1More Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphone REVIEW Best Father’s Day Present Ever
When it comes to music/movies, I have never felt myself to be an audiophile. Perhaps this was because I was in college for over a decade, focused on my studies, and also unable to afford expensive items. Or perhaps I simply did not realize that there could truly be more than just passing audio. Do not misinterpret my meaning, I love music, sound and have listened to music since I was a young child and played in numerous instrumental ensembles. When I think of the word audiophile, I immediately imagine a judging word and a comparison word. Essentially, I think of audiophile as meaning someone/something as feeling as if they are better than another. Music/Sound can be experienced with just about any pair of headphones/earphones you can find. I still feel the same way about the word audiophile, but I now know that there are clear-cut winners in the headphone market. I have learned about soundstaging, bass, sub-bass, mids, highs and the benefit of noise canceling systems. 1MORE has definitely made me consider my definition of quality headphones.
The 1More Triple Driver Earphones arrived in an attractive 7 inches wide by 9 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches tall retail package with a surrounding matte black slipcover. If you have not had the opportunity to examine any of the 1More product packages, I would encourage that you check them out. Although it is very cliche, we have been told time and again to not judge a book by its cover, and to love for the inside and not the appearance. Luckily, 1More does not follow this trend and has continued to astonish with their retail packaging. Instead of focusing on their product and placing it inside of an average shell, they truly want you to buy into an experience. The matte black slipcover, with a glossy, side-view of the headphones screamed tactical and technical without overwhelming the consumer. Many companies feel the need to fill all available surfaces with information, labels, icons, etc. I know it sounds odd, but I really love to evaluate the effort placed into marketing and packaging. The attractive side view of the ear cup and the open feel of the design were quite congruent. Along the bottom left corner of the cover, 1MORE detailed the Hi-Res Audio d and along the bottom right, the titanium driver/ceramic tweeter, passive radiator for a powerful experience and the tuning/design Luca Bignardi. The back of the packaging was a bit text heavy, repeating the same information as the cover in eight different languages. Beneath the text, you will find the product specifications: weight 293G, length 1.35m, maximum power 50mW, Plug 3.5mm, Impedance 32 ohm, wire material oxygen-free copper wire, Sensitivity 104 dB, frequency range 20Hz to 40 kHz.
When you slide the inner box out of the slipcover, the continued attention to detail did not go unnoticed. From the red EKG-esque tracing across the cover, to the subtle 1MORE “hear more” logo in jet black, to the dark brown coloration of the outer box, to the light brown inner box with page like linear markings, to the bronze “1MORE Design” magnetic flap, the packaging reminded me of a fancy hardback book. To access the headphones, lift the magnetic flap and unroll the three panels (left, front, and right) towards the left. The tan inner panels provided inked outline drawings of the earphone components and attractive views of the side, face and exploded views of the headphones. Inside of the main box, you will find a black oval 6 inches wide by 7 1/2 inches tall by 3 3/4 inches thick matte black headphone case. The clamshell case was surrounded by approximately 20 inches of black zipper except for 2.5 inches at the very top of the case. The single zipper with rubberized zipper pull had a very smooth motion and allowed easy access to the internal contents of the case. The smooth, rubberized, outer surface felt very similar to the dry surface of a neoprene wetsuit. If I had a single critique about the case, it needed a carry handle along the upper clamshell hinge.
Before you set the packaging aside, look beneath the headphone case and remove the 6 1/2 inches long by 4 inches wide by 3/4 inches thick accessory box. Inside of the box, 1MORE provided a 9 3/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide nylon drawstring bag, a small bear sticker, a ten-page product manual, and a 46-page multi-lingual instruction manual. If you unzip the main container, you will notice the folded earphones along the bottom and a 4 3/4 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches tall semicircular pouch along the top. The backing of the pouch was completely covered with velcro and attached conveniently to the lower half of the felt. Inside of the pouch, you will find a bronze 3.5mm to 6.3mm adaptor, and a 55 inches long 3.5mm to dual 3.5mm cable. The single 3.5mm jack/cable extends 40 inches before splitting into the dual 14 inches long left/right 3.5mm jacks. Each of the dual 3.5mm jacks has a color-coded ring around the 3.5mm jack. If you look at the bottom of each of the headphone cups, you will find similar color coding to those on the cables.
The earphones arrived folded inside of the carry case. Unfold the headphones and then plug the appropriately colored 3.5 mm jack into the appropriately colored earphone cup. Holding the earphone cups, you can adjust the headband by expanding/retracting the earcups. To orient the headphones, you can use one of three cues. First, if you look at the inner surface of the black plastic ring alongside the headband, you will find an L and R. Your second cue can be found by looking at the bottom of each of the earcups and noticing the white/red color coding, which represents Left and Right. Lastly, each of the 3 1/4 inch diameter padded earcups has a bold font L or R inside of the ear cup. Distal to each edge of the headband, 1MORE provided an extra 1 1/2 inches via a telescoping arm. Each of the ear pads was capable of rotating and pivoting along the hinges and each could fold to allow you to reinsert the headphones into the carrying case. The incredibly comfortable 10.34-ounce headphones have an upper padded headband with 6 segments. The outer two segments measured 1 1/4 inches wide by 2 inches long and the inner five segments measured 3/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches wide. With the ability to telescope, pivot and rotate, the headphones should easily fit the variety of head shapes. These features combined with the metallic, open-faced back of each of the earcups provided an attractive, comfortable pair of headphones.
If you have a modern iPhone (7/7plus, 8/8plus, X) you will need a lightning to 3.5mm adaptor to enjoy the superb sounds of the 1MORE Over-ear triple driver headphones. Computers with 3.5mm ports, iPads with 3.5mm ports, or Android devices with 3.5mm ports will accommodate the 3.5mm jack without the use of a dongle. Plugging the 3.5mm end into the 3.5mm to lighting dongle and then the lightning plug into my iPhone X, I turned to audiocheck.net to test the headphones. I first started with the Low-Frequency Response and Subwoofer Audio Test (10–200 Hz) and found the headphones to have full lower bass down to the listed 20Hz. I then selected the High-Frequency Response and Hearing Audio Test (22–8 kHz) and found that I was able to hear to 16kHz. Interestingly, the upper range is not a limit of the headphones but a limit of the user’s ability to hear. We lose upper hearing with time and with trauma to our hearing. Most adults can hear from 14–16kHz, whereas children can hear up to about 18kHz. The Left/Right Stereo Audio Test proved the left, right, center channels of the headphones were correctly programmed. The Stereo Perception and Sound Localization test was one of my favorites and I highly recommend that you listen to “The Real Thing” and prepare to look over your shoulder.
With the frequency testing, soundstage testing, and channel testing complete, I turned to my usual test tracks. To test the bass I typically use “Why So Serious, Joker Theme” from the Dark Knight Rises, “Train Song” by Holly Cole, the opening sequence to Star Wars Episode 3 “Attack of the Clones,” “Bright Lights Bigger City” by Cee Lo Green and the Gladiator Soundtrack. If you listen to the Joker Theme from the 3–4 minute mark, you can enjoy heavy bass and sub-bass and experience a helicopter-esque sound between the ears. The bouncing bassline of the opening sequence of the Holly Cole “Train Song” makes it difficult to avoid tapping your foot. The strong bass provided a wonderful grounded effect and gave the headphones a fuller sound than many of the devices I have tested. I enjoyed watching movies with the headphones as the earcups provided some passive noise canceling and the comfortable earcups allowed for prolonged listening. When testing the 1MORE Over-Ear Triple Driver headphones, I compared the sound to my Bose AE-2 over-ear headphones. The 1MORE case was better, the included drawstring bag was similar, the detachable dual 3.5mm cable was an enhancement over the Bose headphone version and the sound was better inside of the 1MORE headphones. To continue the testing, I used Yosi Horikawa wandering to evaluate the soundstage effect. The speakers provided an amazing visual representation of musical effects.
To test the upper range of the headphones, I listened to a variety of songs by Anthem Lights, Pentatonix and I listened to the Far and Away and Braveheart Soundtracks. It is true that the quality of the source will significantly matter as well. This is why I try a variety of sources from CD, to Pandora, to Amazon Music to Apple Music. When I was done with the tests, I had to pry myself away from Movies Anywhere, Amazon Prime Video and from Apple Music and Prime Music to finish this review. I wanted to listen to “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, “Lean on Me” classics like “Earth Angel” and I could not get enough Johnny Cash and the Fogerty sound that my father introduced me to as a youth. On more than one occasion, I found myself remembering my childhood and the over-ear headphones that my father used. I enjoyed the fullness of the bass, the smooth uppers and the mids. If you want an upper-end music experience but do not want to sell your kidney to get there, you will not be disappointed with 1MORE products. There is no inline controller, there is no Bluetooth, there is no gimmick, there is just pure sound and ambiance. The 40mm graphene triple drivers provided professional grade sound and paired perfectly with the 1MORE attention to luxurious comfort. You will hear the difference when you upgrade from an entry level headphone to this device. As the name implied, this pair of headphones made me want to listen to “1MORE.”
Originally published at macsources.com on June 7, 2018.