‘Jerry Harvey Audio JH13 Pro’ Review: Remember when the iPhone got a 4″ screen?

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A Classic Flagship CIEM gets an Upgrade

Mon Jun. 8, 2015

By jelt2359

JH Audio JH13 Pro

The Original

The iPhone 4 was a legendary phone. I remember it vividly, because the original JH13 Pro- my virgin pair of Custom IEMs- and iPhone 4 both arrived in the exact same year. Ah, what a beaut. Years of research and development, of brilliant minds working on a problem, had come down to this. Accelerometer, Gyroscope, spanking new 3.5 inch screen, freaking Retina display, I simply had to have the iPhone 4 and I did. Game changer.

But you’re probably wondering why I’m telling this story. Well, this was also exactly what the original JH13 Pro felt like. We’d only ever seen what, 3 drivers in an IEM, and someone now had the audacity to double that. Six. The JH13 was so outrageous, the number 12 (6 drivers on each side) was not big enough for it. No, it needed a bigger name. A bigger number. Thirteen.

The Sequel

There is a saying in Chinese- “if the old is not discarded, the new cannot be obtained”. Fast forward two years later, and 5-inch Androids were seemingly everywhere. My beloved iPhone was looking more and more dated, and I’d begun entertaining some nasty thoughts of breakup. Fortunately it was at this precise moment- like a dramatic cloud descending from the skies- that Apple decided to discard the old. Finally, no more living with a 3.5″ screen! All hail the new iPhone 5!

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. That exact same year… I mean seriously, just take a wild guess what happens next. That exact same year… wait for it… 

Bringing eargasms to grown adults since 2012. JH Audio proudly presents: the new JH13 Pro, now with Revolutionary FreqPhase Technology!

 

IEM: Jerry Harvey Audio JH13 Pro FreqPhase

Form Factor: Acrylic Custom In-Ear Monitor

Damage: $1099 USD

Build Quality: Good. Shell is not very consistent in terms of transparency, but for the most part it’s okay

Fit: Perfect

Accessories: Don’t know. Mine was an upgrade of the JH13 (non-FreqPhase), so it came with just a cable and a pouch

(Post-script…)

Somehow, cool as a cucumber, I’ve resisted the siren-call of the JH13 Pro FreqPhase all these years. I already owned the JH13 Pro, and I wasn’t going to pay full price for an upgraded crossover. Besides, my JH13 was fine as it was. Keep calm and carry on listening.

But then you probably already know how this story really ends. A few months ago, the fat lady burst magnificently into sweet, sweet, song, as Jerry Harvey Audio begun to offer an upgrade for their original JH13/JH16 series to the FreqPhase version. This calls for a Haiku.

 

Resistance is fu…

…tile. FreqPhase FreqPhase FreqPhase!

Please take my money?

 

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When jelt2359's Shure earphones stopped working ten years ago he was forced, kicking and screaming, to replace them. He ended up with more than 20 new IEMs. Oops! jelt2359 flies to a different city almost every week for work, and is always looking for the perfect audio setup to bring along.

8 Comments

  1. ike on

    I would never buy from a company that uses the state as a strategy to defeat their competition, it’s wrong.

    • CIEMfan on

      Hi ike,

      If you are referring to the patent infringement suit I would recommend reserving judgement until an outcome has been reached. We don’t know the entire story. Know what I mean?

      • ike on

        I read the publically available documents, JH was basically was trying to patent the idea of having drivers inside of an acrylic shell. It’s ludicrous and the worst sort of anti-market behavior imaginable.

    • jelt2359 on

      I actually do remember the hype from the JH13s. I personally enjoyed the hype a lot! I remember reading Larry’s epic shootout between UE11, ES3X and JH13. Truly one for the ages.

      As for what’s good and what’s not, I personally prefer to assess it product by product, rather than the whole company.

  2. AmberOzL on

    I knew it man, I knew this stupid product was over hyped as almost everything from JHA… Good lord, this marketing and hype is just killing audiophile industry..

    Thanks for the review mate, I am really enjoying your work.

  3. Ike1985 on

    Confirmed my gut, always thought the JH13’s were overrated. Great review as always.

    • jelt2359 on

      Well, they did score better than two other CIEMs in this shootout. These are all flagships, after all. Regardless of whichever ends up coming out ahead, I suspect someone’s gonna come after me with an ax. =)

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