There is probably no more important workout accessory than the earbud. It's so much easier to stay motivated on the treadmill if you have the right bpm hitting your inner ear. Or maybe you just like to catch-up on reality TV, I'm not here to judge.
I've been using my own Amazon purchased Monster iSport Earbuds for nearly two years now and have found them to be outright amazing at delivering bass-heavy sound with a snug fit. They've never fallen out when working out and they're waterproof. Their main draw back is an echo-like sound that resonates through the wires when you’re running on the treadmill. Turn them up loud enough and you can negate the effect but my wife for one said that this effect made them a no-go for her.
Me, I just turn them up loud. Oh, they're also expensive, retailing at over $100 although I found mine for much less on Amazon.
I received these Audio Technica CKP200iS sport earbuds from the manufacturer to test and was interested to see how they held up to the Monsters. They’re considerably less money (around $40) and might make a good gift for the holidays for the gym-rat dad.
They are over-the-ear, which generally isn’t preferred for me because I wear glasses but I leave the specs off when working out. Even with them on while writing this review they don't really interfere with my glasses.
The buds themselves also fit really well in my ears with the default size rubber buds. There are a variety of other sizes that came with them.
Hitting the treadmill I was pleased that there was none of the echoing that the Monsters issue. But I just didn't like the sound quality. There wasn’t anything necessarily "wrong" with the sound and it certainly sounds as good as any of the Apple buds that are standard with an iPhone. But the low end wasn't low enough and when you turn them up loud the highs definitely distort.
I'm also very picky about my music so I had my wife try them out. She thought the sound quality was OK but really couldn’t stand how the clips fit around her ears or the cord. It not only didn't fit well around her neck but the end of the cord was too long and kept getting in the way.
These aren't equivalent to my Monsters but you really can't compare earbuds that are half the cost if not less. I''d only recommend them if you like the clip feel and because they're so cheap.
The product reviewed here was provided by the manufacturer.