written by: unsel•edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 5/23/2011
We have used MP3 players designed for commuters, cyclists, bikers, etc, but now swimmers and anyone who participates in water sports can perform aquatic activities and rock at the same time, with waterproof MP3 players.
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Nu Dolphin Touch
When it comes to waterproof MP3 players, the Nu Dolphin Touch is a Taiwanese product featuring audioplayback, FM stereo radio, 4GB memory space and an excellent touch screen which works quite well even when wet. The player not only lets you listen to music while swimming but also tells you how fast your are swimming. The ear plugs come in different sizes to fit all size ears comfortably and securely. When fully charged, it works for about 8 hours and recharging to full capacity takes approximately 1.5 hours. Recharging is done via USB port, which also allows you to other multimedia devices like iPod, etc to obtain more songs. Nu Dolphin Touch comes with a neoprene armband, fluorescent straps, a clip and a cleaning tissue. It is one of the best waterproof MP3 players available and sold at Amazon.com for $119.27
Intova was the first company to make a waterproof MP3 player. This Intova H2O Man Waterproof MP3 Player is one of the best waterproof MP3 players by this company, which can be used by swimmers, runners and bikers alike.
This is a small size MP3 player, measuring 1.4 x 3 x 1.2 inches and weighing only 8 ounces. The headphones are durable and flexible, suitable for extreme sport and they come along with small, medium and large size ear buds to fit all ears. The device is 100% waterproof to three meters and like any other MP3 player, it is also rechargeable via USB cable. It offers excellent sound quality and a nice list of features. You can buy it online at Amazon.com, for $69.95 and it comes with one year warranty.
The Finis XtreaMP3 waterproof MP3 player is very well made and is very easy to use under water. One can easily play or stop music, go to the previous and next tracks and change volume - all while swimming. Syncing is very easily done on the Finis Xtrea MP3 player. A simple drag and drop in Windows Explorer loads all the files you want to copy.
The provided neoprene armband fits comfortably and has easy fitting adjustments. The player lacks a display screen, but this probably makes the device more waterproof. The sound quality of the player is top notch, and the ear buds secure tightly, making for clear listening below and above the water. The Finis Xtrea MP3 Player is available at Amazon.com, for $69.91 and comes with a 90-day warranty.
Speedo Aqua beat LZR Racer Special Edition is a rectangular shaped waterproof MP3 player featuring 2GB storage space, durable and lightweight design, and specially constructed housing that allows the device to float when you lose it at the bottom of the pool. The MP3 player is very comfortable to wear, has great sound and can be used at depths up to 3 meters. The player has no screen and the only buttons it has are skip track, play, and volume control. Overall, the player is very good but a little problem with the headphones is that they tend to fall out of the ears unless you are wearing a swimming cap to hold them securely. Speedo Aqua beat LZR Racer Special Edition is available at Amazon.com, for $96.80.
Resting on cheekbones, the FINIS SwiMP3 Waterproof MP3 Player attaches securely to a snorkeling mask or a swim google. It allows easy file copying by drag and drop in Windows Explorer and Mac Finder. Unlike standard waterproof music players, the SwiMP3 transmits audio vibrations to your ears through your cheekbones and produces excellent sound clarity. You do not need to worry about hearing through the bones, this is a safe method and an established method (generally called as Bone Conduction Technology) of hearing in humans. The users can play, stop or pause the song, but can not rewind or forward. While the FINIS still makes our list of the best waterproof MP3 player options, the lack of this feature is a bit disappointing for such a high performance media player. FINIS SwiMP3.1G Waterproof MP3 Player is available at Amazon.com, for $125.00.