Speedo Aquabeat 1.0 1GB Waterproof MP3 Player, Black
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- 1-gigabyte MP3 player with waterproof housing for water sports
- Floating chassis is waterproof to depths of up to 3-meters
- Built-in memory stores up to 250-MP3 or 500-WMA files
- Attaches to swimsuits, goggles, board shorts, and other clothing
- Charges via USB cord; weighs 35-grams, 1-year warranty
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I was, at one time, a competative sprinter, now train purely for health benefits...I swim laps in a 25 yard pool now (2-2.5 miles a day/5 days a week). I was just looking for a simple H2O proof MP3 player that was reliable and easy to use. I don't require outstanding sound quality or a bunch of bells and whistles from an MP3 player. After doing A LOT of research and reading all the reviews on all the available waterproof MP3 players out there I settled on the speedo aqua beat and ordered it from Amazon.com, here's my analysis of the product...
THE PLAYER - small, lightweight with easy to use controls and fits on most goggle straps. I swim with swedish goggs and the straps are a bit thin. This makes mounting the goggles on the back of your head kind of tricky because if you don't get it just right, the player has a tendency to pop off when pushing off the wall or doing a flip turn (VERY ANNOYING)...the drag is negligable from the device while swimming along, but with any kind of a strong push off the wall, it almost always slides down to the base of the back of your head even with VERY tight goggle straps (also VERY ANNOYING)...recommend using goggles with a wide strap if you're going to use this product. Of note, the internal, computer OSB rechargeable battery is a nice feature and the player can be used with other sets of headphone as a "dry land" MP3 as well.
THE SOFTWARE - easy to use, music can be easily drag-and-dropped into the "removable" hard drive that pops up on your computer...Read more ›
It was very easy to set-up and I've even taken to wearing it during my runs as well with a regular pair of headphones. The sound quality to me is great; I have not noticed any difference between regular headphones and the waterproof ones provided while I am swimming.
The unit is very light and easy to attach to a pair of goggles. It doesn't affect my swimming, I hardly notice it at all. Every once in a while the wire will lay against the side of my neck but after a couple of strokes it will correct itself and go back to where you don't even notice it.
I did have an issue with my first pair of headphones having different volumes and then the right side completely giving out randomly with sound. Speedo was very efficient and sent me a new pair that arrived in a couple of days at no cost. These second headphones have not caused me any problems. I don't know if it is because I wear a swimcap so the cap is pushing the headphones against my head but I will have to say they are not the most comfortable headhphones I've ever worn. Once I've started swimming they don't bother me, but afterwards my ears are sore for a couple of moments after I take them out. Does it bother me enough to stop using them? No. Would they make me consider giving up on using the Aquabeat? Not a chance.
This player does meet my minimum requirements. The sound quality is good and the earplugs effectively block out pool noise. Speedo provides several different plug sizes to ensure a good fit and I can hear the words clearly and follow the lecture or story I am listening to. Also, the player fits securely to my goggles strap and has coiled earbud wires that do not get in the way.
However, there are some features that are missing or were badly implemented, including:
1. No battery indicator - can t tell if the battery is low.
2. No way to sort the MP3s numerically or alphabetically. I had to merge the mp3 files to ensure I was listening to the chapters sequentially.
3. Unable to fast-forward within a file -- just between files.
4. The reverse and forward buttons double as on and off. It is easy to accidentally shut of the player -- or forward to a different file when you just want to shut it off.
5. No LED display.
6. Slow USB transfer rate - takes about 8-10 minutes to copy 250MB.
Overall, I am satisfied but not impressed.
After 2.25 months of 2.5-3 miles per day, my one ear bud came out once and another time leaked water into the ear canal. These were because both times I got the ear bud wet before inserting it in my ear -- hard not to get it wet when it falls in the water. When I say WET I mean much less than even a drop of water! So, here's the trick: ensure the ear buds are dry AND your ear canal is dry before inserting them. The first day I struggled with the 3 different ear bud sizes and ear connections until I finally discovered that simply inserting a dry bud into a dry ear canal was the solution. I also learned that using a silicon swim cap over the ear applies too much pressure on the bud and forces it in so tight that the sound is blocked. Play with the different sizes until you find a fit that will really resists coming out when you pull on the bud. Summuarizing:
1. DRY the ear canals
2. Insert the 3 different DRY buds into your ear canal, one at a time of course, and tug it. Pick the one that resists the most.
3. I never could figure out how to use the ear connections, so I removed the bracket part and use the plugs only.
4. Put Aquabeat on goggles
5. Plug in the earphones
6. Enjoy your swim
7. If for any reason the sound disappears or gets distorted, remove the ear bud from the earphoanes, blow it dry, blow on the headset speaker dry, reassert the ear bud, dry your ear canal, reinsert the bud into your ear.
How about downloading music to the player? Connect the Aquabeat to your PC via USB cable that comes with it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought a Speedo Aquabeat for my sister's birthday in August 2014. However, because of a leg operation she was unable to swim at that time so the box was never opened. Read morePublished 7 months ago by julilah
when it works well is very nice to swim with music, but most of the time there are problems trying to upload music. Sometimes it is as if were only two songs uploaded. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JJUAN RAMON ANAYA M
I have thoroughly enjoyed the sound of music while lap swimming...the other MP3 players are unreliable in water. Often times I have to stop, and press the reset function.... Read morePublished 11 months ago by grace kelley
* Very difficult to fit.
* Sound is low quality. High white-noise.
* Low file transfer rate (1,5MB/s)
* No display and... Read more
Don't even bother! This was impossible to load songs onto using a MAC. So I tried my PC laptop. Still couldn't do it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I just received this as a gift. Put some music on it, just fine, but tested it on dry land. The ear buds are defective and you need to keep giggling the cord where it connects to... Read morePublished 22 months ago by T. Stansmore
I bought this to encourage me to swim, worst thing i ever bought. NEVER worked inside or outside the water.Published 23 months ago by Renan