1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones Review: Great Sound, Poor Comfort

“What? $250 headphones? Why would anyone spend that much money on a pair of headphones?” my sister asked when she learned the price tag for the 1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones. As soon as she put them on and pressed play, her face lit up. “I know why people spend so much on headphones now,” she said.

1more-headset The 1MORE Triple Driver Over-ear headphones offer amazing quality audio, but aren't very comfortable 1MORE

That’s the strength of how good the Triple Driver headset sounds. While the name might not be very catchy, these headphones produce crystal-clear music you can instantly tell is of a better quality. The bass is prominent without rattling your head, while the high-end comes through clean and clear. Quiet moments in music aren’t muddled and loud bursts of sound never overwhelm. I’ve used dozens of different headphones over the past few years, and these definitely stand out for their sound quality.

They had better, since there aren’t any special bells and whistles on this headset. There’s no Bluetooth capabilities, no microphone to use for phone calls, no noise cancellation features, nothing. This is a pure plug and play headset, built solely for listening. It’s rare to see that these days, so it’s great to see 1MORE picking one area of expertise and nailing it.

1more-cup-shot A close look at the cool design on the 1MORE Triple Driver Over-ear headphone's ear cup 1MORE

The headphones also look pretty sleek. Made with a shiny aluminum alloy, the Triple Drivers feel durable and solid without being too heavy. The ear cup design, seemingly inspired by high-end rims for sports cars, stands out from other headphone designs. They come with a carry case and ¼ inch jack adaptor, and fold up for easy storage as well.

While these rank among the best headphones I’ve used from a quality standpoint, I can’t recommend them because they also rank among the lowest in terms of comfort. The cups squeeze too hard on your head; take the Triple Driver headset off after use and you’ll realize your ears were pressed flat on your skull.

The top headband also presses down into your scalp if not adjusted properly. On other headphones, this would be a mild irritation until you adjust the headset, but the Triple Driver headphones can actually start to hurt if you don’t adjust quickly enough. The top foam is too hard and pointy to feel good.

1more-folded The Triple Driver headphones can fold up for easy storage. 1MORE

At $250, I should expect a headset I want to actually have on my head for prolonged periods of time. These become uncomfortable in about 30 minutes. That’s no help on a long flight, or to even listen to an entire album from front to back.

If you could take the ear cups of the Triple Driver and put a new headband on them, these might be the perfect headphones. Until then, I’ll go back to using an inferior headset that I can stand to wear for more than a few minutes at a time.

So what do you think? Are you in the market for a new pair of headphones? Do you prefer comfort over quality, or the other way around? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.