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
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.
“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
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 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)
Pelican case with carabiner
Velvet cloth bag
11 pairs of ear tips
2-pin braided 3.5mm TRS cable
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.
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.