Custom build choices (Personalization)
If you order a custom built Kaiser Encore from Noble you have many different options to pick from.
You can do a custom design and choose between 20 standard colors, have it laser engraved, you can put 24k gold, wire filaments or some watch parts in it. You are free to go nuts on the design and make it glow in the dark or add a mystic swirl to your color. Or you could let the Wizard design a unique and stellar CIEM for you, or if you found an already existing Wizard design you like in Noble’s lookbook (or Instagram page) you can even have this particular one be reprinted. It does not stop there however. If you’re in a hurry you can always check the rush order option and receive your new toys faster. Normal current build time is approximately eight weeks, the rush order reduces the pain of waiting to only 10 business days.
If you pick the Prestige version you have access to different kinds of exotic wood (Cocobolo, Spalted Tamarind, Amboyna Burl, and many more), a mash-up of colors and exotic woods called Wizard’s Wood, or you could get dyed wood, carbon glass in different colors, pine cones, something that Noble calls “Space Zebra”, Honeycomb and Matrix designs, or designs inspired by the one and only Pablo Picasso. For Prestige models Noble can not offer rush orders, so you’d have to be patient for the entire eight weeks build time.
The term picking your poison was never so accurate.
What else do you get when you order a custom made in ear monitor from Noble?
The package contains a shock and waterproof Peli1010 case for secure transportation, two silicone Noble amplifier straps, two white Noble logo stickers, a velvet pouch, a metal warranty card and a cleaning tool. Attached to the monitors is a 2-pin, silver plated copper cable with a 3.5mm stereo mini jack termination. Noble recently has redone a small yet important part of the cable. They have removed the memory wire from each side and have replaced it with black pre-formed heat shrink. This was a very good move in my opinion, since many people, me included, aren’t the biggest fans of the stiff memory wire. Now the cable is much more flexible around the ears and a lot more comfortable to wear. This goes especially into consideration for everyone out there who’s wearing glasses. Ever since Brannan has sent me the cable as accessory I have used it with every IEM I could. It simply is the most comfortable cable in my possession.
If you are an iOS device user you might want to look into the latest addition to Noble’s optionally available accessories. They now offer a Lightning plug terminated version of their cable, which sets you back 80$. That can be very useful if you own one of the latest iPhone 7’s which got rid of the headphone output. The built in DAC (confirmed by Noble) transforms all digital signals from the iDevice and passes them on to the IEMs.
My review unit is a Wizard design with the request of geometric figures and the Noble crown in red and blue in the center. When I came up with the idea of this design I had something completely different in mind (many different two dimensional forms), but when I saw the pictures of my finished set I was stunned by the impressive work the Wizard has created.
You can see in the photos that on the face plate it appears that there are three dimensional cubes floating around in space aligned to an optical illusion. Impressive! The base is colored in dark blue with some sparkly parts in it to form the look of stars in space for the floating cubes. Dr. Moulton does not joke around with his art. This design has been way above my expectations and I am more than satisfied with it. No doubt John Moulton has earned his nickname with confidence as he crafts the most amazing designs of all.
The Wizard is a man of perfection – the build quality of my acrylic CIEM is nothing short of perfect. There is not a single bubble , smear or scratch in it. The face plate is perfectly closed to the shell without any residue of glue. There are no sharp edges or whatsoever on them. The 2-pin sockets are flushed (not recessed) and changing cables has been absolutely no issue for me. The fit is tight yet as comfortable as you’d expect it to be from a custom build. They disappear in your ears and pass on the music to your eardrums like the monitor was intended to sound. The overall build quality is flawless.
Isolation is top notch as you should expect it from a custom IEM since they were built for that exact purpose. Though many people think that a CIEM will block out all noise, which is a common misconception, it will “only” lower the noise by -26dB. Depending on the sound level of your surroundings you will either hear some noise coming through or not. I mostly don’t hear anything when music is playing as it covers up any noise coming from outside of my head.
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