Visual Comparison: Jerry Harvey JH13Pro and Sensaphonics 2X-S

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Left: take a bow JH13Pro; Right: Handshake, 2X-S

I will not get into which sound signature I am more partial to, rather the pictures are merely to illustrate the differences and similarities between both high-end iems. Sensaphonics’ 2X-S is a stodgy contender for the better part of a decade and has survived several cosmetic and build overhauls since its infancy. It is made from soft silicon, a pliable material which stretches with minute changes in the ear’s internal shape. Jerry Harvey’s JH13Pro is made out of the more traditional hard acrylic material that with a perfect fit, feels almost as comfortable as the Sensaphonics 2X-S. Differences in materials do mean a different flavour of sound; the hard acrylic of the JH audio renders extremely clean sound in all frequencies, but both earphones are incredible.

If you would like to read our review of the JH13Pro, please click here.

Of course, there is a gulf of about 350$ between the two now that the JH13Pro has returned to its non-introductory price of 1099$. However, for that price, it packs an Oprah of technology inside: 6 balanced armatures divided between a passive 3-way crossover network which sounds lovely. For 750$, the Prophonics 2X-S will get you dual balanced armatures (dedicated low and dedicated high drivers) on a single crossover network.

Technological differences aside, both inner ear monitors sound very good. I hope these pictures will do two things: whet your appetite for our reviews, and give you a good comparison point. One thing is for sure: both companies have different aims in creating their monitors.

JH13Pro box (left) swallows the 2X-S box (right)

JH13Pro box (left) swallows the 2X-S box (right)

The BIG JH composite carbon box

The BIG JH composite carbon box

Notice the difference in twisted cables. The 2X-S is a stronger make.

Notice the difference in twisted cables. The 2X-S is more tightly twisted with a sturdier sheath

JH13Pro cable: soft, but very loosely twisted

JH13Pro cable: soft, noise-free, but very loosely twisted

The 2X-S cable is stiffer, but very strong

The 2X-S cable is stiffer, and stronger, but still quiet

Top: JH13Pro; bottom: 2X-S

Top: JH13Pro; bottom: 2X-S

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