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Monster goes hog wild with iSport Victory BT wireless sports headphones

For 2017, Monster's got lots of new sports headphones, including the new iSport Victory BT.

Four the new models in Monster's new iSport headphone lineup.

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Companies like Bose and Beats tend to be pretty focused in their headphone offerings, with a limited number of models in their lineups. In contrast, Monster has never been shy about putting out a plethora of headphones at various price points, and that philosophy is on display with its 2017 line of iSport headphones, which includes 7 new models, 4 of which are wireless.

The headliner is the Victory BT ($100), which is similar to the Monster Adidas Sport Adistar that I reviewed last year. I got an early sample of the Victory BT, and it's a very good in-ear wireless sports headphone that competes with Jaybird's X3 in terms of fit and sound quality. But it's a little hard to find at the moment (hopefully it will get wider distribution soon).

I'll have a full review of the iSport Victory in the coming weeks and hopefully get my hands on a few of the other models previewed below so I can offer some comparisons.

Here's a look at the 2017 Monster iSport wireless lineup (when we get accurate international pricing, we'll add it).

iSport Achieve BT ($60)

  • Durable and sweatproof
  • High isolation factor for focus
  • One universal antimicrobial ear-hook with multiple eartips for perfect fit
  • Low profile, flat cable
  • Three-button ControlTalk lets users Play/Pause their music for on-the-go calls
  • 5+ hours playback time
  • Available in black, blue and green

iSport Intensity BT ($80)

  • New reflective cable for extra safety running at night and in low-light environments
  • Durable and sweatproof
  • Hybrid noise isolation
  • Multiple anti-microbial ear-hooks for perfect fit
  • Premium finish with high quality touch and feel
  • USB charging cable and carry pouch
  • 3-button Universal ControlTalk with Micro-USB Charge point
  • 6+ hours consistent playback time
  • Available in blue and green

iSport Victory BT ($100)

  • New smaller design
  • New two sound-engineered Monster Sound profiles (warm-up and sport) so you can customize your workout audio experience
  • New twisted, reflective cable for extra safety running at night and in low-light environments
  • Sweatproof
  • OmniTip fins enabled secure fit
  • Multiple sized eartips
  • Noise-isolating design
  • 8+ hours playback
  • Available in black, blue and green

iSport Freedom v2 ($200)

  • Touch-sensing controls for play/pause, tracking and volume
  • Three listening modes (wireless, wired and USB Direct Digital Audio)
  • Two different sound profiles (standard and "turbo" mode)
  • Pair two devices to share music
  • Low battery voice prompts and indicator LEDs
  • Built in high-intelligibility mic with advanced echo suppression
  • Durable and sweatproof
  • Available in black

Late this year, Monster will release its new AirLink iSport, a set of totally wireless sports earphones. No word on pricing yet.

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In addition to the new wireless models, the new Monster iSport Wired models include:

iSport Achieve ($30)

  • One universal ear-hook
  • High sound isolation
  • In-line microphone
  • Low profile flat cable
  • Available in black, blue and green

iSport Strive v3 ($40)

  • Three sets of patented SportClip
  • Sweatproof and durable
  • Anti-tangle cable
  • Partial noise isolation -- great for outdoor running
  • In-line microphone
  • Mic for hands-free calling
  • Available in black

iSport Compete ($50)

  • Includes three sets of eartips
  • High sound isolation, targeted at activities requiring high level of concentration
  • One-button ControlTalk for hands free calls
  • New ergonomic in-ear shaping designed to provide extra comfort and stability
  • Carry pouch for convenience
  • Available in blue and green

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