I had a chance to hear both and I found that the JH-13s were more open and had better timbre, better imaging and soundstage.
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3/17/10 at 2:06pm
This audiophile world is confusing me.
An IEM beat a legendary dynamic phone and is in the same class w/ some legendary electrostatic.
iPod out of all suddens, turns out to be a pretty nice source. Some posts made me think I don't need to upgrade source at all if I have an iPhone 3GS which I actually have. Well, while so many people say that "there is no point of having a best headphone and amp but feeding them w/ a crap source, for example: an iPod" (I can't think of any worse source than an iPhone except some cheap China portable CDP if price is a measurement).
I still don't know how good the bass JH13 can represent but it's hard to swallow if someone tells me that my ear can feel the vibration of deep bass produced by this baby monster. And without the feeling of vibration, the bass is less atractive, IMHO.
I hate to say this but sometimes informations from Head-Fi is so confusing. Well, again, each person hears differently.
Don't get me wrong on that, I learned a lot from head-fiers here and I will keep learning
I really disagree that a truly good headphone will sound bad out of an ipod because of the DAC. The DAC in the ipod is good enough that a balanced headphone should not sound bad. I think you are just used to the kind of heapdhones that are very popular around here, ,that have peaks which bring out details that are supposed to be reproduced subtlely in the recording, and which also make a bad recording/bad source sound worse than it actually should.
People complain about something like an SA5000 making an ipod DAC sound bad. But the SA5000 is not really revealing problems, it's magnifying them, making the ipod sound worse than it actually should. The HP1000 is the hallmark neutral headphone (the JH13 is the only other that can contend with it, IMO) and it sounds great out of an ipod as well (though it shows the faults of the ipod, and sounds much better out of nicer equipment).
Has anyone here tried to compare JH13 freqphase version with HD800? Compared to the last version JH13 FP has bigger soundstage, but i'm still wondering how it would go against HD800. Thanks