Reviewed on Jul 20, 2017

1More Piston Classic HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
6.4
Mixed Usage
6.4
Neutral Listening
6.5
Commute/Travel
7.0
Sports/Fitness
6.2
Office
5.0
Wireless Gaming
6.7
Wired Gaming
6.4
Phone Call
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Semi-Open
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

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.

Test Results
Design 7.5
Isolation 6.5
Microphone 6.7
Active Features 0
Connectivity 3.6
Pros
  • Minimal leakage.
  • Compact and comfortable design.
Cons
  • Slightly muddy sound.
  • Mediocre isolation, due to semi-open design.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  2. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  3. Update 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  4. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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7.5

Design

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. 

Style

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.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

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.

7.2 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : Okay
Feedback : Good
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

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.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C
9.2 Portability
L : 2 "
W : 1.6 "
H : 0.8 "
Volume : 2.6 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

These headphones like most in-ears, have a small footprint and can easily fit into most pockets. They're super easy to carry around on your person.

7.5 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 2.8 "
W : 2.8 "
H : 1.3 "
Volume : 10 Cu. Inches

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.

7.0 Build Quality

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.

6.5 Stability

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.

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Sound

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.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
5.9
Bass-Heavy
:
5.7
Warm
:
8.3
Bright
:
3.6
6.8 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
2.05 db
Dips
:
1.81 db
9.7 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.06 dB

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.

5.4 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.18
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
7.26
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
4.95
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
7.34
1.3 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
4.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
1.9
8.3 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.121
WHD @ 100
:
0.113
6.5

Isolation

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.

5.6 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-13.42 dB
Bass
:
-1.69 dB
Mid
:
-13.12 dB
Treble
:
-26.56 dB

Mediocre Isolation performance. These headphones don't isolate as much as some other in-ears like the BeatsX or the X2, which is due to their semi-open deisgn. In the Bass Range they barely isolate any noise. In the Mid Range they achieve about 13dB of isolation and 26dB in the Treble Range. Both values being average.

8.3 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
31.46 dB

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.

6.7

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
7.4 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
391.7 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.87 dB
HFE
:
20777.89 Hz
Weighted THD
:
1.409
Gain
:
9.55 dB
6.0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
11.24 dB
0

Active Features

No active features.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
:
N/A
Additional Charges
:
N/A
Total Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
Charging Port : N/A
0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible app.

3.6

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Default Latency
:
N/A
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A
0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : No
Length : 3.9 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

In the box

  • 1More Piston Classic Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x3)
  • Carrying case
  • Airplane Adapter
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

1More Piston Fit
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The 1More Piston Classic are better headphones than the 1More Piston Fit. They perform better in pretty much every test over the Fit, which is surprising since they are a cheaper variant of the Fit. They are better-built thanks to a braided cable and metal parts, have a more balanced sound, and even come with a good hard case. On the other hand, the Fit have an angled earbud design and a slightly better microphone for calls.

Betron YSM1000
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The Betron YSM1000 are better headphones than the 1More Piston Classic. They might be a bit less comfortable because of their slightly bigger design, but they passively isolate more noise than the 1More and did not have mismatched drivers. On the other hand, the Piston Classic come with a hard case, which is nice considering their very low price point.

6.4 Mixed Usage

The 1More Pistons are average, mixed usage headphones. They're more comfortable than typical in-ears and they're super easy to carry around on your person. They have a decently-balanced sound that's good for casual listening. However, their slight lack of isolation and active features means they won't be the most versatile headphones to use in all situations.

6.4 Neutral Listening

Average for neutral listening. They have a decently balanced sound but a slightly overemphasized Mid Range which makes them sound a bit boomy and muddy. Our unit also has a slight mismatch which combined with the narrow Soundstage caused by the small in-ear design means they won't be the ideal headphones for neutral listeners.

6.5 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. They don't block a lot of noise in very loud environments but they isolate well enough for commuting. They're also quite portable and easy to use.

7.0 Sports/Fitness

Above-average for sports thanks to their comfortable fit and breathable design these headphones are barely noticeable once you have them on. Unfortunately, they may not be stable enough for jogging unless you switch to larger tips which may be uncomfortable for some.

6.2 Office

Decent for office use. They barely leak so can have your music playing at high volumes and not distract your colleagues. However, they do not isolate enough for very loud environments so they may not be ideal if you have a lively office.

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