It is probably not surprising to find out that the 1MORE Stylish is a V-shaped presentation. However, it does differ in how much of the V is emphasized compared to other V’s such as the TOLV and the S80.
First things first, the driver on this isn’t too bad actually. It is not as ‘warmed up’ and bloomy as the HELM TW5.0 low-end but it does have a ton of low-end quantity. Out of all of the TWS reviewed to date, the Stylish probably has the most weighted sub-100Hz response with a reasonably long decay as you might expect.
However, the bloom isn’t as overblown I thought it might be nor is the warmth bleeding into the mids to the point where it becomes overly lush and smeary. The driver does have a degree of control. That is not to say it is as balanced as the TEVI. This is a consumer ‘beats’ tuning for sure with a fun coloration. Rather, it avoids sounding messy and overblown which is welcomed.
So how does it differ elsewhere? Well, the treble is a touch on the relaxed side compared to the likes of the TOLV and the Astrotec S80. I would stop short of saying dark, I have heard treble tunings more rolled off than this. I suspect there is a little peak in there around 7k but its nothing heavy.
The key here is the lack of aggressive upper-mids in the Stylish tuning. The lack of upper-mids forwardness, compared to the likes of the S80 and TEVI, combined with the relaxed treble means the timbre is wet and smooth rather than clean and energetic. Vocal and percussion timbre are not as clean as those two but do have good body and a forgiving signature.
The Stylish is all about depth and power though not the most defined of low-ends. The mids are dipped and stag positioning is furthest around the 1-2k marker.
Vocals are clear and have decent body but not the most forward. Sometimes that can work in the favor of the Stylish given its smoother timbre. The Astrotec S80 is more forward sounding but the elevated mids and treble make it more sibilant and less forgiving.
The top end has a little bit of a bump around 7-8k but fairly muted otherwise. It is not a dark sound as in muffled or veiled but it is relaxed and not as open as the TEVI. As a result, it comes across as deep, powerful but not that expansive or airy.
Tips can help here a lot. The stock tips give that warmish sound but if you change it to SpinFit you do get an airier top-end and a bit of a cleaner signature with more separation in the mids. I would advise this route with the Stylish, it makes a big difference.
The speed and simplicity of the Stylish pairing process are excellent. You do not have to take one out, wait then another and hope they pair with each other before firing up your source.
Out of the cradle they pair with each other within seconds regardless of the order you take them out. When you turn on the Bt scan on your smartphone or DAP or even your PC you see one entry only “1MORE Stylish TWS-I” which is the left side and most likely the master side with the R as the slave.
You can also manage your pairing via the 1MORE Assistant app which includes upgrading the firmware. With the firmware upgrade, you do need to do one driver at a time so you will end up with two pairings on your paired devices list. Simply unpair and forget after the firmware update then look for the Stylish again which will show up as one device.
It is really that simple and we did try with 2 smartphones, 1 PC and 2 DAPs and the process was the exact same.
Stability & Range
I found no issues on the Stylish’s stability for left-right connections or the usual tested range of around 10m on our Samsung Note 9. This is on par with the likes of the TOLV, MPOW M5, ahead of the TEVI and slightly behind the Astrotec S80 and HELM TW5.0.
With a Huawei P20, I was able to achieve the exact same distance without any signal drop out as I did with the Samsung Note 9. DAPs performed as I expect with the Sony 1Z doing the best with an almost smartphone-like range whereas the cheaper DAPs such as the FiiO M11, iBasso’s DX160 and HiBy’s R5 gave me about 60-80% of the distance.
That’s been pretty much the pattern since I started doing TWS reviews so that more a source issue than anything to do with the Stylish’s own receiving capabilities.
The latency performance of the Stylish using our tried and tested Windows 10 VLC media file playback was variable. On some movie files, I did not feel we had to change the hasten audio delay to sync and others I had to adjust to 0.2s hasten which is where I found a lot of these TWS to be most comfortable.
The performance was close to the S80’s 0.1s hasten option but just behind the TEVI and HELM TW5.0 which sometimes didn’t require any tweaking. YouTube was fine, I didn’t feel I was having sync issues even with HD recordings and movie tracks using the Stylish.
The TEVI is one of our top performers thus far in the TWS reviews we have done this year. Its price point is not too high and mixes in plenty of features including BT5.0, aptX, app integration, cVc8.0 noise suppression, and TrueWireless Stereo Plus.
By contrast, the Stylish is lacking TrueWireless Stereo Plus, the TEVI’s IPX rating. The Stylish ENC noise suppression works much the same as the cVc 8.0 on the TEVI.
The battery life is class-leading at 8-10 hours for the drivers compared to 5-6.5 for the Stylish and the cradle at 24 hours is much more limited compared to the huge 70-hour cycle of the TEVI case. Mind you the TEVI case is much bigger but also a bit more stylish with that cloth finish.
Both TWS designs are not world beaters but I do prefer the Stylish fitting with the O-rings and how the angle of insertion means the physical control and grip are much easier. The TEVI deeper nozzle and tip selection offer better isolation but the grip is not quite as secure.
It also gets really uncomfortable the more you press the physical buttons with the TEVI as that tends to push them right into your ear whereas the Stylish design is steadier.
The TEVI has a slightly better latency performance on movie files by around 0.1s hasten on Windows 10 VLC compared to the Stylish which is more comfortable around 0.2s. That is not consistently so but more on the law of averages from the files we tested.
The Stylish does have more stability over longer ranges than the TEVI which surprisingly has a bit more drop out or instability at the same distance of around 10-15m. The pairing process of these two are very simple. In fact, the TEVI’s TrueWireless Stereo Play feature makes it doubly so.
The Stylish is more v-shaped with much more sub-bass quantity and mid-bass emphasis. It sounds marginally slower and that larger dynamic driver does seem to have a bit more decay. It does create a very fun and deep sounding low-end and with tracks like Loyalty from Kendrick Lamar the Stylish low-end really delivers that 15″ sub-woofer sound.
However, the TEVI is more balanced with much more mids and treble presence. It also sounds the more open and airy of the two TWS from around 800Hz-1k onwards with considerably more forward upper mids and treble sparkle. As a result, you will perceive more detail from the TEVI mids, especially in its imaging and spatial cue reproduction which the more relaxed Stylish doesn’t quite tease out as much.
The Stylish still has a very smooth sound to its timbre but its nowhere near as warm or lush as the KZ T1 or HELM TW5.0. However, its upper mids timbral accuracy are a shade muted in comparison to the TEVI which has a bit more treble sparkle and upper mids presence.
The Astrotec S80 uses a single 6mm beryllium driver dynamic compared to the larger 7mm titanium composite dynamic drive inside the Stylish.
The feature set is good but slightly different from the Stylish. Much like the Stylish, you get Bluetooth 5.0 and noise suppression, (cVc 8.0) however, unlike the Stylish you also get an IPX5 rating, USB-C charging, and touch controls. The S80 is missing aptX decoding capability and any app integration which does add some good value to the Stylish offering.
I much prefer the build and design of the Stylish over the S80. The S80 is big with a short nozzle and ill-fitting tips. It does not isolate that well and I advise 3rd party tips with it such as Final E. The Stylish O-ring system and angular fit work with a wider range of 3rd party tips but you can get by with the stock single bore silicone also. Personally, I think SpinFits are ideal with the Stylish for isolation and performance.
Touch on the S80 is nice, well-executed and easy to use. However, the Stylish physical control is the best I have used to date and better than the TEVI and even the TOLV. The ability to grip the housing and click the same time without discomfort is a strong feature for the Stylish.
Battery life on both are similar at 5-6 hours for the drivers and 20-25 hours in the cradle.
The S80 does slightly better in terms of latency. Using Windows 10 VLC the S80 was comfortable for the majority of file son zero or 0.1s hastened max. The Stylish did slip into 0.2s for a number of media files though at times no tweaking was required.
For ‘stability at range’ we also found the S80 to hold a slight advantage over the Stylish by around 1-2 meters and an additional wall around 10m with less dropout.
Pairing on the S80, however, is a little more rigid in the process requiring the right to come out first then the left to get a master-slave connection. Whilst the Stylish does follow a master-slave process it doesn’t seem to matter which one you take out first and it pairs very quickly.
The S80 is less V-shaped on the low-end and a little drier sounding than the Stylish. It has more presence in the mids and treble but the timbre can be a bit hard-edged with percussion.
The Stylish is more relaxed, with far more sub-bass quantity but sounds a little slower with a longer level of decay. The timbre is wetter with a bit more warmth and richness but its upper mids and treble are more muted and less airy or open sounding than the S80.
The Stylish is the deeper of the two no doubt for staging and would be my preferred choice for vocals smoothness. However, if you need a little more speed, slightly less decay, and more treble presence then the S80 is the better choice.
The TOLV is a single graphene dynamic driver TWS as opposed to the titanium composite driver of the Stylish. The feature set is a bit more limited also than the Stylish though neither offers any IPX protection.
The TOLV shares the BT5.0 similarity but that’s where things get a bit tough for the TOLV feature-wise. There is no aptX, cVc 8.0 or ENC noise suppression as well as a lack of app integration with the S80. Those are big wins for the 1MORE Stylish.
The TOLV cradle design, however, is cool, cooler than the 1MORE finishing with a nice rubbery curved finish on the outside and the leather lanyard wrist strap.
The drivers on the TOLV have an edge in visual aesthetic and finishing also but I prefer the form factor of the Stylish. The O-rings keep it steadier and the tips are more useful for isolation than the short nozzle and poorer tip choices of the TOLV. You do need 3rd party for the TOLV. Not that the Stylish doesn’t benefit from better tips, rather its not a frustrating experience with the stock tips.
Both use physical controls and both execute them well but differently. The TOLV short throw and easy push mechanism make them more comfortable to use than the likes of the MPOW M50 and even the TEVI. However, the angling of the Stylish allowing for a two-finger grip makes the rear button execution really simple.
TOLV battery life is also better at 6-7 hours for the drivers and 35 hours for the cradle compared to 5-6.5 and 25 for the Stylish.
The TOLV has a similar performance to the Stylish across all 3 of our criteria. We had a similar tendency to set our hasten sync in VLC to around 0.2s for media files, the pairing was wonderfully quick and simple and the signal extended just as long without any issues on stability at around 10-15m. Neither of them are ahead of the HELM TW5.0 and S80 but both are ahead of the TEVI for distance.
The only major difference is the App integration and the ability to upgrade the firmware yourself on the Stylish whereas the TOLV has none of that. That gives the Stylish a bit more flexibility as exampled by 1MORE’s ability to add volume control via the app firmware upgrade process.
Both are V-shaped but the key difference between these two is the amount of emphasis on each end of the spectrum. The TOLV has a bit more treble emphasis but it sounds thin, brittle and affects the timbre, especially percussion timbre which lacks body.
The Stylish sounds richer, warmer and with more body but also has less treble presence compared to the TOLV. Timbre is more agreeable, especially percussion and vocal but it lacks a bit of air. The presentation thus sounds close, more intimate than the TOLV but I have to admit I just prefer that richer timbre of the Stylish.
Much of that is driven by the low-end of each TWS. The TOLV goes deep and offers a little bit of bloom but it is not as plentiful or as warm as the Stylish. The Stylish really lays it on thick sub-100Hz and keeps it going with a punchier mid-bass.
The 1MORE Stylish True Wireless is every bit a 1MORE offering for those that know the brand from other product launches.
It is packaged nicely, has plenty of features, and is kitted out to a good standard. The App integration takes it up a notch for me also but battery life is just ok, nothing amazing. The O-ring integration and the angular nozzle does make it one of the better fits for using its physical controls.
The Stylish does wear its heart on a sleeve and it is indeed for the casual consumer listener in terms of a colored bass-centric sound. The bass is powerful but it can struggle a little for upper mids and treble presence. However, tips can help tease out a bit more air and mids clarity from its relaxed -shaped presentation and we do think SpinFits are the best combo from what we tested.
The Stylish may not be an audiophile tuning but 1MORE has learned a lot from earphone offerings. You can tell there has been an extensive thought process for the Stylish which bodes well for the forthcoming ANC review.