The 1More Piston Classic are decently well-built in-ear headphones with an average but decently balanced sound. They're super portable, they're a bit more comfortable than typical in-ears and they barely leak. Unfortunately, the drivers of our test unit were a bit mismatched, and their semi-open design doesn't block enough noise for particularly loud environments.
- Minimal leakage.
- Compact and comfortable design.
- Slightly muddy sound.
- Mediocre isolation.
Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.
The 1More Piston have a sleek design and an above-average build quality compared to other in-ears in their price range. They have metal ear buds that feel dense and capable of withstanding multiple drops without getting damaged.They have an efficient and easy-to-use controls scheme and they're also quite comfortable. Their small and lightweight ear buds are barely noticeable once in your ears. Unfortunately, this also makes them a bit unstable for jogging.
The 1More Piston look a lot more premium than their price would suggest. They have smaller ear buds than the 1more triple drivers, with a nice brushed metal finish and a port on the back making them semi-open. They come in a couple of color schemes and have a straightforward yet unique inline remote that matches the brushed look of the ear cups. The pistons are sleek-looking headphones with only the audio cable leading to the ear cups feeling a bit cheap.
The 1More Piston classic have an above-average comfortable fit for an in-ear headphone. Their ear buds are a lot smaller and lighter than the 1More Triple and Quad Drivers. This makes the Pistons barely noticeable once in your ears. Unfortunately, they do not come with as many tips as the higher priced models.
The Pistons have a straightforward and efficient control scheme. The buttons are well spaced out, clicky and give you the essential functions; play/pause/call, track skipping, and volume controls. They're also easier to use than typical inline remotes. The buttons are laid out on both sides of the remote which makes it a lot easier to know when you're clicking on the volume controls.
The Piston Classics are decently stable headphones but not as stable as other in-ears. They barely put any pressure within your ear canal which makes them comfortable but also means that they will easily slip out of your ears from a gentle tug of the audio cable. They should be ok for most casual listening sessions, but they won't be ideal to go running with unless you change to a much bigger tip size which may reduce your comfort level.
Comes with a good hard case that doesn't add too much bulk and looks a bit like the Apple Ear Pods' carrying case. It will fit into most pockets and bags, and will protect your headphones against scratches, drops, and impacts as well as minor water damage.
The 1More Piston are better-built than their price would suggest. The ear cups and the inline remote feel dense and durable and the bottom half of the audio cable is braided to make the cable more resistant to wear and tear. However, the top half of the cable which leads to the ear buds feels a lot cheaper than the rest of the build quality.
The Piston Classic are an average sounding pair of in-ears with a consistent and low-distortion performance. However, their well-extended Bass tends to be boomy, their Mid Range is relatively muddy and their Treble is on the warm side. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were poorly matched, resulting in a sub-par stereo image.
Average Bass Range performance. Low-bass which is responsible for low-end thump and rumble is lacking by about 3dB. Bass is relatively balanced, but with a tilt favoring upper Bass frequencies. High-bass is overemphasized by more than 6dB, making the Bass of these headphones noticeably boomy.
Average Mid Range performance. Low-mid is over our target by more than 6dB, making mixes cluttered and muddy. Mid is relatively balanced but with a tilt favoring lower mids. High-mid is also relatively balanced, but slightly under our target, negatively affecting the presence and projection of vocals/leads.
Decent Treble Range. Low-treble is underemphasized by about 2dB, slightly hurting the clarity and detail of vocals/leads. Treble is well-balanced and virtually flat.
Excellent frequency response consistency. If the user is able to achieve proper fit/seal with these earbuds, then they should be able to get a very consistent performance out these in-ears each time.
Poor Soundstage. Due to the in-ear design, these headphones don't interact with the pinna like loudspeakers do, and their Soundstage may be perceived to located inside the listener's head as opposed to in front. Also, since they isolate the listener from their environment, their Soundstage won't be very open and spacious either.
Average Imaging. Phase error is minimal which is great. However, our test unit showed a large amplitude and frequency response mismatch, negatively affecting the balance and imaging of them.
Very good Harmonic Distortion performance. The amount of harmonic distortion at 90dB is very low. At 100dB, there is small rise in the amount of distortion, but still within good limits. Our test unit however, showed quite a bit of mismatch in distortion between the L/R drivers.
The Piston Classics block a fair amount of noise. They have a semi-open design with ports on the back of the ear buds, unlike the 1More Triple Drivers. However, they still prevent ambient noise from easily seeping into your audio and are adequate headphones to use in loud environments if you're playing a little music. If you're listening at lower volumes or to podcasts though, you will hear whats going on around you. On the upside, they have barely any leakage despite the somewhat open design. They will rarely distract those around you.
Excellent Leakage performance. The Piston Classic do not leak below 1KHZ. The significant portion of their leakage is between 3KHz and 6KHz, which is a narrow range, but the level of their leakage is moderately loud.
- 100% SpNR
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- 1More Piston Classic Headphones
- Earbud tips (x3)
- Carrying case
- Airplane Adapter