Drop + NuForce Move Wireless In-Ear Monitors
Drop + NuForce Move Wireless In-Ear Monitors
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Break free from restrictive cables with the Drop + NuForce Move wireless in-ear monitors. Each pair features True Wireless technology: the result of a year and a half of collaborative development and testing ... Read More

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Apr 27, 2019
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How. Much. Wireless. When we think of wireless, we think of…no wires. Not less wires. No wires. That’s the hope and the dream. True wireless. There are some incredibly active discussions in the audiophile community with titles such as, “Going fully Wireless IEMs. Too soon? Or are we there yet?” If you‘re like me, you’ve been playing a game of wireless chicken, thinking to yourself, “The technology, sound quality, and aesthetic will get better, I should wait!” You may be waiting…instead of doing what many others seem to do:
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Waiting for the right pair to come along before you make a move:
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Move Forward As a company, we know that wireless is important and a big deal. We needed to get it right. We could have jumped on the true wireless bandwagon early but we waited until the category matured, working with a partner on a wireless platform to help develop the usability and sound that we would want ourselves. NuForce has been a wonderful partner on three projects, the Move is our fourth collaboration. We collaborated on many aspects of this new wireless model: sound (driver/EQ), connectivity (chipset), microphone (placement), carry case (LEDs), control sounds (new), aesthetic (sleek). A lot of samples were given back to the factory along the way or this box of prototypes would be even bigger:
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Sound First Usually, the sound is the thing that keeps us up at night. Does it meet the sound target? Does a mix of the community’s best ears approve the sound? We actually locked the sound down pretty early with this project. The electronics, battery, antennae, charging contacts, microphone, weight/balance, and space were all parameters that led to a single driver design. You’re going to move in noisy environments, so clarity along with a balanced sound signature is important. Move uses Knowles full-range balanced armature drivers to achieve that sound. (An additional benefit of balanced armatures is a longer battery runtime compared to dynamic drivers.) Balanced Armature Driver Technology:
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Tip For True Wireless Many wireless IEMs include very small, tiny ear tips. Use real-sized eartips. Bigger eartips = a better seal. Better seal = better bass, more secure fit, & less intrusive noise. Associated Issue: IEM charging cases may have small cavities and only fit tiny tips. With the Move: Only full-sized ear tips are included. And they fit in the charging case. Carry Case The number of LEDs lit on the front of the case = the number of IEM charges available. To see how many charges you have, simply open the lid and the lights will tell you:
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DETAILS You can join and participate in the Drop + NuForce Move first production run with $90 limited time pre-order pricing for your early support, or they will be $130 at regular price. Pre-order begins on 4/29/2019 at 6:00am PT and ends on 5/29/2019 at 11:29pm PT. There is a special EU local delivery option available at check-out for this launch. Everyone at Drop is very excited for these to finally arrive. They have been hearing about them and prepping for this day along with the Collaborations Team for quite a while. We are gonna be right in line with you to get some Move!
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Apr 27, 2019
Lisasonictower
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Jun 19, 2019
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My ES100 lived for 26 days and then died. I’m glad too to be honest as it never lived up to the hype for me, it’s possible I had a faulty one from the start though and that’s why it lasted so short of time. The Mpow receiver/transmitter honestly sounds a huge amount better for a fifth of the price.
Jun 19, 2019
Adriaan
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Jun 21, 2019
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Thanks!
Jun 21, 2019
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L to R ($165 Jabra Elite 65t, Drop Nuforce Move, Cheap $40 brandless) It really took me a while to want to even try fully wireless IEM's. Frankly, I was never much impressed with previous Bluetooth headphones I had for various reasons (sound quality, signal drop, pain in the ass to connect to source, etc) and pretty much stuck with wired IEM's for all situations. I picked up the brandless IEM's from ebay before a trip and the sound was quite awful, but the convenience was great, especially through the airport and on the plane. When I got home, I decided to upgrade to the Jabra's, and liked them much better. I also pick up a pair of the Sennheiser Momentums ($299), and while they sounded great (better than any of the three mentioned above) and had a feature rich phone app, they didn't compare to wired IEM's in the same price range (unlike the Move) and I ended up selling them. This brings up a good discussion point where each person will have to make their own decisions on what is most important to them. There is a line where you will start to sacrifice audio quality for other features, in this case true wireless. For me, I do really enjoy the true wireless IEM's in certain scenarios, but they certainly aren't my main IEM's either. If I am sitting around at the house, or in a quiet place like a porch or camping under the stars with my DAP, I will use wired IEM's. Other folks may enjoy the true wireless so much that they want to spend much more on a pair that sounds as good as they can get, if that is the most important feature to them. There is no right or wrong choice. For me, the Move really hit the sweet spot of offering great sound quality that isn't distracting, but at the same time they don't break the bank and hit a price point that puts them in a bracket with very stiff competition. Overview | TL:DR The Drop Move is quite impressive. Connectivity is the best I've had in a Bluetooth headset. The sound is very balanced and musical, more than any other wireless IEM's that I have. The build quality of the case and actually IEM's is fantastic, what you would expect from Nuforce. After a few days of heavy use walking home through a busy city, around the office listening to music and making calls, I would highly recommend these guys. For the $90 price tag, I honestly can't think of any direct competition, it's a great price. Quality and Features The Drop Moves come in a very nice textured case. I actually found myself just playing with the case in my hand because of the texture. The case is slightly larger than either of the other pairs of wireless IEM's I have, but for good reason. For starters, the Move case allows for many aftermarket foam and silicone tips to be used, neither of my other sets allow close to this degree of aftermarket tips to be used and still fit in the case. Secondly, the battery life of the Move's beat out both other pairs by a solid 45 minutes per charge. This is absolutely something worth the size increase, in my opinion. Control of the Move's were fairly self explanatory and easy. I had no issues connecting to both my phone (Android) and PC (Windows). Volume and track control were also simple and intuitive. Finally, there is the connectivity. I walk to work daily through the main street of Salt Lake City, and generally get a few quick disconnects with the Jabra IEM's. Nothing serious, just a second pause here and there. I've walked to work and back a few times with the Move and have not had a single disconnect yet. Consider me impressed. The range is about exactly on par with the Jabra's, I can get 30ish feet away in the office, through walls and doors, before they start cutting out. One thing the Jabra Elite's have on the Move's is the ability to turn on a "hear through" mode, essentially a mode that plays the surrounding noises through the IEM's. I've found this is really nice to have turned on in a busy city at times just to help with awareness of your surroundings. I generally would leave this on for a few blocks on my walks home in the busy parts of the city to make sure I could hear trains, cars, morons on scooters screaming to get out of the way because they can't figure out how to stop (been hit a few times, lost some nice cans and laptop, am salty), etc. They also have a built in Soundscapes mode, so you can listen to rain, ocean, etc at the press of a button. Obviously with the Moves you can simply stream your own, not a big deal. Sound Surprising amounts of clarity. Compared to the thin tinny sounding brandless IEM's and the bass heavy Jabra's, the Move's sound like a shower curtain has been lifted from in front of the source. Not just more clarity, but far more balance and musicality. There is a slight high end bump that makes vocals shine, and the bass is very defined, yet not overpowering. The Jabra's do have an EQ in their software you can use when connected to a mobile device, but honestly there is no way to see what frequencies you you are adjusting and by what amount, making it very difficult to use and rather useless in my opinion. If you do want to use an EQ a third party offering is going to be better, and that would work with any IEM's. Now, let's talk about the mic for a second. I was fully prepared for the Jabra mic to kick the Move's ass, simply because Jabra makes a lot of tech gear specifically for phone audio. I made a few calls to people that I speak with often on the phone for business, and they unanimously agreed my voice was more clear than normal. I'm working on doing a few recordings from a call simply because this is so subjective otherwise (and I've yet to be on the receiving end to make my own judgement). So for now, I'm not saying the mic is better than the Jabra, or the best out there, but I will say that it certainly is more than decent enough to be making calls with without worrying about the person on the other end being able to hear you clearly.
May 13, 2019
Unfortunately no. And even ones that do have the ability to play sound "through" the mic into the earphones in real time aren't really going to be help as hearing "aids." You can hear the light rain train or bus that is about to hit you on the street while you're walking well enough, but even normal conversations can be a little bit spotty to hear in normal scenarios with hear through on. It essentially lets you know someone is trying to talk to you so you can pause the music and/or take the earpiece out.
May 16, 2019
dkfreeland
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May 16, 2019
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May 16, 2019
ClieOS
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May 21, 2019
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May 21, 2019
ClieOS
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May 25, 2019
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No way to actually time it, but my guess is less than half a second? It is good enough that I was just watching a blind audition clip from The Voice Australia on Youtube app and doesn't feel any awkwardness between image and sound.
May 25, 2019
DavidChenNZ
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May 26, 2019
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Aight, sweet as mate. As long as it ain't noticeable, she'll be right :D
May 26, 2019
Marvey.Purrin
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May 22, 2019
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$90. BUY THIS NOW. ENUF SAID. https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/drop-nuforce-move-wireless-iem-review.7867/ I'm dead serious. Does this have the technicalities, the resolution, the clarity, the articulation of TOTL IEMs? I won't BS you and tell you that it does. However, the frequency response is righteous, as perfect as can be given the limitations, the timbre, and the distortion characteristics of the drivers. I mean, it's really well tuned, at least for me. I'd say just a bit warm with good midrange presence. However, I think IEM guys who love massive bass or a V or U shaped response might not like this right off the bat. I spoke to Christian and he mentioned that he spent most of this efforts tuning the frequency response, a db here, a db there, until it got to the point where he was happy. I'd glad he did, because the tuning is really nice. Christian  said to me that maybe some people will call it boring, but his vision is that over time, people will understand that it works with all sorts of different recordings. He wants us to like them 3 years from now and not have the MOVE be a passing fad. The MOVE's frequency response is below (hmm, kind of looks like Jude's GRAS results). Drop + NuForce MOVE Wireless IEM Frequency Response
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Oh yeah, I should mention that in terms of audiophile technicalities, the MOVE is very capable. Not near the best, but very capable that I have no problem listening to it for enjoyment and better than any wireless pods that Apple could ever provide. Let's call this true entry-level audiophile, with a winning tonal balance. I threw all sorts of recordings at it, especially my suite of challenging ones (some sharp, some sibilant, some super bassy, some just crappy) which I knew would sound bad on the wrong IEM or headphone, and every single recording passed the test. There wasn't a single recording which I though sounded bad or wrong on the MOVE. So why the heck and I so excited about this if I happen to have $1000+ IEMs lying around? The truth is, I only carry my TOTL IEMs (along with my Sony ZX2) around when I have to travel by plane and am stuck in airports, taxis, trains, etc. The rest of the time, when I am running around in El Lay or in the office, I only carry my Pixel 2 phone. I used to have a Pixel 1 which had a headphone jack. Thanks to Apple and their evil influence, new phones don't have headphone jacks. Sure the Pixel 2 has a dongle for wired headphones, but carrying this around is a hassle, and I think I lost it somewhere in the house. I've been in way too many situations where I wished I had a decent pair of IEMs that could easily work with my Pixel and that didn't sound like ass. The MOVE is a godsend. Another reason why I'm so excited: Drop + Nuforce have solved the charging and turn-off problem. I hate chargers, already have too many wires, and I always forget to turn things off. The case for the MOVE has form-fitting recesses that actually charge the IEMs while they are placed in there. It feels like something Bruce Wayne would have. See below.
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The case has a USB C in the back (USB cable provided) for charging. But here's the kicker. The case itself has its own battery which can fully charge up the IEMs up to three times. The IEMs will last up to 6 hours with a charge, so with the case fully charged, we are looking up to 24 hours of playtime. Before I forget, I should mention that the comfort is fantastic. I don't know how Drop does it with many of their IEM collaborations, but they just fit right and on top of it all, they are light. Finally, I should mention that there are all sorts of doodad options, like a press on the IEM back pauses the music player or YouTube (if you look carefully in the photos, the back of the IEM is a button). A longer press on the left side lowers volume, the right increases volume. I found other combinations to go forward and back on the playlist. All this stuff works magically on the Android (sorry no iPhone here, but I'm sure the functionality is also there with iPhones.) This has been a great experience throughout, from the moment I opened up the box and saw the case; and the moment I opened the case, with the realization that the case also served as a portable charger. And then the sound. Wow. I kept running recording after recording thinking that at least I'd find a serious tonal balance flaw somewhere or something that really annoyed me, but I didn't. Color me surprised. The Drop + Nuforce MOVE greatly exceeded expectations. The things that sucked? The manual (folded sheet) was stuffed between two cardboard pieces against the inside wall of the box. I didn't even know it was in there until Christian told me. Also, the manual kind of sucks. The hieroglyphics and small print were too hard for someone old and impatient like me to decipher. It's my understanding that Christian is working on a quick-start guide to lay all these functions out clearly. OTHER NOTES:
  • I definitely wouldn't call them bass lite. They are like the Plus IEMs with slightly more lows -or- CF Andromedas with more DF compensation. The timbre is richer, on the more full bodied end of balanced armature drivers.
  • The Stride are nice, but I'm going with these now since the charging, fit, and frequency response aspects are more friendly.
  • Comparatively, the MEE PX with deep insertion (triple flange tips) has overall steeper downward slope and loses its 4kHz peak. I actually measured it on a dummy head and confirmed it. I did not follow up and post these results.
  • As far as the more advanced codecs, would have been nice. But these aren't at the $1000+ IEM level where the better codecs are going to be more noticeable. The use case is usability in the with good, but not TOTL sound quality. Heck, I use Amazon music on my phone, not FLACs, so it doesn't matter.
  • And yes, they are great for the gym, and also hot tub after. They do have some water resistance.

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May 22, 2019
Fearlessleader
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May 23, 2019
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Um, er... you seem to be very impressed that these units fit into and are charged in their case. I don’t think I’ve seen ANY TWS IEMs that don’t do that... $15-$300 ones all do that. However, if we can use ANY third party ear tips (I love triple flange ones), then THAT is quite different and very nice. Do you know more about this? Thanks
May 23, 2019
Marvey.Purrin
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May 23, 2019
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The bore is medium sized so a lot of different tips will fit with little fuss. However, the triple flanges that I like use with some other IEMs definitely will not fit inside the case. These kind of tips will need to be removed from the IEMs before the IEMs can fit into the case. The sound is also bassier and muddier with triple flanges. I live under a rock and still listen to things that spin, so things like Instagram, video meetings, and charging cases for wireless IEMs that don't sound like ass are relatively new things to me.
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May 23, 2019
MecHawk
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Jul 3, 2019
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So... Uhh... No manufacturing update? Nothing? I get the shipping date is September, but maybe a bit more involvement in those *4* months it's taking...? It'll be much appreciated.
Jul 3, 2019
MananaMan
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Jun 8, 2019
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Now the real question is TFZ X1 or Drop Move?????
Jun 8, 2019
LX_Emergency
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May 30, 2019
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Did anyone get to review these?
May 30, 2019
paulmathiasuk
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May 30, 2019
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By the time I add shipping and the currency conversion, I am getting close to the price of the Samsung Galaxy Buds. Any idea which would serve me better?
May 30, 2019
middleWave
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May 30, 2019
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Are these secure enough for jogging/light sporting activity? Thx
May 30, 2019
Dragontsa
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May 29, 2019
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Is there a lag when watching videos?
May 29, 2019
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