Drop + THX Panda Wireless Headphone
Drop + THX Panda Wireless Headphone
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Taking advantage of advancements in Bluetooth technology and battery design, these headphones give you an audiophile sound in a wireless package. The integrated THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier (THX AAA™) technology is known for its high power, low distortion, and neutral, linear sound.

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SpeleoFool
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Jan 17, 2020
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Attended the listening event last night, and I have to say I was really surprised (in a good way) by the Pandas. I brought an SP1000+Amp w/ 6xx as a reference point, and the Pandas pretty much stomped all over them. The 6xx have a polite, laid back voicing, and the Pandas are very detailed and clear by comparison. Mids are excellent. I picked a couple tracks that have chorusing and other layering effects, and imaging/separation was excellent. Picked NIN "Copy of A" for the bass hits early in the track and they were suitably impactful and articulate without being too forward in the mix. The Pandas do sound "closed," but they do it well; the overall sound is coherent and even. I didn't find that to be a fault with the Pandas, but it's a data point. I did find them to be decently isolating (particularly with music playing). I am not a fan of ANC and glad these don't do that. The Pandas would work well in an office environment. The closest thing to criticisms I could muster would be comfort-related, but the Pandas were not uncomfortable. I'd just like slightly bigger earcups. I could appreciate a bit more plushness in the pads. And some other cans like AKG 7XX are just better at all-day comfort factor. Still, nothing disappointed. Build quality looks good. Audio quality was exceptional. And the convenience factor of being wireless is amazing given everything else the Pandas did well. I think these are going to be another win for Drop. Nice job, folks!
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Jan 17, 2020
HaVoCTzu
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Jan 17, 2020
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Got the chance to listen to the THX Panda's. Here is my review: https://youtu.be/0DJthZxwtno Forgot to mention.. you folks with glasses shouldn't have an issue with these. Brought my sunglasses to test, and there were no issues.
Jan 17, 2020
dizzid
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Jan 17, 2020
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Are these anything more than PM3s with a mini THX AAA amp? I’d be interested to see a side by side comparison.
Jan 17, 2020
Keeterz
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Jan 17, 2020
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I actually brought my PM-3 in with my iFi iDSD Nano Black Label portable dac/amp to compare with the Panda at the launch party (as well as an unfortunately VERY brief side by side comparison on one of Drop's Grace SDAC + THX 789 setups since they were just closing up). From my impressions the two pretty much have identical mids, but the Panda is tuned to have a bit more sparkle in the treble and a more forward (but not muddy) bass presentation. So it's essentially a fun, more lively version of the PM-3 that still has the same, nearly-flawless mids that made the PM-3 famous in the first place. Unfortunately though I only had barely under an hour with the headphones since I came in pretty late, and I honestly spent more time with the Pandas on my ears than I did A-B testing the two, so take my words with a grain of salt. But I'll say this much, as someone whose favorite headphone is the PM-3, I think the Panda is overall an improvement on the PM-3 with the addition of being a wireless headphone with decent controls. Probably still going to hang onto my PM-3's because of the aesthetics and the legacy, but I'm definitely going to be snagging a Panda at some point and using them as my main portable cans, ESPECIALLY if it means I don't have to carry a brick in my pocket to let my portable cans have a fuller sound.
Jan 17, 2020
NWLierly
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Jan 17, 2020
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Just home from the Drop offices listening party...
  • surprising - I wasn't expecting to want them, if they were available to order I would have there and then
  • sturdy - Metal AF
  • powerful - I tested them wired on the 789 after using them on BT and found clarity, volume, and thump to be very similar
  • <Gold Sticker> certified - my bass test tracks hit lower, and clearer on BT than anything else I've used (inc. BTR5 wired)
  • D-Pad - I didn't hate it (another shock), it was more intuitive than I expected
I hesitate to do a full write-up here and now, honestly I'd like another chance to compare them to my existing gear before I commit fully to changing my plans and buying another set of wireless cans. I made the mistake of trying the HD 6XX + 789 they had in the room with the new AT TT they're coming out with and that reminded me that I have some lofty goals for gear this year. The one line pseudo-review for me is this, if they were selling a pair of closed back planars that sounded like that, and a THX Certified LDAC Amp with 30 hours of battery life that drove them like that - we'd all be buying.
Jan 17, 2020
labbits
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Jan 17, 2020
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Not sure if anyone have asked, how will these fit? Most cans are just too small for my head :( they put too much pressure and ended up giving me a headache if worn for more than 10mins
Jan 17, 2020
NWLierly
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Jan 17, 2020
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They wouldn't adjust for me when on, when I took them off they moved freely
Jan 17, 2020
Will
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Chief Product Officer
Jan 17, 2020
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Yea the headbands on these samples are pretty ornery, won't be that way in production. Glad you dig the sound, thanks for coming by and taking the time to answer questions in the discussion.
Jan 17, 2020
Sheephead
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Jan 15, 2020
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So excited for these. Will they have a silent noise floor? My biggest frustration when using Bluetooth is having a constant background hiss. Thanks.
Jan 15, 2020
Will
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Chief Product Officer
Jan 16, 2020
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Yep, silent noise floor.
Jan 16, 2020
Sheephead
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Jan 16, 2020
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Instant buy. Thanks!!
Jan 16, 2020
Jdub11
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Jan 15, 2020
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I know pre-order is on the 27th but when are they expected to ship?
Jan 15, 2020
Will
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Chief Product Officer
Jan 15, 2020
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They'll ship over the summer, right now we're planning for a batches in June, July, and August. We may be able to move that schedule to be May, June, July, but we'll see, still finalizing.
Jan 15, 2020
NWLierly
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Jan 17, 2020
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Thanks for the timeline, that helps - do you know if they'll be demo'd at any other events before release?
Jan 17, 2020
Josh23
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Jan 15, 2020
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How do i know that when i purchase this, which i will, that such a new product wont be full of bugs and issues? Will there be a warranty against this? Im just as excited as everyone else about these! Just concerned.
Jan 15, 2020
ElectronicVices
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Jan 16, 2020
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Most welcome, hopefully I don't have to eat those words later ;) Looking to pick this up for non airplane use. As a frequent traveler ANC is great for recurring lower frequency noise but I prefer passive isolation for blocking out voices/chatter.
Jan 16, 2020
Heefty
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Jan 16, 2020
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I've been in on the first production runs for HE-350, HD 6XX, HE-4XX, THX AAA 789, and possibly other products that I can't think of right now, from Drop. I've never had a problem with any of them. It's possible that I've lucked out, but my experiences with new products so far have been good.
Jan 16, 2020
Shiloo
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Jan 14, 2020
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whats the estimated price?
Jan 14, 2020
karmazynowy
15
Jan 15, 2020
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Any discout for pre-orders?
Jan 15, 2020
Will
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Chief Product Officer
Jan 15, 2020
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Finalizing the details, but we're looking at a more creative structure than we've used in the past. Limited initial quantities at a lower price with low serials and later ship date, larger later quantities at a higher price but with faster fulfillment and potentially some fun swag. We'll announce the full details soon.
Jan 15, 2020
9in.5oz
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Jan 13, 2020
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Quick question, can we use it as wired/cable connected? Or will it be only charging-mode? If can, which type of cable will be? I simply want listen with THX789 amp via wired..
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Jan 13, 2020
serwei
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Jan 13, 2020
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Probably not balanced mode.
Jan 13, 2020
Will
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Chief Product Officer
Jan 14, 2020
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Uh, 3.5mm to 4pin will work fine. If you do 3.5mm TRRS (four bands on the plug) to 4pin, it'll... I'm not sure TBH. Fundamentally Panda isn't wired for balanced, it's wired for mic cables. Given the higher power output of the 4pin out on the 789, you could use it with a 3.5mm to 4pin, but you might have a hard time finding that cable.
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Jan 14, 2020
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