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Monster iSport Victory Review

Joggers, squat thrusters, stair steppers, lend me your ears.

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The Data

The Science page offers you a closer look at core performance. Like every other set of cans that come through these doors, the iSport Victory faced a barrage of audio tests upon arrival. And unlike every set of headphones we see, the iSport put up great marks in every trial. With a balanced frequency response, astoundingly low distortion, and effective isolation, these Monsters performed admirably over and over again.

Frequency Response

The bass is back in town.

I've come across a number of bassy beasts this year, and some are better than others. Happily, the Monster iSports fit into the latter group. These in-ears follow a very popular consumer trend in that they produce a frequency response that mimics an equal loudness contour. Never heard of one? Essentially, the equal loudness curve emphasizes every frequency in such a way that all notes sound equally loud to the human ear. Audiophiles dislike this curve—they'd rather have a flat response to tinker with themselves. Yet most casual listeners take very well to headphones that follow the ELC.

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Bass is quite emphasized here, but the mid and high range are plenty loud, too—no note left behind.

While the iSports put huge emphasis on the 20-100kHz range, which makes hip hop and dub step absolutely boom, mids and highs aren't left in the dust. So along with really prominent bass notes, listeners will also enjoy middle and high notes on more delicate instruments like violins, bells, and vocals. In a word, the overall balance delivers bass-heavy, dynamic, detailed music.

Distortion

Distortion lockdown

Testing for distortion revealed some truly shining results. The iSport didn't produce audible distortion from start to finish. From 20Hz all the way up through 10kHz, you won't hear any added garbage or clipped harmonics. Impressive.

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Not a trace of audible distortion

Even if you push volume up past 112.92dB, you still won't get more than 3% distortion. As always, I encourage you not to do this if you value your hearing.

Noise Reduction

Go away, world!

If your building is under construction or you're stuck on a bus, the iSport is a handy companion indeed. This is often the case with in-ears in general, since they physically block your ear canal. In this case, mid and high frequency noises are reduced by as much as 1/8, and even low frequencies are cut down to 1/4 their original volume.

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Even low-end noise is softened, which isn't always the case.
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