When it rains, it pours. Audiophilia receives many review requests weekly. Requests to review cool headphones and earphones are on the rise and are making up for a bigger and bigger percentage of those requests.
Some just show up. Okay. We'll play. As we did with the Edifier H840 Headphones. $59 for cheap and cheerful, Chinese sourced, over ear headphones.
These new, very sexy 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones arrived (via formal review request) and are also sourced from China, but at $40 more, a completely different type of kit. The $99 earphones are beautifully packaged, boast a serious design and come with all the add ons.
Technically, the earphones have three drivers - two balanced armatures and a separate dynamic driver.
Many new earphones have an engineering/artistic hook. The 1Mores are 'tuned' by Grammy Award winning sound engineer, Luca Bignardi, 'to deliver a precise representation of your favorite music'. Well, there you go.
The small drivers are very comfortable. I listened for many hours without fatigue. In the wonderful packaging, you get a set of silicon and foam tips in various sizes. You'll find yours. The fit on the outer driver is snug and is an easy retrofit. 1More suggests 'the oblique angled ear fittings naturally match your ear canals.' They fit me right out of the box.
As the earphones are wired, there's no Bluetooth. But the Kevlar cable has in-line controls compatible with Apple iOS and Android, allowing volume control, select songs, and take calls.
The dynamic driver has a triple layer diaphragm. 1More explains the topology as 'manufactured with aerospace grade metal inside two outer layers of PET, a resilient polymer. This greatly increases bass and midrange response time, definition, and fullness. Since the driver is specifically dedicated to lower frequencies it doesn’t interfere with the upper frequencies.'
Like many in this segment, the upper frequencies sounded etched right out the box. A fairly good push into the ear canal boosted the bass response off the ear drum.
The balance improved over time. Even the midrange, the first casualty of the earphone wars, made its presence known.
Pop music sounded best on the 1Mores. Large scale classical music seemed scaled down but the instrumental timbre was natural. That's a tough ask for so many small earphones.
The sound was punchy and highlighted the macro rather than micro. To get high end subtlety, light and shade, you have to go custom and a lot more money.
For those with large classical and jazz collections, they'll be better choices out there, but for twice the price. My reference Bowers & Wilkins C5 S2 In-Ear Headphones, for one. But if you only want to spend a hundred bucks, these beautiful looking, good sounding earphones are a no brainer. Recommended.
Further information: 1More