Noble launch two new IEMs - Sage and Kaiser Encore

All drivers now proprietary

by Mark Hodgkinson Nov 16, 2016 at 2:50 PM


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    Noble launch two new IEMs - Sage and Kaiser Encore
    Noble Audio has launched two brand new IEMs (In Ear Monitors), just in time for Christmas – if you have generous friends and/or family - which both feature the company's new proprietary drive units.
    The newcomers, Kaiser Encore and Sage, join the recently launched Katana to provide three Noble-driver IEM options.

    The new Sage costs £520 and is the most affordable way to experience Noble’s new proprietary drivers while the Kaiser Encore (£1,699), with its high-res-audio-ready 10 drivers, becomes a co-flagship with the nine-driver Katana. The Kaiser Encore and Sage, will directly replace their predecessors, the K10U and Savant.

    Sage is a two-driver design which sits squarely in the middle of Noble’s five-strong universal- fit Classic line. Sage’s new balanced armature driver configuration delivers a more refined and capable sound than that of its forerunner, says Noble. The vented bass port of the low frequency driver has been repositioned and the aperture increased. The result, they tell us, is increased low-end extension with greater texture, plus a slight lift in overall bass response. The proprietary balanced-armature drivers also promise increased clarity with greater imaging accuracy and enhanced spatial representation.

    Sage retains the same aesthetic as its predecessor and features Noble’s updated universal form factor and geometry. Each piece features precision-machined aluminium housings, with each pair hand-assembled and matched in the US. Sage features a detachable cable with an industry standard 2-pin connection, allowing future upgrades from aftermarket cable specialists. Sage is available in universal-fit form only.

    Kaiser Encore, meanwhile, features a lavish 10-driver design that builds on the strengths of Noble’s ground-breaking original flagship, the Kaiser 10U (K10U), which it directly replaces. The new model retains the musical essence and engaging presentation of the K10U and now introduces proprietary-Noble drivers throughout.

    According to the manufacturer, the proprietary drive units introduce improvements to the critical midrange, adding additional clarity whilst bringing a more neutral tonal balance. The redefined midrange integrates with the rest of the frequency spectrum as with Noble’s other multi-driver IEMs and CIEMs (customs).

    The Kaiser Encore also introduces a number of aesthetic improvements over its predecessor and features Noble’s updated universal form factor and geometry. Each 10-driver piece features precision-machined aluminium housings, with each pair hand-assembled and matched. The two-part aluminium chassis is smaller and lighter than the previous Kaiser 10U flagship.

    The Encore also features a detachable cable with an industry standard 2-pin connection, allowing future upgrades from aftermarket cable specialists. The Kaiser Encore is available in universal form, as a custom-fit version (using acrylic) and in Noble Audio’s Prestige format (machined from exotic solid materials).

    Further features of both IEMs include a Pelican 1010 case (crush-proof carrying case); a black velvet soft pouch; 12 pairs of ear tips (four kinds in three sizes); two Noble Audio bands or amp bands; a cleaning tool; a Noble cable and an ownership card.

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