HIGH-CLASS
IN-EAR

DUNMER PRO

TIPSY

Rating

Price

8.3

170 €

Review published:

03/2020

Driver

3

per Side

1

Dynamic

2

Balanced

Impedance

32 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

0

Sound

8.5

Bass

8

Mids

8

Trebles

Sensitivity

105 dB

8.2

Handling

9

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 20000 Hz

Intro

TIPSY is a relatively new company in the CHI-FI sky, but with 6 different in-ears with different configurations they already have a lot to offer. I have the TIPSY BLUE AURORA (2*BA) and the TIPSY DUNMER PRO (1*DD & 2*BA) for review. The Aurora is the entry-level model for almost 70 €. The DUNMER PRO costs almost 170 €. Let's take care of the DUNMER PRO first.

Handling

The presentation of the DUNMER PRO promises a lot. The box feels like premium. The folding box contains the DUNMER PRO, 3 sizes of silicone tips, a small carrier bag and a pair of foam tips. The spirits are divided over the cable. I often read positive things about it and it's certainly not bad, but it's practically the same cable as the SHOZY FORM 1.1/1.4, which I wasn't overly enthusiastic about, especially because of the stiffness. Nevertheless it is very robust and simple. The fabric sheathing also feels good with it.

Especially with the products of TIPSY is that all products are unique. The front panels are handmade and all have a different pattern and colour nuances. I personally find this very appealing. The DUNMER PRO is made of resin and is very light. However, this lightness is not necessarily reflected in the wearing comfort. This is also very good due to the custom construction, but the large sound openings cause me slight problems. I don't get any pain, but I notice that there is something thick/isolating in my ear, which becomes a bit unpleasant in the long run.

Due to the sealing the isolation is excellent. However, if you take too small tips and do not achieve a complete seal, this has a strong influence on the sound.

Sound

The sound of the DUNMER PRO is very tip-dependent. I achieve the best results with the included foamtips. The DUNMER PRO does not really make it easy for me. Sometimes I celebrate the clear, detailed, bright sound, sometimes I curse it.

The bass is rather decent. That doesn't mean that it's too weak on the chest, it doesn't put itself in the foreground in any way. The trebles already take over ;)
It plays pleasantly low and is always clean. It is very linear without preferring the sub, mid or upper bass. In addition, it develops a solid punch and is still sufficiently perceptible even in the very low range. It also gives the signature enough warmth so that the DUNMER PRO sounds neither sterile nor too thin. I like it very much!

THE DUNMER PRO has a slight V-signature, but the mids are not noticeably reduced. The upper mids are slightly raised, which gives them more energy. Female and male voices have almost the same presence and have a natural timbre. Unfortunately, they are not exactly free of sibilants, which is somewhat annoying in the long run, but does not occur with every voice. Apart from that I have to say that the mids are really well done, but without being special. I would generally say that about the DUNMER PRO. Due to its signature tending more towards neutral (except for the bass), it lacks a bit of the enthusiasm factor. On the other hand, it's also positive to see that the mids aren't artificially coloured and pimped. The fine details and the separation are also nice, even if it gets musically hectic.

The highs are on the one hand the star in the ring, but on the other hand they are also spoilsports. It is clear that you should have a certain preference for high frequencies. Then you will get your money's worth. Because the trebles are very clear, clean and high-resolution. The DUNMER PRO easily reveals even the smallest details in music. However, it does not do this without sharpness. You get used to it, but on first hearing the DUNMER PRO is a bit sharp and above all bright. This can be contained with foamtips, but not stopped. Nevertheless, the brilliance of the trebles cannot be denied. Those who like it will be happy here, too!

The DUNMER PRO doesn't represent the biggest stage, but due to the airy trebles and the very good separation, a coherent 3D image is created, which also gets a nice depth by the support of the extended bass.

Outro

The TIPSY DUNMER PRO does not really stand out from the in-ear variety that exists in the price segment, but they are a worthy representative of it. A very good choice for lovers of high frequencies, who also appreciate a balanced bass foundation and balanced mids. The handmade, unique design of the front panel makes them equally attractive. Some will love it for its simple, bright and detailed nature, others may find the signature a bit too tiring, or "boring".

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

1/0

BLUE AURORA

DUNMER PRO

Second Opinion:

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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