A fellow reader/Youtube channel watcher recently asked what was better, the Dunu Falcon-C or the Dunu Titan 3. There’s a considerable price difference and there are a lot of differences in their look and feel. I was able to get my hands on them both to listen side-by-side to see what I could find for our friend and follower. So alas, here it is: the Dunu Falcon-C vs Dunu Titan 3 comparison review.
Dunu Falcon-C vs Dunu Titan 3 Comparison Review
In the Box – Dunu Falcon-C vs Dunu Titan 3 Comparison Review
|Dunu Falcon-C||Dunu Titan 3|
|Dunu Falcon-C earphones||Dunu Titan 3|
|eartips (3 types of s, m, and l)||eartips (3 types of s, m, and l)|
|airplane adapter||ear fins|
|1/4” adapter||shirt clip|
|hard carrying case||hard carrying case|
Specifications – Dunu Falcon-C vs Dunu Titan 3 Comparison Review
|Dunu Falcon-C||Dunu Titan 3|
|Housing||liquid metal||stainless steel|
|Driver||9mm, carbon nano tubing (CNT)||13 mm, dynamic driver|
|Cable||litz cable (OCC) with MMCX connector||OFC cable with MMCX connector|
|Sensitivity||108 dB||110 dB|
|Impedance||16 ohms||16 ohms|
|Cord Length||1.2 m||1.2 m|
|Weight||28 g||24 g|
Design – Dunu Falcon-C vs Dunu Titan 3 Comparison Review
The driver housings of the Dunu Falcon-C and the Dunu Titan 3 are shaped differently from each other. However, they are about the same size. As a result, both fit with a similar level of comfort. One notable difference is that the Titan 3 has a driver housing made of stainless steel whereas the Falcon-C has a driver housing made of liquid metal. Therefore, the Falcon-C has a stronger and more durable driver housing. Additionally, the Titan 3 felt sort of cold when I put it in my ear for the first time.
The Dunu Falcon-C and the Dunu Titan 3 have different fitting styles. The cable of the Falcon-C hooks behind the ear (like an IEM) and the cable of the Titan 3 simply hangs down (like an earbud). However, I was able to actually adjust it to hook behind my ear for security. Both earphones have detachable cables. The Falcon-C’s cable has a plastic, bendable sheath to keep it in place when it is hooked behind the ear. Additionally, the Falcon-C’s cable is made up of individually insulated and braided bundles of wire. On the other hand, the Titan 3’s cable is just one cable all together. Both earphones have a 3.5mm plug which looks strong and durable. Additionally, both cables connect to their earpieces via MMCX connectors. It’s worth noting that both require extra care when unplugging and plugging the connectors back in to the earpieces to avoid breaking.
Sound – Dunu Falcon-C vs Dunu Titan 3 Comparison Review
Immediately it was clear to me that the Dunu Titan 3 sounded louder than the Falcon-C. However I was excited to hear the improved low end in the Dunu Falcon-C. Both earphones exhibited a similar tonality in the low end but the Falcon-C seemed to be more extended. As a result, it created more separation between the lows and the low-mids, and felt more realistic overall. For example, when I was listening to the song Highways and Clouds by Amos Lee, the kick drum was punchy on both the Falcon-C and the Titan 3. However, the kick felt deeper and lower with the Falcon-C and had really great separation from the bass guitar.
The low-mids of the Dunu Falcon-C felt healthy and thick. However, it felt like the midrange had a little bit of a scoop above those low mids. As a result, the Falcon-C was relieved of what might have been some cloudiness there. On the other hand, the Dunu Titan 3 had a bit more thickness there. The high-mids felt more detailed and intimate on the Falcon-C, whereas they felt a little bit uneven on the Titan 3. Therefore, vocals have more articulation and nuance on the Falcon-C, but the Titan 3’s thicker midrange gives a little bit more energy to electric guitars. This was evident when I was listening to the song Golden Dream by Snail Mail.
When I was listening to the song My Foolish Heart by Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, and Jack Dejohnette, the highs sounded more emphasized on the Dunu Falcon-C than the Dunu Titan 3. The cymbals sat a little higher in the mix and I could hear the attack of the piano more clearly. The highs also felt a bit more extended on the Falcon-C and so it had a greater sense of realism than the Titan3.
Both the Dunu Falcon-C and the Dunu Titan 3 have a good sense of width. However, The Falcon-C’s remarkeable sense of depth and height impressed me. When I was listening to the song Shore Leave by Tom Waits, I could feel the three dimiensionality, so not only did the entry and exit of the weird percussion and guitar in the stereo field show stage. Additionally, the center-panned vibrophone provided me a sense of soundstage. This, all contrasted beautiful with the vocal which felt close and intimate and creepy. On the other hand, the Titan 3 did a good job of capturing the movement of the instruments in the stereo field but felt more flat against the depth of the Falcon-C.
Overview – Dunu Falcon-C vs Dunu Titan 3 Comparison Review
Overall, the Dunu Falcon-C and the Dunu Titan 3 have a similar sense of tonality. However, the Falcon-C is a considerable jump in quality and nuance from the Titan 3. The Titan 3 is a good option for those that want a good representation of the sound but can’t afford the price jump. It sounds good and has a slightly fuller midrange. However, for most genres and situations, the Dunu Falcon-C is well worth the higher price..
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