Adam Freed
CA Tours
09/11/2020 6:38 am

Gasdoc

CA Tours

I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and would like to participate in the Odin Canadian Tour if it goes forward. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have joined AUDIOTIERS, subscribed to the tour announcements, and applied for tour membership.  I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com.

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Greg Haraguchi
US Tours
09/11/2020 9:40 am

I live in Las Vegas, NV and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour.

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Marcus Chan
CA Tours Reviewer
09/11/2020 11:55 pm

I live in Ontario Canada and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com.

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Arunabh Hazarika
US Tours Reviewer
09/12/2020 1:43 am

live in West Lafayette, IN and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com. AS A FULL REVIEWER, PLEASE MOVE ME TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE.

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Stuart Branson
CA Tours
09/12/2020 5:37 pm

Would love to be part of this tour if it ever makes it up to Canada.

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Tom Ezell
Admin
09/25/2020 6:24 pm

I live in Diamond Bar, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com.

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Ryan Sanger
US Tours
10/10/2020 4:47 am

I live in SLC, UT would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I am a verified US tour member and my contact information is up to date.

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Lorenzo Cussigh
US Tours Reviewer
10/13/2020 7:12 pm

I live in New York, NY and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I already have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com.

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Joao Ferreira
CA Tours
10/16/2020 2:45 am

Hello!

I am very interested in this Tour! Please do let me know when this becomes available.

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Edwardo Aguinaga
US Tours
10/21/2020 3:27 pm

I live in Porter Ranch, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. All previous verified documentation on file remains current

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Phong Ngo
US Tours
10/22/2020 4:28 am

Color me interested! I live in Brooklyn, NY and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. All previous verified documentation on file remains current.

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Stuart Branson
CA Tours
10/24/2020 5:08 am

Definitely interested.

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Last edited 2 months ago by SBranson
Michael Tran
Member
10/28/2020 1:45 pm

I live in Orange, CA and would love to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms. I have already submitted my information via Head-fi tours. Thank you so much!

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Benny Nguyen
US Tours
10/31/2020 8:52 pm

Please sign me up thanks

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Phong Ngo
US Tours
11/03/2020 1:11 am

Jack just announced that the tour is about to kick off, but I didn’t see an official thread on HF. Did I miss it?

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Tom Mlodozeniec
US Tours
11/04/2020 4:02 pm

I live in Somerville, MA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I already have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@cleardiff.com.

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runningwithit
Member
11/06/2020 3:05 am

Hello!

I request inclusion in this tour. I would love to leave my first and foremost impressions of both products!

I will email my id verification to billb@cleardiff.com….

Thank you!!

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Last edited 2 months ago by runningwithit
Etienne Pelletier
CA Tours
11/11/2020 1:12 pm

CA Tours

I live in Levis, Quebec, Canada and would like to participate in the Odin/Hero Canadian tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have joined AUDIOTIERS, subscribed to the tour announcements, and applied for tour membership.  My ID verification was already completed for a prior tour (VisionEars VE8 + Elysium).

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David Sylvia
US Tours Reviewer
11/18/2020 8:48 am

I live in Logansport, IN and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com. AS A FULL REVIEWER, PLEASE MOVE ME TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE.

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George Nahra
US Tours
11/18/2020 10:59 pm

I’d love to be added to this tour, as well, please.
Thanks!

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Eugene Clark
US Tours
11/19/2020 8:16 pm

I’d love to get in on this one Bill! Thx!

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Tybot
US Tours
11/19/2020 10:36 pm

Sign me up please!

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Rob Welles
US Tours
11/19/2020 11:30 pm

I  live in Florence, OR and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I am a registered tour participant and billb@AudioTiers.com has my information on file.

Sure hope there’s more than one tour kit, otherwise this is gonna be a loooooong wait!!

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Lynn Miller
US Tours Reviewer
11/19/2020 11:43 pm

As per usual, I would like to add my name to the list for a full review of the duo.

Thanks, Bill. Keep up the great work.

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Halim Winata
US Tours
11/20/2020 9:14 am

I live in Santa Ana, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com

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Aadi Lahiri
US Tours
11/20/2020 2:22 pm

I live in Annapolis, MD and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I already have emailed my required ID verification documentation to BillB@audiotiers.com. AS A REVIEWER, PLEASE MOVE ME TO THE TOP OF THE LIST.

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Paul Batten
US Tours Reviewer
11/20/2020 5:44 pm

csglinux

US Tours Reviewer

 09/06/2020 1:10 am
I live in Los Angeles, CA and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com. AS A FULL REVIEWER, PLEASE MOVE ME TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE.

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John Crum
US Tours
11/24/2020 4:38 am

I live in Nashville, TN and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. My membership information is up to date.

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George Nahra
US Tours
11/29/2020 12:38 am

my apologies, but I should not be signed up as a reviewer.
sorry about the confusion.

thanks!

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Eric Rasmusson
US Tours Reviewer
11/29/2020 6:08 am

I live in Eagle, ID, and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I am 90% sure I’m already a registered tour participant and billb@AudioTiers.com has my information on file.

Please let me know if additional information is needed.

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Jack Skowron
US Tours
11/29/2020 10:20 pm

I’d like to be in, just as a listener. Would love to hear the latest from EE (end of the line is fine…), Thanks!

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DANIEL LEBLANC
CA Tours
12/03/2020 4:07 pm

Hello Mr. Barra and fellow audiophiles.

I would love to join this tour.

I was on the previous VE one and loved both iem’s and wrote my comments on Head-Fi

Cheers,

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Tom Ezell
Admin
12/06/2020 12:02 am

Immensely Looking forward to this tour!

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JL Van Leuven
Member
12/06/2020 12:12 am

Would love in on the tour. Thanks!
Ephrata, WA

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Hung Dang
US Tours
12/06/2020 12:20 am

I live in Madison, WI and would like to participate in the tour.
Bill, I think you have all my documents from previous tours on headfi already.

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Berney Vincent
US Tours
12/06/2020 12:36 am

I live in Rochester, NY and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour.

Thank You for the reminder

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guani360
Member
12/06/2020 4:01 pm

I live in Little Elm, TX and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com

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Vincent Naze
CA Tours
12/06/2020 5:44 pm

Hi, I’d like to participate. Thank you.

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Chiping Yeh
US Tours
12/08/2020 4:07 am

I’d like to be added to this tour as well! You should already have my documentation as well.

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