I feel like the $200 price class is where earphones start getting really good with some truly outstanding offerings providing splendid price/performance ratios that make me question earphones within higher price ranges. I also like to take a look at the manufacturers marketing pitch for these earphones before getting down to my review. Though marketing will always be a sell, it does reveal glimpses of the designer’s intentions and goals and it’s interesting to see these actualised within the finished product. With the 1More, their marketing led me only to concern with 1More clearly selling towards a more consumer audience. But upon hearing their latest earphones, those concerns were immediately dispelled. The Quad Drivers provide a clear, engaging and mostly natural sound that comfortably matches the best in class through their notably strong soundstage and midrange performances; of course, they should, given their more open form factor. The earphones also aren’t too source picky so long as they have adequate power. So while the Quad Drivers may be sculpted, they are an exceedingly tasteful take on the popular V-shaped tuning that I know a lot of listeners enjoy. They actually remind me of the Bowers and Wilkins P7’s, not a balanced, neutral or even linear set of headphones, but one whose delicate sculpting produced a rewarding listen.
Overall – 8.5/10, The Quad Drivers have a very tastefully tuned v-shaped signature that will likely come off as balanced to consumers and charmingly engaging to enthusiasts. While their shallow fitting form factor fails to match the practicality of the ergonomically exemplary New Primacy, RE-600 and Pinnacle P1, the Quad Drivers are more convenient to use with a more conventional fit and universal remote/mic. The Quad Driver is a gorgeous in-ear whose consumer exterior houses the internal workings of an audiophile masterpiece.