Having beforehand checked out 1More’s first merchandise—Twin Driver and Triple Driver in-ear-headphones—and coming away impressed with the beautiful packaging, glorious design, and good sound at a modest worth, I used to be keenly to evaluation its new Triple Driver Over-Ear headphones. I’m comfortable to report that the younger firm has delivered one other nice worth in private audio.
Because the identify suggests, every ear cup is outfitted with three drivers: A ceramic tweeter delivers the highest finish, whereas a full-range 40mm graphene dynamic driver paired with a bass reflector gives prolonged bass response. The headphones are Hello-Res licensed, providing frequency response of 20Hz to 40kHz.
These cans weigh in at a modest 10.Four ounces. They current impedance of 32 Ohms and sensitivity of 104dB, which makes them an ideal complement for nearly any good system or high-res digital audio participant.
1More touts that the Triple Driver’s sound has been tuned by audio engineer Luca Bignardi, who has gained a Grammy for his collaboration with Laura Pausini in addition to three Latin Grammys.
Wonderful bodily options
These are modest-sized over-the-ear headphones sporting some distinctive styling. They fold right into a half-circle so you may throw right into a backpack or purse. The folding design is superb, however they don’t fairly shrink all the way down to the V-Moda Crossfade II Wireless’ footprint, which is the gold customary in my e-book.
The clicking-adjustable headband is wrapped in gentle leather-based with a silver-colored trim. Cushioned stress factors relieve rigidity on the highest of your head. The headscarf itself is steel, not plastic. As soon as once more, these high-quality supplies are a testomony to what I’ve discovered with 1More’s merchandise—loads of bang for the buck.
The anodized-aluminum ear cups have a delicate and delightful brushed end that resists fingerprints whereas providing you with a stable, slip-free grip. The ear cups rotate barely ahead and about 45-degrees to the again, permitting them to regulate comfortably to totally different head shapes.
I discovered the headphones to be comfy. How comfy you would possibly suppose they’re will rely in your desire. The ear cups are wrapped in the identical gentle leather-based as the headscarf, with 10 well-hidden vent holes within the materials. Once I wore the headphones outdoors for walks or gentle bodily exercise, they obtained sizzling and calmly sweaty, which is typical for this type of materials.
Giant “L” and “R” letters are screened on the acoustically-transparent grille cloth, so you may simply inform which is the best and left ear cup; the identical designations are marked on the headscarf as nicely.
The ear cup’s padding compresses simply, inflicting the driving force housing to barely contact your ear. The ear cup cavity isn’t as spacious the B&W P9 Wi-fi, V-Moda Crossfade II Wi-fi, or Focal Clear. The ear pad sat partly on my ears. That 1More’s match is nearer to the Sony MDR-1A I’ve beforehand had in for evaluation.
1More says the headphones surpass business testing requirements. The Triple Driver Over-Ear are subjected to a wire flexing take a look at 15,000 instances, for instance, versus the business customary of 5,000 time. For the drop take a look at, they’re dropped 18 instances from a top of 1.7 meters, in comparison with the business customary of six instances at 1.2 meters.
There’s a zippered laborious case, a gentle carrying pouch, a three.5mm cable, and 1/Four-inch adapter included. You’ll want to offer your personal two-prong airline adapter do you have to want it for journey. The oval-shaped laborious case has a mildew of the headphones on one aspect for a steady match. The highest cowl sports activities a Velcro-removable pouch for carrying the 1/Four-inch adapter or different tidbits. A detachable Velcro strap is meant to carry the Triple Driver’s three.5mm stereo cable.
Talking of which, the headphone’s 99-percent oxygen-free copper cable is gorgeous. It’s constructed with an anti-tangle Kevlar sheath. The cable has a nylon braid from the cable neck by the stereo cut up. From the strengthened neck up, the cable is wrapped in a rubber sheath. There is no such thing as a inline microphone or different smart-phone pleasant integration.
I’ve had loads of costly headphones which have include low cost three.5mm jacks. Not right here. The jack’s black neck is steel with a brushed end that matches the ear cups. I instantly felt the elevated friction on my fingers; however I solely actually appreciated the wonderful design after it by a magnifying glass. The jack’s neck is additional strengthened by a rubber-tensioned neck the place the cable enters to forestall fraying or harm. As soon as once more, you see one other instance of 1More’s worth proposition.
Excessive worth sound
I paired the Triple Driver Over-Ear headphones with three high-res digital audio gamers: The Astell&Kern Kann, Astell&Kern AK70 MKII, and the Fiio X7 Mark II. I used the Astell&Kern gamers for tracks from my hi-res assortment and streaming music from Tidal. I used the extremely versatile Fiio X7 to tug hi-res music from my Roon music server with the Roon app for Andriod. Whereas I additionally performed the Triple Driver Over-Ear headphones with my iPhone XS, my feedback beneath replicate the pairing with these high-res gamers.
The headphones emphasize a clear midrange, stable prime finish, and a extra correct—versus over-emphasized—bass response. If you happen to desire bass-heavy headphones, both regulate your participant’s EQ or look elsewhere.
The 1More Triple Driver headphones can render classical’s finesse or rock’s vitality. They’ll be proper at dwelling with each Debussy or Def Leppard.
Talking of Def Leppard, Joe Elliott’s vocals have been pristine on the band’s album, Hysteria. In truth, one of many first stuff you’ll discover is how clear the midrange is. Individuals who desire a hotter sound gained’t discover it right here. The higher bass by no means imposed itself or distracted from the midrange. The observe, “Gods of Warfare” options the bands’ devices overlaid with numerous sound clips. The Triple Driver Over-Ear headphones did an excellent job of sustaining the dynamics and vitality of the track with out shedding the wonderful particulars.
Bass response—particularly chest-thumping midbass—was nicely achieved. U2’s “That is The place You Can Attain Me Now [For Joe Strummer]” and “The Troubles” had good punch, although the songs exhibited some bass bloat. On the draw back bass traces lacked the snap and nimbleness I’ve heard on reference-grade headphones.
To make certain, the 1More Triple Driver Over-Ear isn’t the final phrase in transparency. Whereas nonetheless excellent, the 1More didn’t extract the airiness and delicacy from stringed devices in “Serenade No. 13 for Strings in G Main,” by the Academy of St. Martin within the Fields, nor did it ship the spaciousness across the drum-stick strikes in the beginning of U2’s “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone). Particulars corresponding to these have been easy on higher-end headphones just like the Focal Clear or B&W P9 Signature. And that’s maybe the easiest way to sum up my expertise with the 1More. These are excellent headphones however they will’t pull out the final ounce of refinement essential to be thought-about an ideal, reference pair. However at this worth, what headphones are?
Test these cans out 1More time
1More has achieved it once more. Nice sound at an ideal worth sums up the Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphone. Whereas you will get larger efficiency from pricier cans, you’ll be hard-pressed to discover a higher total worth. From efficiency to construct high quality to included equipment, you have got an entire package deal that few different headphones can match. If you happen to’re out there for headphones within the sub-$300 worth vary, you’ll want to to audition this pair.