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Noble Audio - the Wizard returns!

  1. Velomane
    #Mfalcon

    Thanks for taking the time to post.
     
  2. FullCircle
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  3. redstar
    Hey everyone, so ive had the k10u for a while now and i adore them. I am so very tempted to upgrade to the Encore, but a bit unsure on this. How much of an improvement is there?

    Im currently running my k10 with a Plenue D. What source and/or seperate amp does one recommend as a good upgrade?

    Was looking at the cowon2...

    Cheers.
     
  4. koluludome
    It's an great upgrade ! I have both in my hand.

    K10ua encore is like an adult K10ua. It'll have less fun factors (lil' less lush mid, lil' less thunderous bass) but you'll experience more wow factors with the old spirit of the previous gen K10 (greater sound stage, more detail in every aspect, better seperation).

    Every aspect is improved over the old gen K10, but the vocal will be less lush but not so much. Even I like encore so much, I suggest you to try it first because someone may prefer lush vocal in old one than encore.

    Hope this help :)
     
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  5. FullCircle
    AMG vs M

    I say when in doubt, own them both :)

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  6. Malevolent
    The Encore is an improvement over the original Kaiser 10 in some ways, such as staging, imaging and treble extension. However, the K10 retains that midrange warmth, has a fuller sound, and is slightly weightier in the lows. The Encore is somewhat of a spiritual successor, but isn't meant to completely supplant the K10, IMO. The original still has a place in my heart - after all these years (I've had the original Kaiser since early 2015), it still remains my absolute favorite IEM.

    Speaking of which, I've just purchased a Hydra 22 from Toxic Cables to pair with the K10, and the latter really shines with this combination. Treble has a slight increase in sparkle and prominence. Looks like the K10 won't be going anywhere, anytime soon.
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2017
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  7. krismusic Contributor
    Almost enough to make me wish I was a cable believer! Seriously. Thanks for the reply. I think there is something in what you say. Although FullCircle's advice is probably the way forward ideally!
     
  8. ScottFree
     
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  9. Malevolent
    Well, cables are probably one of the most contentious points in the audiophile world. For what it's worth, I think well-made cables are able to eke out that extra 1-2% of top-end performance from your IEMs/headphones. It's not something that's day and night, for sure. You'll be much happier getting upgrades via your headgear, DAPs/DACs and/or amplifiers. :)
     
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  10. ScottFree
    How much does it cost to run your cars in Thailand John?
     
  11. FullCircle
    To be clear
    I have a e36 m3 sedan (conversion)
    And a clk 55 amg (conversion)

    Probably the best bang for the buck is the e36 sedan conversion, as one can have one built for 10 - 15k (or more obviously as one can always upgrade stereos, paint etc etc)
    Coupes are insanely more expensive, essentially twice the cost, for some reason less doors cost a lot.

    A radiator for the E36 could run you 100$ where as the merc, 600$.

    I imagine that is due to the fact the e36 was assembled here, and there was a lot of them made so parts are more available and it is a fairly old car. . The Mercedes was not assembled here (they are now, as there is a factory here now) the clk was only built for 4 years and there wasn't a lot of them made to begin with.

    That said, it does offer a silky smooth ride, far superior to the e36. But the e36 offers up a fun factor that the clk doesn't.

    Any how, maintainence I do myself or have a local shop that specializes in European cars work on them. It isn't too bad, as labor is cheap. Things like tires and batteries will cost the same as usa prices.

    Not a precise answer, but that is because I don't keep a record of such things, as my rule of thumb is don't keep a record of evidence as the wife may find it :)
     
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  12. ThomasHK
    Just received my wide bore spinfit tips. Immediately happy with the outcome with the Katana's. Getting a better seal and resulting LF extension than any of the stock silicon tips. Easier to get a good fit as well. Nice one. Recommended!
     
  13. NickL33
    If u have a chance also try JVC Spiral Dot tips... ;D
     
  14. ThomasHK
    Will do. I'm quite hooked on these SpinFits now. Just seems to work very well with my ears. Both my Shures and the Katana were immediately lifted in comfort and performance by these tips.
     
  15. koluludome
    JVC tips, Orfoton tips
    And Mandarin wide bore tips is a must to try :wink:

    I use this Mandarin hybrid silicone-foam with Encore, best isolation with great sound.
     

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