Review: Dunu DN-1000

Dunu | In-Ear Monitor | $ 215.00

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Dunu has always been one of my favorite brands when it came to affordable IEMs because they are a company that always uses top notch materials and mix in there a design that is shiny and gorgeous.  The Dunu DN-1000 is their first step past the midrange marking their 200+ dollar entry into their lineup.  It marries a dynamic driver with twin balanced armatures for bass and mids/highs respectively.  

Specifications

Driver: 10 mm Dynamic + Dual-BA
Frequency Response: 16 Hz – 22 kHz
Impedance: 10 ohms
Sensitivity: 98 dB

In the Box

Dunu DN-1000
Hard Carrying Case
Soft, Leather Carrying Pouch
Silicone Tips (Foam: S/Mx3; Clear Silicone: S/M/L; Translucent Silicone: S/M/L; Dual Flange: S/M/L; Dual Flange: M)
Ear Hooks
Cable Clip
Airplane Adapter
¼” Adapter

InTheBox

Design

The Dunu DN-1000 follows in Dunu’s past steps in design utilizing beautifully polished metal.  In many ways, they almost look just like jewelry or a fashion item.  That said, they definitely attract the eye with their shininess from afar.  Up close, delicate work is done on each housing as slits are visible on the side of the barrels while the ends of the barrels are brushed metal with the Dunu name in the center.  The design is very unique and just gorgeous aesthetically.  Dunu has a certain style to their designs, and the style just works.

Design

Design: ★★★★

Audio

The basic sound signature of the DN-1000 is a warmer one that is quite easy to listen to and tolerate.  It offers just enough energy so it doesn’t become overbearing.  As with warm, sweet signatures, it’s not fatiguing which is definitely a good thing.  In contrast to the other hybrids I’ve heard, the Atomic Floyd SuperDarts and T-Peos H-200, the treble isn’t as abrasive and it’s more neutral overall.  In many ways, the 1000s are a lot like the Westone W4, it doesn’t shine at anything, but does absolutely nothing wrong.

dunu dn-1000

Included with the DN-1000 are colored rings that extend the length of the barrel.  These are intended to increase comfort, but change the insertion depth of the IEMs up to a few millimeters.  This change can effect the IEMs sonically.  As the below graph shows, when using a ring, the spike at the 9 kHz grows, but extension past the 10 kHz increases.  The ring choice doesn’t effect sonics, but the use of no ring (vs with a ring) will.

dunu dn-1000 - nozzle extenders

The low end of the the DN-1000 focuses mainly on the lower and sub-bass regions which gives the bass a nice amount of thickness.  Sub-bass texturing is solid, but also has a slight fluidity to it.  The low-bass offers a nice, well-defined impact that is strong.  Overall bass presence is not a problem with the 1000.  The mid-bass punch isn’t the tightest in the world, but not overly large either.  The speed is a little more reserved and smooth.

Moving up into the midrange, this idea of smoothness continues as the lower mids are easily digested and offer a good amount of detailing without becoming aggressive.  Detail retrieval isn’t the strongest, partially due to the smooth sig.  The upper mids offer plenty of clarity without overdoing it, something that is really though to do.  Vocals are lush and emotive down low while the upper vocals do have the slightest sweetness to them, but they could be a little more sweet.  Like the clarity, they are present without being overdone.  With that said, the vocal dynamics are strong and lush.

Like the reoccurring property that the mids and lows had, the highs are also quite smooth overall.  The lower treble starts off with very good presence while offering ample detail.  Unfortunately, the lower treble snaps don’t extend and offer the energy one should.  In the upper treble, we find that they are quite smooth and quite detailed.  This region gives the treble the energy it needs, although it can be a little overzealous on some recordings.

Audio: ★★★★½

Build

Like many Dunu headphones before it, the DN-1000 proves to be another well-built IEM.  Really, Dunu hasn’t changed much in terms of build, the same cables, headphone jacks, and housing structures even.  The same two cases are included as well, their nice dual-layered hardard case is packaged with the Dunus along with a softer, smaller leather pouch.  Both of these are portable and will protect the IEMs while they aren’t in use.

Case

The housings of the Dunu, as stated before, utilize polished metal to protect the triple-driver system that lives within.  The metal definitely is not thin-gauged as the IEMs do have a little bit of heft to them.  That said, the metal is quite strong and feels solid.  There is a medium-sized strain relief that comes out of each housing to protect the cable connection.

Cable

Dunu has always been good with cabling their IEMs.  This time around, Dunu decided to go back to their older cables, the one that came with the DN-16.  The cable feels firm and strong and definitely seems like it can take a bit of abuse.  It doesn’t tangle and offers good flexibility.  The cable really does feel and look well-built.  Like all Dunu IEMs, a cable management system is built into the cable itself.  I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, this sort of mechanism should be included with every IEM.

CableManagement

Terminating the cable is a headphone jack that is similar to the ones found on the DN-22 as well.  It’s angled at an optimal 45 degrees to reduce stress on both, itself and the cable that attaches to it.  The jack has a nice large strain relief that offers good flexibility.  The jack itself feels firm to the touch while the gold plated jack will resist corrosion.

HeadphoneJack

Build: ★★★★

Comfort

Earhook

Comfort has always seemed to be a top priority for Dunu and their IEMs.  They include 2 things with their DN-1000 to make sure that users can wear them comfortable.  The first is a set of ear hooks which work decently well and will provide stability when wearing them over the ear (I personally don’t use ear hooks though) and exercising.  The second is that they included a set of rings.  The rings allow the tips to sit further away from the housing which can keep the edges of the housing away from your sensitive ears and provide a better seal and fit.

Rings

Dunu always seem to go above and beyond to supply users with more than enough tips then anyone would ask for.  From 2 types of dual flanges to 2 types of single flanges to foam (in 3 colors), a wide array of tips are included with the DN-1000 to ensure a comfortable fit and good seal.

Tips

Comfort: ★★★★

Value

Dunu prices the DN-1000 right at 215 dollars flat.  This becomes a competitive price range for an IEM sitting it right between the 200 and 250 price points.  Fortunately for it, it offers sound quality that is comparable to many in its price range.  It can also hold its own against IEMs around the 300 dollar price range as well.  Additionally it offers top notch build, design, and comfort.  That said, at its price, the DN-1000 probably is one of the best values in this price range.  The fact that no other IEMs in this price range come with the vast amount of accessories the 1000s do doesn’t hurt either.

Value: ★★★★

Final Thoughts

I have to say that I’m very impressed with the way the DN-1000 sounds, looks, and feels.  The warm signature is one that both audiophiles and consumers can enjoy together.  While it doesn’t have any distinct strengths, it does absolutely nothing wrong sonically.  There are few IEMs in this price range that I could say that about.

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

Overall Score

★★★★

Dunu DN-1000

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