UNBOXED: Reviewing the 1More Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones
In the last handful of years, plenty of audio brands have burst onto the scene only to see their success be nothing more than a flash in the pan. That’s what happens when you try to enter a market like personal audio, and more specifically headphones. It’s a tough one to get a grasp of, and even tougher to realize sustained success.
That doesn’t seem to be a problem, however, for 1More. Still in its infancy, the company has already had a number of killer products come to market in the past few years. Their signature has been to pack these multiple-driver sound systems into their headphones—be it on-ear, over-ear, or in-ear—and do so while not having to charge an arm and a leg.
I first got my hands on some 1More’s back in the fall with their Quad-Driver IEMs, which impressed from a sound perspective. This time around, it’s their $249.99 Triple-Driver Over Ear Headphones that I’ve strapped on, and it’s safe to say my ears were even happier this time around.
The real selling point with these headphones is the Hi-Res certified sound experience they provide. 1More’s triple-driver setup includes a 40mm graphene dynamic driver, a ceramic tweeter, and a bass reflector. The result of this setup is a full bodied audio output that leaves you feeling like you’re standing front and center at a concert. Music comes through crisp and clear, but powerful as well. Bass response hits a real sweet spot that isn’t too overbearing. Midrange is smooth and clear, and the highs are apparent but don’t steal the show.
These are definitely a pair of headphones that would treat any genre of music quite well.
Moving to the construction of these headphones, they’re the lowest profile over-ears I think I’ve ever seen, and that’s thanks to the rounded ear cups that 1More opted to go with as opposed to oval-shaped ones. It makes for a tighter over-ear fit, which probably ends up being more like an on-ear headphone for larger eared wearers, but the leather cushioned ear cups make for a very comfortable fit. Though, it does get a little heated over long stretches. The comfort extends to the leather pads and foam across the bottom of the headband. The woven design allows for airflow so the top of the wearer’s head stays cool, which is a nice added touch that you don’t typically see on a pair of headphones.
The closed back ear cups are really what’s eye-catching about these Triple-driver headphones. 1More left exposed, through a piece of clear tempered glass, the inside components so you can practically see the headphones in action. What you actually are looking at, through the glass, is the back of the bass reflector, which makes for a far more interesting design than a simple piece of plastic or some jenky touch controls.
1More managed to house all of the design and tech specs of these headphones in a package that weighs just a touch over 10 ounces. Slightly annoying about the design is the fact that the included cable has to be plugged into each earpiece, and it lacks a basic remote and in-line mic. But what that does do is it makes the user remain focused on the listening experience with these headphones. There are no distractions when it comes to fumbling for the audio controls, the woven fabric makes the cable lightweight and fairly inconspicuous when moving about.
And to be able to pack all of this into a product that checks in under $250 is simply the icing on top. Consumers would be hard pressed to find a better sounding pair of Hi-Res headphones with a price tag lower than what 1More is pushing these out their doors for. They’re easy to travel with, sound great, and have a sleek design that’s sure to turn some heads.