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Noble Audio - the Wizard returns!

  1. lightning3777
    So, if i need to connect Khan to 2.5mm balanced output of DAP, then is Noble 2.5mm balanced cable consider a safe option (less risk of crack to the shell)?
     
  2. FullCircle
    In theory yes, but if a problem did arise, certainly contact Noble asap (or PM me)
     
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  3. Deezel177
    Hey folks, I just published my coverage of CanJam Singapore 2019 on TheHeadphoneList.com. There, I managed to meet the Noble team and listen to the all-new Savant II, which became one of my absolute favourites at the show. Here's an excerpt from the article:

    Noble Audio

    Noble Audio were present at the event, showcasing their flagship Khan and the all-new Savant II. It was a pleasure to meet the Moulton brothers, along with the Wizard’s partner Joy, whose artisan faceplates have been making the rounds online. I did not listen to the Khan at the event, as I’ve covered them previously here. But, I did hear the Savant II – the successor to Savant and (I assume) Sage – which ended up becoming one of my clear favourites at CanJam SG 2019.

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    Noble Audio Savant II:
    Having heard both the original Savant and the Sage, I was very, very impressed with what the Savant II brought to the table. Most notably, it succeeds where I felt the other two tended to falter: Bass extension and physicality. The Savant II offers a dense, meaty and impactful low-end with excellent body, presence and physicality. It’s not a basshead IEM by any means, but it can deliver in spades if the track calls for it. This transitions to the midrange; emotive, nuanced and natural in tone. Instruments possess a genuine sense of depth that effectively conveys dynamics and drama when listening to powerful balladeers. But, also in the Savant II’s arsenal are clarity and air, which emphasise the tiny nuances in simpler arrangements. It’s truly a vibrant, organic and technically-refined response for all genres.

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    The treble possesses a wonderful balance between body and cut. Clarity and articulation are strong, but the timbre of the top-end comes through as well. When listening to drummers strike ride cymbals and hi-hats, those hits carry weight, and the tone of those instruments come through as well – rather than coming across as crisp, one-dimensional wraiths. The transition between the midrange and treble is superbly done as well, so instruments with a higher range of pitch maintain coherence as they move up the scale. The low-treble may barely inch towards glare with certain recordings, but it consistently stops before ever becoming brittle, honky or harsh. As a result of top-end extension, definition across the board is impressive too. Stage size may not be spectacular, but the stability and nuance it sports is. Graceful balance and refined skill have made the Savant II a natural-sounding, versatile performer – ideal for all genres and listeners too.


    And, I'm also glad to announce that the Savant II has brought home an award from the Singapore 2019 edition of The Headphone List's CanJam Cup! It's one of three awardees (and the most affordable one too :wink:) of the Do-All Good-All category given to the most charming, versatile and musical in-ears at the show. Congratulations Noble! :D

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    Noble Audio’s Savant II was one of the very last in-ears I heard at the show, and it ended up becoming one of the most surprising as well. Having been unmoved by Noble Audio’s previous duals, the Savant II possessed qualities that shook my ears out of their worn, almost-fugue state. The first of which was bass extension. Then, it was the emotionality and vibrance of the midrange. Whether it be electric guitars or soprano songstresses, the Savant II was capable of delivering the sweet and the dramatic. From Lucy Rose’s light, wispy falsettos to Incognito’s bravura horns, the Savant II delivered it all with naturalness, dynamism and headroom. Although Khan sits atop, I think this will be Noble’s dark horse in 2019.
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019
  4. FullCircle
    This is greatly appreciated, as my wife puts a lot of time and effort into the build/art process and .....

    I too am humbled to receive such an award.
     
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  5. Watagump
    I learned something new while at Axpona that I have never seen done before, removing a cable a certain way. I have always done just putt and keep doing small wiggles, well not any longer. What you do is grab the pin right down by the socket and pinch, it pops right off so easily is mind blowing. You grab the socket with your thumb and fine in the direction of what I would call the front and back, so the colored dot and the other side, not the part that faces your head and faces out. Give it a try, I hope I described it so you understand.
     
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  6. FullCircle
    Or better yet.... leave the cable on :)
     
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  7. Watagump
    Tell that to the Hong Kong crowd. :thinking:
     
  8. hotdog108
    I've been using this method with my UERR when I bought a new iPhone lightning cable from UE three years ago, purely accidental learning on my part, did it the first time and have been using this method ever since.
     
  9. Watagump

    It is just so wrong how much easier it is.
     
  10. Deezel177
    That definitely comes through in the final product. Every single one that’s been posted here has been gorgeous. The award is definitely well-deserved too. I had a great time meeting you and your team, John, however brief it was. ‘Hope those USB sticks still work by the time you reach home. :D

    This is how I’ve been doing it for years. I’ve cable-rolled tens of times with not a broken pin or socket to my name. :wink:
     
  11. Malevolent
    In general, you shouldn't have any problems with third-party cables, unless the pins are too big and you're trying to force them to fit together. With that said, if you're the cautious type, you could always stick with Noble's official cables.
     
  12. krismusic Contributor
    John, will Noble be at London Canjam?
     
  13. FullCircle
    That I am not sure, Jim (my brother) would make that trip if it did occur. I am more aware of what goes on in Asia than what goes on that side of the pond.

    Next stop, Japan
     
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  14. scook94
    What is the status of Khan availability in the UK? The .co.uk website still says "Pre-order. Estimated delivery: March 2019".
     
  15. krismusic Contributor
    It would be a great shame if Noble was not in London again. You were missed last year. Perhaps Gisele might be able to bring some demo units? It would be a big ask of her. Maybe I could help out...
     

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