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The Wizard rises again - And raises the bar!

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Pros: Supremely natural sounding, fantastic mids, thunderous but tightly controlled lows, amazing highs

Cons: None. (As long as you can find the money)

Disclaimer: This particular set of Kaiser 10 is a review sample from Noble Audio.   It made some serious waves here at Head-Fi when Dr. Moulton, perhaps better known as “The Wizard”, as well as his entire staff parted ways with MDSP, the parent company of Heir Audio. MDSP announced that they would continue building Heir Audio products and selling them under the Heir name. Dr. Moulton and his staff remained quiet about their plans for the future… But nobody really expected them to just stop making (C)IEMs, did they? It turns out that The Wizard had more tricks up his sleeve. Along with his staff from Heir, he has formed Noble Audio. Noble is an American company, with production...
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A pleasant surprise!

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Pros: Impressive 7.1 for games and movies, comfort, great mic, wireless just works

Cons: Hums while charging (only If using a dedicated charger, regular USB is silent)

I got fed up by the cables at my desk at home and decided to get a wireless headset for gaming. I was actually pretty settled on the Logitech G930, right until the point where Logitech told me to just bugger off when I pointed out that they were charging twice as much for the G930 in Denmark as they do in other countries. Despite Logitech being my go-to brand for the past 10-15 years, I decided to go with one of the G930's competitors, the exceedingly awesomely named Corsair Vengeance 2000.          Being retarded an audiophile, my previous setup for gaming was a set of AudioTechnica ATH-AD700 with a Modmic, hooked up to an...
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One word: Clarity.

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Pros: Transparency monsters!

Cons: Transparency monsters!

  These are not for everyone. These are neutral monsters - no warmth, no bass boost, no mercy. The Heir Audio Tzar 350 is a dual-driver, 350Ohm(!) universal IEM tuned for neutrality and transparency. It is hand built using the same, compact type of housing as Heir’s popular 3.Ai and 4.Ai. The Tzar is made using black acryllic where the Ai models are a dark shade of purple. 9 sets of tips are included in the sturdy Otterbox case, along with a detachable Westone-style cable and a cleaning tool. Tip rolling is recommended, try out all the tips to get a nice, tight seal. I first thought these a bit harsh and sibilant but a change of tips and following deeper insertion really...
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Nothing short of perfect to me

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Pros: Amazing balance between analytical and musical.

Cons: If you want piercing treble and Grado-style aggresion, these are not for you.

  All listening done from my Ibasso DX100 using only lossless files.   Heir Audio is a relative newcomer in the field of custom in-ear monitors, but the man behind the company, Dr. John Moulton, is by no means a rookie. Having already made a name for himself here on Head-Fi by posting his beautiful creations he earned the nickname “The Wizard”. After a series of unfortunate events in dealing with another CIEM company I ordered Heir’s top of the line model, the $1099 Heir 8.A. As the name implies, there are no less than 8 BA drivers in each monitor. Two (very large) for bass, two for midrange, two for treble and two for “Super-high treble”. According to Heir Audio the...
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The PERFECT headphones - for me

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Pros: Sound and comfort, easily driven. VERY musical, yet very detailed

Cons: The wait is unbearable and UM UK are pretty bad at replying to emails

  I've taken down my review of the Merlins and will repost it once I get them back. By now it's been 4 months and I've had them in my posession for no more than two weeks out of those 4 months.   Two weeks into the 3-5 week estimated turnaround time for my remolds/fixing and UM have gone back to maintaining radio silence. Not a word, not a single peep, no replies to emails.    I love my Merlins but I'm starting to *really* dislike the customer service (or lack thereof) from UM UK. Just keep me informed, that's all I ask for. 
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