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Amphibx by H2O Audio
Pros: Stylish. Light. Waterproof. Easy to use. Comfortable for your arm.
Cons: Expensive. Headphones are not included with it.
The Amphibx by H2O Audio is a device that allows you to swim with your iPod underwater. It straps onto your arm so that it does not slow you down. To be honest, when I first saw the Amphibx, I was worried that it would not work because thereís only a piece of plastic between the water and your iPod.
Light, comfortable, sleek, and water resistant, the Amphibx is a great product for any swimmer who loves listening to music. The Amphibx come in 3 sizes, large for iPhone/ iPod Touch and iPod Classic, medium for the iPod Nano, and small for the iPod Shuffle 3rd generation. If you would like to get an underwater case for the iPod Shuffle 4th generation look into the Interval by H2O Audio.
When you put the Amphibx on your arm it feels like a strap to measure your blood pressure, but itís a lot different. The material is very soft and does not change how it feels when youíre underwater. On the front of the armband is a plastic latch which you open by pressing a clip, very much like the clip on the H2O Audioís Interval. When you open the latch a headphone jack will come out. When youíre ready to swim you plug the headphone jack into your iPod and place the iPod inside the watertight clear plastic pocket. Close the latch and youíre ready to go.
You need to use a pair of waterproof headphones by H2O Audio because their headphones have a special adapter that allows them to attach to their products. We strongly suggest the Surge Pro Headphones, which we have tested and really like their sound. Underneath the water the sound quality is just as good as above the water. The headphones come with 6 different ear bud sizes so that they will stay in your head, stop water from going into your ears, and inspire you to keep swimming. Conveniently, these headphones float if you lose them. So far we have only encountered one problem with them. We placed one ear-bud underneath the water, and we strapped it there. We left the other ear-bud floating. After about 3 hours went by the headphone on the bottom still worked but its volume was diminished. After a day went by, however, it returned to normal and the volume was equally balanced again. Other then that these headphones are great. They are even soundproof when you are above water.
Overall the Amphibx and Surge Pro headphones are great products. They both work extremely well under water. They get a 90 out of 100, mainly because of their very high price.