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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This item Speedo Aquabeat 1.0 1GB Waterproof MP3 Player, Black
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|Sold By||—||Luxe Living||Underwater Audio||DinoSonics|
|Color||Black||Blue||—||B - Black|
|Item Dimensions||7 x 12 x 3 in||0.63 x 2.6 x 1.57 in||0.9 x 2.4 x 1.3 in||3.7 x 1.8 x 4.7 in|
|Item Weight||3.2 ounces||1.5 ounces||0.63 ounces||4 ounces|
|Supported Standards||MP3||MP3, WMA||MP3, WMA||—|
Speedo Aquabeat MP3 Player is waterproof up to 3 meters making it perfect for listening to your favorite music during all water activities. Its compact design with a sleek sophisticated look features ergonomic easy-to-use buttons no matter what the activity and includes multiple sizes of ear buds for a comfortable, custom fit. It attaches easily to swim suits, goggles, board shorts, bikinis, wetsuits, athletic apparel or winter clotting. It supports MP3 and WMA files and stores up to 250 MP# and 500 WMA files with its 1GB memory. The Aquabeat is so well designed it even floats making for an easy recovery in a pool, river, lake, or ocean. Due to its superior design and construction, it has a full one year warranty.
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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. Create your MP3 songs (Rip a CD specifying rip to MP3 file) or simply download some from Internet. The Aquabeat will connect as a removeable disk drive. So just use Explorer to select the files to copy and drop them or paste them to the Aquabeat. It's really fast!
Pros: Fantastic Sound -- maximum volume is much greater than needed, Easy to operate (start, stop, control volume, skip songs, repeat a song) while in the water AND still swimming, ear buds do not come out unless ear canal is already wet (take a hanky along to the pool), Easy to load with music.
Cons: I am practically deaf in one ear and wish there were a volume balance -- even a one-time setup for volume in each ear would work).
This is a fantastic product that has made swimming really great. Swimming to the beat of the music keeps my speed up and allows me to swim at a constant pace. In the two months I have had this I reduced my 2-mile time by 8 minutes -- I no longer think of getting tired!
Hope this is of assistance to your purchase and even more so to using this product.
Oops. I'm the husband of Constant Reader Nancy. This was a gift from her.
Update: I finally discovered that not only am I hard of hearing in one ear, but the one speaker in the earphones was producing only about 25% loudness compared to the other. Kudos to Speedo -- I had new earphones in 2 days after calling them. The earphones have a 90-day warranty.
I am continually impressed with the Aquabeat. Since this April report, I have swum another 600+ miles with my favorite music. So far, the only flaw has been the headsets. The first was reported above. The second, a replacement from Speedo also died the same way after about 2-3 months (approx. 90 hours). So I ordered a new headset -- H2O Audio Surge -- only to have them fail similarly (partial sound in one earphone, plus a short that constantly interfered with constant play). Just received a replacement from them today. Now, here's the good news: I took the 2nd Speedo headset, opened the speaker casing and firt tried stuffing it with cotton. After it failed again, I discovered that it was getting water inside, so I stuffed the casing with plumber's putting instead. Now, for the last month everything is again PERFECT. Maybe a solution to the pesky headset problems. End Result: All smiles and Bob Marley et. al. get me through my swim sessions.
Oops! First MP3 just went belly up. After over 1000 miles of swimming, I tried for the last time to connect the MP3 to my PC. After THOUROUGHLY trying everything on the Aquabeat Support website, I tested their HUMAN support to no benefit to me. It was hopeless to find someone who was a real technician. Support's conclusion was it had to be the USB cable. I had already tested the USB cable, at least the power from it while attached, and it was ok. Since the problem happened gradually, each time being harder to connect and stay connected, it died totally. Since I liked the Aquabeat so much I ignored the fact that it lasted ONLY 15 MONTHS. But, my 15 months resulted in over 1000 miles and about 65-70 connections. Still, I expected it to CONNECT more than that. So, I moved my rating down to a 4. Well, my new, 2G Aquabeat came and I proved my conclusion that the Aquabeat circuitry involved with PC connection was damaged. My OLD USB cable worked fine with NEW MP3. My NEW USB cable failed the same way with OLD Mp3. I suppose I'll tinker with the old one since the warranty was only 12 months, however, here is how I see the Aquabeat now:
Still fine product -- unless you swim like me (1 hour/day, 6 days/week), you should see a better life then 15 months. Hopefully I will on the new one. btw, the old one still has power and still playing -- at least I can salvage the lithium battery from it. And, when you can buy a 2GB for less that a 1GB, the loss of the old one doesn't hurt so much. Especially when I got a new headset (the first problem you may hit unless you follow the tips I provided, like ALWAYS dry your inner ear with hanky BEFORE inserting the ear buds). Stay tuned for another update in about 6 months.
The software interface is pretty terrible, too. There's a gig of space, yes, but the software crashed every time I tried to use it to order songs on the player. I ended up bypassing the software and just doing drag and drop, and only loading about 1 album's worth of songs at any time because the copying is just so agonizingly slow. Still couldn't control the play order.
In summary, if the earbuds work for you, the AquaBeat would be an adequate product. It is much cheaper than the Finis Swimp3, which has similar shortcomings in the computer interface, confusing user operation when in use, and a terrible battery life. However, if the Aquabeat earbuds don't make a water-tight seal with your ear, everything else is moot. I got the Finis instead, in the end, and I'm learning to work around its problems, because the fundamental bone conduction technology does work.
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