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Noble Audio Kaiser 10 Reviews

Thracian

We have a new King in our midst.

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Pros: Excellent Treble, Mid and Bass. Wide soundstage and good seperation.

Cons: None, Nil, Zilch on sound. More accessories would be nice. Say, amp bands?

The Sovereign King.     Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Noble Audio in anyway. This pair of K10s was NOT provided by Noble and was purchased with my own funds. The following reflects my thoughts on the K10s using my own systems. Your own mileage may vary.     Noble what?   For those not familiar with what Noble is, well, they are a boutique company based in Thailand and China that craft exquisite Custom In-Ear Monitors. The brainchild of The Wizard, the K10s is the flagship model of Noble and represents the pinnacle of portable audio beside the JH Audio Roxanne, Fitear 435 and Unique Melody Mentor. In addition to the K10, Noble offers a whole range of...
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darinf

Definitely a "10" for CIEMs

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Pros: Incredible lows, lots of detail, actual imaging in a CIEM/IEM, silky smooth, BEAUTIFUL design, QUALITY craftsmanship, close to perfect

Cons: Cost, CIEM's require impressions, can't let friends hear how good they are, resale value (but I would never sell them...)

First of all, full disclosure, I did not pay for these Noble K10's. I traded for work I did for Noble.    Given that, however, I think Brannan and John would want me to post an honest review rather than a biased review just to keep them as a client!   With that out of the way, I have to say, these are the best CIEM/IEMs I have had the opportunity to hear. Am I just saying that for Noble's benefit, no, but you have to decide if you believe me.   Appearance: I received these Wizard design K10 CIEM's in late 2013. They are obviously black carbon fiber faceplates with dark blue shells and a touch of glitter that seems to show up as different colors depending on...
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nicoritschel

Incredibly well balanced

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Pros: Versatile sound signature, excellent build quality

Cons: $$$

  I received my K10s in mid December. Before that, I owned another pair of CIEMs (the Heir Audio 8.A) which I have since moved on from. The 8.A was John Moulton's original 8 driver design, with a relatively dark, bass-heavy signature.   When purchasing the K10s, I was slightly worried that I may give up some of the sound that I loved so dearly. Man, I just didn't know what I was missing out on. The K10 can do everything that the 8A could do, plus more. The highs are incredibly well-detailed and non-fatiguing, the mids are incredibly natural, and bass doesn't overpower, but is still booming when the current track commands it.   I've seen other reviews...
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ibbreezy

Took a gamble on these and it paid off big time.

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Pros: Very versatile; genres and file types. Slamming bass, sweet mids and beautiful highs without the "daggers in ear" effect.

Cons: I didn't order a Wizard design.

These are my first CIEMS, and I took quite a blind plunge as I brought these when there were about 2 reviews. I've had them for just over 2 months, and my enthusiasm for them is as high as when I first got them.   The other reviews are more in-depth/useful; I can only really echo what has been written about them.   For me, the most notable things are that the bass slams very hard when needs be. The highs are extremely good, without any hint of piercing, that my old IEMS had. For me, this alone goes a long way to justify the price. I've never really understood soundstage before, so that will have to be covered by other reviews.   The comfort and fit are everything I...
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Chevalierr

Sweet mids, Bass when you need it and highs that don't kill your brain cells

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Pros: Sound: Awesome , Build: Awsome

Cons: i can't share my bliss with the people around me....

Got my set at the black friday sales and have been listening to em for almost a mth now.   The mids are so smooth and vocal centric tracks thrive here.   The bass comes a thumping when you need it.   The highs are non-fatiguing.   The thing that surprised me the most is really how well they isolate. This is my second set of CIEMS. My first CIEM had poor fit on the right side but this came perfect out of the box.   when the music starts playing, i cant hear s**t from my surroundings and are extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time.   the build quality is astounding and they complied with my request to make the red a little...
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wofsie

Saying K10s Are the Best is an Understatement!

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Pros: Beautiful design, excellent sound, solid isolation, comfortable even with small ears in customs.

Cons: Waiting for them to arrive after placing the order.

While I have owned several universal IEMs from various brands, I always felt I was missing something by not having a set of customs made.  I did my homework and started reading tons of reviews of all of the latest and greatest CIEMs on the market.  I kept coming back to Noble and the reviews of the K10 all seemed to say similar and consistent positive things.  So after finally getting impressions done and talking with Brannan, I made my order for a set of CIEM K10s.  Being the impatient person I am I paid the extra to have my set expedited, and even though they were done in lightening speed, the waiting was a killer.  Brannan and Sunny at the lab in China were...
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Headiest

My First CIEM

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Pros: Lows, Mids, Highs, and Everything in Between.

Cons: Price

Customer Service:   Let me start by mentioning what great customer service Noble has.  Everyone I talked to was very timely and helpful whenever I had questions or concerns before, during, and after my K10 purchase.  This has easily been one of the best purchase experiences I've ever had.  Noble, keep it up!     My Experience:   I am not an audiophile.  My earphone experience is as follows:  Klipsch S4 -> Westone W4 -> Noble Kaiser 10.  I have always listened to 320 mbps + files out of my iPhone 5, so I have no experience with high end DAP's or amps, although these CIEM's have me saving for an AK240.     NOTE: Be...
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sq3rjick

Pure Audio Nirvana

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Pros: Beautiful design, amazing clarity, 3D sound, plenty of bass when you need it, and not a hint of sibilance. I can listen to these forever.

Cons: With a Wizard design and the cost of impressions, you're looking at over $2000. Expensive, but worth every penny.

Overview:   The Kaiser 10, or K10, is a 10-balanced armature driver CIEM from Noble Audio.  The K10 is an evolution of an earlier 8-driver design, this time focused on a more natural sound signature rather than focusing on bass.  To this point, the K10 succeeds it its goal.  No one portion of the sound spectrum is overly emphasized or unnaturally enhanced.  Each part of the spectrum is present and doesn't interfere with the other portions.  The bass does not bleed into the mids, and the mids don't bleed into the highs.  The result is a very natural and highly addicting sound signature that keeps you coming back for more.    ...
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