Each summer brings a fresh batch of exercise enthousiasts who are eager to make a change to their lives and get fit, with many renewing their fitness club memberships, ready to battle the bulge of the belly! The fitness centre isn’t for everyone though. A lot of people are opting for swimming as their exercise of choice.
People who swim very often complain of being bored while swimming. While music keeps them going while running or exercising in the gym, they miss that while swimming. That doesn’t have to be the case anymore though, because the new generation of waterproof mp3 players offers reliability and excellent sound quality.
If you already have an mp3 player, you might want to just buy a waterproof case for it, but the downside is that it’s often quite bulky, you don’t have a good system for attaching the waterproof headphones so you will lose them quite often, and of course there is the risk that the case opens or cracks during swimming, allowing water to come in.
That’s why we recommend swimming with a waterproof mp3 player only, one that is specificially designed for playing music under water.
Here are some waterproof mp3 players we have tested in July 2012:
The Finis SwiMp3 player
The sound of this player is transmitted via bone conduction. If you don’t know what it is, don’t worry, we hadn’t heard of it before either. Bone conduction means you don’t place the headphones in your ears, but on your face. The sound is transferred via vibrations from the cheek into the inner ear. In theory, this results in a higher clarity of sound while swimming with your head under water, but we found that the sound quality suffers when you are out of the water, or your head is above water for a long period of time.
The Speedo Aquabeat
The Speedo Aquabeat is a small waterproof mp3 player that has a battery life of around nine hours, which is the best battery life of all waterproof mp3 players we found, but seriously, who stays in the pool for nine hours?
The main disadvantage of this player however, is that even though it comes with 3 different sizes earplugs, none of them could give us a real tight seal. And once the water gets into your ears, it’s very difficult to hear something.
We were also not satisfied with the speed of the USB transfer. It takes a very long time to load music onto the player.
The Wetplayer is small and light weight, so it doesn’t hinder you during swimming, which makes it an excellent choice for both professional and recreative swimmers.
The headphones attach to the back of your head, so you can’t lose them during swimming. The player hangs on a necklace, which also keeps it close for manipulating the buttons. Unlike some other waterproof mp3 players, the Wetplayer will never dangle a few meters behind you while you’re swimming.
The 2 GB memory provides more than enough music storage for a beach holiday, without having to listen to the same song twice.
The Wetplayer is definitely the waterproof MP3 player we recommend most.