DUNU has been one of the most accomplished brands from Chinese origin which has a full array of IEMs in every price bracket. DUNU has been making IEMs for long. They started making IEMs as early as first decade of this millennium. They shot to fame Back in 2013 when I too was fascinated by their DN-1000 and DN-2000 series of IEMs (never been able to posses one though). There were the best IEMs one can buy back then. And now they are up with a handful of IEMs again. In a year DUNU has released nearly 5 IEMs. The SA series was excellent, the EST 112 is class apart, while the “Eclipse” series with single drivers has added one more IEMs to the list with Zen and Luna. It is the Falcon Pro.
A hot property as of now, it is the successor of the Falcon which had a similar shell design with a similar driver inside. I never got the chance to review the Falcon but the Falcon pro as of now has plenty of competition from every direction possible. Does it get the Job done? Priced at $219, available in only one color and riding on tuning nozzles and switch pins it is the cheapest member of the ECLIPSE line up and looks like it has the potential. Let’s find out if it can pass the litmus test against IEMs like Tri i3 Pro and Honeydew.
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PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES:-
The Cheapest ECLIPSE member gets a straight forward unboxing experience and is very similar to the SA6 packaging with no obstruction. The earpieces and cable are placed inside the cool looking cloth covered carry pouch along with the switch pins while the ear tips are placed inside a paper box under the green carry pouch. Falcon pro comes with a lot of tips, it has sets of smoked white tips, Sony type tips, whirl wind tips and the blue core tips end the long list. There is a cable clip, cleaning tool, tips carry pouch and a 6.5mm adapter ends list of usable accessories out of the box.
If you want to, you can watch the unboxing here:
HOW IS THE CABLE:-
Most of the Chinese brands have been shipping their earphones with good cables these days. But now the craze is about the additional terminations out of the box so that the buyer does not need to invest more on another cable with balanced termination. Unlike the more premium IEMs the Falcon Pro ships with “Quick Switch lite” plugs. It ships with a good looking 4 Core, 6N, Silver-Plated Copper cable. This 4 core cable is different from what we used to see on Zen or SA6 but is more supple and softer to the hand reducing bounciness and microphonics compared to the DUW-03. The biggest USP of this cable are the additional quick-switch plugs and both 4.4mm and 2.5mm balanced plugs come out of the box adding to its functionality (ready to be used with a variety of sources).
BUILD AND FIT:-
Falcon Pro uses stainless steel as its shell and unlike the Zen it is not heavy. I do not have any problem with Zen too but lighter is always welcome. It is sturdy and strong and won’t break if dropped but that might dislocate the drivers inside. Chrome finish on the earpieces gives it a very elegant and classy look. It does not have a ergonomically designed shell but should fit without much problem. Falcon Pro has some resemblance to the Zen’s inner shell design but this time around it is loaded with vents. It has 5 pressure releasing vents and I wonder what will happen if some of them are closed. The nozzles it ships with have same width but the depth varies so if you feel the nozzle is getting deeper, switching to transparency nozzle will solve this.
I had no problem with the depth but I did struggle a bit with the stability inside the ear, I can’t blame it on the tip because I did try a lot of tips and most of them had similar feel.
Sound quality, comparisons and conclusion on the next page..