1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones provide high quality sound and comfort.
I have recently been exposed to the 1More company, and I have to say that I am truly impressed with their products. I have previously tested their wired 1More circum-aural (over-the-ear) Headphones and absolutely loved them, seemingly matching my Bose AE2 headphones in sound and build quality. For those interested in headphones, there are a few differences namely over-the-ear, on ear (supra-aural), in ear styles (intra-aural). When it comes to in-ear systems, you have single flange, dual-flange or triple-flange tip settings, which each have some benefits. I have typically been less of a fan of the IEM/earbud style headphones, as I have rarely found a set that remains in the ear, with activity, chewing/yawning/head movement or that does not cause pain with usage of much longer than about 20-30 minutes.
The 1More company should pride itself in its amazing packaging and marketing appeal. The packaging alone is worth picking up one of these headphone sets. The rectangular box has a white slip cover that surrounds the package in its longest axis. Removing this slip cover, you can experience the textured black cardboard with a pewter metallic magnetic clasp labelled with “1More Design.” Opening the lid you again see more black textured cardboard and metallic lettering “1More.” It really is well designed. The inside reminds me of a jewelery box. On the left you see custom molded foam, with the headphones resting in their own grooves. On the right, you are given a really cool 1More box (pocket box) with textured black, leathery feel with red stitching. This also has a magnetic closure and serves to give you a pocket box for your headphones. This is a means for cable/cord management and to prevent tangling and damage while they are in your pocket. I will be honest, this was an amazing surprise to have included with this headset. In fact, it may be the favorite part of the whole kit. It is sturdy, hefty and will protect the earbuds really well.
Grip the pull tab, on the felt to the left, and lift up the first layer of foam. Underneath this layer you have another layer of molded foam that holds the instruction manual, a sales manual (demonstrates other gear from 1More), and a safety information placard warning you about ear protection/sounds. To the left of this you have a compartment with an accessory that has a 3.5mm headphone jack female end on one side and and 2 prong male adaptor side. I did not initially know what this was for or why it was included. A quick internet search shows this to be an airline headphone adaptor. You also have what appears to be a 1More tie clip (clip the headphones to your lapel). I was really surprised to see this included as well. I did not think that I would need this or use this accessory initially. However, it really does stabilize the cord and prevents excessive flopping. This helps to reduce downward drag and keeps the tips in your ear. This is quite a clever method to keep the earbuds in your ears.
Finally, in the lower left is a small cardboard box about 2 3/4″ by 1.5″ that has 3 sets of different sized silicone ear tips. It is important to note that this is a modified single flange ear style earbud. What this means is a single piece of silicone goes into your ear canal. It does have a piece of plastic that sits into the ear cavity (not canal) which does help to improve seal. It is not truly a dual flange system but works similarly by blocking the ambient sounds. It works well. The headphones plus the lapel clip weight combined is 0.6 ounces.
The headphones are wired and have a narrow ended 3.5mm headphone jack plug. If you have a Catalyst case or a Lifeproof case, you will need to have a 3.5mm extender to use this in your phone. Otherwise, it plugs in nicely into my iPad Air 2 inside Otterbox Defender. There is just at 3 feet of cord from the bifurcation/split point (there is a metal cylinder at this point). There are 6 inches from the metal cylinder to the controller (right ear bud) and then another 6 inches to the tip of the earbud. Total, there is about 4 feet of cord. This is more than reasonable. You can apply the lapel clip to attach this to your shirt. The controller box is very reactive and quickly turns up and down the sound by pushing the up/down buttons. In the middle is the play/pause button, which is also very response. There is a microphone on the backside of the controller. It is close enough that you can get a reasonable sound from the device. It does not work that well in windier conditions (this is what I have found with almost all microphones like this). You can access voice controls by holding the middle button. This worked, I was able to access SIRI. My wife noted that these were better than many of the other headphones I have tested as she was actually able to hear me quite well.
I test all of my headphones with the same spectrum of sounds. I want to make sure the bass is strong and supportive and make sure that the treble is not tinny but full. Thus, I use a few bass heavy soundtracks and some instrumental soundtracks to prove the merit of the devices. I am a sucker for some classic rock and test every set of headphones with “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” by Meatloaf. I love stereo speakers and thus also test them with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” by Queen. I was impressed with the seal of the headphones and really had some good sound from these little buds. After listening to these, I turn to my soundtracks and listen to Far and Away and Braveheart. These provide some great instrumental, strings and natural sounds. Cheaper headsets make these sounds twinge and the beauty is lost. Not in this pair. Finally, to test the bass characteristics, I use the track “Why So Serious? The Joker Theme from The Dark Knight soundtrack. If you have not heard this track, start it around the 3:27 point. From here through about 4:10, the music builds and builds like a train. At times it feels like you are under a helicopter.
These are some of the more comfortable earbuds that I have experienced. The packaging itself is very artistic and would make for an amazing gift box. These are a highly quality single flange earbud, with controller 6 inches from the right earbud. They are comfortable, sound quality appears to be higher quality and the sound matches the build quality. I like that the cord is not too long to get caught on clothing, and that the company provided a lapel clip. These added features show that the company is thinking of the consumer. Finally the included pocket headphone box is enough of a plus to give this extra rating at 5+/5. 1More makes amazing products. I am truly happy with this set of earphones. Additionally, this kit includes an airline adaptor. I wish that it did have the phone 3.5mm extension included.
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