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The evolution of a legend. For the first time, a bone conduction driver is being used at Empire Ears and pushes the boundaries of what was previously possible in terms of sound.

The Legend EVO is available for pre-order now.

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<transcy>New: Cayin RU6 - 24bit R2R DAC dongle</transcy>

Cayin did it again!
To accommodate a discrete 24-bit R-2R DAC in a USB DAC dongle, with 48 high-precision resistors per channel, is an unbelievable achievement - and a world first!

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Products

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Cayin RU6 - 24bit R2R USB-C dongle
Cayin RU6 - 24bit R2R USB-C dongle

Cayin RU6 - 24bit R2R USB-C dongle

away CHF 299.00

STE AG W16 - high-end 16-wire silver cable
STE AG W16 - high-end 16-wire silver cable
New

STE AG W16 - high-end 16-wire silver cable

CHF 549.00

Cayin N6ii / R01 bundle
Cayin N6ii / R01 bundle

Cayin N6ii / R01 bundle

CHF 1,699.00

Hiby RS6 - R2R high-end DAP
Hiby RS6 - R2R high-end DAP

Hiby RS6 - R2R high-end DAP

CHF 1,549.00

Kinera Imperial Baldr 2.0
Kinera Imperial Baldr 2.0

Kinera Imperial Baldr 2.0

CHF 1,399.00

Spirit Torino MISTRAL
Spirit Torino MISTRAL

Spirit Torino MISTRAL

CHF 849.00

Oriolus Isabellae
Oriolus Isabellae

Oriolus Isabellae

CHF 699.00

Burson Audio Funk - headphone and loudspeaker amplifier in one!
Burson Audio Funk - headphone and loudspeaker amplifier in one!
offer

Burson Audio Funk - headphone and loudspeaker amplifier in one!

CHF 699.00 Normal price CHF 749.00

Hiby R8
Hiby R8

Hiby R8

CHF 1,899.00

Hiby R6 (new version)
Hiby R6 (new version)

Hiby R6 (new version)

CHF 799.00

Eletech Fortitude - Premium copper cable
Eletech Fortitude - Premium copper cable

Eletech Fortitude - Premium copper cable

away CHF 269.00

Cayin N6ii - Titanium Limited Edition
Cayin N6II - Titanium Limited Edition - Audio Essence
offer

Cayin N6ii - Titanium Limited Edition

CHF 1,899.00 Normal price CHF 2,049.00

Cayin N3Pro + YB04 Super Bundle
Cayin N3Pro + YB04 Super Bundle
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Cayin N3Pro + YB04 Super Bundle

CHF 1,098.00 Normal price CHF 1,248.00

Cayin N3Pro
Cayin N3Pro - Audio Essence
offer

Cayin N3Pro

CHF 599.00 Normal price CHF 649.00

Empire Ears LEGEND EVO "Launch Edition"
Empire Ears LEGEND EVO
New

Empire Ears LEGEND EVO "Launch Edition"

CHF 3,099.00

A & ultima SP1000M (Open Box, like new)
A & ultima SP1000M (Open Box, like new)
offer

A & ultima SP1000M (Open Box, like new)

CHF 1,399.00 Normal price CHF 2,399.00

Oriolus mellianus JP
Oriolus mellianus JP

Oriolus mellianus JP

CHF 3,599.00

Oriolus Traillii JP
Oriolus Traillii JP

Oriolus Traillii JP

CHF 6,799.00

Plusound X8 - Copper
Plusound X8 - Copper

Plusound X8 - Copper

away CHF 449.00

Cayin N6ii
Cayin N6ii
offer

Cayin N6ii

away CHF 1,449.00 Normal price CHF 1,599.00

News blog & reviews

Josh, der Kabel Guru: STE MIX W16 Hybrid-Kabel Review
Josh, the Cable Guru: STE MIX W16 Hybrid Cable Review

from Thomas Scharfenberg at the Dec 01, 2021

Empire Ears Legend EVO - Komplettes Review von Josh Chan
Empire Ears Legend EVO - Full Review by Josh Chan

from Thomas Scharfenberg at the Oct 03, 2021

Ein bisschen Bling Bling: Eletech In-Ear Kabel
A little bling bling: Eletech in-ear cables

from Thomas Scharfenberg at the Sep 29, 2021

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Our customers' opinions

Empire Ears Odin

Urs, Wädenswil

Salü Tom,

MERCI, das hat bestens geklappt.Erster, und noch eher unvollständiger Eindruck, aber:
Der ODIN übertrifft meine Erwartungen - klingt herrlich und spielt klar in der Liga eines Guten STAX.





Cayin N6II-Ti

G.P. , Detmold (DE)

Hallo Herr Scharfenberg,
der Cayin ist heute schon eingetroffen. Alles hat perfekt geklappt.

Und Ihr Service und Ihre Kundenbetreuung sind auch perfekt (nette Karte…). Da ist man gerne Kunde.

Ich werde bestimmt weiter/wieder bei Ihnen bestellen.

Empire Ears Odin Custom

Thomas, Zürich

Meine Erfahrung mit Audio Essence war grossartig.

Angefangen von der kompetenten Beratung über die unkomplizierte Bereitstellung von Demo-Equipment bis zur Platzierung der Bestellung im Ausland – Tom hat sämtliche Schritte schnell und zuverlässig erledigt. Zu keinem Zeitpunkt blieben Fragen oder Wünsche offen.

Ich bin vom Einmal-Besteller zum zufriedenen Kunden geworden!

Empire Ears Valkyrie MKII

Kristy, Zürich

I received a gift from my husband that opened up a whole new world of music: Empire Ears Valkyrie MK II.

These were purchased from Tom, and I am really enjoying the high quality sound especially the bass, instrumental and vocals. I listen to mainly KPOP, CPOP and RNB music.

Tom has been very helpful with the overall purchase and after-sales experience, and I would gladly recommend him to anyone who is interested in getting a pair of IEMs!

Cayin N3Pro

Konrad, Pratteln

Dear Mr. Scharfenberg

Thank you very much for the prompt delivery of the Cayin N3Pro! After the software update, I was able to put it into operation successfully.

The audio performance with hires files via a world-class listener is sensational and also very spatial thanks to the tube power amplifier. Great!

Here are my first experiences with headphones on the Cayin N3Pro. I am thrilled that the output stages of the Cayin N3Pro can drive a Hifiman HE1000se, for example, really well (35 Ohm / 96 dB sensitivity / operated asymmetrically, also on tube). With 60 ohm headphones such as an AKG K172 Pro or a Shure SRH 1840, it is also loud, impulsive and dynamic.

On the go, I also use Bluetooth: the Beyerdynamik Aventho, which is calibrated to my hearing, achieves a satisfactory performance via APTX.

Hiby New R6

Bernard, Villars-sur-Glâne

Hello Tom

Thank you very much! The R6 arrived safely and on time. Unboxing and first impressions are fabulous.

Thank you again -
the service is SUPER!

In-ears

Remo, Freidorf


Dear Tom

First of all, I have to praise you: all three IEMs that I have bought from you are awesome. You meet my taste 100%.

The Nanna Pro 2 fresh out of the box sound wonderful and are an absolute insider tip for me. I could find very little about this IEM on the internet. But then dared to make a blind purchase and I'm tired of this performance. A small team did an incredible job. To conjure up such a vote for this money is an unbelievable price-performance ratio.
I think the nannas will get a lot of listening lessons from me.

Thank you very much again, keep it up.

Testing Spirit Torino Valkyria

Martin, Winterthur

I have been on a personal journey to build the best headphone system I can. This means auditioning some of the most expensive gear out there, comparing notes and talking to others. When I saw Spirit Torino Valkyria, being twice of the cost of Hifiman Susvara or Abyss AB-1266 TC, I just knew I had to listen to it. Not only Tom allowed me to borrow his demo for a week, he personally drove to my house, spent hours talking to me about audio, and when I was done listening, he picked it up and chatted with some more. To me, it is unheard of someone having this close relationship with a dealer, and dealer to be as well integrated with manufacturer as Tom is. He was able to address all of my concerns / feedback, speak and advocate on my behalf with the manufacturers, but also get their commitment to customize the product to my linking. Even though I did not end up purchasing Valkyria, Tom has become a dear friend who is always welcome in my home, to talk about life and audio. Excellent service, for which I am very grateful.

Empire Ears Odin & Valkyrie MKII

Joshua, Zurich

I recently purchased 2 pairs of Empire Ears IEMs from my local dealer, Thomas / Audio Essence. I was fortunate enough to buy the Odin and the Valkyrie MK II from Thomas.

I wanted something more high quality and was lucky enough to find Thomas and his shop. Thomas has a very deep understanding of sound, Empire Ears IEMs and customer service. I am new to the IEM scene and Thomas provide me with a ton of information that allowed me to get to know all the different products Empire Ears offers.

I was able to demo the IEMs and really get a feel for what they were like. As I tested more and more, Thomas was always there to help me and give me advice. He was never demanding and left me with enough room to decide on my own. I listen to a lot of pop, RnB (90s, 2000s), K-Pop and classical music. I was intrigued by the fact Empire Ears supplies one of my favorite bands, Black Pink, with IEMS.

In summary, I am very satisfied Audio Essence. Tom is a fantastic dealer and you can always count on him no matter what. I wish Tom continued success with the business.

Home Testing - Cayin N6ii, Empire Ears Legend X & LX SE

Urs, Winterthur

I think the opportunity to try out high-quality audio equipment in peace and quiet at home is a great idea. I find it extremely generous that this is possible without a deposit and only at the cost of the return.

Tom even entrusted me with the brand new EE LX SE in its original packaging. Tom was very helpful and friendly in email exchanges and at no point put me under any pressure to make a purchase. I appreciated that very much and I can very well imagine buying in-ears offered by Audio Essence in the future.

In fact, I have already registered an interest in an Oriolus Isabellae;).

Thank you for this great opportunity to listen to it! I hope that everyone who makes use of it will handle the devices with the utmost care.



Cayin N3Pro

Remo, Freidorf

Good evening Mr. Scharfenberg
Thank you for the prompt delivery. Everything went well and the player was well received. I will order something from you again and I wish you every success and luck with your new business (baby no.2)

Home Testing - Cayin C9

Julien, Rudolfstetten

Dear Tom, Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to try out and test the Cayin C9 at home for a week. That is 5-star service. When I returned the amp, I got to know you personally and your passion for audio and music is contagious. In addition, you are also a very cool and uncomplicated guy. “Keep up the good work” 👍

Empire Ears Legend X Custom

Patrick, Solothurn

Ordering my EE Legend X Custom via Audio Essence was absolutely uncomplicated and quick. I was given very friendly and competent advice, and a lot of time was taken to explain everything to me perfectly. I also found it great that you can easily test the things at home. Audio Essence is therefore highly recommended :-) PS: The Legend X sounds brutal ;-)

Home Testing - Cayin N6II + A01

Yves, Lausanne

Ever bought portable hi-fi gear blind and ended-up disappointed?
Audio Essence is the first dealer of portable hi-fi equipment in Switzerland offering home tryouts on a permanent basis.
In exchange for some quick and straightforward "paperwork", you get to test the device you've always wanted for a few days, within the comfort of your own home, with your own gear and music, at your own pace ... < br /> The best part? Aside the return fees, you won't have to pay anything.
What's not to like? Highly recommended!

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