Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Custom In-Ear Monitors
Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Custom In-Ear Monitors
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Product Description
With the Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 custom in-ear monitors, we’re bringing back Noble’s previous flagship—lauded by Forbes, The Verge, and InnerFidelity, and long rated Head-Fi users’ favorite IEM—for a more accessible price. Also known as the K10, this model uses the same tuning as the Noble Kaiser 10, with 10 Knowles balanced-armature drivers per ear ... Read More
“Best-Sounding In-Ear Headphones” With a Custom Fit

With the Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 custom in-ear monitors, we’re bringing back Noble’s previous flagship—lauded by Forbes, The Verge, and InnerFidelity, and long rated Head-Fi users’ favorite IEM—for a more accessible price. Also known as the K10, this model uses the same tuning as the Noble Kaiser 10, with 10 Knowles balanced-armature drivers per ear. Each pair is assembled and matched by hand, and the precision-machined faceplate and shell can be customized with your choice of artwork or swirl designs. This CIEM is sensitive enough for use with smartphones, as well as portable digital audio players and amps.

Note: This drop qualifies for a $150 instant rebate for a final price of $1,249.99. At checkout, choose from nine different combinations for the faceplate and shell. For an additional $40, you can add a 50-inch lightning cable or a 2.5mm TRRS balanced cable. This drop will close at 140 units sold.

Ordering Your Custom IEMs

Because these are custom IEMs, you'll be responsible for having ear impressions made with an audiologist and sending them to Noble Audio in Santa Barbara (address will be provided). Noble must receive tracking info on the impressions within 6 weeks of the drop completing, or your order will be canceled and refunded—no exceptions or extensions.

Praise for the Noble Kaiser 10
  • “These are the best-sounding in-ear headphones I’ve ever heard. They’re the sort of headphones that make you want to listen to every piece of music you can find, just because you’ve never heard any of it sound so good before.” – Simon Osborne-Walker, Trusted Reviews
  • “Noble Audio has crafted one of the best examples of what expensive technology should be. It is exclusive and luxurious, but it's also authentic. The Kaiser 10s have the superior sound and sumptuous good looks to justify their price.” – Vlad Savov, The Verge
  • “I’ve listened to tens of hours of music on these headphones now. I’ve listened to pop, classical, rock, electronic and everything I could find that was recorded with some care and love. The result, almost across the board is, honestly, the best sound I’ve ever heard.” – Ian Morris, Forbes
  • “The Kaiser 10U is uber-transparent: From the deepest bass to the highest treble, the sound remains true. Even compared with my very best in-ear headphones, the Kaiser 10U sounds more accurate and pristine. Bass notes never cloud over or blur together, no matter how deep.” – Steve Guttenberg, CNET
  • “Of all my in-ear monitors—scratch that, of all my headphones in general—the Kaiser 10 is the one I find myself reaching for most often these days; for portable use but also for dedicated listening at home.” – John Grandberg, InnerFidelity
Faceplate & Shell Options
Cable Add-On Options (+ $40)
Specs
  • Massdrop x Noble Audio
  • 10 balanced-armature drivers per side
  • 2 precision-tuned bass drivers
  • 2 precision-tuned mid-frequency drivers
  • 2 precision-tuned mid/high-frequency drivers
  • 2 precision-tuned high-frequency drivers
  • 2 precision-tuned super-high-frequency drivers
  • Crossover: 4-way design
  • Impedance: <35 ohms
  • Frequency response: 15 Hz–20 kHz
  • Cable: 50 in (127 cm), detachable, with 2-pin configuration
  • Plug: ⅛ in (3.5 mm), gold-plated
  • Weight: 0.9 oz (25.5 g)
  • Made by Noble Audio
  • Drivers sourced from a US company
  • Socket and aluminum CNC housing manufactured in the US
  • Cable, tubing, solder, and wiring manufactured in Taiwan
  • Partial assembly overseas; final assembly and QA in the US
  • Optional Noble lightning cable: 50 in (127 cm), detachable, with 2-pin configuration and Lightning connector
  • Optional Noble 2.5mm TRRS cable: 50 in (127 cm), detachable, with 2-pin configuration and 2.5mm TRRS plug (Astell&Kern type)
Included
  • Otterbox case with carabiner
  • Owner’s card
  • Detachable braided 3.5mm TRS cable with 2-pin configuration (0.78mm diameter)
  • Cleaning brush
  • Manufacturer’s 1-year warranty
Shipping

All orders will be shipped by the vendor.

Estimated ship date is Feb 15, 2019 PT.

After this product run ends, payment will be collected and orders will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all orders final. Check the discussion for updates on your order.

Recent Activity
Sad to say...not a fan at all. Never had a headphone, IEM whatever that when I listened to it was so misaligned with the universaly glowing reviews. First of all...the red carbon is black. No question. There could be a light bright enough to see from space shining on them and they would still be black. Fit is good. Could be better on the left side. Used the same audiologist I have been using for years so confident it’s not a mold issue. The most important thing...the sound. These things seriously sound horrendous. Have no clue what the hype is about. The sound is just a giant wall of flabby bass with everything else trying desperately to be heard. Much like a friend that has no clue about sound and subwoofers, gets a lame sub and cranks up the sub volume. Go over to his place to hear it and all you hear is a sub that is WAY too loud and doesn’t blend in with the music. There have been claims you could hear whether or not the singer had a windscreen in front of the mic when listening to these. I feel like i am hearing a band at a club with a terrible sound system where I can’t wait to get out of there. What a shame. If this is a case of everyone just jumping on a bandwagon to make claims about a custom IEM that actually sounds horrible then I am shocked. The reason I bought these is I picked up a pair of the K10u’s here on Massdrop and loved them immediately. I knew very quickly I would end up having to order the custom version. Waited for the drop to go live again and then waited SIX MONTHS to get these. I have obviously wasted both my time and money. My pair sounds nothing like the universal version. Completely different. I seriously wonder if there is something wrong with my pair. I own the Encore customs and was looking for a bit less of a refined or more fun kind of sound versus the excellent technically resolving sound of the Encore. Not even close. I got a pair of UE900’s for free when I ordered a pair of UE customs. Have only listened to them a few times as the sound isn’t for me. At least when I do listen to them I think ‘we’ll at least they were free’. I would rather listen to the UE900’s than these. I would say I will burn them in and see what happens then. Since the maker of them says there’s no benefit to burn in, that seems a bit silly. In addition, I have had custom IEMs where I thought the same thing about burn in perhaps helping the sound (UE 18 orig version, JH Audio JH13). Truth of the matter was I could burn them in for weeks and the sound was still one that just didn’t click with me. It’s not the recordings I am listening to, nor the equipment. I have listened to these tracks and amps/sources countless times. I suppose for anyone that owns these and enjoys them (or doesn’t have a pair that sounds like the tuning or drivers are WAY off) then i would tell you there are custom IEMs out there that blow these away. What a shame.