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: 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.
Summary: I've had UE11s for the past 8 years and I finally made the jump to JH16. They are worth every penny. The bass is light years ahead of UE11s and just so much more full-bodied and multi-layered - like biting into a hearty piece of finely aged steak!
Pros: The bass is so full bodied! The mid and highs are just as decadent! Fantastic Fit
Conclusion: Only Jerry Harvey, the founder of Ultimate Ears, would know how to match his former company (and primary competition) so perfectly. JH Audio's JH16 Pro custom-molded earphones sound sublime, but just like the competition, they cost a small fortune.
Pros: Top-notch audio performance. Superb fit—assuming you go to a reputable audiologist for your ear molds. Near-perfect ear-to-ear matching of frequency response.