Triple JH Comparison: JH5, JH10X3, JH16
Jerry Harvey makes a lot of products. There are a total of 7 different models listed on the JH Audio website, yet only the 16s and the 13s seem to be making much noise. I really want to know what’s happening on the lower price levels, and so I set out to do this review. Throughout the review, I won’t talk about the 13s, since I don’t have it to make a direct comparison with the other three, but I think enough discussions have been made about the 13 to the 16, and the two should be identical in all areas, except the bass notes.
The first model in this comparison is the JH5. The 5 is the entry level model, with two drivers, one for low, and the other for high. Priced at $399, it’s calling universal IEM owners to enter the world of Jerry Harvey Audio — arguably the most prestigious name in the portable music world today. From there you’ll have the JH7 and the JH10, but I’ve chosen to skip them and go directly to the JH10X3, as I’ve felt that it offers quite an upgrade from the five, with a reasonable price difference at $799.
The third product is the JH16, the current top of the line of JHAudio. With eight drivers (quad lows, two mids, and two highs), there isn’t going to be any surprises here. The 16 is the best sounding of the three, and it’s priced rightly so. Of course, the objective of this comparison is not to find out if the five can better the sixteen, but rather, how much better is the 16? In what way are they different? What are the advantages of going to the higher priced model? Can I save a few dollars and get the 10X3?
All three customs share a similar signature that I would call the JH Audio house sound. It’s sort of a grown up Triple.Fi 10. I will start by talking about the JH Audio house sound, where I will compare them briefly to top triple driver universal IEMs, as well as the Unique Melody brand of customs. After that, I’ll proceed to talk about the sound of each JH custom in more detail. It’s going to be quite a long article, just over 5000 words in total.