If I’m being totally honest, I had never heard of the brand 1More before this review. The company aims to deliver superior quality headphones at affordable prices, and their latest Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones are an example of this. The packaging and overall design certainly gives off a premium vibe, but just how good are the headphones themselves?
Build Quality & Design
Packaging is always key for a product, and 1More have certainly not skimped here. The headphones come in a gorgeous magnetic-fastening box, which when opened reveals a beautifully presented product. There’s a myriad of ear tips to choose from so you have the perfect fit, as well as a ¼” connector and a connector to use on airplanes. There’s even a discreet clip to fasten the headphone cables to your clothing, which is a nice touch. Also included is a lovely leather carrying case, which personally I wouldn’t actually use since the headphones themselves are quite compact and can take a bit of wear and tear.
The headphones themselves feature a tangle-free design and a Kevlar core cable for extra durability. It also makes them a bit stiff to roll up when you’re packing them away, but this is something that’s easy to overlook if you’re going to own headphones that can put up with the abuse of constantly being shoved into a pocket or bag. The Quad Driver’s buds are angled at 45 degrees, which is supposed to mimic the natural shape and fit of your ear canals. When I wore them it felt like they were protruding from my ears, but in reality they fit quite snug and don’t look out of place. The headset is compatible with iOS or Android devices, and will automatically detect what device it’s plugged into.
1More has a lot of impressive sounding things to say about the Quad Driver. It’s been tuned by Grammy-winning sound engineer Luca Bignardi, features four drivers and three armatures for perfect sound, and its aluminum chamber provides a comfortable fit and better noise isolation. On paper that sounds promising, but how much of that actually helps with the audio quality?
The good thing is there’s some truth to 1More’s ambitious literature. Bass on the Quad Driver sounds as punchy as you can get for in-ear headphones, though my colleague did remark that he would have liked it to be a bit firmer. They’re certainly better than most other in-ear headphones I’ve tried, that’s for certain. When it came to more vocal tracks, the Quad Driver was a little bit shakier, often struggling to deliver crisp audio such as with songs by Norah Jones or Amy Winehouse. Their vocal range seemed much more dumbed down, mostly in part to the smaller soundstage. Everything seemed muddled together, which is a shame as I really thought with all the bells and whistles that 1More was shoving into these headphones, that they would sound like liquid gold.
For calls and voice recognition the Quad Driver does fairly well. I recommend using the supplied clip to pin the headset somewhere on your clothes – callers noted that when I was walking my voice dipped in and out, but when I secured the headset it was much better.
The 1More Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones are very, very stylish, but looks aren’t everything. They are certainly a million times better than the cheap headsets that bundle with your phones, but they still don’t quite deliver a wholesome audio experience.