1MORE Penta Driver P50 Review

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I originally reviewed the 1MORE E1001 triple drive earbuds back in 2017 when wired earbuds were much more common.

While true wireless earbuds dominate the market, many audiophiles refuse to give up on their wired earbuds due to the improved audio quality that a wire provides vs the compression of Bluetooth.

1MORE is one of the few companies on the market that focuses on multi-driver earbuds. The benefit of multi-driver earbuds is that each driver will cater for different frequencies. Typically, you will have a  dynamic driver for the bass, while balanced armature drivers handle the mid and high frequencies.

Specification

1MORE Penta Driver P50 Review Unboxing
  • Type: In-Ear      
  • Product Weight: 21 g
  • Cable Length: 1.25 m
  • Control with MEMS Mic: Available
  • Wire Material: Silver Plated Oxygen-Free Copper Wire 
  • Plug: 3.5 mm Gold Plated
  • Frequency Range: 20-40,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 32 Ω
  • Sensitivity: 105 dB
  • Rated Power: 5 mW

Five Drivers: DLC dynamic driver with 4 planar units

The primary attraction of the P50s is its five-driver configuration, where a single DLC dynamic driver is complemented by four planar units.

The four balanced armature drivers aim to provide an expansive soundstage. This technology claims to achieve remarkable instrument separation and aims to deliver a natural, lifelike audio representation.

This unique arrangement aims to deliver an unparalleled sound experience, covering a frequency range from 20Hz to 40kHz.

Cable, MMCX connectors & USB-C Adaptor

In contrast to the current trend of wireless earbuds, the P50s are wired using a 1.25m long cable made of silver-plated, oxygen-free copper.

The cable, equipped with MMCX connectors, allows for easy replacement if it ever gets damaged, or alternatively, you can upgrade to a better-quality cable.

Additionally, the earphones come with a USB-C adaptor, making them compatible with modern smartphones lacking a 3.5mm headphone jack.

1MORE Penta Driver P50 Unboxing, Design and Fit

1MORE Penta Driver P50 Review Eartips

Unboxing the P50s reveals not only the earphones but also a variety of accessories. You get an impressive selection of silicone and foam ear tips in different sizes, a USB-C adaptor, and a fabric-carrying pouch.

The P50s exhibit a sleek design with an over-ear configuration with 45-degree angled nozzles for a secure fit.

1MORE Penta Driver P50 Review MMCX Connector

The earbuds are lightweight at just 21g and come with silicone and foam eartips in multiple sizes for comfort and noise isolation up to -28dB.

1MORE Penta Driver P50 Review Earbud

Getting a comfortable fit with the P50s might take a few tries, primarily due to the over-ear design.

However, once you get the hang of it, the earbuds sit securely with the ear hook design, preventing the earbuds from falling out, and the passive noise isolation enhances the listening experience.

1MORE Penta Driver P50 Review Design

1MORE Penta Driver P50 Sound Quality

During my time with the P50 earbuds, I used them with the included USB-C adaptor on my Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. I also used it with the Khadas Tea DAC Bluetooth headphone amplifier, and then on my PC, I used them with the FiiO K5 Pro Desktop DAC.

The sound quality of the P50s is, undoubtedly, their standout feature. The five-driver setup within each earbud delivers a balanced and dynamic sound, capturing details across different frequencies.

Clarity and Range

It may come as no surprise, but these don’t have the same sound profile as mainstream TWS earbuds, which often use a single driver. The notable difference is that the bass only stands out when needed and doesn’t overwhelm the other frequencies.  

However, the bass and sub-bass offer impressive depth, adding an energetic layer to the overall sound.

I found that the P50s excel in reproducing clear and detailed audio, thanks to the wide frequency range their five drivers cover. The high-end sounds are sharp without being harsh, while the mids and vocals are warm and detailed.

The planar diaphragm drivers do an exemplary job of reproducing instrumental details and vocal clarity.

Handling Different Genres

These earbuds can handle a variety of music genres with ease. Whether it’s the energetic beats of pop music or the intricate details of classical compositions, the P50s deliver an engaging sound experience. The expansive soundstage gives a sense of being enveloped by your songs, adding to the immersive audio experience.

Price and Alternative Options

The 1MORE Penta Driver P50 are available to buy now from Amazon with an RRP of £169.99 / $169.99.

If that price is a bit steep for you, 1MORE also have the older triple or quad driver earbuds at more affordable price points:

  • 1MORE Triple Driver is available for £70 with a £15 off voucher available at the time of writing.
  • 1MORE Quad Driver is currently (and frequently) priced at £89.99 available on Amazon.

I am a bit out of the loop with wired earbuds, but some alternatives to consider are:

  • Sennheiser IE 200
    • Well reviewed single driver wired earbuds
  • FiiO FH5s
    • 2x balanced armature +2 dynamic driver High-Resolution in-Ear Earbuds which have unique 3 sound adjustment switches built into the earbud
    • Around: £220
  • Letshuoer S12 Pro
    • 14.8mm Planar Magnetic Driver

Conclusion


The 1MORE Penta Driver P50 presents a compelling case for wired earbuds in a market dominated by wireless options. With a unique five-driver configuration, a comfortable fit, and impressive sound quality, these earbuds are worth considering for audiophiles that don’t want to spend several hundred pounds.

What I like about the 1MORE Penta Driver P50

  • Impactful and detailed sound
  • Comfortable and secure fit
  • Replaceable cable and MMCX connectors
  • Don’t have to worry about the battery dying

What I am less keen on

  • The cable can tangle easily
  • The over-ear design may take time to get used to

In conclusion, the 1MORE Penta Driver P50 wired earbuds offer an engaging listening experience, comfort, and the potential for longevity thanks to their replaceable cable.

I won’t be ditching my Soundcore Liberty 4 NC earbuds any time soon as I still prefer these for the gym, but I have found myself using the P50 earbuds quite a lot. I particularly like them while in the office, where I don’t have the music dialled up and can appreciate all the added detail that these penta-driver earbuds achieve.

1MORE Penta Driver P50 Review

Summary

The 1MORE Penta Driver P50 presents a compelling case for wired earbuds in a market dominated by wireless options. With a unique five-driver configuration, a comfortable fit, and impressive sound quality, these earbuds are worth considering for audiophiles that don’t want to spend several hundred pounds.

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Pros

  • Impactful and detailed sound
  • Comfortable and secure fit
  • Replaceable cable and MMCX connectors

Cons

  • The cable can tangle easily
  • The over-ear design may take time to get used to

Last update on 2024-06-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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