1More Dual Driver ANC Pro Wireless review: This in-ear headphone has a split personality, but great phone skills

I’m a big fan of 1More in-ear headphones (IEHs). The company’s Stylish True Wireless is my go-to IEH for the gym and walks around the neighborhood, and I gave the Triple Driver IEH a rating of 5—the only such rating I’ve given to date—in my review of three wired models from 1More.

So, it should come as no surprise that I was excited to review 1More’s latest offering, the Dual Driver ANC Pro wireless IEH. Its form factor is similar to several of the company’s models but different than the other wireless IEHs I’ve tried. I really like the form factor, but sound quality is most important, and the Dual Driver ANC Pro is something of a split personality in that regard.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best headphones, where you’ll find reviews of competing products, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping.

Features

The Dual Driver ANC Pro consists of a flexible, silicone-covered neckband with thin wires emerging from both ends that connect to the earpieces. The back of the earpieces are magnetic, so they clasp together to form a necklace for convenient, safe storage when not in use. This is much better than putting tiny earpieces in your pocket or fiddling with a carrying case, especially if you use large eartips as I do.

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The 1More Dual Driver ANC Pro Wireless’ ear tips are tethered to a silicone neckband.

I like this form factor a lot. It allows the controls to be placed on the neckband, where they can be larger, more separated, and more intuitive than controls on true wireless IEHs. Also, the Dual Driver ANC Pro carries an IPX5 rating for water resistance, so you can work up a real sweat without worrying about any damage that might cause.

As its name implies, this IEH uses two drivers in each earpiece: a 13.6 mm dynamic driver with titanium-composite diaphragm for the low and mid frequencies and a balanced armature for the highs. The resulting frequency response extends from 20Hz to 40kHz (no tolerance given), which means it can render high-res audio.

Also in the name is the term ANC, which stands for active noise cancellation. This IEH offers what 1More calls “hybrid noise cancellation” with two microphones in each earpiece. One is called a feedforward mic, which picks up environmental noise, and the other is called a feedback mic, which fine tunes the ANC adjustments from the feedforward mic, forming a processing loop. In addition, you can select between two levels of ANC; Level 1 provides up to 35dB of attenuation, while Level 2 provides 20- to 25dB. Of course, you can also turn off ANC entirely.

Another aspect of the ANC feature is wind noise reduction, which you can enable separately when ANC is on. According to the webpage for this product, it “suppresses the microphonics caused by wind when ANC is on.”

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Each earpiece includes many components, including a dynamic driver, balanced-armature driver, and two microphones.

A separate mic in the neckband picks up your voice during phone calls. The company calls this mic ENC (environmental noise cancelling), which, combined with a DNN (deep neural network) algorithm, is said to filter out ambient noise for clear phone calls, even in loud settings.