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1MORE Triple Driver Review

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1MORE Triple Driver are premium looking and feeling in-ear monitors that don’t spare with accessories. But does the sound quality feel premium too? Check the A/B sound test below.

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Our Conclusion

When you open the 1MORE Triple Driver packaging, you forget you “only paid” $70. You get:

  • A big box with a magnetic flap
  • Stiff pleather carrying pouch
  • Airplane adapter
  • And 9 pairs of ear tips

Furthermore, in-ear monitors (IEMs) have an aluminum housing, adding a premium shine and feel. Attention to detail goes even further. Pressing on the inline control buttons is satisfyingly clicky.

However, at HeadphonesAddict, we care more about performance than aesthetics. Sadly, this is where dual balance armatures and a single dynamic driver fail to reach expectations.

Find out precisely what to expect from the Triple Driver IEM and whether they’re still worth buying in 2023.

Pros & Cons:

  • Decent sound with a forgiving, dark treble
  • Premium-feeling build quality & a braided cable
  • Tons of the accessories, even airplane adaptor
  • Competitors are better in sound quality
  • Background distortion when making phone calls in loud places
  • Non-detachable cable & somewhat thin wires

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    Our Analysis and Test Results

    Close analysis showed that 1MORE Triple Driver are built incredibly well for the price but offer an underwhelming sonic performance. The sound is muddy and lacks excitement due to a big dip in the treble’s frequency response.

    At least passive noise isolation proves to be good enough even for commuting, with an average of 17,36 dBA of ambient noise attenuation.

    Sound

    Star Rating
    3.0 Good

    1MORE Triple Driver sound very polite, with a recessed midrange and pretty smooth treble. Even though the bass response isn’t too elevated, it’s still the most powerful, which makes everything muddy.

    Key points:

    • A slight bass boost extends way into the midrange, resulting in a muddy sound.
    • Smooth and well-extended higher frequencies make the sound decently pleasant.
    • Expect decent soundstage width and pretty accurate imaging (positioning of the sound in the soundstage).

    Check our 1MORE Triple Driver A/B sound test:

    1MORE Triple Driver Sound Quality Test – HeadphonesAddict

    Learn how to understand sound comparisons.

    As with all 1MORE headphones, Triple Drivers were also tuned by Luca Bignardi, a Grammy-winning sound engineer.

    While we agree with the note that he left in the box, saying that “sound shouldn’t be a flat line that only satisfies laboratory engineers”, the Triple Driver could have better tuning.

    Instead, they don’t quite deliver the sound they promised. Let’s go into more detail.

    Bass: Weighty punch but sloppy control

    In multi-driver IEMs, bass frequencies are usually handled by a dynamic driver as it produces the most natural response, punch, and decay. The same goes for 1MORE Triple Driver.

    1MORE Triple Driver on a flower
    As the name applies, Triple Drivers have 3 drivers in each earbud: 2 balanced armatures and one dynamic driver.

    Bass frequencies are slightly boosted, have a good extension, and have a nice sub-bass rumble. They can reach pretty low, which makes them an excellent pair for hip-hop and electronic music.

    However, the bass boost reaches 300Hz, which means that it bleeds into the midrange. Consequently, you get a very warm sound.

    Furthermore, the dynamic driver could be more controlled. It’s fine for pop and hip-hop, but faster drumming, like double bass pedals, can sometimes become mushy and lost in the mix. 

    For example, drumming at the beginning of “Birth of the Cruel” by Slipknot sounds nice and weighty. But, at 0:54, when the song ramps up the speed, bass kicks start sounding a bit indistinct.

    On the other hand, Armin Van Buuren’s “Blah Blah Blah” sounds perfectly fine, forcing you to start headbanging.

    1MORE Triple Driver frequency response

    1MORE Quad vs. Triple Driver comparison
    That is how much Triple Driver (red) is similar to the Quad Driver (blue).

    Midrange: Recessed with somewhat natural vocals

    A recessed midrange accompanied by an elevated bass contributes to a somewhat muddy sound. Fortunately, the recession is relatively even, so vocals and instruments still sound somewhat natural, albeit quiet.

    On the other hand, if you’re an audiophile, you might want a bit more detail for critical listening. There’s very little treble energy, so the midrange doesn’t quite excel in airiness and clarity.

    “Carry Me Away” by John Mayer can sound a bit bloated, especially in the beginning, and the lack of clarity hides instruments like acoustic guitar during the chorus. That said, that will only matter to audio purists.

    Treble: Recessed and forgiving

    Higher frequencies are, except for 4.5kHz, recessed as well. Even down to -18dB at 8.5kHz. Meaning that you can expect a relatively polite, dark treble response.

    A positive thing about this tuning is Triple Driver’s forgiving nature. These wired in-ears are great for those who are treble sensitive and regularly cringe in the presence of sibilance.

    However, the lack of energy in this region also hides some excitement in songs involving lots of cymbal crashes. “Love It If We Made It” by The 1975 comes though a bit dull without air and sizzling from cymbals.

    Speaking of cymbals, they have some texture, but you can only enjoy them on quieter tracks, like the beginning of “Marooned” by Pink Floyd. Sadly, the busier the song gets, the less you hear them.

    1MORE Triple Driver on a bush
    1MORE Triple Driver are still highly recommended over the internet, but we aren’t as impressed.

    Soundstage and imaging

    The soundstage is decently wide for an IEM, preventing the sound from feeling trapped inside your head.

    Furthermore, the imaging is pretty accurate, too, with just a tiny blurry spot near the center image.

    Do foam ear tips affect the sound?

    The included foam tips make the sound even darker, with less treble and a little more bass punch. We recommend sticking with regular silicone ear tips.

    Sound Comparison

    My conclusion

    1MORE Triple Driver are decent, polite-sounding in-ear headphones that work best with punchy music genres. They’re fine for other genres, too, but they don’t sound as enjoyable.

    However, competitors like TRUTHEAR x Crinacle Zero:Red and KZ AS16 Pro can be much more versatile and detailed.

    Comfort & Fit

    Star Rating
    4.0 Great

    1MORE Triple Driver are quite small and ergonomically designed, so you don’t feel them poking or pressing against your ears. On the other hand, ear tips aren’t sticky enough to endure more intense head shaking.

    These IEMs’ form factor is pretty small, so they don’t poke in your pinna or create any pressure. You even get 9 pairs of ear tips, silicone, and foam ones, to perfectly match your ear canal.

    The silicone ear tips are pretty sticky and nicely grab onto your ear canal. That ensures you can easily wear them during a commute or for outdoor walking, even with cables straight down (you don’t benefit by wearing the cable over the ear).

    1MORE Triple Driver wearing
    Triple Driver have a reasonable size and should fit comfortably in most people’s ears.

    On the other hand, the buds start slipping out of your ears when you start shaking your head or jumping around, which means they aren’t the best choice for sports.

    As mentioned at the beginning, these IEMs have an entirely aluminum exterior. While that adds a little weight, you don’t feel it much during use.

    However, you feel the cold metal for at least a minute or so. I don’t mind it, but using them in the winter can be a bit unpleasant.

    Compared to other similar models

    These IEMs are more comfortable than the bulky KZ AS16 Pro and weirdly shaped CCA LYRA but aren’t as stable as both of them. They’re also less comfy than TRUTHEAR x Crinacle Zero:Red.

    Durability

    Star Rating
    4.0 Great

    1MORE Triple Driver have a durable aluminum build that can survive any drop and come with a hard carrying pouch that prevents them from getting squished. But they lack IPX rating and detachable cables to get a higher rating.

    You can admit that 1MORE Triple Driver look and feels premium. All-aluminum construction makes them solid, without visible weak points where they could break.

    Even the cable’s plug is made of aluminum, with long strain relief. It’s a 90° plug (L-shaped), so you should avoid violently tucking on the cable. Also, the first half of the cable is dressed in a nylon fabric to increase durability.

    1MORE Triple Driver cable
    The first half of the cable is of braided fabric, whereas the 2 splitter cables are rubbery.

    A potential breaking point could be the stem, which is thin and a bit long. Cables from the splitter up are also quite thin, so you should still be cautious during use and storage.

    Fortunately, the latter is nicely secure thanks to included hard pouch made of pleather. It closes down with a magnet, which you can rest assured won’t accidentally open in your bag.

    However, there are 2 main concerns regarding 1MORE Triple Driver. First is the lack of an IP rating. That said, humidity is unlikely to damage them solely by sweating.

    The second issue is the non-removable cable. Combined with thin wires connecting the IEMs, and the fact that you also have an inline control module (common failure point), the cable could be the first thing to break.

    Are they suitable for…

    • Wearing in the rain: Not suitable, as they aren’t even sweat-resistant.
    • Running & exercising outside: Somewhat suitable, but only for light workouts when you don’t sweat a lot (like walking).
    • Sweating: Not suitable.
    • Dipping underwater: Not suitable; that is a fast ticket to get them to stop working.
    Wearing in light rainNot suitable
    Wearing in heavy rainNot suitable
    ExercisingSomewhat
    suitable
    SweatingNot suitable
    Dipping underwaterNot suitable

    Durability comparison

    Due to their metallic construction and braided cable, Triple Drivers are overall more durable than most competitors.

    However, competitors like KZ AS16 Pro and TRUTHEAR x Crinacle Zero:Red have detachable cables, which puts them in slight advantage.

    Features

    Star Rating
    3.5 Almost Great

    1MORE Triple Driver offers in-line remote control with music playback commands and a built-in microphone. And, for frequent travelers, you even get an airplane adapter.

    Wired headphones are rarely packed with extra features. That said, 1MORE Triple Driver earbuds come with playback controls and a built-in mic. So you can accept your phone calls or change songs without touching your playing device.

    1MORE Triple Driver inline controls
    Since there are no clear indications on the button, the one that faces the earbud is “volume up”.

    1MORE Triple Driver controls are as follows:

    • Answer/hang up/play/pause – single press on the middle button
    • Decline a call/voice assistant – long press the middle button
    • Next song – double press the middle button
    • Repeat/previous song – triple press the middle button
    • Volume up – press the upper button
    • Volume down – press the lower button

    IEMs also arrive with an airplane adapter so you can enjoy onboard entertainment.

    As an observation, the packaging lacks the metallic shirt clip that came included with 1MORE Triple Driver a few years ago.

    Microphone quality

    1MORE Triple Driver provide a clear and full voice quality but suffers from noticeable background distortion when exposed to loud external sounds.

    1MORE Triple Driver microphone test (quiet & background noise):

    When using the IEMs in quieter places, your voice is picked up with good clarity and fullness. However, since the mic is built into a cable and positioned under your chin, you sound a bit quiet to the caller.

    When exposed to louder sounds, the noise reduction kicks in and tries to cancel out the external noise rather unsuccessfully. Instead, you get an annoying background distortion.

    Therefore, try to avoid noisy places when making phone calls with 1MORE Triple Driver.

    Features rating comparison

    Noise Isolation

    Star Rating
    3.0 Good

    1MORE Triple Driver provide a sufficient seal for casual listening and commuting, but you will hear louder sounds, even when listening to music.

    Measured average noise isolation17,36 dBA

    IEMs come with 9 pairs of ear tips, 3 of which are memory foam, so you can easily achieve a proper seal. However, the passive noise isolation is only average.

    1MORE Triple Driver - Passive isolation

    Unsure why, but the Triple Driver are actually worse than Zero:Red, which are made of resin, and their seal feels less secure.

    As expected, earbuds ensure the best isolation at higher frequencies, becoming effective after 1kHz.

    One thing to keep in mind is the sound leakage. It’s moderate, but only when listening at high volumes. Still, in a library, people sitting next to you might hear your music.

    Here’s a table of how effective is 1MORE Triple Driver’s passive noise isolation at blocking specific frequencies:

    FrequencyNoise reduction
    dB SPL
    Noise reduction
    dBA (A-weighted)
    100 Hz1,1 dB-18 dBA
    200 Hz2,4 dB-8,4 dBA
    400 Hz4 dB-0,8 dBA
    600 Hz4,9 dB2,7 dBA
    1 kHz5,5 dB5,5 dBA
    2 kHz12,1 dB13,3 dBA
    4 kHz38,9 dB39,9 dBA
    6 kHz36,4 dB36,5 dBA
    10 kHz44,4 dB41,9 dBA
    15 kHz39,6 dB33,6 dBA
    Average17,36 dBA
    A-weighted values from the International standard IEC 61672:2003

    What about cable noise?

    Cable noise is noticeable but not severe or overly distracting. As long as you don’t plan to run with the Triple Drivers, you should be fine.

    1MORE Triple Driver from the box
    IEMs are built like a tank but can’t quite isolate you that well from the outside world.

    Noise isolation rating comparison with other models

    Should You Get 1MORE Triple Driver?

    Star Rating
    3.0 Good

    While 1MORE Triple Driver can be an example of how to make premium-feeling in-ear headphones under $100, other IEMs overtook them regarding audio quality in 2023 (the time of testing).

    1MORE Triple Driver in a pouch
    A rigid protective pouch that IEMs come with is made of faux leather and closes with a magnet.

    Pros & Cons

    • Decent sound with a forgiving, dark treble
    • Premium-feeling build quality & a braided cable
    • Tons of the accessories, even airplane adaptor
    • Competitors are better in sound quality
    • Background distortion when making phone calls in loud places
    • Non-detachable cable & somewhat thin wires

    Who are these best for:

    • Users who value high build quality, premium materials, and don’t like harsh treble.

    Who should avoid them:

    How do 1MORE Triple Driver compare to the competition?

    • Triple Driver IEMs are better made than the similarly-priced competition, with premium materials like aluminum.
    • Unlike many affordable IEMs, Triple Drivers have inline controls with a built-in mic.
    • Buds are equally as, if not even more, comfortable than the competition.
    • You get more and better quality accessories, like 9 pairs of ear tips and a hard carrying pouch instead of a soft pouch.
    • Their sound quality lacks clarity and excitement compared to similarly priced alternatives.
    • You can’t detach their cable, unlike most of the IEMs, even affordable ones.

    Here’s their value rating compared to similar alternatives:

    Are they worth the price?

    At their current price of around $60, they’re still a tough sell since there are much better-sounding, albeit not as luxuriously made, alternatives available.

    1MORE Triple Driver alternatives

    TRUTHEAR x Crinacle Zero:Red

    Zero:Red are the latest collaboration with the Crinacle, and they bring an impressive sound close to a neutral sound signature, offering much better sound than Triple Driver.

    While made of resin, they look amazing and have a detachable cable in case it gets damaged. You also get 7 pairs of ear tips, but only a soft pouch, not a hard one.

    TRUTHEAR x Crinacle Zero:Red review

    1MORE Quad Driver

    1MORE Quad Driver on a stone

    Expect overall identical tuning except for a slightly boosted 11kHz-12kHz region, which adds more clarity. Technical performance is also slightly better in comparison.

    Despite slightly different looks, the rest remain the same, with similar ear tip selection, mic performance, and carrying pouch. Plus, the cable is oxygen-free, and you get a 6.35mm adapter.

    1MORE Quad Driver review

    KZ AS16 Pro

    KZ AS16 Pro on a stone

    With KZ AS16 Pro you get a great sound quality; a better technical performance, and similarly dark tuning. You also get 8 balanced armature drivers per earbud to cover the entire sound spectrum.

    The cable is detachable but feels very cheap. Also, IEMs are bulkier and not as comfy, and you don’t get a carrying pouch like with other alternatives.

    KZ AS16 Pro review

    What’s in the Box?

    1MORE Triple Driver accessories
    • 1MORE Triple Driver in-ear monitors
    • 9 pairs of ear tips (3 or foam (S, M, L), 6 are from silicone (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL))
    • Protective pouch
    • User manual
    • 1MORE sticker
    • Airplane adapter

    Specifications

    Type: In-ear monitors
    Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Back design: Closed-back
    Drivers: 2 BA + 1 Dynamic
    Frequency range: 20-40.000Hz
    Impedance: 32 Ohm
    Weight: 0.63 ounces (18 grams)
    Mic & Controls: Yes
    Water resistance: None
    Battery life: /
    Charging time: /
    Active noise cancelling: No
    Bluetooth codecs: /
    Wireless range: /
    Microphone: In-line

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