Noble Audio’s X and Encore

Things have been busy for IEM maker Noble Audio. Hot on the heels of the inertia created from the success of their flagship universal Kaiser 10 comes the followup flagship Kaiser Encore ($1,850). Boasting a few refinements to the overall presentation the 10 driver takes the lead spot for the company alongside a 9 driver complementary piece called the Katana ($1,850).

Changes in the Kaiser from the Noble site:

“The Encore retains the musical essence of the K10 and features a retooled midrange that provides additional clarity and more accurate tonal balance while still integrating seamlessly with the rest of the audio spectrum. Improvements in midrange response contribute to a larger soundstage and presentation compared to the K10 with more precise imaging and superior spatial representation.

Encore features proprietary Noble drivers throughout bringing additional refinements to the piece, as well as precision machined creative aluminum housings designed and manufactured locally in California.”

But refining flagships are not the only thing Noble is up to. They also released a new collaboration with the online buying community Massdrop for a custom two-driver IEM that reigns in at $250. Called the Noble X, the universal fit earphone was available for a short release a few months ago via Massdrop, but might be available to the public again at some point in the future. You can find our impressions of the piece here.

Also making the rounds in the show circuit is the new Noble lighting cable which allows any 2 prong IEM to plug directly into the new 3.5mm jack-less iPhone series for an adapter-free connection. The look and feel is the same as the standard cable that ships with each Noble product, so its fairly free of any extraneous bulk or dongle mess.

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Brannan Mason from Noble gave us a hands-on demo from the show floor. You can check out here in the embed.