FINIS Duo Underwater Music MP3 Player with Bone Conduction Audio

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FINIS Duo Underwater Music MP3 Player with Bone Conduction Audio
PROS
  • 149 REVIEWS SOUND QUALITY
  • 69 REVIEWS BONE CONDUCTION
  • 39 REVIEWS BATTERY LIFE
  • 100 REVIEWS STOPPED WORKING
  • 99 REVIEWS SWIMMING LAPS
  • 78 REVIEWS EASY TO USE
  • 35 REVIEWS MAKE SURE
  • 38 REVIEWS EARPLUGS
  • 25 REVIEWS WASTE OF MONEY
  • 47 REVIEWS UNDERWATER MP3 PLAYER
  • 15 REVIEWS FLIP TURNS
  • 38 REVIEWS MUCH BETTER
  • 61 REVIEWS TIMES A WEEK
  • 17 REVIEWS GREEN LIGHT
  • 12 REVIEWS RUBBING ALCOHOL
  • 23 REVIEWS EVEN THOUGH
  • 33 REVIEWS QUIT WORKING
  • 57 REVIEWS LOAD MUSIC
  • 29 REVIEWS DAYS A WEEK
  • 49 REVIEWS EVERY TIME

BONE CONDUCTION AUDIO TRANSMISSION: Amazingly clear sound in the water without the use of ear buds

Top Positive Review

I’ve used every SwiMP3 model Finis has come out with since the beginning. It’s addicting in the sense that once you get introduced to this style of patent pended bone conduction audio, it’s hard to imagine going back. And, with previous models, there have been many shortcomings as it relates to product durability and the infamous ability to connect your device to the computer much less a USB charging hub…

Here is what they don’t tell you because they probably don’t even know- the contacts on the unit are prone to mineral build up- to the point of no longer being able to connect or charge the unit. I’ve had conversations with their tech support department and they have sent me replacement chargers and even issued a RMA for a replacement. NO NEED- if you are having connection issues- here is the ultimate tip I can share…

Go to a hardware store and buy some CLR- the calcium, lime rust stuff you use for other things. Fill it in short glass just high enough to submerge the side with the contacts (only about 1/2 inch or so deep). Soak your unit for 4-6 hours and then rinse- the contacts are as good as new!!! I stumbled across this solution when I was using CLR to clean the spray nozzle of the kitchen that had a lot of build up- who knew. No more need for a RMA, and the unit connects to the dock (magnet or no magnet) every time (make sure it’s dry of course).

As for their rubbing alcohol method with a qtip- tried it- does not work. But think about it- you wouldn’t use alcohol to remove your mineral build up on anything else, so why use it on your unit you are swimming with?!

Other tips- loop just one of the 2 straps to the unit of your goggles that have double straps. That way- he unit is secure enough to be stable through flip turns but does not mess with your goggles leaking depending on how they are positioned on your head. In past versions and even in this one, my goggles are prone to leaking if I put both straps over the unit.

I have done the infamous Big Shoulders 5k open water swim and the monster swims (100x 100s on set interval) with this unit and never had an issue following the tips I shared above. I swim masters and hit about 4-6 practices a week depending on if I’m doing doubles for part of the season.

Top Critical Review

Got the 1st one, worked for about 1 month with minor use, then stopped being recognized by laptop and stopped charging. contacted Finis, they said it was a bad batch “making me pay to return shipping” and sent me a new one with “same batch number, 031215” ! this new one also worked well during 1 full charge and had stopped being recognized by laptop and being charged. Finis solution? rub it with alcohol and brush and soap and you name it… still does not work? spend another $10 to ship it back to us and we will test it.

if your product is not working and you know there is something wrong with it that everyone is aware of of stop shipping it back to people. Also, why do you I have to pay for return shipping of your defected product? It is like a monthly membership program…

Customer Questions & Answers

I ordered this product and it does not seem compatible to Apple (ipad, Iphone,or desk top)….i cannot acess in order to download music???
Answer: This product is basically an mp3 player with headphones, not really headphones alone, as a result it cannot connect to apps, it requires downloaded music, it doesn’t have playlists. It’s pretty annoying but it’s good for large pools (because of the problem with Bluetooth range)

Has anyone used waterproof earbuds with an ipod shuffle. the sound is incredible. i can’t imagine that the duo can compete. anyone?
Answer:

Well, the assumptions in this question make it hard to answer, but I’ll try. Lots of people have used iPod Shuffles with waterproof earbuds. The sound quality depends a lot on the earbuds used. As an integrated bone conducting headphone and mp3 player, the Duo is quite different, an it’s hard to compare without knowing??

Do you think they would work clipped on to sunglasses if I wanted to use them out of the water?
Answer: The short answer is yes. But they work much better under the water. They are not ear buds. I use them while I’m in the water but the sound is much fuller under water.

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Expert Score 8.8
PROS:
  • 149 REVIEWS SOUND QUALITY
  • 69 REVIEWS BONE CONDUCTION
  • 39 REVIEWS BATTERY LIFE
  • 100 REVIEWS STOPPED WORKING
  • 99 REVIEWS SWIMMING LAPS
  • 78 REVIEWS EASY TO USE
  • 35 REVIEWS MAKE SURE
  • 38 REVIEWS EARPLUGS
  • 25 REVIEWS WASTE OF MONEY
  • 47 REVIEWS UNDERWATER MP3 PLAYER
  • 15 REVIEWS FLIP TURNS
  • 38 REVIEWS MUCH BETTER
  • 61 REVIEWS TIMES A WEEK
  • 17 REVIEWS GREEN LIGHT
  • 12 REVIEWS RUBBING ALCOHOL
  • 23 REVIEWS EVEN THOUGH
  • 33 REVIEWS QUIT WORKING
  • 57 REVIEWS LOAD MUSIC
  • 29 REVIEWS DAYS A WEEK
  • 49 REVIEWS EVERY TIME
FINIS Duo Underwater Music MP3 Player with Bone Conduction Audio
FINIS Duo Underwater Music MP3 Player with Bone Conduction Audio
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