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Noble Audio - the Wizard returns!

  1. krismusic Contributor
    I think it's a great development. Noble for the many not just the few. Won't detract at all from their high end status. That is assured.
  2. krismusic Contributor
    My K10's in light smoke. I've been really happy with them. I sometimes wish I had gone for one of Johns amazing artwork designs but I use them a lot on public transport. Understated is the way forward. Only I know how amazing they are.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2017
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  3. John0405
    Thanks. A lot. They look great. I’m gonna take them clear with pure copper glitter. If anyone got a picture of these …
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  4. sdaff
    Hi all, how do you guys think about the noble katana, when I first listen to it, I feel really good.
    But why I seldom see people talking about it?
  5. Wyville
    I demoed the Katana and Encore a few weeks ago at the Indulgence Show in London and I think that generally speaking most people will prefer the Encore because it is a more fun and energetic signature. The Katana felt flatter (although still musical) and I think most people will prefer a stronger bass presence.

    I would still like a longer time with the Katana because my impression of them was that they were a little boring, but I think their qualities will come through better under different conditions (ie. not a noisy show) and with a bit more time. I did listen to a few warmer IEMs (Encore, UE18+) before and after the Katana, so that will have had an influence on how they appeared.
  6. SDBiotek
    It's very hard to get a really good impression of an iem at a show. I think it would be easy to miss a lot of what Katana offers under show conditions. The Katana, compared with the original K10, for me, has a bit better separation between individual instruments and pulls out subtle "buried in the mix" details that I normally miss. Things overall feel more focused. The Katanas are not as warm and not as bassy. I haven't tried the Encore...yet. I've owned a K10 ciem for years now, have a K10 universal, and bought the Katana earlier this year. For overall clarity, I prefer the Katana, but the K10 is more fun.
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  7. krismusic Contributor
    FWIW. I've heard the Katana and Encore. I own the K10. I would take the Encore as being the best of all worlds. The Katana is probably more accurate. The Encore and K10 more engaging. The Encore has the detail and separation of the Katana with the energy and warmth of the K10. I can see that if you were engineering the Katana would be the best tool for the job.
  8. jscmd2000
    Agree completely
  9. chengsta
    lol I was waiting so long for the 15%-20% off ciems this black friday because I'm finally so close to being able to afford the kaiser encore ciem version. first time I seen them not for sale on a black friday. oh well, guess I can still wait till next june. jh16's still going strong. :L3000:
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017
  10. bangkokkid

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    Join us in celebrating the holiday season by taking 20% off all universal IEMs beginning Friday, November 17th, at 12:00 am PST for 72 hours!

    Plus, receive a complimentary legacy Savant ($599 value)* with the purchase of any Katana or Kaiser Encore.

    Wait, isn't Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving?

    Yes, that's correct, however this year we decided to run our event a little early to coincide with a new product launch Friday!

    *while supplies last


  11. jscmd2000
    That was a pretty good response for you, @chengsta.
    Hmmm, new product.... ?? a new TOTL ?? can't wait!
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017
  12. chengsta
    lol yea I wonder what it is. I doubt it's a new TOTL but still interested. Oh well it was either buy kaiser encore or spend that cash upgrading my lower floor restroom.
  13. jasonho
    No black friday deal for ciem:joy:
  14. FullCircle

    Sorry, I have been away for a while, so I have missed some posts.

    As to why isn't the Katana spoken about much here.

    The Katana doesn't have the direct link/heritage as the Kaiser Encore has with the K10. Considering a large portion of customers are probably ordering based off of reviews etc they probably purchase the Kaiser Encore due to the heritage over the Katana.

    I also like the Katana as well, it ticks off a lot of boxes, size, sound, build quality, weight etc.

    Further more, the Katana recently received earphone of the year award in Japan, but I would guess most of the Japanese owners of the Katana do not post on head fi.

    (those are my two cents)
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  15. FullCircle

    My experience at the shows I have attended, it seemed to be a 50/50 response. In fact we sold at the show the same number of Kaiser Encores, as we did the Katana
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