The Kaiser Encore is a direct replacement to Noble’s earlier Kaiser 10U in-ears, and the company says that the new model retains the “musical essence” of the former. The earphones use a total of 10 proprietary balanced-armature drivers per side, inside a completely redesigned machined aluminum casing, giving the headphones a striking look.
These aren’t cheap in-ears, but it seems you’re getting what you pay for. Each unit is hand-assembled and matched, and while they can be easily used with mobile devices, they are also meant to be used with high-res digital audio players and headphone amps. Unlike many in-ears, the Kaiser Encore feature a detachable cable, using the industry-standard 0.78mm two-pin configuration, meaning finding replacement cables won’t be a problem.
While the Kaiser Encore may be the star of the show, Noble has also launched a more affordable set of in-ears in the Sage. This model uses two balanced-armature drivers per side, but like the Kaiser Encore, the Sage is also hand-assembled and matched. This model also uses the same two-pin removable cable as its pricier sibling.
The Noble Audio Kaiser Encore is available in three different models. The Prestige sells for a seriously elitist price of $2,800, while the Custom Acryllic and Universal models both sell for $1,850. With just a Universal model, the pared-down Sage will run you a somewhat more earthly price of $600. Both the Kaiser Encore and Sage are available now. For more information, see the Noble Audio website.