1More Triple-Driver In-Ears
I THINK WE ALL KNOW I’m an audio fanatic. When it comes to bouncy air vibrations rumbling my lobes, I can’t get enough of the stuff. I listened to 73,520 minutes of music on Spotify last year— the equivalent of 51 days. And that’s not including the countless hours spent on YouTube and the like. Having decent headphones is vital to me (and a theme in this month’s “Lab Notes,” apparently).
At home, I’m running with a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pros. However, for my day-to-day activities, particularly when in the gym or commuting, I prefer something more discreet and, most importantly, disposable. Sennheiser’s MX 365s are my earbuds of choice. They fit my ears well, and the bass and treble are well balanced. They’re also only $15, so I don’t mind breaking or losing them.
When our own Alex Cox gushed over the 1More triple-driver over-ear headphones a few issues back, I was keen to try their in-ear equivalents. At $100, they’re hardly cheap, but boy do they come with the accessories. There are eight sets of different sized buds, two types of cable, one airplane adapter, a leather carry case, and an awesome pair of headphones. I can’t say that the triple-driver design has a huge impact, but the sound quality is well balanced and exceptionally crisp on the high end. I’d prefer there to be a touch more bass, but that’s just me, and they do produce a very enjoyable reference soundstage, which is to be commended. $100, https://usa.1more.com