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I am pleased to announce that Massdrop X NuForce EDC has won The Absolute Sound´s Product of the Year 2017 award in earphone/IEM category!

"The Massdrop x NuForce EDC ranks as the most carefully designed and ruggedly built budget in-ear reviewer Steven Stone has seen. Its light weight, compact casing, interchangeable cables, and slightly dark but full range sonics combine to make it his best-buy in-ear monitor - and TAS´ Earphone of the Year. " - Steven Stone, The Absolute Sound (Ultimate Guide to Headphones and Personal Audio)

The Absolute Sound is one of the most respected and oldest Audiophile publications in the USA.
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Jyri
I'd like to see the comparison that lead to an award for these things.
jdharri
Google it. One isn't going to magically appear.
Hey Everyone!
Here's a new in-ear monitor (IEM) from us that I'm really excited about. Something the audiophile community has requested for a long time: an inexpensive, removable cable IEM. While that might not sound exciting at first, it's the combination of features plus execution with attention to detail that is hard to find at a low price point. Most companies don’t set out with the clear intention of making the very best entry-level product. They start out with a high-end product and then whittle down features until they feel comfortable selling it for less. The result isn’t a holistically considered product but just a “low-end thing”.

There are a few community-favorite, great-sounding IEMs out there for under $100. The problem has been that if the cable breaks on your $40 "giant-killer" and you need to buy a new one...now it's an $80 IEM with the same risks. But, changing an existing favorite to have removable cables takes: new tooling/molds, reliable connectors, and can also change the sound (many IEMs have small housings and need to be made larger to accept removable connectors). After trying to improve some of the favorite low-cost IEMs, we opened up the search for a partner who understood what we were trying to do and could create a new product for us from the ground up.

There are a couple more requirements the community gave us for this project from all of your requests and feedback online:
-A lot of people like the option of a microphone cable, but some audiophiles swear the electronic circuit in the cable changes the sound. Needs to have a microphone cable AND a braided cable.
-Even some community-favorite, low priced IEMs can vary a lot between units. If you have to buy more than one unit to get the sound you want, the price increases. So the units have to be consistent to provide value. A requirement for the NuForce EDC is to be within +/-2 dB of left/right channel matching and from the frequency response target. This is being carefully worked on to scale with production.

NuForce is already known for having very comfortable IEMs. We were really happy that they were willing to work with Massdrop and the audiophile community to provide the above and tune an all-around fun, musical sound signature with clarity and bass that works for travel, gym, or quiet listening environments.

Just for fun. My first portable rig amp back in 2010 was...a NuForce!
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There's only a day left on this drop but these are very reasonably priced:
https://www.massdrop.com/buy/venture-electronics-headphone-cables
CEE_TEE
Oh! Just missed it. Thanks for running it and letting me know. I'll keep an eye on things here for more.
Got these as a Christmas present from my parents. When they arrived, I noticed that the left cable came undone much easier than the right one. I switched the cables a few times to see if it would be better with a different one, but it was the same. I realized that it was a problem with the ear piece, not the cable. It was the same story for the next 2 weeks of regular use. (carried around in my pocket everywhere I went and even got me through a 14 hour flight to Japan). Given how everything else was really amazing, it was disappointing that the cable would keep falling out of the headphone whenever I put it in my ear and take it in and out of my pockets. Eventually it dropped out of my pocket and I lost it. I guess I could have been more careful about not losing it but its disappointing that it came to me already falling apart. That being said these are amazing IEMs and I would still recommend them to anyone.
Ok, I have to give credit where it's due. Ava from customer service and I have been communicating because I had a bad right IEM that was blown very shortly after getting the Nuforce EDC IEM's. Well, even though it took a little bit longer than I was hoping it would, I can't thank her enough for sending me a completely new pair/package, and now I couldn't be ANY happier than I am right now! I should be good to go on cables and accessories for the EDC IEM's for a LONG time now LoL 😁

So I'm very grateful that Massdrop stepped up to the plate and hit a home run for me! Let's hope that the broken right IEM was just a bad seed and the new pair lasts me a very long time! I will DEFINITELY be buying more from Massdrop in the future after how they handled my situation!

So kudos again to Ava and Massdrop for giving me a brand new pair of the EDC IEM's and going above and beyond for me, and I'm really glad that I didn't just get a refund because these sound great for my listening needs (Sony Walkman NW-A35)!
Dear Massdrop and Nu-Force,

I had two sets of them and can make a long term review of them. Perhaps I will only conclude that both are dead in only 4 months. So for me, they aren't strong enough especially the clips holding the two pieces shelter of the earphone that break at the clipping point on both... I have trash one remain one that is holding with glue...

One word to conclude: disappointment.

Zmplse
Got these a few days ago - work good, sound nice by my standards (though they lack a little bass for my liking), best earbuds/ IEM's/ in ear headphones I've ever gotten.

Went to try and change the tips on them because I wanted to try the other sizes and types as they come with included foam tips. After trying to take off the medium sized tip that was already on and put on a foam one, then trying to put the medium one back on I felt that I wasn't getting a good seal so I inspected it and found that the tip had ripped (the one on the left). I later tried to see if a small tip would work in my ear and after taking that one out after it did not the entire thing fell apart (the one on the right). I was quite frankly amazed at how easily they came apart when I tried to take them out. I would, however, like to point out that the foam tips work very well and do not have the issue that the silicone tips have.
Geatbud
I bought some Comply Isolation+ TX-100 tips for these, and the difference is night and day for me! I'd throw away those POS silicone tips and just use the foam ones that came with them, or replace those with the even nicer Comply tips and be done with it!

For whatever reason, my right ear canal is much larger than my left ear canal, so getting a good and proper seal with silicone tips has always been a problem for me! Not so with the Comply tips and the music sounds SOOO much better with my ears being completely sealed! Like I said, a huge night and day difference between the POS silicone tips and the Comply tips!
Can't wait to try these out!
Um... Massdrop, it seems that I got a used IEM, the seal was already cut when I got the box, and the box was torn inside in multiple places. What's going on?


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Mine also in envelope (with bubble wrap inside it)
Kjden
Seal broken on mine, Inner box appeared to have been opened, but all OK. Work fine.

I am just not exactly enamored by them. Meh...
Dull, slow and boring, with heavy roll-off of the highs. Maybe (I'm hopeful) they'll 'break-in' a bit and give me some speed and detail.
Until then.... Zzzzzzz
Glad they were relatively inexpensive.
Has anyone else had these show up with one earbud dead on arrival, and have trouble getting Massdrop to resolve the problem? Because, I am.
Carter227
massdrop has had the best customer service ive seen. theyve replaced earbuds that the same thing happened to. Curious whyd youd have an issue
Carter227
I had a similar situation when my brand new EDC IEM's right IEM was damaged and was nothing but static and noise just a couple hours into using them! However, I worked with Ava to help resolve my issues, and she sent me a brand new pair/package Completely free and I didn't have to send my broken pair to them. I was extremely pissed off about it until I opened the package today and saw a brand new, sealed pair of EDC IEM's! Now I'm a happy customer again and will be buying from Massdrop in the future now!

Hopefully they get your situation resolved the same way!
Nice. Ordered in the middle of the night yesterday and just got notice that it shipped.
Just got mine. Sounds pretty good!

I wish the mic/button was closer to my mouth. What good is a button/ mic if its buried in my shirt/jacket? Similar placement to what Apple does would be great! Also, volume buttons would be nice.

I searched for "cable" and didn't find any post mentioning where to find replacement cables. Also checked amazon and http://www.nuforce.com

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