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1MORE's EVO True Wireless Active Noise Canceling Headphones Are Flagship Quality

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A Pair of High End Earbuds Will Make The Sound

Earbuds started out being the low-end choice for people to use for listening: headsets were big and bulky but they had strong drivers (speakers) and made to last. By contrast, the early days of earbuds featured a cheap plastic chassis that was only matched by the low quality of the drivers inside. Plus the earbuds were not built to last and that fact quickly became apparent after wearing them for a short time. Not to mention how uncomfortable they were from the get-go. But they were cheap to buy and before you knew it, lots of people gave up on wearing quality headsets for audio minor quality earbuds. “Buy they for less than $3”, you could find them in discount stores by the hundreds. So as a result it was a really slow slog to finding earbuds that put forth quality audio —- everybody getting more excited about them losing the cable connecting the two ‘buds together than about how good the audio you’d be hearing would be. All we can say about that is baloney, and we’re not talking about the lunch meat.

Fortunately people are waking up to the fact that just listening to audio, no matter how it sounds, isn’t good —to the audio needs to sound better than just “good.” This leads directly to a company called 1MORE, who seems to have a mission statement that what is making the audio sound good is the most important thing. That’s not to say that all the recent technological advancements shouldn’t be included, but the audio has to be given the top of the mountain for people to look up to. And the EVO True Wireless Active Noise Canceling Headphones is 1MORE’s new flagship production for providing the kind of sound that makes it worth having earbuds.

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Noise Cancelation Plus More

So we’ll leave the sound for last — it being the most important — and start with the physical of EVO design which is made of a smooth ceramic that is pretty durable. This 3D panel also has the ability of working to reduce electromagnetic signal interference.

These earbuds have noise cancelation, not unusual or amazing these days, but it’s a hybrid system using six microphones (3 in each ‘bud) to do the job (offering 42dB immersive ANC). It also means that the quality of audio calls is going to be a lot cleaner than expected — remember, the phone that earbuds are connected to are often used to make phone calls, not just go on the Internet and run apps. These feedforward and feedback microphones are placed on each side of the earbuds, allowing for ambient audio of the environment to be captured and canceled in conjunction with that found inside the acoustic cavity.

Additional audio noise cancelation options exist — a milder ANC for those looking for such and a wind noise resistant mode fighting when desired (like riding a bike fast). And not one but two “transparent” modes; one that is standard and expected and lets ambient sound through while the other enhances voices by amplifying those frequencies for a better response. Bluetooth 5.2 is the most recent tech for connecting and it means that a stable and strong signal results.

Battery power sounds like it needs to be strong to run all these technologies, so it does. The ‘buds run up to 8 hours on a charge, and this varies depending on what tech is being used but in general greater than 6 hours is pretty much a thumbs up. The Q1 charging case ups that to 28 hours in total, but perhaps the best one battery-driven feature is that a fast charge using 15 minutes turns into about 4 hours of sound.

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Frequency Response is Key

Now as to the sound, the first thing to look for is the frequency response — this will decide if the earbuds can attain the Hi-Res Audio certification. The 10mm DLC dynamic drivers that are found here consists of EVO’s frequency response being 20 - 40kHz. Which means yes it gets the certification, but even more importantly it means that sound (based off of frequencies) can run the gamut of low end to high end so that audio isn’t getting lost, muddled or even passed over altogether. This is aided by the audio codec LDAC, which persists in providing a decoding rate of up to 990Kbps and that makes audio high fidelity (unless one continues to play low-rez MP3s, aargh don’t do it!).

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Turning The Sound

Tuning the drivers can be done by engineers who work with numbers and computers, or it can be done by someone who’s not just a sound engineer, but one who works towards making music sound as powerful and quality-wise as it can be. In this case, eschewing lab engineers working with digital points, 1MORE works with the award-winning sound engineer Luca Bignardi, plus Sonarworks, so as to make sure audio has a wide soundstage with quality bass and crisp details to the vocals. It’s all about the audio coming through the earbuds making for the best sound ears can understand.

Other technologies found here include SoundID for tuning the sound for personalizing and being able to toggle on/off the adaptive ANC which modifies the cancelation by detecting/listening to the ambient noise — touch controls being an integral part of these ‘buds.

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EVO isn’t inexpensive and you won’t find it at any discount store for sure. But it’s not that you get what you pay for with these earbuds; you get what you want to hear and that’s all that matters. Connect two audio providing devices and these ‘buds will handle the switching between them (only one plays at a time, natch). Even firmware updates exist. And of course it handles water resistance, with IPX4. For more details go to https://usa.1more.com/products/1more-evo-true-wireless-active-noise-canceling-headphones

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