It’s no secret that there’s been an explosion of wireless products over the last few years. With phone manufacturers ditching the headphone jack, a pair of Bluetooth headphones is all but a necessity. And it’s terrible. I much prefer a pair of wired in-ears for everyday use to anything wireless, dongle and all. Recently I dug out the 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear from storage to give them the full review treatment and, spoiler alert, I still have no problem recommending these.

Editor’s note: this review was updated on May 27, 2021, to expand upon technical information.

Who should get the 1MORE Triple Driver for?

The 1MORE Triple-Driver in-ears on a desk

Earbuds are great for everyday use, and these are durable enough to survive long commutes.

  • People with multiple devices should get these earbuds, assuming your devices all have headphone jacks.
  • Commuters will grow to appreciate just how well these earbuds isolate you from your surroundings. As someone who used to commute two hours to class uphill both ways (anyone who’s ever taken the 1 train to CUNY City College in Harlem knows this is only half a joke), nothing beats a reliable pair of earbuds. Plus, you don’t have to worry about battery life.
  • Anyone can make the most out of a good pair of in-ears. Even if you do prefer Bluetooth headphones, it’s always a good idea to have a backup.

What’s it like to use the 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear?

The foam ear tips are a must for a good seal.

The nozzles are thicker than most other earbuds, and the foam ear tips allow for a secure fit.

Though there are a few quirks here and there that I’m not a fan of, I do like the way these are built for the most part. The housing on each earbud is made of solid metal, and the angled tips fit snugly in my ears (though I did opt for the memory foam tips for good measure). I’m also usually all in on monochrome color options, but I found that I actually enjoyed the blue and rose gold color option.

The plastic feels cheap and not up to par with the rest of the build.

The cable is a braided fabric, which is nice up to a point—literally. Because once you get halfway up the headphones to the Y-split, it becomes a cheap, grooved plastic that annoys the hell out of me. But at the same time, most of the issues I’ve had with tangles came from the braided fabric part, so maybe there’s a method to the madness. Towards the connector, there’s a blue metal casing that protects the cable from fraying, and though I’ve had issues with this part becoming unglued on other earbuds, I have yet to experience that here.

Holding the 1MORE Triple-Driver in-ears in the hand

As the name implies, the 1MORE Triple Driver earphones house three drivers in each earbud, making the large metal housing a must.

The control module of the 1MORE Triple Driver is located roughly 6 inches down on the right earbud and feels just as flimsy as the cable it sits on. That said, I had absolutely no issues using it. The golden colors visually separate it, making it easy to locate and click. It also gives just the right amount of tactile feedback, so you won’t be left second-guessing every click. The buttons are raised slightly above the rest of the control module as well, so you shouldn’t have an issue locating the right one.

How do you connect the earbuds?

Holding the control module.

The 1MORE Triple Driver control module is plenty tactile and easy to use.

Bluetooth has come a long way, but the best way to connect is still via 3.5mm connector. And that’s the only option you have here. So if you’re like me and use a phone with no headphone jack, get used to using the stupid dongle. Luckily, all of the playback controls built into the 1MORE Triple Driver work on my iPhone X.

The earbuds plugged into the dongle.

The 1MORE Triple Driver end in a 3.5mm connector, so you’ll need to use a stupid dongle on new phones.

One tap of the middle multi-function will pause or play the music, while two taps skips to the next track, and three taps will restart the song. The multi-function button also lets you access Siri or the Google Assistant (depending on your phone) and lets you answer or end phone calls with a single tap. Buttons for adjusting volume round out the control module, and that’s all there is to it.

How does the 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear sound?

The reason these are still on our best earbuds under $100 list isn’t because of the rose gold color or functional control module, it’s because of the sound. You may have been able to infer this from the name of the ‘buds, but the 1MORE Triple Driver is rocking three separate drivers in each earbud: two balanced armature and one dynamic driver. This allows 1MORE a little more control over how these handle different sounds in the frequency range. Rather than having one full-range driver that takes care of everything, they’re able to fine-tune each driver specifically. 1MORE also did this with its newer Quad-Driver in-ears, but to be honest, it’s not as effective here.

Holding the 1MORE Triple-Driver in-ears in the hand

The earbuds have three drivers each, making the large metal housing a must.

Bass pumps in what is a carefully emphasized low end can, at times, be overbearing. For the most part, it stays well within its range and does its job: delivering a thumping low end without ruining other aspects of the track. The thumps throughout the song casanova. by Denitia and Sene rise and fall easily and never sound like they’re overstepping any of the other instruments in the song. That said, the synth bass that comes in at about 2:06 during the song Self Control by Frank Ocean is definitely overblown, so it’s pretty hit or miss.

These are some of the best-sounding earbuds under $100.

At max volume, you can feel the bass of most tracks, which isn’t something you’d want if you’re going to be editing a podcast but is a fun sound for casually enjoying your music. Vocals are fine for the most part, but a lot of instruments in the mids seem to get mashed together right behind the vocals. Highs also get the job done, but at max volume, you’ll sometimes get harsh notes that will make you lower the volume back to normal. This is best seen in the song When I was Done Dying by Dan Deacon where everything in the highs gets lost in the chorus, except for the piercing sine wave (bell?).

Should you buy the 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear earbuds?

Overall the 1MORE Triple Driver in-ears aren’t the greatest pair of earbuds you’ll ever hear. If you have a little more money to spend and plan on editing audio, you might be better off with something like the Etymotic ER3XR in-ears. Or if you just want a casual pair of buds, then the Master & Dynamic ME01 might do the trick. But at this price point, these are hard to beat.

1MORE Triple-Driver In-Ear
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For under $99 these have a good sound that, when paired with the build quality and design, make for a solid pair of everyday buds. And, right now they’re on sale on Amazon for $63. Should you get them? If you’re tired of buying cheap earbuds and want to treat yourself to something a little nicer, I say go for it.

Go wireless with the 1MORE ColorBuds or 1MORE PistonBuds

The 1MORE ColorBuds true wireless earbuds next to a pink wired mouse and set of three GameBoy game cartridges.

For just $99, the 1MORE ColorBuds are a great value for casual listeners.

The 1MORE ColorBuds cost a bit more than the Triple Driver In-Ear and afford true wireless connectivity in lieu of a wired connection. The earbuds use Bluetooth 5.0 firmware and support SBC, AAC, and aptX for high-quality Bluetooth streaming over any operating system. They feature an IPX5 water-resistance rating, so you can exercise with them, and they last nearly six hours on a single charge. To fast charge the buds, place them in the case for 15 minutes; this allows two emergency hours of playtime.

The 1MORE PistonBuds are much cheaper than either the Triple Driver In-Ear or the ColorBuds, but include premium features like an IPX4 build, mono listening, and a stylish design.

Frequently Asked Questions

I've been hearing about durability issues due to its cheap plastic up the Y-split. Did you find this a definite problem?

We didn't experience any issues with durability using the earbuds in our testing process, but if you plan to use them every day for several years, it's very likely that the cheap build on the Y-split will break down. If you don't want to worry about this happening, we'd recommend looking into some alternatives.

Advertised as THX certified (triple driver) but no verification stamping anywhere. Are they or are they not THX certified?

Here the company's official page addressing how the 1More Triple Driver and 1More Quad Driver were the first THX-certified earbuds.

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