CanJam at RMAF2016: JH Audio JH3X Pro, JH13v2 Pro, and JH16v2 Pro Mulit-BA IEMs

One of my favorite custom IEMs is my JH13 Freqphase, but I do find it's tuning a bit V-shaped. So, I was excited and pleasantly surprised to find the new JH13v2 Pro ($1175) a little more neutral. Likewise, my experience with the JH16 in the past would have me dialing the bass down some, and with the new JH16v2 Pro ($1499) you can do just that with the cable mounted bass adjustment controls. I think these cans are evolving quite nicely!


But the real treat of the visit was the new JH3X Pro ($599), a straight-down-the-middle custom in-ear at a very sweet price. The CIEM has three drivers dedicated to bass, mids, and treble and has Freqphase technology. Good news for those looking to make a wallet-wise custom IEM purchase.

Shawn Bassett gives us the run-down on the line-up in the video.

To view video on YouTube click here.

Three Toes of Fury's picture

Who is the target audience for higher end $$$$ (>$500) in ear monitors?

Im having a tough time processing this product. Certainly i understand that headphones in general have a very wide spectrum of quality, sound, and cost. And that some of this is truly a factor of materials/design and some is creative use of product lines. However when it comes to spending considerable money on headphones, what is the benefit of in ear monitors? Wouldnt a far better sound be achieved through on ear or over ear headphones? Is it a mobility thing where some people arent comfortable wearing larger gear publicly? Or is it an actual preference where some people, even in home or office environment, prefer the fit and sound if IEM? Hrmmm.

For those of you who dabble in high end IEMs, let me know what you like about the product category.

Peace .n. Living in Stereo


Stefraki's picture

Speaking as someone who has a history of ear infections, and who knows that IEMs are not particularly good for me, doesn't find them very comfortable, yet whose entire headphone listening is centered on IEMs—I can offer an answer:

Convenience and life style.

At home I listen to speakers, headphones for me are a way of taking good quality audio on my commute, to my desk at work, when out and about.

Carrying around large over ear, or even on ear headphones in not convenient. You can't use them under a hat. They can't be easily stowed in a pocket. If you are doing anything other than going directly to work and back again they become a burden to carry around.

Most people are just not willing to have a portable device strapped to a chunky DAC/Amp (each annoyingly with their own charging cycle that often don't synch up), powering chunky headphones that can't be taken out in the rain, preclude the use of a hat, and then need to be carried around if you go out in the evening. It's just a massive pain in the butt.

What's more, non-IEMs that are practically portable (by this I mean powered adequately by a phone or portable device) often just don't sound that good.

IEMs are the only category of portable headphone that can compete in sound quality with open, power hungry home listening headphones. For now anyway.

Name me a portable, closed, efficient headphone that can compete with the various high and even mid end IEMs on the market? There really isn't one. I've owned dozens, many of them nice. Many of them OK. That's fine for some. OK is OK.

But if you're reading Innerfidelity, then you probably aren't the kind of person that settles for OK. You want great, we all want great, and only IEMs right now really deliver in that category.

Three Toes of Fury's picture

Thanks for taking the time to answer my question...your reply is very clear and thought out. Also it piques my interest more in further investigation into higher end IEMs....cuz, as you say, settling for OK isnt something Im interested in.

Peace .n. Living in Stereo


jaredjcrandall84's picture

I've had many over-ear and I find them more comfortable but the IEMs just seem to sound the best, especially without having expensive equipment. The only thing that I can get to quite match with IEMs are the soundstage from certain headphones and amps (hd800 with eddie current 4-45), otherwise, I can plug my Angie 2s into my htc m10--designed for good 3.5mm output--and just be carried away into music as much as I would with 4-5k setups. Something about IEMs just hits the sound just right, especially without so much equipment.

Three Toes of Fury's picture

y'all are making a good case for something i never considered: IEMs have some real potential for amazing sound. I need to investigate further!

JamesPTao's picture

One hell of a good start would be the now discontineud EU triple fi 10. Universal in ear that still blows almost anything out of the water in its price range. Designed by jerry harvey. 3 driver in ear. Can find used in great condition or even sometimes new other for around $200 (originally $400). Cant go wrong with them and will allow you to dip your feet in the iem market for not too much cash but get great bang for your buck.

Audiognome's picture

Tyll did you get a chance to listen to Etymotic er4 SR and er4 XR?