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yes... basically the ZX1, iPad & Laptop serve as file transports... once the music-file reaches the Hugo, the Hugo takes control DAC & amp wise.

think CD-transport> DAC>Amp>Speakers... same principle.
Cool! Thank you. All I need is my zx1 then;)
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Cool! Thank you. All I need is my zx1 then;)

 

yes... enjoy the show... :wink_face: 

 

ps... the Album playing on the ZX1 in the photo is Jukebox by Cat Power... fantastic deep bass on this album... the Noble range will be rocking at Bristol... :bigsmile_face: 


Edited by OK-Guy - 2/20/14 at 4:23pm
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Loved K10! This demo really make me think differently about Noble audio. Heir 8.a was a disappointment to me. But the K10...is so much superior.

 

Will post some impressions later. I can understand why people say K10 sounds better than Roxanne, because it really is, although I haven't even received my Roxanne yet.

Well done Wizard!

post #2149 of 5496
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Loved K10! This demo really make me think differently about Noble audio. Heir 8.a was a disappointment to me. But the K10...is so much superior.

Will post some impressions later. I can understand why people say K10 sounds better than Roxanne, because it really is, although I haven't even received my Roxanne yet.
Well done Wizard!




I'm blushing.... Thanks for posting your impressions...

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post #2150 of 5496
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Loved K10! This demo really make me think differently about Noble audio. Heir 8.a was a disappointment to me. But the K10...is so much superior.

Will post some impressions later. I can understand why people say K10 sounds better than Roxanne, because it really is, although I haven't even received my Roxanne yet.
Well done Wizard!
And are you sure it is not because of the Hugo? (I am trying to find a reason not to spend another 1.5k$)
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I think the Roxannes and K10s are great compliments. :D

 

I can't really pick which one I like better, it really depends on what I'm listening to.

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The place is very hard to find ;) Very noisy and crowded, so I tried my best to grab some useful information in 30 mins time.

 

K10: The overall signature is quite neutral. In this thread, K10's bass is always the most talked about. I was trying to find some useful info on how the mid and treble sound, but still couldn't till now. People have been saying that K10 has plenty mid/treble, it's not lacking in any area. :) Now I understand why, to my ears the mid and treble is really very very neutral/linear with a touch of warmth (not too much). So it's really not easy to assign them to a specific signature category.  Extensions on both side are decent too, not the highest in my CIEMs, but top class. The mid range is organic and clean, and the placement is correct too, but I wouldn't argue if someone says K10 has a slightly forward midrange. The coherency is simple great compared to the massively boosted bass and the "non-existing" upper mid/lower treble region of Heir 8.a. So overall the sound is still smooth, with just the right amount of sparkle in it. The imaging is accurate to my ears, soundstage isn't the largest, but the ratio of width and depth is close to 1. :)   Micro detail, transparency and resolution is nice too. I actually find the bass quite enjoyable, maybe because I listen to pop and hip hop a lot or maybe it's the tips I used. The impact and rumble is great. it can be slow on some songs, but overall it's such a great improvement over 8.a's. I can only assume the custom version will sound better.

 

K10 sounds very similar to the VE stage 2 demo I auditioned, which I thought was one of the few neutral/accurate and musical CIEMs I have ever heard. My wallet is not safe now..

 

8C: Project87 has pretty much said everything about it. I agree with that 8C is a 8.a with lifted lower treble region. It's basically a upgraded version of my Noble 5. I wasn't overly impressed, so I didn't audition it for very long.


Edited by tupac0306 - 2/21/14 at 9:39am
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post

 (I am trying to find a reason not to spend another 1.5k$)

 

You really think you will find that reason with us? :wink_face:

post #2154 of 5496
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Originally Posted by tupac0306 View Post

 

K10: The overall signature is quite neutral. In this thread, K10's bass is always the most talked about. I was trying to find some useful info on how the mid and treble sound, but still couldn't till now. People have been saying that K10 has plenty mid/treble, it's not lacking in any area. :) Now I understand why, to my ears the mid and treble is really very very neutral/linear with a touch of warmth (not too much). So it's really not easy to assign them to a specific signature category...

 

My wallet is not safe now.

Every time somebody posts about how amazing (and amazingly coherent) the K10 sounds, I want to post this:

 

:D

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You really think you will find that reason with us? wink_face.gif
Be careful I am dangerous too smily_headphones1.gif
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Every time somebody posts about how amazing (and amazingly coherent) the K10 sounds, I want to post this:

 

:D

 

I feel like that, too. These things are amazing.

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can anyone compare k10 with the VE stage4?
post #2158 of 5496
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Originally Posted by wongtonypr View Post

can anyone compare k10 with the VE stage4?

I have heard both demos.

 

K10 is more neutral with slower presentation.

VE stage 4 is faster, but slightly V shaped with more micro detail. Its mid range is slightly recessed. 

 

Both have great bass. K10 is a all rounder for all kinds of music, while Stage 4 is more suitable for listening classic music, massively composed music or usage on stage.

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The place is very hard to find ;) Very noisy and crowded, so I tried my best

 

Yeah, same here - I didn't find it until 4 O'Clock (show closes at 5). It's in the hotel dungeon! :cool:

 

It seems like you did better than me at forming an accurate impression of how IEMs/Headphones sound, in the noisy environment at that show. I often see head-fiers remarking that this can be a problem at headphone-only meets, and it was certainly a problem for me at this full-size-hi-fi show (not just in the Chord room, but a number of other rooms, including the Amphion/Antelope Audio room, where the Zodiac hardware was being demo'd - I have pics but won't post them here in the Noble thread).

 

 

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Originally Posted by tupac0306 View Post
 

 

K10: The overall signature is quite neutral.

 

I agree.

 

 

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Originally Posted by tupac0306 View Post
 

 

K10: .... Micro detail, transparency and resolution is nice too.

 

K10 sounds very similar to the VE stage 2 demo I auditioned, which I thought was one of the few neutral/accurate and musical CIEMs I have ever heard. My wallet is not safe now..

 

Within the limitations of the noisy environment, the one thing that I took away from my brief demo of the K10 is that the treble is nicely detailed and does a more realistic job of cymbals than the N6 (the N6 sounds nice, it's just that the K10 is a step up)

 

I personally did not hear the VE stage 2 as being quite as neutral/accurate as you, Tupac, although I did like it.

 

I also feel the K10 treble is quite superior to the VE Stage 2, but then it should be, considering the difference in design and cost.

 

 

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Originally Posted by tupac0306 View Post
 

I have heard both demos.

 

K10 is more neutral with slower presentation.

VE stage 4 is faster, but slightly V shaped with more micro detail. Its mid range is slightly recessed. 

 

 

I feel K10 has easily as much detail as VE stage 4, but I agree that Stage 4 is V-shaped with slightly-recessed midrange.

 

 

I would need more time, in a properly quiet room, to get a more complete opinion of the K10, but for now, I will have to make-do with remembering how nicely it renders cymbals (and that was one aspect of sound reproduction which the UM Miracle always disappointed me with, even though I enjoyed it in other aspects).

 

 

 

Pity we didn't bump into each other, Tupac. Perhaps another time! :beerchug: 

 

 



Edited by Mython - 2/22/14 at 6:14am
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I personally did not hear the VE stage 2 as being quite as neutral/accurate as you, Tupac, although I did like it.

 

I also feel the K10 treble is quite superior to the VE Stage 2, but then it should be, considering the difference in design and cost.

 

I feel K10 has easily as much detail as VE stage 4, but I agree that Stage 4 is V-shaped with slightly-recessed midrange.

 

 

Yep. I agree K10's treble is more detailed and linear than S2 generally. But it's still not like VE S3 kind. so it to my ears resemble more of S2's treble on a heathy powered desktop source. 

 

S4's treble can shimmer more on certain songs due to lifted mid-upper treble region which is why I thought it presents micro detail a little bit more forward with a slightly V shaped sound. K10's treble is more neutral.

 

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Pity we didn't bump into each other, Tupac. Perhaps another time! :beerchug: 

 

 

Most definitely. :D 

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