Compact earphones don’t always have much leeway for showing off a premium design and materials. However, American audio brand 1More has managed to tick off both on the design checklist, with the E1001 Triple driver in-ear earphones. These are priced at Rs8,999 and are in direct competition with the popular Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear earphones (around Rs6,990).

For starters, the two-tone colour combination of silver and grey exudes a very premium look. As it turns out, the rather smooth texture that one notices while running the finger on the outer surface of each earpiece, is a result of the aluminum alloy body being sand-blasted. The cable that connects the earphones with your phone is reinforced by a material known as Kevlar, which makes it extremely robust and will not break off easily. Quite frankly, we are yet to see any other earphones in this price range with such attention to detail.

As the name suggests, the 1More E1001 Triple driver earphones have two balanced armature audio drivers and one dynamic audio driver in each ear—the former pair for clarity of vocals and mid-range frequencies, while the latter for handling bass. As a result, what you get with the E1001 Triple driver earphones is good sound, without any perceptible artificial boosting or tweaking of the audio. That is not all, because these are claimed to be the first-ever earphones to receive the THX certification—this certification means that the sound coming out of audio device is exactly as the audio engineer intended while he was recording and mixing the track. This is surely the standout feature, if ever there was any, in earphones.

Most of the time, what you get are detailed vocals without sounding too sharp, and fairly powerful bass and lower frequencies, without sounding hemmed in. If Trance or R&B are your preferred music genres, this will impress undoubtedly, with the vibrant bass. The sound works brilliantly for most music genres, but in some tracks (though not specific to any type of music), we did notice that the mid-range frequencies were not well distinguished. Also, the soundstage isn’t the widest, so you might miss out on some really intricate detailing in music tracks that may have multiple layers intertwined—but the fine reproduction of most elements in a music track more than makes up for that, the rest of the time.

The 1More E1001 Triple driver earphones is truly in a tough battle with the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear earphones (around Rs6,990), and that is where things become a bit more complex—it isn’t easy to choose between the two. While the E1001 Triple driver surely impresses with the overall performance and a wider feature set, the Sennheiser sound is just as good in most cases and can perhaps reproduce the really finer details of a multi-layer music track, a tad better too, but falls behind comparatively on the bass levels. Too close to call, but the E1001 Triple driver is better suited for livelier music, while the Momentums are ideal for more relaxed listening.

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