1MORE Capsule Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones with In-line Microphone and Remote


Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: tight and fast sound for the price/hybrid design
Cons: treble prone to harshness and sibilance, not over-the-ear-fit-friendly, not the best cable choice


I have already reviewed some of 1MORE’s and Xiaomi’s audio products in the past and most of them offered a great sound experience for their very reasonable price point.
The Chinese company 1MORE (these are two links to 1MORE’s English distributor and main reseller in the UK that I was asked to include in my review: https://uk.1more.com/, https://www.pocketrocketuk.com/) was founded in 2013 and became quite well-known within a short time. All of their products are very reasonably priced and even their most expensive products are in the beginning three-digit price range or a little below in the high two-digit range. Their current models are said to be co-developed with a Grammy-winning sound engineer.

The C1002 is one of 1MORE’s current and (comparatively) more higher-end in-ears and was just recently introduced to my knowledge. It is also known as “capsule in-ear” due to its design and is a hybrid in-ear with one Balanced Armature and one dynamic driver per side.
Will it be able to convince me just as much as some the company’s former products that I got my hands on did? This is to be found out in the course of this review.

I was provided with a free sample of the C1002 in-ears for the purpose of an honest review. They were sent to me directly by 1MORE UK together with the E1001 that I had originally requested. I have received no restrictions other than the request to include the two links above. As with all of my reviews, I am receiving and have received no financial compensation/endorsement at all and what you are reading are nothing less than my honest and unedited thoughts on the product.

Technical Specifications:

Price: ~ $/₤/€89
Drivers: 2 per side (1x dynamic, 1x Balanced Armature)
Impedance: 16 Ohms
Sensitivity: 103 +/-3 dB @ 1 mW
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 40 kHz

About Hybrid In-Ears:

As you can read from the technical specifications and mentioned multiple times in the preamble, the C1002 is a little different from most In-Ears and doesn’t only use dynamic or Balanced Armature transducers, but combines both in one shell.

Most In-Ears use dynamic transducers for audio playback which have the advantage of covering the whole audible spectrum and achieving a strong bass emphasis without much effort. Valuable dynamic drivers are often said to have a more bodied and musical bass that has a more soft impact and decay and lacks of the analytical character that BA transducers are known for. On the downside, in contrast to headphones with other driver principles, dynamic transducers often have a lower resolution.

Higher-priced and professional IEMs mostly use Balanced Armature transducers, which usually have got a higher resolution than dynamic drivers, are faster, more precise and have got the better high-level stability, which is important for stage musicians that often require higher than average listening levels. On the downside, it is quite hard to cover the whole audible spectrum with just a single BA transducer and strongly emphasised bass is only possible with multiple or big drivers. Some people also find In-Ears with BA transducers to sound too analytical, clinical or cold (in several active years in a German audio community where I wrote multiple reviews, gave dozens of purchase advice and help, from time to time I heard people that got into BA earphones for the first time using these attributes for describing BA earphones, especially their lower frequencies).

Hybrid IEMs unite the positive aspects of both driver principles and use one dynamic transducer for lows reproduction and at least one BA driver for covering mids and highs, wherefore the often as “musical” described bass character remains and the BA transducers add resolution and precision to the mids and highs – and that’s what the C1002 does with its technology. It is addressed to those people who perceive the clinically-fast character of BA transducers as unnatural, but want to keep the mids’ and highs’ resolution, speed and precision.

Delivery Content:

Inside the package with the typical 1More design and a paper sleeve, one can find the in-ears, a carrying pouch, three pairs of silicone tips, a tie clip, a pair of protective silicone covers for the in-ears and some paper stuff along with a 1More sticker with a headphone-wearing teddy on it.

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Looks, Feels, Build Quality:

The in-ears are made of aluminium and plastic, and the aluminium parts feature a purple-ish colour scheme that somewhat reminds me of Mercedes-Benz’ “Bornit Metallic 481” colour code.
The cable is coated with woven fabric below the y-split, and while it looks and feels nice, I am certainly not a fan of a cable of this type as it is likely to fray over time and might also soak sweat. Above the y-split, the cable is a quite sturdy appearing rubber cable with a three-button remote control on the right hand side. Strain relief is sufficient, however there is no chin-slider.

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On the in-ear bodies, you might notice a convex silver part on the left hand side and a concave silver part on the right hand side. These are magnets designed to hold the in-ears together (e.g. if you are hanging them out of a t-shirt). I cannot relate to that, so I will leave this up to you.

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The silicone covers are easy to install and might be probably handy if you often drop your in-ears or don’t treat them with the most care and also sometimes place them on rough surfaces. I cannot relate to that either, so I will leave this up to you as well.

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Comfort, Isolation:

The C1002 in-ears are strictly designed to be worn with the cables down, like the majority of cheaper in-ears. The difference though is that with the 1More, it is almost only possible to wear them with the cable down, whereas with the other in-ears, they can also be easily worn with the cables guided around the ears.

Compared to the more professional wearing style and also due to the lack of a chin-slider, this will logically also introduce more cable noise, known as microphonics.

Isolation is about average and neither super weak nor very strong.


My main source devices for listening were the iBasso DX80, Cowon Plenue M2 and LH Labs Geek Out IEM 100.

The largest included silicone tips were used for listening and testing.


The C1002 dual-driver hybrid in-ears sound bright to me with a somewhat v-shaped tendency that favours the higher frequencies. I would even say that it sounds sibilant, so if you cannot stand a bright sound and/or listen at high volume levels, it is safe to say that the C1002 should be rather avoided.

While I don’t hear the bass as being stronger than 7 dB maximum compared to a diffuse-field flat in-ear like the ER-4S when doing cross-comparisons, it doesn’t really come through as being at this level without reducing the upper frequency range because of the bright treble that acts as a counterweight and could definitely even be somewhat less forward depending on the situation. As just mentioned, it can also sound sibilant, and cymbals are definitely splashy and also somewhat metallic (I have a good seal with the C1002, so that’s not the problem).

Listening to music and sine sweeps, the lows start climbing around 630 Hz, reaching their climax around 100 Hz although the level around 200 Hz is just slightly lesser. This level remains constant down to about 40 Hz, the sub-bass, and loses quantity towards 20 Hz.
The lows therefore have a somewhat emphasised midbass and lower fundamental range, adding some slight warmth to the in-ear’s sound without reaching or thickening the midrange though. Compared to the bright treble, I think it wouldn’t have been a mistake at all if there was either less treble or a little more warmth.

The central mids at 1 kHz sound neither recessed nor emphasised to my ears, however the lower highs start climbing and reach a rather narrow peak a little over 5 kHz which makes voices drift to the brighter side. I hear another peak around 8 kHz, however this one is less narrow. The super treble above 10 kHz shows a strong emphasis at 13 kHz and good extension above.

The sound in the lows and lower as well as central mids sounds natural, nonetheless I think that the treble is somewhat too forward and could be more even overall. I am someone who can quite enjoy a brighter tonality, and while I don’t find the C1002 to be really unpleasant, it could benefit from more naturalness and less quantity in the treble, as it can sound rather sibilant and metallic there.


The C1002 has got a good detail retrieval in the lows and also sounds relatively quick and controlled without trying to hide that it is using a dynamic driver for the lower notes reproduction. Attack and decay are neither slow nor as fast as from Balanced Armature drivers and should satisfy everybody who finds Balanced Armatures to be too fast and tight in the bass but doesn’t want a too soft and mellow sounding woofer (here, the C1002 is also definitely more convincing to me than the E1001 triple-driver in-ear from 1More).

The C1002 is definitely convincing when it comes to detail retrieval in the midrange and speech intelligibility.

And while its treble is sibilant, it shows good separation and a quick decay – single notes are well distinguishable.


The spatial presentation of the dual-driver is pretty good – the C1002 sounds relatively open, with a wider than average fundament and solid spatial depth that is almost as present as the width. Instrument separation is solid to good for the price, too, however the layering on the Z axis could be slightly more precise.


In Comparison with other In-Ears:


1MORE E1001:
The C1002 has got the less forward, audibly more balanced bass to my ears. Its midrange is less warm, with more presence in the central mids and the brighter upper mids to my ears. Unlike the E1001, the dual-driver doesn’t show a smoothness-creating dip in the middle highs at 6 kHz and is actually even emphasised in the middle and upper highs. Both have got some peaks above 10 kHz and a really good extension, however the C1002 could definitely trigger sibilance for some people.
In terms of bass quality, the dual-driver definitely wins the race to my ears, featuring more tightness and speed. I would even say that the C1002 also sounds more detailed in the bass. In the mids and treble, the E1001 sounds a little more differentiated and has got the slightly higher speech intelligibility while its central mids are less present.
In terms of soundstage, I hear the C1002 as having about as much spatial width as the triple-driver, however with slightly more spatial depth. In terms of instrument separation, the E1001 is very slightly ahead to my ears.

PMV A 01:
The A 01 has got somewhat more bass to my ears (however depending on your ear anatomy, it could be less if your ear covers the vent to a lesser degree). The PMV’s midrange is slightly brighter and squeakier in comparison, however the C1002 has got the brighter overall treble that is also more sibilant while it sounds very slightly more coherent than the A 01’s.
The A 01’s bass appears minimally tighter while both decay about equally fast. I would say that both in-ears are overall pretty much on-par in the midrange and treble.
The A 01’s soundstage is slightly wider to my ears and slightly better separated.

DUNU Titan 1:
The DUNU has got the same amount of bass to my ears while its sub-bass has got the more linear extension. The Titan 1 has got the less bright midrange and treble in comparison although it is quite bright in the highs, too, and not the best choice for treble-sensitive people either.
The Titan 1 has got the more detailed midrange and treble to my ears.
The DUNU’s soundstage is noticeably wider and deeper to my ears and sounds more open. In terms of spatial precision, it is also superior.

Phonak Audéo PFE132 (grey filters):
The Phonak is the noticeably more neutral sounding in-ear out of the two. It has got less bass, less warmth, but also less treble although it has also got a peak in the upper highs. The Audéo therefore also sounds more realistic and even.
I certainly hear the Phonak as somewhat more detailed overall.
Both have got a comparably sized soundstage with the PFE132’s being better separated and cleaner sounding doing a side-by side comparison.


The C1002 is a solid/good entry-level hybrid in-ear offering for those who enjoy a brighter tone and/or are treble-heads. On the downside though, it can trigger sibilance and sounds also somewhat metallic.
It is convincing on the technical side and offers good coherency, and while its midrange and treble details are slightly behind 1More’s triple-driver in-ears, its bass quality is superior, in being faster and tighter – however if you are someone who is not into bright in-ears, you should probably miss out on the C1002, as even for me who can quite like a bright signature, it is a bit too much.

With my usual 70% sound quality/value (77) to 30% build quality/fit (68) weighting, I come to a conclusion of 3.715 out of 5 stars.
Pros: Very comfortable and easy fit, High resolution signature packs lots of detail, Makes a great smartphone companion, Can be driven by phones and DAPs
Cons: Microphonics, No over the ear fit, Somewhat cheap build for the asking price, Slightly tinny and metallic sounding upper frequencies
At the time this review was written, the 1More Capsule C1002 hybrid in-ear monitor was listed for sale on Amazon. Here is a link to their listing of the product:
Review earphones long enough, and you will realize what manufacturers regularly make good products. When I was first contacted to review 1More’s dual driver earphones, I accepted the opportunity out of sheer curiosity. I was pleasantly surprised at at the sound quality and comfort. Shortly after giving them a solid review, I began to hear some really good things about their new triple driver. If you don’t know, they have become an Amazon best seller. Here is a link to my review of them:
Having already tried two earphones from 1More, it was clear that these earphones (tuned by Grammy Award winning Luca Bignardi) were something that needed more Head-Fi exposure. Both the dual and triple driver earphones are arguably the best in-ear monitors in their price range (depending on your preference).
When 1More’s North American marketing representative contacted me to see if I would be interested in covering their new hybrid in-ear monitor named the “Capsule” there was no way I could turn that opportunity down. Considering the fact that everything I’ve heard from them so far has been excellent, there was no reason to think these wouldn’t be good as well.
The Capsule is another dual hybrid design. Having heard the earlier models (the Dual and Triple Driver) the capsule tuning makes a lot of sense. Let’s see why as we go over them with a comprehensive review.
I was given a free sample of the Capsule in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I am in no way affiliated with 1More. I would like to take this time to personally thank 1More for the opportunity to experience and review the product.
My Background
I AM NOT a numbers and graphs audiophile or sound engineer. Personal audio enthusiast? Absolutely! Headphone junkie? Possibly…
There’s something about quality DAPs, DACs, Amplifiers and Earphones that intrigues me. I want to hear any earphone that looks promising, in hopes that I can share my impressions with  enthusiasts and help them find the audio product they’re looking for. My Head-Fi profile has a list of audio products ranked from favorite to least favorite. For me, this hobby is more about getting great price to performance ratio from a product, and having a variety of different gear to mix and match. With personal audio gear, we tend to pay a lot of money for minor upgrades. One thing I’ve learned over the last few years is that just because a headphone has a higher price tag, it doesn’t mean that it has superior build and sound quality.
I’m always looking for great audio at a great price. I’m after headphones and IEMs that give me the “WOW” factor. I can appreciate different builds and sound signatures as long as they are solidly built, with ergonomics and sound that is pleasing to my ears. It’s my pleasure to share my experiences with audio products and make recommendations based on gear I have owned and used.
The Capsule comes in a sleeved black box with white and silver accents. A nice high gloss photo is featured on the front.
The back of the box has a brief description of the product in several different languages.
Removing the sleeve reveals a nice looking black box with the 1More “lifeline” similar to other packages.
Specifications and Accessories
Driver Type: Dual armature hybrid (1x dynamic & 1x armature)
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Sensitivity: 98dB @ 1mW
Frequency Range: 20-40,000 Hz
Plug: 3.5 mm Gold Plated
Weight: 15 grams
1X Pair Capsule earphones
1X Shirt clip
4X Pair single flange silicone eartips (S,S/M,ML,L)
1X Pair silicone extension sleeves for larger ears
1X Leather carrying case with metal clasp
1X Owner’s Manual
1More has taken a unique approach to its housing shape with this design. The name Capsule is derived from the housing’s form factor. The earphone housings are essentially the same shape and size as two extra strength tylenol gel capsules. The 1More logo can be seen on the outside of the each channel’s exterior with a venting hole located just below it. The Capsule housings are very, very lightweight.
The unique shape also calls for unique cable placement which leads up and into the shell from the lower front part of the housing. Because of this the Capsule is designed to be worn cable down. The Capsule has a VERY cool feature. When the ends of the housings are in close proximity to each other magnets will clasp and connect them together. This a very convenient in the sense that they can be wrapped around the neck and attached without having to roll them up and stuff them in your pocket when not in use.
The Capsule nozzle is angled from the end of the housing. It’s slightly wider than the average in-ear monitor nozzle, and about average in terms of length. One thing to note, there is no lip on the end of the nozzle which means some aftermarket earphones may have issues with tips not staying on or sliding off. The good news is that the stock tips are a soft silicone material that promotes a comfortable fit and good seal. More on this in a bit.
Cable, Y-Split, Cable Jack, Strain Reliefs
Capsule’s cable is a fairly thin cloth covered cable from the jack to the Y split, and thin rubber jacketed cable above the Y-split. Both parts of the cable has a minimal amount of spring and memory. The Y-split is literally a Y shaped piece of plastic. The cable jack is a straight styled 3.5mm gold plated jack. Strain reliefs are subtle and adequate. Although not the sturdiest cable I’ve ever used, it should hold up okay with responsible and careful daily use.
The Capsule comes with an inline three button microphone and remote which hangs about four to five inches down from the right channel. All three buttons worked for both my LG V10 and Iphone 6. When talking to friends and family, they reported my voice coming through at a three or four on a scale from one to five.
Ergonomics, Fit and Microphonics, Isolation
These are one of the better fitting cable down earphones I’ve worn. The Capsule’s “capsule” rests comfortably in the bottom of the concha of my ear. An included silicone sleeve comes in the accessories package. This sleeve can be used to coat the Capsule housing and increase the circumference of the listener’s ear, making the fit more ideal for people with larger ears. The included tips are a very soft silicone material a la Sony’s silicone tips and promote an excellent seal. These earphones were easy to pop in and out. I could wear them comfortably for hours without needing to adjust the fit (barring snagging the cable)
Isolation was average, maybe below average. The I could hear external noise fairly easy when music was playing. When music was playing at average or louder volumes outside noise was pretty much non-existent.
One sore spot with the Capsule (and every 1More earphone I've tried so far) is the issue of microphonics. Every 1More earphone I’ve worn at until this point has been a cable down design with no chin/neck slider. This adds up to each model picking up considerable cable noise, especially when on the go. I’ll be honest here, if 1More could offer an over the ear fit with a chin slider to any of the tunings I’ve heard so far it would only increase the value of these earphones. There is no exception with the Capsule in this regard either. While I understand that there are some who prefer an under the ear fit, a simple neck slider would have been a nice touch that allowed listeners to address cable noise.
Sound Review
I did my demo with my usual gear. I used an LG-V10 for smartphone use, and either my Fiio X7 or iBasso DX80 DAP/Bushmaster D14 DAC/Amp for high fidelity portable use. For desktop use, I used my Toshiba Satellite Laptop in combination with a ifi micro iDSD playing at 32/192 kHz. I tested them with several other sources as well. I used Google Music in its highest download quality (320 KBPS), and also streamed FLAC via Tidal streaming service. I also used purchased and downloaded tracks in MP3, FLAC, WAV and DSD. I make sure that any gear I test has sufficient playtime before writing a review.
I used my usual same songs for testing gear:
“Limit to your love” by James Blake (bass speed, punch, response)
“Doin’ it Right” by Daft Punk (sub bass)
“Get lucky” by Daft Punk (bass to midrange transition resolution, male vocals)
“Madness” by Muse (soundstage, separation)
“Some nights” by Fun (soundstage and male vocals)
“The soundmaker” by Rodrigo y Gabriela (texture and imaging)
“Bassically” by Tei Shi (bass to midrange resolution, female vocals)
“Skinny Love” performed by Birdie (female vocals, acoustic playback)
“One” by Ed Sheeran (male vocals, acoustic playback)
“Outlands” from the Tron Legacy Soundtrack (symphonic presentation, imaging)
“Sultans of swing” by Dire Straits (detail, separation, balance)
“And Justic for All” by Metallica (driver distortion, treble response, rock playback)
“Ten thousand fists” by Disturbed (driver distortion, treble response, rock playback)
Note: Other tracks were used, but the listed songs were primarily used to assess and break down the gear’s response.
Source Selection
Just like the other 1More earphones I’ve tested, the Capsule comes in at a very comfortable 32 Ohms. I consider this to be a sweet spot for in-ear monitors as it avoids background hiss while still being sensitive enough to be driven easily by just about any portable source there is. The Capsule will sound great with just about any cell phone or DAP. They will sound good with a linear sounding source, but to my ears I enjoyed them more with a more colored source. The Cayin i5 sounded great with the Capsule. These earphones are designed to be a cell phone companion. They will also work well with DAPs (even most more powerful DAPs). Plugging them into high powered desktop amplifiers is unnecessary. You won’t get any added benefit from doing so.
Sound Signature
The Capsule is a somewhat balanced earphone with a slightly accentuated U/V shape. Of all of the earphones I’ve listened to from 1More, this is definitely the leanest and most crisp of the ones I’ve heard so far. All of those who heard the triple driver and thought it was maybe a touch too bassy, warm and smooth, the Capsule is 1More’s answer for you. It’s strongest attributes are overall clarity and detail.
For a dynamic driver, Capsule’s bass is fast in terms of attack and decay. The Capsule packs equal amounts of punch and rumble. During Daft Punk’s “Doin it Right” the Capsule hit every note and extended well but there wasn’t the visceral depth and impact I heard with the Triple Driver. Bass tones may be a bit north of what most of us consider neutral, but it's a tight bass geared more for accuracy and quick response.
Mid-bass is in nice balance with sub bass tones. As we approach lower mid-range sounds things seem to thin out a bit. What 1More has done with the capsule is remove the color and warmth I heard in their other earphones. I know there is a crowd of ears who will appreciate what has happened here. There is no lingering effect with the 1More lower frequency, or any other frequency for that matter. The response is crisp and fast.
I feel inspired to say that the 1More mid-range leans towards sounding thin, but this statement would be more a matter of what you are comparing them to. One thing is for sure, there is a great sense of clarity and detail. Things taper off from mid-bass to lower mid-range just a bit. Things get a little more cold and dry at mid-range tones and maintain the high level of detail and separation at the expense of some texture and depth. Some will find mid-range instruments and vocals to sound very natural, while others who like a warm and more colored sound will think they border on being perceptually thin.
Upper mid-range follows suit with the rest of the mids tuning and gives a perceptually smooth response (depending on what source you’re using and volume you’re listening at). I never got a sense that things were shouty or aggressive in this area. Despite this, I did pick up a sense of things being a bit tinny and metallic sounding. Just like all the other frequencies, the Capsule carries a high level of resolution for its asking price.
Just the opposite of the Triple Driver, the Capsule doesn’t shy away from treble frequencies. While there is a dip at most sibilant sound ranges, there are also spikes on either side. The slightly tinny and metallic tint carries into this range. At louder volumes, some may find the 1More Capsule to be a bit fatiguing. At moderate volumes, I found the Capsule to be crisp, detailed (notice a theme here?) and very enjoyable.
Soundstage and Imaging
Packing some decent depth and nice height, the triple driver creates a nice sense of space. Add some very nice detail (especially for the price) and imaging is also solid. It is this criteria where people will really be able to appreciate them. Simply put, for an in-ear monitor the soundstage and imaging of the Capsule is all around pretty excellent.
1More Triple Driver ($85 USD on Amazon)
The Triple Driver is a bass forward, three driver hybrid. Packing one dynamic and two armatures in each channel, the Triple Driver delivers a bass forward earphone with great clarity and smooth upper frequency tuning.
Comparing the two, I can say that these two earphones will appeal to polar opposites in terms of listening preference. Bass on the Triple Driver is far more emphasized and also smoother at higher frequencies. There is more color in the midrange of the Triple Driver.
The Capsule is a tighter all around response. They have a more controlled and crisp delivery of sound at every frequency. Bass is more in balance with the rest of the overall tuning. Treble is much more present but also more metallic sounding on the Capsule. The Capsule has better detail and separation of sounds. The capsule edges out the Triple Driver in terms of Imaging.
Accessories goes to the Triple Driver. They offer a very incredible package as compared to the slimmed down package of the Capsule. I will say though, I far prefer the fit and tips of the Capsule.

VSONIC GR07BE ($118 USD on Lenmeurears’ website)
One of the first things I thought of when I heard the Capsule was that they sounded a lot like the GR07BE. After doing an A-B comparison and taking some measurements, I wasn’t wrong in my assumption. The Capsule and GR07BE have similarly tuned bass and treble frequencies, with the GR07BE packing a bit more color and midrange presence, while the Capsule has far more detail and clarity at every frequency.
Comparing the two, I give a slight advantage to the GR07BE for their bass. Although similar in terms of its presence, it’s slightly fuller and more entertaining than the tighter response of the Capsule. I give a big advantage to the Capsule for its midrange. The capsule is considerably cleaner at midrange registers and impacted less by their bass presence. In terms of treble, the GR07BE may sound a bit more natural, but is a bit more revealing of sibilance than the Capsule. Although having more clarity at treble ranges, the Capsule has a bit more shimmer at the ranges beyond 10kHz, making them seem a little more unnatural than the GR07BE.  
Build quality is a close contest that I can't call either way. I give the GR07BE a slight advantage for accessories. They offer more tips than the Capsule.
The Capsule is a great earphone in many ways. The fit is incredibly comfortable. The 32 Ohm impedance makes it easy to use them with any portable I have. They have a remarkable level of resolution for at any price, let alone the sub one hundred dollar MSRP. Above all, their tuning complements the other earphones in the current 1More lineup.  The Triple Driver is the basshead audiophile tuning, and the Dual Driver is the creamy and easy to listen to tuning. The Capsule stands alone as the Hi-Res tuning that will appeal to those who are looking for more linearity, detail and clarity than what the Triple Driver offered.
There were some things I was hoping to see that I didn’t. The cable is somewhat flimsy and is missing a chin/neck slider. Because of this the Capsule suffers from large amounts of microphonics that impacted my listening experience while using them on the go. The good news is that when not moving around too much this isn’t an issue. I have said it in every 1More review and I’ll say it again. I hope 1More considers making earphones that cater to both under and over the ear fits, or at the very least they supply a chin/neck slider with their earphones. Other than that I really don’t have any more complaints.
When rating a product, I have to take every criteria (including price) into account. The Capsule gets three and a half stars for build, four stars for design and accessories, five stars for comfort (but a half star deduction for microphonics), four and a half stars for sound. Considering things like the magnetic clasping of the backs of the housings and the fact that they really are some great commuting earphones, I give the the Capsule four stars.
Thanks for reading and happy listening!
Great review! I'm glad they didn't just repeat the tuning of the other hybrids in the lineup and brought in some variety.
Pros: Sound great. Great balance. Super small.
Cons: Its Siblings exist.
 Dual-Driver In-Ear Headphones Quick Review by mark2410
Thanks to 
1MORE UK for the review sample.
Full review here http://www.head-fi.org/t/827769/1more-capsual-dual-driver-in-ear-headphones-review-by-mark2410
Brief:  The really pretty sister, of Claudia Schiffer.
Price:  £89.99
Specifications: Type: In-Ear, Color: Black, Nominal Impedance: 16 Ω, Sensitivity: 100±3 dB /1mW, Driver Unit: Balanced Armature Driver+ Dynamic Driver, Weight: 14g, Frequency Range: 20-40,000Hz, Plug: 3.5 mm, Rated Power: 5mW, Length: 1.25m, Wire Material: Enameled Copper Wire.
Accessories:  4 pairs of tips, “silicone extension sleeve for larger ear sizes,” pleather baggy thing.
Build Quality:  I can’t fault anything they appear to be great.  Cable seems nice.
Isolation:  Very good.  It may be a hybrid but they isolate almost as well as an all BA design.  Easily fine for on a bus or out and about. Tube and flights should be okay too probably.  That does mean that you won’t hear traffic even with no music playing so do remember to use your eyes near traffic.
Comfort/Fit:  Great on both counts, tiny things and they fit me just great. Happy to wear all day.
Aesthetics:  Rather nice.  Ignoring my brief these are actually the best looking 1More.   So diminutive and they just melt away, like them lots.
Sound:  Now this is where the brief comes into play.  The capsules are great, really they are really good.  Their problem is that while they are great, the only a tiny fraction more expensive Triples are better.  Not just a tiny bit better but they are noticeably better.  Hands down better.  Unless you really care about their looks and the size differences I just can’t see any occasion where I’d tell someone to buy the Capsules over the Triples.  Not that I think anyone would be upset to receive a pair on Christmas morning, the Capsules on the own are really good.  I myself very much like them and have enjoyed every minute I’ve spent with them.  But I enjoyed the Triples more.  Flavoured to be a relatively flavour lacking IEM, the bass is almost BA in its attributes and style.  Lithe and agile and diminishing in depth.  The mids are grand and the treble is good, accurate but can be a tiny bit gritty before going into its decline.  All things I’d forgive at its price no problem yet….. Its siblings I just can’t quite keep out of my mind.  It’s a nice overall acoustic balance being rather naturalistic and easy going.  All in all a very pleasant affair that I’d be fine with using every day.
Value:  Very good.  However the Triples are better.
Pro’s:  Sound great. Great balance.  Super small.
Con’s:  Its Siblings exist.


Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Clarity and Detail - Durable Materials - Ergonomic Design
Cons: Bass Extension - Microphonics
Greetings Head-fi!
Today we are going to be checking out the C1002, one of 1More's many hybrid offerings. The C1002 utilizes a single balanced armature and single dynamic driver to produce a clean, crisp, detailed sound.
The idea behind 1More's products is to represent music with "unrivaled precision". They teamed up with Luca Bignardi, a Grammy award winning sound engineer, on their products to create a house sound that focuses on a realistic balance between all frequencies. They claim to avoid the boosted extremes that other manufacturers products suffer from, giving you a sound that you can enjoy without having to crank the volume up to unhealthy levels.
1More's audio goals are well-presented in the C1002 Capsule.
I would like to thank Tyler on 1More USA's Support Team for hooking me up with a C1002 in exchange for a fair and impartial review. I am not receiving any financial compensation for this review and all comments and views within are my honest opinions. They are not representative of 1More or any other entity.
The C1002 Capsule currently retails for 89.99 USD. Check it out here on 1More's site.

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Packaging and Accessories:
The package an earphone arrives in is of little importance to many. Some prefer a simple, low-cost solution because it means more of the cost of development can be applied to the earphone. It also mean means they can toss it out without remorse once they have the goods tucked away inside. Some like a flashy package that provides an involving and in-depth unboxing experience. You feel like you are getting something special, a thought reinforced once you have the earphone in your ears and are listening to your favorite tunes. Me? I like a little of both and can appreciate when a company has taken the time to ensure the entire ownership experience is memorable. I think the 1More did a good job of this with the C1002 Capsule.
The package looks simple enough, luxuriously appointed in blacks and greys with a glossy high quality image of the C1002 on the front with some specifications and information on the back. Sliding off the outer sheath reveals a two part box about the size of a hardcover book. The grey split between the two halves looks fantastic and invites curiosity as to what is inside.
Lifting off lid you find the C1002 on display, wrapped around a silver plate. Flip back the silver plate and you find the rest of the Kevlar reinforced cable wrapped around a raised section holding the spare tips, a metal shirt clip and two silicone sleeves. Looking back at the lid you will find two storage sections holding a leatherette carrying case and instruction manual.
The tips, which come in xs/s/m/l are made of a fairly thin but well-sealing silicone. The metal shirt clip is reminiscent of that which came with the Xiaomi Piston 2.0 and is a very nice addition, coming across much more premium than the inexpensive plastic clips that are included with countless earphones. The silicone sleeves fit on the earpieces well, adding some protection from drops and scratches. They also keep the earpieces securely in place during vigorous activity.
Overall it's a really nice package. Well-designed, attractive, and with a comprehensive accessory kit full of items that are of good quality while also being useful.

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Build, Design, Comfort and Isolation:
Upon first holding the C1002 I was immediately impressed with the light but solid feel they exuded. I thought only the outer half of each earpiece shell would be metal, but nope, turns out everything is. This combined with compact dimensions, solid strain relief, and a Kevlar reinforced cable inspires lots of confidence that they will stand the test of time.
The design itself is very simple, but wow does it ever result in a comfortable and fairly attractive little hybrid. The two-tone earpieces are about the size of a large pill (hence Capsule) with the nozzle extruding at a near 45 degree angle. The strain relief is oddly enough also located at the front of the housing, opposite of the nozzle. This allows the earpiece to sit unimpeded in your outer ear. It's a very thoughtful design. Also thoughtful are the magnets tucked into the rear of each housing. When not in use, the allow the C1002 to be "clipped" around your neck for storage. The magnets are strong enough to hold together during regular activity. If you happen to snag the cable on something they will quickly release to prevent any damage.
Isolation is pretty average with the stock tips. The C1002's design means it doesn't insert very far into your ear canal. When combined with the thin silicone used on the stock tips sound will leak in. Toss on some Comply foam ear tips and isolation increases drastically, as expected.
My only real complaint with the C1002 brings us back around to that cable. Overall it is well behaved with limited memory and decent tangle resistance. Microphonics, or cable noise, is very intrusive. Even sitting at my desk, noise travels up the cable and through the earpiece, highlighting every shift of my body. This can be minimized greatly by wearing the C1002 over-ear, but I found swapping channels was required to maintain their outstanding fit and comfort.

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Microphone and Remote Performance:
The inline remote and microphone worked very well. Ergonomics on the remote are excellent with each button easy to find without looking. Functionality with my HTC One M8 was pretty comprehensive, though I couldn't seek through tracks to a specific point within a song. Call quality was very good with callers saying I was coming through loud and clear. Given how intrusive cable noise is coming through the earpieces, I was expecting the microphone to pick up quite a bit but that was not at all the case. Bumping the cable, hitting it against my chest, shaking my head; none of that was picked up.
I didn't have a windstorm handy so I don't know how they would stack up to my benchmark JVC HA-FRD60 when it comes to minimizing wind noise, but I suspect the C1002 would pass with flying colors.
The C1002 is designed to work with iOs and Android devices that follow the CTIA standard.

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Tips: 1More's stock tips are a perfect match for the C1002; not really the norm. I tried my usual favorites, like those from the UE600, Havi's dual-flange set from the B3, and some others, but I always came back to the pre-installed stock mediums. Comply's 400 and 500 series tips would stay on just fine and sounded good, dulling treble somewhat. Note that this particular model isn't yet found on Comply's compatibility list. I can't guarantee they won't slide off and get stuck in your ear, though that's not a problem I've run into yet.
Amping: The C1002 was easily driven to blistering volumes from my phone, and amping didn't seem to add any auditory benefits. Not needed.
1More has really been gaining some ground and great respect with their earphones as of late. Just take a look at the reviews of their double- and triple-driver hybrids which have been exceedingly well-received. The C1002 Capsule is another product that I suspect will continue to uphold 1More's reputation for quality hybrids as more customers get their hands on them.
The general signature of the C1002 is one that is slightly bright with a natural midrange and bass that rolls off early giving the impression of a mild mid-bass hump. They are wonderfully balanced with each aspect of their sound vying equally for your attention. Treble stands tall offering listeners a tight and accurate presentation. It leans towards a thinner presentation which really helps showcase the amount of detail and impressive clarity on offer. At high volumes I noticed the C1002 had a tendency to get a little peaky, but there shouldn't be any reason to listen that loud as it performs best medium to lower volumes. It's also best to feed them high quality, well-recorded files since they're not overly forgiving and pull out flaws.
Their midrange is exceptionally clear with absolutely no interference from the low end. The lightly enhanced treble doesn't overshadow it in any way either. I didn't find that either male or female vocals were more emphasized or given precedent and both sounded refreshingly accurate without coming across overly thin and light or too weighty. Guitars strum along amazingly well with minute details, such as fingers siding up and down the strings, being picked up easily. The C1002's midrange is surprisingly musical.
The C1002's low end continues the trend of being engaging, quick, accurate, and well-weighted, but it lacks extension bringing us to my only qualm with their sound. Mid-bass is punchy and well textured, but when a song calls for some deep bass, it trails off and fizzles out way too early. This helps prevent fatigue during longer listening sessions, but it also hinders my enjoyment somewhat when listening to bass-reliant music.

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Select Comparisons:
Dunu Titan 1 (~130 USD): The Titan 1 utilizes a single, fairly large 13mm, titanium-coated dynamic driver and features a semi-open, earbud style design. The large, flat housings are comfortable, but I feel the C1002 will be more appropriate across a wider variety for ear types. The Titan1 has more prominent, impactful bass that extends significantly deeper than on the C1002. The C1002 places about the same emphasis on their treble but it's thinner, more sparkly, and even more lively. Their midrange is also more forward and detailed than experienced on the Titan 1. The C1002 is slightly more natural sounding as the Titan 1 comes across a little dry and sterile. The Titan 1's soundstage and presentation is much larger and more grandiose than the C1002's more intimate showing. The C1002's smaller sounstage comes across more accurate though, placing instruments and sounds more accurately. The C1002 requires more power to drive to the same volumes.
LZ A2S (~70 USD): The A2S and C1002 couldn't be much more different. Where the C1002 is bright and detailed with de-emphasized bass, and A2S is warm and bassy with an overly smooth presentation that comes across a little dull to my ears. The A2S is extremely thick sounding next to the C1002, or conversely the C1002 comes across overly thin. 1More's earphone has better resolution and detail with improved instrument separation and imaging, though the A2S's midrange is very addictive. It carries a more realistic tonality and weight to it. The C1002's treble presentation is light-years ahead of the A2S. Despite being much brighter, the C1002 is nearly as non-fatiguing despite the additional detail and sparkle. The A2S's more traditional barrel shape is very comfortable and works equally well in either cable up or cable down situations. The C102 again requires more power to drive to the same volumes.
Huawei Honor AM175 (45.99 USD): The Capsule focuses on providing a rich treble experience with more presence, greater extension, and more impressive clarity and detail. It's clear the BA driver is the primary focus and as a result the C1002 takes on a less warm presentation. The AM175 has a thicker and more weighty, realistic midrange with greater extension in the bass. The C1002 has a deceptively small soundstage coming across larger than it is, probably due to the thinner presentation. The C1002 is quicker but the lack of bass extension is too noticeable. The cable is also much too noisy and intrusive compared to the AM175s in daily use. Both require similar power to drive.
The 1More C1002 Capsule is an excellent hybrid earphone catering well to someone looking for a balanced sound; just be prepared to sacrifice some bass extension. Their outstanding detail and clarity is backed by a durable and comfortable design, a thoughtful and useful accessory kit, and a limited 1 year warranty adding some additional security. If you can excuse some cable noise, these would work well for daily use and exercise in addition to critical listening in the comfort of your home.
Thanks for reading!
- B9Scrambler
***** ***** ***** ***** *****​
Some Test Albums:
BT - This Binary Universe
The Uncluded - Hokey Fright
Supertramp - Crime of the Century
Evil Nine - They Live
Aesop Rock - Daylight EP
Gramatik - The Edge of Reason
Infected Mushroom - The Legend of the Black Shawarma
King Crimson - Red / Lark's Tongues in Aspic
Warlock - Triumph and Agony
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Hail Mary Mallon - Are You Gonna Eat That?
Rob Sonic - Alice in Thunderdome
I listened to these when they first came out more than six months ago, and I have to say, you hit it right on the nail! ....As always, great job 'B9Scrambler!
very nice review, thanks!
Glad you guys liked the review!


Sponsor: Trinity Audio Engineering
Pros: Great Price/Performance, Well rounded Sound Signature, Comfortable Fit
Cons: No foamies, Sub bass extension
Not a hard pill to swallow 
Firstly, I would like to thank the 1More team for giving these to me for the purpose of this review. All impressions will be made from as much as an objective standpoint as possible. I’ve been involved in audio for some years now and enjoy music extensively. With a good set of earphones, headphones and source you’ll be set for life. Well until the next new thing comes along. But I digress so let’s get into some of the background before this review.
So this is according to the 1More team the first duel driver capsule earphone? Well apparently it is... This earphone was designed with motorcyclists and joggers in mind, comfort and unobtrusive was the plan and I might add job pretty much achieved! 
Through speaking a little to the Syed their Director of Marketing & Sales he shared with me some of what the company is striving to do and achieve with their products. Firstly, this is a company looking out for the budget conscience in mind… Well at least the audiophile budget conscience because let’s face it we still have those ignorant friends who would chose a £15 pair of Apple Earpods over something better. (Not ragging on Apple well okay a little but damn it they took our jack away and still have yet to release full Hi Res support on their devices). I’m getting off topic now but the point is 1More are here to create audiophile sound at an affordable price.
If you want to know about how they are tuning and designing their product’s, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with Grammy Award winner Luca Bignardi. I am not going to bore you with too much detail but will provide a link below to read up on his biography should you feel the need to.
Quote from Luca’s website
“I’m a musician. I love music and, thanks to my determination, I’ve become a Sound Engineer, a Sound Designer, a Producer, an Arranger and a Composer.”
Bio link: http://www.lucabignardi.net/biography/
(Didn’t write Biography because Bio sounded cooler, not that you needed to know that, but hey now you do)
Right off the bat we now have a good foundation for well-tuned headphones and earphones. It is nice to see companies going to such lengths to not only promote their products but to also invest in a solid backing rather than just trusting a product developer who may not have much interest or ear for superior musicality in the first place.
There is a ton I love about the sound and I will elaborate on that later.  If that wasn’t enough background let’s get into the packing, accessories and specs to get an even better idea of what these are about.

There isn’t much to write about here but I will put down a brief of the information I have and also a picture of the internal design shell.
The 1More Capsule Features;
  1. One Dynamic Driver
  2. One in house designed Balanced Armature Driver
  3. Magnetic Clasping Earpieces
  4. Impedance 16 Ohms
  5. Sensitivity:100±3 dB /1mW
  6. Weight:14g
  7. Rated Power: 5mW
  8. Kevlar Core Cable
  9. Wire Material: Enameled Copper Wire
  10. Length:1.25m
  11. Frequency Range of 20-40,000 Hz
  12. A 3.5mm Gold plated jack
And that my friends is about it.

Accessories, Packaging
  1. One Faux Leather Carrying Pouch
  2. 4 Sets of Silicon Eartips
  3. User Manual (If you need it)
  4. One set of Silicon Sleeves

Okay well not a ton of accessories here certainly a little less that their current flagship which I've just reviewed but satisfactory at least. 

One huge major con to me though and I am exaggerating here is the non-included super foam ear tips that came with their flagship model. Why oh why God!! Seriously I am passionate about this they were and still are the best foam ear tips I've tried to date and if their aim was comfort and passive noise isolation these tips should come as a mandatory accessory. 

Personal gripes and opinions aside you will get some rubber condom sleeves for comfort and protection. These slip on fairly well and still leave you with a little bit of the aesthetes to see the earphones. One thing to note though is it does prevent the earphones using this cool magnet clasp system they implement which could have been avoided using a simple cut out? I suppose you could do this yourself but as these are going back I best not.

Anyways I am rambling now but I like the overall packaging as always it’s classy and sleek so let's get into the design side, ergonomics and touch on the practicality of these pills.
Design, Ergonomics/fit, Practicality
Something created for on the go users should probably fit a little snugger, were these designed a little too small, perhaps but if you are stationary or have a helmet over your head keeping these pressed down they are going to be just fine.
The design is based on a standard pill no not the generic rubbish branded by an otherwise amazing Dr, you all know who I mean. Nevertheless, I am pleased to report they do not follow the same styling or sound as that brand. The fit is pretty nice once you get a good seal with the right ear tips and for the most part remain in your ear when moving about.
I have noticed some micro phonics but nothing too hideous or horrendous. On a practical note if I owned a motor bike these would probably be amongst the first choice for my commutes although, saying that couldn’t use them to their full extent with my iPhone as for some reason the control buttons don’t work. If you are an Android user, they’ll be just fine.
I’ve uploaded a few pictures for your own viewing leisure as seeing something is usually 9/10 better than me trying to explain them.
Brain Burn In.

It is a damn thing okay!! I think this might be actually more effective than actual burn in, wait scratch that I'm not trying to start a war here! Jokes aside I'm seriously serious here guys we need to give our earphones a chance if we are ever going to live in harmony. Sure there will be times when we don't get along from track to track, ergonomics and build quality I'm certain we will hit a few speed bumps. But ladies and gentlemen, cats and dogs we owe it to our earphones and audio gear alike to push through the tough times and our comfort zones and band together to be reunited in union and get back to the soul of the music we all so long to enjoy together!

Did I ramble a bit there? Yep I think so... Point is I didn't think these were anything special at the start but the longer I listen in the less inclined I am to put these down.  They are good if not a little great I am no stranger to a well-balanced sound and I knows what I enjoy and these be that.

Sound quality

Gorgeously musical on the come up! Honestly you might just have thought you'd popped one hell of a happy pill by the time you've got used to these.

Okay maybe I'm being a little excessive but hot damn I love these little babies. Give me this sound and a different design I'd be persuaded to use these as my go to on the go pair of earphones, hands down. When you own a collection/selection with at least 10 viable choices for this intended purpose it speaks volumes for the sound quality.

Breaking this down in to bite size chunks we will have a look at the overall treble, midrange, bass and soundstage/imaging performance. 

I really didn’t know how to get this section off to be honest, kind of like the first time your fumbling around trying to undo your first bra strap. Too much information I know but seriously writing this part I was a little lost I just didn’t know how to begin or where to start.
Well I guess any part is as good as any, I am about to enter into the world conflicting contradictory phrases that might just have you wondering what the heck it is I’m on about or give you a good idea of how the treble sounds.
At first listen yes they were a touch bright, a little lean, clean but lifeless. After extended listening I can hand on heart say I don’t know where I got the idea from it’s like they’ve had a change of heart and have settled down to life a quiet life with the wife and the kids.
You get splashes of immersive detail that are now positioned within the track rather than in your face during quieter less complex passages you get a warm detail that whispers sweet nothings into your ear. These earphones have truly surprised me it comes to a point where by which I actually forget I’m meant to be making an analysis of the treble when listening to these because the music just melts away into your ears.
I could go and shout out and say they lack a hair of extension or there is a little roll off but when you are truly listening to them you don’t get that feeling at all. Well rounded detail and coherency is what to expect should you pick yourself a pair up.
I’m interested in any earphone with a good midrange and ample bass as they are usually my most desired frequency’s when I’m enjoying my music. Now I won’t claim there is any magic going on here but balance is a damn hard thing to get right without making an earphone or headphone or even source for that matter sounding like a heartless beast with no soul.
Very happy to report these pills do the trick I’m alive and peppy as ever not in the mood for me to be in your face fine I won’t be, not in the mood for being quiet fine I won’t be. Heck just about every genre of music I have thrown at these have been handled with style and charisma the midrange has a way of adapting to each vocal on every song and matching generally speaking pound for pound, blow for blow. Never once have I felt there has been an over complex piece that the Capsule’s haven’t been able to cure. Just what the Dr ordered I think.
Following on from this though if you do enjoy your pop music or have just gotten into Twenty One Pilots as I have you’ll find these hard to put down. Every time I go back for a listen knowing moments later I’m to write about these a little part of me is saddened. Suffices to say after finish this thing off I’m going to be having a good time with these pills, party time is a foot my friends!
Price point people! There has to be a few drawbacks along the way and I may have found the nit-pick in this otherwise competent earphone. Wait hold the phone you said balanced and well rounded, you boasted about the musicality whatever could be wrong?
Not a lot no I’m not trying to fool you these things perform well hell I’d take them into the club! However, as much as 1More have tried to tick just about all the boxes there are some that just couldn’t be reached. Sub bass would be my little nag here and even though the Capsules perform relatively well the transition between sub bass and mid bass hits a slight impasse. There is a body rocking mid bass when call upon which leads you in to a false sense of security thinking you are safe, them bam out of nowhere the big brother arrives in aid of defence only to fall short. I was going to say make an ass of himself but it’s not that he does he tries hard, he cares and is considerate for the greater good but never quite reached the extension he deserved.
Poor, poor sub bass don’t worry I will commend you for the work you have done and don’t feel bad you are only as good as you can be.
None of this I might add detracts from the kick ass party attitude the Capsule brings to the party there is still life, beer and wine in plenty for all to enjoy. Not premium wine but good enough to get you smashed and that’s good enough for me.
Soundstage and Imaging
“Hey, how you doing?”
Shut up Joey we are not friends!” Or are we? Okay I took a second look, I like what I see how about a romantic meal and back to my studio flat for some loving? Pleased to report that was a yes and we got down to business and it was oh so good. Wait I’m a dude so that sounds a little wrong, well in the scenario I’m a woman okay so deal with it.
Pulling this back to the point I’m attempting to make what was the point in that sketch you might be wondering. Well folks the answer is simple a one worded answer, intimacy.
When I listened to these at first it was a meh, I like big open spaces violins and room to breathe. Still the case I might add but I’ve been opened to a newish type of sound stage and imaging combination which I must say has been quite brilliant and incredibly enjoyable and seductive.
There is an ample amount of space between instruments and gusts of fresh air hit every note during the quiet stillness of tracks. Yet, there is a sprinkle of unexplained magic that happens with this detail and space all going on at the same time the earphones signature kind of brings this all a little closer to you not invading your personal space but enough to call it intimate and immersive. There is a greater width than depth combined with the adaptive midrange which kind of leaves you feeling you are getting everything you want when you aren’t listening for the imperfections.
Going back to the sketch one night stands are fun but not without regret, in most cases anyway, to summarise there is a lot to like and the soundstage and imagine whilst far from being perfect offers a lot of fun and with some tracks an immersive experience that will just capture you and have you forget about analysing your music.

Thoughts and Conclusion
In all of this I think I can wholeheartedly recommend these as a great asset to any audiophile’s arsenal. Yes, they’re not absolutely perfect but find me an earphone that is at this price point. I want to conclude this review with some final thoughts.
Bottom line if you own a motor cycle and are in the market for a small comfortable earphone I can’t recommend much better than this. For those who want a good listen and just want to move away from analysing their music a bit these might be worth a look. I can see a few people having fit issues with these due to the rather small size but pick yourself up some foam ear tips or play around and once you’ve got a decent, secure fit you’re set.
I love the sound offered here well rounded and mostly unbiased with gobs of musicality to make these a real enjoyable listening, what more can I say.
As always if there are any questions or comments you would like answering please leave them below and I will do my best to answer them as best I can. Thanks for reading!  
Link to 1More's website: https://uk.1more.com/collections/in-ear-headphones/products/1more-c1002-capsule-dual-driver-in-ear-headphones
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Great review! My one suggestion; own your rambling! Stop calling yourself out, haha. Can't wait for mine to arrive. Should be here within the hour....patience B9, patience.
Haha cheers bud. Who know maybe I will do still got 2 more reviews to come if I can find the time lol. You won't be disappointed I'm just sad these have to go back! 
Give them some time and be sure to find some ear tips that fit well, what source you using? 
Ootb, these are quite nice straight from my HTC One M8. Also sound very good from my XDuoo X3/Topping NX1 combo. Treble is very crisp. Sub-bass extension is certainly missing a little something something. Will do some tip rolling, though I like the fit and sound with the stock pair.