Saturday, 10 August 2013

DUNU DN-23 Landmine Quick Review

DUNU DN-23 Landmine Quick Review

Thanks to DUNU for the sample.

Brief:  An awe inspiring bass cannon.

Price:  US$85 or €79 (£68)

Specification:  Type HQ (10mm), Sound pressure level 120+-2dB, Impedance 16 ohms, Frequency response 16 Hz - 22 KHz, Noise Attenuation 26dB, Weight 28g, Plug Size 3.5mm Gold-plated, Cord Length 1.2 m

Accessories:  Everything.  A hard case, a soft baggy, a bunch of tips, 6.25 to 3.5 mm jack, aircraft adapter, shirt clip, and of course the greatly useful built in cable tie.

Build Quality:  Nothing short of excellent.  DUNU have about the best build quality you’ll see anywhere.

Isolation:  Rather good for a dynamic.  It’s sealed so you block out enough for most day to day things, not really quite up to daily Tube commutes or trips to New Zealand.  As ever easily enough to get you run over if our not looking where you’re going.

Comfort/Fit:  Great, no issues what so ever despite it being a sealed dynamic.

Aesthetics:  The finish on them is superb, that high lustre, burnished near black outer looks good.  It’s probably more subtle than some would like but it’s, in my opinion, first rate.  I also greatly like the red and blue accents on the buds.  In short they tick the boxes of everything I like visually in an IEM.

Sound:  BASS!!!!!!! I could really leave that as the full review and I don’t think it would be overly remise to do so.  The bass is entirely what the DN-23 is about.  It’s of an excellent quality being both highly impactful and full bodied enough to do essentially any bass style you should ask of it.  Fast punchy dancy pop or smooth, rich, sombre jazz it can do with equal effortlessness, but it’s still a bass cannon.  There is a lot of bass.  Lots and lots and then lots more on top and it never really goes away.  The mids and highs are very competent.  The mids are rich and flowing, the highs detailed, sweet and delicate.  I could say much praise worth about the highs but it’s all about the bass.  Just so much bass, so much power!  I haven’t the slightest fear that there are not loads of people that want just this sort of bass.  It is awesome. 

Awesome if you want a magnificent bass beast.  Less so if you don’t really want the bass overshadowing the rest.  It’s a bit of a shame as the rest of the sound spectrum is very competent particularly the highs, them I really liked.  It’s a very flavourful sound you’re getting here and as long as you’re happy with that flavour you’re on to a winner here.

Value:  Great bundle as always. Superb build too.  Sound is great but highly bass centric so great if you want that, if you want more balance then it’s not really the IEM for you.

Pro’s:   Bass, bass and bass.  Sweet and delicate highs.

Con’s:  See Pro’s.  Its sound sig is highly flavoured.

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