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1More Triple Driver Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Mar 26, 2018 at 03:45 pm
1More Triple Driver Picture
6.2
Mixed Usage
7.0
Neutral Sound
5.8
Commute/Travel
6.8
Sports/Fitness
5.9
Office
5.0
Wireless Gaming
7.0
Wired Gaming
6.7
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Hybrid

The 1More Triple Driver are well-built, slick-looking in-ears with an above-average sound quality for critical listening. They're decently comfortable and stable enough to exercise with and include a sturdy case that makes them easy to have on you at all times. Unfortunately, they don't block a lot of ambient noise so they won't be the ideal headphones to use in loud environments or while commuting.

Our Verdict

6.2 Mixed Usage

The 1More Triple Driver are better than average mixed usage headphones. They're comfortable for an in-ear design and easy to carry around. They also have a well-balanced sound that's good for casual and even critical listening. However, their lack of isolation and active features means they won't be the most versatile headphones to use in all situations.

7.0 Neutral Sound

The 1More Triple Driver have a balanced sound but lack soundstage due to their design. This makes them a good pair of headphones as they reproduce tracks with an above-average fidelity, on par with much more expensive in-ear models. However, for more neutral listeners, they may not be ideal because they lack the ambiance that large, open headphones provide.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
5.8 Commute/Travel

Above-average for commuting. They're very portable and have a good control scheme, but they do not isolate well enough for the loud environments involved in commuting via public transit.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
6.8 Sports/Fitness

Good for sports use. They have a decently stable in-ear fit with many varying tip sizes. They're also quite easy to carry on your person at all times and have a good control scheme. However, the cable may get hooked on something and yank the headphones out of your ears. Also, their in-ear design might not be as comfortable for everyone.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.9 Office

Average for office use. They barely leak so can have your music playing at high volumes and not distract your colleagues. However, they do not block ambient noise well so they won't be most suitable headphones if you have a very lively or noisy office.

See our Office recommendations
5.0 Wireless Gaming

Average for gaming. The 1More Triple Driver have a wired connection, so they have negligible latency which is suitable for gaming. They also have a decent microphone that's compatible with consoles and PCs and a well-balanced sound. Unfortunately, they lack a good app to customize their sound profile, like most gaming headsets, and the in-ear fit may not be as comfortable for all listeners especially for long gaming sessions.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
7.0 Wired Gaming
6.7 Phone Calls
  • 6.2 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 Neutral Sound
  • 5.8 Commute/Travel
  • 6.8 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.9 Office
  • 5.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.0 Wired Gaming
  • 6.7 Phone Calls
Pros
  • Good audio reproduction.
  • Lightweight, ultra-portable design.
  • Low leakage.
Cons
  • Mediocre noise isolation for an in-ear.
  • Poor Soundstage.
  1. Update 2/7/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  4. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  5. Update 10/2/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  6. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The 1More E1001 have a simple design that feels well made. The earbuds have a brushed metal finish that feels high-end and a two tone cable that's both rubberized (for the cables that connect to the earbuds) and coated in a flexible fabric, which further adds to their premium feel. The titanium color scheme is a bit more understated than the black color variant, but both color schemes are not particularly flashy, so they won't stand out in a crowd.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The 1More Triple Driver are decently comfortable and super lightweight headphones. They're angled and do not enter as deeply into the ear canal. Therefore, they won't be as fatiguing as some of the other in-ears we've tested. They also have 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 do not find in-ear headphones comfortable, then you will have the same issues with the 1More.

6.5
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

These headphones 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.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

The 1More Triple Driver, like most in-ear headphones, are very breathable. They only trap a negligible amount of heat within the ear canal which 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 mind the in-ear fit.

9.1
Design
Portability
L 2 "
W 2.4 "
H 0.8 "
Volume 3.6 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The 1More Tripler Driver are ultra-portable headphones. Like most in-ears, they have a small footprint and can easily fit into most pockets. They're super easy to carry around on your person even with the slightly bulkier case.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.5 "
W 3.9 "
H 0.9 "
Volume 11.6 Cu. Inches

These headphones come with a stylized hard case that's a bit bulky but should still fit into most pockets and bags. It will protect the headphones from scratches, drops, and impacts as well as minor water damage.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The 1More Triple Drivers are surprisingly well built, although not as well-built as the Etymotic ER4XR. At first glance, they look like regular in-ears, but upon closer inspection, you notice that the materials used in their build quality feel high-end and durable. The audio cable is decently thick, rubberized and coated with a flexible fabric which adds to their durability. The earbuds are also metal, so they won't break if you accidentally drop them. However, the cables leading to the earbuds are much thinner than the rest of the audio cable which could wear and tear over time. The cable is also non-replaceable, unlike some of the other,in-ears we've tested like the Tin Audio T2, KZ AS-10, or the BGVP DM6.

7.0
Design
Stability

The headphones are as stable as most in-ears that do not have any stability tips. However, if you can get a good fit, then they won't move much even when running or exercising. 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.

Design
Headshots 1
Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • 1More Triple Driver Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x9)
  • Carrying case
  • Airplane Adapter
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.38 db
Treble Amount
-1.46 db
9.0
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.21 dB

The frequency response consistency of the Triple Driver 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
7.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.56 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10.6 Hz
Low-Bass
1.29 dB
Mid-Bass
4.04 dB
High-Bass
5.03 dB

The bass is very good. The LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 13Hz, which is excellent. Accordingly, low-bass is within 0.3dB of our target. This indicates an extended and deep bass, which is just the right amount of thump and rumble. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitar and the punch of kick drums, is even, balanced, and relatively flat. However, high-bass is overemphasized by 3dB, which makes the bass of these headphones a bit boomy and muddy.

8.6
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.91 dB
Low-Mid
2.37 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.4 dB
High-Mid
0.02 dB

The mid-range performance of the 1More Triple Driver is very good. The response is quite even, but with a 7dB wide recess centered around 700Hz. This pushes vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix, by giving more emphasis to the lower frequencies.

7.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.89 dB
Low-Treble
0.88 dB
Mid-Treble
-3.75 dB
High-Treble
0.74 dB

The treble range is very good. Low-treble is even and well-balanced, but mid-treble shows a narrow but 8dB dip around 6KHz. This will have a small but noticeable effect on the brightness and detail of vocals, lead instruments, and cymbals.

7.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.23 db
Dips
1.95 db
8.6
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.15
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.44
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.43
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.88

The imaging is great. Their weighted group delay is 0.15, 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 very well-match, ensuring an accurate placement and localization of objects (instruments, voices, footsteps) in the stereo image.

1.2
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.7

The 1More Triple Drivers 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.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
9.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.088
WHD @ 100
0.042
Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
Passive
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
In-line
Isolation
6.2
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-16.29 dB
Bass
-2.38 dB
Mid
-14.74 dB
Treble
-32.9 dB

The isolation performance is decent. These in-ears don't have ANC (active noise cancellation) and isolate passively. In the bass range, occupied by the rumble of airplane and bus engines, they achieved about 2dB of isolation, which is barely noticeable. There are other in-ears that can achieve a lot more isolation in the bass range without ANC, like the X3 and the BeatsX. In mid-range, important for cutting out speech, they achieved about 15dB of isolation, which is good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they reduce outside noise by more than 32dB, which is also good.

8.6
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
30.04 dB

The leakage performance is excellent. Due to their closed-back in-ear design, 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 60dB SPL at 1 foot away, which is just above the noise floor of most offices.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
Yes
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
7.5
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
289.23 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
4.4 dB
HFE
13472.79 Hz
Weighted THD
1.055
Gain
17.66 dB

The in-line mic of the 1More Triple Driver has a good recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 289Hz indicates a speech sounds relatively thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 13KHz, is quite good, but there's also a noticeable dip between 3KHz and 10KHz. This shows that speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will lack some detail and brightness, but will be more airy and open-sounding than most Bluetooth mics.

6.2
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
14.31 dB

The microphone is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 14dB, indicating they are best suited for quiet environments. They are passable in moderately loud environments, like a busy street, but they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in loud situations.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None

The Triple Driver In-Ear are passive headphones and do not require a battery.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

These headphones have no compatible app support.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

The earbuds are wired and do not have a Bluetooth connection. If you want a versatile wireless Bluetooth headphone for around the same price and sound quality, consider the Skullcandy Grind.

The 1More Triple Driver have negligible latency since they're wired, so they are a suitable option for gaming and watching movies.

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 4.2 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The 1More Triple Driver headphones have a 1/8TRRS audio cable with an inline remote 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
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

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 SteelSeries Arctis 7.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The 1More Triple Driver are one of the better performing wired in-ears that we've tested so far. They have a good audio reproduction, a compact design and a surprisingly sturdy build quality for 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 but won't be as convenient as some of the other wireless and truly wireless headphones available. See our recommendations for the best closed-back headphones and the best wired headphones.

1More Quad Driver
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver are better headphones than the 1More Quad Driver. The Triple Driver are slightly more comfortable for long listening sessions and their sound quality is better. The Triple Driver block more ambient noise, which makes them a bit more versatile for commuting as well. On the other hand, the Quad Driver feels better-built than the Triple Driver. Also, the Quad Driver perform worse in most of our tests despite being more expensive. Ultimately, the Quad Driver won’t offer as great a value as the Triple Driver.

KZ ZS10
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver headphones are on par, if not slightly better than the KZ ZS10 thanks to its in-line remote. The 1More also have a slightly better and more balanced audio reproduction than the KZ. The 1More come with a great in-line remote and have volume controls, unlike the mic version of the KZ (which should be a bit more versatile than the variant we reviewed). The KZ, on the other hand, have a more durable build quality, thanks to the replaceable cable. The KZ also look a little more premium due to the transparent casings for the earbuds and the braided audio cable.

TIN Audio T2
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver are more versatile headphones TIN Audio T2 thanks to their in-line remote and microphone. However, if you don’t mind that the TIN are missing those features, they're better-built headphones overall. The TIN isolate more ambient noise and leak less. Both have similar sound signatures, but the TIN have a less recessed mid-range. On the other hand, the 1More come with a nice hard case that doesn’t add too much bulk.

KZ AS10
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver headphones are slightly better than the KZ AS10. The 1More have more accurate audio reproduction and also have an in-line remote with volume control. The mic version of the KZ doesn’t even have this feature. On the other hand, the KZ look better and have more durable build quality, especially with the braided and replaceable cable. The KZ look and feel more premium than the 1More.

Sennheiser HD1 In-Ear / Momentum In-Ear
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver are slightly better than the Sennheiser HD1 In-Ear / Momentum In-Ear headphones. The 1More have a more durable build quality and come with more tip sizes, so they will fit better and more comfortably than the Sennheiser. The 1Mores also have a better sound and a universal in-line remote that will work with most devices, unlike the Sennheiser specific audio cable. However, the Sennheiser do have slightly better isolation and a unique look that some may prefer over the 1More.

Shure SE215
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver and the Shure SE215 are both reasonable choices for audiophiles, each with their pros and cons. The Shure are much more comfortable for long listening sessions and are significantly more durable. However, their sound signature is rather dark, lacking detail and brightness. The 1More have a more present treble, but also have stronger bass for a slightly more V-shaped sound profile. They also don't isolate as well as the Shure.

Sony MDR-XB50AP Extra Bass
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver are slightly better wired in-ear headphones than the Sony MDR-XB50AP Extra Bass. The 1More are a bit more comfortable, have a better in-line remote that's easier to use, and come with a much nicer carrying case. They also have a better-balanced sound profile that still has a good amount of bass, but isn't nearly as bass-heavy and boomy as the Sony. If you use your headphones while taking calls, the mic on the 1More also has a better recording quality, though they both sound good. Other than that, the Sony block more background noise, and some people may like their very bass-heavy sound profile, especially if you listen to a lot of music that isn't vocal-centric or instrument-driven, like EDM or dubstep.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver in-ear headphones and the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are very different. The 1More in-ears are more portable and sound very neutral. They’re a bit more comfortable than typical in-ears and are decently well-built. On the other hand, the Sony’s over-ear design is more comfortable, and their sound profile is a bit more bass-heavy, although the XM3 are compatible with the Sony app that allows you to customize their sound signature thanks to an EQ. They also have an excellent ANC feature to block out ambient noise surrounding you, which is great when commuting.

TIN Audio T3
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver have a better sound than the TIN Audio T3 and are also more convenient as they have an in-line remote with controls and a microphone. The 1More audio quality is decent and neutral. On the other hand, the TIN are better-built headphones and feel more durable than the 1More. The TIN also isolate more ambient noise and will be better suited for commuting.

Sennheiser IE 40 PRO
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver are better critical listening headphones than the Sennheiser IE 40 PRO. The 1More are slightly more comfortable thanks to their angled design, but they don’t have the Sennheiser's detachable cable. Sound-wise, the 1More are noticeably more neutral, especially since they don’t have a bass roll-off in low-bass. The 1More fit isolates about the same amount of noise as the Sennheiser too. The 1More have a microphone and in-line controls, which is more versatile for everyday casual use.

Westone W40
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver are slightly better headphones overall than the Westone W40. The Westone have a more durable, premium design with replaceable cables, a better carrying case, and a more comfortable in-ear fit with a lot of tip options. The Westone also have better noise isolation, which makes them a bit more suitable to use in noisy conditions. On the other hand, the 1More sound better balanced than the Westones. The 1More also offer a better value for your money and many tip options to help you find the right fit.

BGVP DM6
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver are better critical listening in-ear headphones than the BGVP DM6. The 1More audio reproduction is flatter, more accurate, and have an in-line remote and microphone, which is convenient. The 1More are also slightly more comfortable than the BGVP. However, the BGVP headphones are better-built, feel more high-end, and their ear-hook design is more stable for sports. If you can achieve a nice fit, the BGVP isolate a great amount of ambient noise.

Etymotic Research HF5
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 1More Triple Driver are better critical listening headphones than the Etymotic Research HF5. The 1More are more comfortable and have a better-balanced sound quality that does not sound as forward and harsh with instruments and vocals. The 1More have better bass than the Etymotics. and have a slightly more durable look and feel with braided audio cables and denser metal buds. On the other hand, the Etymotic isolate much better passively than the 1More, so they're a better choice for loud, noisy environments. The Etymotic also have a lighter design that some may prefer, although the lack of inline controls makes them slightly less practical on the go.

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