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That's easy, the fun factor from the bass.
I'm surprised the K10's being described as having a fun bass. Would've imagined that the Khan with its DD would be much better in that regard.
The difference is the K10 adds or displays more bass in almost all tracks, where as the crossover point being so low on the Khan the track has to have lower bass. I still remember the smile on my face when I first heard the K10, I even described it as so much fun. That was years ago now, so my taste has changed, there is no doubt the gains with the Khan for me, make it a better choice.
Second time I've heard in this thread that K10 have stronger bass and Khan is more neutrally tuned. That's fine, but does the sub-bass reach lower on the Khan? If it does not reach deeper and move more air than the all-BA K10, then I can't see that as being a very positive trait in the bass department. While I don't claim to know anything about designing an IEM, it would seem that the key benefit of a dynamic driver is to reach deeper and move more air physically. I sold the W900 nearly immediately because I was not impressed with how much "fun" they took out of what the DD could have done. Is Khan similar?
Naturally, I have nothing better to do for the next three months while I wait for mine than to wonder and read threads I should find a new hobby in the mean time.
I guess my issue is that I was never the biggest fan of the K10, so having parts of the sound compare unfavorably to it doesn't seem promising? K10 and Andromeda were the two I was considering for my first "TOTL" IEM, and while I didn't think the K10 had any glaring flaws, to me, it was just uninteresting.
Nothing that's been made by anyone is going to be a home run for everyone. I have seen plenty listen to the K10 and Encore at shows and just not care for them, nothing is perfect. Like I have said before, these are 2 very different sounding IEM's. If you value clarity and a clean sound, you choose the Khan or Katana, if you want pure fun, you choose the K10 or Encore, this is just IMHO of course. When I play anything from that bass CD I ripped, oh trust me, its very fun, but so are my K10's in that aspect. You just gain much more with the Khan in other areas, and just lose some bass presence on every track, its not much of a trade off though. Trying to help people decide has always been what I try and do here, I wont get it right every time, my ears are not your or anyone else for that matter. Only me and one person have them right now, we both agree they are a step up from anything else Noble has right now, they are also a step up in price.
Now all I need is a time machine to take me to March
I have had such a fun week with the Noble Encore IEMs. They are a pair I use maybe a third of the time? They are my classic rock IEMs, but every once in a while they do unique songs in a more unique way than their normal uniqueness.......which is pretty unique!
They go to this special place, an indescribable way of reproduction. I can’t explain it.......so I decided to get the Encores a gift, as I have had them for over a year.....
plusSound The Tri-Copper EXO
With 4.4mm plug and .78mm two pin plug
Ha ha. As soon as Gisele has a demo unit in London, I am there.
I always felt that the K10's had the quality of sound that I really like in a speaker system. Slightly warm, relaxing to listen to but good separation and detail.
I hope the Khan is not like a Linn system. Technically superb but too sharply etched to be enjoyable. For me at least.
I would have recommended K10 to anyone. Seemed pretty much all I could reasonably expect from a CIEM.
Very much what I hoped.
I guess I was hoping for an Encore with deep bass and especially, low sub bass
I also have a question regarding the name of your new TOL IEM? I was just wondering if the name "KHAN" came from well-known founder and first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire - Genghis Khan?
According to the photo posted above, it certainly looks so. Isn't it?
If you would like to discuss warranty matters or other details specific to your case....
Just talked to the folks that are more aware of the e mail situation than I am.
Apparently the e mail system has been up and down for the past 10 days and it is being resolved ASAP
PM is pretty much the best option at this time