I've got the CE6P coming in soon and looking forward to it, I've currently got the JH13 Pro. Has anyone got any more comparisons between the two? Are they very similar sounding? Phil mentioned that the CE6P has a little more bass but somebody mentioned that it's a little less than the JH13.
Since no one has responded, I’ll give you some of my thoughts between the CE6P and JH13 with freqphase. Please keep in mind that I no longer own the JH13, so this is strictly from memory and notes.
The JH13 tuning is more upfront, forward and ‘exciting’ but that’s the JH house sound in a nutshell, so it gives you more of an instant wow effect. The JH13 head stage was also pretty enveloping and surrounding for another wow factor but I can see this surround affect becoming fatiguing for some. The CE6P is more laid back overall with a smoother more even approach. It doesn’t immediately wow like the JH13 but for me becomes more musically engaging because of it. It’s headstage is more normal in approach with slight forward projection compared to the closer sounding JH13.
JH13 has more overall bass quantity. I was actually surprised how much bass my JH13 had. It was well elevated in both sub and mid bass over neutral. To my ears the CE6P is more neutral in bass than the JH13. The CE6P has a slight rise in sub bass over neutral but it isn’t a large boost; it’s very well implemented.
JH13 has more treble presence. The JH treble is pretty crispy and forward with a couple of peaks. Those peaks are the reason I sold it. They weren’t piercing or painful but negatively affected timbre IMO and became a negative focus I just couldn’t ignore and affected my enjoyment. The CE6P treble is more laid back and smooth. There’s still sparkle and good resolution but it isn’t forward or in your face.
I can’t really comment on differences in imaging, separation and resolution, as it’s just been too long and something like that needs direct a/b but I remember the JH13 not only being excellent in those categories but some of the best I've heard at it too. I can say the CE6P imaging is really excellent too and so is it’s center image. Vocal clarity is just so effortless and engaging. I really think the imaging and center image clarity and focus are direct results of Phil’s attention to and design of flat phase. I've just really enjoyed listening to my CE6P since I've reveived it. As mentioned before, it just allows me to get lost in the music and to stop evaluating.
I'll be interested in your thoughts between the two when your CE6P arrives.
Edited by shotgunshane - 1/23/15 at 9:21am