Which Custom Ear Monitor Is Best For Me? Part 1: The Classic Series

Last fall we did a series on “Are they REALLY All That??!!” and talked about why you should look into custom ear monitors, why they will help and touched on which models are best for you at certain stages of a musical career all the way from your Mom’s mini-van to a full out tour bus setup.

In this first part we want to talk about the JH Audio Classic Series, which includes the JH-5PRO through the JH-11PRO and get a little more in-depth about what each model can provide and what it cannot. So let’s jump into this…

JH5 Pro
Drivers: Single Low, Single High w/ a passive crossover
Sensitivity: 119dB @ 1mW
Response: 20Hz – 17kHz
Price: $399

The JH-5 is the original. It’s the design that put Jerry Harvey & Ultimate Ears on the map back in the 90’s and still today, it’s a serious contender. A dual driver setup is by a lot of standards, still a go-to of the touring musician. It will give you a good overall sound, but will lack some of the mids and extended ranges that a monitor with more drivers can provide. Drummers, bass players and those who need bass should NEVER go lower than a dual driver.


JH7 Pro
Dual Low, Single High w/ passive crossover
Sensitivity: 124dB @ 1mW
Response: 20Hz – 17kHz
Price: $699.00

The JH-7 is THE longtime touring standard and workhorse of the JHAudio lineup. It’s a built to be a very neutral sounding monitor with exceptional headroom. It’s going to give you a little of everything with out too much seasoning. Perfect for any musician or vocalist.

The JH-10x3PRO

JH10X3 Pro
Single Low, Single Mid, Single Low w/ passive 3-way crossover
Sensitivity: 119dB @1mW
Response: 20Hz – 17kHz
Price: $799.00

The JH-10×3 is probably the best “bang for the buck” out there on the market today. So want to hear everything in balance? You want to hear your voice, the strum of the guitar and the kick of the guitar singing in harmony? You want this triple driver, 3-way crossover setup. It’s going to take anything you throw at it and it will sound good! Guitarist and vocalists will love the clarity of the mids and sparkle in the highs. Drummers will love the snap they get out of their snare and the crash of the cymbals…. ya know, if you’re into that kind of stuff.

The JH-11PRO

Dual Low, Single Mid, Single High w/ passive 3-Way Crossover
Sensitivity: 119dB @ 1mW
Response: 10Hz – 17kHz
Price: $850.00

The JH-11.. well these babies rock!! Tuned  and tweaked by “The Man” himself with hand selected drivers that were worthy to carry the JH Audio brand. Others may have an “11”, but it’s not THE 11! This is going to give you the full smoothness and range that the JH-10X3 provides with a little extra “junk in the trunk”… and yes we ARE into that kind of stuff. Accurate and Clean are the best words to describe the 11. Just about any musician will love putting these in their ears each time they get on stage. You may even forget that you have them in your ears the sound is good, but don’t forget to play while enjoying the sounds from the rest of your band.

You may (or not) have noticed that we did not touch on the JH-10PRO. Well there is a good reason for that. The 10 was designed from the ground up more for the high-end personal listening/audiophile crowd. While it does provide exceptional sound quality, we just do not recommend it for stage performing.

We hope this helps you out some, but as always, please do drop us a line if you have questions about what is best for you!

Next time we will jump into the JH-13PRO and JH-16PRO.. the Monsters of the Stage!


One thought on “Which Custom Ear Monitor Is Best For Me? Part 1: The Classic Series

  1. Great blog. As a backline tech I am always working with a variety of artists and bands . Bass heavy hip hop one tour then metal the next to acoustic solo artists and basque orchestras. Having a good set of ears is the cornerstone of knowing what your artists up to and what their playing . There’s so many sets of IEM out there and glossy mag ads it can be tough to cut through the advertising glitz . I’ve been looking at Jh audio since a friend moved up to a pair so it’s great to read these comparisons to et an idea of the pair that best suits my various tour needs . Plus I’ve been let Down so many times by inferior brands that tout themselves to be industry leaders 😦

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