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Review Monster iSport Victory

These play really well

One shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

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Monster iSport Victory
The Monster offers surprisingly good sound, packaging taken into account. Moreover, the price is at the lower end.
If one has to say anything negative, it must be the design, which is perhaps not be the prettiest.
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • AptX
    • Sweat repellent
    • 90% noise reduction
    • Two audio profiles
    • Weight: 15 grams
    • Battery: 8+ hours
    • Price: –
    • Website: monsterproducts.com

If you are looking for a couple of cheap and well-playing headphones for workouts, you might want to consider Monster and their iSport Victory, which they have dubbed “the athlete’s headphone”. They’re definitely not pretty, but don’t judge too harshly beforehand. I was pleasantly surprised when I first wore them.
Thanks to large ear-hoops and two different types of earbuds in three sizes, they should fit most ears. I grabbed the smallest of the silicones. They fit tightly and gave a claustrophobic feel in the ear canal. Even though they look huge with their long profile, they are light to wear, and they are so tight that they only come out if you pull hard on the cord. The built-in remote control is a bit too cheap and plasticky, albeit solid.

Surprisingly good sound

Fortunately, its appearance is irrelevant once you get the sound in your ears. The Monster has two built-in audio profiles, which you can switch between by holding the plus and minus buttons for a few seconds. The first is for warm ups, and the second is for workouts. The latter is preferable, and offers heavy bass, which I personally prefer, when I’m being motivated at the gym. With this setting, they sound better than most other models in the test.

Conclusion

Monster iSport Victory is sensibly priced, and plays surprisingly well. The battery life is quite reasonable, and is especially fun with its two audio profiles. The appearance is a matter of taste, and personally I can overlook the fact that they are ugly, since they in turn win so many points on sound, which should be the most important. The fit is also good, which is important when the going gets tough.

Also in this test

Bose SoundSport Pulse

Well playing lumps

Bose provides good sound, but disappoints regarding the battery life.

Bose is known for good sound quality and does not disappoint in this aspect. The silicone earbuds are comfortable and fits snugly in the ear.
They are just too heavy, and they have a tendency to fall out of the ears. The heart rate monitor empties the battery too quickly.

Panasonic Wings RP-BTS50E

Panasonic gives you wings

It's the inside that counts, and Panasonic is certainly not as stupid as it looks.

Panasonic’s headphones play well, and feel comfortable to wear.
The design is somewhat untraditional to put it diplomatically. The remote control on the cord is too cheap and the buttons are hard to press.

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium

Sound in the skull

Trekz Titanium does not enter the ear, but instead pumps sound in through the cheekbones.

The Titanium hoop sits as if glued to the head. Because the ears are free, one can still hear everything that is going on around one.
As expected, the sound is not outrageously deep or high. Its use is somewhat limited.

Jaybird Freedom F5

Expected more

Poor fit and flat sound in Jaybird is disappointing.

The design is pretty, and the app that comes along with it is good. When you find the right earbuds, they fit well.
The sound may be a touch flat. The solution with the detachable battery pack works poorly and makes the remote control way too heavy.

Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition

Plenty of bass

Jabra’s earbuds stay where they are meant to be, and play both loud and deep.

Jabra delivers outstanding fit and excellent sound with plenty of bass. The heart rate monitor is also very good – especially at this price.
The heavy bass effects the treble. The tight fit in the ear can feel a little too insulating.

JBL Reflect Contour

As if glued stuck

Even an avid athlete will have trouble ripping the JBL out of the ears.

The fit is wonderfully well, if one likes the hoop around the ear. Price and battery life are also approved.
The remote control of the wire is a little big and complicated. The sound could do well with a little more bottom and bass.

Plantronics Backbeat Fit

Fine Bluetooth hoop

Backbeat Fit is comfortable to wear and plays well.

The headset is comfortable to wear and plays well. It's an advantage that it doesn't sit too tightly in the ear so you can still hear the traffic.
It's annoying that Plantronics has taken away the armband for the mobile phone in favour of new colours and reflectors.

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