Q ‘n A Saturday: JH Audio

Welcome to Linus’ new interview series on Headfonia.comEvery two weeks we will publish an interview with an insider of the audio industry. They will give us a little insight on how they started and what they are up to. We are thrilled to be able to share a little something with all of you.

Episode five’s guest of honor is the rockstar of audiophile IEM manufacturers, Jerry Harvey – CEO of Jerry Harvey Audio!

Jerry Harvey

HFN: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your role at Jerry Harvey Audio
JH: I founded JH Audio in 2008. I am the CEO and Head of Product Design. I’ve been a Touring Sound Engineer since 1986.

HFN: How did JH Audio start?
JH: Jerry Harvey Audio is a continuation of my path to constantly create Innovation in the IEM industry. A little history, I founded Ultimate Ears in 1995 in the back of a tour bus. I was the CTO and Chief IEM Designer. In 2005, we took on an Investor at UE in order to grow the company. By 2006, I was forced out by the investor and another partner. JH Audio came about a couple years later.

HFN: What did the beginning of JH Audio look like?
JH: The beginning of Jerry Harvey Audio was a full reset in the market for me. We had four employees when we started. I had a non-compete agreement with UE (which was later invalidated), so I took my passion for Innovation and mixed in my love of flight to create headsets for private pilots using IEM technology. It wasn’t an easy road!

HFN: How long did it take until you really were fully set in the field?
JH: Audiophiles quickly took to our JH13Pro when it was released in 2009. But it took about 18 months to get the brand established in the Pro market.

HFN: What are your influences?
JH: My father was an inventor. He was my first big influence.
The many world-class sound engineers who each took me under their wing and taught me all about professional audio. They taught me sound theory, how to mix a band, and what good audio sounds like. Needless to say, I owe them big!

HFN: What was the moment you fell for audio?
JH: Growing up there was alwas music in our house, so I learned to love music at an early age. I knew I wanted to be a live sound engineer when I was about 15. In late 1985, after seeing the 1984 Van Halen show at the St. Louis Arena, I decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue my dream.

HFN: What is driving JH Audio forward?
JH: We strive to always keep the market on its toes through ongoing Innovation in the industry.

It continues on page 2 with insights on JH’s technologies, a bit about Lola and a little something for you!

4.6/5 - (42 votes)

A daytime code monkey with a passion for audio and his kids, Linus tends to look at gear with a technical approach, trying to understand why certain things sound the way they do. When there is no music around, Linus goes the extra mile and annoys the hell out of his colleagues with low level beatboxing.


  • Reply September 5, 2017


    What are your thoughts on his IEMs? I’ve heard mixed reviews online…

    • Reply September 5, 2017


      I never really got a good fit with their universals, but since a few days ago I have a custom fit Lola with me. It definitely has good strengths, the dynamic mid-driver does a great job producing a engaging and full sound. More will follow in upcoming review 😉

  • Reply September 7, 2017


    Can’t wait to read the review – thanks for the update!

  • Reply September 7, 2017


    In fact, I think I may postpone my purchase until I hear your thoughts – thanks.

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