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Review: 1More True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones (THX-Certified)

Review: 1More True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones (THX-Certified)

It has been a couple of years since we reviewed a 1MORE headset. We loved what we saw in the 1MORE Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones. Since then, 1MORE has expanded into wireless solutions, further peaking our interests. Now we are checking out the 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones. These earbuds were tuned by Grammy Winning Sound Engineer, Luca Bignardi and are THX-Certified. They also turned heads, winning the 2020 IF Design Award and becoming a CES 2020 Innovation Award Honoree.

Let’s dive right into the 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones to see what makes them special.

1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones Specs
Impedance32 Ω
Bluetooth Version5.0
Bluetooth Range10 m
Earbud Weight (Single7.9g
Earbud Battery Capacity (Single)55 mAh
Earbuds Charging Time1 hour
Charging Case Weight63.2g
Charging Case Battery Capacity410 mAh
Charging Case Charging Time2 hours
*Specs from product page

Out of the box, a 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones purchase comes with the earbuds themselves, a magnetic charging case, a USB-C charging cable, six pairs of silicone ear tips, three pairs of silicone ear grips, and a carrying pouch to hold all of the accessories.

Build, Comfort, and Functionality

The 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones utilize a hybrid dual driver which combine 1MORE’s patented balanced armature with a dynamic driver. The balanced armature allows the earbuds to handle high frequencies while the dynamic driver handles the production of the low ranges. This combines with hybrid ANC (active noise cancelation), where each earbud uses two mics to simultaneously monitor sounds from the environment and within the ear. This allows for a more accurate approach to active noise cancelation. All of this, combined with Luca Bignardi’s audio tuning, make up 1MORE’s Quietmax technology.

The 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones are a sleek and attractive set of earbuds. The earbuds use a combination of bud tips and ear grips to stay in your ear while forming a nice acoustic seal. They rest subtly in your ears while modestly flashing the 1MORE logo on the outside of each earbud. Even the headset’s charging case is sleek, housing a nice and portable pill shape that can slide into any pocket with ease.

More importantly, the 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones are a very comfortable set of earbuds. There is a good amount of combinations available in the earbud tips and ear hoops that 1MORE provides here. The tips and hoops are easy to remove and install, which allowed me to quickly find the perfect sizing for me. The earbuds rested in my ears, sitting nice and secure. The 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones ended up being so comfortable that I found myself using them to the point of battery depletion almost every time. Every time that happened, I barely noticed any level of long-term wearing fatigue at all. That is saying a lot considering the respectable life span of these earbuds.

The 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones can give you up to six hours of continuous play with ANC off, and up to five hours with ANC active. The “up to” playtime estimates are based on the volume level at which you are listening. The earbuds can charge up to a full charge after just an hour in the charging case. The charging case itself can reach a full charge after two hours of charging. The charging case supports charging either through USB-C or via Qi wireless charging. In total, the earbuds and case give you a combined 22 hours of listening time. Best of all, when your earbuds run out of power, it will only take 15 minutes of charge time in the case to give you up to 2 hours of additional listening time.

Each earbud houses a single button along the back, a touch control on the 1MORE logo, and an infrared sensor.  A single press on the left earbud lowers volume, while on the right it heightens it. Holding the left button for 3 seconds back tracks while doing the same on the right initiates a forward track. Double press on either button to toggle between play and pause. The infrared sensor detects whenever you remove either earbud, automatically pausing any audio currently playing through the headset.

Double-tapping on the touch control of either earbud toggles through the headsets various listening modes. As you double-tap, you progress from ANC off to ANC on (level 1), ANC on (level 2), Pass-Through mode, and back to ANC off.  The 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones give offer two levels of ANC. The Pass-Through mode uses the earbuds’ mics to allow you to hear your surroundings through the headset.

As far as usability goes, the various headset functions are easy to use and handle. Playing and pausing media as well as volume control were each easy to develop muscle memory for. Holding the earbud buttons for 3 seconds to move through music tracks took just a little getting used to. I found myself being too impatient, releasing the button of choice too early for the headset to recognize a forward track or back track attempt. However, that was not a hurdle that lasted for long once I applied some patience.

The tapping of the touch controls on the 1MORE logo also registered well. Only hardy and intentional double taps were recognized by the 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones. This did well to suppress any accidental activations of ANC or Pass-Through modes. While the controls of the 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones were not what I am personally used to in earbuds, they were definitely intuitive. Controlling my media and phone calls felt as second nature, which is what I should expect from any solid pair of earbuds.

Performance

The 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones deliver a very balanced sound presentation, featuring strong lows and highs, with solid mids. Percussion is nice and crisp, so if you like drums as much as I do, you will have a good time with these earbuds. The bass is deep and immersive without coming across as muddy or distorted. It is simply vibrant. While the highs and lows are what grabbed my immediate attention, that did not mean that mids suffered in any way. Mids and vocals still came across nice and clear. The 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones deliver a very solid and enjoyable sound experience.

There is a free 1MORE companion app available which allows you to control the various functions of the 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones. However, outside of handling firmware upgrades for your earbuds, the app did not offer much more functionality than what you can already control from the earbuds themselves. Although I thoroughly enjoyed sound presentation of the 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones, I almost expected to see some EQ controls in the app. That is not necessarily because I thought these earbuds needed it, but more because these audio companion apps tend to have it. Of course, that was nothing more that a software nice-to-have. Besides, nothing is stopping 1MORE from implementing this in the future with a simple app upgrade.

The ANC on the 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones is quite effective, even at the first level. I found myself at times not even needing to use the second, more potent level since “level one” ANC got the job done in most listening scenarios. In fact, the bulk of this review was written outside, at a socially distanced yet lively bar. With just the first level of ANC on, I was listening to lyric-less music without even being the least bit distracted by my surroundings. Most importantly, the ANC as a whole did not distort the sound presentation of the earbuds in any noticeable way.

The Pass-Through mode was equally effective, allowing me to clearly hear my surroundings. It was almost as if I was not wearing earbuds at all. This mode worked perfectly for I needed to have a quick conversation or when I wanted to be more aware of NYC traffic whenever I was walking outdoors. If you are looking for a pair of earbuds to jog with, where you can listen to music while being aware of the random oncoming bus, these earbuds on this mode would be the solution I would suggest for you.

Shockingly enough, even outdoor phone calls in windy settings faired well with these earbuds. There was no problem hearing callers on the other side. More importantly, while call participants mentioned hearing wind, the wind was easily overwhelmed by my voice. This allowed for clear phone calls both indoors and outdoors. Usually, I give audio enjoyment products a pass when it comes to outdoor calls. Here, I did not have to, which is impressive in its own right.

Final Thoughts

Although I have not gotten the chance to review many earbuds this year specifically thanks to the pandemic, I will step out on a limb to say that these are my earbuds choice of 2020. The 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones give you the bare minimum that you should expect in any premium wireless earbud product in 2020. USB-C and wireless charging should be commonplace now, and you have it with the 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones. You get so many fit options that you are bound to find the perfect level of comfort and security with these earbuds. Most importantly, that THX-certified sound presentation delivers yet again with this headset, offering a clear, vibrant, and immersive listening experience.

Are you looking for a strong pair of true wireless earbuds that have all of the features you would expect and want while knocking sound presentation out of the park? Right now, the 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones, going for $179.99, are the first on my list on earbud suggestions for you to check out.

You can check out the 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones for yourself here.

† As usual, there are no affiliate links contained within this post. We were provided a 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones for review purposes and were not compensated for this review.