Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 earbuds promise audiophile quality at $99

Optoma NuForce has teamed up with Massdrop to launch the Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 IEM earbuds, a model said to offer audiophile quality at a budget (relatively speaking) price. The earbuds were made in collaboration with Massdrop and its "audiophile enthusiast community," according to Optoma, which says the model sports three balanced armature drivers.

The Massdrop x NuForce earbuds' drivers are hand-picked and measured, according to Optoma, which says this ensures the drivers match the target frequency response. As well, the right and left earpieces are both measured to ensure they match each other, at least up to a +/-2 dB.

This contributes to the model's balanced audio, helping make sure the quality is up to the standards of more discerning music lovers. Joining the selective driver process is the inclusion of a proprietary crossover design for a seamless transition from one driver to the other. As the image above shows, the model also has a braided cable.

The cable is replaceable and can be swapped with a different cable that has a built-in microphone for taking calls. The earpieces, meanwhile, are made with Lexan and were acoustically calculated for ideal sound quality coupled with noise isolation.

Users get to choose between foam and silicone ear tips, which are offered in multiple sizes for the best fit. The company is also including a carrying pouch with the earbuds, plus both of the cable options. The model is available nos from Massdrop now for $99 USD.