Originally Posted by scook94
Well, I've come to the sad conclusion that the sound signature of the Noble 6 just isn't for me. I was wooed by the flagship status and the description that it's an IEM "that can do it all". But after 7 years of the Ety ER4, it seems that I should have plumped for the Noble 4 instead, and have ordered a pair accordingly. If I can return my Noble 6s within the 15 day return policy I will, otherwise I'll sell them one here... Needless to say I'm heartbroken that we haven't hit it off!
After reading your post, I decided to do a direct comparison with my Ety ER4S and the Noble 6 (prototype). I have owned the ER4S's since the early 90's.
Yes, if you love the Ety ER4 sound, then I can see where you are coming from, but I have to say I feel that the 6's are SO much better to me. Yes the ER-4s have a lot more high end frequency response. It sounds like an EQ has been applied with everything over 10kHz turned up 5dB compared to the Noble 6's. It reminds me of the Sennheiser HD800 compared to say the LCD-3's. But with the ER4's, it also sounds like it has been EQ'd with everything under 4kHz turned down about 10dB or more! When I first put in the ER4's, they sounded great. No bass to speak of, but still sounded great. Then I put in the Noble 6's and what a world of difference. The detail and the highs were still there, not as high as the ER4's. But, the mid and lows just have so much more body and "meat" to them. Going back to the Ety's, the ER4's just sounded like listening to a three way speaker with the mid and woofer disconnected.
I think the LCD-3 to HD800 comparison is good. The Noble 6's don't lack any detail or air or space at all compared to the ER4's. But the difference in low mid and bass is so significant, that I can't listen to the Ety's after listening to the Noble 6's.
However, with all that said, I think you might like the Noble 4's better. They are closer to the ER4 sound signature, but with more mid and bass than the ER4's. To me the N4's are like ER4's with more bass. Not a lot of bass by any stretch, but just what the ER4's should have.
I am sure you won't have any problem finding a buyer for those N6's. To me they are amazing.