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1MORE Dual Driver BT ANC review: Top-notch audio quality, impressive battery

1MORE dual-driver BT ANC wins on its design, performance as well as ANC capability.

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Updated: Aug 21, 2019, 12.20 PM IST
​Full marks to 1MORE Dual Driver BT ANC​ for the premium look.​
Full marks to 1MORE Dual Driver BT ANC for the premium look.
1MORE Dual Driver BT ANC
Price: Rs 14,999
Rating: ****1/2

Specifications: In-ear neckband style headphones, Bluetooth 4.2, Active noise cancellation, USB Type-C port, 43.9 grams

ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) is a feature that is usually found on large over the ear headphones and that too in the premium segment. 1MORE’s latest dual-driver BT ANC is amongst the first neckband style wireless headphones to offer ANC and that too at a great price.

1MORE is known for its focus on not just audio quality and feature set but also product design. The dual-driver BT ANC has a soft flexible silicone neckband in a matte black finish which makes it lightweight as well as comfortable to wear. Plus, the flexible neckband allows the headphone to be folded for portability and storage. We found the cable length of the earbuds to be ideal – they don’t protrude out too much while using but it’s still long enough to not feel tight around the neck when not in use. Since the back of the earbuds has magnets, it locks around your neck when not in use. The angled earbuds are typical 1MORE style – comfortable with a secure fit. You also get extra lock fins and ear gels to suit different ear sizes.

The highlight feature of the headphones is its ANC.​
The highlight feature of the headphones is its ANC.

On both ends of the band are silver-coloured plastic housing in which the left side houses all the control buttons. You get a button for power, volume control, play/pause and a slider switch for controlling ANC along with an LED indicator light. On the edge is a USB Type-C port for charging and it supports fast charge which is always a welcome addition. One of the unique things about the headphone is that it supports use as a wired headphone using the Type-C port as well (Type-C to 3.5mm cable included in the box). Full marks to 1MORE for the premium look and feel of the headphones. The only thing that we didn’t like is that there is no IP certification for water/sweat resistance and for this we docked half a star.

The highlight feature of the headphones is its ANC. You can easily switch ANC on/off via the slider switch. What we liked instantly is that you get two levels of ANC – slide once to activate level one which is good enough to use in low noise environments like a busy office and therefore saves on battery life as well. You can go to level two of ANC by a second slide of the switch and this mode is great for use when there is a lot more ambient noise such as inside a busy metro station or on a flight. Is the ANC as good as what you would get from an over the ear headphones? The answer is no, it isn’t on the same level, but it comes close thanks to 1MORE’s TiinLab A2 chip. 1MORE’s active noise cancellation tech works by analysing ambient noise and then producing opposing sound waves to cancel it out. The big benefit of this is that you get a fuller audio output with excellent noise cancellation.

The angled earbuds are typical 1MORE style
The angled earbuds are typical 1MORE style.

Audio quality is top-notch as expected. The dual-driver setup compromises of a primary driver and a balanced armature. This delivers fuller audio output with no signal loss plus covers a wide soundstage. We noticed that the headphone is capable of handling the low frequency as well as high frequency very well with a balanced sound output. You get enough bass to enjoy dance music plus they deliver great vocal clarity making it ideal not only for music but also to enjoy movies. You also get the option to adjust the output using the equaliser in the 1MORE app as per your preference.

Battery life is another feature that impressed us a lot. With ANC we got 5 hours of battery life while without ANC the headphones delivered just over 8 hours of backup. There is fast charge support so with 10 minutes of charging, the headphone delivers 3 hours of playback (ANC off).

In our opinion, the 1MORE dual-driver BT ANC wins on its design, performance as well as ANC capability. At the time of writing it is available for Rs 10,999 on Headphone Zone making it a great deal. The biggest competition to 1MORE offering is the Jabra Elite 65e. Priced at Rs 16,999, the Jabra has the advantage of being IP54 water and dust resistant plus it uses Bluetooth 5.0 with support for simultaneous dual device connectivity.

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