on November 11, 2012
I've been training for years in the pool for diving and racing, but I never had anything to listen to in order to set the pace for me. I'm not so much into speed as I am into duration. When I found this set of ear buds with an MP3 player, I knew I found exactly what I needed to keep a pace and help me pace my swim for the long haul. They sound really good, even underwater, and don't even get in the way of my goggles. It's really just what I needed.
The Pyle Sports MP3 Player actually works really well. I put it on in my hot tub and the pool and it does everything it promises. The mp3 player comes with six sets of earbuds in different sizes: three for land, three for water. Controls are well placed and intuitive. The sound quality is good, no static or other distortions, even under water.
Do take care not to take it off and submerge it in water. Water won't break it, but the buds get waterlogged and dampens the sound significantly, even after I squeeze and blow the water out. After a good 10 hours of drying (recommended in the instructions), it's as good as new. Wear underwater: yes. Take it off and submerge it: no. You might have to wait for it to dry like I did.
Another precaution: if you have long hair, tie it back. Long hair will tangle in it and get pulled out. I don't have a problem when my hair is pulled back, but it's not good when my hair hangs loose.
I lounge more than play. It works well in a gentle swim. If I have to shake my head back and forth, the earphones will fall out. Instructions say to keep the earphones in place by securing with the straps of the goggles for more rigorous swimming.
The design is a little boxy around the ears. I wish it was a little more sleek, but it's waterproof and sounds great and garnered positive comments at the pool. I even had someone tell me she'd like to have one of her own.
This product was provided for review by the Max Borges Agency.
on July 26, 2014
I had purchased two of these units, both "new", each from a different highly rated vendor. The overall size, design style, appearance, control functions, and audio quality are all very "good" for this type of product. When properly charged, moving MP3 music files from a computer source happens to be quite quick and easy. The controls allow for either forward play of the tracks in the order which they had been loaded, random shuffle mode, or you can "skip" forward or back from track to track. This device DOES NOT allow for moving from folder to folder, simply track to track. When using the proper style ear bud selection for either "land" or "wet" use, with the proper "size" choice for your ears being correct, and the ear pieces having been correctly seated to the appropriate depth (within your ears), the sound quality is surprisingly good. Even BASS levels are strong for this type of a "small" device. So, the initial design, function, and sound quality should impress early in the going. The major concern has to do with consistent reliability of function, and durability.
After about one weeks use, the "first" unit began to exhibit peculiar traits, such as turning itself on to playing mode, running down the battery, even though I was CERTAIN beyond any doubt that the unit had been left in an "OFF" state. I would enter the room in which the device had been left, look over, and notice the green "ON" light lit, only to lift them to my ear and discover that they were playing, multiple folders ahead of where it had previously been turned "OFF". This scenario played out several times, after which I began to experience problems with the charging process (and the battery actually holding a proper charge). Ultimately, the internal battery (which cannot be changed) failed altogether, rendering the item as a small plastic piece of "scrap". The "second" identical unit, purchased during the same time period, simply had a hard internal battery failure relatively early on, rendering it completely non responsive, even when plugged into the USB power source (computer).
So, . . . the device seems to work well and offer good sound, WHEN IT IS WORKING. However, I had purchased two of them, and BOTH OF THEM failed due to an internal battery problem (fairly early on). Sony offers a similar product at a slightly higher price point. While I do have the Sony now, I certainly wish that I had saved some time, frustration, and even funds, and ordered that (Sony W Series 273 - 4 GB) unit to begin with.
THIS PYLE MP3 PLAYER OFFERS GOOD SOUND, BUT POOR DURABILITY ! ! !
( Good Luck , Spend a Few Extra $ and Order a Sony Instead )
on September 14, 2014
I've been forced to swim a lot recently, and have come to the conclusion that lap swimming is the most boring sport in the universe. There's nothing to see, the scenery doesn't change, and you can't even hold a conversation while swimming like you can while you're cycling, running, or doing almost any land sport. I can't imagine doing it for any length of time long term.
After a while, I decided that it would be a good idea to find someway of listening to something while I'm doing my boring laps. If you're an iSheep, then the natural thing would be to pick up the Underwater iPod. These are basically iPod shuffles have been rebuilt with a waterproof resin internally and a waterproof coating externally, and then you can fit a pair of waterproof headphones to them, attach the whole shebang to your googles, and now you have an iPod that can play music underwater.
But I'm not an Apple fan, and $150 for a 2GB iPod shuffle is incredibly offensive to my senses. So I went looking and came up with the Pyle Waterproof MP3 player. At $40, it's more expensive than some other products, but it also had far better Amazon reviews. At 4GB of storage, it's got twice the storage of the Apple equivalents at one third the price, something very familiar to anyone who's familiar with how tech pricing works.
My first couple of swims were disappointing. The sound was muddy and unclear, and the headphone kept coming off. But I finally figured it out: the headphones come with 3 sets of ear pieces for underwater use, and what you need to do is to use the biggest ear piece that will fit in your ear canal. Once I got the right set (which surprisingly was the largest set), the sound was clear and lovely, and the ear pieces don't try to come off your ear. Now, if you do a particularly violent motion or if you knock your headphones with your strokes you still might get some leakage, but by and large the whole thing works and seriously, once I stop needing to nurse my back along I'm not going to swim more than a couple of times a week anyway.
In any case, my swims have gotten a lot less boring, and more than once I've found myself swimming an extra couple of laps to finish the song I've been listening to, so it's definitely changed lap swimming from "boring" to bearable. Recommended.
on June 15, 2014
BOUGHT AS A GIFT TO MYSELF. USED 5 TIMES BEFORE THE ARM ATTACHMENT SNAPPED OFF. note: I water walk- meaning my head is above water at all times. not even the rigors of swimming and these STILL BREAK after minimal use. SO, HEY, A RUBBERBAND DID THE TRICK..THEN..........THE WHOLE INTERNAL PART BREAKS DOWN AND WONT RE-CHARGE OR ACCEPT SONGS. NOTHING! I WOULD SAY "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR" BUT THESE ARE NOT CHEAP IN PRICE, JUST CHEAP IN CONSTRUCTION. 5 USES IN 33 DAYS MEANS NO REFUND EITHER SINCE THE PRECIOUS 30 DAY GUARANTEE IS/WAS UP. TOTAL DISAPOINTMENT. PYLE IS DEFINITLY A "PYLE" OF SOMETHING