DUNU Trident (DN-12) Quick Review
Thanks to Frogbeats for the sample
Brief: A cheapie but goodie.
Specification: Model No. Ares. Fil20v (DN-12) Type HQ (6.8mm) Sound pressure level 95+-2dB Impedance 160 F. Response 10Hz-20KHz Noise Attenuation 26dB Weight 22g • Plug Size 3.5mm Gold-plated Cord Length 1.2 m
Accessories: A baggie type case, and 4 pairs of tips.
Build Quality: Excellent, for something so very cheap they feel absolutely first class and have a real heft to them. They are solid metal and the cable feels of a likewise very high quality.
Isolation: Its fairly good, it’s a dynamic so it’s not earth shatteringly good but its certainly quite reasonable. If you’re not used to these sorts of things then I’m sure it’s enough to get you run over because you didn’t hear anything coming at you. Still not what I’d personally want for a lengthy flight.
Comfort/Fit: absolutely fine. They were a case of shove in and that was that. Comfort though they are quite a weighty IEM and after several hours in they did feel rather heavy. Nothing major but I could see it maybe be a bother if you were jogging or something like that possibly.
Aesthetics: I honestly really quite like them, the shape is a little blingy but the colour of them in the flesh is a lovely silvery grey. The hint of colour with the red and blue stripes nicely offsets them. Looks is highly subjective but I liked them greatly, it’s nice but not chav blingy.
Sound: It’s a thick, rich and warm sound. The detail isn’t going to wow and amaze but for the money it’s a good as you can really ask for. Most importantly I think, these get nothing wrong. They don’t cause offence to the ear in anyway and as such are a real pleasure to listen to. Okay maybe they are a bit heavy on the bass but I like bass lighter than what would be common in the world on normal (i.e. junk) headphones. They have a enough speed to them to stop form being too heavy and lumbering but not so much it makes them feel brittle. At this price you’re going to be making pretty big compromises and the Tridents takes a path that negotiates every pitfall. It’s a fun, warm sound that is eminently likeable. The mids are clear and pretty liquid sounding. The treble is a little soft than some may want but I think it’s the way to go, better soft and sweet than ear ravaging. It doesn’t do air so well but I can’t fault it at the price.
Value: £19 is practically nothing if you ask me; I think these represent pretty outstanding value. And I cannot realistically anyone even trying to propose otherwise. They look good, sound good, are well built and are dirt cheap. What more would you want?
Pro’s: Bargain price, sound good, well-built and look good.
Con’s: A touch bassy and treble could have more air