DUNU launches the all-new VULKAN, a six-driver hybrid earphone with a coaxial dual dynamic woofer
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For twenty years, DUNU has tackled some of the toughest challenges in the portable audiophile world. Our design and engineering team throws itself into materials research with aplomb but also engages in self-examination of the most critical light before gazing ever forward towards the future.

Here and now, DUNU returns to where we made our mark initially — hybrids. After having released no less than nine hybrid in-ears with our DN and DK models, as well as the world’s first hybrid earbud, we are excited to cap off over a decade of work on hybrids with VULKAN. It draws inspiration from our past but also moves forward with DUNU’s spirit of innovation.

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VULKAN embodies power and authority, inside and out. Like flows of igneous origin, the mokume gane inspired faceplates are bold and elegant, etched into polished stainless steel and capped atop black-anodized shells milled from premium, aerospace-grade aluminum.

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By leveraging the latest virtual and digital tools in our design process, VULKAN is one of the most finely iterated products to be released even before a physical build. Every component has been optimized in software to maximize performance, from the 3D-printed acoustic waveguide — a first for a DUNU product — to the dual 8 mm coaxially-aligned dynamic drivers found at the heart of the hybrid acoustic circuit.

EMuch like our Dual-Push isobaric dual dynamic drivers of the past*, we apply our experience with acoustically-coupled dynamic drivers to VULKAN. The anterior unit, fabricated with a structural foam cell dome suspended on a polyurethane-based independent surround, is constructed from some of the same principles as our high-end ECLIPSE drivers. The soft, flexible surround allows the strong and lightweight foam cell to deliver the deepest bass registers with utmost authority and range. Synergistically, the nano-crystalline titanium-coated unit in the rear maintains transient response and linearity of the lower midrange, allowing VULKAN to deliver both power and control with its dynamic drivers.

* Found in the DN-2002 and DM-480

VULKAN’s two mid-high drivers and dual supertweeters are sourced from Knowles Acoustics, makers of some of the finest balanced armature drivers in the world. Our virtual design studio then integrates them seamlessly with the dynamic drivers via an advanced additively manufactured waveguide design and a finely-divided electronic crossover.

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The result, colored with precision, is a crowd pleaser of a sound signature, imaged for a larger-than-life presentation, a lush, full midrange and a high end with just the right amount of sparkle. Real-world listeners agree: VULKAN’s tuning was validated by a wealth of feedback from a wide variety of individuals over the past six months. Show attendees at one of the world’s largest headphone shows, CanJam New York 2022, audiophiles at the first large-scale spring headphone festival to be held in Tokyo in over two years, and a trusted group of trained internal beta testers have all raved about VULKAN’s unique blend of fun, detail, and precision.

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VULKAN continues the DUNU tradition of bundling a premium cable with our exclusive Q-Lock PLUS quick-switch modular cable platform. Included in the package is the highly regarded DUW-02S and three analog plugs: 2.5 mm balanced, 3.5 mm single-ended, and 4.4 mm balanced.

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At a retail price of $379.99 US dollars, VULKAN will be launching on DUNU’s direct shop website (www.dunu-topsound.com/shop) during the first week of June and with our authorized dealers worldwide by late June. For more information, please visit: https://www.dunu-topsound.com/vulkan

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It's great that along the Xenns Tea 2, the Vulkan creates a wonderful alternative in the previously Blessing 2 dominated space of around 300$, all with a wonderful Dunu cable.

But from the reviews I'm sad the detail level doesn't seem to be on par with the Blessing 2, that was the only thing needed to completely dominate that price segment :frowning2:
 
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@DUNU-Topsound would really like to know if the midrange is solely handled by BA, or jointly handle by BA and DD?
 
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For twenty years, DUNU has tackled some of the toughest challenges in the portable audiophile world. Our design and engineering team throws itself into materials research with aplomb but also engages in self-examination of the most critical light before gazing ever forward towards the future.

Here and now, DUNU returns to where we made our mark initially — hybrids. After having released no less than nine hybrid in-ears with our DN and DK models, as well as the world’s first hybrid earbud, we are excited to cap off over a decade of work on hybrids with VULKAN. It draws inspiration from our past but also moves forward with DUNU’s spirit of innovation.

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VULKAN embodies power and authority, inside and out. Like flows of igneous origin, the mokume gane inspired faceplates are bold and elegant, etched into polished stainless steel and capped atop black-anodized shells milled from premium, aerospace-grade aluminum.

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By leveraging the latest virtual and digital tools in our design process, VULKAN is one of the most finely iterated products to be released even before a physical build. Every component has been optimized in software to maximize performance, from the 3D-printed acoustic waveguide — a first for a DUNU product — to the dual 8 mm coaxially-aligned dynamic drivers found at the heart of the hybrid acoustic circuit.

EMuch like our Dual-Push isobaric dual dynamic drivers of the past*, we apply our experience with acoustically-coupled dynamic drivers to VULKAN. The anterior unit, fabricated with a structural foam cell dome suspended on a polyurethane-based independent surround, is constructed from some of the same principles as our high-end ECLIPSE drivers. The soft, flexible surround allows the strong and lightweight foam cell to deliver the deepest bass registers with utmost authority and range. Synergistically, the nano-crystalline titanium-coated unit in the rear maintains transient response and linearity of the lower midrange, allowing VULKAN to deliver both power and control with its dynamic drivers.

* Found in the DN-2002 and DM-480

VULKAN’s two mid-high drivers and dual supertweeters are sourced from Knowles Acoustics, makers of some of the finest balanced armature drivers in the world. Our virtual design studio then integrates them seamlessly with the dynamic drivers via an advanced additively manufactured waveguide design and a finely-divided electronic crossover.

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The result, colored with precision, is a crowd pleaser of a sound signature, imaged for a larger-than-life presentation, a lush, full midrange and a high end with just the right amount of sparkle. Real-world listeners agree: VULKAN’s tuning was validated by a wealth of feedback from a wide variety of individuals over the past six months. Show attendees at one of the world’s largest headphone shows, CanJam New York 2022, audiophiles at the first large-scale spring headphone festival to be held in Tokyo in over two years, and a trusted group of trained internal beta testers have all raved about VULKAN’s unique blend of fun, detail, and precision.

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VULKAN continues the DUNU tradition of bundling a premium cable with our exclusive Q-Lock PLUS quick-switch modular cable platform. Included in the package is the highly regarded DUW-02S and three analog plugs: 2.5 mm balanced, 3.5 mm single-ended, and 4.4 mm balanced.

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At a retail price of $379.99 US dollars, VULKAN will be launching on DUNU’s direct shop website (www.dunu-topsound.com/shop) during the first week of June and with our authorized dealers worldwide by late June. For more information, please visit: https://www.dunu-topsound.com/vulkan

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What a pretty set. I look forward to checking it out in the future!
 
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That seems like a nice price point for a 6-driver hybrid. The graph reminds me of the DK-3001 Pro which I hold in high regard but Vulcan looks to have even better sub-bass extension. :)

Thanks so much - yes, our roots are strong with this one!
@DUNU-Topsound would really like to know if the midrange is solely handled by BA, or jointly handle by BA and DD?

Simply put, the set-up is handled as follows:

Dynamic drivers: sub-bass. mid-bass, lower midrange.

BAs:: Upper mid-range to treble.

What a pretty set. I look forward to checking it out in the future!

Thanks so much!

From an est112 lover.

This probably will be amazing as well, looking a bit more energetic on the high frecuencies

You're correct - it does. We like the difference in flavor it provides versus the EST 112 :)

Those faceplates look beautiful and mesmerizing. Looking forward to hearing one! :) Intrigued by the DD mids and how it would cross and combine with the BA highs

For those interested, @Scuba Devils wrote an excellent review of the VULKAN here:
https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/dunu-vulkan.25887/review/28635/

See above for a technical explanation on that!


@DUNU-Topsound

Can you explain how your "catch-hold" mmcx connector are different from a normal mmcx connectors?

The pins are designed to expand by themselves - as a result, the latching is tighter than traditional MMCX connectors..

With this set-up, the connector spins less, and as a result the connector lasts longer and is more reliable.

Beautiful faceplates. I hope this becomes the new default recommendation for sub $500 IEM. I wish it was on the $300 price bracket though.

Thanks so much! We hope so too!

Love the sound of the SA6, Falcon Pro, EST112 and Zen Pro. The Vulkan looks great.

Look forward to your thoughts if you grab one!
 
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Thanks so much - yes, our roots are strong with this one!


Simply put, the set-up is handled as follows:

Dynamic drivers: sub-bass. mid-bass, lower midrange.

BAs:: Upper mid-range to treble.



Thanks so much!



You're correct - it does. We like the difference in flavor it provides versus the EST 112 :)



See above for a technical explanation on that!




The pins are designed to expand by themselves - as a result, the latching is tighter than traditional MMCX connectors..

With this set-up, the connector spins less, and as a result the connector lasts longer and is more reliable.



Thanks so much! We hope so too!



Look forward to your thoughts if you grab one!
On the Dunu site the Vulkan is out of stock.
Is there a way to get them from Italy?
Thank you
 

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