Introduction

Dunu is a Chinese company established in 1994. They specialize in the production of in-ear monitors (IEMs) and earbuds. The Titan and DN series are very well-received. Dunu’s last product release was the DK-3001. Recently, they have released a new product in the Falcon-C. I would like to thank Dunu for the review unit of Falcon-C. At the moment, you can purchase the Falcon-C from https://penonaudio.com/dunu-falcon-c.html .

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Specifications

  • Driver: 9mm carbon nano-tube
  • Frequency Response: 10-40kHz
  • Sound Pressure Level: 108 +/- 3dB
  • Impedance: 16 ohm

Unboxing & Accessories

The Falcon-C comes in a black package that has a silver protective cover. On the cover, there are the brand name, image of the iem, model name, description, high resolution audio logo and SpinFit logo. On the back of the cover, there are descriptions of the components in the package. After opening the package, you can see the iem and a carrying box. Inside the carrying case, there are 3 packs of silicone tips, flight adapter and headphone adapter. At the bottom of package, there are warranty card and instruction manual. There is no lacking in accessories.

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IEM Build & Design

The Falcon-C is made of liquid metal and there is a smooth surface to it. On the faceplate of each side, there is the brand name printed on it. The shell has a nice gunmetal grey color. On the inside of the iem, there are L & R markings on the left and right side respectively. There is a vent near the marking for both sides and near the nozzle too. The nozzle is slightly angled with metal mesh. The iem utilizes customised enlarged MMCX plug to ensure stability as well as ensuring compatibility with other MMCX cables. The Falcon-C has an ergonomic design with a comfortable fit. The build quality is good.

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Cable Build & Design

The cable has a 4 core braided design and it is made of silver plated copper (6N OCC). It has MMCX angled connectors. Each connector has an opaque black housing. There are L & R markings on the left and right side respectively. In addition, there is a black and red stripe on the left and right connector respectively for differentiation too. There is a memory wire section whereby the cable is being enclosed in a transparent heat-shrink tube. The chin slider and y-splitter are black in colour with the brand name printed on them. Lastly, the jack is 3.5mm gold plated right angled with strain relief.

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Sound Analysis

Lows

The Falcon-C has moderate sub-bass quantity and it is extended with great depth. The sub-bass reproduction is delightful. The rumble is quick with a smooth touch. Each bass note is being articulated precisely. There is good tightness and control. Bass decay is pacey and there is a very engaging performance. There is good dynamics with sufficient punch. The mid-bass has moderate quantity to it and the slam is not hard hitting. Bass texture is moderately smooth. The bass does not have a visceral impact but it takes on a lively approach with clinical attack.

Mids

The midrange is slightly recessed. There is a good level of transparency with cleanliness. It does not operate in a thick and lush manner. The lower mids has a moderate amount of body and male vocals are being expressed in a pleasant way. The upper mids has great forwardness to it and it benefits female vocals. Female vocals are presented with intimacy and there is a strong engagement. There is finesse and the control on the vocals prevents it from being shouty. The details retrieval is excellent with good definition.

Highs

The treble has a great extension and it is bright. There is no sibilance and harshness. The Falcon-C is able to extend the treble to a certain extent and it showcases good technicality. The crisp is moderate with sparkle. This elevates the engagement. The amount of air rendered is good and gives a nicer airy presentation. The treble is expressed well with definition and it gives a detailed listening experience.

Soundstage

The soundstage has a rather natural expansion in its width. The magnitude is quite good and it gives an open feel to it. The depth has a moderate amount of space and it does not feel close in. Vocals and instruments positioning is precise. There is minimal congestion.

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Comparisons

Dunu Falcon-C vs Mee Audio Pinnacle P1

The Falcon-C has more sub-bass than the P1 with a greater extension. Its sub-bass reproduction is able to deliver more kick and it is able to create an impactful performance. The mid-bass on the Falcon-C has more body with a stronger slam. Bass decay on the Falcon-C is more pacey and the agility helps to elevate the overall engagement. Bass texture on both is smooth. Each bass note on both is expressed with a clean hit but there is more authority with the Falcon-C. Rumble on the Falcon-C is quicker. The lower mids of the Falcon-C has more body than the P1 and it sounds fuller. Male vocals are better expressed on the Falcon-C. The upper mids on the Falcon-C is more forward and female vocals sound engaging. Details retrieval on both is similar. Moving on to the treble section, P1 has the edge for the crisp and sparkle. Falcon-C takes on a smoother approach. Treble on both is detailed. The amount of air rendered on the Falcon-C has a greater amount for an airier presentation. Lastly, the width on both has similar magnitude and P1 has the slightly better depth.

Dunu Falcon-C vs iBasso IT03

The Falcon-C has less sub-bass quantity than the IT03. The IT03 is able to extend its sub-bass deeper and there is more punch. The engagement level on the IT03 is higher. The mid-bass on the Falcon-C has slightly more quantity than the IT03 but the slam on the IT03 is more powerful. Bass decay on the IT03 is quicker but Falcon-C is not very far behind. The Falcon-C has a smoother bass texture. Each bass note on the IT03 is expressed with authority. The lower mids on the Falcon-C has more quantity and it is able to tackle male vocals better. The upper mids on both are quite forward but the Falcon-C has the edge with its finesse. Vocals are presented with more intimacy on the Falcon-C. The treble on the IT03 is slightly more extended with extra air and sparkle. On the other hand, the Falcon-C treble is less bright and there is control. Lastly, the Falcon-C has a more natural expansion while the magnitude for the IT03 is greater. The depth of IT03 is slightly better.

Dunu Falcon-C vs Hifiman RE800

The Falcon-C has more sub-bass quantity than the RE800 and the RE800 extends with a greater depth. There is a quicker rumble to the RE800 and decay is more pacey. Bass texture on the Falcon-C is smoother. The mid-bass on both has moderate quantity and the slam on the RE800 is expressed more cleanly. The lower mids of the Falcon-C has slightly more quantity with great texture. The upper mids of the RE800 has extra forwardness and it sounds cleaner with crisp. The midrange definition on the RE800 is better. The treble on both is well extended but the RE800 has the advantage with more air and sparkle rendered. The Falcon-C presents its treble with additional smoothness. The treble articulation on both is accurate and they demonstrate good details retrieval. The RE800 has slightly more technicality. Lastly, the Falcon-C expands it stage with a very realistic feel. The RE800 has the better magnitude and depth with more space rendered.

Conclusion

The Falcon-C is a bright v-shaped sounding iem with a lively sub-bass reproduction and clean extended treble. It is able to produce a detailed yet engaging sound. Moreover, it has a solid construction with a great cable to pair with it. The overall packaging is impressive with plenty of accessories. The Falcon-C is a wonderful product from Dunu.

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