Originally Posted by John0405
I'm currently using miracles ( balanced through the clas and sr71b).
I would like to try a different type of sound, with more bass and more forward mids.
Now, I know there had been some reviews on the heir 8a and the jh16 (read them all), but to my knowledge, none that was comparing the 8a to the newer freqphase version of the 16a...
If someone had heard both of them, or could give a brief comparison, that would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your help
I have both and I like both!
Both are fantastic in their own right but it's completely up to your preference which one you would prefer. Obviously both have enhanced bass.
The 8A has a natural presentation except for the exaggerated bass. The treble isn't harsh but extends with ease. It provides a very smooth presentation of music. But this is not to say details are missing. They are there but just not thrown in your face.
The JH16 on the other hand has more of an attack in its presentation. Very detailed and sharp. It's all about clarity. Sometimes the treble gets sibilant but not often. If you like analytical presentation the JH16 is the CIEM for you.
Also, the 'freqphase' is however more of a marketing gimmick than anything. I have asked JH audio and read their 'description' of their new revolutionary freqphase technology which was complete nonsense. The phase plot makes it look like there's some advantage to the Freqphase. There actually isn't quite enough information about the plot and test conditions to re-wrap that into a group delay plot, but if you look at the competitor's phase, it's more than 150 degrees leading vs the Freqphase at 31Hz. To show that, there has to be a compensation for delay, and that's where this gets ugly. A group delay plot of either would not show a dramatic difference, and would confuse the consumer into believing that the Freqphase is in fact superior when it isn't.