Noble Katana & Encore IEM SALE!

Bangkokkid (Brannon) just announced a 45th anniversary Noble Audio sale over on Head-Fi.  Take 20% off all universal IEMs.  If you purchase a universal Katana or Encore you get a free “legacy” Savant IEM as well!  Now this is a deal!!  20% off a Katana and a free $599 Savant.

Anniversary Announcement

Noble Audio Encore IEM Review

cvbcbcmv has a review of Noble’s Encore on Head-Fi.  As with all of the reviews for this IEM, cvbcbcmv loves the Encore.  Click on the link below to read the entire review.

Pros – Out of this world midrange, maintains fantastic versatility from K10, universally lovable sound signature, endgame CIEM at a much lower price than its competitors

Cons – There are none

Encore review

Lime Ears Aether IEM Review

Gearofwar posted a review of the Lime Ears Aether IEM over on Head-Fi.  The Aether is a 5-BA drivers IEM in a 1 very low, 2 low, 1 mid, 1 high BA 4-way crossover configuration

Pros: Perfectly balanced signature, well-done and beautiful treble, smooth and rich from top to bottom, most natural timbre ever heard of an iem.
Cons: None

 

Review of the Aether

 

Focal Utopia Headphone Review

Currawong has posted a review of the Utopia on Head-Fi.  As with comments from other reviews of the Utopia, you must have a TOTL ecosystem to support these headphones.  Poorly mastered recordings or average amping will make the Utopia miss its mark as a true top-end headphone i.e. Stax SR009.  What this means is that you will need $4,000 for the Utopia plus a chunk more change on your amp/DAC/cables/power purifier/turntable/Hi-Res (and well mastered) media.  My ears are no longer capable of supporting this sort of expenditure.

The review includes comparisons with the Sony MDR-Z1R, HD-800, MrSpeakers’ Ether Flow and the HiFiMan HE1000 V2.

Pros: Incredibly resolving of music and upstream components. Incredible driver speed and ability to perceive width, depth and the movements of sounds.

Cons: Incredibly resolving of music and upstream components. Sound a bit closed-in if not used with a top system. Bass a bit weak and has phase issues.

Review of Utopia

Focal Utopia Headphone Review

Aornic posted a very nice video and extensive written review of the Utopia over on Head-Fi.  I included a link below for the video review on Head-Fi.  It’s interesting that the soundstage is a bit constrained i.e. similar to HD600 series.

Pros: Extreme clarity and detail, easily driven, good build quality, not lacking in any frequency, dynamic and impactful sound, weight distribution
Cons: Price, only a 1/4 terminated stock cable included, stock cable heavy and unwieldy, bit on the heavier side overall

Video and written review of the Utopia