Pros: Overall sound quality, price, accessories and presentation, design, comfort
Cons: Straight jack, cable, availability
Packaging & Accessories: 9.5/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 8/10
Sound Quality: 8.5/10
My final Rating: 9/10
Review Date: May 2016
Review Price: £75
First of all I would like to thank GearBest for reaching out and sending me the 1More Triple Driver earphones for review. The name of the earphones seems to be a little inconsistent, with it being named 1 More Three-unit Driver Hybrid to 1More Triple Driver. No matter the spelling, the earphones have a single dynamic (DD) and dual Balanced Armature (BA) drivers alongside an in-line mic.
The earphones can be found for $100 (around £75) incl shipping on GearBest’s website. Remember, you might have to pay import/VAT fees, as it’s being shipped from China.
Here’s my video review of the earphones:
Let’s get to this written review!
Packaging & Accessories
The packaging and accessories are extremely well presented. In fact, it’s one of the best presented earphones I’ve ever come across, with it looking like a luxury jewlerry set from the outside.
Within the packaging you’ll find the following:
- The earphones with a set of medium silicone tips already installed
- 5 sets of silicone tips
- 3 sets of foam tips
- Hard carrying case
- Aeroplane adapter
- Shirt clip
- Manual and warranty info
The overall package contents and presentation is fantastic and I can only say that I’m impressed by how 1More have presented their earphones. I would have liked a soft carrying pouch, but other than that couldn’t have asked for more, especially given their fantastic way of showcasing the different tips you can choose from.
The earphones have a fantastic overall build quality, but do, in my opinion, miss out on a few key points.
First of all, the jack is terminated by a straight gold-plated 3.5mm jack. I would have much preferred a right-angled 3.5mm jack, as it increases the longevity of the earphones.
Moving on from the jack to the cable itself, you’ll find the cable is made out of a fabric-sheeted material. As you move further up the cable to the Y-split, the earphones’ cable is made out of a plastic/rubber material.
The cable suffers from slight microphonics (cable noise), but it isn’t an inherent problem. On the other hand, the cable does get tangled quite easily, especially as there’s no cable cinch by the Y-split. Speaking of the Y-split, on the right-sided driver cable, you’ll find a 3-button mic, which works flawlessly with my Android device. The two outer buttons are used for volume up/down, whilst the middle button is used to answer/reject calls and play/pause music by the touch of a button. The centre button also has the ability to previous/skip music by double/triple clicking on it. The small control-pod also has a mic, allowing you to take calls.
Moving to the earphones’ housing, I found it to be extremely well built, with a solid metal frame and a beautiful gold/space grey design to it.
The left and right indicator are also clearly indicated in white on the side of the earphones.
Overall, the build quality is fantastic, however the 3.5mm jack would have been better if it was right-angled and the cable to have been rubberised, would have made it less prone to being tangled.
Design, looks, comfort and isolation
The earphones look fantastic, with a beautiful blend of gold and space grey colours to match its somewhat metallic look. The earphones do sit quite well in-ear, but you could say look a little retro – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The earphones do a decent job in providing enough passive noise isolation, which means you’re able to block out quite a bit of external noise. The isolation gets better with the included foam tips that provide you with that little extra bit of isolation.
The earphones are comfortable to wear, mainly because they sit snugly in-ear and don’t have to be worn over-the-ear for microphonics purposes. However, the housing is made out of metal, meaning when the weather is cold, it might feel a little uncomfortable in-ear!
The earphones come in at a great price of £75, meaning they compete against some of the best sub £100 earphones I’ve heard to date, which includes the DUNU Titan 1, DUNU Titan 5, Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2, Pump Audio V2 and the Sennheiser M2IEG / M2IEi Momentum.
I’m happy to report, that the 1More Triple Driver earphones have a great frequency range, with the two BA drivers working well with the single dynamic driver to provide a good bass impact, whilst not sacrificing too much of the mid-range or high frequencies. This is all put into fruition with the earphones’ soundstage.
The sub-bass extends a reasonable amount, although does cut-off in the lower sub-bass regions. The earphones provide enough rumble and grunt to music, making it an enjoyable listen. The mid-bass has a decent impact with it not being overly bloated. I would have liked the mid-bass to have a little more control, but on the whole it provides a good impact to music.
The mids sound a little pushed back and therefore are a little recessed, making the overall sound signature warm. I would have liked the mids to be a little more forward and therefore provide greater detail in vocals.
The highs are well presented, with a decent extension and nice sparkle. Again, I would have liked a little better extension in the top end, but given its price I can’t complain too much.
The soundstage is great, with a good wide sound and a fantastic instrument separation. It did drop a few points for its lack of depth versus the likes of the DUNU Titan range, but again, given its price, the earphones do a great job in its highs.
Sound Quality Ratings
Conclusion & Closing Thoughts
Overall, the earphones provide a fantastic value-for-money purchase at £75. Even if they cost the Amazon price of £100, they’re still fantastic earphones. Given the other earphones I mentioned in the review, I think they add a nice addition to an already populated market.
The earphones didn’t blow me out the water, but did, for an unknown brand (at least to my knowledge), to provide a great sound quality and overall package. Therefore, I would definitely recommend these to anyone looking for a good all-round experience.
Hope you enjoyed my review!