1 More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphone: The Best-Sounding Wired Earbuds under $100

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I’ve been a big follower of 1More in-ear earphones (IEH) since I evaluated the company’s Stylish Real Wireless model for Macworld. Additionally, I composed about the 1More Triple Driver wired IEH that’s offered to VIP guests at Aerosmith’s Las Las vega residency in my coverage of that occasion for TechHive.

1More offers various other models of wired in-ear earphones, consisting of the Double Driver and Quad Driver, which led me to wonder if more drivers equal better efficiency. I asked 1More to send out a Double Driver and a Quad Driver, so I could contrast them with the Triple Driver I had from the Aerosmith show. The sound quality of all 3 is quite great, but in a straight side-by-side contrast, the Triple and Quad Driver models slip by the Double Driver.

Features

The first point you might wonder is, why trouble with wired in-ear earphones? Real Wireless models, such as the 1More Stylish, have no cables to obtain entangled, and they are quickly acquiring appeal, particularly since many modern mobile devices have ditched their earphone jack for Bluetooth. Well, for one point, it is completely too easy to shed a real wireless earphone unless you are very careful. After that there is the need to charge their batteries—I dislike it when they poop out equally as I’m obtaining on the treadmill. But most significantly, a wired link is still above Bluetooth, which is important for audiophiles that want the best feasible sound quality. But if real wireless earphones are what you are looking for, Macworld offers excellent coverage of that space.

As you can certainly assume from the item names, each model has a matching variety of drivers in each earpiece. The Double Driver has a graphene vibrant driver for the reduced and mid regularities, and one balanced armature for the high regularities. The Triple Driver uses a beryllium-composite vibrant driver for the lows and mids, with 2 balanced-armature drivers for the highs. And the Quad Driver consists of a PET (polyethylene terephthalate, also known as Mylar) diaphragm with a “diamond-like” carbon covering for the lows and mids, with 2 balanced armatures for the highs, and a 3rd balanced armature for ultra-high regularities.

All 3 models were tuned by Grammy-winning sound designer Luca Bignardi, and all have a regular reaction from 20Hz to 40kHz, producing them totally open to high-resolution sound. Most of the various other specifications are basically similar as well: 32-ohm resistance, 98-99 dB level of sensitivity, 5 mW power handling, 1.25-meter cable television size, and an L-shaped, gold-plated 3.5mm connect. The Double Driver evaluates a total of 15 grams, while the Triple Driver tips the range at 18 g, and the Quad Driver evaluates it at 18.5 g.

The drivers and associated frameworks for all 3 models are housed in aluminum-alloy bodies with ergonomically tilted ear tips. The form of the earpieces and the angle of the ear tips help accomplish great security to separate you from ambient sound, which is critical to permanently sound quality. Another crucial aspect in this regard is choosing the best ear tips for your ears. The Double Driver comes with 4 sets of silicone tips of various dimensions, while the Triple Driver and Quad Driver consist of 9 sets of tips (6 silicone, 3 memory foam). The biggest 14.5mm silicone tips that come with the Triple and Quad Driver work the best in my ears—in truth, I use them on nearly all IEHs I pay attention to.

Additionally, all 3 have an inline control capsule on the right-earpiece cable that allows you to control the quantity, skip tracks, and take telephone calls. The capsule also consists of a microphone to get your side of a telephone discussion. I such the Quad Driver’s capsule the best; it has increased physical switches that are easy to find by feel. The Double and Triple Driver pods have non-raised switches separated by tiny ridges.

The cables are Kevlar-sheathed for enhanced resilience, and the cables from both earpieces sign up right into a solitary cable intertwined with nylon for tangle resistance. The Double and Triple Drivers use “enameled copper” conductors, while the Quad Driver uses oxygen-free copper, a conductor that’s well-regarded in the audiophile community. Remarkably, the Triple Driver cable television is the thickest of the 3.

The Double Driver comes with a soft-pouch bring situation with a spring-loaded mouth that is challenging to open up, while the Triple and Quad Drivers come with a hard-sided bring situation with a magnetic clasp.

Perhaps most significantly, 1More claims that the Triple Driver is the world’s first THX-certified earphone, which means it has passed an extensive set of tests conducted by THX.

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Efficiency

To contrast the efficiency of the 1More Double, Triple, and Quad Driver, I listened to several tracks on each model played from an Apple iPad with an earphone output. I also listened to every track on the RevoNext QT5 wired IEH, which I evaluated very highly on TechHive, as well as the 1More Stylish Real Wireless IEH to see how it compared to the wired models. I changed the iPad output degree as shut to the same setting as I could.

On a technological keep in mind, the RevoNext QT5 is a dual-driver model with a vibrant driver for the reduced and mid-range and a well-balanced armature for the highs, much like the Double Driver. The 1More Stylish uses a solitary titanium-composite vibrant driver to cover the whole regularity range.

As I mentioned previously, 1More’s 14.5mm silicone ear tips—the biggest that come with the Triple and Quad Driver models—work very well for me, so that is what I used on those days. I attempted the biggest tips that come with the Double Driver, which functioned relatively well for me, but the 14.5mm tips work better. So, I used the 14.5 mm tips on the Double Driver as well as the Stylish. I use the biggest silicone tips that came with a JBL IEH on RevoNext QT5, which works very well for my ears.

Bear in mind that finding the right ear tips for your ears is critical for obtaining the best feasible sound from any IEH. If the tips don’t produce great security in your ear canal, the bass will be very slim and the overall sound will be tinny. It is crucial to find the best tips for your ears, which might well be various compared to the ones that are best for my ears. Also, you might find that foam tips are better for you compared to silicone. Invest some time in attempting the tips that come with any IEH to find the best ones for you. If none work well, you might try a third-party supplier such as Conform, which makes great deals on various foam ear tips.

I started my marathon paying attention session with “Whirl-Y-Reel 1” from Afro Celt Sound System’s cd Sound Magic, Vol. 1. This world-music ensemble uses great deals of synthesizers together with the Celtic flute, bagpipes, and great deals of percussion. The Double Driver seemed nice and clean with great delineation of tools, relatively deep bass, crisp highs, and clear midrange. The Triple Driver was a little bit louder and richer, and the bass was slightly more pronounced, while the Quad Driver was also richer with more bass, and I could listen the deeper right into the blend. The QT5 was rather leaner seeming, and the bass was slightly puffed up, while the Stylish was clean overall, however, the bass was a little bit indistinct and the highs were ever-so-slightly fragile.

Moving on to more traditional popular songs, I listened to “Landslide” as performed by The Dixie Chicks on their cd Home. On the Double Driver, the vocals were very ahead, the lead singing was a little bit severe, and the bass was slightly recessed, however, there was readied delineation of tools, and the guitars and mandolin seemed quite nice. The Triple Driver seemed a little bit louder, smoother, and more pleasing overall, and the bass was more present. I listened to hardly any distinction in between the Triple and Quad Driver, which also seemed very smooth and clean. The QT5 seemed smooth, however, the bass was slightly recessed and the vocals were simply a little fragile. Finally, the Stylish also seemed smooth with very nice vocals, and the bass was well-balanced but a little bit indistinct.

I love all Joni Mitchell’s oeuvre, so I listened to “Hejira” from her cd of the same name. The Double Driver seemed excellent with complete guitars and all-natural vocals, though Jaco Pastorious’ fretless bass was a little bit restrained. The Triple Driver seemed richer and fuller with more pronounced bass and more present vocals, while the Quad Driver seemed similar with a little bit more airiness. Joni’s articulation seemed slightly fragile on the QT5, and the Stylish was a little bit lower in quantity and slightly veiled overall.

For some great ol’ shake ‘n’ roll, I listened to “Wonderful Home Alabama” from The Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd. The vocals and guitars seemed excellent on the Double Driver, however, the bass was a little bit indistinct and the cymbals were slightly severe. The bass was better specified and more balanced on the Triple Driver, and the overall sound was smoother and more coherent. On the Quad Driver, the bass was much more pronounced—maybe a little too much—but else, the sound was similar to the Triple Driver. The QT5 had a somewhat harsher sound, and the bass was a little bit recessed. The Stylish seemed smoother, but the overall sound was a little bit veiled, and the bass was slightly indistinct.

Among the genres that are nearest and dearest to my heart is jazz, so I listened to “My Amusing Valentine” performed by trombonist Steve Turre with piano, acoustic bass, and drums on his cd Maintain Searchin’. I play trombone, so I know what it should seem like. The Double Driver seemed simply a little lean with easygoing bass, and the piano and cymbals were ever-so-slightly severe, but the trombone seemed quite all-natural. The Triple Driver seemed fuller and richer; the bass was more pronounced, and all the tools were more present. I listened to a similar sound on the Quad Driver with very ventilated cymbals, however, the bass might have been a little bit overblown. On the QT5, the bass and drums were slightly more present compared to the Double Driver, but the cymbals were back to being simply a little bit severe. The sound of the Stylish was slightly veiled overall, the bass and drums were a little bit restrained, but the cymbals weren’t severe at all.

Finally, I listened to a pair of classic tracks. First up was Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, IV. Chor “Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen,” as performed by the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique under the instructions of John Eliot Gardiner. The Double Driver seemed slightly slim, and the choir was slightly recessed, however, the orchestra was well balanced, and the vibrant range was excellent. The Triple Driver seemed richer, smoother, and more present, and the Quad Driver seemed similar. By comparison, the QT5 had a somewhat slim, fragile sound, and the Stylish seemed a little bit veiled.

For a simply orchestral track, I listened to Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Act II Scene 2: No.28 “Romeo with Friar Laurence,” performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under Andre Previn. The Double Driver had a great sound with nice delineation of areas and solo tools, however, the bass was slightly recessed. As expected now, the Triple Driver had a richer sound, and the bass was more pronounced, while the Quad Driver had an extremely comparable sound that was a little bit more ventilated on the top finish. The QT5 was slightly thinner, but the bass was a little bit better compared to the Double Driver, and the Stylish also seemed a little bit thinner with slightly recessed bass.

Bottom Line

I must highlight that the distinctions I listened to between the 5 IEH models were very minor; the just way to listen to those distinctions remained in a straight side-by-side contrast. I would certainly be very happy to pay attention to any one of them in seclusion.

Having actually said that here are my overall viewpoints after carrying out simply such a contrast. The Double Driver sounds a little bit lean with slightly recessed bass and sometimes simply a tip of harshness in the luxury, similar to the RevoNext QT5, however, these are very small drawbacks. The Triple and Quad Driver models sound fuller and richer with more pronounced bass—in truth, the Quad Driver’s bass was simply a little overemphasized on some tracks, however, it is sound was slightly airier in the luxury. The Stylish sounds a little veiled overall with slightly recessed bass, but again, this is some major nitpicking based upon direct contrasts.

In completion, I give the nod to the Triple Driver for its mix of outstanding sound quality and worth. In truth, it obtains the first 5 scores I’ve ever bestowed on an item in a TechHive review. Not that the others misbehave in any way—far from it! Depending upon your budget, I’m certain you will more than happy with any one of these excellent in-ear earphones from 1More.