1 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2017-09-27
Cheap easily tangled cables. Fussy controller. Not comfortable. Headphones & controller don't fit into rigid case.
See update at bottom of this review
FINAL EDIT: I hated these. I returned them. A truly underwhelming experience.
I purchased this item with real hard-earned money. No Vine. No discounts. No incentives. Ergo, no incentive to automatically praise the product so that I get more free stuff.
This is a genuine honest review.
I also own (purchased) the 1MORE Quad headphones which I love. I wrote a 1MORE Quad 5 star review on AlumiGogo (my review is the 'unverified purchase' because I bought directly from 1MORE).
I bought this headphones to make sure that I have a pair of headphones in the car. I'm always forgetting to bring the Quads with me.
The ANC does a poor job of reducing common continuous sounds. I initially thought that the ANC was reducing noise but after using the ANC headphones for a longer period of time I found that passive sound reduction from proper fitting tips provide much greater noise reduction.
The controller is at a very convenient height and easy to access. But the 4 way controller is a bit fussy.
I tried raising the volume when I was speaking to someone and I accidentally hung up on them.
Raising and lowering the volume seems to be problematic. I don't have these problems with the Quad headphones.
This one really grates on my nerves: The cables from the controller to the earbuds have the same easily tangled plastic that are found on crappy $9.99 headphones. The Quads have kelvar coated cables that don't tangle. I have to keep untangling these cables. I'm making the comparisons between these two products because they're at a similar price point.
Another problem: No matter how hard I try or which tip I use, I cannot get the ANC to properly fit into my ear canal so a lot of ambient noise leaks in. Yet, the 1MORE Quad headphones fit very nicely. The ANC headphones are not as comfortable as the Quads. I tend to leave the Quads in my ears but remove the ANC because they're irritating.
There are no foam tips like on the Quad set.
The carrying case sounds cool, but you have to really shove the headphones along with the long controller into the rigid case.
I'm using my old Shure flexible headphone case. For the other pair of headphones I use a thin clam-shell eyeglass case so that I don't abuse the headphones.
*When placing the cables into a case (like a clam-shell eyeglass case), carefully fold the cables otherwise you'll spend a few minutes untangling the sticky plastic cables the next time you use them*
The cheap easily tangled rubber cables are extremely annoying
The headphone and long controller don't easily fit into the rigid case
The controller is fussy but at a convenient height. Be careful when adjusting volume to not press the center button otherwise you'll hang up the phone. I use my fingernail on the side of the button to make adjustments.
The sound is good, but not great
Too much ambient noise leaks in defeating the purpose of the ANC
The ANC does not noticeably reduce continuous noise
No foam tips
If 1MORE made Quads that fit a iPhone 7/8, I would buy it instantly.
Update: I dropped the number of stars to 1 because the ANC isn't able to reduce the sound of droning traffic noise in the distance, or the sound of wind in trees or a plane passing overhead. All are continuous sounds that noise reduction should be able to reduce (I don't expect total noise elimination).
I put on my Quads and playing the same music at the same volume, the ambient sounds were greatly diminished.
3 Stars By Subtle Knife on 2018-03-07
Not enough volume and yes i made sure.
2 Stars By Yesuaini99 on 2017-08-21
Engineered to Perfection!
-Luxury packaging. (Bose doesn't have this)
-Burn-in App to help optimize sound quality, (Bose doesn't have this)
-ANC is not irritating. (Bose doesn't have this)
-Multi-direction control nob. (Bose doesn't have this)
-Great sound quality
-Luxury leather pouch (Bose doesn't have this)
-Lightweight compact ANC processing unit (however, Bose requires charging, where as 1More doesn't.)
I've had 3 Active Noise cancellation headsets, 2 by Bose. One Bose I had was cup, over ear style which made it very warm and sweaty. The other one is great except the ANC feature sometimes create pressure in your ears and make me very uncomfortable. This 1More ANC headset is much better. The sound quality is also excellent, bass note is better than Bose. It is really engineered to perfection. For Bose, when you switch on and off the ANC, there's a delay and noticeable difference in terms of pressure in your ears. This 1More doesn't have that problem. Everything is done seamlessly in the background. I am listening to this as I type the review. It is truly exceptional!!!
At half the price of a Bose ANC, I think the choice is clear!!!! Highly recommended!!!
A couple of things not as good as Bose:
-clothes clip (1More has a metal clip which you have to self install but I worry that will rip the cable in the long run.
- the ear insert, Bose is still more ergonomic and doesn't fall off as easily.
Another note is the 1More connector is strictly Apple lightening connector which means you can't use it on a laptop or other phones. Also, The ANC function is powered by plugging into an iPhone but Bose ANC can be activated as long as it still has power.
After using for 2 weeks, I find the Bose noise cancelling earphone has better noise cancelling power. Ambient noise is much lower than 1More. Also, because 1More uses lightening connector, it requires software modulation to convert sound. Because of this, sometimes the sound has statics and user have to unplug it and replug in a few times to get the software glitch out.
The fact that 1More uses lightening connector mandates it to be used exclusively on iPhones which is not a good investment. I want to use it on my laptop or other devices like my guitar, I can't convert it. There's no lightening connector converter to 3mm in the market, at least I couldn't find any. I wonder why they decided on this design.
Second update: the static issue is a bit of a problem. It comes and goes. Sometimes unplug and replug will solve it. But sometimes just comes and goes. I think it's a software glitch. Maybe need software or device driver update.
I had to remove the 5 stars and tone it down to 1 star because the noise and static. Every time it's plugged in, the unbearable static noise makes listening music or talking on the phone impossible. After you remove it and flip side to plug in, most of the time there's a lag and either the phone doesn't recognize the headphone or says incompatible software or just won't work. I don't know how else to compliment this. When it works the sound is good, but the consistency to have it working all the time is just impossible. The noise cancellation isn't that good either.
4 Stars By Liat2768 on 2017-08-24
Great sound and comfort
I already own a pair of Bose Quiet comfort 20 ANC headphones and was curious to see the difference between those and the 1More. Packaging with the 1MORE is simply amazing and it is very obvious that a lot of thought was put into the design and layout of the box. Opening up the box is like opening up a really impressive gift to yourself. Tiny transparent tabs allow you to pull up the inset items The earbuds come with a really nice black faux leather box case which closes magnetically. This is big difference from my current soft zipped case that came with my Bose Noise Cancelling headphones. Also included are a wide range of ear tips for the headphones (10.5mm, 12.5mm, 15.5 silicone tips and 23mm, 21.5mm, 19.5mm and 18 mm ear secure tips to sit in the inner curve of your ear). The buds themselves are metal and quite a bit heavier than the Bose but the fit and comfort is surprisingly good.
Set up was a bit of a surprise since there is a Burn in period that the earbuds automatically begin once you open up the app. The app itself opens up in a language other than English (see pictures) and it took a minute to figure out why and how long the Burn in was going to be. Now, there is a debate about the necessity of a burn in period and, if your are an audiophile that prefers it, you should be very happy. Personally, I don't think they make a massive difference in tiny armatures for earbuds and waiting 12 hours while my new earbuds toned themselves up was a bit annoying to me. There is some evidence that transducers in larger headphones can experience burn-in but at the tiny size of earbuds the chances of mechanical deviation is really minuscule. Frankly, I'd rather have the burn in done before I open the box raring to go only to end up waiting for my new toy to give itself a tune up.
Sound is, of course, the big issue and I was cautious about how well these would do at noise cancelling. Unlike the Bose, turning to the ANC does not create a buzz to overlay the sound around you. Instead the only thing my ear picked up was that all external sound was suddenly muted. The sound quality is very good without an overly emphasized Bass and the buds are simply perfect for using for in-flight entertainment. Answering calls and the sound quality for calls is really good. The fit was comfortable without putting pressure on the canal or feeling heavy.
So, comparing price and quality, these really are a great buy compared to the Bose. The only things I did not like were the Burn-in period, the surprising non-English opening to the app and the metal clip for clipping the wire to your clothing for extended use. I do use the clip on my Bose a lot to take the weight off the ear buds and not having it will be bothersome on long flights.
3 Stars By Gaz Rendar on 2017-10-17
1MORE that could use one more level of bass
The 1More Dual Driver Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds with Lightning Connector have some fantastic selling points, but a few properties that are merely mediocre.
First off, the packaging on this set is out of this world good. It's creative and really makes you feel like you purchased a premium product. After the novelty wears, off, though, all you're going to truly care about is the performance. One part of the packing that you will care about is the including carrying case for the headphones. It's a small, square, hard leather covered case that offers great protection and closes with an easy open magnetic lip. That case will withstand a beating in your travel bag and keep your earbuds in top shape.
In terms of performance, it's both good and bad. When you first plug in the headphones through the lightning port, you get a pop up directing you to the app store to download the (free) app. The app doesn't do much, other than run a 24 hour burn-in time for your headphones with oscillating frequencies to break-in the speakers. I ran the app for 12 hours and didn't really notice a difference in the music reproduction properties here. Since it's a lightning port connection, you can't charge your phone while you run the app, so it just runs down your battery. They recommend that you on have to run the burn-in once if you use the buds on a regular basis after that. The app is nice and all, but I was left wondering...why wasn't the break-in performed at the factory? And then maybe you would just need a 2 hour break in refresher if the buds were sitting on store shelves for awhile? Maybe the burn-in doesn't work that way, but again, in the end, it doesn't really make a difference on these tiny speakers and using the app is optional.
The buds themselves fit pretty comfortably, due to the array of options that you have to get the fit you want. I did have them pop out of my ear a couple times during a run, but never while sitting in my office or on a plane. The controller box has a nice feel to it once you learn the intuitive input commands using the directional nub. The directional box is metallic, so it also has a premium feel to it. The main cord is braided, and doesn't tangle. The two thin wires that branch from the controller box to the buds are are rubbery, and will tangle a little bit, but nothing you can't handle. Unfortunately, there is no built-in clip to anchor the controller box to your shirt. There is also a small mic box in the middle of one of the rubbery wires up to a bud. The mic works as well as anything else I've tested and shouldn't cause you any problems.
In terms of sound, the mids and highs are brilliant and clear. Most vocals sound fantastic and piano and guitars are crisp whether they are the featured instrument on the track, or the backing instrument. For most songs and for a lot of styles of music, it's hard to top that crispness in a pair of tiny earbuds. Unfortunately, the buds don't have that depth that you're sometimes looking for in the lows. I'm not talking about artificially boosted bass that you'll find in some pairs of Beats. No, what is missing here is a feel of fullness at the bottom end. Few earbuds have it, and it might not have been achievable using the tiny speakers here when 1MORE focused so much attention on clear highs. But I still want to feel a Red Hot Chili Peppers baseline when I'm using a pair of premium headphones.
Finally, the active noise canceling (ANC) is no great shakes and might not be worth the extra price tag price for this pair when you can get similar 1MORE headphones for a more reasonable price without the ANC. In a coffee shop or other mundane working location where you have your laptop out, you don't really get any benefit from the ANC. I received some extra clarity when I used the ANC on a recent 2 hour flight, but that was about it. I still was able to hear some ambient noise from the cabin, and my full-sized Monster headphones without any noise canceling did a better job blocking outside sound with simple noise insulation. Granted, that's comparing full-sized cans on headphones vs. buds, but the point is, the ANC isn't a true reason to pick these headphones up. For better or worse, you do get everything powered through the lightning connector, so there is no secondary batter to charge in the headphones. The obvious tradeoff is that you can only use these buds with Apple mobile devices.
In conclusion, these 1MORE headphones offer what is probably the clearest mid and high sounds I've ever heard through earbuds. The case is awesome and there is a true premium feel here. But given the high price tag, I would have liked to see more depth to the bass, a clip to stabilize the wires against my shirt, and better performance from the ANC.
5 Stars By A. Ryan on 2017-09-10
Sound is Amazing
To burn in, or not to burn in, that is the question. These headphones from 1MORE, for me, sounded fantastic right out of the box. Sound was very clear and rich, better than most any other headphones I've ever owned, if I'm being honest. Comparing them to my current favorite headphones there was just no comparison...the 1MORE headphones beat them easily. Noise cancelling really works. I use them at work to kind of drown out the talking and other office noises. Microphone seems to work very well also. I've had no complaints from anyone on the other end that they couldn't hear me, and most said that my voice was coming through loud and clear. Also, these stay in my ears, even if I am doing lots of activity, like yardwork. That's a huge plus. I've had headphones that refuse to stay in my ears at all, at that just doesn't work for me.
The one thing feature that I'm not sure I will use though, is the phone app. I guess I'm not the audiophile that I thought I was, because frankly, I've never heard of "burn in." The first thing that the app wants to do when you open it up is to start a "burn in" process. I had never heard that term before, so I consulted the internet. Apparently, there is a theory that headphones get better after a certain number of hours of usage, or a "burn in" period. Like all things on the internet, there are many raging debates on whether or not you should "burn in" and what the best method is. After a certain amount of research, I am still unsure of there is enough actual evidence to support the "burn in" theory, so I am choosing to not "burn in" my headphones using the app. If "burn in" is true, then it will happen anyway with use.
The one thing I as a bit disappointed about is that these headphones do not work with a lightning splitter. I was hoping that I could use my splitter and be able to charge and listen with these headphones at the same time, but alas, that did not work. I used two different splitters, and these headphones refused to work with either, even though other headphones I have will work with both. So, that's a bummer.
BUT...the most important part of any headphones is sound, and I am extremely impressed in this department. Sound for these is really very amazing. I couldn't be happier with the sound, and that's what headphones are all about.
5 Stars By Robert Moore on 2017-08-29
Absolutely outstanding earphones for use with Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch and Nano
If you own an Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad, these could be the earphones for you. With loudspeakers, a pretty good key - not the only key, but still a pretty good one - as to the quality of a speaker is the weight of the magnet inside the speaker. That isn't often true of earphones, but these Apple product earphones are amazingly heavy. They aren't unpleasantly heavy, but they have some real heft, which is not something you really expect. Not surprisingly, they have some real punch when you start to listen to them. These are not the best earphones that I own, but both of the earphones that I consider a bit better are twice as expensive. So for the price, the sound of these are really quite spectacular.
The only thing to note is that these are not compatible with non-Apple products. They will work with iPads, with iPod Touch and iPod Nano music players, and with iPhones. I really love the sound the produce, with great dynamic range and a lot of power. I have an iPod Touch and these are the earphones that I now use on them routinely. One other thing to add is that these are quite comfortable and fit snugly. They come with an usually large number of rubber ear pieces in order to assure the best possible fit. I have about a dozen high quality earphones and I would rank these very close to the top, as I said above. Let me emphasize that these will not work with Samsung or Android earphones. Sadly they do not work with the iPod Classic.
4 Stars By Gr8ful on 2017-10-15
Great quality earphones, packaging and app need some work.
I'm very impressed with the quality of these headphones. I'm not an audiophile so you'll have to read other reviews if you want an expert opinion on lows, midrange and highs, but I can tell you that they sound great to me. They are advertised for iPad and iPhone 7 but I've been using them with my iPhone 6 (originally with iOS 10 and now 11) with no problems. I have used them on two flights and the ANC worked great for blocking out the annoying background hum of the plane. I used the controller switch to turn ANC off and on a few times and there was a noticeable difference.
I've used them for calls on my iPhone and for VOIP conferencing on my iPad and the quality of the audio is great. I used the GoToMeeting app on my iPad last week at a conference and asked my colleagues if my voice was coming through OK and they said it was fantastic. The buds are quite heavy compared to other ones I've used but that gives them a nice heft and they fit perfectly in my ears with the medium sized rubber cones.
The controller has a multi-directional joystick and it's not the best feature. I have often paused what I was listening to when I meant to turn up the volume. I've learned to put my thumbnail up against the bottom of the joystick to press it up so I don't accidentally press down on it to pause. At times I won't hear any music until I tap the joystick once. Not sure if that's an issue with the earphones or my iPhone.
As others have noted, it comes with a high quality case and premier packaging but I wish they would have done a better job with even the simplest of instructions. The packaging has very stylistic drawings with some usage tips, but I would have preferred something more straightforward. But what really caused me to not give these earphones a full 5-start rating was the experience I had when first plugging them into my iPhone. It was announced that I should download the 1More app which I did and it immediately started up with an animated waveform diagram but with absolutely no instructions. I had to hunt around in the help section to determine that the primary purpose of the app was to conduct a 12 hour burn-in of the earphones to maximize the sound quality. Would it have been too difficult to have a splash screen appear to explain this to me? This doesn't detract at all from the quality of the earphones themselves, but the app is part of the experience and it's poorly designed.
3 Stars By J. Silva on 2017-10-04
Good separation, poor noise canceling
I'm not an audiophile, but I love my music and videos to have great sound, so I looked forward to testing these earphones. They certainly deliver great sound -- excellent separation, and truly exceptional capture of subtle background sounds in movies and television shows. However, the instruction booklet gives minimal instruction on how to use the headphones to their best advantage. The inside cover of the box has some interesting drawings and technical info, which, quite frankly, I did not find at all useful. The box includes several sets of foam covers for the earbuds. I've tried them all, and none of them are at all comfortable. Worst of all, the earphones seem to magnify rather than cancel, ambient noise! I mean, come on. My standard Apple earbuds do a better job. Another irritation -- these are designed for the newer models of Apple products that don't have an earphone jack, just the lightning connection. My models aren't new. I've found that my battery charge runs out faster using these earphones, and I have to interrupt listening or watching in order to charge the battery, because I can't do both at once. Better technology would be wireless. So, not impressed.
3 Stars By Michael A. Duvernois on 2017-10-13
Nice packaging, reasonable sound quality, minimal noise cancellation
When you get the box and open it up, it feels like an Apple unpackaging. Quality materials and a wide selection of earpieces/foams/inserts. The headphone app on the iPhone wants to do a burn-in on the headphones by sending low level noise to them for a few hours. Okay, maybe that is useful but it's definitely a geeky bit of audiophilia. Speaking of which, the sound quality is quite good and there is a decent amount of sound isolation from the environment. Not perfect, but not bad. The controls are so-so, hard to manipulate the 4-way controller in my opinion. Other folks seem to have mixed feelings. Maybe my fingers are big.
What doesn't seem to work well is the noise cancellation. The "stuck-in-my-ear-and-blocking-sounds" passive noise cancellation is quite a bit more noticeable than any active cancellation. Could barely detect any difference with the cancellation on and off. Tried it in an airport with conversation (and announcements) background noise as well as on a tractor. Worked barely at all in both cases.