I see very few comments on the universals, and more specifically the build quality.
The customs may be better, but for those of you considering the universal nobles-
My 2 cents:
I'm sorry but has anyone else been disappointed in the build quality of the Noble universals?
They feel like they're made of cheap plastic and the plastic molds just look like they're not top notch either. The cord feels "cheap" and doesn't look great. The eartips also seem to be pretty cheap Chinese mass manufactured, and semi usable.
For $350+ headphones....it's kinda disappointing.
I have $100-200 headphones that feel like they're better built than the nobles. Ex: etymotic plastic etc.
The case is nice though. Maybe the drivers ate up all the cost of production
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Seriously, I got to handle/listen to the Noble 6 and K10s at the recent LA meet, they might not be up to the standards of my TG!334 (and really what is, they've been known to survive tours w/ the Yakuza), I thought the build and attention to detail on those was quite nice. But then again, they were showpieces and I didn't touch the lower end stuff. As to the cables, it seems most 2-pin cables I handle, whether they were JH, UE, or Noble, all seemed the same to me, and nothing approaching the typical aftermarket stuff. I've owned a few Etymotics over the years and while they are bullet-proof, they do scream lack of finishing effort w/ rough finishes and injection molded seams. I do agree that some of the low-end mass produced stuff are probably the most solid things - nothing I own for instance seems as bullet proof as my $100 JVC FXD-80s, for instance, but those are made of metal.