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post #76 of 107
Thanks Balrog. Doesn't sound too flattering of the JH-5 pro.
post #77 of 107
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Originally Posted by A_Dying_Wren View Post
Thanks Balrog. Doesn't sound too flattering of the JH-5 pro.
I hope that I did not come off that I was not impressed with them. I'll give them some time to burn in and let me get used to the feel of them. I did stay an extra hour at the office listening to them rather than going home.
post #78 of 107
Well I, among many, I'm sure, am excited to hear your final impressions/review. We are in sore need of JH5 reviews. I think getting some more people who have them and recommend them will help convince people to make the leap of faith from universals to customs.

There should be some other people who's JH5's should be arriving soon as well and I'm very interested to hear what they have to say about them.
post #79 of 107
I wonder if anyone runs with theirs, im looking to get a pair, pretty much soley for running. I use my current crapolas on the EL train but I lose seal everydamn time i run pretty much with anything and im sick of it, so i figured customs are the way to go. I am worried about the super snug fit causing issues with breathing heavy when running.
post #80 of 107
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Originally Posted by chicagojammer View Post
I wonder if anyone runs with theirs, im looking to get a pair, pretty much soley for running. I use my current crapolas on the EL train but I lose seal everydamn time i run pretty much with anything and im sick of it, so i figured customs are the way to go. I am worried about the super snug fit causing issues with breathing heavy when running.
If you run with customs you will hear your breathing as well as every footstep. Some people mind this more than others.
post #81 of 107
The noise isolation may be a safety issue while running.
post #82 of 107
The JH5s seem to respond well to a break in period. I left them hooked up to a headphone out of the Clip and let it sit for a couple hours at a time to break in.

My right ear is getting used to the JH5- I think the seal is just the smallest bit on the snug side causing the air to be trapped in the ear canal when inserting the right side. After a few hours of a second session last night, the left was fine and the right just a bit itchy. This afternoon, the fit seems to be better.

Most of my recent listening time has been spent with Genelec speakers at work. I am lucky to have a set for my background music system in the office. It has been a long time since I have had extending listening sessions with head/earphones. What is popping out for me as a loudspeaker listener may not be as noticeable for a daily headphone user .

Last night I got around to charging my RSA Hornet, hooked it up to my Clip, Rockboxed 5G and Nano 2G for a listening session.

The Nano was the third to be auditioned and was disappointing as a source compared to the other two. Using a mix of AAC, ALAC and MP3 it was rolled off on both ends, the midrange was sucked out and overall presentation was veiled. I tried plugging the JH5 into the headphone out of the Nano and I would rather use a set of earbuds to add some coloration to make it more musical. I unplugged the Nano and sent it off to sit in the corner. This is not a dig at the JH5s- they are just revealing and not a good match with the Nano 2G.

The burn in time for the JH5 helped significantly when listening to the Clip. During my first session, Paul Desmond's alto sax solo on Take Five had a honky and shouty coloration. After the burn in the coloration was replaced with a more musical presentation.

On "Ceremony" by New Order I realized after twenty years that I listen to the guitar line and not the drums. The JH5 is fast when following the drum impact and each tap on the cymbals is defined. I found a new way to listen to an old favorite song.

The JH5s are revealing. On older recordings I find the tape hiss a little more pronounced, but it does not bother me. It is like ignoring ticks and pops when listening to vinyl.

The first time around listening to "I Can See Clearly Now" by The Holly Cole Trio the upright bass had a single note, muddy, tubby quality. Holly's voice was shouty and forward. After the burn in , the upright bass tightened up and the individual plucking of the strings was more defined. Holly seemed to take a few steps back and mellow out.

All of this on just the second day of having the JH5 Pro. I have found that good musical audio gear whispers to you like a drug dealer-"Just one more, one more song is not going to hurt you" and less than lovable gear is a relief when you turn it off your system.

Last night I stayed up til 2 am listening to "one more".
post #83 of 107
interesting review Balrog! You were using X10s before right? would you say its a significant improvement / difference?

keep em reviews coming guys!
post #84 of 107
i pretty much run only in controlled environments, track or treadmill and if im outside i wont wear anything. As for the noise id here, are you talking about the microphonics of the wires? I used to own some Ety Er6is that would go really deep but the only thing that annoyed me was the sound of the wire hitting all around, usually i had no issues with over the ear style in ears, but I guess ive never had customs before. I also only breathe through my nose when I run to control my heart rate so maybe that helps.
post #85 of 107
Tempting... thinking of the JH5 Pro, rather than Livewires since LW response is slow.
post #86 of 107
jussssss-

I have not heard the X10. The ER4S were my IEMs from the mid 90s until I gave them to a friend a couple years ago along with a Airhead 1G.
post #87 of 107
JH Audio must be busy, never replied my email
post #88 of 107
I'm really interested in a pair of JH5s but they want $75 for shipping to the UK which I think is a bit on the extortionate side considering most companies ship for around $45. Also they want me to pay for shipping the ears back to them if a re-fit is needed, is this a general policy with most companies. It seems a little unfair to me to have to pay to ship something that they didn't get right in the first place. Comments?

PS. This is my first post but I promise I'm not normally a ranter!!!
post #89 of 107
@drummer81, Yes, in my dealings with Ultimate Ears, it was my responsibility to ship the phones back to them for a refit. If they were CLEARLY at fault for the issue, they were usually nice enough to reimburse me for the shipping.

I was lucky enough not to need any refits on my JH13.
post #90 of 107
I have found that American companies know nothing about EMS and always, always use private couriers which cost an arm and a leg outside of the USA. 75$ is extortionist - absolutely, but they simply don't understand there are other, better, cheaper and safer methods than UPS.
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