DUNU DK-2001

General Information

The long-awaited successor to our acclaimed DN-2000 and DN-2000J is here!

In 2013, DUNU changed the premium hybrid in-ear game with the DN-1000. It was one of the very first non-kilobuck hybrid designs around to offer a clean, clear, and balanced sound profile, Its successor, the DN-2000 and 'J' variant were even more successful.

Today, the DK-2001 updates the DN series of hybrids to our over-ear wear style seen in our DK series. We also update the tech to 2020 standards, bringing to it a number of key improvements, with an increased driver count and a beryllium dynamic driver only being a couple of its notable enhancements.


Second Generation DK Ergonomics & Upgraded Shell Materials

First and foremost, we made comfort a priority. The shells are designed for all-day wear and utilize second generation DK ergonomics, which debuted with our flagship DK-4001 and was carried over to the DK-3001 PRO. The tip stems are machined with a lip so that tips don't slide off easily, and the insertion angles have been optimized for a wide variety of ear shapes via a computerized database. The shells are also machined entirely from 316 stainless steel, it is more wear and corrosion resistant than the 303F stainless steel used in the DN-2000 series. The removable cable connectors are our own Catch-Hold® variety, which is our proprietary take on the MMCX connector that is compatible with all other MMCX cable interfaces out there.


Then, we switched up our style. In the past, DUNU has stuck with the tried and true black or polished chrome look. The DK-2001 will now be offered in three color anodize options: Topaz, Obsidian, and Turquoise*.

*Note: Turquoise will be not be offered at launch, but at a later date.

Acoustic Design

With three custom-spec Knowles balanced armature drivers (1 for mid-highs, 2 for highs and super-highs), and a 13 mm dynamic driver for the lows, the DK-2001 follows a similar acoustic design structure to our flagship DK-4001, versatile DK-3001 PRO, and DK-3001.


The 13 millimeter dynamic driver is coated on both sides with Beryllium via an advanced process that allows us to retain proprietary control of the thickness and grain pattern of the PVD coating. Doing so allows us to tailor the low end driver to our tuning goals.

With perhaps more experience designing compact hybrid in-ears than just about every other manufacturer around, we were able to inject a little more color (both literally and figuratively) into the DK-2001 without sacrificing clarity and definition. The result is a highly satisfying sound signature with the fun turned up a notch or two for all manner of music --- especially electronic and pop.


Cable & Accessories

We at DUNU have long prided ourselves on providing users with a rich set of accessories for every product we release. The DK-2001 is no exception. The highlight is the included cable, which features our patented Quick-Switch modular plug cable system. Users will be able to switch between 3.5 mm single-ended, 2.5 mm balanced, 3.5 mm 'PRO' balanced, and 4.4 mm unbalanced/balanced connections with the simple pull of a highly secure circular latch. By default, the 3.5 mm single-ended plug is included with the DK-2001, and users will be able to purchase the other plugs from DUNU.


The cable material itself is no slouch, and is composed of individually-enameled strands of high-purity silver-plated OCC copper, so a Litz Type 1 cable is included as stock. It will also be sold separately as a standalone item called the DUW-02 in the very near future.

A bold-looking cerulean blue leather zip-up case and multiple pairs of ear tips round out the package, along with a few other items that do not need to be mentioned. Essentially, it's a list of just about everything you need to get started.


Accessories Included in the Box


  • High-Purity Silver-Plated OCC Copper Litz (Type 1) Cable
  • Modular 3.5 mm Single-Ended Plug
  • Cerulean Blue Leather Zip-Up Carry Case
  • DUNU DC-16 3.5-to-6.3 mm Adapter
  • Cleaning Brush & Loop
  • 'Balanced' Silicone Ear Tips (4 Pairs)
  • 'Transparency' Silicone Ear Tips (3 Pairs)
  • 'Vocal' Silicone Ear Tips (3 Pairs)
  • Memory Foam Tips (1 Pair)

General Specifications


  • Cable: High-Purity Silver-Plated OCC Copper (Litz Type 1)
  • Cable Length: 1.2 mm
  • Connector: Catch-Hold MMCX Connector
  • Dynamic Driver: 13 mm Beryllium-coated dynamic driver
  • BA Drivers: Three Custom-Spec Knowles BA Drivers (1 mid-high, 2 ultra-high)
  • Impedance: 13Ω
  • Sensitivity: 109±2 dB at 1 kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.5% at 1 kHz
  • Net Weight: 14g
Retail price is $299 USD, shipping worldwide: https://www.dunu-topsound.com/dk-2001

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Pros: Engaging and transparent mids with the right balance of lower mids body and upper mids bite
Snappy and punchy bass with good control, speed and natural decay
Energetic yet smooth treble with good extension and speed
Open and coherent soundstage
Cons: Can’t think of one!
Product page : https://www.dunu-topsound.com/dk-2001
Price : 299$

Fit, Build & Isolation
As I said in my DK-4001 review, the DK-2001 fit is one of the best I have had with an universal IEM, it is small, lightweight and ergonomic. The form factor is consistent across the DK lineup and I fit the whole range perfectly.

Design wise, I like that the nozzle has a small ridge line to allow for deeper tip insertion, I didn’t need it but it can come in handy and reflects the ergonomic focus in the DK-2001 design. Included spinfits are really good and I didn’t need to do any tip rolling with my own tips. The over the ear cable configuration with preformed hook makes wearing the DK-2001 very secure. Isolation is good thanks to deep insertion and as usual for best results comply tips provide additional isolation.



As usual with Dunu, the DK-2001 comes in with a modular design cable, in this case the newcomer “DUW-02” and it’s beautifully built and performs superbly. Contrary to the DK-3001 Pro and DK-4001, all the plugs don’t come bundled – just regular 3.5 – but can be purchased separately (unless you own another Dunu IEM and own the plugs already). This makes sense for a lower tier IEM.


Introduction
Dunu is a well established brand in the audiophile world, which started as an OEM for famous brands. Since 2014, Dunu built its own IEM and now has a fairly complete lineup of dynamic and hybrid IEMs (Titan series, DN series, DK series and the flagship Luna I reviewed recently as well as the upcoming full BA Studio lineup). When they launched the DK hybrid series in 2015, Dunu set out to design the most compact, optimal shell fit that would define our flagship series. It still works very well and Dunu fortunately decided to stick with the form factor with the DK-2001.

The DK-2001 is a much welcome addition to the DK lineup that included top and mid tier offerings with the 3001 Pro and 4001 but lacked an entry in the lower segment of the market. I was really curious as to how Dunu would differentiate the little brother of the lineup but they started by including some fun colors to the mix with a turquoise and orange (sorry, topaz) paint as well as the more traditional black finish. I picked the topaz for my unit but turquoise is pretty great as well.

I took this as a hint that the DK-2001 was tuned for fun and aimed at younger customers, but how would a forty something audiophile like them? Well, let’s check that out!


Sound
Upon first listen, I was a bit surprised by the DK-2001 : it instantly struck me as a mature, highly coherent refined tuning. It sure will do great with Pop, EDM or rap but it did fare so very well with all the other genres all the way through Jazz and Classical. I must confess, I didn’t expect that.

The DK-2001 is neither U nor V shaped but rather features a very balanced and smooth signature with a great deal of fun in all the right places. Bass are punchy and well controlled, with a nice mid bass slam and decent extension although they don’t feature as much sub bass as the DK-4001 or the DK-3001 Pro. Mids are the real surprise with surprising level of clarity and transparency that is quite unusual in this price bracket. The upper section is just as impressive with very good extension and just the right touch of energy. The DK-2001 is smooth and non fatiguing as well across the whole range. I quickly enjoyed it as a daily driver as it could do all genres very well. Soundstage is another aspect of its engaging nature with very good width and height and good depth. Certainly punching above its price point.

But now, let’s dive a bit deeper!



Bass
The DK-2001 is faithful to the great bass performance of Dunu hybrid lineup. It’s closer to the DK-3001 Pro with a nice hefty mid bass slam than the DK-4001 which has more controlled mid bass and a sub bass focus. The DK-2001 has a nice mid bass slam with very nice texture and perfect control. It packs some nice punch and the extension is very good as well.

The bass line is strong and the DK-2001 clearly has a toe tapping factor with a very good sense of rythm, thanks to good speed for a dynamic driver. Decay is very natural and attack is snappy. I’d go as far as say that it’s also a more balanced presentation than DK-3001 Pro (we’ll come back to this in my DK-3001 Pro upcoming review with a detailed comparison section to both the DK-4001 and DK-2001). This is especially apparent out of the “golden reference” provided by the Lotoo PAW Gold Touch but is already clear with the PAW S1 and to a lesser extent to the more coloured AAW Capri cable that has a bit of a warmer tilt.

Mids
The DK-2001 mids were the surprise of this review, I didn’t expect the mid tuning to be as balanced, articulate and dare I say refined presentation. The DK-2001 is fun for sure both bass and treble provide excitement, but it features quite serious mids with very strong technical qualities.

The lower mids are very balanced making for full but not thick mids, providing nice body and upper mids are forward enough to provide a nice amount of bite without ever compromising an overall smoothness that makes the DK-2001 a non fatiguing yet exciting listen. This is a delicate balance and very few IEMs manage to pull this off, let alone at this price point.

Vocal presence is very good, with the right touch of forwardness to my taste and the tonal balance is pretty impressive as well. There is a touch of sweetness that is slightly north of neutral that I like to call natural. Both male (like Pete Alderton “Malted Milk”) and female (Etta James “At last”) are faithfully portrayed, with very nice nuances making for a very engaging experience.

Treble
The treble section carries the same fun as the bass, it’s well extended, with good energy and sound technical foundations. This is a mastered tuning showing both decisiveness and restraint, again taking advantage of a long experience in tuning hybrid IEMs with the DK-3001 (and Pro) and DK-4001.

Lower treble is quite energetic providing a lot of excitement and fun, with clearly punctuated hi hats, nice sheen to electric guitar… Upper treble is well extended and provides very good resolution and air to the DK-2001. I started with Spin Doctors “So bad” and then went through the whole “If the river was whiskey” album. A pure treat. The Hot Sardines “Comes love (l’amour s’en fout)” piano intro was also a nice moment of this review.


Verdict
As a reviewer, when you have purchased, owned and auditioned quite a few IEMs including some top of the line gear like I did it’s easy to get jaded and forget that this hobby is about music and enjoying getting engaged in a great listening experience. For me the magic happens when you forget the gear to be “in” the music and I must say very few IEMs have taken me to this place.

I have had the pleasure of experiencing this with some superb TOTL, but rarely with mid and lower tier. I expected the DK-2001 to be fun and good, but not that good and definitely not taking me to that sweet spot where I loose track of time and gear. Obviously your mileage may vary and it might not work for you but it did for me in a big way and that took me by surprise!

If you’re looking for a highly engaging IEM featuring a balanced and smooth signature with a great deal of fun in all the right places and a very rare level of refinement at this price point then look no further, the DK-2001 is in my opinion a gem and a steal at its price! It clearly shows the mastery of a manufacturer that has gained superb insight from developing a hybrid lineup for quite some time now.

Listening notes
I spent approximately 80 hours with the DK-2001, listening on Lotoo PAW S1 out of the iPhone XS Max and Lotoo PAW Gold Touch using the stock cable.

Special Thanks
Thanks to Dunu for providing a review unit of the DK-2001 . As usual, this review is my honest opinion. No incentive was given for a favorable review.



Accessories
  • High-Purity Silver-Plated OCC Copper Litz (Type 1) Cable
  • Modular 3.5 mm Single-Ended Plug
  • Cerulean Blue Leatherette Zip-Up Carry Case
  • DUNU DC-16 3.5-to-6.3 mm Adapter
  • Cleaning Brush & Loop
  • ‘Balanced’ Silicone Ear Tips (4 Pairs)
  • ‘Transparency’ Silicone Ear Tips (3 Pairs)
  • ‘Vocal’ Silicone Ear Tips (3 Pairs)
  • Memory Foam Tips (1 Pair)
Specifications
  • NET WEIGHT: 14 g
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 5 Hz – 40 kHz
  • IMPEDANCE: 13 Ω
  • SENSITIVITY: 109 ± 2 dB at 1 kHz
  • TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION:< 0.5% at 1 kHz
  • WIRE MATERIAL: High-purity silver-plated Ohno continuous cast (OCC) copper Litz Type 1 wire
  • CABLE LENGTH: 1.2 mm
  • CABLE CONNECTOR: Catch-Hold® MMCX
  • DYNAMIC DRIVER: 13 mm dynamic driver with dual-sided Beryllium diaphragm coating
  • BALANCED ARMATURE(S): 3 custom-ordered Knowles BA Drivers (1 mid-high, 2 ultra-high)
amanieux
amanieux
how does it compares to spring1 that also has a 13mm DD a BA for mid-high but traded the 2 ultra-high BA for a piezzo ?
Pros: Well rounded sound, comfort, detail, packaging
Cons: Bit of an odd shape
Firstly I would like to thank Dunu for sending this sample to review, they were the first company I ever wrote a review for and it's been a while since I last reviewed a product of theirs.

*disclaimer: This sample was provided for the purpose of writing a review, no incentive was given to write a favourable review. All opinions expressed are my own subjective findings

Gear Used:

JDS Labs Element II > DK-2001
iBasso DX200 > DK-2001

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Tech Specs:
Net weight: 14 g
Frequency response: 5 hz - 40 khz
Impedance: 13 Ω
Sensitivity: 109 ± 2 db at 1 khz
Total harmonic distortion:< 0.5% at 1 khz
Wire material: high-purity silver-plated ohno continuous cast (occ) copper litz type 1 wire
Cable length: 1.2 mm
Cable connector: catch-hold® MMCX
Dynamic driver: 13 mm Dynamic driver with dual-sided beryllium diaphragm coating
Balanced armature(s): 3 custom-ordered knowles ba drivers (1 mid-high, 2 ultra-high)
MSRP: $299.99

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Packaging, Build Quality and Accessories:
Dunu have always known how to make the unboxing experience as good as possible, the DK-2001 is no different. The box feels premium and everything is well spaced inside, as well as well protected. The packaging gives plenty of detail about the product without looking cluttered, and the colour scheme is bold which I quite like.

Build quality has also never been a problem for Dunu, however their old hybrid series was always crying out to have a detachable cable. The DK-2001 have extremely well made metal housings, and the cable is excellent. It is soft and ergonomic, has great strain relief, uses good material and best of all have a changeable jack. Mine came with both the 3.5mm and 2.5mm balanced jack options, it's great being able to change the termination without having to change the cable. The MMCX connectors are tight and use their own stregthened design that is fully compatible with normal MMCX connectors. Overall I am really impressed but the level of quality for the price.

Accessory wise you get 3 sets of silicone single flange tips, all of which have a slightly different material which subtly changes the sound. You also get a pair of Medium size foam tips, a leather case (the blue really complements the orange of the IEM's), 6.3mm adaptor and a wax cleaning tool. More than enough accessories to satisfy everyone, nothing at all is missing here.

Comfort and Isolation:
Once you find the right tips the DK-2001 is comfortable to wear, even for long listening sessions. The housings don't put pressure on your ears, and the cable is excellent, it also has a chin slider. No issues for me, even with my small canals.

Isolation is also very good, they have a vent due to the dynamic driver but it faces inwards and doesn't affect the isolation much. Perfect for travelling and commuting.

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Sound:
Dunu have made a few hybrid models now, and the DK-2001 is a quad driver array, with a single 13mm beryllium coated dynamic driver, single BA mid/high and 2 BA's for ultra-high. The BA drivers are custom made by Knowles.

Lows: From the specs you might expect the DK-2001 to have a slightly more bass oriented sound with that 13mm dynamic driver, however this driver is tuned to add extension and mild body rather than overall quantity. You get articulate yet well controlled bass from the DK-2001, more body and impact than the old DN-2000j but they follow in similar footsteps.
There is excellent extension reaching well in to the sub-bass but without any bloat, mid-bass punch is good, not huge but kicks are backed up with appropriate body. They sound balanced and controlled, with a hint of added warmth which lets them lend their hand to all genres.

Midrange: The midrange is expertly separated from the low end, with a natural tonality and realistic portrayal. There is no unwanted interference from the bass, which allows male vocals to cut through with ease and accuracy. There is a slight lift towards the upper midrange which brings out female vocals a bit more, but it's not a sharp peak and doesn't add any unwanted sibilance. I think what really stands out in the midrange is how natural they sound, guitars whether electric or acoustic always sound real, the same goes for the vocals. There is also plenty of detail retrieval and you can easily hear subtle details in the recording. No matter what you throw at the DK-2001, the midrange will always remain perfectly balanced between the lows and highs, and they will always sound natural.

Highs: The slight lift in the upper midrange doesn't translate to a peak in the lower treble, allowing there to be a smooth but detailed transition without unwanted sibilance. High-hats sound excellent, snares snap with precision and there is no unwanted reverb. The top end is snappy and precise, yet has a refined touch that allows it to extend without introducing any fatigue. There is plenty of energy up top, and the tonality is very impressive, yet they are not pushed forward to add a false sense of detail. The DK-2001 really nail how to do treble properly, all the energy and extension without painful peaks, always present, always clear, always tonally accurate yet never fatiguing.

Soundstaging is good, there is enough width and height to allow for some out of head experiences, but the separation and layering are excellent due to the controlled nature of the sound.

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Conclusion:
Well for my first Dunu review in a while I am very impressed by how far they have come. The DN2000j were truly excellent, but maybe a little hot for some users. The DK-2001 are more grown up and refined, but without sacrificing engagement and energy. The DK-2001 have tons of detail in a well balanced and natural sounding signature. These are a brilliant, there are a few good IEM's around the same price, and the DK-2001 are well worth a listen.

Sound Perfection Rating: 9/10 (Balanced, controlled, engaging and well built)

p.s. These put a big smile on my face when listening to them, and got me tapping along with the beat.
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josesol07
josesol07
great review man. I am loving mine; this IEM works great with any music genre you throw at it. And as you mention, it is a perfect solution for outdoor use and commuting. Built like a tank and the cable is fantastic. The icing on the cake is the 200$ I paid for a used model.
DUNU-Topsound
DUNU-Topsound
Thanks for the review, Oscar! Glad you enjoyed it!
Pros: Stellar Audio quality for the price
Exceptional clarity and detail
Textured, meaty midbass with adequate subbase
Great stock cable, nice carrying case
Small, comfortable housing
Cons: Balanced adapter not included (+$20)
Average isolation
Disclaimer: I purchased the DK-2001 with my own money. This review is based on my subjective opinion. I'm no spring chicken so I can't hear much above 17khz, and I like bassy, fun sound. Your milage may vary, as may your tastes.

Update: A few months in, I've added some additional clarity to the review. TL;DR of the changes: if anything I'm more in love with the DK-2001.


In the last month or so, the Dunu DK-2001 has become one of quickly become one of my beloved IEMs. As a basshead, I often have to sacrifice detail and vocal and strings performance to get fast, textured bass. The DK-2001 brings the midrange and trebel clarity I expect from expensive headphones 3-5x it's price while still bringing a fun low end.

Build quality and ergonomics
The build quality is excellent - the housings are small and thoughtfully designed so as to fit nicely within the ear. I can wear them for hours on end with foam tips without fatigue or soreness on my ear canals.

The included cable is a delightfully supple affair with a clever exchangeable termination. For stationary desk use, this is easily the nicest cable I own. If I leave the house and get active with it, the twists can get a little kerfuffled and need some fussing to look nice again.It comes with a 3.5mm single ended termination, and I got the 2.5mm balanced adapter as well. On the more expensive Dunu IEMs the full set of 2.5mm, 3.5mm, and 4.4m come in-box, it's a shame to lose them on this headphone, but hey, it's $150 cheaper than the DK-3001.

How it sounds
These are very tip-sensitive. Rolling tips is encouraged to get the sound profile you like. The default orange rubber tips, these deliver good bass, but it smothers their mids a touch I found putting memory foam tips on lead to the most balanced results, slightly reducing the impact of the bass and sub-bass, letting the mids and upper registers really open up and shine. On the other hand, using Final Type-E tips turned the DK-2001 into full on bass cannons.

The DK-2001 is a great all-around hifi headphone. That being said, every good headphone has something it's best at. The DK-2001 is great at the broad guitar-centric world of rock and metal. Powered by a decent source, they give a wonderfully fast and detailed rendition for any of the tracks listened to for the review below (more listening notes after the body of the review):

Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson
B.F.G. Division - Doom 2016 Soundtrack
Blackwater park - Opeth
Blue Orchid - The White Stripes
Debaser - Pixies
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
I Stand Alone - Godsmack
Inertiatic Esp - Mars Volta
Knights of Cydonia - Muse
L'Via L'Viaquez - Mars Volta
Locus - Machine Head
Slauter of the Soul - At The Gates
Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth
Straight to Video - Mindless Self Indulgence
Walk with Me in Hell - Sacrament

Guitars are clean and forward. Both male and female vocals are smoothly rendered, with the dual high BAs nailing all the breathy little details. With the foam tips, percussion has a great kick, but the sparkle of cymbals and high hats still shines through. The DK-2001 is fast and dynamic enough to keep up with blistering speed metal, while still having enough smoothness to make jazz emotional. Dunu nailed it with a warm, energetic presentation.

The DK-2001 has a great low end. Bass is well-extended and delivered with precision. These aren't the ultimate bass cannon (see Polaris comparisons below), but they do a much better job of rendering low frequencies than most IEMs. Most impressively, Dunu nailed the tuning such that the low end doesn't flub over the mids, and instead layers under them nicely leaving lots of space for vocals while still adding good rhythm and drive to most tracks. The low end is very tip sensitive so trying different options will be important in finding your preferred rendition of bass, and if you're a basshead try some narrow-bore tips like the Final Type-e.

When listening to electronic music the basslines are textured and precise, but such control comes at the price of the sheer impact and air movement. Those liking a more neutral and honest handling of the low end will really enjoy the DK-2001, and the less nutty bassheads will like it as well, but those craving pure sub-bass will find these IEMs are a little too reserved to rattle their skull around, preferring a more polite (but accurate) percussion on the 'ol ear drums with the included tips. Rolling to narrower bore tips will give these a ton of thump.

Headstage on the DK-2001 is above average in width and depth. Instrument placement felt very source-dependent. On the right system, these help place the listener in the room, hearing where every instrument is situated.

I was surprised with any level of isolation provided given the little grille on the front of each IEM venting. It doesn't block out much noise, but with the vent I was expecting it to utterly lack isolation. The DK-2001 did a surprisingly good job of keeping my music going, even while walking out and about using a Fiio BTR5 to play music from my phone. That being said, there are many IEMs with more isolation, so if that's your primary factor, look elsewhere.

Comparing to...
...the Fiio FH7
The FH7 and the DK-2001 are very similar offerings. I lack the hearing nor the vocabulary to put a finer point on their sonic differences. Both are well-balanced implementations of BA/dynamic hybrid IEMs. Both have great clarity and detail. Both punch way above their price range in terms of overall sound. I think the FH7 might have a little bit more detail in the midrange and a hint more sub-bass, but both are pretty small differences. The FH7's replaceable filters might add a little more tunability. The DK-2001 is easily the more comfortable of the two, featuring smaller, lighter housings.

Between the two, I'd go for the DK-2001. It's 1/3rd cheaper, comes with a similar set of accessories, and sounds very much in the same general category. You're losing out on the filter rolling, but that kind of tweaking doesn't feel like it justifies the price hike.

...the CA Polaris
The Polaris are one of my all-time favorite headphones for being exciting bass cannons. They match the DK-2001's precision and texture in the low end, but turn the volume up a few more notches. That being said, the Dunu has more clarity and detail in the mids, and a much more airy and resolving treble presentation. For electronic music, I prefer the sound profile Polaris. For everything else, I usually reach for the DK-2001.

...the CA Andromeda
It's not often I'd compare a $300 IEM to one costing four times that amount, but in this case I think there are some worthy comparisons. The Andromeda is renowned for its detail and resolution, and I've spent a good part of this review hyping up the DK-2001's handling there. Does the Andromeda beat the DK-2001 in revealing subtle details in music? Sure! Does the Andromeda have better tonal balance across the mids and treble range? Absolutely. Is the DK-2001 in the same realm for both of those measures at a quarter the price? 100%.

Where the DK-2001 wins is of course the low end - the 13mm beryllium dynamic driver pumps a lot more air than a pair of balanced armatures. The Andromeda Special Edition: Gold gives it a good run for the money (and might win on texture and speed, although not on impact), but the Dunu wins plain and simple against vanilla Andromeda's rumble and thump.

If you've got Andromeda money to drop on IEMs, you'll get a little more than the DK-2001 can offer, but honestly for most people, the DK-2001 is 'close enough' and a fraction of the cost. The Andromeda really needs a proper DAC and headphone amp to shine, the Dunu sounds better on relatively modest to midrange sources. A great example is how the Andromeda sounds hollow and dead over Bluetooth on the BTR5, while the DK-2001 sounds pretty good (both on the balanced output).

Appendix: Selected listening notes
MGMT - Little Dark Age: the DK-2001 do a fantastic job of rendering this indie pop classic album. The titular track has both textured bass and impeccable, detailed vocals. The entire album shines with smooth details and sparkle from the high hats and cymbals.

Radiohead - In Rainbows: another indie album that highlights detail in the vocals. The reserved bass on this album is detailed and has great presence, but the tuning avoids it from being too present for the somewhat acoustic feel. House of Cards rendered the low end crisp and textured. Lotus Flower and Separator (from their next album) felt mildly fatiguing - the drums and cymbals were a touch too sharp for my tastes.

Opeth - In Cauda Venenum: a generally fast, highly varied and dynamic album like this shines on the DK-2001. The balanced armatures handling the mids and highs keep up with the crisp percussion found throughout the album, while nailing all the tiny little environmental details mixed in. The guitar work is very forward in the presentation while not fighting against the huge dynamic range of the album. Everything ranging from the soft, distant vocals to the aggressive, almost operatic passages, and the breathy solo segments in between 'just work' on the DK-2001. A testament to how well rendered the vocals are: after listening to the English version of this album, I had to turn around and listen to a few tracks of the Swedish version as an 'excuse' to enjoy them again.

Muse - Black holes and revelations: The midtones shine with lots of detail on this album. A very 'meaty' rendition, something that lots of IEMs go awry with and end up sounding muddy, but the DK-2001 pulled off an almost palpable rendition of the mids. At a few times it came across as a wall of sound, but in a good way!

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories: Giorgio by Moroder has great clarity and micro-detail on the male vocals in the intro, great separation over the rest of the music. A more bass-centric headphone gives this album a bit more of a kick, but I liked how the balance worked here. It still had that toe-tapping quality to the basslines, even if their presence was a touch less impactful than I generally prefer.

No review from me would be complete without listening to some thundering electronic beats. As I said above, electronic music is one of the few places where the DK-2001 didn't have quite as much bass as I'd like, but bear in mind that I'm a nutty basshead and you should take my words with a grain of salt. I didn't spend a ton of time here because the DK-2001 was so great with rock, and I have other IEMs that are more my taste when it comes to EDM. A few of the tracks sampled:

Infected Mushroom - Unbalanced
Penta - Eater of Worlds
Broken Toy - Toys Just Want To Have fun
He.art - Astix
Psychedelic Knights - Talamasca
Bordeaux - Cagedbaby, Infusion
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DUNU-Topsound
DUNU-Topsound
Thanks for the review and many comparisons --- they'll be helpful for a lot of people! Glad you enjoyed it!

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