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Noble 4 Reviews

morethansense

Sound that presents perfectly, but doesn't involve the listener.

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Pros: Neutral. Beautifully smooth, delicately articulate. Control. Separation.

Cons: Not 'fun' to listen to. Initial listening extremely underwhelming.

Here are my very brief impressions after listening to this earphone for approximately 12 hours without burn in. Very early stages, I know. Sampling artists I used include John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Brooke Fraser, Kina Grannis. Currently owned in-ears: Shure SE215 (3 years), Sennheiser IE8 (2 years), Logitech UE600 (2 years)   I purchased these in-ears as I had an increasing need for a neutral sounding set of ears which I can pair with a monitoring pack while positioning microphones for live gigs.     This in-earphone will definitely not wow at first listen. But they will provide endless insight into the music.     Comfort: My ears are...
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White Lotus

Neutrality, thy name is Noble

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Pros: Flat, transparent signature

Cons: Not enough bass for severe bassheads

Foreword:   I'm a production manager, but focus mostly on sound engineering. I install and tune a lot of P.A equipment, and also mix live acts in : - live venues, - concert halls, - bars, and - nightclubs. I've taken a huge liking to headphones, and IEM's in particular. I like the idea of having my own personal PA system, that I can take with me anywhere. Especially with Rockbox being in such advanced stages, and such great low-impedance portable amps coming out, you can really seem to get any sound signature you wish out of a portable rig.         Enter, the Noble 4.   Build quality: This is from Nobles “Classic” line, and as such, is not one of...
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Kuroneko Guy

Noble 4 Impressions

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Pros: Great mids, good soundstage (for an IEM), good detail retrieval, natural timbre

Cons: Harsh treble, somewhat dry female vocals, slightly rolled-off sub-bass

What's In The Box? The cardboard box itself is a cute little deal, with the Noble logo and the Wizard's signature. On the top left, the model and serial number are handwritten (apparently I'm the 395th person to bother with these), and the box is sealed with a sticker that tells you not to accept them if it's broken. When I got mine, it was already open, but since I got it straight from Moon Audio, I didn't worry about it. Inside, the carrying case, with everything else inside, is wrapped in a paper sleeve, which also has the logo on it. It's definitely a heavy duty case; there's foam lining on the inside that'll protect the IEMs from drops, the latch is very secure, and it has a hole for...
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Airlight

Nothing short of superb

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Pros: Uncolored, natural presentation, soundstage realism, dynamic integrity, clarity, no real weaknesses at all.

Cons: Might not be well-suited for use with headwear, sticks out slightly from your ear, no included shirt clip.

IEMs I own and have used extensively before: Vsonic GR07 (single dynamic), Vsonic VC1000 (dual BA), Etymotic HF5 (single BA) (all around or slightly above $100).     Fit and Comfort The housings were smaller than I was expecting, very light-weight. The cable closest to the housing has a metal wire that you can bend to your desired shape around your ear. The IEMs are not ventilated, so can create a vaccuum feel in your ears with some tips. I am sensitive to this though and it did not bother me with these IEMs. Depth of insertion can be quite shallow if desired, no need to shove them in deep to get a good sound. Wearing a hat over them might put uncomfortable pressure on the...
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csasaaa

Great clarity no bass.

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Pros: Clean sounding, fast, relatively large soundstage for IEM

Cons: Mids too aggressive, no bass

Use with AK240, iPhone 6 plus, Macbook   Packaging 9/10 Very minimalistic and functional packaging. Gives off a premium vibe instantly.   Build 7/10 Extremely good cable. Body plastic material feels a little bit cheap.   Comfort 10/10 Very light, with the right tip you feel nothing when wearing for extended amount of time.   Treble 8/10 Sparkling treble, sometimes with somewhat emphasized sibilance.   Mid 6/10 Very clear, however very thin sounding. Sometimes too dominant.   Bass 3/10 Very lean bass, not punchy. Some genres unlistenable.   Soundstage and imaging 6/10 Good soundstage for an IEM because of it's treble presentation....
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