i just wanted to give an update on my experience with the isport immersions. i have been using them close to 3 months now and ive run into a couple problems with the durability. i have been using these headphones for music and as ear plugs at work and i have put probably 200-300 hours of use on them so far.
1. the silicone tips stretched out a bit over time and would easily fall off of the driver. they didnt get to the point where theyd stay in my ears but every time id take the headphones out of my pocket theyd usually pop off on the floor. i replaced them with some memory foam "comply" foam tips. these are extremely comfortable and they give a strong enough hold that i think would stop typical ear buds from falling out of my ears. i highly recommend them to anyone with ear buds.
2. the silicone cover for the volume/call control has come loose and started to peel off in the last week or so.
3. this is the biggest problem so far. the earhooks are made of a pretty flimsy material and after constantly taking them on and off throughout my work day one of them has managed to break off, and the 2nd is highly strained and ready to break off. this is a huge problem as these buds are fairly heavy and dont like to stay in your ear without the hook, my new tips made them useable again but they will still eventually fall out.
im currently in the warranty process. they typically only take warranty requests via phone but i work 60 hours a week and more hours then there call centers are open. i emailed customer service and they were able to help me out with it and get set up for a warranty claim. something i liked was monster offered the ability to put a deposit on the new set of headphones and they shipped the replacements out first. they also used overnight shipping which was nice. the problem is they sent me some isport strives instead, they are a new low end version of the immersions which offer 0 noise isolation. one thing i can say about them is they are extremely comfortable, and the earhooks look much more durable. however due to the 0 noise isolation they dont sound very good, and have practically 0 bass. they do offer the ability to have music on and comfortably have a conversation with someone at the same time though. im just sent monster another email explaining the mixup with headphones and im hoping to get the new isport victory as a replacement, its supposed to be an updated version of the immersion from what i can tell.
Edit: i just played around with the isport strives again and they sound better then my first impression of them. they seem to be a bit more sensitive then the immersions so they play a bit louder. the mids and highs are actually pretty decent and comparable to the immersions. im by no means an audiophile so i have no idea how "good" this is. however they do sound good to me, they are clean and dont distort even at full volume. also the bass isnt as bad as i originally thought, its pretty tight sounding and doesnt hallow out like cheaper headphones. there not as deep as the immersions, but they would probably improve after some burn in and it sounds pretty accurate. for a non-isolated set of ear buds they actually sound pretty good. i'd definitely recommend these if you wanted a set of earbuds that you can hear whats going on around you at lower volumes, or be able to have a conversation and actually hear the other person, or hear that noob skier yelling at you from behind that hes about to hit you. they also have the power to block out external sound when you want too. there not a bad set if you can find them on sale. as for comfort i'd say they feel better then the immersions which is a pretty hard thing to do from my experience.
Last edited by mikeinaus; 03-22-2013 at 10:49 PM.