Another look at 1MORE with their Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones/Monitors. This is their best in-ear model solution and one of their initial 5 models of headphones they recently entered the North American Market with. They offer the widest range of sound that 1MORE delivers currently and pulls it off without making you save up for it. The triple-driver headphones retail for $99 and give you so much sound and then some.
Recently, we covered their dual driver model and were completely blown away by how wonderful they sounded. At just $20 more in price, 1MORE offers a 3rd driver to help separate those frequencies with and expand on that sound stage with.
Tuned by a Grammy award-winning sound engineer (explained more below), these headphones are great for all sorts of uses. Most obviously, a great pair for general music enjoyment, let it be at home, work, bus, subway or anywhere else for that matter. Especially if you enjoy listening to high fidelity tracks like FLAC. They also function great for mobile gaming and watching those favorite movies as you travel. There is just enough of everything in them, to enjoy them everywhere.
Well, at least for an in-ear solution. Obviously, you won’t be hearing that heart-pounding bass in what you are listening to like you would with full over-ear solutions, but you will get a moderate amount of it. Enough of it to wonder how such tiny little headphones could supply so much bass. So if you are looking for something to watch a good movie on your tablet with, without having to drag around headphones that are as big as or larger than the tablet itself, these hit the nail right on the end. Just to make sure it wasn’t in my head before saying such a thing, I did make sure to spend an hour watching an episode of The Walking Dead (love that series!) on my Samsung Tablet. I easily fell right into the episode, getting into the story without any distractions from what was hanging out of my ears. The action scenes had the perfect amount of bass and the fine range of everything else filled the rest in from there (the gunshots sounded amazing).
Speaking of of those highs. When we had sat down with dual driver model, we were absolutely taken by how wonderful they sounded. There was just a small need for more range in the middle of the spectrum. They sounded really good for what they are, but there is always room for improvement in anything, and we felt the range needed to be lengthened just a tad. These triple-driver in-ears did exactly this. So all it needed was that extra driver to pull it off I guess. Now you have great realistic-sounding lows, crisp and clear highs as well as a great range in between.
This takes this model above the others that 1MORE has to offer and brings it to a whole new use: monitors. You won’t find yourself mixing a sound console for a concert with them due to the noise of the room, but you may easily find an artist with these in their ears. Allowing them to listen in on their own vocals and instruments and those around them. These could easily pull that off thanks to their response painting an accurate image of an instrument being played, or a voice that it singing. Of course, there are better in-ear solutions for monitors out there, but they also cost a lot more too if you’re looking for better sound. Also, the end, you probably won’t be seeing any of this, but only because they aren’t earbuds that wrap around the ear and hide like you would expect out of in-ear monitors. What’s important is that they “could” deliver to that category of user as well, performance-wise.
We spent most of our time passing around the dual and triple driver models so that everyone could get a solid feel between the two of them and to determine where each excels and doesn’t. We couldn’t really find anything to complain about. Like I said, there is better out there, but for a higher price tag.
A lot of music was thrown against this model as we adventured around the various music genres. We mentioned for the dual model that Alessia Cara‘s song “Here” sounded great and found it to sound even better with this. The same thing applied for tracks from Chris Cornell. The voices opened up more, creating a more realistic experience. From MP3s to FLAC music, we continued to all over listening to artists like Bob Seger, Sting, Dave Brubek, Diana Krall and so much more. I have mentioned before that we could go on all day about the music we test things against here. Typically, once we start listening, it never ends until we realize how much time we actually spent on one single item we’ve been testing.
We plugged them into an external DAC amplifier that is designed for headphone listening just to see where it went. We didn’t get the same effect that we would with a really nice pair of over-ear headphones, but we still experienced an increase in performance that was more than noticeable. You do have to question the act when you motion to plug in a $99 pair of in-ear headphones into a $1200 AMP–in the end though, why not?
The design of the headphones include a very rich black/gold combination of colors with a soft transition in between makes them feel just right. The buds feature an aluminum alloy build to them and the cable is kevlar wrapped and remains snag free if you know how to coil it right. There is a plastic in-line controller on the right-bud that is black with gold buttons. The color of the buttons seem to be just slightly lighter than the gold on the buds. I don’t know if they were going for the extra color tone of if it is the result of how paint displays on the two different materials (aluminum vs plastic).
They are presented perfectly with the box they come in. As soon as you open it, the buds are right there and the inside section of the lid and around the buds feature sketches of the product scattered about and quotes from Luca Bignardi (the engineer that tuned them). Underneath the headphones, there are multiple compartments that contain all of the accessories.
Among those accessories, you find a hard case that is pleather-like in design with a magnetic flap that holds it shut. Large enough to carry the headphones and maybe an extra set or two of tips (in case you need customize them a little as you go). As for the tips, you have plenty to choose from to make sure you obtain the perfect fit for your ears. There are 9 different sets of tips, including 6 sets of silicone and 3 sets of memory foam. Whatever your ears are hungry for, you will find it sitting in the box waiting for you. They even break them down in size for you so that you know which is what.
Outside of the tips and the case, there is a compartment with manual information. There is also one that contains a “shirt clip” in case you want to show off the brand to others with and an airplane adapter that allows you to make use of them on your favorite flights. The adapter simply adapts the 3.5mm to dual 3.5mm connection. It features a brushed metal design and looks just as nice as the headphones themselves (for as simple as it is).
These headphones were tuned by Grammy award-winning sound engineer, Luca Bignardi. Luca is an Italian engineer who has been mixing albums for a handful of artists since 1979. He has his own recording studio and has worked with names like Andrea Bocelli. You can learn more about Luca in the following video or via his website here.
Absolutely fantastic! They are affordable with a price tag of only $99 and they offer a wonderful range of sound that works for all forms of music enjoyment. The same applies to watching movies on the go or playing your favorite mobile games. They aren’t $600+ knock your socks off audiophile headphones, but they are (again) fantastic and you won’t find anything (hopefully, as we didn’t) to complain about.
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*Average price is based on the time this article was published
Color: Black With Gold
Cable Length: 1.2 m
Plug: 3.5 mm Gold Plated
Wired Materials: Enameled Copper Wire
Frequency Range: 20-40,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 99 dB
Impendence: 32 ?
Rated Power: 5 mW
Weight: 18 g
In-Ear triple driver headphones
7 sets of silicone ear tips of various sizes
3 sets of memory foam ear tips of various sizes
Magnetic clasping storage case
Quality dual prong airline adapter
Matching shirt clip
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