Today we’re looking at the new flagship from Noble Audio – the Khan. It’s a triple hybrid IEM with a unique design.
Disclaimer: Noble Audio provided the Khan at no cost. I only had to pay for importing the product to Austria. Headfonia is not affiliated with Noble. As of this year, Noble is a site advertiser. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity to review the Khan.
About Noble Audio:
I’m sure everyone has heard of Noble Audio sometime in their audiophile time. Noble has always been rather popular for their sound and artistic designs. The company has been around for a few years already and has brought us highly loved products like the Kaiser 10, the Katana, Savant, Sage and the Kaiser Encore.
Noble is run by two men, the Moulton brothers. John Moulton, aka the Wizard, has been crafting custom IEMs for a long time now, and his designs are some of the very best around. I am fortunate enough to own three sets of his work. Jim Moulton is the financial brain of the company and is looking after everything from their Texas based headquarters.
If you want to see some of their work, I suggest you take a look at their lookbook here:
What makes them really outstanding is, that they not only make acrylic CIEMs, but they also work in special ingredients, like full wood-shells, carbon glass, a hardened and knitted material design, which they call Space Zebra. These are part of their Prestige designs, which are only available for custom Katana and Encore.
Their custom IEMs are generally made in Asia, in different production facilities, however, the Prestige line is made by Jim Moulton in Texas. The universal line-up is made from US parts with some assembly occurring in Thailand, where John Moulton resides.
Noble is a brand that does not release flagship after flagship, like other companies. No, they rather stick to their guns for as long as they see fit and then release a new model. Just this year, Noble has introduced their new top of the line – the Khan.
The Khan is Noble’s very first foray into the hybrid segment. While others slowly dip their toes into the waters by testing out conventional hybrid designs, Noble went all in and worked on an IEM using three different driver technologies.
Khan uses a ten millimeter dynamic driver for lows, four balanced armatures for mids and high mids, and a ten millimeter ceramic piezo electric super tweeter. The interesting thing about the piezo and the dynamic is, that they sit on top of each other. The low end DD is placed above the ceramic tweeter, and both share one stainless sound tube.
Noble is not very keen on disclosing too many technical details on the Khan, other than that it’s sensitive enough to be used with smartphones and digital audio players, but that really counts for almost all IEMs. Khan does pair very well with my gear, but due to its nature of design, it proves to be slightly harder to drive than other monitors in my inventory.
Khan is currently only available in universal format, but I have been told they’re working hard to make it into a CIEM too. Noble’s SRP for it is 2,399$ and it can be acquired either from their own online store, or one of their regional dealers and distributors. Make sure to check their dealer list, to find one close to you!
The review continues on page two!