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Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Universal IEMs

Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Universal IEMs

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Verified Purchaser
I bought the Massdrop X Noble K10 along with Campfire Andromeda and Solaris(I'm new to IEM). I've heard people saying that K10 have a very "safe" tuning compare to other IEMs, and that still holds true in my pairs of Noble K10. My first impression on these aren't great, to be honest, very underwhelming. I pair my IEMs with iPhone via lightning cables and Wooaudio WA8. First minute I tried these on I felt like these 10BA IEMs are not resolving at all. I decided to give them a 10 hour burn-in period. I switched to the lightning cable for the burn-in, and after the burn-in, I'm quite surprised how good they sound! When connected to the WA8, it has very good BA bass, maybe not as clean compare to Andromeda, but the rumble is present. Mid is quite good, it is a bit on the lean side but totally acceptable. Treble wise, I do occasionally get that sibilant sound, but overall it is not bad, it has some sparkle in it. The Massdrop X Noble K10s are well worth the price, and I feel that it fits my needs perfectly. Sound wise if I'm connecting it to my DAC/AMPs they don't sound as good as my Andromeda(and not even close to Solaris). However when only using a lightning cable, k10 sure does have the edge on how it scales. It is a great choice for those who don't want to carry extra pieces of gear such as DAP/DAC/AMP around and looking for beautiful sound straight out from that lightning cable. (Massdrop customer service is great as well, there was a tip missing from the package and they send me a partial refund so I can purchase another set of tips, good on them.)
LW707
I shared the same initial feelings, as I thought they didn't sound better than my other IEMs/headphones. In my case I didn't have a lightening cable, but when I swapped out the default cable to their gold x silver cable, it really improved the clarity. Now when I listen to music I find myself always reaching for it over my IEMs. No matter the type of music, everything always sounds so musical - very balanced and fun.
Albobear
I think a better cable would definitely help with the transparency. In case of lightning cable, I think it is made for the Noble X not the K10 in the drop(In terms of quality it is comparable to the stock 3.5 come with the K10 which is not the best, but the IEM is already twice as cheap so I can't really complain.) The lightning cable has a tiny DAC/AMP built in, and it doesn’t sound terrible at all. Sure I would get better sound from a decent DAP or a DAC/AMP combo but consider it is only $50 and no extra piece of equipment. I have zero complaints. 
Verified Purchaser
TOTL!!! had I known during the time this audio gem first came out, i would not have bothered looking for IEMs that could find the G-Spot of my ears and my brain. thanks to massdrop, was able to listen to this true, classic masterpiece!!!
Verified Purchaser
finally decided to review these.. well I was on last years first buy of these... bought them as a gift, yet they took soooo long to send out, (fires, parts etc..) I ended up giving something else to that person of equal value and kept these.. well I must say they have made me not want to listed to music, watch anything or game on my PC if I don't have these on. The details that are lost on all other headphones I have. I'm no audiophile, yet my ears can sure tell the difference. (comparing to Sennheiser 650 and Shure SE425).. fitment was hell, took me quite some tries to get earbuds that felt good and comfy for a good while that also kept an airtight fit.
killadawg
I wonder how these compare to the Shure SE836, which are $899? I’ve got some Shure SE535s and ,as you said, the hardest part is getting an air-tight fit in the ear so you get 100% of the great sound the earbuds are capable of.
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Verified Purchaser
These are the real deal. I've listened to lots of high end headphones both in ear and over ear, and these are the most detailed and fun headphones I've heard by a good margin. I bought the custom in ears and they were so good I had to buy a pair of these universals before the k10 model disappeared... I'm sure the new model is good too but it's twice the price and I can't imagine them getting any better. I know it's over used and kinda cliche, but these make me feel like I'm listening to my music for the first time. If you have a chance and can swing it, these are absolutely worth every penny. Thanks massdrop.
Verified Purchaser
I never knew what music was really supposed to sound like until a few years ago. My friend gave me a set of studio monitors, and I when I started using them, I initially thought that there was something wrong with the speakers, because the music sounded so different than before. This is what happened, again, after I bought these headphones (along with the amp/DAC which I already have). My music took on new sounds and subtleties which I hadn't picked up on before. I feel like I'm exploring my music collection again. While cost prohibitive, I would still recommend these to someone who can swing the cost. While I have not tried to the CIEM, I would consider that for the future, as none of the tips actually stay in place, and the music changes as their seating changes.
Jeff0500
You might try foam tips. They worked for me.
Verified Purchaser
Did not receive the correct cable. While I did not realize for quite a while since I was using a third-party cable, customer service would not replace it with the correct item.
I understand that this is a product review section, but customer service & long-term product support is a very important aspect of the experience, especially when dealing with high-end IEMs.
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What part of that is my mistake? They sent me the wrong item. I am just giving all potential buyers the warning that Massdrop will only provide customer service support for this $900 item for 30 day window. It takes their customer service 1 week to even respond to your message. Might as well buy it used for a few hundred dollar discount. I sold my K10 as I am definitely not comfortable keeping such an expensive item that has no customer support after 1 month, and I am extremely hesitant to buy anything expensive from Massdrop in the future. YMMV
money4me247
Massdrop can’t do anything about my missing item since the ‘tracking info is missing’
Verified Purchaser
It's a really good IEM, only thing to take note of is that it is huge.
Verified Purchaser
I love these things. I recently fell pretty hard and destroyed my phone case and and cable. During my week back with my old over ear headphones waiting for a new wire I realized how much I've truly grown to prefer IEMs to my over ears. Their so comfortable and let your head breath. No clamped feeling no matter how long I listen. Also should note I fell going 20mph ish on an electric longboard and these things smashed into the pavement but withstood that completely. They still sound exactly the same as when I got them. Really impressed at how they held up unscathed.
I see a couple people recommended the Comply tips (particularly the isolation ones), and I have to agree they make a huge difference. I found the molded wire to feel a bit tight on my ears when I first got them but they adjusted after a day or two and felt very comfortable. I had replaced the wire after I had broken my original with ones without the mold forcing the curve over the ears and I find they don't stay in as well. Will likely swap back to a wire that enforces hugging the ear.
The sound quality is superb. I'm no expert, but I've been noticing all kinds of small little details in songs I've loved that I previously missed. I have been consistently excited to put these on. No matter what I play, these get me going. Highly recommend.
Verified Purchaser
I love the sound from these IEMs! I'm listening to Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet flac file on my Fiio X7MKII while typing this review. Everything sounds live from the violin solo to the bassoon. I was getting frustrated with it because I have tried most of the ear tips that came with it and couldn't keep them in my ear canals so the sound would get tinny. I decided to try a set of Comply foam tips and they work great, keeping them in place so I can really enjoy the great sound. If you are having trouble with the Noble ear tips, I recommend giving the Comply tips a try.
Verified Purchaser
These are great. The sound is full and rich, from top to bottom. I can run them against phones, but pair them with headphone amps for daily use. Have been listening to them for a couple of weeks now, and have only minimal problems with fit (they don't stay in the ears when running).
Overall, excellent IEMs. Will be looking into the CIEMs down the road.
Verified Purchaser
Fantastic IEMs. I drive them with the HiBy R6, HiBy R3, iBasso DX90, and an iPhoneX through the Audioquest Dragonfly Red.
I travel a great deal for work and the K10s are my HiFi on the go. It took a short time to find the eartips that fit and sound the best and now that I have, I find the universal fit design to be very comfortable and secure in my ear. Absolutely love these.
Verified Purchaser
Excellent iem. Clear, articulate wonderful with Chord MOJO and Hugo 2. Can't listen to my Vegas any more.
Verified Purchaser
Good Price, Nice IEM
Thank you Massdrop and Noble Audio for an amazing creation.
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you can't act like you know stuff others don't when you have the same information they do lol you must realize you know nothing right?
deeztits
I'm going to Mark Twain right out of this conversation. If you don't get the reference feel free to search Mark Twain and idiot.
Verified Purchaser
I can't sleep! I've been up listening to all my old music because these IEMs are a pleasure to listen to. The box and accessories are sparse but you're saving money on packaging to get those ten drivers. I'm driving mine off an Astell & Kern KANN DAP. This DAP includes an integrated amplifier and has 2.5mm balanced connection so I opted for the the optional cable. I used to listen to planar magnetic over the ear headphones (Oppo PM-3) with this DAP which really benefited from the amplifier. These don't need that much power to drive but still benefit from a good amp.
The Massdrop was great. The product was delivered early and well packaged. I had no scratches on the unit and all accessories were included and worked. I also picked up the lightning cable and that worked well with my iPhone X, but didn't sound nearly as good as with the KANN.
I'm looking for recommendations for replacement cables and ear tips. The ones included slip out of my ear except for the large foam ones.
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Khoisan
As far as I'm aware, the Linum G2 SuperBax cable is only available in a 3.5mm SE termination. So if you're after a balanced cable, there's a Linum Balanced cable terminated in 2.5mm TRRS. It's a straight jack with no option to go right-angled. If you're looking for aftermarket cable competitors, perhaps consider ALO Audio, Plussound, Effect Audio or PWAudio.
For ear tips, I've personally taken a liking to JVC's Spiral Dots (M Size). Spinfits (CP100) have the most secure fit for my ear but seem to lose some of the clarity in the highs compared to Spiral Dots. With foams, a popular choice would be Comply's (not sure what size though).
OhhMyRice
Yep, the Linum balanced cable has a straight 2.5mm connector and not a right angle connector.
Also, the Linum balanced cable only comes in the Bax cable, and NOT the SuperBax, last time I checked. I do love both the SuperBax and Bax MMCX Cables I own, so either one sounds better than 99% of the stock cables out there. I realize that the SuperBax is around double the money of the Music and Bax cables, but it's Absolutely jaw dropping in it's appearance, quality, softness and sound reproduction. The Bax is no slouch either and is a definite upgrade to my old Nuforce Primo 8, Westone UM Pro 30, and even the stock CA MMCX cable that came with my Andromedas and Dorado's. That reminds me, I need to try the Bax with my new Dorado's. Since getting those I have been strictly using my stock CA ALO SPC Litz MMCX Cable, the Linum G2 Bax cable and my Bluetooth Westone APT-X and Sony MUC-M2BT1 LDAC Bluetooth cables with my Andromedas. And just been using the SuperBax with my Dorado's because of it's extremely low resistance of (.7 ohms) and gives them more resolution and clarity than the stock CA cable with the Dorado's.
That said, if you're looking for a right angle 2.5mm/3.5mm/4.4mm balanced cable, Moon Audio is a nice cable manufacturer too, along with the other recommend cables above! When I get a balanced 2.5mm cable here soon, it's probably going to be a Moon Audio or ALO MMCX Cable!
I've talked to someone from Linum numerous times about making a G2 2.5mm SuperBax or Bax balanced cable with a right angle connector, and Heidi from Linum told me that they don't trust the right angle connector with such a small diameter of the cabling itself. Which confuses me because the Music G2 cables are even thinner diameter than their balanced Straight connector???
I also wish that they'd make an LDAC Bluetooth cable too, but at least I can dream of one for now LoL 😁
Verified Purchaser
These headphones are interesting as they have 10 drivers to do a lot of work, but do the job well, it makes every driver do a job well and in return, makes the music sound incredible, I've had the Sennheiser IE 800 and the HD 800, these almost sound better than the HD version to be honest. My only complaint is that the quality could be better, I had mine with some scratches. But otherwise, great product!!!
Verified Purchaser
I was part of the first drop and due to delays had to wait several months. Based on the recent activity here it seems as if nothing changed in this regard. My sympathies to all you patient folks!
In terms of sound, they are what I expected, balanced but fun. They sound good with pretty much any genre of music and pair well with many sources including smartphones. With ten drivers per ear, they provide plenty of headroom and respond well to equalizer tweaks. Coming into this I already own several headphones and IEMs in a similar price bracket and in comparison they are worth the massdrop price. I think if you never had experience with high quality IEMs you will be satisfied with the sound.
Sound aside, I am dissapointed with their quality control as one of the shells had scratches along the protruding area of the Noble logo. I get that Noble was under duress given the situation with the California fire but its a big let down when I had to pay a large sum of money, on top of being delayed for months.
Despite my criticism, I will say that Noble did try to make amends by providing a free gold x silver cable that retails for $300.
Verified Purchaser
A truly spectacular pair of not just IEMs, but headphones in general; by far the best I've ever owned. Before getting to the sound, a few things to get out of the way.
The included accessories are sparse; just the Pelican case, eartips in a bag, and a brush; no circular case, metal eartip card, stickers or rubber bands that you'd find with anything you get from the Noble store, which shouldn't come as a surprise, since that's exactly what it says on the drop (and I'm not complaining, since I got the Gold x Silver cable too).
The build quality on these is nothing short of amazing. The matched aluminum housing is beautiful, with the two halves blending in seamlessly. I was already impressed by the construction of the Noble classic-style universals (specifically, the Savanna and X), but these blow them out of the water. They also have a nice weight to them, but aren't too heavy by any means.
Now we get to the sound.
The sound is nothing short of mind-blowing. The detail retrieval is top-notch and instrument separation is incredibly clear; I thought the Noble Savanna and Etymotic ER4-S were already amazing at these two things (since they specialize in them), but the Kaiser 10 beats them at their own game. The sound stage is huge and airy, and can almost compete with many great open-back full-size headphones. Bass response is strong, but not overwhelming. The response is definitely not neutral; these are "fun" monitors. I thought this would turn me away from them; I've always considered myself a stickler for accuracy and details, and the flat Noble Savanna was my previous favorite, and to me beat out top tier IEMs, like the JH Audio Roxanne, 64Audio U12, Westone W80, and Shure SE846. However, the far superior clarity and spaciousness of the Kaiser 10 won me over, and I now find myself using them more than any of my headphones, including my full-size HIFIMAN HE560. That's not to say that my Savanna is now collecting dust; it's still useful when I want to listen to something with a very neutral signature, but for pretty much any other purpose, the Kaiser 10 is king.
These get my top recommendation, and hats off to Noble Audio for an amazing creation, and thank you Noble and Massdrop for bringing these back. The hype was very much well-deserved, and these were definitely worth the long wait.
speller26
Would love to hear your (or anyone for that matter) how the Kaiser Encore sound like.
If they are truly the successor of the Kaiser 10, it would greatly affect my decision.
Thanks.
speller26
Interesting that you have so many models. What do you use them for? Work or just listening for fun?
Verified Purchaser
Easily the best set of headphones that I have ever purchased. I have a few sets of Sennheiser headphones and they are good but nothing like these.