Monster iSport Victory
Makers of running headphones tend to worry about making pairs that don’t mind sweat and that won’t instantly fall out of your ears when you start running. Monster has a few extra ideas, though.
The Monster iSport Victory earphones also work on visibility, with a neck cable that is ultra-reflective. It’s tiny, but should still help you stand out on those treacherous night runs. As you can see from the pic, the earbuds and in-line remote are very bold too.
The earpieces are pretty big, but this actually comes in handy. To stick in your ear with the tenacity of a dog with a chew toy, the Monster iSport Victory headphones use very effective silicone in-ear hooks to stop a yank from virtually any direction pulling them out. The chunky cone-shaped backside of the earpieces allows you to get a good grip when you actually want to remove them.
The battery lasts a solid eight hours and the remote has clearly-contoured buttons to make finding them blind a cinch.
This remote has a special feature, too. Press the Vol Up and Vol Down buttons together for three seconds and the earphones switch sound profiles. There’s an ordinary one for normal listening and a turbo DSP mode that boosts the volume and makes this pair’s distinct sound characteristics all the more… distinct.
There are two boosted areas here, the bass and everything from the high mids and up. The bass is no issue: these are Monsters and sporty ones at that. A bit of extra bass is welcome and the iSport Victory headphones don’t go overboard.
The high-mid and treble boost is a more problematic, though, often making vocals sound quite sibilant, harsh or slightly grating. It’s particularly obvious if you activate the turbo mode and listen at decent volume. Ultimately, these are good headphones for sport but you can get better sound for your cash.
Safety-conscious sport earphones with a good price but disappointing sound
Monster iSport Victory tech specs
Bluetooth: yes • Battery life: 8 hours • Mic: yes • Remote: yes • Sweat/water-resistant: sweat • Weight: n/a