1More is an acoustics and design company based in China, and while they may not immediately be as familiar as a company like Sony, they still have an impressive acoustics footprint in Asia. 1More was the company that researched, designed and developed the Xiaomi Piston 3.0 IEMs that we reviewed not too long ago, and their own 1More Piston not only shares a similar name to the Xiaomi line of headphones but also a number of different visual characteristics.
Naturally, I assumed that one was based on the other, and I decided to check it out. Encouraging my view was that these appear to be the official headphones for "The Voice of China," a localized Chinese version of "The Voice" TV franchise. They also have a super cheap pricetag attached to them -- just $20.
Immediately after opening the box it feels like the Xiaomi Piston 3.0, all the way down to the container they're encased in and the stylized rubber travel case they're wrapped around. The headphones themselves also share a similar design; from the gold-plated 3.5mm jack the headphones meet a familiar purple aluminum cradle. From there, a small rubber nozzle prevents cracking at the base of the plug, and it continues onto the red braided Kevlar wiring.
Again, similar to the Xiaomi Piston 3.0 headphones, we meet another familiar purple Y-splitter where the individual lines will diverge. From this point the braided kevlar stops, and in its place is red rubber coating for the wiring of the left and right channels of the headphones. Although the left wire continues on to the left monitor, the right wire stops for the remote. This remote is a completely different design to the Xiaomi headphones, abandoning the CNC-machined aluminum in exchange for a plastic casing. You find the standard three-button headphone remote cluster on one side of the remote, and on the other side is a small hole for the microphone. The remote is positioned in such a way that -- provided the correct monitors are in the correct ear -- the microphone will be positioned in the direction of the wearer's mouth.
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