Announcing Our First Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
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Bluetooth headphones are known for their convenience—it’s great not to have that cable hanging around—but in the past, they haven’t been able to hold a candle to wired headphones when it comes to sound quality. We’re looking to change all that with our next project, our first foray into Bluetooth headphones. Taking advantage of advancements in Bluetooth technology and battery design, we’re aiming for the best of both worlds: an audiophile sound in a wireless package. These headphones will use Bluetooth 5.0, the latest version of the Bluetooth standard, and communicate over Bluetooth Low Energy for reduced power usage and a longer battery life. Bluetooth 5.0 is faster than older versions and can operate over greater distances. Plus, it allows you to play audio on two connected devices at once. They’ll feature the latest Qualcomm® Bluetooth chipset and THX AAA™ technology, which is known for delivering the world’s highest fidelity audio with infinitesimally low levels of noise, distortion and power consumption. Stay tuned for more updates on this project as it moves through the development process.
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Onebluehouse
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Apr 17, 2020
It wont be here for sooo long
ridhuankim
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Feb 25, 2020
Now the next product should be the THX AAA bluetooth 5.0 dongle.
ridhuankim
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Mar 2, 2020
So I can do this...
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BLKCLK500
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Jan 23, 2020
SONY WH-1000XM3 AND BOSE QC 35II ARE THE BOYS TO BEAT.
BLKCLK500
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Jan 28, 2020
LOL NO NEED FOR ANC IN MY EXPERIENCE. I CANT SPEAK FOR OTHER BLOKES ON HERE.
liquid801HLM
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Feb 1, 2020
No need for ANC, then these are it.
EvaWei
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Jan 18, 2020
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Jan 18, 2020
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Smychavo
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Dec 17, 2019
No ANC while charging $400 for wireless headphones is a pretty steep asking price in my opinion. Granted, I respect THX. Their amplifier technology is apparently second to none judging from what I've read. Not to mention the driver technology sounds really interesting to put in for a wireless headphone. Missing a feature such as ANC with this sort of pricetag is concerning to me. I only hope the passive noise isolation alone will be good enough.
StevenR40
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Jan 3, 2020
planar
liquid801HLM
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Jan 28, 2020
There are several things that I think justify the higher price, beginning with the driver structure. It is a somewhere between traditional planar and dynamic similar to the oppo line. Additionally, these are physically tuned to sound the way they do with no DSP correction. The THX amplifiers in them alone are probably not cheap to produce either. Plus all of the development effort that all of the aforementioned things would entail costs a good chunk of change. I'd love after this first run if they did do a Panda ANC version in a year or so but for now the price is on point.
Fluxor1
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Dec 16, 2019
They need to include gesture controls for bluetooth volume, forward, reverse, and play, pause. But unlike the BMW cabin of twirling the index finger clock wise to raise volume, this should recognize, "Wat up" nod for volume up, and disappointed head drop for volume down, and so on.
KR8NUXFORLOL
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Dec 11, 2019
Design is bad. Get a better product designer. I think Drop lacks any 'design' individual in its entire employee roster. The website has poor UX (completely deformed information architecture, repetitive sections, no distinction between buttons, icons which mean something else altogether in general usage) and poor design - everything they make themselves which arent in collaboration with bigger brands tend to look ugly. This enclosure is probably a Chinese Whitelabel OEM one which they threw together with a couple of drivers from the Oppo OEMs.
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tetablanco
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Dec 8, 2019
What BT codes would it use - LDAC, APTX-HD, etc? Dual or single DAC for both channels?
liquid801HLM
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Feb 1, 2020
Bluetooth is 5.0 and supports LDAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, AAC, and SBC.
lord_zendar
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Nov 20, 2019
Design looks pretty ugly, that alone would stop me from buying them. I know that massdrop is looking for more minimal design language, but these have the character of a sheet of cardboard. They look like a $15 pair of skullcandys, and not something I’m currently interested in. Let’s hope the design gets more attention before the final revision of the product is announced. Disappointed.
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KR8NUXFORLOL
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Dec 11, 2019
You mirror my sentiments. I just wrote elsewhere that I think Drop lacks any 'design' individual in its entire employee roster. Looking at the poor design of products - everything they make themselves which aren't in collaboration with bigger brands tend to look ugly. There's nothing 'minimal' here, this enclosure is probably a Chinese Whitelabel OEM enclosure which they threw together with a couple of drivers from the Oppo OEMs. Also, even the website has poor UX (completely deformed information architecture, repetitive sections, no distinction between buttons, icons which mean something else altogether in general usage).
Victordomicus
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Nov 12, 2019
Please just make them large enough to actually go around my ears. So many wireless or noise cancelling headphones are on ear or circles that don't actually go around your ears.
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