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

 

Noble Audio’s New Kaiser Encore and SAGE IEMs

Noble Audio has just announced two new IEMS, the Kaiser Encore and the Sage.  The Encore is the replacement for the venerable K10.  The Wizard has tweaked the mid-range to provide a “larger soundstage and presentation.”  The Sage appears to replace the well received Savant but with “increased low-end extension with more texture with a slight lift in overall bass response.”

The announcement is over and Head-Fi.  The link below will take you there.

Kaiser Encore and Sage