Published on May 2nd, 2017 | by Greg0
1More Quad Driver Earphones: Across The Spectrum
It’s almost May Day, which means it’s time to get out more and enjoy nicer weather- the few days of the year in NYC before it becomes too hot. For New Yorkers, that means picnics in Central Park and grabbing a bite in a outdoor cafe, drinks in rooftop bars and just getting out for more exercise along the waterfronts. It also means that hibernation is over, and it’s nice to take a few day trips or simply do some shopping. And while not every experience needs your own soundtrack, there are many times on the subway or even the streets when you might prefer to lose yourself in your own music choices.
The 1More Quad Driver Earphones don’t take sound lightly- they packed four separate drivers into each ear, a single dynamic and three balanced armature drivers providing a wider range of frequencies and better separation than your average pair. In fact, with a stated range of 20Hz to 40kHz, they’ll beat most other headphones of any size and claim to be the smallest quad-driver on the market. Whether you can actually hear all of those tones is another story, and more drivers does not necessarily mean superior- but it can help. It’s kind of like blades in a razor; there is definitely a point of diminishing returns, but you’ll be able to tell the difference between these and any single or dual (or even 1More’s sister pair of triple-driver in-ear headphones).
Some other recent audiophile sets that leave out these a microphone and controls, but we typically appreciate their inclusion- after all, we regularly listen with smartphones or tablets. 1More’s cables are tangle-free and Kevlar reinforced, the microphone unexpectedly excellent, and the controls a little ‘clicky’ but get the job done. As you might expect, they are fully compatible with iPhone and Android devices. There’s no active noise cancellation, but the accessories package is more than sufficient- a traveling case, an airline adapter, and a 1/4″ adapter all come in the box, plus nine separate sizes and types of tips (six silicone, three foam, no flanges). These might look a bit big- they definitely don’t hide away in your ears- but the Quads are lightweight and comfortable. One other thing we appreciated is the touch of color on each earbud.
In terms of audio, these have some definite strengths- especially on high-resolution tracks with lots of fast strums or thrums. The overall sound is crisp and detailed, balanced and never boosted, slightly tilted towards cool rather than warm, so better for instruments than vocals (and great on electronic music). Bass response is deep,;those looking for a throatier bass-forward style won’t find these to offer quite enough, but for everyone else, they don’t seem artificial and we never found them to be harsh or distorted (even at higher volumes). These aren’t really fitness buds, and they don’t have some big brand behind them. But we’re thrilled to find some technological prowess that left us simply enjoying our music again- thanks to the satisfying 1More Quad Drive In-Ear Headphones. Now available online and in stores, expect to spend around $199.