When we announced freqphase a few weeks ago at the 2012 CANJAM in Denver, CO we knew it was going to garner some attention. It’s also brought up some questions, so we thought we would help clear some things up.
Freqphase is not just an “upgrade” to your current JH13, JH16 or JH16 w/3A monitors. It’s a totally new way of constructing the units. Yes, the drivers we are using are the same, but the way they are configured along with the shell itself are highly modified. While we cannot get into some of the specifics (think the secret family recipe for Bush’s Baked Beans), we can mention that the JH13 went from a dual bore to a triple bore configuration. The JH16 has stayed the same as a triple bore.
What is a “bore”, well it’s the tubes you see in the canal section of you monitor. Each of those tubes carry the sound from a predefined group of drivers to your ear. With going to a triple bore on the JH13 we were able to achieve the necessary improvements to make freqphase possible on that model.
What freqphase is not, is just pulling out your current drivers and slapping in the new configuration. This is the reason we are not offering an “upgrade service” on your current JH13, JH16 or JH16 w/3A. It’s like a car, sure you got the nice 2012 model year 6 months ago and then the 2013 comes out. How many dealerships will take your 2012, pull out the interior and engine and then put in the 2013 interior and engine… we’re gonna go out on a limb here and say zero. There are other changes that cannot be “seen” going on as well.
Also, freqphase ONLY changes the monitors, not the JH3A. There is no update, no firmware, etc. The amp still works like it did before, but with the freqphase configuration, it just sounds all that much better.