Jan 14, 2019 at 1:43 PM
I would've gone with CIEMs if I knew about them when I got started with this hobby, although, they didn't exist before 1995, so that's a factor. I'm just glad I did, first with the UERR and now KE. Noble custom work is also legendary, which is not just icing on the cake, it makes a statement about the product and the owner before you even put it in your ears. I feel like the other companies are focusing the majority of their innovation and R&D on technical capabilities of their CIEM offerings, and the aesthetics are just an afterthought, where as Noble puts a more artistic approach, which I think is an interesting perspective.@hotdog108 I agree with you there but luckily don't have the extent of discomfort you do. I just got recently got my first CIEM and am amazed I waited this long, the difference is night and day and comfort is incredible. No adjustments needed once they are securely in the ear.
Well worth any price bump you pay for CIEMs TBH. As I'm getting back into school the coming few weeks, I can't wait to commute with these to get more music time in. I wish I went the CIEM route earlier instead of constantly switching universals to try and find one that fits me. Probably would have saved money that way.
I know my next major purchase (I was a longtime fan of Noble before joining the team, working for the team has only increased my love), hopefully by the end of this year, will be a custom Kaiser Encore or Katana, the KE seems to be more my kind of sound. Who knows, maybe the Khan will change my mind ones I get my hands on it to demo eventually. Probably won't be able to compare the three side by side until the next Canjam I find myself at.