Noble Audio - Introducing KAISER ENCORE and SAGE
Mar 9, 2017 at 2:08 PM Post #136 of 257

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Own a set, fantastic IEM. What would you like to know? I haven't owned a ton of IEM 's for comparison (generally a full size guy), nor am I overly proficient in describing sound, but I'll answer what I can.


 Think mine was $12 CND or so. Nothing of major consequence.
 
Mar 9, 2017 at 3:03 PM Post #137 of 257

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Hello all,
 
I just wanted to post this in a couple of places as it may help some people decide between the Katana and the Kaiser Encore. When I first received the Katana, I was so impressed with it that I just had to try the Kaiser Encore. I remember reading HisoundFi's review of the Kaiser Encore and thinking that his comparison of the Kaiser Encore and the Katana were conflicting with most of the impressions that I have seen. His review is below:
 
http://www.head-fi.org/products/noble-audio-encore-universal-flagship-in-ear-monitor/reviews/17688
 
Some of the more interesting things to note are that he stated the Katana was warmer and the Kaiser Encore had a better sense of space and air. Based on most of the stuff I've read, I thought the opposite would be true. However, after a few short comparisons today, I agree with HisoundFi's findings. I might also add that these are very initial impressions and the differences are only really noticeable when compared directly. I would've never considered the Katana to sound warm before hearing it side by side with the Kaiser Encore. I want to be careful not to give the impression that the Katana is laid back, colored, or fun sounding. They are both very refined, balanced, and musical to my ears. They're just slightly different flavors of the same candy. The differences will really come down to personal preferences as both are extremely competent IEMs. I would be happy with either as my primary IEM. Just my two cents.
 
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Mar 9, 2017 at 4:37 PM Post #138 of 257

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Hello all,


 


I just wanted to post this in a couple of places as it may help some people decide between the Katana and the Kaiser Encore. When I first received the Katana, I was so impressed with it that I just had to try the Kaiser Encore. I remember reading HisoundFi's review of the Kaiser Encore and thinking that his comparison of the Kaiser Encore and the Katana were conflicting with most of the impressions that I have seen. His review is below:


 


http://www.head-fi.org/products/noble-audio-encore-universal-flagship-in-ear-monitor/reviews/17688


 


Some of the more interesting things to note are that he stated the Katana was warmer and the Kaiser Encore had a better sense of space and air. Based on most of the stuff I've read, I thought the opposite would be true. However, after a few short comparisons today, I agree with HisoundFi's findings. I might also add that these are very initial impressions and the differences are only really noticeable when compared directly. I would've never considered the Katana to sound warm before hearing it side by side with the Kaiser Encore. I want to be careful not to give the impression that the Katana is laid back, colored, or fun sounding. They are both very refined, balanced, and musical to my ears. They're just slightly different flavors of the same candy. The differences will really come down to personal preferences as both are extremely competent IEMs. I would be happy with either as my primary IEM. Just my two cents.


 


Cheers



While packing for the trip to signapore, i had to decide which set i was going to listen to on the plane, the katanas won..., at least for now
 
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Mar 9, 2017 at 6:39 PM Post #139 of 257

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While packing for the trip to signapore, i had to decide which set i was going to listen to on the plane, the katanas won..., at least for now

I honestly don't think you can go wrong with either haha. I couldn't imagine what you have to aim for now. There's nothing to fix or improve upon IMO. Maybe a premium cable collab?
 
Mar 9, 2017 at 7:42 PM Post #141 of 257

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  I honestly don't think you can go wrong with either haha. I couldn't imagine what you have to aim for now. There's nothing to fix or improve upon IMO. Maybe a premium cable collab?

+1. Premium cable collab would be nice. Especially if it is specially tune together with Wizard himself. End result = happy ear + sad wallet.
 
 
Wife took my katanas, have use the spalted katanas


 
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Mar 9, 2017 at 8:08 PM Post #142 of 257

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Wife took my katanas, have use the spalted katanas


Now you're just showing off 
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Mar 9, 2017 at 8:09 PM Post #143 of 257

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  +1. Premium cable collab would be nice. Especially if it is specially tune together with Wizard himself. End result = happy ear + sad wallet.

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Funny thing is, a lot of these premium cable companies either have their cable made by our supplier or purchase their raw cable through our supplier



Next stop, Singapore

Sooooo, are you saying you're going to build your own??? 
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Mar 9, 2017 at 11:40 PM Post #149 of 257

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All subjective

But if subjects measurements are all that apply, a premium cable shouldn't be all that difficult to acquire

Does the Wizard not believe in cable magic?
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