I have Roxanne for 1 full week now and after 100+ of burn in time I think it's time to do some serious comparison. The first day I listened to Roxanne I had to settle at 2 o'clock bass position. Each day I notice the bass gets a little stronger than the previous day (perhaps my brain is adjusting) so I had to adjust it until I fixed it at 9 o'clock. I guess this is the flat (0 dB) bass level. Even at this setting the bass is still very much present and blends in well with the mids and highs.
I listen mostly with Rock and Pop songs and a few classical. I love natural, clean, detailed and punchy bass without overpowering the mids and highs and for me the 0dB bass level of Roxanne is just what I'm looking for. At least for most of the songs I heard with Roxanne so far.
Compared to JH16 the earpiece is huge to account for the additional drivers. But in my experience this is a good thing when putting the earpieces on. With JH16, I have to stretch my ear after I insert them to get the proper isolation. With Roxanne, I just have to insert it into my ears with a twisting motion and always get perfect isolation. The cable is noticeably thick. Maybe 3 times the diameter compared to JH16 cable. So far the nuts are intact. :)
For SQ comparison with JH16, I used DX50 as my source paired with Leckerton UHA-6SMKII (ADA4627-1A). I also threw my full size headphone in (T1) and see how Roxanne compares.
True to my initial impression with Roxanne, everything is bigger, wider and thicker compared to JH16. Starting with the bass, Roxanne projects a wider and deeper bass and yet very tight and detailed. There are a few songs where JH16 tends to get boomy, Roxanne still maintains control The difference in the mids is very subtle. Though, a few micro details stands out more in Roxanne like that nasal sounding voice sounds more natural in Roxanne than in JH16. The highs is where I think Roxanne creates a huge distance against JH16. Where JH16 sometimes sounds too bright or a bit harsh, the Roxanne still manage to keep the sound clear and easy to the ears. Roxanne is non-fatiguing compared to JH16.
Other areas where Roxanne has a huge advantage over JH16 is the projection of Soundstage and depth. Separation is also excellent on Roxanne.
In fact, these atttributes are what made me compare Roxanne with a full size headphone, the Beyerdynamic T1. The soundstage, separation and overall presentation of Roxanne is much more closer to a headphone than an IEM. Yes, I dare say that. When I compared Roxanne to T1, I see many similarities than difference. Of course, you can't get rid of the feeling when an iem is inserted in your ear compared to a headphone covering your full ear.
T1's bass now seem lacking compared to Roxanne. T1's bass sounds tiny. Perhaps it's due to the amp. But what I am getting at is Roxanne is the iem that gives the experience as close to a full size headphone.
If you are considering JH16, I believe it makes more sense to shoot for the Roxanne instead. The variable bass control alone is worth the difference.
Edited by headwhacker - 2/22/14 at 7:31am