Tried & Tested

Headphones review: 1More Triple Driver

27 Jun 2017 by Tom Otley
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These 1MORE Triple Driver in-ear headphones come in an extremely attractive box with six sets of silicone ear tip sizes, three sets of foam ear tip sizes, a smart magnetic clasping travleling hard case, a dual prong airline adapter and a matching shirt clip.

According to the press material with them they have been “expertly tuned by Grammy Award winning sound engineer Luca Bignardi to deliver a precise representation of a listener’s favourite music”.

Like many of us, I listen to a wide range of music in a wide range of environments, from trains and planes to at home, and one of the major reasons for buying good headphones is blocking out the noise around me so that music can be listened to without turning up the volume to a level that might damage my hearing. (It also prevents noise escaping and annoying my neighbours, but I admit that is a secondary consideration.)

The sound and quality and depth of music through these in-ear headphones is impressive, but quieter than others I have tested, and for most music I found I had to turn the volume up close to maximum. There was no discomfort in doing so (or distortion).

The makers say that  the balanced armatures (you can watch this video to see how an armature works)  “..work together to deliver sizzling highs and can withstand extremely high input power without distortion” which was certainly my experience.

These have a frequency range up to 40,000 Hz and are of good quality. They are good build-quality with a lightweight aluminium body. The cables are enamelled copper wrapped around Kevlar cable, enhanced by TPE for softness and comfort with a final braided layer of nylon. I found they got tangled, however.

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The issue of fit was more problematic. The ear fittings are angled to fit in your ear, but the case fitting behind is uncomfortable, and acts as a discouragement to a snug fit. I tried different sizes of ear buds, but they weren’t the most comfortable, though of course they may well fit you. They are also slightly heavier than some earphones, but the quality of sound made up for that.

I found the headphones best for classical music – Yo-Yo Ma playing the Bach Cello Suites, for instance, was nigh on perfect, and better than some over ear (cup) headphones.

The angled ear fittings  certainly naturally fit the ear canals and help increase noise isolation, though I found they most benefited the fullness of the sound. The headphones also have hands-free calling capability and a single-sided control or mute, volume or accepting a call.

1MORE Earphones

Verdict

Excellent sound and build quality, though size and fit was an issue for me. A fair price for headphones of this quality.

Price:

£99.99, http://uk.1more.com

 

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Frequency Range: 20-40,000 Hz

Plug: 3.5 mm Gold Plated

Colour: Black With Brushed Gold

 

1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear  HeadphonesIndustry Standard
Keystroke400K times100K times
Wire Flexing Test15K times5K times
Speaker20mW/168 hrs5 mW/96 hrs
Wire Tensile Strength7 Kg/2 min2Kg/min
Drop Test1.7 meters/18 times1.2 meters/6  times

 

 

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