1More Triple Driver

After a long break I’m back — with a review of the 1More triple driver IEM.

Most everyone knows about these and how highly rated they are. I thought I should give them a try based on reviews — and that was a mistake.

These are nice comfortable units. I do have a dislike for any IEM without a replaceable cable. But the selection of tips, the packaging, and even the cable is all very nice. I gave up after 30 seconds or so, and let them break in for 4 days straight. I hoped about 100 hours of playback would see an improvement.

It isn’t that the sound is horrible, but it does not live up to the reviews and promises.  The bass is strong, and the mids are a bit muddy to me and the highs roll off.  The sound stage could use some improvement as well; it is all very dull and dreary.   I couldn’t believe what I was hearing from my first multi-driver IEM.

Something seemed familiar; I dug out old IEMs to compare it to. Surprise — they compare to my old Logitech UE500s. After quite a bit of A-B comparison, they sound almost perfectly identical. I’m not sure how a triple driver can match an old cheap single driver so well. It doesn’t seem possible and I wouldn’t have believed it.  This is not at all what I was hoping for and it really felt like false advertising to me. Could it be a defective unit? I don’t know, but I’m not willing to gamble on their products again.