I found you analogy to be a little bit over the top. Following that, is a pair of SE-5ways with its 5-way crossover definitely better than the Mentor with its "mere" 4-way crossover?
Regarding the Roxanne, I guess the dark tuning is more of a matter of choice than capability. The JH13FP is known to have aggressive and bright treble, so it's not like JHA can't do bright tuning. And sorry to say this, but if you think that a dark (or warm) sound signature is associated with a lack of technical capability, most experienced head-fiers would say that you could not be more wrong.
Yeaah.. maybe its a stupid analogy, LOL ..
but i don't say dark sound signature associated with lack technical capability, that the dark sound is tuned to matter of taste.. even a $5 IEM can make bright sound right?..
But, i really3x sure that JH is capable tuning only 3 BA with 3 crossover to sound exactly like roxxane.. It just like people were hypnotised by the number of BA. Look again, its really not 12 single BA.. but it is 3 quad BA.
I don't say the SE5 sounds better than Roxanne.. But i'm sure the SE5 have more customised tuning by the 5 crossovers.. Great sound of IEM isn't just because it has 24BA. But how the maker produce preferable tune for most people.
but this is what i understand. please CMIIW..
The amount of BA describe the intensity, and the amount of cross over describe how much tuning the can be altered, right?
For 1 side of IEM, the roxanne use 4 cable.. 2 cable pass a potentiometer -> to the bass cross over -> to 1 quad bass BA.. Then 2 other cable go to directly to splitter --> each to Mid cross over -> to 1 quad mid BA.. & treble crossover --> to 1 quad treble BA. That is equal to 4-4-4
Thats why you can tune the bass level without interfere to mid & treble.. So, why don't JH don't just make them to each single BA? Its not that difficult making warm sound with 3 BA..
Mentor. For 1 side of IEM, the 2 cable is split to 4 crossover. Its settings is 1 quad Bass BA, 1 dual mid BA, 1 dual upper mid BA, & 1 dual treble BA, thats 4-2-2-2.
I'm sure an IEM maker can make better customisation with 5 single BA with 5 crossover..
Eventually to the sound, its not only quality that talks.. it also individual taste..
Like I said, maybe it is a stupid analogy..
Edited by a5bud - 3/28/14 at 3:08am