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Overview

Astell & Kern Layla by JH Audio

JH Audio has expanded its Sirens series to include a new state-of-the-art flagship model, the Layla. Named after the iconic love song by Eric Clapton, this model seeks to offer listeners the most sophisticated crossover network ever included in an in ear monitor. Users will be blown away by the sound profile and attention to detail provided by these earphones.


The Layla is designed as a mastering IEM which offers listeners live rock and roll tuning with a warm rich sound. The crossover network consists of four 4th order filters that create the exact sound the artist and producer intended. The Layla has 12 drivers (quad low, quad mid, and quad high) that let listeners to hear and enjoy every part of the music. The adjustable bass allows for customization determined by the user’s listening preferences. This model is also perfect for on stage monitoring or mixing songs thanks to its advanced technological design.


Each of the earphones in the Sirens series comes with a variety of tips so the listener can create the perfect fit for maximum comfort. The full carbon body with carbon fiber insert is both stylish and durable and will hold up to years of continued use. The Layla comes with a custom carbon fiber and black aluminum case to protect the earphones when traveling or not in use.


The Layla by JH Audio is unlike any earphone you’ve used. You won’t be disappointed with its advanced technology, attention to detail, or the superb listening experience.

Specifications

LAYLA Specifications

The Layla has 12 drivers (quad low, quad mid, and quad high).

Adjustable bass allows for customization determined by the user’s listening preferences.

Variety of tips so the listener can create the perfect fit for maximum comfort.

Full carbon body with carbon fiber insert is both stylish and durable.

Custom carbon fiber and black aluminum case.

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Nickname
Tom
Summary
Amazing dynamics, transparent, highly resolving and emotionally engaging. Not the typical JH "house sound"
Location
New York
Posted on
4/3/2015
Recommended?
Yes

Background: My commute to/from work is nearly two hours each way. Given these circumstances I need equipment that is truly portable. I have a Cord Hugo (DAC) and the AK240 used as a player connected via optical cable. Prior to transferring into the NYC subway system, I break down my gear and pack the Cord Hugo away and use the AK240 with the Shure SE-846’s IEM’s. I’ve used these IEM for hundreds of hours over the past year. I understand their capabilities and limitations. They are light, fit perfectly and therefore very comfortable for long listening sessions, provide excellent sound isolation and absolutely dead reliable. Over the past year, I’ve looked and listened extensively to a number of competitive IEM’s including the JH 13Freq Phase (FP), JH 16FP, the JH Roxanne’s, Nobel K10, Shure SE-535’s and several models from Ultimate Ears. All the IEM’s listed above are best in class choices but my preference up until now continues to be the Shure SE-846’s! SHURE SE-846 vs. JH Layla I thought it would be best to provide my view point regarding the sound signature and ergonomics of both IEM’s in terms of a product comparison feature matrix. This method should normalize product comparisons and act as a quick reference guide for those choosing between the two IEM’s. I list the category first in bold type. Within the category I have a description of two characteristic points, undesirable vs. ideal and finally a scale. The scale is from 1 to 10, where 1 represents the undesirable characteristic and 10 represents the ideal condition. SHURE SE-846: • Transparency: (Veiled vs. Clear) The Shure leans towards clear and receives 7/10. • Dynamics: (Compressed vs. Natural) The Shure is more natural sounding then compressed and receives 7/10. • Resolving: (Dull vs. Vivid) The Shure leans towards vivid and can change based on which filter you choose. Based on my personal experience using two of the three filters supplied “blue and white”, I would rate the blue (neutral) filter 7/10. leaning towards vivid. Using the white (bright) filter 7.5/10. • Soundstage/Imagining: (Narrow vs. Broad) Represents the IEM’s ability to project (create) the visual image of a soundstage with the placement of each individual musician. The Shure leans towards broad and receives 6.5/10. • Instrumentation coloration: (Inaccurate vs. Accurate) The Shure receives 7/10. • Emotionally engaging: (Not at all vs. true “toe tapping” euphoria) 7.5/10. • Fit/Comfort (ergonomics): (Doesn’t fit vs. Perfect fit) I wear the Shure IEM’s for hours each day and typically routinely without any discomfort. The seal is perfect each and every time and that’s despite transitioning multiple stairs cases in the New York City subway system. The Shure receives 9.5/10 JH Layla: • Transparency: (Veiled vs. Clear) The JH Layla leans towards clear vs veiled and receives 9/10. • Dynamics: (Compressed vs. Natural) The JH Layla has amazing dynamics and is more natural sounding then compressed and receives 9.5/10. • Resolving: (Dull vs. Vivid) One example that comes to mind regarding resolving is with the Layla I was able to listen to multiple songs and finally understand the words to the music I’ve listen to for years. The Layla is vivid earning a 9/10. • Soundstage/Imagining: (Narrow vs. Broad) Represents the IEM’s ability to project (create) a visual image of a soundstage with the exact placement of individual musicians. The JH Layla leans towards broad and receives 8.5/10. • Instrumentation coloration: (Inaccurate vs. Accurate) The Layla leans towards accurate and receives 8.5/10. • Emotionally engaging: (Not at all vs. true “toe tapping” euphoria) My experience with the Layla is truly toe tapping and receives 9/10. • Fit/Comfort (ergonomics): (Doesn’t fit vs. Perfect fit) I’ve tried various tips and it’s been a learning curve. The JH Layla receives 8.0/10. For the first week it was difficult for me to get the proper seal. My right ear never had a problem using the Comply T-500 series tips. However, my left ear sealed sometimes and other times it simply didn’t. Since then I’ve experimented with several different tips including the silicon tips supplied from JH Audio (in the box). The comply tips clearly provide great isolation (environmental noise reduction) and were the most comfortable. However these foam tips absorb some of the high-frequencies energy. This translates to a slight loss of the high-frequency sounding rolled-off. Currently I’m enjoying the silicon tips supplied for the best sound and fit. Secondly regarding fit the Layla needs to be finessed to achieve the proper seal and to be comfortable in my ear. You will notice the ear piece has an almost triangular design. The point needs to be positioned (downward) in my ear at approximately 5 o’clock. The third point regarding fit is the Layla (unlike other IEM) relies on the cable to “help” provide the proper fit. Therefore spending some time with the cable is important for both comfort and seal. As I mentioned it took me about a week to get things to work out just right. At this point it’s become very easy to get them in/out of my ears and provide solid consistent fit, seal, comfort and sound quality. Weight-wise in my hand the Layla feels easily ”twice as heavy” as the Shure’s and more than double in thickness (depth). Part of the Layla sticks out of my ear unlike the Shure’s that provide a professional flush fit. Despite the weight difference between the Shure and the Layla once attached to the ear you completely “forget about it” and the weight simply doesn't matter. Both IEM’s IMHO represent the current “state of the art” in sound technology and either earpiece will make a great choice! I hope this brief comparative review provides value to all my fellow audiophiles trying to make a purchase decision regarding the best sound signature for them. I purchased my Shure SE-846’s from Earphone solutions a year ago. Prior to that, I had the Shure 535 LTD (purchased from Earphones Solutions). When I decided to purchase the JH Layla’s I simply didn’t waste time shopping any place else. Why? Because from the “very” moment I had the pleasure to speak with Flavio and Adriana, I realized just how professional, dedicated and caring they are to their craft and their customers. I would absolutely NOT hesitate to purchase products from this family. They are on-point and highly customer service focused! IMHO Nobody does earphones like Earphone Solutions...Nobody! Tom NY

Rating
Nickname
Tom
Summary
Amazing dynamics, transparent, highly resolving and emotionally engaging. Not the typical JH "house sound"
Location
New York
Posted on
3/12/2015
Recommended?
Yes

Background: My commute to/from work is nearly two hours each way. Given these circumstances I need equipment that is truly portable. I have a Cord Hugo (DAC) and the AK240 used as a player connected via optical cable. Prior to transferring into the NYC subway system, I break down my gear and pack the Cord Hugo away and use the AK240 with the Shure SE-846’s IEM’s. I’ve used these IEM for hundreds of hours over the past year. I understand their capabilities and limitations. They are light, fit perfectly and therefore very comfortable for long listening sessions, provide excellent sound isolation and absolutely dead reliable. Over the past year, I’ve looked and listened extensively to a number of competitive IEM’s including the JH 13Freq Phase (FP), JH 16FP, the JH Roxanne’s, Nobel K10, Shure SE-535’s and several models from Ultimate Ears. All the IEM’s listed above are best in class choices but my preference up until now continued to be the Shure SE-846’s!

SHURE SE-846 vs. JH Layla I thought it would be best to provide my view point regarding the sound signature and ergonomics of both IEM’s in terms of a product comparison feature matrix. This method should normalize product comparisons and act as a quick reference guide for those choosing between the two IEM’s. I list the category. Within the category I have a description of two characteristic points, undesirable vs. ideal and finally a scale. The scale is from 1 to 10, where 1 represents the undesirable characteristic and 10 represents the ideal condition.

SHURE SE-846:

•Transparency: (Veiled vs. Clear) The Shure leans towards clear and receives 7/10.

•Dynamics: (Compressed vs. Natural) The Shure is more natural sounding then compressed and receives 7/10.

•Resolving: (Dull vs. Vivid) The Shure leans towards vivid and can change based on which filter you choose. Based on my personal experience using two of the three filters supplied “blue and white”, I would rate the blue (neutral) filter 7/10. leaning towards vivid. Using the white (bright) filter 7.5/10.

•Sound stage/Imagining: (Narrow vs. Broad) Represents the IEM’s ability to project (create) the visual image of a soundstage with the placement of each individual musician. The Shure leans towards broad and receives 6.5/10.

•Instrumentation coloration: (Inaccurate vs. Accurate): The Shure receives 7/10.

•Emotionally engaging: (Not at all vs. true “toe tapping” euphoria) 7.5/10.

•Fit/Comfort (ergonomics): (Doesn’t fit vs. Perfect fit) I wear the Shure IEM’s for hours each day and typically routinely without any discomfort. The seal is perfect each and every time and that’s despite transitioning multiple stairs cases in the New York City subway system. The Shure receives 9.5/10

JH Layla:

•Transparency: (Veiled vs. Clear) The JH Layla leans towards clear vs veiled and receives 9/10.

•Dynamics: (Compressed vs. Natural) The JH Layla has amazing dynamics and is more natural sounding then compressed and receives 9.5/10.

•Resolving: (Dull vs. Vivid) One example that comes to mind regarding resolving is with the Layla I was able to listen to multiple songs and finally understand the words to the music I’ve listen to for years. The Layla is vivid earning a 9/10.

•Sound stage/Imagining: (Narrow vs. Broad) Represents the IEM’s ability to project (create) a visual image of a soundstage with the exact placement of individual musicians. The JH Layla leans towards broad and receives 8.5/10.

•Instrumentation coloration: (Inaccurate vs. Accurate): The Layla leans towards accurate and receives 8.5/10.

•Emotionally engaging: (Not at all vs. true “toe tapping” euphoria) My experience with the Layla is truly toe tapping and receives 9/10.

•Fit/Comfort (ergonomics): (Doesn’t fit vs. Perfect fit) For me it is more difficult to get the proper seal. My right ear never had a problem using the Comply T-500 series tips. However, my left ear sealed sometimes and other times it simply didn’t. I’ve tried various tips and it’s been a learning curve and hit and miss. The JH Layla receives 6.5/10. Weight-wise in my hand the Layla feels ”twice as heavy” as the Shure’s and almost double in thickness (depth). Part of the Layla sticks out of my ear unlike the Shure’s that provide a professional flush fit. Despite the weight difference between the Shure and the Layla once attached to the ear you completely “forget about it” and the weight simply didn’t matter.

Both IEM’s IMHO represent the current “state of the art” in sound technology and either earpiece will make a great choice! I hope this brief comparative review provides value to all my fellow audiophiles trying to make a purchase decision regarding the best sound signature for them. I purchased my Shure SE-846’s from Earphone solutions a year ago. Prior to that, I had the Shure 535 LTD (purchased from Earphones Solutions). When I decided to purchase the JH Layla’s I simply didn’t waste time shopping any place else. Why? Because from the “very” moment I had the pleasure to speak with Flavio and Adriana, I realized just how professional, dedicated and caring they are to their craft and their customers. I would absolutely NOT hesitate to purchase products from this family. They are on-point and highly customer service focused! IMHO Nobody does earphones like Earphone Solutions...Nobody!

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Thanks Tom!

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