The Sound: The JH5Pro
The JH5 gives you a basic taste of the JHAudio sound. Forward and engaging to the listener, good bass punch, warm sound signature, lively sounding, all those good stuff.
When I compared the JH5 to the Triple.Fi 10, my first impression is that the TF10 has noticeably more treble presence than the JH5. It’s quite preferable at first, until I start hearing the sibilance on bad recordings that I don’t hear on the JH5. I did find that the TF10 has a clearer and more extended treble than the JH5, so when talking only the treble area, the TF10 is still better than the JH5 (as your music doesn’t have a lot of sibilance in it).
Among the triple-driver universals, the TF10 does sound closest to the signature of JHAudio customs. Obviously Jerry had something to do with the design of the TF10, hence the similarity. Other than the notorious bad fitting on the TF10, the JH5 improves on the TF10 in giving a fuller bodied sound throughout the frequency range and also a bigger soundstage. Despite the superior treble on the TF10, at the end of the day I would definitely go with the fuller sounding JH5, because it sound so much better with a wider range of music.
The JH5 does not have a dedicated midrange driver, and I’m guessing it’s the reason that I’m not hearing a full midrange out of the JH5. The midrange is there, and it’s quite good, but more to the upper midrange around 2 kHz and not so much on 1kHz and 500Hz. The five does have a more pronounced lower treble than the bigger brothers, and on quick listen, it does sound more sparkly on the treble, though the refinement level is not as high as the older brothers.
Having a single low frequency driver also kept the JH5 from a full sounding low bass. But I think for the price level that the JH5 is being offered for, I’m already asking for too much.
Still in the bass department, the JH5 is slightly punchier than the TF10. What’s quite significant is how bass on the JH5 has noticeably more weight than the TF10. The added bass weight makes low notes more authoritative and more speaker like on the JH5 than it is on the TF10. The TF10 does have a faster transients than the JH5 on all frequencies, including the bass. So, if you like a really fast bass, the decay on the JH5’s bass may sound a little slow. I personally like the overall sound of the JH5 weightier bass than the leaner but faster TF10 bass.
When I replaced the stock cable to a Whiplash TWAG cable, the treble does open up for the better. There is more air in the sound, and the treble doesn’t roll of as early as in the stock cable.