Massdrop x NuForce Stride Bluetooth IEMs
Massdrop x NuForce Stride Bluetooth IEMs
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We know wherever you go, your music goes, too. That’s why we teamed up with NuForce to make the Stride: a Bluetooth IEM that’ll keep you company day in and day out at the gym, in the office, and on trips and commutes ... Read More

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CEE_TEE
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Jan 7, 2019
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Welcome Everyone! This is the first discussion post for our first Bluetooth audio Massdrop Collaboration product. The possibilities with Bluetooth wireless audio products are just starting to be realized and we're excited to be joining and helping to innovate the game.  Our team has been living with wireless audio products and prototypes for the last year and considering everything about them. From sound quality to call quality, connectivity to controls, even the control sounds- we have been working hard to make a product that we think will add up to a superior experience. This collaboration has roots in a key meeting we had at the end of 2016. We were dreaming of potential collaborations with NuForce. The EDC, EDC3, and now the Stride in-ear monitors are results from that initial brainstorming session. Optoma NuForce has been a key strategic partner that continually demonstrates a willingness and ability to improve, iterate, and customize many details in order to help us deliver a product vision that best supports our community. The Massdrop x NuForce Stride makes for a great first entry into Bluetooth audio...it’s just one item to carry and has simple controls. The fit and finish really spoke to us as we tested prototypes. We’re proud to enter the Bluetooth audio market with the Stride.   BETTER BATTERY = BETTER SOUND Most Bluetooth IEMs use the same standard battery: a thin, long battery that occupies the entire body of the earpiece. A 6mm dynamic driver is mounted to the nozzle and surrounded by a thin plastic shell.  It’s easy to choose the same battery other IEMs use, the same small driver, and to tune with digital signal processing (DSP). But the battery drives the shape of the shell and the sound. Longer housings place weight further away from the ear tips and put more stress on the ear tip contact point and seal. Stride has a shorter and wider battery shape that allows for a smaller earpiece, plus room for a wider driver. Stride uses an 8mm dynamic driver, seated in an aluminum and thick plastic housing that is denser and less resonant than other examples in the category.  The additional space also allows for acoustic tuning, rather than relying strictly on DSP to tune the sound. With more room, the housing can be tuned like a speaker enclosure. Two reflex ports create airflow for better bass performance. Bigger driver + Ports + Less DSP = effortless, deeper bass and less distortion throughout the entire frequency range compared to similar form factor IEMs.   Distortion for an IEM in this category is quite low (other products often at 1%). On average, Stride exhibits an order of magnitude lower (mostly below 0.1%):
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BETTER BATTERY = BETTER FIT Fit is also enhanced by the shorter housing. The earpieces sit closer to the canal for a weight balance closer to the ear tips. This minimizes the leverage of up & down forces, creating a more secure fit while the earpieces move.   Most examples of this type of earphone use the same battery and same-sized drivers. This is a perfect example of audiophile goals driving different design choices to better performance while maintaining an attractive price point. And, good value encourages participation. After all, more accessibility to audiophile products is another of our most important goals. We are thankful to have partners like NuForce who are aligned with this concept! If the Stride becomes a tool and a companion for your workouts, travels, chores, work, or studies...
If you forget about them and instead enjoy the music…
Then we achieve what we set out to do for you. If you have been waiting for the right time to jump into Bluetooth audio...here’s Stride!
Jan 7, 2019
Squee
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Jan 21, 2019
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How do these compare with the BE Free8 Also on Massdrop right now?
Jan 21, 2019
CEE_TEE
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Mar 11, 2019
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Hi Squee, BeFree8 is a different form factor (charging case with two separate earpieces) plus different sound signature and control scheme/sounds.
Mar 11, 2019
SOULSIK
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Jan 7, 2019
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Must have for everyone 2019 https://youtu.be/VTmrvJAzEi8

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Jan 7, 2019
Varholiaglimp
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May 1, 2019
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Well, I tried to be polite. The first part of "coping," Uzuzu, light o' my life, is developing an adult-sized attention span. You might not realize this, but others can carry on correspondences for years without throwing down edicts, writing acrostic sentences in all caps, or expecting the world to conform to their POV a la mope. Also: You keep telling us not to resurrect a "necro thread," but what about your part in it? You're as involved in the continuation of this "necro thread" as anyone else.
May 1, 2019
SOULSIK
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May 1, 2019
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Good for you bud. Good for you.
May 1, 2019
JimboJones
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Jun 27, 2019
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Could they have used more airbrush effect on that model? "You too can look like a mannequin if you wear our new earbuds!"
Jun 27, 2019
ACaptainWithoutAShip
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Jun 26, 2019
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man, if these were USB-C i know a couple peeps who'd be all over them. :(
Jun 26, 2019
xdfo
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Jun 19, 2019
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Sadly had to return these due to the bluetooth being absolutely unreliable. Sound is pretty good, microphone is pretty good.
Jun 19, 2019
Chenson722
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Jun 19, 2019
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After using them a few more times, I would very much like to try the wings that have been talked about several times. Adjusting every quarter of a mile for me is quite frustrating. Also, the Bluetooth connectivity a really big issue. The best bet (for my Pixel 3 at least) is to have the phone right-side up, screen facing the body, and on the same side as the headphone controller. This last part sucks the most, because all of my shorts that have special phone pockets have them on the right, and when you flip the headphones, the controller goes on the left. Even with the phone in my left pocket, it still cuts out at least once per song while running, which is a real problem. Bass is a little low for sure, but sound quality is great imo.
Jun 19, 2019
holsen
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Jun 15, 2019
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Why, why, why don't any of these BT iems incorporate LDAC and or Aptx HD codecs and BT 5.0? It greatly improves the connection issues and the sound at these higher codecs approaches what you'd get from a cable. I'm looking for a true BT earphone but won't buy one until the those codecs are included. For now I use an ES100 with FiiO short cable into my SE535s when I go to the gym or out cycling. It works really well, is ultra portable without a lot of extra cable dangling around, and the sound is magnificent. Yet a dedicated set of Buds for the gym would be great. It's 2019 and LDAC and AptX HD have been around long enough that there's no excuse not to incorporate them. Their absence is a deal breaker.
Jun 15, 2019
ElectronicVices
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Jul 1, 2019
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While I agree I would like to see the higher quality codecs available the issue is battery life. AptXHD and especially LDAC it becomes a battery hog on both sides of the transmission. Love me some LDAC but I understand the limitations with current battery technology. BT5.0 has essentially zero to do with audio transmission so that doesn't concern me. As long as it is 4.0 or later you will get the low power benefits. 5.0 is almost exclusively aimed at IoT improvements.
Jul 1, 2019
marmen007
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Jun 14, 2019
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I received my IEM this week. First impression, the sound is good for bluetooth headphones. I had a little trouble fitting them comfortably into my ears but I found the best position for me. I put them upside down with the cable that goes behind my ears for stability when I'm moving. So, ergonomics and sound sides, it's "ok" for me. Now, the bad side, and it annoys me completely: It's the very bad bluetooth connection. I have to keep my phone in my hand when I walk. Otherwise, the connection always cuts when I put my phone in my pockets ... I am an active person who walks and runs a lot, so I am sorry to learn that my new IEM will not be my first choice for my outings... :-( This is very disappointing because in my opinion, the bluetooth IEMs are specialy made for travel and for active people who do not want to have a cable to manage... If I have to keep my phone in my hand, it's a no-go. I do not recommend, sorry !
Jun 14, 2019
Evilpanda
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Jun 13, 2019
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solid sound with a bit of bass... connection isn’t that bad for me but it will go static for a sec every now and again. Fit is meh for running but if you’re just sitting there it isn’t uncomfortable.
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Jun 13, 2019
Diokhan
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Jun 9, 2019
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Got these in last week and tried then out a couple of times. The earbuds were hard to connect with my phone. After connection the sound interrupts a lot when my phone is in my pocket. The sound jitters a lot. I got a refund from massdrop because of these issues. But it was quite a letdown.
Jun 9, 2019
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