Dunu Talos is an innovation in the planar iem market by having a switch to enable pure planar made or hybrid mode of planar + BA. I am sure they had created something to remember just like Titan S
I will be first impressioning Dunu Talos in 2 modes but only with green bored eartips.. There are 3 pouches of eartips within its box. Others than the green bored are reserved for the review critical listening.
Source is ipad Pro and Apple Music as usual and ~40 volume. Tracks are the usual first impression tracks. Cable is it’s OG 3.5 ending cable. Balanced cable is reserved for its review too.
Limehouse Blues is smooth, transparent and natural. Somehow warm. Vividness of the clarinet is very proper. Extensions are realistic and layering is fantastic in this live jazz performance.
Feel Good INC has basses that reach the border to cause trembles. Albarn’s nasal and gravelly vocal isn’t so dark. Clarity and layering are excellent as well as the vinyl-esque effect. However the vocal besides Albarn is pushing it near the level of sibilance..might be caused from a dozen of variables.
Live performance of Sultans of Swing is starting with sprinkles of cymbal extensions but great layering is making up for it. Knopfler’s vocal isn’t so aged and rash here. Soundstage is wide in both live and studio recordings.
The Last Garrison isn’t giving me a piercing and unlistenable treble. Drum punches have some weight. BUT I can hardly hear the synthesizer lines beneath the main line which made Enter Shikari unique among the other post hardcore band’s and this is a negative point for me. But Dunu Talons overall clarity and neutral to bassy timbre are balancing the minus.
Slipshod is so faithful to the original mix and basses are bouncing to the left and right. Vocal duo is near them too.
Limehouse Blues is playing in your head. Its not like very small speakers thrusting you sound. Presentation is soo natural, relaxed and laid back. The jazz club people are minding their business throughout the track. Clarinet is 3d and vivid yet smooth. The following vibrato too. Even though I had seen better, conditions and plugs were different and this is 2nd best when you feel the audience applauding in its weight and the nice extensions at the same time.
Feel Good INC is able to make you feel good. Everything is in balance + satisfying thumps. Vocals are approaching near the border of sibilance again. But the silent moments of the track is so silent and enabling the multiple layers of back vocal and various other effects reach you.
Sultans are starting with WTH but this ? is passing away quickly and leaving you alone with planar truth. Crystal clear, transparent, neutral to the record, not so bodied.
The Last Garrison is beginning after his breath in with sizable basses and smoother thinner synthesizer line underneath. (This is Dunu Talos and it looks like it doesn’t have much interest portraying it. Vocal layering is more than good as well as its wide soundstage here.
Slipshod does have headwobbing bass rhythm and this is a good sign of it’s neutrality and bass capacity. The rhymes have cymbal hits + drum hits + electronic basses too and you can separate them if you pay attention.
Dunu Talos First Impressions Conclusions
I tried to cover as much as I can in this Dunu Talos first impressions. Even though planar mode OFF is beyond ordinary, pure planar mode ON sounds like a ¼ of renown he400s headphone to my ears while this is just an iem and you guess, this is good.
Review will have more power and different eartips within its OG box and comparison with nearest priced Dunu, Dunu Falcon Pro.