Review: Dunu Detonator (DN-22M)

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Dunu | In-Ear Monitor | $ 45.00

Dunu’s lower-tier offerings have always been some of my favorite. The previously reviewed DN-12, the Trident, is one of my biggest recommendations in the < 50 dollar price range. The DN-22 aims to offer the same type of value being in the same price range, but it also comes equipped with a remote and mic for smartphone use. Dunu’s able to capture the same value that was in the Trident in their new Detonators. 

Specifications

  • Driver: 9 mm Dynamic
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 112 dB

In the Box

  • Dunu DN-22M Detonator
  • Carrying Case
  • Carrying Pouch
  • Silicone Tips (Single-Flange: S/M/L, Hybrid: S/M/L, Dual Flange: M, Triple Flange: L)
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Design

As always, Dunu doesn’t skimp when it comes to designing their IEMs. When we first met them, many of these designs (the Crius and Ares) both resembled Monster IEMs. However, the Detonator, like the rest of their line, has its own unique shape and design. The materials used are metal like many other Dunu IEMs and look fabulous. They are glossy and reflective. The Dunu logo is etched beautifully into the aluminum plate on the ends of each IEM while blue and red stripes band around the housings to specify the left and right housings, respectively.

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Design: ★★★★

Audio

The Dunu Detonators, as signaled by their name have quite explosive lows that are thick and strong with impact. However, the true signature is a V-shape with a quick roll-off in the upper treble. That said, the sound signature is quite smooth with sharp, powerful vocals and lower treble. The signature is very pleasing overall.

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The lower-end of the Detonators is, as stated before, very boomy and lively. There is a strong impact in the lower bass that gives the bass its life. The texturing down low is very solid and thick. It does have a hint of fluidity to it though which is a nice touch. The upper-mids do take a drop off, so the punch you are looking for isn’t there. Instead, you are greeted with a lot of boom.

The midrange is very smooth and laid back overall. The detailing isn’t aggressive and actually quite pleasant to listen to. The clarity in the upper-midrange sits in a nice balance where it’s strong, but not overbearing. Vocals have a strong presence up high allowing for energy and sweetness to ensue. The lower-vocals are able to keep lushness due to the sub-bass presence.

As we go up to the highs, we find that the lower-treble becomes the focus of the IEMs. This region of the treble gives the IEM quite a bit of energy. Its snaps have strong presence and great extension. This area of the treble is well-tuned overall. The upper treble does have a bit of sibilance to it, and is a little more laid back. There is good detailing overall, but it could be better.

Audio: ★★★★½

Build

Dunu always surpasses what I’d expect with the build quality of their IEMs. As always, Dunu offers multiple cases with the Detonators. A larger hard-case as well as a leather pouch. Both of which can be carried in a pocket or bag. Without them, the IEMs should still be able to hold their own.

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The housings are built from a thick metal that is not only polished beautifully, but has great heft in the hand. They feel strong, but more importantly are strong. The housings are solid, in both the figurative and literal senses. Strain reliefs come out of the metal housings to wrap up the build quality in this area.

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The cable on the Detonator is a mixed bag for me. The upper half of the cable feels a little thinner than I’d like. The lower-half of the cable is a little thicker and feels better though. The cable itself is built fine though. It’s strong enough overall while remaining agile enough to flex, but stiff enough not to tangle. It’s a very nice cable. It’s also a plus knowing that the cable has a built-in tool to help keep them wrapped properly when not in use.

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Going on to the headphone jack, we find that Dunu reuses their headphone jacks from the past. It’s actually very nice to see this jack being used though. It’s a very strong and stylish jack is well built. It’s angled at the optimal 45-degree angle while having a nice strain relief that is thick enough, but also very flexible.

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Build: ★★★★½

Comfort

The Dunu DN-22M have a bit of heft to each of their housings. This does make it harder to obtain a secure fit when they are worn down. Wearing them up is perfectly fine though. Outside of the weight of the IEMs, the comfort is great. Dunu, as always, offers a wide variety of tips to ensure a proper seal for the utmost comfort and sound.

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Comfort: ★★★★½

Value

This is the first IEM that Dunu has offered that includes a remote and mic, this is actually one of their selling points as well. That said, the remote and mic is a single-button universal one for Android, Windows, and Unix phones that are wired properly. Outside of that, the sound quality is exceptional for the price that you are paying while the build is really top notch.

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Value: ★★★★

Final Thoughts

The Dunu Trident was one of the biggest gems that I thought you could find at a cheap price. The Detonator joins this list with a sound that is funner (yes, it’s a word now) and more dramatic than the Trident. It offers great sound quality overall and comes with a remote and mic for smartphones. As always with Dunu, it offers a stellar design to go with it.

I’d like to thank Rocky for the product sample.

Overall Score

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Dunu DN-22M Detonator

† All prices are in US currency.
This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Cumulative scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
This accessory, product, or app was received as a sample. Thanks Rocky for the product sample.
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