Pros: great fit, washable
Cons: bloated bass, recessed mids and highs
Let me start by saying this is my first review here on head-fi and I would appreciate any feedback good or bad. Also I purchased these for $30 and will be reviewing them as $30 earphones.
I think that the design is my favorite part about these earphones. I have always had issues with earphones falling out and never being able to move with them in my ears. That is not an issue at all with these once they are in my ears they are there until I want them out. This is great particularly for working out which is what I use these earphones for mainly. These earphones are very customizable and this great fit should be attainable for everyone.
The build quality seems pretty good to me. I am no expert here but I know that I do not worry about them breaking almost no matter how I use them.
The packaging was nice and it made me feel as though I was part of a club or something special because I bought these headphones. The packaging here was actually nicer then the packaging for my TF10's.
The bass is the defining sound on these earphones much like Beats or other bass heavy models. The bass is overpowering and creeps in on the mids and highs drowning them out. This is rather annoying to me but can be fun sounding on some songs. I am admittedly a little bit of a basshead but these are just to much for me even.
Very recessed not much to talk about I do not like them as I feel as though I am missing a good deal of the songs. Mids also seem to lack detail when they are present.
Recessed but not quite as bad as the mids in my opinion. Lacks sparkle and detail gives off a very dark sound.
I tested these with my Schiit stack (magni/modi) as well as straight out of my phone and computer. I think that they sound slightly better out of the amp. With more controlled bass and it seemed to gain a little bit of that detail that it was missing before. That being said I do not think that an amp is very practical with these (for working out at least).
I did an A-B of these with my UE triplefi 10. I think that the TF10's are superior in almost every way. As I was listening to the music back and forth I kept finding myself yearning for the TF10's with the iSports on. The TF10's are just more detailed better sounding earphones in my opinion. Songs used for comparison: Hot Sauce by Jessy J, Sail by Awolnation, The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult, Not Afraid by Eminem, Streets of Gold by 3OH!3, and Symphony No. 7 by London Symphony Orchestra. The only song that was even close in my opinion was Streets of Gold by 3OH!3 the iSports sound was kind of fun for this song but still missing details.
I am happy with my purchase of these. For $30 they do their job in my headphone collection. They have a great fit and their sound is acceptable for $30. I think that for $30 these are a great buy but I would not spend more then $50 on them. Hope this was helpful.