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Drop + Grell TWS1X First Look

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We’re Teaming Up With Audio Legend Axel Grell You read that right! Drop will soon be partnering with the venerable Axel Grell, known for his work developing many of Sennheiser’s most notable headphones.  Since leaving Sennheiser in 2018, Axel has started his own audio brand. Having worked with Axel in the past, we know how dedicated he is to creating excellent audiophile sound. For our next combined effort, we’ll be focusing on an audiophile-worthy True Wireless IEM, built from the ground up.  At the core of the product is a custom-designed 10mm dynamic driver able to deliver a detailed-yet-punchy sound. Also critical to the product is its adaptive, active-noise-cancellation circuitry. While most ANC headphones are good at attenuating high frequencies, we worked to develop a system that filters out even more of the surrounding environment—and does so without compromising the quality of the audio signal.  Be on the lookout for the TWS IEM in the coming weeks, and let us know your thoughts in the comments! And please hit the request button to receive updates.
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TheSpiderGuy
8
Nov 27, 2021
I better not regret getting these like I did with my Pandas
HStark
3
Nov 22, 2021
Please make sure it isn't plagued with quality issue/design flaws like the Pandas... Loved how great the Pandas sound, but I've had 2 pairs already and they both had power issue where it wouldn't turn on unless stars align(which at this point is a common issue with the Pandas)... Please go to the Panda thread and help your customers out...
Evshrug
2468
Nov 28, 2021
I can’t speak to the Panda, because I never owned one. However, grell audio (I’ve got to get used to typing that in lowercase) is it’s own company, existing outside of Drop, with its own manufacturing.
Shay-Dee
13
Oct 24, 2021
Wireless charging?
Shay-Dee
13
Nov 6, 2021
Thank you Markttp.
Shay-Dee
13
Nov 6, 2021
I meant if the case is capable of wireless charging. Sorry about the confusion should've been more specific.
sandriyi
21
Oct 23, 2021
Hope it has a decent mic. XM4 and Final Audio's Eva are already decently sounding, but the mics sound like cancer. Please, guys, look at Edifier TWS600 for bone-conducting mic technology, it's an amazing thing to integrate into the package. Or the TWS330NB AI mic tech. Nothing really comes close in mic quality that I tried.
sandriyi
21
Nov 28, 2021
Interesting, thanks for the information. There are first reviews and tests on YouTube now as well. The mic quality seems not total garbage, but definitely lagging behind several popular offerings, including Samsung and Sennheiser, about equivalent to Sony. Doesn't cancel out a lot of ambient noise. Funnily enough, reviews of the sound are not that good. I'm going to wait to see what Crinacle has to say about it.
Evshrug
2468
Nov 28, 2021
I honestly don’t know how they sound yet either, but I am curious to see how well the SoundID EQ customization works. Sennheiser’s CapTune app offered a similar feature, and I thought it was pretty cool there, but it didn’t save the EQ profile inside the headphone for use with sources besides a smartphone. I also wondered if ANC would interfere with sound quality, but Axel said ANC can make the sound better… it will be interesting to talk to him and find out exactly what he meant. While I don’t think YouTube demos of the sound quality of a headphone are valid, a demo of a microphone should be pretty good, and I’ll make sure to include a sample. I wouldn’t recommend a TWS for voiceover work, but they should be adequate for phone calls and VoIP conference calls.
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ricardo.irving
0
Oct 21, 2021
Will this have a wired option? I've yet to hear a wireless IEM that sounds better than a wired one.
Belmiros
1
Oct 30, 2021
I would wait until the qualcomm lossless becomes readily available if you want wireless that compare to wired. I have some great wireless but they def don't compare to my 350+ dollar open ears with a portable dac/amp
Evshrug
2468
Nov 28, 2021
I wrote a blog article on this topic (published here on Drop and Head-Fi). Basically, if you lift the price, wired headphones can be connected to the best DAC/amp you can afford, maybe even a cable upgrade with less resistance, and this often makes a bigger sound quality difference than music file bitrate since now 320 kbps Ogg Vorbis (Spotify) and 256 kbps AAC is pretty much the common baseline. However, for someone just using their smartphone, laptop, monitor, or even a home theater integrated amp, a Bluetooth headphone will have a DAC and amp built-in that was carefully selected for synergy with the in-ear driver requirements. And with FLAC being a more efficient audio compression than AIFF or WAV, things are different now than when CD formats began. The TWS/1 supports LDAC and LHDC, as well as AptX adaptive and AAC. If you haven’t heard of Savitech’s LHDC, it’s a high-res Bluetooth codec comparable to Sony’s LDAC, but you can add LHDC support to many Android phones by downloading an app… hopefully the app is approved by Apple some day, but meanwhile AAC is a smooth and pretty good psychoacoustic codec. The grell TWS/1 is also able to take advantage of other digital benefits, including the SoundID app that guides you to create an EQ based on your personal ear’s frequency response, then the profile is uploaded to the TWS/1 itself so that you can enjoy your signature no matter what you use as your Bluetooth source (phone, computer, TV streamer, usb Bluetooth dongles, portable music players, etc). This is just grell audio’s first product ;)
hype hype
Evshrug
2468
Nov 28, 2021
I should be getting a sample in this week or next I’m looking forward to seeing how it fares.