It’s no secret that the number of wireless gadgets has increased dramatically in recent years. With most phones no longer including a headphone connector, a set of Bluetooth headphones is practically a requirement. And it’s a disaster. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer a pair of wired in-ears to anything WIFI, dongle and all, for everyday use.
Since reviewing the company’s Stylish True Wireless model for Macworld, I’ve been a big admirer of 1More in-ear headphones (IEH). Other wired in-ear headphones from 1More, such as the Dual Driver and Quad Driver, piqued my interest, and I wondered if more drivers equaled better performance. I requested a Dual Driver and a Quad Driver from 1More so that I could compare them to the Triple Driver.
The sound quality of all three is excellent, but the Triple and Quad Driver models outperform the Dual Driver in a direct side-by-side comparison.
True Wireless variants, like as the 1More Stylish, have no wires to mess with and are swiftly gaining popularity, especially because many modern mobile devices have abandoned the headphone connection in favor of Bluetooth. For one thing, unless you’re very careful, it’s far too simple to misplace a real wireless headset.
Then there’s the need to recharge their batteries—I despise it when they poop right before I get on the treadmill. However, a wired connection is still preferable to Bluetooth, which is vital for audiophiles who want the greatest music quality possible. However, if truly wireless headphones are what you’re searching for, Macworld has a lot of options.
Each model has a comparable number of drivers in each earpiece, as you might guess from the product names. For the low and mid frequencies, the Dual Driver uses a graphene dynamic driver, while the high frequencies are handled by a balanced armature.
For the lows and mids, the Triple Driver employs a beryllium-composite dynamic driver, while the highs are handled by two balanced-armature drivers. A PET (polyethylene terephthalate, aka Mylar) diaphragm with a “diamond-like” carbon coating for the lows and mids, two balanced armatures for the highs, and a third balanced armature for ultra-high frequencies are all included in the Quad Driver.
The frequency response of all three models was calibrated by Grammy-winning sound engineer Luca Bignardi, and they all offer a frequency response of 20Hz to 40kHz, making them fully compatible with high-resolution music.
The rest of the specifications are nearly identical: 32-ohm impedance, 98-99 dB sensitivity, 5 mW power handling, 1.25-meter cable length, and an L-shaped, gold-plated 3.5mm plug. The Dual Driver is 15 grammes in total weight, while the Triple Driver is 18 grammes and the Quad Driver is 18.5 grammes.
All three types have aluminum alloy bodies with ergonomically slanted ear tips that house the drivers and accompanying structures. The earpieces’ shape and angle assist create a good seal that isolates you from ambient noise, which is essential for optimal sound quality. Choosing the best ear tips for your ears is also important in this regard.
The Dual Driver comes with four pairs of silicone tips in various sizes, but the Triple Driver and Quad Driver each come with nine pairs (six silicone, three memory foam). The 14.5mm silicone tips that come with the Triple and Quad Driver fit best in my ears, and I use them on practically every IEH I own.
Furthermore, all three include an inbuilt control pod on the right-earpiece cable that allows you to adjust the volume, skip tunes, and make phone calls. A microphone is also included in the pod for picking up your half of a phone conversation. The Quad Driver’s pod is my favorite since it has elevated physical buttons that are easy to locate by feeling. Non-raised buttons are separated by slight ridges on the Dual and Triple Driver pods.
The wires are Kevlar-sheathed for further durability, and the wires from the two earpieces are braided together to prevent tangles. The Dual and Triple Drivers use “enameled copper” conductors, but the Quad Driver employs oxygen-free copper, a highly respected conductor among audiophiles. The Triple Driver cable, strangely enough, is the thickest of the three.
The Dual Driver is packaged in a soft-pouch carrying case with a difficult-to-open spring-loaded mouth, while the Triple and Quad Drivers are packaged in a hard-sided carrying case with a magnetic clasp.
Perhaps most crucially, 1More says that the Triple Driver is the world’s first THX-certified headphone, indicating that it has passed THX’s stringent testing.
For whom is the 1MORE Triple Driver designed?
- People who use several different devices. This is an apparent benefit of the headphone jack, but as someone who has spent the last two weeks living in a Bluetooth environment, I forgot how useful a standard is. Although Bluetooth has its advantages, not every set of headphones is capable of switching between devices on the fly. This isn’t a problem.
- People who commute to work. Nothing beats a trustworthy pair of earbuds for someone who used to trek two hours to class uphill both ways (anyone who’s ever taken the 1 train to CUNY City College in Harlem knows this is only half a joke). They’re compact and light, and you’ll never have to worry about running out of battery. Too many times, the battery on my Bluetooth headphones has died, leaving me with a lengthy and silent commute home.
- Essentially, anyone. If you don’t want to carry about a bulky pair of active noise-canceling headphones, a nice pair of earbuds is the way to go. Plus, even if you like Bluetooth headphones, having a backup is always a smart idea.
What goes into the built of the 1MORE Triple Driver in-ears?
I like the way things are built for the most part, though there are a few idiosyncrasies here and there that I don’t like. Each earbud’s housing is composed of solid metal, and the angled tips sit well in my ears (though I did opt for the memory foam tips for good measure). I’m typically a fan of monotone color schemes, but the blue and rose gold combination appealed to me. It was flamboyant without being arrogant.
The cable is made of a braided cloth, which is nice—to a point. Because it becomes a cheap, grooved plastic until you reach halfway up the headphones to the Y-split, which irritates the heck out of me. However, the braided fabric component was the source of the majority of my tangling problems, so there may be a method to the madness.
A blue metal case keeps the wire from fraying around the connector, and while I’ve had problems with this section coming unglued on other earbuds, I haven’t had that problem here.
The 1MORE Triple Driver’s control module is about 6 inches down on the right earpiece and feels just as fragile as the cable it’s connected to. Having said that, I had no problems utilizing it. It is visually separated by golden colors, making it easy to detect and click. It also provides exactly the proper amount of tactile feedback, so that you don’t have to second-guess every click. The buttons are also raised somewhat above the rest of the control module, so finding the proper one shouldn’t be a problem.
What is the best way to connect the earbuds?
Bluetooth has come a long way, but the 3.5mm connector is still the best way to connect. And that is your only option in this situation. So, if you’re like me and don’t have a headphone jack on your phone, get used to using the ridiculous dongle. Fortunately, the 1MORE Triple Driver’s built-in playback controls work on my iPhone X.
One tap of the central multi-function stops or starts the music, two taps skips to the next track, and three taps restarts the song. You may also access Siri or Google Assistant (depending on your phone) and answer or end phone conversations with a single push using the multi-function button. The control module is completed by volume adjustment buttons, and that’s all there is to it.
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