Guys, I own today some weston ES3X, and I am quite pleased with them, but... I am tempted to give the JH16 FreqPhase a try .
-> Do you believe that it will be a substantial upgrade in sound quality ? Especialy, can I expect a "out of the head" sound closer to a "full size headphone" soundstage ?
-> I am also tempted by the JH-3A/JH16 FreqPhase combo, but... now with the JH16 FreqPhase technology, does the JH-3A still bring a real advantage to the JH16 ? Or will a high end portable amp finally be a better solution ? (I have a CEntrance HiFi-M8 ordered)
- If buy the JH-3A/JH16 FreqPhase combo, when I use the Adapter (8pin to 3.5mm) to use the JH16 IEM WITHOUT the JH-3A amp , will the JH16 IEM behave exactly as a "NON Combo" JH-16 IEM ? In other words, besides the cable/plug, is the JH16 IEM shipped with the JH-3A/JH16 FreqPhase combo the same than the JH16 IEM shipped stand alone ?
- aside question : Besides the price difference, is the JH-16 always a better solution than the JH-13 or are there some musics or some situation where I will be better with a JH-13 than a JH-16 ? (I am not a bass head - I listen mostly to Pop, Rock, female voice, piano...)
thanks in advance for all your answers
My experience says that even with the best CIEM's they will not rival top HP's for soundstage. High end CIEM's and HP's always perform best the more you pair them up with higher quality components in the chain. The JH16's will be a nice upgrade from your Westone's.
While I do not consider the JH16's overly bass focused, they will have a stronger low end than the JH13's according to the JH Audio site. I suspect the JH13's are similar to my ACS Custom T1's. For vocals, I do prefer the T1's to the JH16's. I cannot comment on the Freqphase advantage as I have never heard JH CIEM's without it.
I hope that helps!