Originally Posted by DanielofDenmark
I am not ready to cross of the ES5's just yet. I'm not entirely sure whether or not I can be considered a bass-head per say, but I as long as the bass is good, clean, deep and doesn't interfere, there aren't really any reason for not liking it, in my head. To put things in to perspective, I can still enjoy my Grado SR60i which aren't bass heavy at all, but I can also enjoy my Westone 3 which doesn't lack bass to say the least. I do like the thought of the ES5's midrange, as it is described as some of the best.
The fact that you have such a wide preference in music really interests me, as I do tend to listen to quite a lot of different music, and I'd hate spending that much money on a pair of customs and think, "Well, it does good with this genre, but with another one, it's sort of meh,".
In the ES5 thread someone painted the picture of ES5 owners sitting on their front porch with a glass of wine, looking in to the horizon. The JH owners were portrayed as long haired dudes that rocked out. Taking my primary music genre into consideration, I'm the latter, but when you look at my music preferences as a whole, I think I'm sort of a hybrid between the two.
davidcotton: I'm not exactly looking for more bass from my W3's, as they do have plenty in my opinion, but other than that, it is definitely a viable option that will be considered.
Once again, the JH16 bass extends very far down, the bass is powerful, impactful, and clean. The texture on the bass is very real and similar to the texture you would get from a life-size subwoofer. It does not impede into the other frequencies.
For the second bolded part, that is exactly what I thought before deciding on the JH16 over the ES5. On some really bass heavy tracks, the JH16 just spits out the bass like it's shrugging its shoulders--"no problem" they say, and it sounds effortless. Even though I have not heard the ES5, from what I've read, I do think that they would portray the bass just as effortlessly, albeit without the rawness and impact that the JH16 portrays in its bass. Recently I listened to a very bass heavy Jazz track (check it out here - though the quality is not top notch because of YouTube, you get a sense of the song) and the JH16 simply did the bass better than my full-size speakers in my living room (albeit, they are not that high-end, but I was astounded to find that the JH16's bass on this track was spot on while keeping the midrange beautifully realistic (the texture of the guy's voice in the song is crystal clear and strikingly real with the JH16's) and highs in balance with the mids and bass (not ear piercing highs). Many people believe the JH16 has a V shaped sound signature, but I disagree. I think the JH16's sound signature is a bit harder to summarize than simply "V", and far different from a "V" because it is quite neutral. The punchiness of the JH16's bass leads some to believe it has a "V" signature but it is more of the personality of the IEM to be punchy and impactful while maintaining a very neutral sound signature.
I told my friend this before, if I could summarize the JH16's sound signature with one word it would be: effortless. And that's what I wanted from my customs, an IEM that just stood back and let the music do its thing. At night when I am listening to my JH16's, I forget that I even have something in my ears because it truly sounds like there are high-end speakers in front of me.
For the last bolded part, I feel that one big perk with the JH16's is its ability to be so versatile. When I put on some piano concertos or wonderful Jazz, I do feel like I am sitting on my front porch with a glass of wine. When I play some modern J-Pop or some mainstream music, I feel like I am there in the music, in a club or live setting. The JH16 is both sophisticated and fun to listen to, which I feel suits my expectations perfectly.
Edited by SolidVictory - 6/26/11 at 1:13pm