1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones Review

1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 1More Dual Driver In-Ear retails for Rs. 3,999 online
  • The earphones are built well and are extremely comfortable
  • They deliver punchy bass, and crisp and sparkly highs

1More has captured the attention of audiophiles worldwide in a relatively short space of time. The company has a small but eclectic lineup of earphones, straddling multiple price categories. The 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones received a stellar review from us at Gadgets 360, and now we have the more affordable 1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones in for testing.

Each earpiece of the 1More Dual Driver In-Ear has two drivers – a balanced-armature driver tasked with handling the upper mids and highs, and a dynamic driver that takes care of the bass and lower mids. This pair of earphones has an MRP of Rs. 4,499 but it’s available at Rs. 3,999 on e-commerce websites such as Amazon India. Let’s see if the 1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones are worth their asking price.

1More Dual Driver Headphones design and comfort

The 1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones have aluminium enclosures, an L-shaped 3.5mm jack to help reduce strain, and a braided nylon cable. A three-button remote with mic is in line with the right earpiece, and is tactile and responsive. It works with iOS as well as Android smartphones.

Most dual- or triple- driver earphones have rather large housings. The 1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones in comparison have reasonably sized housings that are angled at 45 degrees in order to make them fit more comfortably. The build quality is top-notch and there are no rough edges to be found. The braided cable is sufficiently long (1.25m) and is also of a high quality, but it tangles rather easily.

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The 1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones come with four pairs of silicone ear tips – extra small, small, medium, and large. The earphones themselves rest on the outer part part of the ear and only the tips enter the ear canal. This, plus the lack of foam tips in the box, means that noise isolation is fairly ineffective. In our testing, we were able to hear ambient noise and people talking around us at up to the 50-60 percent volume level.

On a positive note, the compactness and shape of the earpiece housings result in a very good fit. We were able to listen to music for hours at a time without any major discomfort. The retail box also contains a hard case for storage, a pouch, and a shirt clip.

1More Dual Driver Headphones performance

The overall sound quality of the 1More Dual Driver In-Ear is fairly balanced with a slight emphasis on the lower end. The sound signature skews towards lows at the expense of mids, which are slightly suppressed in the sound mix.

The bass is tight and controlled, and never sounds bloated, but the lower-end can be extra punchy at times. The mids while not as forward as we would have liked, are smooth and natural. The treble is where the balanced armature driver announces its presence, and the high end is crisp and detailed without becoming sibilant.

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The instrument separation is very accurate and you’ll struggle to find this kind of clarity elsewhere at this price point. We were able to distinguish between every guitar being played as well as hear the guitar strums with utmost detail in John Mayer’s Gravity (Live). That said, the soundstage is quite shallow.

Overall the 1More Dual Driver In-Ear is geared towards people who want a warm sound signature without sacrificing clarity, detail, or precision. These earphones are not as accurate as more expensive dual-driver earphones such as the Fiio FH1, but are well suited for genres like R&B and hip-hop thanks to the punchy bass. The onboard microphone is also of high quality – we experienced no issues while on calls during our test period.

Verdict
The 1More Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones are a great balance between comfort, sound quality, and value. They are extremely comfortable and have a sleek and understated design as well as great build quality. While the sound signature definitely emphasises the bass, the rest of the frequencies are not completely thrown under the bus, and the treble is still sparkly and crisp.

Ardent audiophiles will be disappointed by the slightly repressed mids and the shallow soundstage, but others will be hard pressed to find a more well-rounded pair of earphones than this for less than Rs. 4,000.

Price: Rs. 3,999 (MOP)

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Good build quality
  • Very comfortable
  • Punchy bass and sparkly highs

Cons

  • Repressed mids
  • Cable tangles easily

Ratings (out of 5):

  • Design: 4
  • Performance: 4
  • Value for money: 4.5
  • Overall: 4
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This Indian Brand Offers Running T-Shirts With Inbuilt Headphones

This Indian Brand Offers Running T-Shirts With Inbuilt Headphones

HIGHLIGHTS

  • C.Vox running t-shirts have in-built headphones
  • Headphones are detachable; fabric is washable
  • T-shirts have safety lights for those who run on roads at night

With interest in running growing in India, it’s not surprising that startups dedicated to running and fitness gear are beginning to emerge. C.Vox, which makes travel and fitness gear with built-in audio, is one of these startups. C.Vox began selling t-shirts with inbuilt earphones around two months ago. These are washable t-shirts that have a pocket for your smartphone or music player, which you can connect to inbuilt earphones.

That may sound like a product most people don’t need, but C.Vox COO Varun Midha insists that’s not the case. Midha tells Gadgets 360 that runners often struggle with listening to music or podcasts during their runs. Wired earphones tend to break or get in the way.

“[Our] product is high-quality. The wiring is inside the fabric so it doesn’t get in the way,” Midha says, though it’s unreasonable to expect mind-blowing audio from these earphones, given the fact that the t-shirt costs less than most quality in-ear headphones.

(Also see: The Ultimate Guide to Running Gear That Doesn’t Cost a Fortune)

C.Vox makes running gear with detachable in-ear headphones. You can wash the t-shirt as long as you’ve detached the earphones that ship with it. That means the embedded wiring and connectors are washable. It also has a pocket “made of compression fabric” with a 3.5mm connector. You can use this to connect your smartphone or music player and start playing audio. C.Vox’s running t-shirts also have blinking LEDs as a safety feature. If you’re running on the road early morning or at night, these lights will help drivers spot you and avoid accidents.

While this sounds like a good idea, there is a very real chance that the headphone jack could become obsolete in the near future. Apple has already removed it from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and there’s a chance that the rest of the industry will follow suit.

“With our product [more] people are using the wired version because it’s less cumbersome,” says Midha. The company has built a Bluetooth version as well, but Midha says it’s not the perfect solution because no one likes charging audio gear again and again. C.Vox, he says, is waiting for better wireless audio solutions before taking a call on switching.

(Also see: A Scientific Guide to Running Your First Half-Marathon)

Pricing could be another barrier for C.Vox. These running t-shirts cost between Rs. 2,699 and Rs. 3,399. “There was a segment of people who thought the price was high. But people [in C.Vox’s target audience] are quite accepting of the price,” says Midha. “The price of these t-shirts is comparable to those available from multinational brands,” he says, adding that C.Vox’s products have built-in audio as a differentiator.

There is definitely an audience for products such as this one. Scottevest is a well established company with products that have special pouches for your gadgets, and channels running through the lining through which you can run your wires. It’s a little more hassle than using clothes with built-in headphones, but it means that you can use the headphones that you find most comfortable. The Scottevest jackets and hoodies also come with a variety of pockets and functions, and aren’t just limited to simplifying headphone management. These start from $100 (approximately Rs. 6,800) plus shipping for a sleeveless vest that can stow an iPad mini and a phone, along with cable management, and pockets for your keys, change, and so on.

Then there’s the Baubax travel jacket, with 15 features. Backed on Kickstarter, the jacket had a target of $20,000 (approximately Rs. 13.5 lakh) and ended up raising over $9 million (approximately Rs. 60 crore). That travel jacket comes with features including earphone holders, a built-in inflatable neck-pillow and eye mask, a zipper that doubles up as a pen and a stylus, a microfibre cloth to clean your glasses and gadgets, a portable charger pocket and even an iPad pocket. These are quite expensive though, starting at Rs. 10,000 onwards.

C.Vox is currently also working on a travel jacket called Techy Traveller. Midha says the jacket has earphones and a speaker built in. He says it has a four-button remote with a mic so you can take calls via the jacket. The three buttons are simple audio control buttons (play/ pause, forward/ rewind) that you have in wired earphones, while the fourth button lets you switch between the earphones and the speaker, Midha says. According to him, this will be available via Kickstarter or Indiegogo in the near future.

Some apps already offer audio-guided runs, where someone’s voice asks you to increase or decrease your speed at various points during the run. Going forward, C.Vox plans to integrate sensors in its products so you can get live audio feedback during your workouts, Midha says. “Sensors in the garment, say a heart rate sensor, will generate data. We want to look at this data and fix [things like] your cadence (number of strides per minute),” he adds. As of now these ideas haven’t turned into products, but the possibilities are interesting.

Tags: Running, Running in India, C.Vox

 

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Creative Aurvana ANC Headphones Launched at Rs. 10,999

Creative Aurvana ANC Headphones Launched at Rs. 10,999
HIGHLIGHTS
The Creative Aurvana ANC is priced at Rs. 10,999
The headset features active noise cancelling technology, but no Bluetooth
It’s powered by 40mm dynamic drivers, and uses a AAA battery for noise cancelling
Creative has launched its Aurvana ANC headphones in India. The headset features active noise cancellation technology and a noise-isolating around-ear fit for passive noise cancellation. The headphones are part of the Singapore-based electronics company’s premium Aurvana range of audio products, and are priced at Rs. 10,999. The product will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting this month.

The Creative Aurvana ANC headset features a lightweight design and plush leatherette memory foam ear-padding for enhanced comfort. The detachable 1.5m cable is braided for sturdiness and also comes with an in-line microphone and remote to control music and calls on a connected smartphone. Notably, the headset is not Bluetooth-enabled and cannot be used wirelessly. The active noise cancellation functionality does of course require power to run, and the headset can be used with a single AAA-type battery, which can run for a claimed period of up to 40 hours.

The active noise cancellation technology uses a multiple-microphone set up, where the Creative Aurvana ANC headset monitors the noise levels in the environment and creates an opposing frequency in your ears to cancel the noise. This can be used regardless of whether audio is being played through the Aurvana ANC. Noise reduction is claimed to be up to 18dB, and the headphones are powered by 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers with a frequency response range of 20-20,000Hz. Also included in the sales package is a hard carry-case, an airline adapter and a single AAA battery to use with the headset.
Creative had earlier launched the Sound Blaster Roar 2 wireless speaker, in a push to boost its presence in the high-value audio market. The Aurvana ANC is a part of a similar push, and hopes to compete with brands such as Bose and Sony in providing high-quality noise-cancelling headphones at a competitive price.

Tags: Active Noise Cancelling, Aurvana ANC, Creative, Creative Aurvana ANC Price, Creative Aurvana ANC Price in India, Headphones

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Creative Aurvana ANC Headphones Launched at Rs. 10,999

Creative Aurvana ANC Headphones Launched at Rs. 10,999

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Creative Aurvana ANC is priced at Rs. 10,999
  • The headset features active noise cancelling technology, but no Bluetooth
  • It’s powered by 40mm dynamic drivers, and uses a AAA battery for noise cancelling

Creative has launched its Aurvana ANC headphones in India. The headset features active noise cancellation technology and a noise-isolating around-ear fit for passive noise cancellation. The headphones are part of the Singapore-based electronics company’s premium Aurvana range of audio products, and are priced at Rs. 10,999. The product will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting this month.

The Creative Aurvana ANC headset features a lightweight design and plush leatherette memory foam ear-padding for enhanced comfort. The detachable 1.5m cable is braided for sturdiness and also comes with an in-line microphone and remote to control music and calls on a connected smartphone. Notably, the headset is not Bluetooth-enabled and cannot be used wirelessly. The active noise cancellation functionality does of course require power to run, and the headset can be used with a single AAA-type battery, which can run for a claimed period of up to 40 hours.

The active noise cancellation technology uses a multiple-microphone set up, where the Creative Aurvana ANC headset monitors the noise levels in the environment and creates an opposing frequency in your ears to cancel the noise. This can be used regardless of whether audio is being played through the Aurvana ANC. Noise reduction is claimed to be up to 18dB, and the headphones are powered by 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers with a frequency response range of 20-20,000Hz. Also included in the sales package is a hard carry-case, an airline adapter and a single AAA battery to use with the headset.

Creative had earlier launched the Sound Blaster Roar 2 wireless speaker, in a push to boost its presence in the high-value audio market. The Aurvana ANC is a part of a similar push, and hopes to compete with brands such as Bose and Sony in providing high-quality noise-cancelling headphones at a competitive price.

Tags: Active Noise Cancelling, Aurvana ANC, Creative, Creative Aurvana ANC Price, Creative Aurvana ANC Price in India,Headphones

 

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