1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones sound almost as good as they look
1MORE is back with a new pair of headphones, this time going after the over-ear headphone market with their Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones. I had a great experience with 1MORE’s Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones last year, and this made me excited to try out their over-ear equivalent. Keep reading to find out if the Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones live up to their in-ear counterpart.
In the box, besides the Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones, is a hardshell case, carrying pouch, 3.5mm cable, and 3.5mm to 6.8mm adapter. Surprisingly, unlike some of 1MORE’s other high-end headphones, there was no airplane adapter or shirt clip. However, these are accessories I won’t be missing.
The hardshell case is the most secure way to carry the 1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones, but it is quite bulky and could have used some sort of fabric loop. This would have made it much easier to grasp while carrying or provided the ability to use a carabiner.
The soft carrying pouch was much easier to carry and my favorite way to transport the headphones. Thankfully, they feature a sturdy build and are able to stand up to normal wear and tear without the hardshell case.
The included 3.5mm cable offers a left and right channel for each ear cup. It is braided and thicker than most headphone cables I’ve used offering a premium and high-quality feel. Cables are one of the easiest parts to damage on a pair of headphones. Fortunately, 1MORE made the cable replaceable helping to extend the life of your headphones.
1MORE’s Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones have a beautiful style that borrows heavily from automotive and industrial design. Using high-end materials such as an aluminum alloy, polymer rims, a leather headband and ear cups with a see-through chamber, these headphones feel solid with enough heft to feel premium. 1MORE’s Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones have become one of my favorite looking pairs of over-ear cans.
Fit and Comfort
The soft padded leather headband includes ridges alleviating pressure and allowing airflow preventing any sort of discomfort on the top of your head. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about the ear cups on the Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones.
The padding is so shallow that these are only over-ear headphones in theory. The inside of the ear cups spent most of their time pressed up against my ears making these more on-ear than over-ear.
For someone such as myself who prefers the comfort of over-ear headphones, this was a big disappointment. Even though the headphones themselves did not apply much pressure, they still became uncomfortable more quickly because of them resting against my ears instead of over them.
This would be even worse if I had ears that stuck out far from my head. Without replaceable ear cups, if you are someone who prefers over-ear to on-ear headphones this could be a deal breaker. Another issue with the ear cups is they will not rotate enough to lie flat when on a table or when worn around your neck, they do however rotate enough to fit your head more comfortably.
The Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones feature three distinct drivers consisting of a bass reflector, graphene driver, and ceramic tweeter. Similar to many other 1MORE headphones these were tuned by Grammy® winning sound engineer Luca Bignardi for a full and accurate sound.
During my time with the Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones, I found they had powerful bass, clear highs, and good instrument separation. Overall, I was very pleased by the sound with the exception of a narrow soundstage. This is unfortunate because other headphones I’ve listened to in this price range offer a wider soundstage and a better listening experience.
Sound quality should always be at the forefront when you create a pair of headphones. When a pair of headphones runs you $250 without added features such as Bluetooth or active noise cancellation, they need to be an audiophile grade delight for your ears. Regrettably, this was not the case here.
1MORE usually provides high-quality sound at an affordable price, this time they fell a little short. The Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones do not sound bad by any means, it’s more the price I have an issue with. For example for $200, you can pick up the JBL E65BTNC that offers better sound quality, the added convenience of Bluetooth, and active noise cancellation.
The 1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones are still a gorgeous pair of headphones with a premium robust build and enjoyable sound quality. Their biggest flaw is the price, if however, they were to drop down closer to $150 then these would be a bargain. Until then you can find better-sounding headphones in this price range with more features.Order from 1MORE