Can be ordered now.Delivery at the end of August.
Limited Launch Edition
- Only 400 pieces worldwide
- Gold Plated Faceplates
- Leather case with gold embossing
- Raven Challenge Coin
- Developer autographs
"In December 2022, we introduced Project RAVEN to the world at the prestigious Portable Audio Festival in Tokyo, Japan - a milestone in our journey of innovation.
After its big debut, the RAVEN went on a global tour that led from the vibrant metropolis of New York to the vibrant city-state of Singapore and
and had illustrious appearances at important trade fairs such as CanJam and AXPONA. Each stop on this journey was not only but an opportunity to shape the RAVEN into an unrivaled IEM, powered by an invaluable variable - customer feedback.
The advanced design of the RAVEN is not only a testament to our technological prowess, but also a validation of our commitment to developing products that are truly customer-centric. It embodies the Empire ethos and represents our relentless pursuit of the extraordinary, a journey fueled by our core competencies and the voices of our valued customers.
We toast with you and thank you for your tireless support and insightful feedback, which has been instrumental in making the RAVEN the epitome of exceptional audio experience it is today.
Vice President Empire Ears
A TECHNOLOGICAL ACCOMPLISHMENT
Our gaze is firmly fixed on the horizon as we navigate the world of audio technology with a visionary spirit and push the boundaries
of the extraordinary.
Our strength lies in our boldness to innovate and venture off the beaten track. Our relentless quest to revolutionize has resulted in numerous breakthrough technologies that forever changed the landscape of the IEM industry, and RAVEN is the latest testament to our creative prowess.
Our pursuit of excellence leads us to design and build several of our own drivers, even in smaller quantities, rather than sourcing them from other manufacturers.
This autonomy allows us to break new technological ground without being forced or compromised. At the forefront of innovation is our W10 Bone Conduction Driver. It enables nuanced sound reproduction and rich timbre by transmitting sound through bone conduction. The result is an immersive audio experience that engages the listener on a truly profound level.
We prefer to develop our own drivers, even in smaller quantities, than to buy them from other manufacturers. This autonomy allows us to break new technical ground without being forced or compromised.
W10 Bone Conductor
The RAVEN is a testament to Empire Ears engineering excellence.
At the forefront of innovation is our W10 Bone Conductor.
This groundbreaking driver delivers unparalleled imaging, complex nuance reproduction and rich timbre by transmitting sound through bone conduction. The result is an immersive audio experience that engages the listener on a truly profound level.
The heart of the RAVEN's seismic bass reproduction is our special
9mm W9+ subwoofer. These dedicated woofers deliver thunderous power and unmatched control, laying the foundation for a legendary bass experience.
Five balanced armature drivers
Reproducing the critical mid-range frequencies are our custom balanced armature drivers, developed in collaboration with industry leaders Knowles and Sonion. Their unique design and focus
delivers an immersive and pure midrange that really brings the music to life.
Quad electrostatic tweeters
Sonion electrostatic tweeters are installed in the RAVEN.
Tweeters, each equipped with an ultra-light movable membrane. These precision instruments offer exceptionally accurate transient response, delivering unparalleled clarity, pristine separation, and breathtaking detail.
HARMONIC RESONANCE CORE
RAVEN, Empire Ears' first foray into metallurgy, marks a pivotal point in the quest for sonic excellence. Far from being pure metallurgy, the 316L stainless steel plate in the RAVEN's faceplate in particular demonstrates our deep commitment to improving the performance of the W10 bone conductor. This steel plate provides more than It contributes to the resonance, amplification and dispersion of the sound waves and in conjunction with other elements provides a
unmistakable sonic signature and optimizes RAVEN's acoustic performance.
Our meticulous engineering resulted in the development of a custom-designed polymer acoustic stage, the Harmonic Resonance Core (HRC), strategically located between the shell and the plate.
The vibrations reverberate through these structures, culminating in an internal polymer pool that holds the platter. This arrangement, reinforced by the metal plate, increases the vibration effect, resulting in an unmatched improvement in acoustic reproduction.
The vibrations become palpable and enrich the bass and treble with unprecedented depth, breadth and clarity, redefining the top F# segment.
RAVEN is more than an advancement in traditional IEM technology; it's a bold move to reshape the future of in-ear monitors. While the metal plate and clever design play are key to this remarkable sonic experience, the underlying principle of dual sound conduction remains central to deliver an unparalleled listening experience.
The Eye of Odin
With a nod to the mythical EYE of ODIN and the iconic wingspan of the Empire Ears, RAVEN's industrial 316L stainless steel faceplate becomes a mesmerizing canvas crafted using precision CNC techniques. The meticulous process continues with hand polishing and the perfection of every detail, culminating in an intricate physical vapor deposition coating that exudes opulence.
In a limited edition of just 400 pieces, the exclusive launch edition will boast a glossy gold finish, while the standard
standard edition will boast an elegant and alluring glossy black finish.
R7 cable from PWAudio
At the heart of the RAVEN R7 cable, developed in collaboration with PWAudio, is the Limerence 60 OCC structured copper conductor. This masterful combination delivers an incomparably pure signal and enriches every audible nuance.
The conductor's thoughtful design combines a 26 AWG core with a 25 AWG layer, working in harmony in a symphony that unleashes the full potential of RAVEN. With 4 core conductors seamlessly bonded with 4 additional second layer conductors, the R7 delivers a superior audio experience that has to be heard to be believed.
The elegance of the R7 cable combined with a high-quality 4th4 rhodium connectors and a satin black finish, goes beyond mere function and adds a touch of refined aesthetics to the listening experience.
The "7" in its name represents the meticulous engineering of the cable and the meticulous journey of development that marks the seventh iteration of versions and tuning, a testament to the rigorous development process that went into the manufacture of a cable that was named Rabe.
synX (crossover network)
Genetically different from the rest of the IEM world, our synX crossover network sets itself apart with myriad bespoke methods and technologies protecting it as a unique masterpiece. The connection of 4 different driver technologies is accomplished via a proprietary synX crossover network that ensures maximum performance from all 12 drivers.
The EIVEC MKII motor was designed to ensure optimal timing, phasing and control between the electrostatic and bone conductors - a monumental feat.
Empire Intelligent Variable Electrostatic Control - EIVEC - is Empire's approach to integrating electrostatic EST drivers into IEMs. Despite the incredible range and resolution, electrostatic drivers are notoriously difficult to control and often overdrive other drivers.
EIVEC is our solution to this problem and the level of control that EIVEC offers is so precise that the electrostatics can work independently.
can work independently, taking on different roles within the soundstage to add layer upon layer of detail and texture for unparalleled performance.
In our quest for perfection, we at RAVEN have elegantly reimagined the application of our renowned ARC (Anti-Resonance Control) technology.
Technology. ARC is no longer just limited to the chassis, but now also targets other key elements such as: B certain internal components.
harmonically tuned to the Harmonic Resonance Core (HRC). This adjustment eliminates unwanted vibration and flex, refining and enhancing the tone in a way that feels both revolutionary and Empire-style.
The synergy between ARC and HRC is a testament to our relentless innovation, a sublime interplay that delivers an unparalleled pure and deep sound experience.
ARC (Anti-Resonance Control) is a proprietary conformal coating that virtually eliminates unwanted vibration and resonance.
Two tri-port openings
Due to the extreme performance of the W10, the air volume of the case and the design of the vents were particularly important for the right tuning.
Even the smallest change in diameter and positioning had a dramatic impact on sound quality and performance. By mastering the
W10 we are able to unlock its optimal performance, capabilities and potential.
Designed, engineered and proudly handcrafted in the USA
A select group of Empire's visionary craftsmen take on the prestigious task of handcrafting the iconic Raven at our state-of-the-art facility in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Each phase of the Raven's meticulous manufacture is a masterpiece of craftsmanship, painstakingly crafted by a single master technician and engineer.
Each pair embarks on an enchanting journey through ten intricate stations, guided by the hands of these skilled craftsmen who devote a remarkable 9 hours of meticulous detail to each set.
Raven is the pinnacle of Empire's technological prowess and a testament to our relentless pursuit of the extraordinary. In addition to its unmatched technical prowess, Raven exudes an aura of exclusivity that makes it a rare jewel treasured by discerning professionals and audio enthusiasts alike.
Scope of delivery
- 12 driver quadbrid, dual conduction flagship
- Two W9+ Subwoofer
- Five proprietary balanced armature drivers
- Four electrostatic tweeters
- W10-Bone Transducer Ultra Driver
- Proprietary multi-point synX crossover network
- DCA - dual wire architecture
- EIVEC MKII - Empire Intelligent Variable Electrostatic Control Technology
- HRC - Harmonic Resonant 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