Review: Noble Audio Khan – King of Kings

Noble Audio Khan

Package:

Provided with your Khan monitor, come two different carrying cases. A round plastic and a Peli1010 case. Both are built well enough for the struggles of every day carrying, they protect your monitors well, but I strongly prefer the Peli case.

You will also get a selection of silicone and foam eartips to be used with the Khan. I count three gray foam, three black foam and three silicone eartips. They are stored in a plastic bag. Previously Noble supplied a very nice metal tip-card with their IEMs. The metal tip-card is no longer used by Noble because of numerous complaints of torn tips when removing the card. While they looked very nice and felt premium, it is understandable that they went this route.

Noble Audio Khan

Noble Audio Khan

In the package there’s also a cleaning tool, a Noble crown logo sticker, two amplifier straps and a velvet bag. In terms of accessory I think it’s absolutely spot on. Of course, there is also your new toy and attached to it, is a black and white silver plated copper cable with a 3.5mm stereo plug.

A small cardboard card is supplied as ownership and warranty card. Again, Noble used to offer aluminum cards, which had a special feeling to them.

Build Quality and Ergonomics:

Noble’s approach to designs has always been with art in their mind, and with Khan they wanted to offer something special again. Khan has a black ABS plastic body, a stainless steel nozzle and an M3 Composite material face plate. Never heard of that? That’s because it has never been used in audio before. M3 compositeis used in the jewelry industry and is highly regarded there.

The M3 Composite face plate on every set of Khan’s is absolutely unique and you will have a very hard time finding two models that look the same. It features a silver and black swirl pattern, which you either like or you don’t. On Khan’s top you will find a hole, whose purpose is to relieve pressure built up by the dynamic driver. Every right earpiece has the Wizard’s signature on the face plate lasered in.

Noble Audio Khan

Noble Audio Khan

Noble uses a standard 2-pin socket for their IEMs, and I am happy they’re not on the MMCX bandwagon, as the 2-pin generally is more robust. The sockets are slightly recessed by maybe one millimeter.

From an ergonomics point of view these are fantastic. I have had zero issues with my Khan in terms of fit, comfort or isolation. Sure, they don’t come close to what a custom IEM offers, but this is as good as it gets for a universal.

I was very surprised to not see a full aluminum design, like they use for their Encore and Katana. Personally, I think these two have a more premium feel to them than the Khan, but I guess the M3 face plate would not have been possible with aluminum bodies. The plastic body just doesn’t speak flagship level to me. Maybe I’m nit-picking…

All about sound on the next page.

Review: Noble Audio Khan – King of Kings
4.9 (97.5%) 16 votes

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A daytime code monkey with a passion for audio and his kids, Linus tends to look at gear with a technical approach, trying to understand why certain things sound the way they do. When there is no music around, Linus goes the extra mile and annoys the hell out of his colleagues with low level beatboxing.

    13 Comments

    • Reply March 14, 2019

      James

      Nice to see you enjoying the Noble Audio Khan too!

      After trying out most of the latest batch of flagship iems, the Khan stood out. It is almost perfect, except the price ;)..but I still preordered anyways.

      My recent flagship iems ranking:

      1. Noble Khan
      2. Campfire Solaris
      3. QDC Anole VX
      4. Meze Rai Penta
      5. JVC FW10000
      6. Sony z1r
      7. Jomo Trinity

      • Reply March 15, 2019

        Terry

        Khan has a serious problem connecting to a smartphone such as an iPhone.
        This is obviously a device problem.
        So I can’t give Khan a score.
        Noble must resolve this device’s defects quickly.

        Here’s my ranking.
        1. Jomo Trinity
        2. QDC Anole VX
        3. Legend X
        3. JVC FW10000
        4. Campfire Solaris
        5. Sony z1r
        X. Noble Khan

        • Reply March 15, 2019

          Linus

          Hi Terry,
          thanks for your comment.
          I’ve heard about the iPhone problem, unfortunately I don’t have one to confirm. It works well with my OnePlus 5t.
          Cheers

        • Reply March 20, 2019

          Steven Zore

          Hey Terry:

          Looking at your rankings… I listened to the Trinity at NYC Canjam and thought it was an utter disaster… Yet you rank it #1.. LOL, Love this hobby!

      • Reply March 15, 2019

        Linus

        Hi James,
        thanks for your comment.
        Nice list you got there.
        I agree, Khan is very nice. Of course the price is always a big factor, but compared to other flagship prices it’s still more “normal”.
        Have a great weekend.

    • Reply March 14, 2019

      Aureen

      How would you compare Khan to the CA Solaris? From both a pure SQ standpoint as well as a price / value ratio.

      • Reply March 15, 2019

        Linus

        Hi Aureen,
        thanks for your comment.
        I have zero experience with the Solaris, sorry, can’t help you there.
        Have a great weekend!

    • Reply March 16, 2019

      Nitish

      How does Khan compares to Hyla TE5T? Both have tri hybrid topology.
      Thanks

      • Reply March 17, 2019

        Linus

        Hi Nitish,
        thanks for your comment.
        The 5T is considerably brighter up top and has a lighter, less powerful bass. The Khan is fuller and more dynamic. The 5T in my opinion needs a tube amp or warm source to keep that treble away from being too hot. It’s a rich treble, but too forward for my taste.
        A review of the TE-5B and 5T will be out soon. 🙂

        • Reply March 19, 2019

          Nitish

          Thanks Linus
          With LPGT, TE5T was too hot. I am pairing TE5T with sp1000cu & EA horus; excellent synergy imho.The bass improves a lot in quantity with JVC spiral dots for me but spinfits cp155 (M) has the best balance.
          Cheers

          • Reply March 19, 2019

            Linus

            No worries Nitish.
            You’re right, the 5T is source dependent, but for me it’s still on the edge. The only ones that keep it safe for me are pairings with tube amps (Oriolus BA-10 or Woo Audio WA8).

    • Reply March 17, 2019

      Jason Kang

      What’s cable rolling?

      • Reply March 17, 2019

        Linus

        Hi Jason,
        cable rolling is when you exchange the supplied stock cable with an aftermarket cable.
        Hope that helps.
        Cheers

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