Companies like SoundMagic and MEE Audio, among others, have been selling quality audio products at very affordable prices for a while now. Thanks to them, you can now find some really good solutions that excel not only in terms of audio quality but also in build quality and aesthetics.
1More is another such brand in the business of selling quality audio products at cut-throat prices and has even lent its talents to companies like Xiaomi. It has an official presence in India, and today, we’ll be looking at its entry-level offering called the Piston Fit. These in-ear headphones retail at Rs. 999 and come in a variety of colours. Let’s see how good they are against budget champs like the OnePlus Bullets V2.
1More Piston Fit design and features
The chambers of the Piston Fits earbuds are built using aluminium, which makes them light and sturdy. The Space Grey version looks good, but you can also have a pair in Silver, Rose Gold, or Blue trims. The metal casings have a ‘CD lining’ texture on the surface, which looks nice but attracts lint and other microparticles that can be tough to clean. The ear tips are tilted at a 45-degree angle, which makes them comfortable to slip into your ears.
There’s a 1.25-meter cord that’s made of soft rubber and is said to have a Kevlar fibre wrapping. It doesn’t tangle easily and terminates in a gold-plated 3.5-mm headphone jack. You also get an inline microphone and a single button remote for answering calls as well as controlling media playback, but you can’t adjust your phone’s volume level. The drivers have a frequency range of 20Hz to 20,000Hz and an impedance rating of 32 Ohms.
The earphones come in a simple package. You only get extra ear tips in various sizes, but these feel very flimsy and don’t provide a good seal when you wear them. The Piston Fit doesn’t ship with a carry pouch, which isn’t that big a deal considering its price. 1More boasts of high-quality materials used in the assembly of the Piston Fit, and we have no complaints about the cord or the inline remote either, although volume controls would have been useful.
1More Piston Fit performance
The Piston Fit is extremely comfortable to wear. We rarely had any fatigue issues, even after long listening sessions. However, this comfort comes at the cost of having a good seal in your ear canals. Even with the largest included ear-tips, the earphones easily slipped out of our ears with a gentle tug. This could be a problem if you’re doing any sort of physical activity.