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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Product Marketing
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
wolfwood
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Mar 20, 2020
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does the boom mic only work wired?
Mar 20, 2020
piper
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Mar 4, 2020
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Are they good for movies?
Mar 4, 2020
Bamfhammer
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Feb 18, 2020
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Will the boom mic have side tone? If not, can you add it in? Without side tone I find myself yelling at people.
Feb 18, 2020
KingForKings
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Feb 16, 2020
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Is there an alternative way to order one of the THX Panda w/o a debit card like Paypal or Google Pay?
Feb 16, 2020
davpat2112
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Feb 8, 2020
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Will I be able to use these for hands free communication my Windows 10 laptop and Android phone? I've had a run of bad luck with buying hands free buds/phones that only work as output devices on Windows.
Feb 8, 2020
Will
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Chief Product Officer
Feb 14, 2020
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Feb 14, 2020
PizzaGames87
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Jan 30, 2020
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The headphone look nice and I always loved the THX sound. But I hope we get a open back version.
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Jan 30, 2020
Will
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Chief Product Officer
Feb 14, 2020
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Open-back BT is like having a manual car that you can only drive in traffic. Zero plans for an open back version of panda.
Feb 14, 2020
Roshan
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Mar 2, 2020
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Driving a manual car in traffic is the norm in India lol
Mar 2, 2020
ThoAppelsin
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Jan 30, 2020
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Will we ever get an open-back version? I have been waiting for this future for over a year now...
Jan 30, 2020
Pierre111
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Feb 3, 2020
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There are so many great options out there for open back, but doesn't making it open back defeat the purpose of being wireless? This is clearly made for hifi on the go, which is a segment crucially lacking for those who prefer headphones to iems at a time where smartphones don't have an audio output and basically force you to go wireless or set up a complicated rig that isn't really portable anymore. To me this is the smartest move, but I'm wondering about your use case for something like this open backed. I don't really mind a full size amp and wire for the cases where sound leaking is not an issue but maybe it's just me. You may want to check out the Grado, I've heard good things about their open back wireless cans, but to me this is much more of a niche use case.
Feb 3, 2020
Will
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Feb 14, 2020
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We have no plans for an open back BT headphone.
Feb 14, 2020
Vic_Komori
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Jan 30, 2020
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Which THX AAA is used in Panda? Is it the -78?
Jan 30, 2020
KAMIKA
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Feb 1, 2020
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The Linus Tech Tips video covers that. I couldn't remember the exact code.
Feb 1, 2020
JiminezBurial
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Feb 6, 2020
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It's a new one (specialised for mobile) known as the -0.
Feb 6, 2020
lord_zendar
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Jan 30, 2020
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Looks like a skip for me... can’t stand the design, and build looks to be worse than expected. Hopefully they make a 2nd pair that looks less plain than a cardboard box. Disappointed
Jan 30, 2020
ninjafrog84
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Feb 1, 2020
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Drop some awsome stickers on'em and ur good. Am thinking on Deceptions for L and Autobots for R
Feb 1, 2020
dustin.smith
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Mar 23, 2020
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these kind of seem like they're not even what you're looking for anyway. an audiophile doesn't care about the aesthetics of the headphone, but what they bring to the table tech wise, audio wise, and immersion wise. Why are you commenting about their looks? go look at some beats...
Mar 23, 2020
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