Beautiful true wireless earbuds with premium packaging and design that fall short on their promises of high-resolution sound.
1MORE Evo are presented as all premium earbuds should. With nice packaging, plenty of ear tips, and a high-quality build of both the buds and the charging case.
There’s also support for LDAC, customizable touch controls, and adjusting the sound using SoundID by Sonarworks software. The latter is essential for ensuring a good listening experience.
However, using 1MORE Evo earbuds still feels underwhelming. Want to know why?
Look at our full review to find out.
- Great build with quality materials
- Super-fast and Qi wireless charging
- Good level of customizability
- Splendid comfort & stability
- Great active noise cancellation
- Impressive microphone quality
- Good bass performance…
- but with harsh treble
- Below average passive noise isolation
- Mediocre Bluetooth range
Enabling SoundID inside the app is a must to achieve good sound quality. After doing so, you can get a pretty tight bass and reasonably balanced mids, but the treble is too sharp and shimmery.
1MORE Evo Sound Comparison
1MORE Evo use a hybrid driver design: one dynamic and one balanced armature driver combo. Out of the box, 1MORE Evo sound thin and lacking refinement. Thankfully, the SoundID software in the app helps correct the sound.
However, summarizing 1MORE Evo’s audio quality is difficult since most of you will have a different experience.
By checking the A or B option, you decide which tuning you prefer, so you might end up with different tuning than me.
After a dozen retakes of the SoundID test using different sound samples, I finally decided on the best one.
1MORE Evo Frequency Response
Bass: Tight and with good sub-bass extension
Depending on how you perform your SoundID test, you can end up with extremely punchy and bloated bass, or a one that’s only slightly boosted and pretty natural. At least to my ears.
I opted for the latter since it doesn’t bleed into the midrange and is similar in quantity and quality to my balanced-tuned Sony WF-1000XM4.
The bass has a very tight punch and works well with fast music genres, like metal. Double pedal work on “The Mirror’s Truth” by In Flames sounds really nice with these earbuds.
The low end also nicely compliments electronic genres and hip hop, offering good sub-bass extension and rumble.
Since earbuds use a dedicated dynamic driver to handle the bass, it feels full and provides good slam when needed.
The only song where I found the bass to sound off is the “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes. The bass guitar doesn’t come through as clear as I would hope for.
Midrange: Good but not accurate
Again, you might hear a different sound on your set of 1MORE Evo since there are so many ways you can tune these.
With my tuning, the midrange sounds lively but muted simultaneously. This strange tuning is probably due to the heavily recessed midrange at 3kHz.
Vocals sound pretty natural for the most part. However, you can occasionally expect sibilance, especially with female vocalists.
The instruments, like electric guitars, come through muted and dark. On their own, they sound okay, but compared to something more natural, it feels as if someone covered the guitar amp with a blanket.
For example, in the song “Easy On Me” by Adele, she sounds quite thin and harsh when pronouncing “s,” “sh,” and “ch.” Also, the piano in the background is way too dark.
Another example is the song “On The Turning Away” by Pink Floyd. While Gilmour’s voice sounds pretty on point, the acoustic guitar at the beginning lacks fullness and timbre.
Treble: Too much quantity
The treble is easily my least favorite part of the 1MORE Evo sound. I hope they don’t think piercing and shimmery treble means hi-res audio.
If you want your midrange to sound somewhat good, the SoundID feature makes the treble too harsh.
In contrast, if you want to get a more pleasant yet still occasionally harsh treble, you’ll have to live with an overly recessed midrange.
Meaning that you can’t get the treble right no matter what you do. With the tuning I’m using, the treble is way too shimmery and metallic sounding.
The soundstage is decent and extends in all directions equally, so that you don’t hear music trapped inside you head.
Likewise, the imaging is good but nothing spectacular. It provides good location information on left, right, and center channels, but with noticeable blind spots in between.
In conclusion, 1MORE Evo can sound good if you take some time and redo the SoundID tests over and over again.
However, no matter what you do, the tuning will never be balanced or natural. And the boosted treble ruins the otherwise promising experience.
I’m sure some people will find nothing wrong with the 1MORE Evo sound. However, these are no audiophile earbuds like the box says.
Comfort & Fit
Earbud’s ergonomic design fits beautifully into your ears without creating any pressure. And surprisingly, earbuds don’t budge even when shaking the head like a maniac.
If anything, 1MORE absolutely nailed the design. Earbuds are smaller than average and quite tiny compared to the “massive” Sony WF-1000XM4.
The ergonomic shape feels like it’s molded for your ears, fitting snugly into your ear canal. They hold a deserving spot in our most comfortable earbuds guide.
Despite using smaller size ear tips than usual, I had no problems achieving a good seal and secure fit.
Speaking of fit, you can easily use these for working out. While most silicone ear tips become slippery after a while, the ones used on 1MORE Evo don’t.
You can run, jump, and perform rapid movements without worrying earbuds will end up on the floor.
Packaging offers a total of 5 pairs of ear tips, slightly differing in size. That way, you’ll surely find the right ones for your ears.
For the price of around $150, both the earbuds and the charging case are very well made. On top of that, the buds are fully sweatproof.
Premium products deserve to be made of premium materials. 1MORE Evo definitely deliver, offering better build materials than the competition.
While earbuds are mostly made of good quality plastic, the touch-sensitive outer panel is made of shiny 3D ceramic. It supposedly helps with signal, but one thing’s for sure: it looks nice.
On top of that, earbuds come rated for an IPX4, meaning full sweat resistance. Adding in the excellent stability and what you have in front of you is a great workout companion.
Moving to the charging case, it is relatively compact and feels dense. Not sure, but it seems like the outer layer is made of metal as it’s cold to the touch.
On the bottom, the rubber prevents the case from sliding around, while also letting the case receive power wirelessly (induction can’t work through metal).
Most case’s Achilles heel is the wobbly lid. Thankfully, the one on the 1MORE Evo doesn’t squeak or wobble, not even by a hair.
All in all, the build quality is excellent and suitable for the price.
We measured the battery life at 5 hours and 48 minutes. While the battery life of almost 6 hours per charge is average, the super-fast and Qi wireless charging support raises the rating.
1MORE Evo Battery Comparison
1MORE Evo Battery test:
- 5h 48min (ANC on)
- Around 8 hours (ANC off)
1MORE Evo have a great battery life of up to eight hours per charge without ANC, or 5 hours and 48 minutes with active noise cancelling turned on (based on our test).
That’s still a relatively comfortable playtime. Unless you blast music on max volume, earbuds should last you a full day.
The charging case holds another 20 hours of battery life (or 28 hours if you leave ANC off).
On top of that, you get the support for fast charging, pushing some impressive numbers.
- In only 15 minutes, you get 4 hours of battery life.
- The earbuds themselves recharge from 0-100% in 1 hour, whereas the charging case takes 2 hours.
Additionally, the case supports Qi wireless charging, which will take slightly longer to charge.
Many features to find here: ANC, transparency mode, control customization, auto play/pause, SoundID, and multipoint. Even call quality is great for true wireless earbuds.
If you want Bluetooth earbuds with many well-performing features, you will be pleased with 1MORE Evo.
You get a great active noise cancellation and more than decent transparency mode, both customizable depending on the situation and type of ambient noise.
The Smart playback feature either automatically pauses and resumes the music, or just pauses it. Of course, you can also turn it off completely.
Furthermore, the 1MORE app lets you customize touch controls. Strangely, you get to choose from a limited set of commands and can only occupy double and triple-taps.
At least the controls work reliably. As long as you touch the ceramic surface, the earbud will register your command.
It also doesn’t matter if you do a double/triple tap slowly or rapidly. And if you tap it more than 3 times, earbuds will register a triple tap command.
One thing worth mentioning is that when you control volume via touch gestures, it will raise/decrease by 2 increments. So, if you want to fine-tune the volume, you’ll, unfortunately, need to use your smartphone.
The last cool feature is multipoint or dual device connection. It gives you the option to pair the earbuds to two devices simultaneously.
Call quality is excellent for true wireless earbuds sitting far away from your mouth.
1MORE Evo Microphone Test
In a quiet environment, your voice will sound clear and full without any distortion. It’s no professional mic, but it does an amazing job. Especially compared to expensive models like Sony WF-1000XM4, Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2, and even bigger Apple AirPods Max.
The quality drops slightly when introduced loud background noise, noticeably compressing your voice. However, the noise reduction maintains your speech perfectly understandable while almost entirely reducing ambient sounds.
I can easily recommend 1MORE Evo for everyday phone and conference calls.
Passive isolation is quite mediocre. It only moderately reduces ambient sounds, regardless of which ear tips you use.
With 1MORE Evo, you can’t fully rely on passive noise cancellation to block all the annoying noises.
The difference between having earbuds in and out of your ears is minimal.
Therefore, if you want to actually block distracting noise, you’ll have to use active noise cancelling.
1MORE Evo Active Noise Cancelling Test
1MORE claims about Evo having great active noise cancellation are true. After extensive A-B testing between these and Sony WF-1000XM4, the differences are minuscule.
The most noticeable difference is in lower frequencies (airplane cabin noise test), where Sony more successfully removes the hum.
Otherwise, both perform the same in mid and high frequencies like the rest of the best noise cancelling earbuds, which is remarkable.
However, there’s one problem: background hiss.
Some cheaper ANC headphones tend to produce a slight hiss or white noise when cancelling out ambient sound. You don’t expect that from a pair of $150 true wireless earbuds.
One saving grace is that you probably won’t notice the hiss in a loud environment. However, you might be bothered by it in a quieter place.
The 1MORE app lets you pick between Strong, Mild, WNR (wind noise reduction), and Adaptive mode. I suggest leaving at Strong setting as it works the best.
What about ambient sound mode?
The ambient sound mode quality is decent, boosting primarily speech range, which is the most important. You can even select Voice Enhancement inside the app to make the voices slightly clearer.
Overall, the ambient sound mode works well for making quick replies to people around you.
While the Bluetooth 5.2 connection isn’t very robust, the earbuds support mono mode, multipoint, LDAC (only for Android devices), and no visible audio lag when watching videos.
Despite the claims of ceramic plates ensuring good connection and support for the Bluetooth 5.2, 1MORE Evo are only average in the Bluetooth range.
Having them set in connection priority inside the app, the connection range only reaches around 40 feet and cuts off right after passing the second brick wall.
The range is even worse when set in sound quality priority (using LDAC). In this mode, the audio cuts away at around 30 feet or before reaching the second brick wall.
How is pairing?
- The first pairing is simple as you only place the earbuds out of the case, and they’ll start searching for devices to pair.
- For all the pairings going forward, you have to place both buds into the case, and hold the button in the middle of the case for 3 seconds.
The first pairing with the 1MORE app was also quick. However, during a firmware update, I accidentally touched the touch-sensitive area, which caused the update to fail.
It took me more than 30 minutes of constantly resetting the buds and trying to pair them with the app again. Eventually, I succeeded and finished the update. Now earbuds connect to the app without any issues.
However, there’s one tiny problem, though.
Faint static noise.
Sometimes you can hear a faint static in the right earbud. It usually happens when you fiddle on your phone without playing any music.
It seems like earbuds are constantly switching between active and standby mode. That’s why that static noise disappears after a second of not doing anything.
However, while it’s barely audible, it’s still something that might annoy users.
What Bluetooth Codecs Do They Use?
- To activate LDAC support on your Android device, you first have to pair the earbuds with the app and select “Sound quality priority” under “Bluetooth connection setup.”
- Then, you have to go into the Bluetooth menu and find “1MORE EVO” under “connected devices.” Click the gear icon on the right side.
- Toggle on the LDAC under “codecs.”
Is There an Audio Lag?
At least to the naked eye, the audio is perfectly in sync with the video. Even when using the LDAC Bluetooth codec.
On the other hand, mobile gamers will experience a small delay. But that will only matter to competitive gamers.
Should You Get 1MORE Evo?
Feature-wise, 1MORE Evo more than deliver. They have excellent active noise cancellation that, despite that background hiss, works almost as good as the best ANC earbuds on the market.
They’re quality made and offer a ton of features inside the app. The battery life isn’t shabby, either, and you also get crazy fast charging and Qi wireless charging.
However, the main thing, sound quality, is unfortunately lacking. It feels too recessed and shimmery/splashy in the treble.
I’m sure some people will like the sound. But the tuning done by SoundID is way too random, and most users won’t have the time to fiddle with the feature.
At the price of $150, they’re competing with Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro, which, in my opinion, can sound better after some EQ.
Then again, the Anker’s don’t offer as good stability and active noise cancellation. So, your decision depends on what you actually want from your new earbuds.
How do 1MORE Evo compare to the competition?
- Evo’s offer better ANC performance and transparency mode than the competition.
- They’re made of higher quality materials like ceramic and metal, giving them a premium look and feel.
- Like most TWS earbuds in this price range, 1MORE Evo come with a companion app.
- They offer around 6 hours (with ANC) of playtime per charge, which is about on par with the competition.
- Sound quality and technical performance are okay, but the tuning is far from balanced. Competition can sound more natural.
- The connection range is slightly worse compared to the competition.
1MORE Evo Alternatives
While Anker’s are incredibly boosted on all fronts, you can make them sound quite natural with some EQ, unlike the Evos. Both use dynamic and balance armature drivers combo.
They’re similarly comfortable, but they don’t stay in your ears as securely, despite using ear wings.
With barely over 5 hours of battery life, they don’t last as long as the 1MOREs.
You get a more balanced sound signature right out of the box. You can further improve them by playing with EQ.
Earbuds are equally comfortable but a tad less stable. Both offer the same IPX4 rating against sweat.
The JBLs don’t have as strong active noise cancelling or transparency mode.
At 7 hours and 18 minutes, the battery life of the JBL is better.
What’s in the Box?
- 1MORE Evo true wireless earbuds
- USB-C charging cable
- 5 pairs of silicone ear tips (XS, S, M, L, XL)
- 1MORE sticker
- User guide
|Drivers:||10mm dynamic + balanced armature driver|
|Weight:||0.4 oz (11.4g) both buds|
|Mic & Controls:||Yes|
|Battery life:||8h + 28h in case|
|Charging time:||2h + quick charge – USB-C & Qi wireless|
|Active noise cancelling:||Yes|
|Bluetooth codecs:||SBC, AAC, LDAC|
|Wireless range:||40ft (12.2m)|
|Microphone:||6 mics total with deep neural network algorithm|