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But you know, I'm biased because I bought these (let's not start that argument again).

If you can read this, you have expectation bias. 

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Interestingly, I was just in NYC last weekend, although I did not have universal versions of the CIEMs with me. I have a few friends in the city I try to visit at least a couple times a year. Perhaps next time I am there we can meet so you can have a listen. Hopefully we also get a chance to attend a meet/show or two in that area within the next year as well.


What. I must have a listen to decide between the K10 and 8Cs when you decide to come back to NYC.  :mad:

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What. I must have a listen to decide between the K10 and 8Cs when you decide to come back to NYC.  :mad:

 

Definitely, the sooner I get back over there the better as far as I am concerned!

Brannan Mason

Here at Noble, we craft some of the finest universal and custom in-ear monitors available today. 

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Definitely, the sooner I get back over there the better as far as I am concerned!


You're always welcome in NYC.

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After reading all the positive reviews, I think I'm about to pull the trigger on some signature custom K10's (maybe a light blue shell to clear stems with a bit of silver sparkle and light wood inlay).  How much can I expect to pay for shipping my ear impressions to Noble in China from Washington, DC?

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After reading all the positive reviews, I think I'm about to pull the trigger on some signature custom K10's (maybe a light blue shell to clear stems with a bit of silver sparkle and light wood inlay).  How much can I expect to pay for shipping my ear impressions to Noble in China from Washington, DC?

I think you can just send your impressions to Noble in San Diego, CA. Then they ship them to China from San Diego. 

http://nobleaudio.com/products/order-confirmation/

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I think you can just send your impressions to Noble in San Diego, CA. Then they ship them to China from San Diego. 

http://nobleaudio.com/products/order-confirmation/

 

Thanks a lot, darif!

post #143 of 207

I guess all the action is on the other Noble threads...

 

Just got my K10's today and I happen to have the K10 universal demos as well.

 

First early impressions:

 

So I thought the Noble 6's were the best sounding IEM's I have heard. Um, not any more! The K10's improve on the sound of the N6's for sure. A lot more bass, more high frequency extension too, more resolving, and yet no harshness that can be associated with more detail or more highs. None of that here.

 

I really didn't think the sound could get any better than the N6's. It's funny, now that I have something to compare it too, the sound can get better, a lot better.

 

I am listening to the K10's direct out of my AK120.

 

I also have a new prototype Russian DAC/amp that sounds even better than the AK120. I have also been feeding the output of the Russian DAC to a Schiit Vali with a 75 ohm adapter. That is an amazing combo with the K10's.

 

I did some quick comparisons between my K10's and the K10 universal demos. They sound the same to me, but it's harder to get as good a seal with the universal demos. If I could get the same seal then both would sound the same. However, I can't seem to get a good enough seal with the universals. I will try some different tips, but for now, the custom K10's sound better especially with the bass. But if you get a chance to hear the universal demo K10's, I think you can get a very good impression of the sound of the custom versions.

 

If you come to my booth at THE Show in Las Vegas during CES next week, you can hear the K10 demos for yourself.

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My K10 are back:

Please excuse the horrible cell phone picture. They really look incredible

Do you pay extra for the sign on the face plate?
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Those are Wizard signature face plates, so yes, you can only get then if you pay the 300 for the Wizard design.
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Do you pay extra for the sign on the face plate?
Or you can order a regular design and write Wizard yourself with some Tipp-ex.
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Is there an estimate of how long these take after sending in the molds for production and shipping to the US? Does it vary based on whether you've provided a design or requested a Wizard special? I wouldn't want to spend the extra $300 but don't want to wait a full 2 months or something. Also, when it comes to customs the dichotomy seems to be between the laid-back musical approach (like say a UM Miracle) and the v-shaped attack approach (JH13). Which one would these gravitate towards? Any information provided would be much appreciated, thanks!

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Is there an estimate of how long these take after sending in the molds for production and shipping to the US? Does it vary based on whether you've provided a design or requested a Wizard special? I wouldn't want to spend the extra $300 but don't want to wait a full 2 months or something. Also, when it comes to customs the dichotomy seems to be between the laid-back musical approach (like say a UM Miracle) and the v-shaped attack approach (JH13). Which one would these gravitate towards? Any information provided would be much appreciated, thanks!

 

 

    1) 30 work days

    2) No difference in production time between a Wizard design or a Personal design provided by the customer

Dr. John Moulton

Here at Noble, we craft some of the finest universal and custom in-ear monitors available today. 

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post #149 of 207
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Is there an estimate of how long these take after sending in the molds for production and shipping to the US? Does it vary based on whether you've provided a design or requested a Wizard special? I wouldn't want to spend the extra $300 but don't want to wait a full 2 months or something. Also, when it comes to customs the dichotomy seems to be between the laid-back musical approach (like say a UM Miracle) and the v-shaped attack approach (JH13). Which one would these gravitate towards? Any information provided would be much appreciated, thanks!

I think that the current timeline is something around 6 weeks once the impressions reach the lab in China, unless you pay for rush production.  It doesn't matter if it's a Wizard design or your own design, the timeline is the same.

 

I have sent impressions to Brannan in San Diego, and he took care of forwarding them to China.  In one case I think it was like an extra 2 weeks from when I sent them out to when they reached China.  In another case, it was something like 3 weeks (heavy volume around Christmas) from when I shipped the impressions off until they were received by the lab.  To me, though, the extra time is worth it, because Brannan can then inspect the impressions and make sure they're good enough (so if they're not, you don't waste even more time).

 

That being said, you're probably looking at an 8-9 week turnaround from mailing your impressions until the completed CIEMs are in your hands, unless of course you're going to pay for the rush order.

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Did anyone tried both the K10 and UM Mentor ? How they compared to each other on ss/sq ?

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