1More Triple Driver Headphone Review

1More in-ear headphones pretty much stole the show in 2017 with their balance of incredible sound and design at a price that was near impossible to beat.  The companies Quad Driver in-ear headphones were our earphones of the year, and the triple drivers were impossible to ignore.  So given that this company has done well by throwing in multiple drivers into headphones to provide you with the best sound, they are back at it again, but now in with a full-size multi-driver on-ear headphone. 

The 1More Triple Driver in-ear headphone is just about ready for release, but we have played around with them for the past month and put together this review. So what do we think?

Packaging

If you have already owned a set of 1More headphones, you know what to expect.  If not, well, know you get some of the nicest packaging and presentations in all consumer audio. 

Usually, the packaging is an afterthought, but here it really adds to the experience, and it also makes them a great gift. These have a special feel about them right from the get-go. Everything is meticulously placed and presented, and it is all very high quality.  

Just like on the earphones, it’s a high-quality cardboard box with a classy finish and surrounded by a sleeve that provides you with plenty of details about the headphones lurking inside.  Slip the sleeve off, and you notice the class. Tasteful, clean, and simple branding and inside a rather charming product development style scribble of the key elements of design that went into the design of the headphones.

Everything is set out beautifully on the inside—everything in its right place and fitting in to create a cohesive and well-thought-out design.  The headphones come shielded in the carry case for protection, and there is a separate cardboard pocket for the fabric carry bag and manuals.

Accessories

There aren’t too many accessories you can include with a set of headphones.  1More has thankfully included all essentials to get you started. 

Most importantly, they have chosen to include a hard shell carry case and not cheap out like so many other companies do by only providing you with a pathetic drawstring bag. 

Nothing annoys me more than when you pay this much for a set of headphones, and an appropriate carry case isn’t included.  In my mind, if you are selling a set of headphones that are meant to be portable, then include a hardshell case.

No surprises for guessing that the 1More hard case far exceeds expectations.  It’s made from very nice materials, has a great zipper, and is fairly compact so that it won’t get too much space in a backpack or carry-on.

You also get the obligatory 1/4 inch adapter jack, a fabric carry back, and 1more sticker… it’s the little things that show 1More go the extra mile.

 

Build Quality

Build quality is excellent.  It’s not quite as indestructible as a V-Moda M80 of Sennheiser HD-25 or Beyer T50, but it is right up there with the best at this price point.  The choice of materials throughout this review gave me a lot of confidence in their long-term durability. 

I never felt like I had to baby them, and that’s kind of what you want in a portable headphone.  There are absolutely no straining sounds when I put the metal headband through a torture test (aka bending the s**t out it); it simply bent and then sprang right back into shape.

The swivel on the cups is very smooth but also reassuringly devoid of fragility.  The only thing I didn’t like was the fact they didn’t swivel the full 90 degrees to lie flat on a table.  

The earcups are rock solid, carved out of metal and the driver protected by a metal guard with a perspex viewing window. They feel great in hand and should withstand a fair amount of abuse over the years.

The cable is detachable and the user replaceable. If anything goes wrong with the cable, you can be safe in the knowledge it doesn’t mean the end of your headphones; just quickly swap it out with a new one and keep on rocking.

Design & Styling

When it comes to design, I can’t quite make up my mind.  I like them, that’s for sure, but something holds me off from loving them.  I think they are trying to target a younger audience. That exposed driver and turbine-like styling will appeal to many people but definitely not to lovers of more understated designs from Bose and Bower and Wilkins.  

The use of metal and high-quality protein leather makes them both look and feel premium yet not top end, but I do like the lack of over-the-top in-your-face branding that Sony and Beats adopt.  

It’s certainly out there in terms of design, and being able to view the driver is a very cool thing to on a closed-back headphone. Many people I met whilst wearing the 1More Triple Driver Over-Ear headphones naturally assumed that they were an open-back design, but everyone also thought it was very cool when I pointed out the closed-back design.

The only real negative aspect of the design, in my eyes, is the silver piping on the headband leather. From a distance, it looks cool and metal-like, but up close; it looks kind of tacky.

From a functional perspective, they are almost faultless. I love the fact they are dual-sided with the cable connectors, and the fold and swivel mechanisms ensure comfort on the head and ease of storage.

Cable

The cable is excellent, and there is nothing bad at all to say about it.  The bottom half below the splitter is cord-covered, and the top half rubberized.  This allows for the cable to be both hard-wearing and low on microphonics.  

I much appreciate the choice to go with dual-entry on both the left and right size as I am not a big fan of single-sided headphone cables due to a perceived feeling of imbalance.

Comfort

Comfort comes down to a few things.  Most important to me is the weight, and the 1More Triple Driver is fairly light but not overly so.  It falls nicely in that balance of heft and assuring build quality.  On the head, they sit very well balanced and apply a moderate amount of clamping pressure.  The force is enough to keep out external noise but not too much to cause pain and discomfort over longer listening sessions.

The pads are very well cushioned and surprisingly breathable.  Whilst my ears did get hot after many hours of listening, when I compare them to similarly styled headphones from Audio Technica and Shure, the 1More Triple Driver are definitely on par with the competition.

The headband has plenty of adjustment and has plenty of padding, so there is no issue there, and the cable is a generous length to make them perfect even for taller users keeping their players in a trouser pocket.

Isolation

When I first saw the 1More Triple Driver Headphone pictures, I thought these would leak sound like no other.  I made the mistake of thinking these were open-back headphones. It was only when I had them in my hand that I realized that they were closed with a clear screen through which you can view the large-diameter dynamic driver. 

In day-to-day use, such as taking them on a bus or flight and just generally walking about the city center, they performed quite well and could block out much surrounding noise.  Of course, they won’t be on par with headphones that feature active noise canceling but for a set of non-ANC headphones, they are decent.  

In terms of sound leakage, they leak some sound compared to other headphones with dampened closed backs, so maybe not perfect for use in quiet areas where other people are around. They are far from belting out noise like an open back headphone, but it’s something we thought should be mentioned.

Sound Quality – Spacious & Detailed

The sound is fun and detailed, a great top end, and punches tight, articulate bass.  The mids can seem a bit disjointed at times, but they are still good. It’s just that the top and bottom notes are generally excellent.  

These are going to be near perfect if you like listening to a lot of electronic music, they have vibrant energy about them, and the utilization of the multiple drivers in each earcup meant they were able to remain composed, fast, and energetic on even the most complicated of tracks we threw at them.  

Detail and imaging are among some of the best I have heard at this price point, and the spacing between instruments at times can be freaky, especially if you want to try listening to some binaural recordings.  They easily pick out sounds that you might not hear on lesser headphones. 

Highs are crisp and sparkle, but without sibilance, no matter how much of a cliche that statement has become, it is very much true here.  On the whole, that’s what gives it good performance for EDM. The lows are more detailed than impactful; they deliver some sub-bass. They are close to being considered bass prominent, yet they don’t really hit that flappy brain-shaking style of presentation which I personally prefer.  Mids stand back from the other frequencies; they are good but not outstanding or as packed with detail as the other two areas.

The soundstage scarily wide and displays excellent depth and width for such a compact closed headphone.  I really think this is the shining light of these headphones and the main reason I would buy them.   

Conclusion – Not Perfect but hard to fault

The 1More Triple Driver over-ear headphones performed very well throughout our review process.  Sound is certainly why you would be buying them; it’s unique, energetic, and detailed with a very responsive low end.

The styling is a mixed bag, I’m sure this will appeal to a sub 30 demographic, but I myself prefer something more understated and traditional. Seeing the driver is cool, but the biohazard-styled grill will split opinion, and they could do away with the silver headband piping for a cleaner look.   Happily, though, build quality is on a par with the similarly priced competition, and I would have absolutely no worries recommending them to people who are a little bit rough on their gear. 

The triple driver is a very nice start to 1More’s revamped headphone efforts.  Their ability to tune sound and utilize multiple drivers in an on-ear platform and in-ear models is certainly a boon and creates quite a unique listening experience.  

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