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post #3016 of 3682

Hi guys,

So I received my JH16s a week ago, and thought I'd write a review of the whole process, and what I think of the CIEMs.

 

Firstly, the staff @ JH Audio are incredibly helpful. I received my in-ears much faster than expected, and had them in time for a big gig I just performed at in Poland.

 

So what do I think of them.  Firstly, the build quality of the earpiece itself is stellar.  No bubbles, and an absolutely perfect and comfortable fit.  I think the cable feels cheap, and will be replacing it with an aftermarket solution (that doesn't bother me too much).  One of my favourite things it the tough Otterbox they ship it in.  When I'm on the road I want my in-ears to be protected; this baby does the job!

 

And the sound? Well, firstly, I have to say that, while I'm not disappointed, I expected to be more blown away when listening to music on my iPod.  Yes, everything people say about the bass is true; it's the best of any in-ear I've ever heard, but still I'm not floored in this regard.

 

But I'll tell you where these babies shine: on stage.  I sing in a group called The Ten Tenors. This past week we performed in Poland in front of 50,000 screaming fans.  With both ears in... virtual silence.  I actually had to take my ears out to hear the crowd or the live orchestra behind me.  And the separation between channels is phenomenal.  In the past I've spent much of our shows back and forward with the monitor engineers, trying to get my mix right (I would also only use one ear, as I could hear myself too loudly in my own head).  With these, it's 'Set it and Forget it'.  I set me levels at soundcheck, and didn't touch them after that.  And I was amazed that I didn't get the 'Boy in a Bubble' effect; my own voice came through in the mix, and wasn't overpowered by the sound in my head.

 

In summing up, I do use these to listen to music, and they're great on a plane, but for me their standout quality is what they can do on-stage.  If I weren't a performer, I'd happily settle for a good pair of over the ear headphones, but these are the best CIEMs I've ever used for live performance, and they've made me a better performer (and a less stressed one) in the process!

post #3017 of 3682

I was a little underwhelmed with my JH-16 straight out of my iphone, it was probably 50% better than my TF10.  The Fiio E11 was a step up, but it wasn't til I got my Arrow, that I had that wow factor.  

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Originally Posted by JaredNewall View Post

Hi guys,

So I received my JH16s a week ago, and thought I'd write a review of the whole process, and what I think of the CIEMs.

 

Firstly, the staff @ JH Audio are incredibly helpful. I received my in-ears much faster than expected, and had them in time for a big gig I just performed at in Poland.

 

So what do I think of them.  Firstly, the build quality of the earpiece itself is stellar.  No bubbles, and an absolutely perfect and comfortable fit.  I think the cable feels cheap, and will be replacing it with an aftermarket solution (that doesn't bother me too much).  One of my favourite things it the tough Otterbox they ship it in.  When I'm on the road I want my in-ears to be protected; this baby does the job!

 

And the sound? Well, firstly, I have to say that, while I'm not disappointed, I expected to be more blown away when listening to music on my iPod.  Yes, everything people say about the bass is true; it's the best of any in-ear I've ever heard, but still I'm not floored in this regard.

 

But I'll tell you where these babies shine: on stage.  I sing in a group called The Ten Tenors. This past week we performed in Poland in front of 50,000 screaming fans.  With both ears in... virtual silence.  I actually had to take my ears out to hear the crowd or the live orchestra behind me.  And the separation between channels is phenomenal.  In the past I've spent much of our shows back and forward with the monitor engineers, trying to get my mix right (I would also only use one ear, as I could hear myself too loudly in my own head).  With these, it's 'Set it and Forget it'.  I set me levels at soundcheck, and didn't touch them after that.  And I was amazed that I didn't get the 'Boy in a Bubble' effect; my own voice came through in the mix, and wasn't overpowered by the sound in my head.

 

In summing up, I do use these to listen to music, and they're great on a plane, but for me their standout quality is what they can do on-stage.  If I weren't a performer, I'd happily settle for a good pair of over the ear headphones, but these are the best CIEMs I've ever used for live performance, and they've made me a better performer (and a less stressed one) in the process!

post #3018 of 3682

I would have to say 50% better than TF10 is a big improvement and I suppose an outstanding sounding IEM.

post #3019 of 3682
Does anyone know how the 16s are for gaming with/without Dolby headphone? I know the sound stage is probably the weakest aspect of them but I was just curious. What full size headphone can you compare the sound stage too???
Edited by MC LeBron 23 - 6/11/12 at 6:33pm
post #3020 of 3682
Does anyone have experience with chris_himself cables and if yes how good are they?
post #3021 of 3682
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Originally Posted by iamdacow View Post

Does anyone have experience with chris_himself cables and if yes how good are they?

 They are good soundwise. Build quality isn't the greatest. You cant tangle your cable around any device you wish to. They are really rigid.

post #3022 of 3682
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Originally Posted by tupac0306 View Post

 They are good soundwise. Build quality isn't the greatest. You cant tangle your cable around any device you wish to. They are really rigid.


Sound wise what changes and also would you recommend them for the price?

post #3023 of 3682
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Originally Posted by iamdacow View Post


Sound wise what changes and also would you recommend them for the price?

They sound good with JH16. But personally I wouldnt recommend it. The memory wire is a bit way to big to put on and the pin doesn't connect tightly. So if you going out, this cable isnt the most convenient.

Have a read of this:http://www.head-fi.org/t/564978/13-custom-iem-tf10-cables-reviewed-uber-muzik-v5f-added-1-03-2012


Edited by tupac0306 - 6/19/12 at 4:15am
post #3024 of 3682

Really enjoying my JH16's with a "Scorpion" OCC copper cable from Toxic Cables. It's quite a beauty!

 

I really hate to sound like a salesman, but they're currently rolling with discounted pre-order prices redface.gif

 

Toxic Cables OCC copper "Scorpion" cable with my JH16

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post #3025 of 3682
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Originally Posted by Staal View Post

Really enjoying my JH16's with a "Scorpion" OCC copper cable from Toxic Cables. It's quite a beauty!

I really hate to sound like a salesman, but they're currently rolling with discounted pre-order prices redface.gif

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. How do they sound?? What audible difference is there??
post #3026 of 3682

While audible differences can be quite tricky to pinpoint since A/B'ing will still be infuenced by placebo (even if I had my eyes closed and my girlfriend changing cables for me, I'd still know which one I was using due to the much improved ergonomics over the stock cable). But to my ears the sound opens up a bit (I've always found my JH16 quite enclosed/cooped up.)

 

The sound reminds me of that of the JH16 + $400 Beat Audio Thor cable (I believe that was copper as well) which is quite a surprise considering the obvious price difference between the two. 

 

I'll do my best to get some serious listening done tonight and tomorrow and post my impressions then. 

post #3027 of 3682
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Originally Posted by iamdacow View Post

. How do they sound?? What audible difference is there??

 

Here we go. I've just finished a brief review of the Scorpion cable when used with the JH16.

It can be found here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/615171/the-toxic-cables-scorpion-occ-copper-iem-cable-review

post #3028 of 3682

Staal,

 

Have you ever written your opinion on the differences between Heir 8.a vs the JH16 before?

 

I know you sold the 8.a so I'd like to know why you chose to keep the JH16 instead.

 

Cheers,

post #3029 of 3682
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Originally Posted by pdiddypdler View Post

Staal,

 

Have you ever written your opinion on the differences between Heir 8.a vs the JH16 before?

 

I know you sold the 8.a so I'd like to know why you chose to keep the JH16 instead.

 

Cheers,

 

look and search around head-fi. loads of info everywhere. 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/588111/review-heir-audio-8-a-8-driver-4-way-crossover-custom-fit-in-ear-monitors

 

Anws, imho, do take it with a pinch of salt as as mentioned a few pages back, he compared it with a demo jh16s. so it isn't all that fair. worth a read tho.

 

As for Staal, he mentioned his reasons why, I can roughly remember, but i'll leave it to you to read through the pas 10 pages or so to find out.

 

I'm still waiting after a month for my 16s to come, maybe then i can get a better listen from the demo sets of both JH and Heir Audio's.

post #3030 of 3682
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Edited by pdiddypdler - 6/25/12 at 7:44am
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