Review: 1More Triple Driver – List shaking

1More Triple Driver

Sound:

The Triple Driver so far has convinced me on all fronts, but the most important criteria in our hobby still is sound. When it comes to sonics the 1More has a slightly V-shaped signature with good and decisive lows. Bass is natural, with good dynamics and decay. It reaches low but doesn’t have the biggest of sub bass grunts available. It’s fluid with a very nice shape and texture. Bass does not bleed anywhere near the mid-section and certainly does not overshadow midrange with its body.

Mids are a little recessed and have a lighter presentation overall. The layering is very good and instruments have nice separation with above average amounts of air between them. Imaging is great but it gets a little blurry in the background. The midrange is smooth and invites the listener to kick back and relax. Mids are clean and crisp with average weight in tone. For my taste mids could be richer for a more engaging sound. Sound stage is remarkable for an in ear at this price. It stretches wide and high. Sound stage depth is not the main focus of this hybrid it seems.

High notes again follow the general rule of the Triple Driver and are smooth. They extend well and also are a bit laid back. They sparkle well but are of dryer nature and also could use a touch of richness. The Triple Driver’s treble brings out a good amount of details, but lacks slightly in micro detail reproduction. I have not come across any sibilance or harshness in tone.

Overall the sound of the Triple Driver is outstanding for its price tag, it excels in smoothness and sound staging, they guarantee a fatigue free enjoyment that will put a smile on many faces.

Sources:

For the main part of the review I have been using my Astell&Kern SP1000, as it is my daily companion on commute. At work I’ve been mainly using the Chord Electronics Hugo2 or its smaller brother, Mojo. Cozoy’s micro digital to analogue converter Takt Pro has been my “light-pocket” setup, connected to my Lenovo Android phone fed by Tidal. All of them have their own sound and shape the one of the 1More.

Astell&Kern – A&ultima SP1000

The Korean flagship from AK has a deep dark background, with superior dynamics and details. Layering and instrumental separation are both top notch. The Triple Driver sounds very musical and completely fatigue free for long lasting pleasure. Bass, mids and treble are all smooth and

Chord Electronics – Hugo2

Definitely my favourite source for non on the move listening. I take it with me every day to work and back home, to connect to my OpenSUSE machine. I use it as DAC feeding my integrated amplifier, at least as long as Qutest still is not in my apartment.
Hugo2 makes the Triple Driver’s details step up, sound stage and imaging are incredibly accurate and precise. The sound is unquestionably realistic and organic with impressive and rich treble. It sports a musical signature and really takes you right in the middle of the room.

Chord Electronics – Mojo

The Mojo is probably the audiophile device for every headphone enthusiast. No other product has made such an impact like Mojo in the past. It still offers class leading audio and features. Hook it up to a Poly add on and you’ll even get a wireless smartphone controllable device, almost like a DAP. The British FPGA based digital to analogue converter has a more digital sound than its bigger brother Hugo2. It still is packed with heaps of details, has impressive layering and staging qualities. Just like Hugo2 the Triple Driver sounds very musical and precise, with loads of air between the instruments.

Cozoy – Takt Pro

I really came to love this little fella. For every time when I plan to travel light, I take Takt Pro to still have good audio quality on the go. Of course it doesn’t compete with other products I regularly use, but it also goes for a whole lot less. It has a very organic, smooth and powerful sound to my ears. The Triple Driver is an excellent accomplice for Takt Pro. It sounds smooth as butter, with top class staging and layering. Great sound stage width and instrumental separation.

Conclusion:

For the asking price of only 99$ the Triple Driver by 1More is a complete steal. It is punching above its price point sonically and the included packaging could be the one of a unit much more expensive. Sound wise the Triple convinces with good natural bass and heaps of details with an above average sound stage and outstanding imaging. The build quality is impeccable and if it had a removable cable, it would be more than perfect. Does the Triple Driver go on our recommended list? I’d be stupid not to. It certainly will make it hard for a lot of incoming future products to get on there. I applaud 1More for their outstanding work!

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A daytime code monkey with a passion for audio and his kids, Linus tends to look at gear with a technical approach, trying to understand why certain things sound the way they do. When there is no music around, Linus goes the extra mile and annoys the hell out of his colleagues with low level beatboxing.

    13 Comments

    • Reply January 30, 2018

      Jacob

      Sold mine when I got iBasso IT01 and Fiio FH1, there are so many options around the 100$ mark nowadays.

      For me the main issue was being unable to wear them cable up.
      The FH1 sound pretty similar, with punchier base and are more comfortable (for me).

      • Reply January 30, 2018

        Darryl

        How do the FH1 and IT01 stack up against each other?

      • Reply January 31, 2018

        Linus

        You’re right, there are tons of great offerings at that price point, though I don’t know many of them. I also don’t have any experience with the iBasso or FiiO…
        The fact that it can’t be worn cable up is a pity, I agree, but I can’t say I have had comfort issues with the Triple Driver. Too bad you had to run into them… Very glad though that the FiiO works out better for you!

        Enjoy your audio 🙂

      • Reply March 10, 2018

        Ricardo Pinheiro

        How the ibasso it01 and Fiio fh1 stack against each other?

        • Reply March 11, 2018

          Linus

          Can’t say as I have heard neither of them.
          Berkhan though is checking out the iBasso currently and he has the FiiO as well. From what I’ve heard, he likes the IT01 a lot.
          Might want to wait for his full review on the iBasso iem.

        • Reply July 18, 2018

          Indrajit

          Hi, how does the Triple Driver compare sonically with Meze 12 Classics?

          • Reply July 18, 2018

            Linus

            Hi Idrajit,
            thanks for your comment.
            Wish I could help you, but sadly I have not heard the 12C, sorry.
            L

    • Reply January 31, 2018

      Ajay

      How do you like the IT01 in comparison to the FH1? Tried the IT01 and didn’t like it at all.

      • Reply January 31, 2018

        Ajay

        I meant that I tried the IT03 and didn’t like it at all.

    • Reply February 2, 2018

      Adrian

      1more triple is not that good, i had one of this before and sell it after a week of usage.

      the worse part off all because all the tips provided are suck. the sound has no valor signature, with a little amount of bass this iem is no good for bass head, for mid lovers the quality is just there, and the highs are not the best either.

      it’s like the IEM itself trying so hard to be an all rounder IEM, which excell at every aspect of sound, but it just doesnt work

      • Reply February 8, 2018

        Simon

        I don’t like them for watching youtube videos. Voices sound far away and sibilant. The isolation is not good enough for a commute. The volume and changing track controls are convenient.

    • Reply May 13, 2018

      Dr. Stephen Andrew Wilson

      Thanks for your great reviews! I recently aquired the 1More Tripple Driver earphones. Why, if I LOVE my Bose QC35 cans when I am @ home? With the QC35, my ears pour out sweat. And I find it dangerous on my 5-7 KM walks to have my ears fully covered where I cannot hear traffic, dogs, bikers and other walkers. And now as a frequent flier, I hear a few airlines are now talking about forbidding Bluetooth in flight. Let me tell you: These 1More Tripple Drivers are very comfortable and have awesome sound for music, audio lectures and audio books. I can recomend them 100%!

    • Reply May 31, 2019

      Olaf

      How does this compare to the RHA MA750? They both have an interesting wireless (bluetooth) version.

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