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1More Evo True Wireless Earphones Review

1More is back with its latest flagship true wireless earbuds, the 1More Evo. These new buds pack all the features you could hope for: great sound, active noise cancellation, good battery life, multipoint connectivity, and more. They aim to outperform the competition with custom sound that adapts to each listener, AI-enhanced call clarity, and LDAC support. At $169.99 they slip below the price of the competition, but do they have what it takes to compete with the current industry leaders? Find out in our test!

specifications

  • Price: $169.99 (Amazon)
  • Key Features
    • Wireless audiophile sound
    • LDAC technology
    • With QuietMax Active Noise Cancellation technology, the earbuds can automatically adjust the noise cancellation level (up to 42 dB)
    • AI-enhanced calls
    • Seamless switching between two devices
  • Drivers: 1x Dynamic, 1x Balanced Armature
  • Speaker Impedance: 32Ω
  • Bluetooth:
    • Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth 5.2
    • Bluetooth range: 10m (open space)
    • Bluetooth protocols: HFP / A2DP / AVRCP
  • battery and play time
    • Playing time (ANC off):
      • Fully charged earbuds music playback: 8 hours
      • Case and earbuds fully charged Music playback: 28 hours
    • Game Time (ANC On):
      • Fully charged earbuds music playback: 5.5 hours
      • Case and earbuds fully charged Music playback: 20 hours
    • Charging time of the earbuds: 1 hour
    • Fast charging time: 15 minutes = 4 hours
    • Case charging time (wired): 2 hours
    • Capacity: 48 mAh (per earphone), 450 mAh (case)
  • dimensions and weight
    • Weight of the earphones (single): 5.7 g
    • Case Weight: 46.9g
    • Earbud dimensions: 22.03 x 20.69 x 25.11 mm
    • Case dimensions: 66.60 x 28.61 x 38.65 mm

1More Evo – First impressions and key features

The 1More Evo true wireless earbuds are feature-rich flagship earbuds that aim to deliver a lot at a great price. That would be a tall order for most brands, but 1More has developed a track record of doing just that. On paper, this new headset has the same features as many of its biggest competitors: active noise cancellation, wear sensors, multipoint connectivity, stunning aesthetics, and build quality… the works. While most of the competition, including the Apple AirPods Pro, Sennheiser Momentum 3 True Wireless, Sony WF1000-XM4, and Jabra Elite 7 Pro, each start around $200 or more, the Evos cost $169.

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The first thing that struck me about these new earbuds is their unique look. The buds are a mix of matte and gloss black with copper accents. This style continues through to the charging case, which is black with a copper-colored 1More logo on the lid. I personally love this combo, but the buds also come in white and gold if that’s more to your liking.

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They feature a hybrid driver setup in these beautiful shells. The frequency spectrum is split between a large 10mm dynamic driver and a balanced armature. This arrangement has been popular in the HiFi world for a while and it makes sense why when you hear it. Mixing two types of drivers allows each to focus on a portion of the frequency spectrum and focus on what they do best. For the dynamic driver, these are the basses and mids. The balanced armature comes into play, smoothing the transition between registers while adding detail and clarity to the highs.

The buds are packed with technology. First up is QuietMax, 1More’s active noise cancellation technology. The company claims up to 42dB of noise reduction, which is impressive in itself but feels even more so if you plan on using this outside of your commute. QuietMax effectively targets part of the mid-range, attenuating speech and keyboard noise for office environments. This mode also has adjustable levels that include Strong, Mild, wind noise reduction, and an adaptive mode that monitors the noise around you and adjusts ANC accordingly. Will the ANC dethrone the AirPods Pro or the Sony WF-1000XM4? No, probably not, but it’s still pretty good and costs a lot less.

The transparency mode is also very successful. While many TWS earbuds tend to make the outside world sound thin with transparency mode enabled, the 1More Evo sounds more lifelike. There were times when I was working on my computer that I forgot I had it turned on and heard mic passthrough.

The buds also feature multipoint connectivity. If you like connecting your earbuds to your PC but also want to be able to take calls, this is almost a must have. It’s not enabled by default but can be enabled in the 1More Music app hidden under Experimental Features.

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The Evos are controlled via customizable touch controls. Double and triple taps can each be customized, but double taps will do play and pause (or answer/end calls) by default, while triple taps will summon your virtual assistant. Both can be adjusted to navigate tracks or control volume, but it’s not possible to have all three, so there will be something left over at the side. Press and hold either earbud to cycle through the three listening modes: ANC, Transparency, and Off.

There are no traditional EQ options built into the app. Instead, the Evos have integrated Sonarworks’ SoundID system. SoundID is a series of A/B tests with a music sample, and the responses are merged to form a custom EQ curve based on your listening preferences. It’s a novel idea and works well here, but I’ve also found that SoundID can be inconsistent. With some headphones, e.g Drop pandas, it was groundbreaking, but on others I really didn’t like the way it changed my sound. Part of the problem is that it doesn’t allow you to use your own music Sennheiser sound check applet does. With the 1More Evos it was the previous situation for me and I can’t go back to listening to the Evos without my SoundID profile.

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The configuration of the buds clearly shows that 1More is aiming for high-res sound here, but the inclusion of LDAC proves it. LDAC is Sony’s proprietary high-resolution wireless codec and offers some of the best wireless audio available today. If you have an Android phone, chances are your device already supports it. The downside is that it increases battery drain, and with a battery life of 5.5 hours with ANC on – which is decent but not groundbreaking – there’s not much left. Unless you’re an audiophile you probably won’t notice much of a difference, so it’s safe to leave this unchecked and go with the default sound, which is already pretty good. If you fall into this camp, you already know how nice it is that 1More includes this option for more critical listening sessions.

Before we get into the sound, a word needs to be said about the case. It’s made of metal and uses powerful magnets, so you can count on it to keep your earbuds secure when you’re jostling around in your bag. There’s enough juice to charge your earbuds just over 3 times, bringing the total playtime to 28 hours with ANC off (8 hours of listening per charge) and 20 hours with ANC on (5.5 hours per charge). The case also supports fast charging, so if you run dry, 15 minutes in the case will restore four hours of listening time. The downside to this case is that it wears out very easily. Even in a bag of pens, I routinely found small white scratch marks. They could be rubbed out, but it’s an oddly high-maintenance case.

1More Evo – hearing and daily usage impressions

I’ve been living with the Evos for a little over two weeks. During that time I listened to a wide range of music, played some games and enjoyed podcasts and audiobooks for more than a few hours. The detail and clarity of these buds is great, even without the LDAC engaged, and they’re comfortable to wear even during long listening sessions.

The first thing to say is that it is absolute value play with SoundID. Although my results were mixed on previous earbuds, the resulting EQ profile the applet generated completely improved the listening experience, adding more bass, more detail, and more volume. I had to run the test multiple times with different music samples to dial it in (my first result was way off the mark and drowned in bass), but once dialed in I couldn’t go back to the default sound. While I wish they had a regular equalizer, it allows 1More to rely on SoundID to provide each user with a customized listening experience.

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With this sound selected, I found the bass to be tight and fat. The dynamic driver does a good job of ensuring kick drums and bass lines are tight and fast, making them well suited to both hip-hop and heavy metal. Vocals come forward and let the singers shine but aren’t sizzling or sharp. Treble notes, like hi-hats and cymbals, have realistic attack and decay values. They’re on the warm side of balance, but fun to listen to. Your results may vary depending on how SoundID affects your sound, but it’s clear that the drivers are very capable of delivering enjoyable sound for music, movies, or games.

ANC performance is very good. On the Strong setting, the buds can block out a surprising amount of noise. I don’t take the train or bus to work, but often work with noisy HVAC systems and fans, which QuietMax completely eliminates. It’s also good at blocking out light conversations and typing noise for office environments. Add some music and you can easily hide the outside world.

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Call quality is also pretty good. My wife could hear me well even with the engine noise in the background. The buds were very good at blocking out this outside noise. When recording, I sounded a bit thin, but overall clear and understandable.

While the Evos are easy to control without accidentally triggering touches, they suffer from a lack of audible feedback. With the current firmware, only changing the listening mode provides audible feedback. Playing or pausing music or changing the volume is silent. It’s hardly a big problem, but more than once I’ve re-paused a track, thinking my first attempt wouldn’t register. It would also be nice if 1More gave users the option to use individual touch commands if they so wished. This can lead to more accidental touches, but would also mean users could have play/pause, track controls and volume at their fingertips without having to pull out the phone.

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Final Thoughts

It’s safe to say that the Evos are 1More’s best true wireless earbuds yet. They offer a great listening experience with solid ANC and advanced features like SoundID and multipoint Bluetooth connectivity. At $169, they’re cheaper than most of the competition and sacrifice absolutely nothing in terms of sound quality. Nothing is perfect but this 1More Evo is a solid buy and should be a top contender on any true wireless buyer’s wish list.

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