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.
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).
Excerpt: If the name JH Audio is new to your ears, fear not. Founder Jerry Harvey is the man behind many of the popular IEM designs from Ultimate Ears. Now that he’s got his own company, he has continued to innovate with new products that raise the bar for in-ear monitor (IEM) development, and plenty of pros are already putting his JH-branded products to use with great success.
Summary: This über high end offering from Jerry Harvey Audio will undoubtedly serve as sound quality benchmark for a long time. The innovative design and perfect performance over a wide variety of aspects makes them stunning to listen to. On the downside we can mention the cable which could be less microphonic, but we understand the need for a durable cable as well.
Pros: Incredible performance across the line, Neutral sounding albeit with a slightly over emphasized bass, Well made and durable cable, Otterbox accessory, Neutral sounding, Very good build quality of both cable and ear pieces
Cons: High cost, Not the least microphonic cable out there, Pouch sheds fibers, Otterbox without foam lining, Small sound stage