JH Audio JH16 Pro Custom-Fit In-Ear Monitor (Playback 35)
14 July 2011
Excerpt: In the world of high-end, high-accuracy in-ear monitors, Jerry Harvey is regarded as a both a pioneer and as a bit of a legend. Harvey’s work in this area began at Ultimate Ears—a company that he helped found and for which he created a number of custom-fit in-ear headphone designs that have come to...
Conclusion: Obviously $1,200 (after paying for ear molds) is a lot of money to spend, even on fancy earbuds. If music is your passion -- or profession -- then yeah, they’re probably worth it. But for everyone else, plenty of great earbuds can be had at a fraction of the cost.
Pros: Absolutely stunning sound quality.
Cons: Price puts them out of reach for all but the most dedicated music fans. Included waterproof OtterBox case is unnecessarily bulky (but tough).
Summary: Nice full range frequency response IEM's, the best I have heard. I play out DJing and doing live performances, and also do lots of field recording. They are much smaller in size in comparison to my UE-18's (Ultimate Ears).
Pros: tight controlled bass response, smaller flaceplate over the UE IEMs
Cons: the fit wasn't quite right on both of my IEM, had to send back
Summary: This is an initial impression of the JH16s right as I got them out of the box.
I gave these monitors a 3-star value because these things really are expensive. I wouldn't call this the "perfect" monitor with the "perfect" sound you're looking for. But these do sound very very good.
Summary: Perfect fit first try, using a closed mouth ear impression. Funny thing is that this thing hits my ear bones. For some reason, my ear canal is not soft tissue, it's hard bone. I can't even wiggle it, it stays in place, and I may even break it with my ear canal if i press hard against it.
Pros: Very accurate and revealing, insane bass ability
Cons: will amplify any bad sources to the point of insanity
Summary: Damn - I wish I had bought these IEMs years ago. This is just an unbelievable improvement in comparison with my UE 10 - which were breathtaking in 1996. The JH16 just explode with attack and bass slam - but are just terrific across the entire sound spectrum.
Pros: Lots of detail with a wonderful transparent soundstage - with great slam on the bass.