The headphone world thought the sky was falling when Apple decided to can – pun intended – the headphone socket. While there were still ways to use a wired headphone, pretty much on that day, a lot of the world waved goodbye to wires in their portable audio, and never looked back. In fairness, what also happened was a number of companies upped their game and released high-performance wireless personal audio products. 1MORE’s True Wireless ANC in-ear ‘headphones’ – the first True Wireless design to receive THX approval – are a great example of how far this technology has progressed.
The 1MORE True Wireless ANC do a heck of a lot. They feature the tried-and-trusted hybrid dual-driver design (that uses both a balanced armature and 10mm dynamic driver), which has been a staple of 1MORE’s in-ear monitor designs. They also use the high-quality, latest and most expensive iteration of Qualcomm True Wireless processing (this sends a signal simultaneously to left and right channels, as opposed to the higher latency from earlier iterations that fed both channels to the right ear-bud, which then sent a second signal to the left ear-bud). This gives them a 10m range. The 1MORE True Wireless ANCs also support aptX and AAC high-quality Bluetooth audio (and if anyone still thinks ‘high-quality’ and ‘Bluetooth’ are mutually exclusive… please stop replaying 2017 over and over again; we’ve moved on). As the name suggests, the 1MORE True Wireless ANCs feature an active noise cancelling circuit, and the clever part in this is they use two microphones per channel; one to read and cancel external (environmental) sounds, the other to reduce resonance in the ear canal itself. ANC has four basic settings; Strong, Mild, Pass-Through and Off.
As with most True Wireless designs, operation is through touching the shell of the headphone/earphone rather than pressing some hard buttons. Of course, different combinations of pressing and wiping denote different functions and unless you spend the first day or so walking around with the manual as some kind of decoder ring, you’ll invariably mash the wrong combination and end up trying to raise the volume by turning off the noise cancellation. A few hours use soon puts you right, and at least when you are on the first knee of the learning curve, the pre-recorded voice that tells you what listening mode you are using is more of a whisper than a shout. You can also control this setting through 1More’s own app.