Great Overall for a BT Planar
Received my Panda yesterday and had about 5-6 hours of listening time so far (quarantine life is great :/). Overall, the impressions are very positive and it's a headphone I've been enjoying quite a bit. Still in the process of breaking them in and adjusting to the sound signature.
Build, Fit, Finish
The minimal look of the headphones gives it a very modern look while remaining quite clean. The material choices are mainly plastics and rubbers all around with metal arms. Nothing feels inherently cheap though. The swiveling mechanism for the earcups is silky smooth while the arms to adjust the size are very notchy. The headphones are pretty average for what they are in terms of weight.
The pads for the cups is quite thick so most people shouldn't have comfort issues from this perspective. However, the shape of the headband localizes a lot of the weight of the headphone onto one spot on your head which creates a sore spot even after an hour of listening. Maybe this will get better as the headphone is used and the pads and headband conform to the listener's head; it's unlikely though.
Features and Use
This is the second planar magentic BT headphone to come into my collection, the other being the similarly priced Audeze Mobius. In terms of features, they are quite bare bones, and there really isn't anything wrong with it. You get the BT features with passive isolation. The feature set will remain basic for the most part until the app is released which may extend what it can do.
Powering on the headphones, you've given a nice tone to let you know they've powered on, but they won't make a sound after they have connected to your device. This would actually be nice to have (maybe in a future update).
The control stick that is used to control the headphones works very intuitively with good accuracy. I'm quite impressed with the ease of control, one of the best I've dealt with. The only controls I've not be able to do is activating Siri. The instruction booklet says a double press should do it, but I haven't been able to get it to work.
I bought this headphone to be a wireless setup for my iPhone, so that's how the impressions will be done. Overall, the sound signature is quite musical and upbeat. Despite the flaws I hear in them, I've been enjoying them quite a bit due to the way they reproduce the music; the signature seems to work very well in a cohesive way. Overall the signature does try to lean towards the neutral side of things.
Starting at the low end, it has all the makings of planar bass that I'm used to... There is very good depth into the lows reaching down to the sub-bass. The bass in general is very one-note with a large body and good presence overall. The only real complaint I have with it is that there really isn't much fluidity in the way the texturing is done; it kind of just ends up blending together.
The midrange is very well balanced between the lower midrange and upper midrange which I'm very impressed with. This area is also what I feel the headphones excel at. The detailing and clarity is great and quite effortless while doing it. Vocals hold quite a bit of their intimacy when needed while able to bring out the energy of certain singers.
The treble is where I ran into some issues. There seems to be a bit of smearing in various songs along with some sibilance. Outside of that, the treble extends quite high with decent detailing and energy. It's not really overbearing to my ears, which is a good thing.
One thing I should note is regarding the sound stage. There is something weird going on with it. The idea of distance and direction comes through very strongly with certain instruments, but part of it also seems very artificial to me. This happens sparingly and only seems to be noticeable when there is only one instrument playing.
I honestly don't remember how much I paid for these, I was one of the first 1000 serial numbers (serial number 13 I think). For 400 dollars, they are right where they should be in pricing for the features that you're given. Granted the major competition for them, the Mobius, is priced the same with more features, a lot of them seem quite gimmicky; these are also a lot more portable as well in contrast to the extremely large size of the Mobius.