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Drop BMR1 Nearfield Monitors

Drop BMR1 Nearfield Monitors

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If you’re like many of us here on Drop, you do a lot of listening at your desk. You might use headphones, IEMs, or studio monitors; or you might be searching for something else—an elusive, desk-sized sweet spot. Stop the search: you’ve found it. Meet the Drop BMR1 Nearfield Monitors: sleek, streamlined speakers with ultra-expressive sound, designed specifically for the desktop. Hit "Request" and be the first to know when the BMR1 launches.

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I mean, these look nice, but what do they really have on my Audioengine A2+?
CloudyMind
20
Jan 29, 2023
Dam. Can you guys extend the free shipping by 1 more day? Haha
qlam
8
Jan 28, 2023
Wish this had USB input. Would be great to have digital volume control.
qlamYou can still use digital volume control from your PC, or with a Bluetooth connection.
EniGmA1987
575
Jan 27, 2023
The price seems quite high on these for a small speaker and a crappy built-in amp. Closer to $79 seems more appropriate than $129. At the price you expect to charge for these, I would expect a much better quality amp. edit: Given the truly awful frequency response you claim these to have, you realy should have just used the BMR driver as the highs and mids and replaced the passive radiator with an oval-shaped dynamic woofer as the lows with a crossover around the 150-180hz area. That larger passive is not helping you anything useful if you still only get to 80hz as your -6db point with it. That means probably closer to 120hz as the more standard -3db rating.
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EniGmA1987
575
Jan 29, 2023
You do realize that the larger passive radiator would be replaced by the oval woofer right? That saves the cost of that piece right there. And given the price point of these speakers it isn't like they would be expected to use a $60 woofer, they would use something closer to $15. Which since they are replacing another part would probably only raise the price by around $20 for the pair and vastly improve the frequency response.
Ricky-Bobby
43
Jan 30, 2023
EniGmA1987Ok, but the passive radiators are just that, passive, no magnets. A powered woofer has a magnet on it. I can't image swapping one for the other wouldn't result in an increased cost to make. That excludes the extra engineering needed to get it working right. Couple that with the fact that there is no way Drop is negotiating volume discounts at the same scale as just about any other established speaker brand and I can see this costing a lot more than you think it does to make. If I'm reading you correctly, the selling price with the new woofers would then be $110, so $20 less than they are trying to sell these for while adding considerabl costs to parts and engineering... Correct me if I'm wrong but that seems like an unrealistic expectation.
Je_Saist
140
Jan 18, 2023
I find myself with two questions on this, so we'll start with what is probably the easy one. First Question: The description states that there will be a subwoofer port outlet. Will there be a list of subwoofers that were tested in-house with this configuration and will match or get close to the tonal quality of these speakers? Second Question: In at least one of the photos these speakers are picture lying horizontally under the monitor. Something that is generally missing from the market though is a practical method of placing the speakers OVER the monitor. This, to me, seems to be a missed opportunity in that there often is not a lot of space under or next to a monitor, but there's almost always space OVER the monitor. Some brands, like Anker/Soundcore, have used to this their advantage with products like the B600 Video Bar. Placing the speaker on top of the monitor at the center makes a large difference when engaged in a video conference. I'd kind of like to see a VESA monitor mount that could also support speakers placed above the monitor itself, but as far as I know, no vendor making monitor stands has anything that can actually support speakers over the monitor.
Philbeey
34
Jan 25, 2023
They sell a mount that I use for my Mac Mini if you want a link. I don’t wanna be spamming Amazon links.
PhilbeeyAppreciate it! I was just thinking a couple velcro straps would do it, while leaving it not too hard to take the Mini with me while traveling 😅 Also, I just found out the speakers weigh less than a pound and a half combined. Regardless, that is well within the weight limits of Velcro… not to sound Velcro obsessed 😁
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Billqs
22
Jan 11, 2023
If the price is $129, then it competes with the Klipsch 2.1 Promedia THX speakers that include a subwoofer. I don't know the quality of this set, but I used to have the 5.1 version of the Klipsch and it sounded really good. The bugaboo was quality control on the Klipsch, however.
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Victordomicus
33
Jan 11, 2023
Color me interested. I roll with IEMs at work, typically just one in at a time because I need some awareness if folks need me/knock on my office door. I've played with bringing in some of my smaller Fluance powered monitors, but that still feels a little big for my purposes. This form factor has got me intrigued though. I really liked the the Drop Pandas from a performance aspect, they were awesome and I still have them. But oh my god was that headband uncomfortable. At least I don't have to put these on my head! I hope a fatal flaw is avoided here.
VictordomicusAgreed, comfort can make or kill a headphone. I’m looking forward to trying these out in a deep dive. I expect they’ll work well because they’re not too complex (tho the drivers seem sophisticated, it doesn’t seem like there are too many points of failure), and offer workarounds if I find any.
thomas.bui
31
Jan 10, 2023
I found the Klipsch reference theater pack 5.1 surround for $150 at Costco. It was the last one and discounted, brand new. Keep the Klipsch or use these BMR's as I have a spare Polk sub not in use? Can someone give some insight what their thoughts are? Thanks
thomas.buiIt kind of depends on many factors. •Which model of Klipsch? Most likely each speaker will be much larger. •Where are you setting up? 5.1 speaker setups are a bit more difficult in a near-field setup at a computer desk, the narrow, small size of the BMR1 is one of their reasons for existing. •How many wires are you ok with managing? A passive 5.1 speaker system will have 6 wires leading to an integrated amp/AVR, and then some connection to the source and a connection to power. The BMR1 will just have a power cable and connection between the speakers, the option for Bluetooth is built in, or one wire to the source. •Wife Acceptance Factor Aesthetically, I’ve always liked the coppery woofers on black look of Klipsch, but there’s no denying that the BMR1 is going to be more slim and stealthy. My wife doesn’t care how cluttered or crowded my computer desk gets (though I do!), but these BMR1 may actually find a life as rear satellite speakers lain horizontally on a table behind our couch; super clean, and easy to set up because our LG TV has a “ TV + Bluetooth Surrounds” feature. •Price I searched Amazon for a Klipsch theater-in-a-box “reference theater pack,” and it was twice the price of the BMR1. So you got yours for a steal! Even so, your final price will have to include an integrated amp or AV Receiver, whereas the BMR1 is an active speaker with everything you need built in… and it still costs less. •Why not both? If the financial outlay isn’t a big concern, you could find use for the BMR1 alongside the Klipsch HTIB. Apart from the TV, the BMR1 could be used with your PC, bring music to your kitchen, living room, entryway, bedroom, and it would be easy to move because it’s basically two sticks and a wall wart – even if you choose to temporarily bring it out on the back patio on a nice day (not weatherproof). Whatever you choose, it sounds like you’ve got great audio in your future, congratulations!
thomas.bui
31
Jan 17, 2023
EvshrugThanks for the response, great idea. I'll probably pick these up because I'm intrigued.
vg278he
0
Jan 7, 2023
will add USB connection? 3.5mm is outdated
Philbeey
34
Jan 12, 2023
Definitely agree, much rather prefer 3.5mm so I can just run my own DAC. Bonus points for if my wife wants speakers too because then I can just hook it up to her monitor and pull good enough audio from whatever’s playing without clutter and without hassle.
573V0
115
Jan 12, 2023
PhilbeeyI also find the Bluetooth a nice addition that was probably rather an easy implementation.
aLottaLiam
0
Jan 7, 2023
I like the idea of these. My monitors take up so much damn space on my work desk and I don't use them for audiophile level listening (that has its own rig in another room) so these might be a buy if they sound at least as good as equally priced monitors
aLottaLiamI just heard that the speakers weigh about 1.07 lbs. I don’t know if that’s the weight of each speaker, but that does open up some interesting possibilities for multiple mounting points and velcro…
aLottaLiam
0
Jan 25, 2023
EvshrugThat definitely does! If only I weren't renting my space! Maybe a strong command strip would hold them? We'll see once they are released!
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