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1More Quad Driver
The 1More Quad Driver are decently versatile wired in-ears with a better build quality than the often recommended 1More Triple Driver. They have a comparable performance for most use cases and a similar sound although the Triple Drivers are a bit more balanced. They're decently stable and portable enough to carry on you at all times, but due to their bigger earbud tips, they're slightly less comfortable and harder to achieve a noise proof fit than the Triple.
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- Above-average audio reproduction.
- Lightweight, ultra-portable design.
- Low leakage.
- Sub-Par noise isolation.
- Poor Soundstage.
- Larger earbuds can sometimes be uncomfortable.
Update 10/2/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.
The 1More Quad Driver are high-end looking headphones with a sturdy design. They have metal earbuds that feel dense and durable, and the cable is well protected by a plastic coating that should reduce typical wear and tear. They're portable and easy to carry around in your pocket, especially since they come with a good case that will protect them from a lot of external damage. Unfortunately, their bigger earbuds make them slightly more difficult to achieve a comfortable fit, and they also do not come with any stability tips to make them more stable when running.
The 1More Quad Driver have a premium-looking earbud design that's a little larger than the 1More Triple Driver. They're shaped to look like a turbine engine and thanks to the metallic finish and subtle red accents on the earbuds, as well as the plastic coated cables, the headphones look and feel high-end.
The 1More Quad Driver are a bit less comfortable than the Triple Drivers. They're just as lightweight and also have angled drivers that don't go in as deeply into the ear canal as some of the other in-ears we've tested. However, the earbuds of the Quad are larger than that of the Triple, making them a bit more noticeable in your ears. On the upside, they provide a wide range of different tip sizes and types (including foam tips) to help you find a fit that's more comfortable for you. However, if you find most in-ears slightly uncomfortable, then you will have the same issues with these headphones.
The 1More Quad have a slightly more responsive inline remote than that of the Triple Driver. They're as easy-to-use and provide a simple and straightforward 3 button set-up for call/music, track skipping, and volume control.
- 100% Avg.Temp.Difference
The 1More Quad Driver, like most in-ears, are very breathable headphones. They trap a bit of heat within the ear canal but it's negligible and shouldn't make you sweat more than usual when exercising. The outer-ear remains relatively cool in all conditions, which make them a decent choice for sports and long listening sessions as long as you do not mind the in-ear fit.
These headphones come with the same stylized hard case of the 1More Triple Drivers. It will protect the headphones from scratches, drops, and impacts as well as minor water damage. It's a bit bulky but should still fit into most pockets and bags.
The 1More Quad Driver have a good build quality that feels durable. They're a bit better built than the Triple Drivers. The cables are thick and have a good plastic coating that will prevent them from getting damaged by regular wear and tear. The earbuds are also dense and a good combination of metal and plastic that won't break from a few drops or accidentally walk on them. Unfortunately, they do not have a detachable and replaceable audio cable like some of the higher-end in-ears.
The Quad Driver are as stable as most in-ears that do not have any stability tips. They're a bit larger than the Triple Drivers but aren't particularly less stable during casual listening sessions or while running. They're so lightweight that unless you pull them out yourself or the cable gets hooked on something, they will rarely fall out of your ears, especially if you use the foam tips.
The 1More Quad Driver is an average-sounding pair of closed-back in-ears. They have a decent and consistent bass that lacks a bit of thump and sounds a bit boomy, a very good mid-range that's slightly muddy and thick on vocals, and an excellent treble. Additionally, they image very well and have low distortion for the most part. However, like most other closed-back in-ears, they don't have a large and speaker-like soundstage. Overall, they don't sound as good as the Triple Driver In-Ear.
The 1More Quad have an average bass performance. Low-frequency extension is at 60Hz, which is about average. Accordingly, low-bass, which is responsible for thump and rumble common to bass-heavy genres, is lacking by more than 4dB. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and the punch of kick drums, is relatively well-balanced but shows a tilt favoring high-bass. High-bass is over our neutral target by more than 5dB, making the bass of these headphones noticeably boomy and muddy.
The mid-range is very good. Low-mid has a 4dB bump, which is the continuation of the high-bass overemphasis. This thickens vocals and adds a bit of mud and clutter to the mix. Mid-mid and high-mid are within 0.4dB of our target and nearly flawless.
The treble is great. Low-treble is within 0.75 of our neural target. The bump at 4.5KHz brings a bit of excess brightness to vocals and leads but is too narrow to have a big negative effect. Mid-treble is underemphasized by more than 4dB, around 7KHz, negatively affecting the sibilances (S and T sounds) on vocals and cymbals.
The 1More Quad Driver have a great frequency response consistency. Like most other in-ear headphones, if the user is able to achieve a proper seal/fit using the assortment of tips that come with them, then they should get a consistent bass and treble delivery with every re-seat.
The imaging is great. Their weighted group delay is 0.17, which is very low. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below our audibility threshold, suggesting a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were exceptionally well-match, ensuring an accurate placement and localization of objects (instruments, voices, video game effects) in the stereo image.
The 1More Quad Driver have a poor soundstage. Creating a large and speaker-like soundstage is partially dependent on having a speaker-like pinna activation. However, these headphones, due to their in-ear design, 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.
The 1More Quad Driver have a good harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is low, even under heavy loads. The peak in distortion around 1KHz however, could make the sound of low-treble a bit harsh and brittle.
The 1More Quad Driver have slightly worse isolation than the 1More Triple due to their larger earbuds. They're a bit more difficult to achieve a proper seal, even with the foam tips, so they let noise seep into your audio. On the upside, they barely leak so you can you can mask some of the ambient noise if you're playing your music at high enough volumes. Unfortunately, they won't be the ideal choice for commuting if you're listening to audiobooks or podcasts.
The isolation performance is sub-par. In the bass range, occupied by the rumble of airplane and bus engines, they achieved no isolation. In mid-range, important for cutting out speech, they achieved about 9dB of isolation, which is about average. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they reduce outside noise by more than 30dB, which is also good.
The leakage performance of the 1More Quad is excellent. These headphones do not leak in the bass and mid ranges, and the significant portion of their leakage is between 3KHz and 6KHz, which is quite a narrow range. This indicates a leakage that is very thin sounding and mostly consist of S and Ts (sibilances). The overall level of the leakage is not very loud either, peaking at around 55dB SPL at 1 foot away, which is about the same as the noise floor of most offices.
The in-line microphone of the 1More Quad Driver 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. In noisy environments, they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in loud places, like a subway station.
The in-line mic has a good recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 302Hz indicates a speech sounds relatively thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) is at 3.4KHz, 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.
- 100% SpNR
The in-line microphone of the Quad is average at noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 19dB, indicating they are best suited for quiet and moderate environments. However, they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in loud situations.
These are passive, wired headphones with no active features or app support.
The 1More Quad Driver In-Ear are passive headphones with no active components and therefore, do not require a battery.
These headphones have no compatible app support.
- 10% Bluetooth
- 32% Wired
- 10% Base/Dock
- 22% Wireless Range
- 25% Latency
The 1More Quad Driver are wired in-ears that only connect to other devices via their 1/8" TRRS audio cable. On the upside, the non-detachable cable has no latency and is not OS specific so the inline mic is compatible with consoles and PCs. Unfortunately, the limited range of a wired connection isn't as convenient as the range of wireless headphones.
- 79% Multi-Device Pairing
- 20% NFC
- 0% PS4 Compatible
- 0% Xbox One Compatible
- 13% Analog
- 9% USB
- 26% PS4 Compatible
- 26% Xbox One Compatible
- 26% PC Compatible
The 1More Quad, like the 1More Triple Drivers, have a 1/8TRRS audio cable with an inline remote microphone that's compatible with consoles and PCs.
- 4% Optical Input
- 22% Line In
- 4% Line Out
- 22% USB Input
- 4% RCA Input
- 9% PS4 Compatible
- 9% Xbox One Compatible
- 9% PC Compatible
- 2% Power Supply
- 13% Dock Charging
These headphones 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 SteelSeries Arctis 7. However, they won't be as portable as the 1More Quad.
These headphones are wired and do not have a wireless range.
These headphones have negligible latency since they're wired. This makes them a suitable option for gaming and watching movies.
In the box
- 1More Quad Driver Headphones
- Earbud tips (x9)
- Carrying case
- Airplane Adapter
Compared to other Headphones
The 1More Quad Driver are a better-built upgrade to the 1More Triple Driver but they do not sound quite as good. They have a more premium and durable build quality yet they are still compact enough to easily carry around on your person. They're decently versatile for most use cases and they sound good enough for most but they're more expensive than some of the better performing headphones below.
The 1More Triple Driver are one of the better performing wired in-ears that we've tested so far. They have a more balanced audio reproduction than the 1More Quad Driver In-Ears but their build quality does not feel as premium or as durable. On the upside, they're compact enough to have on you at all times and they are fairly well built especially considering their price range. They outperform some of the more expensive in-ear headphones on the market, and they're a good wired option for most use cases. The Triple Drivers are better than the Quads for their price to performance ratio. However, if you want the more premium looking of the two and don't mind spending more money, then the Quad are a good wired option.
The Shure SE425 are well-built and durable in-ear headphones but do not sound as good as the 1More Quad Drivers. They have thick rubberized cables that are also detachable, which makes them a bit more durable than the 1More and they have an ear hook design that makes them a decent option for sports. They're also a bit more comfortable than typical in-ears. Unfortunately, they don't have any controls so they won't be as versatile for more casual uses and gaming and they're considerably pricier for a mid-range performance that doesn't quite stack up to the 1More Quad. If you're a big fan of Shure in-ears and like the ear-hook designs of the SE425 then they may be worth the investment. However, if you want the better sounding headphone, then go for the 1More Quad or the 1More Triple; they perform better and they're at a fraction of the cost of the Shures.
The Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear have an earbud design that's much more comfortable than the 1More Quad Driver In-Ear. They have a stable fit that isolates surprisingly well against ambient noise, which makes them a better option for commuting than the 1More. However, they do not feel as well built despite being roughly the same price, and their sound quality can be a bit too bass-heavy depending on the fit and seal of the StayHear tips. If you find typical in-ear designs a bit uncomfortable, then the SoundTrue In-ear are a solid alternative that sounds as good as the 1More but won't be as well-built.
The Mee M6 PRO are budget wired in-ears with a detachable cable that is not often provided in-the-box for in-ears in their price range. They have a decent sound quality that's a bit sharp and won't sound as good as the 1More Quad but has a more neutral bass range. They're also not as well built and do not have the premium design of the Quad Drivers, but if you're looking for an affordable in-ear with a decent performance then they're a good choice. They're also a bit better for sports thanks to their more stable ear-hook design.
Questions & Answers
Yes, we are pretty confident of our frequency response results for the Quad and the Triple, especially since we measure each headphone 5 times.
The reason for the Triple getting a better score is that its frequency response is closer to the response that we consider neutral. Our target response is loosely based on the Harman target response for headphones, and compared to that, the Quad sounds quite muddy. This was also confirmed in our listening tests. Ideally, all headphones should sound more or less neutral, and therefore have the same frequency response.
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