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.
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
Andy Regan of Jerry Harvey has an announcement of the new Lola hybrid IEM over on Head-Fi. The announcement includes details around the makeup of the Lola. Click on the link below to see the technology built into the new Lola.
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.
Jude has posted his preview video of CanJam SoCal on Head-Fi. Make certain you allocate time for this since it is over an hour long.
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.
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