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Review: 1MORE Triple Driver LTNG in-ear headphones for iOS

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Once again, we are tapping into the quality-filled line of products by 1MORE, as we sit down and get a feel for their latest pair of in-ear headphones, the Triple Driver LTNG buds. 1MORE never seems to leave anyone behind with regret about the product they purchased. These are another great example of this.

The next evolution of their original Triple Driver headphones, the LTNG model brings support for newer iOS devices by trading the normal 3.5mm jack out for Apple’s Lightning connector. This means, it is an ideal solution for those looking for something to go with the latest iPhone (since they did remove the 3.5mm jack completely). What really makes them shine though, is what they have added in addition to this.

To start off, the design of the headphones are nearly identical to the original Triple Driver headphones. Outside of color, the buds and cables are spot on. As for color, they traded the black and gold theme out for a two-tone silver approach. The stuff that comes in the box as well as the box itself are all identical outside of the drawings inside the cover and the fact that the LTNG model obviously doesn’t have an airplane adapter.

It does come with the same giant spread of tips to choose the best fit with. With six sets of silicone tips and 3 sets of memory foam tips, you’re going to find it impossible finding the tips that work best for your ears. As we have mentioned many times in the past, you want to find a good snug fit, but without losing any comfort. With that balance, you will be able to seal in more of the lows and get a lot more warmth out of what you are listening to. You also have the goofy shirt clip (which I doubt anyone uses), the familiar sticker with their bear mascot on it, and some instructions. It even comes with the same great leather-like hardshell case to store them in, with magnet flap, that fits so well in the pocket.

The insides of these buds are similar to the original, with balanced armatures (giving you your higher range) as well as a titanium dynamic driver (for the lower frequencies). Let’s see you try to fit all of that in such a tiny bit of space while making it actually work with grand results! 

They took a new approach to the remote by getting rid of the usual three-button design, and replacing it with a single button that acts as a joystick. Pressing the button down will result in your typical play/pause/answer , while tilting it up or down will control volume, and left to right will control the track (previous/next).

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What truly let’s these stand out compared to the originals though, is the fact that they have an in-line 24bit/48kHz DAC. Now that, is something to brag about. Most importantly because these headphones are $50 more, which would leave a lot of consumers trying to figure out how they are worth so much more than the regular triple driver model. That explains it all, as a DAC can either make or break a product depending on performance, and this one has no intention of breaking a thing. 

It is easy to consider this to be the Triple Driver model, amplified with more power, more punch and warmer results. We didn’t even have to break out the typical FLAC albums to test these out with. Instead, we made it as far as opening SiriusXM‘s app, and we were finished. Bouncing between channels like Chill, Symphony Hall, Lithium, Real Jazz and The Coffee House. We found everything our ears wanted to hear between the high quality internet streaming that SiriusXM has to offer, and the Triple Driver LTNG headphones.

Although they feature the same range as the original model, they produce a warmer delivery of lows, with their deep bass response and punchy mid and mid-lows becoming more noticeable. Kick drums sound absolutely fantastic vs muddy and lost within the surrounding frequencies (which can typically happen to a lot of headphones). So like I said, they sound exactly like the original Triple Driver headphones, but amplified (thanks DAC!).

These headphones are perfect for pretty much all types of listeners. From hip hop and club, to all genres of rock, and even classical, acoustic, theatrical and more. They won’t work for IEM (in-ear monitors) for recording as well as a super expensive alternative would, but they aren’t meant to. They are meant for listening and enjoying music on the go or sitting still. Relaxing to your favorite meditational tunes or rocking out to your best friend’s garage band (assuming of course that their album is relatively well mixed). They aren’t the affordable as the original Triple Drivers, but they are also cheaper than many more expensive brands that these easily beat out in performance. So those looking to buy that $200-$300 pair of buds might consider saving some of that money and opting for a pair of these. Or, those looking to spend around $100, might take the chance and dish out a little more just to find out that these will rock their world (making them worth every penny).

The cable running to the right earbud contains a separate in-line microphone for taking calls and making use of Siri with. The microphone results in crisp clear communication, allowing the receiving party to hear you nearly as well as if you were speaking into the mic on the phone itself.

There is a little more weight to these headphones, which shows off everything packed inside, but we didn’t find this to be annoying in anyway (or noticeable once you have been wearing them for a long time).

The only thing we noticed that we were 100% on board with, was the fact that the upper wire section (where the two channels split and head towards each bud) can produce a lot of noise while the cable is dragging around the clothes (when you are moving around). This noise easily resonates through the cables and into your ears. We didn’t seem to see this in the lower braided section of the cable.

Luca Bignardi

As with their other models, 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.

 

Our Conclusion

Wow! Ouah! Bay! Guau! ??! ?!  Who wouldn’t want these headphones? They corner so many sections of the market so well with their amazing performance. With the new LTNG headphones, Triple Drivers have now been amplified and take advantage of everything iOS devices are capable of delivering. We liked them before, and still like them today (and now even more with the added umph). Their only disadvantage, is that you’d have to buy another pair of headphones if you’d like to use them on anything else (since they are obviously limited to iOS devices that support the Lightning connector.

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Our Rating

9 / 10 stars           

Average Price*

$149.99

*Average price is based on the time this article was published

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Specifications
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  • Type: In-Ear
  • Color: Titanium
  • Impedance: 32 ?
  • Sensitivity: 99 dB
  • Frequency Range: 20-40,000 Hz
  • Rated Power: 5 mW
  • Weight: 18 g
  • Length: 1.25 m
  • Plug: Lightning Connector
  • DAC: 24 Bit/ 48 kHz
  • In-line Remote Control: 5-in-1 Controller
  • Wire Material: Enameled Copper Wire
Contents:
  • In-ear triple driver headphones
  • 6 sets of silicone ear tip sizes
  • 3 sets of foam ear tip sizes
  • Magnetic clasping traveling case
  • Leather storage case
  • Matching shirt clip

 


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