AFTERSHOKZ Xtrainerz Open-Ear MP3 Swimming Bone Conduction Headphones with 4GB memory, Black Diamond
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- Design for Swimming. IP68 Waterproof. Compatitable with swim goggle, cap, and earplugs Plenty of bass and volume underwater with Dedicated equalization 4GB Memory SUPPORTS MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV,AND FLAC AUDIO FORMATS Eliminate painful experience caused by in-ear headphones, Fit securely even with intensive body movement 8 hours playback time, workout without your phone
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Product detailsColor:Black Diamond
- Batteries : 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required.
- Product Dimensions : 13.5 x 9.36 x 16.9 cm; 30 Grams
- Date First Available : 15 January 2020
- Manufacturer : SHENZHEN VOXTECH CO.,LTD
- ASIN : B07PPD1PZ8
- Item model number : AS700
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- Design for Swimming. IP68 Waterproof. Compatitable with swim goggle, cap, and earplugs
- Plenty of bass and volume underwater with Dedicated equalization
- 4GB Memory SUPPORTS MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV,AND FLAC AUDIO FORMATS
- Eliminate painful experience caused by in-ear headphones, Fit securely even with intensive body movement
- 8 hours playback time, workout without your phone
Color: Black Diamond
Package Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.4 x 3.7 inches
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I'm an avid runner and triathlete. Swimming has been my least favorite part of training for triathlons, and I never really enjoy swimming. This past summer I had a running injury and I still cannot run or bike from it (I can barely put weight on my foot). I finally decided to start mainly swimming since it is the only cardio I can really do right now, just 2 times a week. I was fighting myself to get up in the morning and not looking forward to swimming. These changed everything.
About the headphones:
First workout I was planning to do 2,000 yards. I felt so good I doubled it to 4,000 and I felt great. The headphones are super clear to hear in the water, even while wearing ear plugs (I get ear infections so I have to swim with ear plugs). I can easily changed songs, volume, playlists, etc. I was worried about a steeper price of $150, but it was 100% worth it. It changed my attitude from disliking swimming and skipping workouts, to enjoying it and pushing myself harder. These are definitely helping to keep me in shape.
Now, if you are buying these to primarily use outside of the pool, maybe look at a different pair of AfterShokz (maybe Aeropex). These do not have Bluetooth (so you have to upload songs directly to them from the computer) and the quality of sound outside of the pool is likely better with other pairs. I still plan on biking with these since they allow me to hear my surroundings and I don't want to spend another chunk of money. Also, some comments do not think the volume is loud enough. I disagree, for me it is loud enough for sure.
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-Plug and play! No signal to worry about.
-It's waterproof! (I don't swim like the target audience, but I LOVE listening to these in the shower.
-Far better than the Aftershokz Trekz as far as sound quality. (Better sound. Clearer sound. Deeper bass. Doesn't vibrate as much. Even though the music is clearer, the outside world is still just as clear, meaning it's much more discreet at work, and I don't have to compromise enjoying the music and worrying if I'll have to take them off and say "Huh?" Both the music and ability to hear are better and clearer.
-AND far better build quality. (They are much lighter and much more comfortable. Don't slip around. The buttons are also more comfortable, and there is actually a BACK button this time.
-The downside to the plug and play thing, is that obviously, since it's only MP3 with no screen, it will remind you of an old mp3 player, or an iPod Shuffle. It's not bad, and done fairly well, but anyone who is sighted and not used to navigating with only audio, will probably hate it.
-There is only 4GB. (Which they say is about 1,200 songs). For the average adult that would be fine, but for me, and many other music beasts like me, it is not enough. To get an idea, I currently have 2114 songs in my iTunes library, and plenty on a list that I need to download. I also am in love with my large collection of carefully grown and crafted. I have just under a hundred playlists, and about at least 10 of them have hundreds of songs. (To be clear, that's not weird or unusual at all. Many people keep hundreds to thousands of songs in a library and organize their music carefully. And I have already seen a few complaints about it.) I like to organize mine by fluidity (of rhythm, melody, voice quality, mood etc.) Needless to say, chopping down my selection of music to about nearly a third was slightly painful.
-Playlist creation is tedious and not intuitive at all. The only way to create playlists is using folders. It seems intuitive to just drop mp3 files into a folder and call it a day but there are two problems with that. (#1.) As I said, I have hundreds of playlists, and blind, voice navigation through the (only about 15 playlists that I could fit) is exhausting, and there is no back button when navigating folders. So, if you make a mistake skipping over the one that you want, you will have to go all the way back around.) (#2.) The average (I even downloaded another) file explorer cannot handle play-listing the same way media players do. You will have to fight the auto arrangements (such as date added, alphabetically by name etc.) You will end up having to fight for loopholes. AND even when you finally have your playlist ordered correctly, it won't organize the actual folders differently. (So say I finally got it to organize the music by date created, but the folders by alphabetical order. It won't. It's one or the other. (#3.) It recognizes subfolders as regular ones. (So for example, I tried to divide my rock playlists into subgenres/eras. There is no parent folder recognized. They are still seen like regular folders.)
THAT BEING SAID: Although it does still have that Beta version vibe (excuse my nerdiness), it IS their first crack at an MP3 version, AND the Aftershokz team has posted everywhere that they are working on a better model, their main problem being "Bluetooth/visual selection" VS "MP3 freedom/waterproof" So while I sit back and enjoy this wonderful pair, I'll be waiting anxiously for any improved versions. It would be cool to see some kind of ("online/offline mode") where you can connect it to bluetooth to browse visually and listen to online media, but still be able to disconnect from bluetooth and return to mp3, leaving off at the song you've selected.
The cons list looks much greater since I went into detail, but in reality it's not. I still love this so much and it is a life changer. If you're not spooked by audio selection and won't be devastated by 4gb (great for the average person) then BUY IT! (Plus: If you find you don't like it, their customer is fantastic.) So GET IT. TRY IT OUT.
The first attempt, a Pyle PSWP6BK, died after 3 months. It stopped taking a charge and melted one day. I was able to get okay sound, but it would inevitably fill with water in one ear and become inaudible. Pyle wouldn't respond to my requests for warranty replacement.
The next attempt was a H2O Audio player and none of the many earpieces would seal. After a few laps I found the earbuds dragging behind me in the water serving no useful purpose.
These Aftershokz Xtrainerz are amazing. The sound is decent, considering it's passing through your bone and not your ear canal. Best of all -- butterfly, flip-turns, you name it -- NOTHING changed the sound. I swam with the provided earplugs although underwater the sound is the same without them. It's just not as consistent since it becomes more quiet when your ears drain the water (just the opposite problem as in-ear earbuds).
The only cons are the rather high price and only 4GB of storage. I would also like bluetooth (not a feature in this model) so I could use these for running with my Galaxy Watch, since it's nice to hear ambient sounds as well as the music. Still, for swimming this is a great find, and it's worth every penny not having to stop and blow the water out of the earpieces every few laps.