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.
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.
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!