Got the Donscorpio Dolphins today. My first impressions are very positive, and I can't wait to hear them after letting them break-in for a day or two. They are clearly a very good value and worth every penny.
Some first thoughts:Penon Audio
This is my third time ordering from Penon Audio. Each time they sent an email acknowledging the order, and then within about a day, a notice that the order had shipped with tracking number.
They always package very well. This one was packed in both a layer of plastic and paper around a stiff cardboard box that had the Dolphin retail packaging inside (with shrink wrap around that).Opening the box
As has been previously pointed out, the retail boxing for the Dolphins is very nice packaging. I'd be happy to give this as gift--it would be impressive upon opening--and the retail packaging was well preserved by Penon Audio's packing.
Inside are the two cords (one with mic and controls) and carrying case. When I first opened the case, I was a little surprised by the size of the Dolphins. For some reason, I thought they'd be a little larger. I'd say that they are close in size to the Sennheiser Momentum on-ears or Onkyo ES-HF300s, only with full cups to go over the ears instead of pads for on ear. The smaller size was a plus for me because my main goal was a headphone for portable use. They are definitely lightweight and comfortable, and despite the smaller size, the ears of my XXL hat size head did fit within them well, and I get a good seal. Because of their size, when placed flat in the case as is the design, the case is fairly thin in depth. Should fit well in a backpack or messenger bag in contrast to the rounder, thicker in depth Slappa case I have for my M50s.
Initial comfort has been good. I've only worn them a couple times for about half an hour. But the pads are cushy enough, and they are lightweight enough that I could imagine wearing them for hours without even noticing they are there.
I got the champagne color Dolphins, and it is a little more muted than the stock photos would indicate. Not a problem for me (I'd just as soon have the color more demure), but people should be aware that the marketing photos probably have a good bit of color saturation added with Photoshop.Listening after 5 to 6 hours of burn-in
The frequency response signature of the Dolphins reminds me of the Doscorpio Bass Colours, only perhaps a little less bass. It seems like Donscorpio decided to target the same listener with these headphones. They are definitely bassy, but the bass emphasis is centered in the subbass region, just like the Bass Colours. Somewhere in the upper midbass range the bass emphasis seems to finish rolling off, and then there is no warm mid bleed (which I dislike).
Also like the Bass Colours, the mids do not seem very recessed. Definitely some treble emphasis. But not too much for me. Because of the lack of bass bleed, if one is listening to classic rock or some music where there is very little bass content under 100hz, they may sound more cold than warm. So they tend to have a different character depending on the genre of music. With modern EDM which has subbass, you get some nice kickass bass impact.
And in comparison to the Bass Colours, they are more refined in SQ. Definitely a difference between the Donscorpio $35 IEM vs. the $100 over ear headphone.
I'll post some more impressions in a couple of days. Right now, I'd say that they clearly compete in class well with headphones in the $125 to $150 range. I would suggest these as an alternative to the Onkyo ES-HF300 (although I'm going on memory, having demoed them at home about six months ago) for someone wanting more subbass emphasis.
I can also see why others are preferring them to the ATH-M50s, although the M50s bass emphasis is centered higher (or perhaps wider) and the M50s might be more attractive to bassheads. In fact, as Peter123 previously mentioned in the thread, some bassheads might feel that the Dolphins don't have enough bass. And I would agree. It's not because there's not plenty of emphasis where there is emphasis. But I think a lot of bassheads expect more impact in the upper midbass region.
Finally, I think the Dolphins deserve their own appreciation thread. I'm guessing I'm volunteering someone else to start it other than me. (lol) But they do deserve more appreciation and discussion