Yesterday, the Noble Audio K10 arrived, at long last, to my doorstep. The balding postman that carried them in walked away with a sizeable chunk of money for tariffs, bless his heart. UPS, the company he represents, took 7 days to deliver the package from China to Japan. EMS would have taken three. Thank god for private business and competition and all that.
The good news is that I walked away - or in, rather - with something infinitely more glorious than did the postman.
I mean, look at it! The dimples in the artwork really are hand-painted. Cross my heart (and hope I'm right!). The shells are very clean. I reckon they rival FitEar, though I've not had time enough to properly compare the two.
Truth be told, the K10s have hardly been out of my ears. Yes, they deserve a good bath. No, I will not give it to them.
Oh, I'll go into gritty audiophile detail about the K10 at the full Headfonia review. For now, suffice it to say that these are a neutrally voiced mid-centric earphone with good to great detail in both the lower and upper frequencies. They are clean, but not sharp. They are spacious, but not vacuous. They punch in the bass, not in the gut.
They are also pricey.
And, their cables make use of that nasty icky, which I'll go so far as to call the bane of the bespectacled. Naturally, I'm talking about memory wire. My solution? Linum cables. Linum's ultra-thin, ultra-light, ultra-noise-free cables are a bespectacled custom earphone wearer's dream come true. I have no idea how long they will last, but I can say this: as long as they last (and you can be sure I will baby them), they will be the only cables I use whilst out and about with any of my earphones.
With that, I will leave you with a few links and a few photos. And, I will get back to enjoying my square waves, and of course, John Denver.
By all means, check out Linum Cables.
And by aller means check out Noble Audio.
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