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.
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 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…
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