Panda Announcement

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.  

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. 

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)
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!

Jan 4, 2020
RSVP to the Panda Listening Day (January 16th, 5:30p onwards at Drop's HQ in SF) here -
Dec 6, 2020
I havent found any information about possibilities to buy them in Europe (without having to import obv). Are there any plans yet?
Nov 25, 2020
Hey all, I received my Panda’s and have been breaking them in but the sound is really flat. Not sure if others are hearing the same. I was thinking maybe there’s an app or something to go in and fine tune (or gross tune) the amp but no luck. The sound resembles AirPod pros as my Skullcandy Hesh3s and Bose Comfort IIs sound far superior. Not sure what’s happening.
Apr 16, 2020
What would the pandas be like for studio mixing compared to some open backs like HD 6xx
Apr 13, 2020
i wish some company had design like this but at a price at 100 coz some people aren't rich
Apr 15, 2020
gotta pay more for the nicer things in life
Apr 18, 2020
ik but i wouldnt even mind for a apple air pods 1st gen sound in this design i would still pay around 200 aud
Apr 8, 2020
You guys really missed the chance to go for a white-on-black "panda" color scheme. Any plans for more colors/materials?
Mar 20, 2020
does the boom mic only work wired?
Mar 4, 2020
Are they good for movies?
Feb 18, 2020
Will the boom mic have side tone? If not, can you add it in? Without side tone I find myself yelling at people.
Feb 16, 2020
Is there an alternative way to order one of the THX Panda w/o a debit card like Paypal or Google Pay?
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