February 10, 2017 2 Comments

Stock Earphones that come with your mobile phone are not capable of delivering audio that is worth listening to. And if you are looking to upgrade your game without straining your wallet, you are indeed in the right place.

Without further ado, lets introduce to you the two stars on our comparison wheel, the 1MORE Piston Fit and Sony MDR-EX150. Both these earphones fulfill your sonic desires and do much more. All this within a budget of Rs. 1000! 

CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"1MORE is a relatively new brand, but the Piston Fit is easily among the best all-round earphones that you can get for less than Rs. 1000.

Nothing comes close to the promise of quality and reliability than the Sony brand. If you want to play it safe, get the Sony MDR-EX150."

-Raghav Somani

1MORE - Piston Fit


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Metal Built In-ears With Astounding Audio 

Sony MDR-EX150


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Sony's Entry Level Winner

 


DESIGN: 1MORE PISTON FIT Vs SONY MDR-EX150 

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1MORE, the hottest new earphone brand from China, has been very closely associated with Xiomi, the Chinese smartphone maker. It comes as no surprise then that 1MORE Piston share several design similarities with the Xiomi Piston series. The Piston Fit is the latest addition to the 1MORE family and has gained popularity in a short period of time since its launch in 2016. 

The Piston Fit, is a pair of elegant looking in-ears. The sound chambers have been engineered from a stylish looking aluminium alloy and feature a 45° in-ear design that offers greater ergonomic comfort.A lot of earphones in this price category employ a plastic build, and the fact that these in-ears are made of metal comes as a welcome change. 1More should take a bow.

The cables are sturdy and have been reinforced in Kevlar fiber.This is the same material that is used to make bullet proof jackets, and we are truly impressed with the durability they offer.

If you are looking at making a style statement while listening to your music, the Piston Fit has you covered. It comes in a smorgasbord of metallic colours that you can choose from- Titanium, Blue, Pink and Silver.
ALLUMINIUM ALLOY BODY WITH KEVLAR CORE CABLE MAKES THE ONE MORE A WINNER
Sony has been one of the most popular brands not just in India, but all around the world. Standing the test of time in this competitive market, it has clearly paved its way to the top by delivering great products at affordable prices. The MDR-EX150 is no different.

The Sony MDR-EX150employs a conservative yet smart design approach, which comes as no surprise. Where 1More has taken a retro ride with the Piston Fit, the Sony employs a more modern design. However, we must admit, we bet on the Piston Fit when it comes to aesthetics. 


A nice design quirk, both the 1MORE Piston Fit and the Sony MDR-EX150 in-ears feature an angled in-ear design lending these the look of extremely high priced IEMs. 

Sony has ensured that brand recognition comes across clearly. The logo is printed on the back of the ear piece and comes into notice within an immediate glance. If you are person who is concerned with getting the right shade, the EX150 comes in 7 shade- brighter Red, Blue, Violet, Yellow or more subtle Black, White and Light Blue.

USABILITY: 1MORE PISTON FIT VS SONY MDR-EX150 1MORE

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The Piston Fit features a One-button remote and microphone, thus, no more do you have to pull out your phone every time you have carry out a basic function. What is also cool is that the single button is so durable that it can withstand more than 10,000 strikes. Are you bowled already? 

Coming to comfort, the trumpet-shaped style ensures that your ear buds fit perfectly inside your ear canal, while also offering a great finger grip. Weighing just 14 grams, these are extremely lightweight and do not cause ear fatigue even after long sessions of music listening.
1MORE'S WORLD CLASS DURABLE REMOTE CONTROLLER VS SONY'S STURDY TEXTURED CABLE
A thoughtful feature, the Sony MDR-EX150 features earpieces that have an angular shape, thus, they perfectly fit inside your ear canal. Packed with 3 pairs of earbuds, you can further enhance you comfort by interchanging the silicone ear tips.

The MDR-EX150 comes with a cable that matches the colour of the earpiece. It adds to the aesthetic appeal of the earphones. The textured cable is easy to hold and looks strong and sturdy and it is not likely to snap easily. For added convenience, the Sony MDR-EX150 comes packed with a cable adjuster too.

Unfortunately, the Sony MDR-EX150 does not come with a microphone and remote. However, you can opt for the Sony MDR-EX150AP that comes with a mic and remote.


SOUND: 1MORE PISTON FIT VS SONY MDR-EX150  

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When it comes to the audio quality, the 1MORE Piston Fit features a dual-layer composite driver. It utilizes lightweight aerospace metal and flexible PET material that offers you considerable detail at this price point. The earphones deliver a warm and full-bodied sound. The bass, mids and highs, work in perfect sync.

Where the Piston Fit falls short is the sound stage. It is definitely not as wide and feels like your music is traveling through a narrow path. However, the oother features still put the Piston Fit a step above the rest in this price range.

A very thoughtful add-on from 1MORE, is its Smart Burn-in Mobile App. Instead of you scratching your head trying to figure out how long you should burn in your headphones for, the app allows your headphones to reach maturity level before you can enjoy its true essence.This means that you get to your music faster, without having to wait until they warm up. 
PISTON FIT'S MIDS, BASS AND HIGHS WORK IN PERFECT SYNC
The Sony MDR-EX150 is certainly targeted towards people who love audio with the added dash of bass. Built in with 9mm high sensitivity drivers, these in-ears deliver every tone with great clarity. The mids and highs, like with most Sony headphones, are not very well articulated. However, a good audio aspect, the instruments are well separated. Thus, if you are looking for a more tonally balanced sound signature, you should look away from the MDR-EX150. 

Another small complaint would be the noise isolation. Although angled in structure, the MDR-EX150 does not very effectively attenuate external sound. You should consider getting yourself a pair of Comply Ear tips to eradicate this issue.


Summary

1MORE PISTON FIT
  • Balanced Audio
  • Metal Build 
  • Retro Design and Shape
  • Sturdy and Durable Cable
  • Mic and Remote
  • 1 Year Warranty   

 Sony MDR-EX150
  • Audio Leans towards the Lower End
  • Simple Plastic Build
  • Sony's Signature Modern Design
  • Weak Tangle-Prone Cable
  • No Mic and Remote 
  • 1 Year Warranty

Conclusion


To conclude, If you are looking for earphones with great detail to style and much audio accuracy, then 1MORE Piston Fit should be your pick.

The Sony MDR-EX150 does not deliver the best audio experience but is well designed and will appeal to most Sony fans out there.

 What is going to be your pick? Let us know in the comments section below.

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2 Responses

Abhijit Gupta
Abhijit Gupta

April 14, 2017

My priorities are balanced and clear sound and high quality noise isolation. Please suggest what would be my best bet under rs. 2000.

Abhijit Gupta
Abhijit Gupta

April 14, 2017

I prefer balanced and clear sound. I also listen to a lot of music while travelling by train. So noise isolation is another priority. Please suggest what would be my best bet.

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