Well-controlled yet engaging bass, Extended highs and spacious stage, All-metal build is a delight
On-ear fit can produce hotspots, Thin dual entry cable, Vocals may be too recessed for some
This headphone may appear to cater towards the consumers, however, don’t be fooled, the Triple Driver Over Ear possesses enthusiast quality in every regard.
1More has built a reputation upon a foundation of value. Their Triple Driver and Quad Driver in-ears both provided great performance for the money and a sound tuning that pleased users and critics alike. Their new headphones follow suite, implementing three drivers; 2 active and one passive. In addition to a 40mm graphene dynamic driver, the Triple Driver also implements a ceramic tweeter and passive bass reflector. The headphones employ 1More’s signature aesthetic and high level of build quality while undercutting the majority of competitors at $250 USD. This makes it one of the cheapest premium portable over-ear headphones on the market. You can read more about the Triple Driver Over Ear here.
*Of note, the silver/grey variant reviewed here is not to be confused with the brass/black model, that is an older variant with a titanium as oppose to graphene driver and a different tuning altogether.
I would like to thank 1More very much for their quick communication and for providing me with the Triple Drivers for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. Despite receiving the headphones free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation.
A signature trait of 1More products is their elaborate packaging. The Triple Driver OE is no different with a lavish unboxing that feels delightfully premium. Inside the box buyers will find a compact hard zipper case with internal scaffolding that perfectly cradles the headphones. The case has a soft velcro pouch that contains the cable and other accessories such as a flight and ¼” adapter.
As aforementioned, the Triple Drivers stay true to 1More’s reputation for solid build quality and industrial design. Small touches such as a concentric ridging of the driver enclosure, transparent face-plates emblazoned with a Maserati wheel design and chamfered edges all portray an image of structural integrity. The entire assembly is aluminium from the 3-piece ear cups to the sturdy pivoting hangers and folding hinges; all integral parts of the headphone’s structure prone to wear and breakage, it’s good to see 1More considering longevity. The headband is well padded with a grooved design that’s said to spread weight more evenly. Unfortunately, the faux leather used here is not the greatest, it’s a little plasticky but gets the job done.
The earpads are far better realised. They’re constructed from a softer pleather with a finer texture. They’re stuffed with slow-rebound memory foam that conforms to the ears over time and permits a strong seal. Inside are bold orientation markers and lightly padded driver covers that aid comfort. Unfortunately, it’s in this regard that the headphone falters slightly. Though marketed as an over-ear, the Triple Driver is much more of an on-ear headphone on behalf of its rounded pads with a small internal opening that fails to fully encompass even my average sized ears. Moreover, the pads are quite thin so don’t expect comfort similar to Bose’s QC range for instance.
Being a portable headphone, the Triple Drivers are comfortable for a handful of hours before they start to wear on the outer-ear. That said, discomfort never forced me to stop wearing the headphones and, combined with their light weight and medium clamp force, they are stable and an excellent choice for commuters. Being a closed-back design, they offer above average isolation on top perfect for public transport if not quite perfect for air travel. Still, they are not the most comfortable headphone for prolonged listening at home due to their aforementioned comfort niggles.
The adoption of a dual entry cable system contradicts with this sentiment slightly as most portable headphones implement a more convenient single-sided cable. This also makes it harder to convert them to wireless using an adapter. That said, it’s fairly safe to assume that a wireless revision is on the close horizon given 1More’s recent releases. Still, the cable is light and unobtrusive. It connects via recessed 2.5mm connectors that snap confidently into place. From the y-split down, the cable is well-constructed with a braided sheath leading to a case-friendly straight 3.5mm plug. Above the splitter, the cable has basic rubber insulation and is fairly thin, however, it is nicely relieved at both ends which should contribute to greater longevity.
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