I’ll admit it. I have a problem. It’s a headphone problem. I like headphones, well at least quality headphones. Even better, I don’t like spending a lot of money on them. Yes, $100 is a lot of money, but high-quality headphones are generally priced a lot higher than that. I’ve been wanting the 1More Triple Driver headphones for a while. So, when I saw them on an Amazon sale for $60, I had to get them!
What’s a Triple Driver?
In its most basic explanation, there are three separate “speakers” inside each one of the earbuds. There are two balanced armature drivers and one dynamic driver. That’s all well and good, but what does it all mean? Without getting too technical, in a triple driver setup, a balanced armature driver is an incredibly small and light speaker. When paired with a dynamic driver, it will focus on the higher end of the sound spectrum (highs and mids). The dynamic driver will focus on the low end (bass). Theoretically, since these earphones have two balanced armatures and a dynamic driver in each bud, they should produce some pretty damn amazing sound.
Normally, I wouldn’t really touch on packaging, but 1More really took it to another level. Honestly, if someone just handed me this box and told me the earphones inside cost $500, I wouldn’t bat an eye. When you flip the front cover open, the inside of the box is beautifully designed. You’re greeted with your earphones, an airplane adapter, an amazing case (we’ll touch on that a bit more later), a clip, and about a bazillion ear tips. Okay, not really a bazillion, but you get my point. I’ve bought A LOT of headphones around the $100 price point, and this packaging makes me feel like I spent way more than that.
After you get past the superb packaging, and you actually pull the earphones out, they feel just as solid as you would expect. The earphone itself is made out of a pretty solid aluminum alloy and the cord is wrapped in Kevlar fiber. This should make them fairly durable. I can’t say that I’ve had any issues. I will say if you’re not careful, the cord will coil up on you. For a lot of people, this may not be an issue. It’s a pet peeve of mine though. If my cord is supposed to be straight and it coils up, it annoys the hell out of me.
That said, these earphones feel very durable. I really doubt I’ll have any issues in this department. While I didn’t actually take these running, I don’t think I would recommend it. I don’t have any doubts they would hold up; I just don’t think they would stay put in the ear if you’re going to be running for any period of time. Maybe if they added a wing tip of some sort, that might help.
There are 2 different versions you can get. One has a 3.5mm plug for Android phones, and one has a Lightning plug for iDevices. The controls and mic are just below the right earbud and are fairly simple to use. The top and bottom buttons control volume, and the middle button does everything else. A single click is play/pause, double click will skip to the next track, and holding it will bring up your assistant. When a call comes in, just click and start talking.
This is why you’re here, right? I mean you can pack all the accessories you want in the packaging and make them look amazing, but the real “meat and potatoes” of any headphone is the sound quality. 1More claims these are “the world’s first THX-certified headphones” and they were tuned by a Grammy Award-winning Sound Engineer, Luca Bignardi.
All that said, man these sound good! The highs are clear and crisp, but not piercing. The bass is deep but definitely not overwhelming, and it doesn’t muddy the highs even on the deepest bass drops. Through all of this, the mids don’t get lost in the background. I have different headphones for the different genres of music I listen to because they all excel in different areas. I know most people aren’t as picky as I am, and that’s where these headphones come in. They can play anything from EDM to Classical, and Hip-Hop to Country. Movies are simply a joy to watch with these headphones. I don’t know how much difference the THX Certification makes, but it does sound like a little theater in your ears.
Here’s something to keep in mind. If your audio source isn’t very good, it really doesn’t matter how much you spend on headphones. They won’t sound very good. I plugged these into an LG V20, MacBook Pro, Note 5, HP Spectre, and a SoundBlaster E5 headphone amp. The only one it sounded bad on was the HP. If you’ve tried a bunch of different wired headphones at different price points, and they all sound the same, I suggest picking up an inexpensive headphone amp. Even if you’re not using it to power headphones, it will give you a nice clean audio source. Just some suggestions are the FiiO A3 or SoundBlaster E1. Keeping that in mind, these earphones sound great!
In my opinion, you’re not going to find better headphones for the price. The V-Moda Forza headphones are a very close second, maybe even tied sound quality-wise. However, when you take packaging and accessories into account, these 1More Triple Driver headphones take a very commanding lead. If you are charging ~$100 for headphones and they come in a cheap mesh case, you’re doing something wrong. Priced at $100, these are a steal. If you get lucky enough to find these on sale, you need to buy them immediately. I honestly can’t say these are the “best” headphones under $100, but that’s just because I haven’t heard all of them. I can say I would be very surprised if a better pair actually exists though. 1More hit one out of the park with this one. Buy them at the link below, and let us know what YOU think of the 1More Triple Driver headphones!