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Noble Audio - the Wizard returns!

  1. Verloren
    Warcraft 3 to be precise.
  2. Watagump
    I see Brannan still has those hideous shoes.
  3. Dillan
    Those things looks sweet. Best part is when you go to the bowling alley you wouldn't have to rent theirs!
  4. Chodi
    Well as time went on  I reserved my comments hoping that perhaps someone else would. It finally dawned on me that probably very few people are in a position to answer because the new Katana is just rolling out. I happen to have a prototype of the new Katana that was given to me by Dr. John and I also have a set of K10U. I guess that leaves it to me to to make some comments about the two. I am a devoted fan of the K10U. I own many iem's and I keep reaching for the K10U as my reference iem. Then came a package in the mail from John and I have had time with the new Katana. I have listened to the Katana extensively over the past month. It is without question a flagship grade product but very different from the K10U. In the Katana I realized that John had created a separate but different flagship so that he could appeal to a wider audience. 
    So let me explain in simple terms the difference between the two that most headphone/iem enthusiasts can easily grasp. The K10U sonically leans in the direction of the Audeze LCD or top Hifiman products as far as sound signature. The Katana is much more the HD800 or even the Stax reference sound. I am not trying to make a direct overall performance comparison between these headphones and iem's but many of us on this forum can relate to the house sound of those products. You will note that many would consider the LCD 3 to be a reference grade product while the latest version of the HD800 would earn the same yet they are very different sounding products.
    The Katana is clarity first with an expansive soundstage for an iem. The separation of voices and instruments is exceptional. The bass is detailed though not with the weight of the sub bass in the K10U. There is a warmth to the K10U that pulls you into the music and makes most any well recorded material sound inviting. The Katana is much more a reference sound in the vain of the HD800. I have both and I enjoy both but for my musical preference I more often reach for the Katana. It should be said that I am a fan of classical music and I have owned both the HD800 and some Stax gear. So having said that, you know where my personal listening preference falls. 
    Many companies have produced more than one flagship quality product to appeal to different segments of the market. It is just smart business. Some like open headphones and some like closed back headphones. We all have our own listening preference. As someone who actually owns both the K10U and the Katana I can say without reservation that they are both flagship quality products while appealing to people with different listening preferences. I applaud Dr. John for being able to create two such fine products.
    Fr_eak, knopi, Sorensiim and 8 others like this.
  5. meomap

    Thank you. Definitely, I will keep my K10 based on your hearing description.
    K10 it is.
  6. FullCircle

    Thanks for posting your thoughts
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  7. Rowethren
    Nice description! Makes me more sure of my recently purchased K10 Customs :D
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  8. darinf
    Thank you for posting your impressions. I was hoping the sound of the Katana would be exactly as you described. I can't wait to hear them.
    While I LOVE my K10C's, I also love my Stax SR-009's. The thought of having a Noble flagship IEM with a more "Stax-like" sound signature sounds perfect for me.
    Hopefully I will be able to make it to the Noble event at Affordable Audio on Saturday and hear the Katana for myself.
  9. LouisArmstrong

    As much as I love my K10 and Layla, and also auditioned the KSE1500, I don't think any of them comes close to the SR009. The SR009 is all about transparency, not sound signature, and none of these IEMs (including the KSE1500) are even close.
  10. ajs6269
    Any advice on how to fix wires if they become untwisted?
  11. ScottFree
    Christ. They look awful.
  12. davidcotton

    Noble can't be paying him enough so he has to make do and mend....
  13. Kunlun
    Brannan's shoes are special therapeutic devices! He needs them due to a tragic accident from his triceps dips competition days.

    In other news, I'm looking forward to the Katana!
  14. bangkokkid
    First it's the pants and now it's the shoes, at least there are no reservations here about the shirt!
  15. fiascogarcia
    Don't forget the glove. [​IMG]

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