DUNU Q-Lock PLUS Quick-Switch Modular Plug Cables - Discussion Thread
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This is a dedicated discussion/information thread for DUNU's modular plug earphone cables, which as of September 2021, is referred to as Q-Lock PLUS.

Because we have an entire portfolio of new cables that spans the whole gamut of price ranges with differing materials and setups, we were requested by multiple members to create a centralized space for DUNU cables that utilize our Quick-Switch modular plug system.

The modular cable is not a concept we came up with (a number of other companies have come up with their own solutions in the past). we tackled the idea head-on and came up with a solution we felt best addressed many users' desires to hot-swap between single-ended and balanced connections, as well as between different sources that use different connectors. We desired a convenient, foolproof way to enable users to switch plugs on the fly. The solution was a ring-sleeve system that we patented (CNIPA ZL201821202295.0, WIPO WO2020019499A1). Line up the dots and arrows, grip the textured sleeve, and the plugs will lock and release intuitively.

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As of October 2021, we have four different plugs available, in three different colors/finishes:

Plug Colors/Finishes:
  • Matte Champagne/Black
  • Chrome Silver/Grey (currently only with DUW-03 & BLANCHE)
  • Brushed Hairline Stainless Steel/Black (currently only with HULK PRO)
All plugs are right-angled; 45 degree plugs are available from third-party partners.
The following is a comprehensive chart of DUNU cables offered with our patented Quick-Switch modular plug system, sorted approximately by series number and wire material. The list will be edit/updated periodically to reflect new developments. [Last Update: 06/20/2021]
DUW-02
LYRE
HULK
***
NOBLEVIRIDIANBLANCHEMANDATE
Wire
Material
Silver-Plated OCC Copper
Silver-Plated OCC Copper
OCC Copper
w/Secondary Fire Refinement
OCC Copper
OCC Copper w/Secondary Fire Refinement
Mixed-Strand
Furukawa OCC Copper & Neotech Silver
Mixed-Strand
Furukawa OCC Copper & Neotech Silver
(higher strand count than CHORD)
High-Purity
Silver
High-Purity
Neotech Silver
Complex Mixed-Strand,
Mixed Material Architecture
(Gold Foil, Neotech Silver, OCC Copper)
Core
Count
4
8
4
4
4
4
4
4
8
8 + 2
Cable
Structure
Litz Type 1
Litz Type 1 wire in coaxial arrangement and HDPE concentric shielding
Conventional
Litz Type 2
(6 groups of 28 strands of wire)
Litz Type 2 w/Aramid Core & Aluminum Shield
Conventional
Conventional
(with unique OCC Copper
circumferential, non-conducting shield)
Litz Type 2
(7 groups of 8 strands of wire)
Litz Type 1
Proprietary
Gauge
26 AWG
26 AWG
26 AWG
22 AWG
22 AWG
26 AWG
24 AWG
26 AWG
26 AWG
N/A
Braid
Twist
--
Round Litz
Round Litz
Round Litz
Round Litz
Twist
Round Litz
--
--
MMCX
2-Pin
(0.78 mm)
Special Order Only
Special Order Only
Plug(s)
Included
3.5 mm TRS
(Single-Ended)
3.5 mm TRS (Single-Ended)
Choice of
1 of the 4 plugs
All plugs included
All plugs included
(except 3.5 mm TRRS 'PRO')
Choice of
1 of the 4 plugs
All plugs included
3.5 mm TRS
(Single-Ended)
All plugs included *
(except 3.5 mm TRRS 'PRO')
All plugs included **
(except 3.5 mm TRRS 'PRO')
Retail Price (USD)
$79.99
$199.99
$149.99
$299.99
$359.99
$209.99
$399.99
N/A
(only available in Asia)
$329.99
N/A
(only available in Asia)
* Plugs are palladium-plated for functional and aesthetic purposes
** Also available with only a 4.4 mm Pentaconn Right-Angle plug


Many of these cables come as standard equipment on our current products (paired cables utilize overmolded connectors instead of a generic cylindrical connector), such as the EST 112 (DUW-02S), DK-2001 (DUW-02), DK-3001 PRO (LYRE), DK-4001 (NOBLE), 17th Anniversary Limited Edition (CHORD), Studio SA6 (DUW-03), ZEN (DUW-03), and LUNA (special variant of the NOBLE, codenamed 'STELLAR'). However, we have several standalone products as well, such as the HULK, VIRIDIAN, BLANCHE, and MANDATE. VIRDIAN and MANDATE are only available in Asia.
 
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Jun 4, 2020 at 4:31 PM Post #2 of 401

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Really appreciate the chart showing the breakdown between the different cables. I've had this post bookmarked for the longest time. Curious about the new cables as well. (Argh, just noticed 2 of them are Asia only) The Noble cable is a great balance of ergonomics & fidelity, while the 22 AWG Hulk is a Hulk of a cable.
 
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Really appreciate the chart showing the breakdown between the different cables. I've had this post bookmarked for the longest time. Curious about the new cables as well. (Argh, just noticed 2 of them are Asia only) The Noble cable is a great balance of ergonomics & fidelity, while the 22 AWG Hulk is a Hulk of a cable.

Yeah, the two models are Asia only for different reasons; the MANDATE is a very high-end cable that retails for more than the price of the LUNA; it was conceived essentially only for the few audiophiles who are interested in flagship level cables. The structure is highly complex and probably too complicated to explain in a short sentence.

The long and the short of it is that it uses two different types of wire cores in an 8 + 2 braid. The golden-looking cores are that way because, well, it's surfaced by a layer of pure 999 gold foil. Underneath is a platinum-silver plating over OCC copper that has been further purified through a secondary fire refinement process (similar to that of the LYRE). The center is a coaxial bundle of pure silver wires. It's a crazy, just about excessive kind of cable design. So it's pretty much only for those who are into the most esoteric, exotic cables around. It's certainly not something that will be actively stocked, but made on demand.

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The other model, VIRIDIAN, is not offered outside of Asia because we didn't want to invite confusion about its similarity in appearance with products from another cable company that we distribute for. It is a different cable, however --- different gauge wire and sheathing.

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We anticipate BLANCHE to be something that will appeal to a lot of people.

Aside from the pure silver wire, despite an 8-core braid, its ergonomics are quite good, and we think it's quite a handsome cable as well.

The palladium plating for the plugs is a new development.

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Will definitely be copping some of these cables. While not a cable believer, the modular system and aesthetics are right up my alley. I loved the cable that came with the Luna, so looking forward to getting some new ones.
 
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Really appreciate the chart showing the breakdown between the different cables. I've had this post bookmarked for the longest time. Curious about the new cables as well. (Argh, just noticed 2 of them are Asia only) The Noble cable is a great balance of ergonomics & fidelity, while the 22 AWG Hulk is a Hulk of a cable.
I've bookmarked that post too, though it lists them as 24 AWG yet this table has them at 26 AWG except the Noble. Which is correct?
 
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I've bookmarked that post too, though it lists them as 24 AWG yet this table has them at 26 AWG except the Noble. Which is correct?

Please refer to this table as the most accurate information. We made mistakes with the gauge specs in that post that you and @rantng bookmarked.

Lovely! I really like DUW-02, which makes me curious about DUW-03. I will also soon aquire Lyre in a 2 pin variant - so happy you decided to make it possible to order 😊

The DUW-03 will make its debut with the Studio SA6 and the end of July (might end up being August if our shipment from Sonion continues to be delayed). It will be an 8-core cable, and 26-27 AWG for each cable strand; the wire material will most likely be SPC, but we're still playing with mixed sources of cable materials, so the final spec may end up different from what is described here. That is why the table column for the DUW-03 is basically empty.
 
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Just noticed the Blanche is available at MusicTeck (MMCX only). Hope to hear more about these as I’ve been looking for an affordable high quality pure silver cable.
 
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Just noticed the Blanche is available at MusicTeck (MMCX only). Hope to hear more about these as I’ve been looking for an affordable high quality pure silver cable.

Yes, MusicTeck has our first small batch of BLANCHE cables. We're working with them to gauge user interest in the cable. Officially, we won't ship until 7/13, as we're holding a pre-order event from this weekend until 7/12.

The details on BLANCHE are simple. It is 8-core, pure silver Litz (from Neotech). We're really happy with how soft and pliable the sheathing feels, so ergonomics are portable-friendly. We then switched to palladium plating on the plugs and exterior accents are chromed. We think it's quite a handsome cable.
 
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Luna owners should get a 50% discount😂😂

Can't guarantee a discount to that level, but LUNA owners should definitely talk to us about this cable! 😇
 
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For those interested, we currently have a sale going on for a few of our modular cables, like the LYRE, CHORD, and NOBLE, as well as the pre-order for the BLANCHE:
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/dun...ales-pre-orders-product-announcements.936600/

Here's a snippet:
Mid-Summer Sale (July 1st to July 12th)

Our DK-2001 was recently awarded by Stereo Sound's HiVi magazine as a 1st Place HiVi Summer 2020 Best Buy in the ¥20,000 to ¥50,000 category in Japan. We're celebrating with a sale of many of our popular earphone models!



*Sale price for the FALCON-C is valid for US customers only
Our patented Quick-Switch modular cable system have also caught the eye of many portable users looking to switch sources on the fly. Several models are now on sale.

Additionally, our new 8-core, pure silver BLANCHE cable is available for pre-order at a discounted price of $299.99.

People looking for information regarding the differences between these cables should reference the discussion thread:
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/dunu-quick-switch-modular-plug-cables-discussion-thread.934000/


Interest Check: USB Type-C Modular Plug

To complement the modular plugs available with our Quick-Switch cable system, we've been developing a USB Type-C plug.

Currently, it uses a low-power, high-quality codec chip for D/A conversion, and sound quality is decent for most everyday purposes. The goal is to allow compatibility with a wide range of devices, from Android smartphones/tablets, to PCs and Macs.



There'd be a sizeable MOQ (minimum order quantity) for such a type of plug, however. We'd appreciate any kind of feedback for whether this is a worthy offering. So please leave comments, and/or help us answer the mini-survey at the bottom!
 
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Hmm, glad I came across this thread (I've just started nosing around head-fi again lately after being only an occasional visitor the last ~5 years). I'm looking for a solidly made but not expensive cable for my Sony XBA-Z5. I think the DUW-02 is the ticket for me. I notice the extra plugs (I would want a 4.4mm balanced along with the included 3.5mm) aren't on the DUW-02 product page. I'll just dig around and find what I presume is a separate page for the additional plugs.
 
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Hmm, glad I came across this thread (I've just started nosing around head-fi again lately after being only an occasional visitor the last ~5 years). I'm looking for a solidly made but not expensive cable for my Sony XBA-Z5. I think the DUW-02 is the ticket for me. I notice the extra plugs (I would want a 4.4mm balanced along with the included 3.5mm) aren't on the DUW-02 product page. I'll just dig around and find what I presume is a separate page for the additional plugs.

https://www.dunu-topsound.com/product-page/4-4-mm-unbalanced-balanced-quick-switch-modular-plug
 

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