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mcabriel
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Aug 16, 2018
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This one or Massdrop x Noble X?
Aug 16, 2018
boneburglar
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Aug 16, 2018
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Nobody has tried these yet, so I'd wait for reviews. Don't get the Noble X though
Aug 16, 2018
mcabriel
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Aug 17, 2018
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Any thoughts why not to get Noble X?
Aug 17, 2018
boneburglar
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Aug 17, 2018
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Said to be very warm, treble falloff real with this one. youd have to like bass a little too much, and there’s better options for the price that doesn’t even require using Massdrop (I don’t dislike Massdrop, I just avoid shipping cost when I can).
Aug 17, 2018
tinyman392
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Aug 17, 2018
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That looks a lot like the Heir Audio 4.ai (same engineer, so I'm not surprised?). The treble drop made it a very warm, soothing signature. I can see why people liked it though, 100% non-fatiguing.
Aug 17, 2018
jaydunndiddit
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Aug 17, 2018
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I'd have to disagree with @boneburglar. The Noble X is a solid IEM for the price (I have the Wizard edition). It's pretty a dynamic, visceral, fun, easy-going sound. It is not analytical or neutral nor does it try to be. It's slightly bassy (warm) with a gentle treble and works well for many genres. Also, for an IEM at this cost, they have amazing channel matching.
Also, I'm not sure where boneburglar got his measurements but here are the charts straight from InnerFidelity. The raw measurements (grey) are more of an apt presentation of the FR than the compensated and averaged graph (blue & red):
https://www.innerfidelity.com/images/MassdropNobelX.pdf
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Another note is the Noble X will sound brighter out of a higher Z source. It's subtle but is different enough to get your attention. Either way, I enjoy the Noble X more than I thought I would and would happily recommend it as long as you can get a good fit with them (they have fat, stubby stems).
Aug 17, 2018
tinyman392
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Aug 17, 2018
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Oh boy, I remember the hell that ensued with the Heir Audio 4.Ai (which these look to be derived off of) on Head-Fi regarding the frequency response. In short, the dip in the low to high treble range is there and does indeed have audible effects. Mainly, a loss of dynamics in the midrange creating a warmer, smoother sound that is completely non-fatiguing. The cost of this mellow, smooth signature is indeed detail, range, and energy (especially with female vocals which are given a darker tone). I'm not saying it's bad in any way, it's quite an enjoyable signature if that is the type of sound you're after. Many of the 4.Ai review samples were handed out to first time reviewers who touted a flat and neutral sound signature were met with backlash after more experienced members got their hands on it (understandably so), but it created hell on Head-Fi.
That said, I will agree completely with your first paragraph. In your second, you have contradicting information. You say it has gentle treble (which I agree with), but if you state that the grey (raw, uncompensated) graph is true to what it sounds like, the treble would be anything but gentle. That gentle treble comes from the dip between the 2k-8k region of the frequency response which is audible.
I will have to reiterate, the 4.Ai (and by the looks of it the Noble X) are definitely not a bad IEM, but a different IEM that deviates far from neutral to create a very laid-back, warm sound signature that is as smooth as it gets. If that's the sound you're looking for, you won't find a better IEM than the Noble. I absolutely love my 4.Ai for what they are. If you're looking for something a little more neutral, MEE's higher offerings tend to go that direction (I haven't heard the Pinnacle X, but do have a pair of Pinnacle P1s) and by contrast tend to be brighter and more detailed compared to the Noble (if you get really used to the Noble signature, something like the P1 may even sound harsh in contrast).
Aug 17, 2018
jaydunndiddit
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Aug 17, 2018
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I have both the PX and Noble X and like them both for different reasons as you stated. The PX definitely has a funky midrange but in a good way. It can also get sibilant depending on the track and has some big spikes compared to the Noble X, hence why I say the latter has a more gentle low-treble as it stays even to 5kHz and then dips until about 8kHz: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/massdrop-x-mee-audio-px-measurements-and-impressions.4601/.
Truthfully, most people only have treble sensitivity from 300Hz to 5kHz in which the Noble is pretty even at from 2k to 5kHz. The PX has a MUCH larger ramp-up and bigger dip which to my ears, is more stark and contrasting vs the Noble. They can come off a bit "hot" and zingy depending on the music but overall it adds some character to the music that the Noble lacks IMO. I still like both quite a bit and it really all boils down to my mood for the day.
Aug 17, 2018
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