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Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Universal IEMs

Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Universal IEMs

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Lauded by Forbes, The Verge, and InnerFidelity, and long rated Head-Fi users’ favorite IEM, the Noble Kaiser 10 returns as the Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10. Also known as the K10, this model uses the same tuning as the company’s previous flagship, with 10 Knowles balanced-armature drivers per ear Read More

The “Best-Sounding In-Ear Headphone” Is Back

Lauded by Forbes, The Verge, and InnerFidelity, and long rated Head-Fi users’ favorite IEM, the Noble Kaiser 10 returns as the Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10. Also known as the K10, this model uses the same tuning as the company’s previous flagship, with 10 Knowles balanced-armature drivers per ear. Each pair is assembled and matched by hand, and the precision-machined aluminum housings feature Noble’s updated universal form factor and geometry—now with red faceplates and matte black shells. This IEM is sensitive enough for use with smartphones, as well as portable digital audio players and amps. Available only on Massdrop, and for nearly half the price of the original, it offers a new entry into Noble’s high-end line.

At checkout, choose to add a lightning cable (+$40), 2.5mm TRRS balanced cable (+$40), standard black cable with a 3.5mm TRS (+ $40), USB-C termination(+ $60); or choose the premium copper-braided cable (+ $80) with a 3.5mm or 2.5mm TRRS balanced termination.  

You can add the Drop + THX AAA™ 789 Linear Amplifier (+ $279) and save $20 versus buying it separately.

Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Universal IEMs
Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Universal IEMs
Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Universal IEMs
Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Universal IEMs

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
Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Universal IEMs
Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Universal IEMs
Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Universal IEMs
Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Universal IEMs

Optional Drop + THX AAA™ 789 Linear Amplifier

Announced at CES 2018, the Drop + THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier (THX AAA™) 789 is a linear bipolar amplifier with feed-forward error correction. It’s designed for objectivists who appreciate an incredibly clean, transparent amp—the sought-after “wire with gain” whose amplification is wholly uncolored by a sound of its own. Made in collaboration with THX Ltd., it features the company’s groundbreaking THX AAA and feed-forward topology, which reduce distortion by 20 to 40 dB for realistic, fatigue-free listening. In fact, this bridged-output amp’s performance figures speak for themselves: It’s powerful (2 x 6W at 32 ohms) and quiet (136 dB SNR) with a record-low THD of -140 dB at 300 ohms, 100 mW. That’s four times the power of the Objective 2 amp, for example, with far less distortion.

Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Universal IEMs

Specs

  • Massdrop x Noble Audio
  • Anodized aluminum construction
  • Red faceplate and black shell
  • 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

  • Pelican case with carabiner
  • Velvet cloth bag
  • 11 pairs of ear tips
  • 2-pin braided 3.5mm TRS cable
  • Cleaning brush
  • Manufacturer’s 1-year warranty

Free Returns & Exchanges

US customers may return or exchange this item in new, unused condition within 30 days of delivery.

Shipping

Estimated ship date is Dec 3, 2020 PT.

Payment will be collected at checkout. Cancellations are accepted up to 2 hours after checkout for in-stock items, or up until pre-order ships.

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Do I need a dedicated amp for these?
Nov 13, 2019
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Ace57
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You do not need an amp to use these. I can run them directly from my iPhone. That said, I typically use a DAC+Amp to improve the quality of the sound.Read More
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What is an ideal phone or digital audio player to pair with these?
Nov 13, 2019
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boisdulac
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They work well out of my iPhone for pretty non-demanding music such as pop-rock (actually I found the signature a little V-shaped when using the lightning connector directly, which some people may...Read More
Dec 15, 2019
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Which music genres are best suited to this IEM?
Nov 13, 2019
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boisdulac
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These are well-known as all-rounders. Personally, I must yet find a track they do not do justice to. In the forums other people say that music with a lot of sub-bass may not be ideal for the Kaisers.Read More
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