Drop Earpads for Panda Wireless Headphone

Drop Earpads for Panda Wireless Headphone

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Whether your earpads feel worn out or you want to upgrade your headphone sound signature, these earpads are a welcome addition. Featured here are four pairs of slow-rebound, high-density memory foam earpads for our Drop + THX Panda Wireless Headphones—made with the same attention to detail found on our custom Sennheiser HD 58X and 6XX earpads Read More

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kjajktara
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May 6, 2021
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jakknbea
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May 4, 2021
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janbbggfa
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Apr 29, 2021
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jahngfdas
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Apr 21, 2021
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I just gave my review of this earpad collection on YouTube, and then checked the reviews here to see if I missed anything. Check out this review by NuclearCore, I think we had some similar findings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgHs0cCxqRM Some high-level notes on the earpads:
  • The stock pads have nice L & R indicators inside them, while the replacement pads do not. It's a small bummer, the pads are symmetrical so it doesn't really matter, but the headphone is also kinda symmetrical so I do like the reminder the labels in the stock pads provide.
  • The exterior dimensions of the replacement pads are a bit larger than the stock pads, but interior dimensions are just about identical. I measured with calipers, and all pads seem to have an inner height of ~60mm, and width that varies between 40mm (stock) and 44mm (sheepskin). Depth appears to be the same, though the replacement pads all have a firmer foam which compresses less and may provide a smidge more room. On the head, they all felt about the same for me.
  • I really dislike the mounting mechanism. It seems simple enough, but it's really difficult. Removing the pads requires enough force that I worry I'm going to tear the seams (I haven't), and re-fitting the pads into the clips similarly requires way more force than you think. Swapping pads takes me ~10 minutes per set.
And now some notes on each pad. I'll focus primarily on how they affect the sound, as IMO the sound change from pads is the most significant factor in choosing pads. For reference, I like the stock Panda, but do find it pretty thick in the lower midrange, with some mid-bass bloat, and too-relaxed vocals. I hoped to find a pad that would address one or more of these issues. Sheepskin pads
  • Material feels nice, not too different from the stock pads. I've felt some other sheepskin pads that can feel a bit (oddly) plasticky, but these feel pretty solid.
  • The primary sound effect these have is that they increase the bass. If you want a Panda with more bass, here's your pad.
  • I personally don't like the additional bass, I feel it closes in the sound stage a bit and ultimately is not what I wanted out of the pads. But these are pretty listenable.


Fenestrated pads
  • These are really handsome. I wanted to love this pad, as I think fenestrated pads are a great look generally, and even specifically on the Panda.
  • IMO they are quite brutal to the sound. They erase the bass, and elevate the treble. Treble becomes a "jangly" mess.
  • Overall this is a very thin-sounding pad that spoils my favorite part of the Pandas (their treble). Do not recommend.


Velour pads
  • The velour is a pretty nice velour, softer than some. Not scratchy like Fidelio X2 pads. Like other velour pads, these will pick up lint, which is annoying, but again these pads are better than the X2 pads and don't pick up nearly as much lint as those.
  • Sound changes are pretty similar to the fenestrated pads. Maybe the treble is less jangly, but the bass reduction and brightness increase is real here, too.
  • Sounds thin and, IMO, unpleasant. Do not recommend.


Hybrid velour pads
  • The velour material appears to be the same as the all-velour pads. The sides are done in what seems to be a protein leather. I would guess these are vegan, but I cannot confirm.
  • These are probably my favorite of the bunch for sound, but I still don't love what they do. They reduce the lower bass considerably, but don't do much to clean up the midrange. And again, the treble gets a bit brighter and less controlled.
  • I think these are a better balance than the fenestrated and all-velour pads -- the bass reduction is not as strong here, and treble not as much a mess. Listenable.
Overall, I like the stock pads best on the Panda. The sheepskin and the hybrid pads are not unlistenable, but the fenestrated and all-velour pads probably deserve that distinction.
Patson
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Apr 19, 2021
Just watched your review, great work btw! good detailed review and completely agree with you that the app is pretty bad at the moment with so many bugs and issues with uploading a sound signature. About the pads I personally prefer the Hybrids more than the stock, as they sound a bit more open, the bass reduction is a let down with those pads but I managed to dial in an EQ with EQ APO for the desktop and the phone i bump it up with another EQ app. The Stocks are too mid rangy.
Right on, glad it worked out for you. Mid rangey is usually my taste, so I guess that makes sense 😅
uaytre
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Apr 18, 2021
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NotATypo
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Apr 8, 2021
Any tips for getting these back on? I cant seem to get more than 5 clips on, after an hour of trying I gave up. They came off easy enough...getting them back on is another matter. It took some force to get the clips I do have on.
NotATypo
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Apr 9, 2021
Using a pry tool between the earpad and cup as you set the final clip makes it do-able without killing your thumbs. I used a cheap one from one of those diy phone repair kits. They should have came with a tutorial and a pry tool. Difficulty gone from a 10 to a 2 with this.
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How do you maneuver / apply pressure with the pry tool?
Txcb
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Apr 8, 2021
Small fyi, if you own a old Oppo PM3 these snap on and fit perfectly 👌 Edit: Perfectly may be a strong word. Not really "snapping" on, noticed after some use that they just "fit" and glue inside the snaps. But good enough for me.
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Drop sent me samples of each of the Panda pad options to review. (This is not a review, just dropping some early notes.) Like others, I find them pretty difficult to remove and re-fit the pads -- re-fitting is especially difficult. But I'll keep playing around with them to see if I can figure out any "tricks" to make it easier. As others have said, it seems that the glue that's part of the construction of the stock pads has a tendency to inadvertently adhere to the clips on the Panda cups, so the initial removal will be harder than any future pad swaps. Re-applying the pads, I haven't figured out a good strategy yet, except probably best to start with either the top or bottom clips, as those are the difficult ones and you can get one out of the way easily if they're first.
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Here's a photo of the pads next to each other + the original stock pad (left). Notable that the aftermarket pads don't have L and R indicators on them, which is kind of a bummer. The aftermarket pads also appear to be a bit larger in outer diameter, though not necessarily in the inside volume. Disclaimer that the stock pad is worn in from ~2 months use and the others are very fresh. I also know that pad swaps can be popular for the sake of comfort / aesthetics, but this misses the often significant impact pads can have on how a headphone sounds. IMO, pad swaps should first be considered sound modifications rather than comfort / aesthetic mods. So I was curious how the aftermarket pads affect the sound of the Drop Panda. I have not yet put significant listening time into these pads, but I did attempt to measure the changes they make to frequency response. I took 3x measurements per pad, reseating the headphone on my head between each measurement, and took an average for each pad. The graph below is what I measured with each pad loosely fitted to the Panda, relative to the stock pads, also fitted loosely. (You'll note the "Drop Panda (loose pads: stock) line is perfectly flat here.) (P.P.S. The "Drop Panda (stock)" measurement is the stock pads fitted correctly, for reference.)
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So big disclaimers with the measurements above: (1) My measurement system is non-standard, I'm just using in-ear microphones I found on Amazon. (2) I get some pretty reasonable measurements with most headphones, but for some reason Panda always shows weird sub-bass things (very rolled + large swings in the sub-bass frequencies). Also always get odd spikes (up or down) at exactly 60Hz, so try to ignore those deviations. (3) I did these measurements with the pads fitted on the headphone loosely -- since it's difficult to remove and re-fit the pads, clip them back into place, and given the conditions of measurement I thought it'd be better to have relatively quick, repeatable measurements (~30 seconds between measurements) rather than maximally accurate (but taking ~10 minutes between measurements). (4) I have not yet spent significant time listening to the pads to validate these results subjectively. Honestly I'm not super happy with the quality of these measurements (that's on me + my system, not the product), but they show roughly what I would expect from these pad swaps. Increases or decreases in the FR below 500Hz, fairly consistent above that.
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Apr 6, 2021
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