Noble launches FR and PR variable-tuning in-ear monitors

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Noble Audio has announced the launch of two variable-tuning universal in-ear monitors – the Noble FR and PR. Each of these earphones features two sets of balanced armature drivers and passive crossovers, which provide two different sound signatures. The user can alternate between the two tunings via a switch on the faceplate.

Noble FR

Noble FR

The FR model features an F “full-range” configuration and an R “reference” configuration. The PR features a P “pure” configuration and the same R “reference” configuration as the FR. Both the FR and PR are priced at $699.

The product page for the Noble PR and FR can be found here.

Aside from a difference in specified impedance, it is unclear how the F and P tunings compare to each other at this point, but from the description I would guess that the “F” is bassier while the “P” is brighter. The descriptions of all configurations are certainly very appealing; hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on these at some point to see how they stack up to the Noble 4S, which has become one of my favorite reference monitors in the past six months or so.

The R (“Reference”) configuration can also be added to Noble 3C, 4C,  and 5C acrylic custom IEMs for an extra $275 fee.

 

Noble Wizard Design

Noble Wizard Design

In addition, Noble has launched a line of handcrafted universal-fit monitors. Priced above their generic counterparts, these earphones are one-offs designed by one of the company’s founders, The Wizard himself. More info and the currently-available Wizard units can be found on the Noble website here.

 

Select specifications for the FR and PR from the Noble website follow:

 

Noble FR (full-range reference) – $699

F configuration (switch up) – Balanced, detailed, comprehensive. The full frequency range is well represented here. F stands for full-range.

R configuration (switch down) – Analytical, resolving, fast. An analytical sound with an emphasis on clarity. R stands for reference.

Specs

• Two separate configurations, two dedicated crossover networks
• F configuration impedance > 50 ohms
• 2 balanced-armature drivers
• R configuration impedance > 30 ohms
• 1 balanced-armature driver
• Detachable cable with industry-standard 2-pin configuration
• Silver pentalobe screws

 

Noble PR (pure reference) – $699

P configuration (switch up) – Transparent, detailed, precise. Transparency and precision are all that matters here. P stands for pure.

R configuration (switch down) – Analytical, resolving, fast. An analytical sound with an emphasis on clarity. R stands for reference.

Specs

• Two separate configurations, two dedicated crossover networks
• P configuration impedance > 240 ohms
• 2 balanced-armature drivers
• R configuration impedance > 30 ohms
• 1 balanced-armature driver
• Detachable cable with industry-standard 2-pin configuration
• Rose gold plated pentalobe screws

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Living in the fast-paced city of Los Angeles, ljokerl has been using portable audio gear to deal with lengthy commutes for the better part of a decade. He spends much of his time listening to music and occasionally writes portable audio reviews across several enthusiast sites, focusing mostly on in-ear earphones.

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