I can't compare extensively but I remember JH16 to have an extreme veil ( totally no veil in the Merlin ) when I demoed at Jaben which led to me taking them out after just a few songs. Bass however is a diff story. JH16 delivers bass like there's no tomorrow but Merlin is very very very controlled. Never did I find it overwhelming, on the other hand neither did I find it to be sufficient for EDM. To me Merlin and Miracle have only one MAIN difference: merlin has more sub bass.