Originally Posted by John0405
I'm really hesitating between the 8c and the k10.... Too bad no one has heard both of them
The thing is, I'd use them mostly outdoors, and heard that in this case a more bassy ciem would be better. And i loooove bass.
On the other hand, i feel I might miss something if not buying the totl k10, but the more neutral signature might not suit me...
I'm lost and desperate
You could always email Wizard - surely he has more insight about the comparative sound signatures than anyone else on the planet.
What I'm getting from you so far seems to point more towards the 8C - your love of bass, and outdoor use, means 8C seems like an ideal fit. And you mention the more neutral signature of the K10 might not suit you.... so it seems fairly obvious to me.
Just because the K10 is positioned higher in the lineup, doesn't make it automatically better for every situation. It's the same thing as other brands - the HiFiMAN HE-6 is their top model but for a lot of people, the HE-500 is a better choice. And if you like a darker and more weighty presentation, you might do better with the Sennheiser HD650, even though HD800 is their top model. I know some people who mistakenly chose JH16 rather than JH13 because it was newer, had more drivers, and cost (slightly) more. They ended up regretting their choice and wished for less bass - exactly what they would have received had they gone with the JH13 instead.
You see my point, right? The K10 could indeed be the best CIEM in the world, but if it doesn't fit your preferred signature then you shouldn't try to force yourself to love it. Especially when there's another exceptionally good Noble model that does fit your style. Buying the wrong model just because it's the top of the line is like forcing yourself to listen to classical or jazz to be a better audiophile, when really you just want to play Pink Floyd or Soundgarden instead because that's what you really like.