Review of Jade Audio JH3 and Fiio UTWS5

Jade Audio is brand new, but probably not as new as you think. Founded under the parent brand, Fiio, it brings in a wide range of experiences and a new target audience. Jade Audio’s mission is to deliver great sound at an affordable price, while maintaining solid style.

Today, we’re reviewing one of the company’s first products, the Jade Audio JH3. The “H” in that name stands for hybrid. Each earpad has a huge dynamic driver for bass and two equalizer covers for bass and mids. It’s tuned for powerful and detailed bass and is currently on sale for just $39.99.

Fiio also included its brand new UTWS5 Bluetooth ear hook for testing. Capable of turning any pair of IEMs into “true wireless,” it’s an attractive option for fans of high-quality audio ready to cut the cord. Come for $129 from Sound46It promises to change your hearing – but will it work?

Specifications

Current price: $39.99 (Amazon)

Jade Audio JH3 – Unboxing, Key Features and First Impressions

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Jade Audio JH3 is the second headset in Jade Audio’s new pair of headphones this year. The other, the JD3, has a single dynamic driver, all-metal housing, and retails for just $20. The JH3 is a more sophisticated headphone and features a three-driver design, complete with one large dynamic driver for the bass and two equalizer covers for the mids and treble. It also has a bunch of ear tips to modify their bass profile, a good cable, and even a cardboard travel case exactly like the one that came with the Fiio FD3. Retail price is $59.99 but at the time of this writing only $39.99. A very solid deal, indeed.

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Inside the box, the JH3 is packaged inside its box, securely held in a foam block with pre-installed silicone tips. The cable is also included in the box and appears to be a 2-pin variant of the cable that came with the Fiio FD3. Given the headset’s $99 price tag, these extras feel generous. The tips come in a separate box. There’s the S/M/L set of silicone earmuffs with small and large holes and another set of foam to round out the pack. Jade Audio could have scrapped a much more sparse bundle of products at a reasonable cost, so this is interesting to see.

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The headset is designed in a standard UIEM (universal IEM) style. The contoured inner half is made to nestle in your ear for support while the nozzle expands to secure the tip in your ear canal. The nozzles are made of metal with woven mesh to increase the durability of each nozzle. There’s nothing worse than cleaning a screen that’s glued on the screen and it comes off, and that’s not even a problem for these.

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The outside of the headset has a wavy “light and shadow” pattern. They are simple, but I like the ending reflected on the waves inside. This design won’t win any awards for creativity or complexity, but it’s simple and beautiful.

The overall comfort of the JH3s is very good. They aren’t the smallest and can be touched if you have medium to small ears, but I was able to wear them for 3-4 hours at a time without any discomfort. Fiio’s experience has certainly been in the amenity sector.

Let’s see how they sound!

Jade Audio JH3 – Impressive to listen to

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If you’ve read the other headphone reviews I’ve done, it should come as no surprise that I’m a fan of the hybrid design. The dynamic drivers and well-balanced chassis have different characteristics, and the well-executed multi-driver design offered by the JH3 allows each to focus on what they do best. In this case, a unique three-driver design that segments into bass, mids and treble.

Bass duties are handled by a large 13.6mm dynamic driver. For context, the Sony WF1000-XM4, uses a driver that’s less than half the size at just 6mm. Now, size doesn’t necessarily mean a speaker will sound good, but it does mean it can push more air when designed and the flux helps it do so.

Once again, we see Fiio’s design experience on display here. As we’ve seen in other recent Fiio earbuds, the magnetic construction has been designed to increase the magnetic flux, easily pushing the driver into loud sound. The bass is loud without being overpowering. Fans of audiophile tuning might find it too much, but I didn’t find that it affected other frequencies. Instead, it produces a catchy sound. There’s not a lot of rumble, but there’s a wide body in the lows, so the presentation leans more towards the mid-bass.

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Given the mainstream targeting and accessible pricing, I’d expect the buds to lean towards the bass above all else, but there’s a surprising amount of detail in the mids and highs. The equalizer arms, located at the base of the nozzles, do an excellent job in lifting the mid and high frequency details out of the mix. There’s nothing hard about these headphones, so if you enjoy music with lots of detail and texture (like acoustic tracks or electric guitar or electronica), you’ll feel right at home with these headphones. this headset. At high volumes, they can be heard clearly, but not dull. Mind too much volume to prevent fatigue.

The soundstage is surprisingly loud with these headphones, too, even when controlled with a simple DAC dongle – no extra power is needed. As an in-ear monitor, they won’t be as wide as your typical gaming headset, but I was able to have an equally great time closing my eyes and lounging in my favorite music while listening. upgrade an alt on WoW. The picture – or where the sound comes from – is just as good if not slightly better as it is not limited by the IEM design. Competitive gaming should be no problem with these headphones, especially with the help of a software solution like Dolby Atmos to add to the atmosphere.

Overall resolution is good but not top. Texture in the low mids and bass feels a bit muted. Note decay also happens a bit faster than what you’ll see on the FD3 or FA1 from Fiio. However, unless you’re listening seriously, you’ll be more likely to absorb the excellent tuning and will find a lot to enjoy here.

At $59.99, this is a solid buy. At $39.99, they’re even better. Jade Audio has done an excellent job tuning these headphones, and their shortcomings seem minor compared to what they get. Congratulations to Jade Audio for a job well done.

Fiio UTWS5 – Overview and Listening Impressions

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The other product we’re looking at today is the Fiio UTWS5 Bluetooth ear hook. Each hookup is a Bluetooth receiver with its own built-in high-quality DAC and amplifier. These hooks take the place of cables, each connecting a bud with its own independent assembly. Using memory cords, they connect around the headphones and convert your wired headphones to true wireless.

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Here comes a bit more bulk than a dedicated pair of TWS headphones, but the extra size comes in handy. First and foremost, it’s a transformative device. If you’ve already switched to true wireless, going back to a pair of wired headphones will be a bit annoying. At the same time, the best-sounding, highest-resolution headphones today are all wired. UTWS5 lets you enjoy high-quality headphones without the need for a phone cord.

The Fiio doesn’t skimp on costs inside either. Each receiver has an AK4332 DAC and up to 53mW into 16 ohms (or 33mW into 32 ohms, which is the other most common resistor in headphones). This is enough power to push even demanding headphones to their fullest potential. Each headset works independently, so you don’t have to worry about cross talk or other channel interference interrupting your listening.

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The hooks also feature capacitive touch controls. Like most true wireless buds, skipping tracks, adjusting the volume, and answering calls are all done through a combination of long presses. The touch interface is on the wider part of the hook, making it easier to touch. The combinations are very intuitive (e.g. touch left to decrease volume, touch right to increase) and the device is well designed to avoid accidental presses.

I admit to worrying about the design of the UTWS5s, but I’m happy to report that they are comfortable to wear and work well. The hook behind the ear is actually quite light and doesn’t feel cumbersome to wear. They fit well even during workouts, assuming the headphones themselves fit securely.

The only thing to note here is that Fiio actually sells two versions of the UTWS5, one for the MMCX headset and the other for the 2-pin connection. There are no adapters in the box, but they can be purchased separately from third-party vendors for under $30.

I tested them with the JH3 (with adapter) as well as the more demanding FD7 and FH9 earbuds. The UTWS5 has done an excellent job in driving each set. It does not color the sound noticeably, but maintains the unique character of each. I found the listening very detailed and enjoyable, almost as if I was connected via wire. They fulfilled their purpose with confidence.

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However, they are not perfect. Audio enthusiasts will certainly miss the presence of LDAC. Currently, the earbuds support aptX, including the latest aptX adaptive codec, but that’s a notable absence when Fiio’s Bluetooth neckband, the LC-BT2, supports it. I also had an intermittent issue where the headphones would try to connect to my phone from within their carrying case. Re-attaching them to the charging pin helped, but it made me wonder how often that happens during the day when I’m at work instead of taking care of my phone.

Epilogue

Both the Jade Audio JH3 and the Fiio UTWS5 are great products. The JH3 is the biggest surprise and a really great value for budget listeners. The UTWS5s, although more expensive and without LDAC support, are a free product, surprisingly comfortable to wear and sound great. You can’t go wrong with either.

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The product described in this article is provided by the manufacturer for evaluation purposes.

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