I thoroughly enjoyed being introduced to an entirely new level of music listening. The idea of earphones costing as much as $1,100 was a foreign concept to me but after spending some time with a set of JHAudio JH5 Pro custom designed In-Ear earpieces the glass bubble that I exist within burst open.

The process of getting a set of JH5 Pros involved a few steps. I had to visit an audiologist (ear doctor) to get a mold of my inner ear – very quick and painless. I then sent my molds to JHAudio for them to build my custom earpieces; wait time was less than 2 weeks. There’s a lot you can do to customize the look of your earpieces from choosing the colour to your choice of image that can appear on your unit. You can also choose the length of cord (18″, 48″, 64″). You can see some really cool designs on JHAudio’s Facebook page.

The Product. I test drove a pair of JH5 Pro which retail for US$399.00. I received my custom In-Ear earpieces in a clear plastic Otterbox with my name engraved on the case – nice touch. Inside the case was a cleaning brush along with a velvet sack containing the earpieces. Also included was also a small very easy and fun to read instruction manual that outlined the use and care of the now prized-possession (the price tag makes it a mandatory “prized-possession”)

Once I had the JH5 Pros in my hand, the reason for the cost became very apparent. The earphones were as smooth as glass even with the visible serial number and my initials appearing on the surface. And then when I begun to listen, the sound experience reinforced the price tag.

It took me a couple of wears to get used to screwing a listening device that far into my ear. The initial experience wasn’t uncomfortable, just different than what I’m used to. And since I’m picky about putting things in my ear the fact that I was able to quickly get used to the earpieces is reflective of how comfortable they really are.

The Technical Details.
Proprietary precision-balanced armatures.
Single low, single high.
Noise Isolation: -26dB
Input Connector: 1/8″ (3.5mm), gold plated.
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 17kHz
Input Sensitivity: 119dB @ 1mW
Impedance: 21 Ohms

The Good. You’ll be left alone with your music because the sound isolation feature is amazing; just you and your tunes. The range with the JH5 Pros is fantastic, the 2-way technology (single low and single high) carries enough sound quality to make it feel like a 3-way device. The level of base is just right, you won’t want a lot of bounce so deep in your ear but you’ll get the perfect lows if your source is clean (iTunes vs BitTorrent). Overall the sound quality is sharp, you may discover new sound in the music you thought you knew so well.

The cord isn’t a permanent fixture so if it gets damaged it’s replaceable. The cord also does a fairly respectable job of keeping tangle-free.

It doesn’t get much better than a pair of custom fit earpieces designed specifically for you. And you won’t ever need to make excuses for refusing to share, they simply won’t fit anyone else’s ear comfortably (a huge plus for me, I hate sharing earphones).

The Bad. The cost is pricey but you’ll need to experience the sound to understand why it’s worth it. The added cost ($50 – $120) of going to an Audiologist for your ear molds is unfortunate but necessary. You’ll really enjoy your music but it’ll be hard for you to share the terrific sound with another person. The noise cancelling is so good you won’t hear much around you, so carefully choose where you use these earpieces and be aware of your surroundings.

Final Take. I’ve fallen in love with my iPod all over again. Since using the JH5 Pros, I have an overwhelming inclination to keep my iPod within arm’s reach at all times. My encounter with the JH5 Pros was a prime example of “You get what you pay for”. If you love music, you’ll appreciate a set of In-Ear earpieces from JHAudio. I was fortunate enough to be become acquainted with the JH5 Pros (entry level within the JHAudio product line). If the gods look down on me and I get an opportunity to test the top of the line JH 16 Pros one day, I can only imagine what they might do for my relationship with my iPod (can someone say nuptials).

For more information on the JHAudio Collection visit www.jhaudio.com

2 Responses to “JHAudio JH5 Pro In-Ear Earphones Review”
  1. Shawn says:

    Fantastic review Vincy!

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