Panda Announcement
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Over the years we’ve seen countless discussions full of audiophiles wishing for a strong wireless offering. With the wireless headphone space focused on noise-canceling over audio quality, it’s been tough for us to leave the Altoids tins and rubber-bands behind. Thanks to your support and interest, I’m excited to finally announce the Drop + THX Panda wireless headphone; the first portable wireless headphone to deliver full-system sound.  
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Driver Panda utilizes a Planar Ribbon Driver. This driver type is a subset of planar magnetic drivers that utilizes a dual sided magnetic structure on a braced diaphragm to deliver a carefully-tuned, phase-correct sound. This driver technology has only been used in one series of headphones previously, the Oppo PM-1, PM-2, and PM-3. 
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Amp Feeding the Planar Ribbon Driver, you’ll find a discrete THX-AAA amplifier implementation designed by our team in collaboration with THX. This amplifier can drive Panda to comfortable listening volumes for everyone with headroom to spare. BT Chipset To handle the audio transfer + conversion, Panda features the Qualcomm QCC5124 chipset. Our implementation of this chipset supports LDAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX adaptive,  AAC, and SBC. DSP Panda’s sound is the result of passive acoustic tuning, there’s no DSP in Panda.  Battery Battery life is 30+ hrs, with Quick Charge giving you 3+ hrs on 10 minutes of charge via USB-C. We’re in the midst of aligning our testing criteria with the market (is bose testing at 50% volume or 20%? is sony testing with ANC on full or half? etc), but we expect Panda to exceed the battery life of major ANC headsets.  Isolation Panda is fully closed and designed for strong acoustic isolation. We’re waiting on the testing lab to confirm a db measurement, but subjectively, it’s on-par with deep-sitting IEM isolation.  Compatibility Panda has a passive input, enabling use with external amplifiers and non-BT devices like the Nintendo Switch.  Weight Despite the battery, amplifier, and heavy drivers, we’ve been able to keep Panda’s weight under 350g.  Communication Panda features dual mics on the right earcup for effective communication and virtual assistants. Materials Materials are plastic (most of it, for weight) and cast aluminum (gimble arms, hinges, etc). Earpads are a plush foam wrapped in premium protein leather. The headband is a smooth rubber (lots of care has been taken to achieve the right level of "grip", it'll stay on your head, but wont pull out your hair) and we designed the geometry of the headphone so the weight is held by the earcups instead of the headband. Clamping force is less than a new HD6XX and more than a new K7XX, I'd call it "comfortable, but certain". Price Panda’s MSRP is $399.99  Launch Timing Panda will launch at the end of January (targeting the 27th right now, may change) and units will ship closer to summer ("summer" is a reasonable range, could be sooner, just depends on details we don't know today)
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We're going to create a host of content and events around this launch, including sending review samples, publishing measurements, and hosting a listening party at our office in SF prior to launch. And to jump ahead, yes, it's called Panda; everyone loves pandas. Thanks for your interest and I look forward to reading your thoughts in the discussion!
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amey.kanade
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Jan 4, 2020
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RSVP to the Panda Listening Day (January 16th, 5:30p onwards at Drop's HQ in SF) here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drop-thx-panda-headphones-listening-day-tickets-86610872451
Jan 4, 2020
ixo
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Jan 17, 2020
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Drop had their launch event at their HQ in San Francisco last night. Here's a short video with my impressions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e45658A7CY
Jan 17, 2020
Bob3600
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Jan 17, 2020
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reminder??
Jan 17, 2020
serwei
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Jan 13, 2020
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Why is it called Panda, other than being an OPPO tech? Any stories to share? Maybe should have removable "bathroom" stickers to turn various surfaces white :)
Jan 13, 2020
Will
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Chief Product Officer
Jan 14, 2020
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Everybody loves pandas.
Jan 14, 2020
Mkoll
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Jan 10, 2020
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From the pictures, the headband padding looks very thin. Please consider and test for its long-term listening session comfort with different people and head sizes.
Jan 10, 2020
Will
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Chief Product Officer
Jan 14, 2020
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Lots of testing done around this. The headband padding is thin because people often complain about big bulky headbands on portable headphones and we designed the rest of the headband to compensate for this. The ergonomics of the headband put most of the weight on the earcup so you can have longer listening sessions with less bulk on top. Similar implementations include HD800 and TH-900
Jan 14, 2020
admor
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Jan 9, 2020
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So amazing.. I have been lover of wireless audio for more than few years. I am the former owner of: Sennheiser PXC550, Sony XM3, NAD Viso HP70, B&W PX7, Bayerdynamic Lagoon ANC, currently using Dali IO-6 but returning them :( They are really great headphones but lacking the musical tuning, sounding too analytical/flat. With Dali IO-6 they really achived wireless dream of many. There are people who like this kind of audiophile signature, but I prefer a little darker and more musical sound which maintains all the characteristics of audiophile level sound reproduction, while being analogish, pleasant and hipnotizing. I am requestig, begging you to make me your first tester/reviewer/feedback giver from Poland. I will pay the full price for them, nothing for granted, of course. I can promise you great dedication to the cause, I can make really nice video reviews on YouTube, in polish, english and even german languages. Also, I am a member of all polish audio communities, where I could become your man. I can even become your distributor for Poland, no problem! I hope I could help you out with equalizing them, I got quite very good ears, my stereo system is above 5000$ and pursuing ultimate audio experience has been my passion for a very long time. I am mechatronics technican and advanced materials engineering student, good with electronics, soldering, material sciences and much more. Best wishes from Poland, Adam
Jan 9, 2020
newaccount
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Jan 8, 2020
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They seem pretty expensive compared to the Sony WH-1000XM3, which comes at $350 max, but is often discounted below $300. Especially with the lack of ANC as well, but that's understandable from an Audiophile perspective. However, as I spend 90% of my time on my bluetooth headphones while commuting that will likely be a deal breaker for me. Also is 399.99 going to be the final sale price? And, I know I should be used to this by now, but Summer seems like a pretty wide window for delivery.
Jan 8, 2020
barry.t.anderson
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Jan 18, 2020
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Don’t think these are the cans for you. I use planar headphones at home and the chance to get a similar signature without having bulky wires and amp is amazing. Being able to just walk around streaming lossless files to my cans is why I will be picking these up. For commute I prefer IEM
Jan 18, 2020
pork_life
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Jan 7, 2020
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Will I be able to switch between multiple devices seamlessly like other Bluetooth headphones? And will it be charged with a usb-c cable or with something else?
Jan 7, 2020
Kepe
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Jan 13, 2020
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Half of your answers are right there in the post you're commenting. Did you even read before asking?
Jan 13, 2020
kevingzw
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Jan 7, 2020
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Hi there! I am looking forward to hearing more about this product! When is estimated shipping date? Is there an option to add a boom-mic cable? Cheers!
Jan 7, 2020
Bjaardker
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Jan 7, 2020
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Finally a Bluetooth headset for those of us that cant do ANC without getting dizzy and puking. TAKE MY MONEY NOW!
Jan 7, 2020
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