4GB Sports Wearable MP3 Player, Waterproof: For use in salt & fresh water up to 2-meters deep, Sweat resistant, dust proof design endures through the toughest training conditions
Top Positive Review
This is my 3rd swimming headphone. If you are not swimmer, it’s not your concern, so skip this comment and go get Anker or Udon Noodle looking buds from Apple.
I’m a daily swimmer on casual side, and I tried Pyle first. It was worth $40, and last 5 months. Just like other comments said, GO GET $8 REPAIR PLAN on Amazon. Any water related electric device is doomed to be broken after while. You can not go against the law of physics.
For Pyle, $40 range, I was happy for $ but the player is very basic. No resume. Fit is 8 out of 10, if you find good fit earbud size, it wouldn’t leak for 20 min. Transferring music is bit slow and the USB connection is not stable (because of clipping mechanism) but it’s alright; so, If you DO NOT NEED TO PLAY LONG MP3 such as PODCASTS or AUDIOBOOKS, go get this; however, aware you need to spend extra $20 for replacement if you are not subscribing 3 years one from Amazon. At the end, I was happy with the basic features.
Then I decided to go for next tier, this SONY headphone. Read my review carefully if you are comparing Pyle and SONY.
First, Many people reported that those kind of headphone will stop working after while. I figured this is the way it works for swimming headphone. So I got this for $68 (just dropped), and I bought $8 repair plan (total around $70+). I am very satisfied because of following reasons (… I’ll revisit my own review after while, though).
– MP3 Player is nice. The female voice tells you that power is on / off so you don’t have to take off and look the LED. I don’t use much but you can change playing shuffle mode and also ambient mode for your safety. The resume feature is big game changer for me because I listen PODCASTs and AUDIOBOOKs, and those longer MP3 files, it’s impossible to come back to place where I left off with Pyle, but SONY does! Now, I use my 30 minutes swimming x 5 days to finish one podcast or one chapter of audiobook.
– Fit – I really liked this wired bridge design (and R.I.P Pyle was too) that you don’t have to tuck wire into your cap. For SONY, their earbuds got more frictions to avoid water, and they have mesh on the hole to avoid water comes in. This is definitely great detail works from a big company like SONY . It also coming with a bridge behind your neck which you can support the gap after wearing it. After swimming 20 min, no leak no moving. I don’t do quick turn but at least I do 30-40 laps in 20 min or so.
– Music transfer – Comparing to Pyle, when I connect it to my Mac Book, it detects USB drive in 100% and precise. Pyle, I had to jiggle the clip a bit if it doesn’t recognize, and you can imagine that causes some future malfunctions. It gives you some software to move MP3s but you don’t need it. Just drag and drop in MUSIC folder.
Thus, I avoided stress in other products that you need glue dip in your ears, no tucking wires, no hanging players on behind your head, or immature mp3 player functions.
Once a week, I load a few MP3 files, and grab this gear and go swim. no stress, and easy as you go treadmill. This is my fair review and both products priced right.
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Update March 14, 2020, ( After 10 month using 3-4 times a week, 20-30 min swimming)
I still didn’t use the warranty plan! Works exactly same, and I enjoy my swimming time more than ever.
A few things this might help you to prolong the lifetime of this type of headsets.
1. I’m carrying this in small plastic container. Avoid losing the rubber cap / bending / snapping the frame. Because I noticed that I am handling it very rough after taking shower, especially when I change my clothes and drying my body.
2. Not sure this is important, but I try not to charge or sync while it’s wet.
Top Critical Review
This is a challenging product to review. It is only one a few and is the best design I have found to date with a reasonable price. That being said there is still room for improvement.
The sound quality with the non-swimming buds installed is very good. Nice and clear with reasonable bass and soundstage. It also goes plenty loud.
Sound quality with the swimming buds on is still in the good range, compared to others I have heard. It’s not as loud or clear as the non-swimming buds, but you can’t really compare the two. Why does it sound different? Sony’s design is simple but effective, a thin membrane over the opening in the ear bud which goes inside your ear. The non-swim bud is a clear shot to the speaker. This is why the sound quality drops with the swim buds but allows you to not worry about them under water. Considering you can go down 6 feet it’s rather impressive. Most competitors I only claim 3 feet and don’t sound better. I think you need to keep in mind the purpose of this player, you are not sitting in your favorite chair listening critically to music, you are running, lifting or swimming. With all that out of the way it’s probably easier for me to do a pro/con list.
-Fits my ears well. They supply plenty of different sized tips to use. I use the medium tip on the left and large on the right.
-I don’t have to fuss with them once seated. I only need to adjust every 500 meters or so while doing laps.
-No wires hanging, or remote player to worry about. The entire unit is compact and easy to operate.
-The buttons are good sized and easy to find.
-Volume is loud enough to enjoy the music. You can’t blast it with the swim tips, but you shouldn’t be blasting it anyway.
– Best bang for the buck. Yes there are slightly better sounding ones but at 3x the price and only waterproof to 3 feet I give the nod to Sony here
– The way you load music reminds me of 1995. The mac app is rudimentary to say the least. It works but lacks any polish. Its old school drag and drop.
– The ambient noise is not very useful. If I used it running I could see the value. In the pool it adds a lot of strange noises to the music. Easy enough to turn off though.
– Buttons could be more distinct. Maybe some square, etc. You will need to memorize which does what and the more different they are the easier to remember what they do.
– No included carry case. I know it’s not an expensive mp3 player but a case would of been nice
UPDATE AS OF 9/4/17
Unfortunately tonight the player broke only after 2 months! I am rather shocked since its been well treated and only used in the pool. I will update and adjust stars accordingly after talking to Sony tomorrow. It literally came apart when putting it in my ear. Hopefully they make this right!
After speaking with Sony I would strongly suggest that you not purchase this product. They do NOT stand behind their product and will not replace this shotty made product. I could understand refusing to cover it if I had been rough or abusive to the product but this was not the case as you can see from the pics it looks brand new.. except for where it failed on a plastic seam that shouldn’t be there.
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