Yesterday it finally happened: I was allowed to receive the Legend EVO .
What is immediately noticeable: Empire Ears have halved the size of their packaging. The basic styling remains unchanged. Since I try to save paper and packaging as much as possible, I think that's a great idea. Better for the environment and certainly cheaper for Empire Ears to produce: win-win.
But where do you put all the accessories? Have EE made savings here?
Don't worry: everything is still there. Only the in-ears and the cable have moved into the Pandora box. They belong there anyway!
Not only the in-ears are new, but also the use of the "Genesis" copper cable specially manufactured by PWAudio with 4.4mm Pentaconn termination.
But let's take a closer look at the gems ...
EVO is based on the classic design of the original LX. With two exceptions: a bold "EVO" logo is confidently emblazoned on the left in-ear. And - these things are big, really big - even bigger than Odin!
Well, the bone conduction driver is probably taking its toll. 😅
And there is already the good piece. As you can see, it takes up a lot of space in the EVO.
The new cable is quite chic and impresses with blue accents and a special Y-split. It's also thicker than the other cables Empire Ears uses. What I personally don't like so much: It is a bit stiff as a result. Not a big deal, especially since the visuals and sound match, but personally I prefer very flexible cables.
But how does it all sound?
The question is not that easy to answer. I tested it with my darling, the Cayin N6II-Ti , but I can certainly imagine that the EVO will also work well with large headphone amplifiers. Since I'm still waiting for a 4.4mm TRRS to 4-PIN XLR adapter, I have to postpone this test for the time being.
Similar to the Odin, it obviously takes some time and patience to comprehend the EVO. The sound signature is complex and I need to get used to it.
The first thing that struck me is the volume, the sheer power with which EVO goes to work: I immediately had a couple of speakers in my head that I was able to hear years ago and that marked my entry into the The audiophile world marked - the B&W 802D - large and powerful bass monsters, which not only made the music audible but also palpable and tangible and at the same time sounded detailed and voluminous. Grandeur is probably the word I'm looking for.
Yes, the Legend EVO sound big. Here we don't spill the beans, we make do!
What I only notice after a few hours of listening to music is that I have been listening for hours without any effort or exhaustion. Something that I don't always manage with the original Legend X.
The EVO are massive but never exhausting. Very good!
I just need more time for further details - and I will have to compare to Legend X and Odin . But one thing is already clear: The EVO are not just "basshead" in-ears. That would be too short-sighted and would not even begin to do them justice.