As a fan of 1More’s impressive gaming headphones, I am psyched to finally sit down with the 1More Triple Driver In-Ear, a $99 earphone that boasts impressive sound. But is the performance worth the price? Or is the 1More earphone one less earphone to buy? MajorHiFi investigates.
1More Triple Driver In-Ear Review
The Triple Driver In-Ear comes in a swanky cardboard box with plenty of accessories. From a headphone cable clip and magnetic leather case, to 9 pairs of eartips and a cool sticker, these earphones come with all kinds of bells and whistles. There’s even a dual-prong airline adapter in the box.
Featuring an aluminum housing and a robust nylon sheathing on the 4 ft (1.2 m) cable, the Triple Driver delivers a rough-and-tumble build that won’t give out. The angled design of the earpieces also deliver an ergonomic fit that remains comfortable even during longer listening sessions.
However, the biggest design aspect of the Triple Driver is…yep, you guessed it, triple drivers. Two balanced armatures handle the mids and highs, while a separate dynamic driver tackles the low end.
Frequency Range: 20-40,000 Hz
Nominal Impedance: 32 ohms
Sound Pressure Level (SPL): 99 dB
On paper, this earphone packs a fairly standard frequency range, but with some extra extension in the high end. Nominal impedance remains low, allowing the Triple Driver to work effortlessly with smartphones, computers, and personal music players. Where sound pressure is concerned, 99 decibels isn’t too shabby, and users should have no problem achieving adequate volume.
The 1More Triple Driver In-Ear sports a lifelike but slightly subdued low end. That being said, there’s some still good detail at play here. This detail is punctuated with a strong bass with impact and control. Never sloppy or muddy, this remains a clean and articulate low end overall.
The mids appear accurate and full with strong contrast and imaging. Good fidelity with no compression or distortion marks the sound here, giving way to crisp instrumentation and clear, precise vocals. While not quite so forward-leaning as an IEM at a similar price, the mids still sound present, delivering an impressive listening experience.
In the high end, the Triple Driver sports slightly oppressive and clipped highs. This sound manages to miss the highest high notes. While not a total deal breaker, classical and pop tracks suffer as a result, with the clipped highs seeming more noticeable on vocals than instrumentation. Despite these missteps, the highs still work well with that luscious bass for electronica and rock.
The 1More Triple Driver In-Ear hides a noticeable sense of depth, but lacking that pinpointing-character of true soundstage. Not bad but not necessarily good, either, this proto-soundstage adds a bit of dimension to a track, but leaves me wanting more.
Perhaps my biggest misgiving regarding this earphone is the lack of an interchangeable cable. Shure does it. Mackie does it. And for $50 more, Final Audio does it. Even the cheap chi-fi champion FiiO does it. And to be honest, as well-made as this earphone is, I probably wouldn’t need the interchangeable cable. But I am also a little clumsy at times, and accidents happen. So I like having that peace-of-mind stuff.
Sound quality is decent, as the lows and mids do a fair job of delivering a fun-but-kinda-accurate sound. Despite the clipped highs killing what might have been an amazing headphone, the Triple Driver is still good.
If you happen to like the 1More sound and want that in an earphone version, by all means, look to the Triple Driver In-Ear for your next pair of earphones. If you’re in the market for an almost class-leading sound with good lows and mids, you will also enjoy the 1More Triple Driver In-Ear.
Really, the only folks who won’t like this earphone are those who are looking for more in the high end – in which case the Sennheiser HD1 Momentum In-Ear (also at $99) is the way to go.
For those seeking a flat, neutral sound, or for anyone in the market for a professional IEM, better alternatives can be had from the Shure SE215 or the Mackie MP-120 (both at $99).
Despite the low entry-cost of $99, the 1More Triple Driver In-Ear punches way above it’s price point, delivering a robust sound with few distractions. The quality build and design only sweeten the deal, making this baby a bargain and a half.
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