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You're awesome bro. 

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First of all your reviews are really well done. Thanks for putting in the time and sharing. I've been seriously considering noble universal iem's. Can you compare the noble 4 to the noble PR? To use a phrase everyone seems to like around around here "I am not a bass head". And, in fact I do like very detailed, airy presentations. However, I do like my music to have the weight it should have. I find it's necessary for the " emotional" aspect of music. Which is very important to me. I really enjoy full range. Can you comment in regards to this? Thanks...

 

Thank you!

 

My Noble 4 is still currently on tour and the Noble PR has just been sent out on tour as well. So unforunately, a proper A/B comparison is not yet possible.

 

From memory, the Noble 4 has more bass depth and a bit warmer overall. Level of detail and airiness is a bit higher on the Noble Pure configuration compared to the smoother treble of the Noble 4.

In a nutshell, the Noble 4 still has a musical feel to it while the Noble PR is more analytical.

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You're awesome bro.

 

Thanks mate! :beerchug:

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First of all your reviews are really well done. Thanks for putting in the time and sharing. I've been seriously considering noble universal iem's. Can you compare the noble 4 to the noble PR? To use a phrase everyone seems to like around around here "I am not a bass head". And, in fact I do like very detailed, airy presentations. However, I do like my music to have the weight it should have. I find it's necessary for the " emotional" aspect of music. Which is very important to me. I really enjoy full range. Can you comment in regards to this? Thanks...


You may want to consider the noble FR as you state u enjoy full range

The f configuration is what we consider full range, while the r is reference listening....

Beyond that, no amp is necessary with the FR

Dr. John Moulton

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

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Hey guys, for those who haven't seen this yet. You may want to join and get a chance to win...

http://www.head-fi.org/t/721449/noble-cable-contest-win-a-noble-6w

 

 

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Summer is here and to commemorate the occasion we have decided to run a contest! :cool:

 

UPDATE: There was a misunderstanding on our part and the contest is now open to EVERYONE REGARDLESS OF LOCATION. Please note that depending on your country of residence you may be subject to certain taxes, duties, or other obligations if you win.

 

Those who enter will be competing for a set of Noble 6W, designed and crafted by the Wizard himself. The exact set is pictured below and are referred to internally as "Cherry Coke" for their deep reddish black, translucent, faceplates.

 

 

To enter the contest, all you have to do is guess the pull-strength of our Noble cable (in kilos or pounds) to the first-decimal place. Everyone can enter up to three times and the closest estimation takes the cake!

 

Changes to your entries by the way of editing posts will result in automatic disqualification from here on out.

 

The contest will run for two weeks and the winner will be announced via video on Monday, June 16th


Edited by d marc0 - 6/5/14 at 12:06pm
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DUNU DN-2000 Review

 

 

 

DUNU’s first 3-driver hybrid, the DN-1000 was quite popular in 2013 and considered to be one of the best buys for that period. I certainly felt that it was the best IEM I’ve purchased last year. Now that DUNU has released the new DN-2000, can it live up to its predecessor’s reputation? There’s only one way to find out...

 

SETUP:   Colorfly C3 > JDS Labs C5

               iMac 2011 > Stoner Acoustics UD110v2 > JDS Labs C5

               16/44 FLAC and ALAC

 

TEST TRACKS:     

              Dr. Chesky’s Ultimate Headphone Demonstration Disc

              Dream Theater - Greatest Hit (…and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)

              Pantera - Cowboys From Hell

              Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

              Avicii - True

              Tina Turner - Greatest Hits

              The Corrs - Greatest Hits

    

                       

 

 

BASS

 

Bass is well controlled but quantity wise, it’s significantly lesser and much closer to neutral than its bass boosted predecessor: DN-1000. The good news is, DN-2000’s bass response extends well down to the sub-bass region and is much cleaner overall. In my previous reviews, I have mentioned how I really like the bass tuning on the DN-1000 except for the slightly delayed decay. I am happy to report that the DN-2000 has quicker bass decay making it suitable for fast heavy metal songs. Unfortunately, I find the texture to be slightly on the soft side for my preference. A very slight boost around 80hz and mild reduction around 400hz will help attain a much solid/tighter bass impact. Personally, I would’ve preferred the DN-2000 to retain the bass quantity of it’s predecessor coupled with a quicker decay because I feel that the extra warmth in the low end is necessary to counter balance the bright sounding high frequency. Overall, the DN-2000’s bass performance is great as it is now more versatile in handling various music genres unlike its predecessor.

 


MIDS

 

The midrange is very well placed and in line with the low end frequency. Vocals sound a notch more forward on the DN-2000 compared to its predecessor mainly because of the balance between the bass and mids. Vocals both male and female really shine with amazing clarity and transparency. Timbre is slightly on the thinner side but it doesn’t detract from sounding natural and lush. Distorted guitars sound a little bit edgy and vocal sibilance can be quite apparent if it exists in the recording. The transparency makes it easy for the listener to instantly notice flaws in the mixing and mastering of the tracks. The DN-2000 is quite revealing and can be a great solution for analytical listeners.

 

 

HIGHS

 

I am quite impressed with the DN-2000 in the treble region because it’s probably one of the most detailed and extended IEM I’ve heard so far… it can compete with more expensive IEMs such as the Tralucent 1Plus2 and Noble 4. Everything sounds so natural and airy. Micro-detail is excellent and there is almost no trace of grainy texture even at high volume levels. Very transparent and quite revealing of flaws in compressed recordings. There is a peak at the lower treble which is both good and bad. Good for well mastered recordings but very bad for overly compressed MP3s. Sibilance can also be one of the issues especially when using inappropriate tips and insertion methods. VERY IMPORTANT--The intensity of sibilance will depend on your tips, seal, and depth of insertion. I discovered that wide bored tips coupled with shallow insertion are very effective in reducing this sibilance to a point where it is non-existent. Narrow bored tips tend to accentuate the lower treble to the extent of sibilance.

 

 

 


IMAGING AND SOUNDSTAGE

 

The soundstage is wide and quite similar to the Dunu DN-1000 except in the case of the DN-2000, soundstage width depends on how the track was mix/mastered. If the track calls for it, the DN-2000 can be just as wide. Headstage is not as 3D-like as its predecessor but is good enough to project a decent out-of-head experience. Again, this will also depend on the track and how it was mixed or mastered. Instruments are well placed all over the soundscape resulting into a pleasurable and non-congested musical experience.

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION: So how does the DN-2000 stand against its predecessor? It’s hard to say because of two things: DN-2000 is more expensive and such price difference can be hard to quantify in terms of value especially against the DN-1000. Secondly, the sound signature is quite different between the two which leads us to a conclusion that people who already own the DN-1000 may not necessarily like the new sound. Personally, I find the DN-2000 less fun/musical and more analytical but I prefer it because I usually listen to heavy metal over electronic music which is better on the DN-1000. The DN-2000 is a GREAT hybrid in its own right but whether one will prefer this over the DN-1000 is more like a matter of personal preference.

 

Special thanks to Rocky@Dunu and @djvkool for making this review happen.


Edited by d marc0 - 6/17/14 at 4:51pm
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Will you be doing a comparison between DN2000 with H300? :gs1000smile:

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So if you EQ down the DN1000 bass, how similar does it sound to the DN2000?

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Will you be doing a comparison between DN2000 with H300? :gs1000smile:

 

I was supposed to but I no longer have both IEMs to compare.

From memory, I prefer the H300 EQ'd over the stock DN-2000.

But I also prefer the DN-2000 EQ'd over the H300 EQ'd.

So it's a toss up between the two for my preference.

 

That's said, nothing beats H300 bass still!

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So if you EQ down the DN1000 bass, how similar does it sound to the DN2000?

 

Not similar... DN-1000 bass decay is just a bit too slow for my kind of music.

That said, I still think that the DN-1000 bass quantity sounds better for a musical sound signature.

Definitely more fun sounding than DN-2000.

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Not similar... DN-1000 bass decay is just a bit too slow for my kind of music.

That said, I still think that the DN-1000 bass quantity sounds better for a musical sound signature.

Definitely more fun sounding than DN-2000.

 

I think you just need to get yourself some H200's again lol! Just kidding :(

 

Seriously though d marc0, that was another nicely done review! And great images as usual as well - great stuff!

 

Please get the IM03's and FX850's and review them, will ya? :D

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I think you just need to get yourself some H200's again lol! Just kidding :(

 

Seriously though d marc0, that was another nicely done review! And great images as usual as well - great stuff!

 

Please get the IM03's and FX850's and review them, will ya? :D

 

Thanks mate!

I do miss the H200... there's just something about it that makes it work for heavy metal! :devil_face:

 

I am curious about the FX850... but it seems there's not much interest here is Australia.

If only I have funds for it, I would've bought it for the sake of the review and sold it back the community.

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Thanks mate!

I do miss the H200... there's just something about it that makes it work for heavy metal! :devil_face:

 

I am curious about the FX850... but it seems there's not much interest here is Australia.

If only I have funds for it, I would've bought it for the sake of the review and sold it back the community.



We found out your old H-200 have been sent away to be butchered into customs. Last year there was a member who sent away a pair of H-200 and Brainwavs B2 made into a hybrid (all in one) it turns out something similar is happening to your old pair. :devil_face: But do not worry, because the world is so small that's what happened to my pair too.

(B2 / H200 Custom)

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So if you EQ down the DN1000 bass, how similar does it sound to the DN2000?

I just realized that I did not answer your question correctly. My apologies...

The tuning in the mids and highs of both Dunu's are pretty similar to my ears. The Dn2000 is just slightly improved in refinement and the most notable area is the extra airiness and extension in treble.

Hope that helps...
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We found out your old H-200 have been sent away to be butchered into customs. Last year there was a member who sent away a pair of H-200 and Brainwavs B2 made into a hybrid (all in one) it turns out something similar is happening to your old pair. devil_face.gif  But do not worry, because the world is so small that's what happened to my pair too.


(B2 / H200 Custom)

Yeah I met the guy who had the first custom at the previous meet but since it was a ciem I didn't try it.

I just hope the result is good...
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