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1More Piston Fit Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Reviewed Dec 13, 2018 at 10:56 am
1More Piston Fit Picture
Test Methodology v1.3.1
6.1
Mixed Usage
6.0
Neutral Sound
6.0
Commute/Travel
6.7
Sports/Fitness
5.9
Office
4.9
Wireless Gaming
6.6
Wired Gaming
6.5
Phone Call
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The 1More Piston Fit are mediocre mixed usage wired in-ear headphones. They have an above-average comfortable fit and are fairly similar to the Piston Classic design-wise. They are very portable headphones due to their in-ear design and don’t have any latency issues since they are wired. Unfortunately, they aren’t the best sounding in-ears, and our test unit has significantly mismatched L/R drivers. They also don’t isolate much noise, but they don't leak too much so you can listen to your music at higher volumes without bothering people surrounding you. They also have a decent in-line microphone for calls.

Our Verdict

6.1 Mixed Usage

Below-average mixed usage headphones. They aren’t the best sounding headphones, and our test unit was mismatched, which won’t be suitable for critical listening. Their design doesn’t isolate enough low frequencies for daily commuting, but their portable design makes them a decent option for sports if you use a bigger sized tip for stability at the cost of comfort. The in-ear fit might also not be comfortable for a whole work day at the office. Their poor sub-bass will make movies lack punch, and their small cable range won’t be great for watching TV or for gaming.

6.0 Neutral Sound

Sub-par for neutral listening. Their sound signature isn’t flat, and they sound mostly muddy while lacking sub-bass and being too sharp in the treble range. Our test unit also had mismatched drivers which creates a bad stereo image. They also don’t have a companion app since they are wired and passive in-ears.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
6.0 Commute/Travel

Mediocre for commuting. They don’t isolate much noise and won’t be a great choice for a daily commute since they let in engine rumbles. The in-ear fit might not be comfortable for long flights. On the upside, they are very portable, and you can mask more ambient noise by raising your listening volume since they don’t leak too much.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
6.7 Sports/Fitness

Decent sports headphones. They are very portable and breathable which is great for sports. Unfortunately, they aren’t the most stable headphones and can easily pop out of your ears during physical activity.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.9 Office

Below-average for office use. They don’t isolate ambient chatter well, and the in-ear fit might not be the most comfortable for a whole work day. On the upside, they don’t leak too much so you can listen to your music at higher volumes without bothering colleagues and you won’t have to worry about battery life since they are wired, passive headphones.

See our Office recommendations
4.9 Wireless Gaming

Mediocre for gaming. They are wired headphones, so you don’t get any latency issues, and they have a decent microphone that works with consoles and PCs. However, their sound signature is sub-par, and our unit had mismatched drivers, which would make it difficult to pinpoint where video game sound effects like footsteps are coming from.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
6.6 Wired Gaming
  • 6.1 Mixed Usage
  • 6.0 Neutral Sound
  • 6.0 Commute/Travel
  • 6.7 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.9 Office
  • 4.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.6 Wired Gaming
  • 6.5 Phone Call
Pros
  • Minimal leakage
  • Compact and comfortable design
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation
  • Sub-par audio reproduction.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The 1More Piston Fit’s style is a mix of the Piston Classic and the Triple Driver. They look similar to the Classic, but with the angled-earbud design of the Triple Driver. They are in-ears, so they aren’t very flashy or bulky, and won’t stand out much. However, they look more high-end than what their price suggests, but looks are deceiving as their build quality is average. They also come in a few color variants (dark grey, blue, silver, and pink) to suit your style.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

These headphones feel fairly similar to the Piston Classic. They have an above-average comfortable fit for in-ears, but in-ear headphones may not be for everyone. They have very small earbuds and feel very lightweight. The buds are also angled, so they feel a bit more stable, and are barely noticeable. They come with a few tip options for you to find the best fit, but not as many as the more expensive 1More Triple Driver.

5.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons No

The control scheme of the 1More Piston Fit is very easy to use as there is only one button on the in-line remote. This multi-purpose button gives you common functionalities like play/call management and track skipping. Unfortunately, you don’t get volume controls, which is disappointing, and the button feels a bit mushy and doesn’t have great feedback.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

Like most in-ears, the 1More Piston Fit are very breathable since they don’t trap heat under ear cups. They won’t make you sweat more than usual when exercising, making them a decent choice for sports and long listening sessions.

8.8
Design
Portability
L 2.7 "
W 2.0 "
H 0.9 "
Volume 4.9 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

They are very portable headphones thanks to their in-ear design and will fit easily in your pockets. They can easily be carried on you at all times, but unfortunately, they don’t come with a case like the Piston Classic and Triple Driver.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

They do not come with a pouch or case, which is disappointing considering both the Piston Classic and Triple Driver came with solid cases.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the 1More Piston Fit is a bit worse than the less expensive Piston Classic. They don’t have a nice braided cable, and the in-line remote is made out of plastic, while the Classic’s is made out of metal. Nevertheless, the earbuds are fairly similar and should survive a few accidental drops without too much damage.

6.5
Design
Stability

The Piston Fit are fairly stable headphones, but not as much as other in-ears we’ve tested so far. They barely put any pressure within the ear canal, which makes them comfortable, but it also means the small buds can easily be pulled out of your ears. They do not come with any stability fins or accessories for sports, which is disappointing considering their name suggests they are sports headphones. They are wired headphones, so you’ll need to be careful not to get the cable stuck or hooked on something, which will easily yank the headphones out of your ears.

Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • 1More Piston Fit headphones
  • 3x tip options
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-7.84 db
Treble Amount
-0.95 db
9.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.14 dB

The frequency response consistency of the Piston Fit is excellent. If the user is able to achieve a proper seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get the same bass and treble delivery each time they use the headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
5.4
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.17 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
59.07 Hz
Low-Bass
-10.63 dB
Mid-Bass
-3.13 dB
High-Bass
3.81 dB

The bass is sub-par. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 60Hz, which is mediocre. Their low-bass is lacking by a bit more than 10dB which means they have very little sub-bass and won't be able to produce the thump and rumble that is common in EDM, hip-hop, and film scores. Additionally, the overemphasis in high-bass could make the sound a bit muddy and boomy.

7.0
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.95 dB
Low-Mid
5.11 dB
Mid-Mid
1.44 dB
High-Mid
1.95 dB

The 1More Piston Fit have a decent mid-range. Low-mid is over our target by 5dB, making vocals and instruments thick and mixes cluttered and muddy. The range is mostly flat and even, but the drivers are fairly mismatched, which is negatively impacting the imaging score.

6.0
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.04 dB
Low-Treble
4.68 dB
Mid-Treble
3.64 dB
High-Treble
-2.17 dB

The treble response is mediocre-at-best. The majority of the range is overemphasized by about 5dB and will make sibilances (S and T sounds) sharp and piercing on already bright tracks, especially that the right driver performs quite brighter than the left one.

6.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.18 db
Dips
1.5 db
5.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.15
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
4.75
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
6.8
Weighted Phase Mismatch
8.78

The imaging performance is sub-par. Weighted group delay is at 0.15, which is very good. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay is within the audibility threshold. The spikes in group delay below 20Hz are not in the audible range, so shouldn't have a noticeable negative effect on the sound. However, our test unit showed significant mismatch between the L/R drivers which results in a skewed and uneven stereo image. This means one side will be heavier and holes will be present in the stereo field. This suggests poor quality control.

1.6
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
5.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.0

The 1More Piston Fit have a poor soundstage. Creating a large and speaker-like soundstage is partially dependent on having a speaker-like pinna activation. However, due to their in-ear design, the 1More bypass the pinna and don't interact with it. Therefore, their soundstage will be perceived to be small and located inside the listener's head. Their closed-back design also means that their soundstage won't feel as open as open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods and the Bose SoundSport Free.

7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.169
WHD @ 100
0.141
Isolation
4.8
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.25 dB
Bass
-0.48 dB
Mid
-9.28 dB
Treble
-24.75 dB

The noise isolation performance is sub-par. They barely isolate any noise in the lower frequencies, where the engine rumbles sit, making them a poor choice for commuting. They achieve about 9dB of isolation in the mid-range, which is below-average and 25dB in the treble range, which is decent.

7.6
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
36.25 dB

The leakage performance of the Piston Fit is good. The significant portion of their leakage is focused between 2KHz and 7KHz, which makes the leakage very thin sounding and mostly consist of S and T sounds. However, the overall level of the leakage is low. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages around 36dB SPL, but peaks at about 62dB SPL, which is above the noise floor of most offices.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-line
Yes
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
N/A

The in-line microphone of the 1More Piston Fit is decent. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this microphone will sound relatively thin, and lacking a bit of detail but quite easy to understand. They do a good job of separating speech from background noise in moderately loud environments, like a busy street, but could struggle in noisier conditions, like a subway station. 

7.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
261.43 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.61 dB
HFE
3272.31 Hz
Weighted THD
0.173
Gain
23.91 dB

The in-line mic has a good recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 261Hz indicates a speech sounds relatively thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) is at 3.3KHz, and there's also a noticeable dip around 6KHz. This shows that speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will lack some detail and brightness. It could also be prone to pops and rumble noises.

6.7
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
18.7 dB

The in-line microphone of the Piston Fit is average at noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 19dB, indicating they are best suited for quiet and moderate environments. However, they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in loud situations.

Active Features
N/A
Active Features
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

They are passive headphones that do not require a battery.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS 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

These headphones don’t have a companion app to enhance your listening experience.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
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

These are not Bluetooth compatible headphones.

They practically don’t have any latency since they are wired headphones, which will be suitable for watching video content and gaming.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length 4.0 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
0 ms

They have a 1/8” TRRS audio cable with an in-line microphone that's compatible with consoles and PCs.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
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

The 1More Triple Driver do not have a dock. If you need a headset with a dock that also has a wired connection for gaming or watching movies, then consider the Astro A50.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The 1More Piston Fit are cheap wired in-ear headphones that are similar to the Piston Classic. They have a disappointing sound signature and are fairly cheaply-made when compared to the less expensive Classics. However, they are comfortable for in-ears and have angled earbuds that some may find more comfortable. Unfortunately, they don’t isolate much noise, and our test unit had mismatched drivers and poor stereo image. They are budget headphones but their performance is sub-par when compared to other models in the same price range. See our recommendations for the best cheap earbuds and the best wireless earbuds under $50.

1More Piston Classic
Unavailable
B&H

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.

Sony MDR-XB50AP Extra Bass
SEE PRICE
B&H

The Sony MDR-XB50AP are better headphones than the 1More Piston Fit. They have a more balanced sound, isolate more ambient noise, and barely leak. They also feel more durable than the Piston Fit. On the other hand, the 1More feel more comfortable thanks to their very small and lightweight earbuds, and they have a better microphone for calls.

Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless
Unavailable
B&H

The Anker SoundBuds Curve are way better headphones than the 1More Piston Fit. They are more comfortable, better-built, have great audio reproduction, and shouldn’t have any stereo image issues. The Piston Fit are wired so they don’t have latency issues like the wireless Curve, have a better in-line microphone, and you won’t have to worry about battery life. This shouldn’t outweigh the better sound and comfort of the Curve, even if they are a bit more expensive, since they provide a better value to performance overall.

Skullcandy Jib Wireless
SEE PRICE
B&H

The Skullcandy Jib are better headphones than the 1More Piston Fit. These wireless headphones are more stable for sports, have better sound quality, and our unit didn’t have mismatched drivers like the Piston Fit. On the other hand, they are cheaply made, have latency issues, and have a sub-par battery life, which are concerns you won’t have to worry about with the wired Piston Fit.

Betron YSM1000
Unavailable
B&H

The Betron YSM1000 are better headphones than the 1More Piston Fit. They are better-built, have a more balanced audio reproduction, isolate more ambient noise, and are overall more versatile headphones. Our 1More Piston Fit unit had mismatched drivers and high distortion, and these headphones don’t have volume controls, which is disappointing, but they do have angled earbuds that are more comfortable.

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