King of the road. Santa Barbara’s Noble Audio have a formidable reputation as purveyors of the high-end personal audio experience. Like the best things in life, that high-end listening experience doesn’t come cheap: Noble’s multi-BA universal models start with the Trident at US$399 and end with twin flagships Kaiser Encore and Katana at US$1850. A financially appropriate starting point for your Uncle Jonny or Cousin Dupree they are not.
With a doff of the cap to the broader (read: ‘not necessarily audiophile’) market comes Noble’s EDC Velvet, the first in a line of more wallet-friendly IEMs. At US$120/pair, the EDC Velvet offers a much easier first step up into Noble Audio territory. Design and voicing comes from Noble Audio engineer John ‘The Wizard’ Moulton.
Sporting a slimline look, the EDC Velvet houses a 5.8mm dynamic driver in a “precision machined ported aluminium housing” for a warm/pleasant sound (as connoted by the header image) that has the potential to tap into the target market’s collective perception of the sound of vinyl.
And ‘warm and pleasant’ should pair well with both lossy streaming services and the punchy but oft-strident sounding iPhone. Take note though: the 3-button inline remote is compatible with iOS and Android devices.
The EDC Velvet begins shipping in December.
Further information: Noble Audio