When choosing an underwater MP3 player, consider what medium of sound transmission you want the MP3 player to have, decide how you want to wear the MP3 player, consider the storage capacity and supported formats, and ensure it has user-friendly controls and sufficient battery life.
Nowadays, durability and convenience are some of the most important features that people look for in a product. Electronic items are not exempt from these consumer preferences. This is also one reason why innovative products like aquapac and other waterproof cases especially designed for protecting electronic devices have seen growing demand in a market that didn’t exist decades ago. If you are one of those people who are fond of water sports and want an MP3 player you can take with you underwater, here are some tips that can help you choose the best underwater MP3 player:
Consider what medium of sound transmission you want the MP3 player to have
Underwater MP3 players incorporate sound transmission technologies that are specially made for underwater environments. You must decide which type of sound transmission will suit you and your budget. Older versions of underwater MP3 players use ear plugs for transmitting sounds. These ear plugs are designed to seal the ears of the swimmer. However, some users have complained of water leaks and difficulty hearing while swimming. Newer underwater MP3 models use bone-conduction technology that transmits sound through the user’s ear bone or jaw. This makes it possible for the user to hear sounds clearly without the inconvenience of having something placed in or on one’s ear. This also allows the wearer to still hear sounds in their environment even while the MP3 player is turned on. The downside is that the bone-conduction devices are not designed for use outside the water; hence, they may not deliver the same efficient performance. They are also considerably more expensive than traditional headphones.
Decide how you want to wear the MP3 player
Underwater MP3 players are typically designed to stay securely with the user without requiring him or her to hold the device. From MP3 players that can be strapped around your body to those that can be clipped to your goggles to devices that are built into the goggles themselves, there are lots of options that you can choose from. The important thing is that the underwater MP3 player you choose is comfortable for you.
Consider the storage capacity and supported formats
The MP3 player must have sufficient memory to store all the music files you want to play. But remember that it might not be practical to have a high storage capacity for your MP3 player if you are only planning to use it for limited underwater excursions. You should also choose an MP3 player that will be able to support all the music formats that you are listening to such as WMA, OGG and ACC. Having an MP3 player that supports a wide range of formats will save you the trouble of having to convert your music files.
Make sure it has user-friendly controls and sufficient battery life
The MP3 player you choose must have controls that are easy to operate underwater. It might be a good idea to look for a device you can easily operate even if you aren’t looking at the buttons or keys. Additionally, the battery life of your choice must be able to last as long as the time you spend underwater.
Underwater devices are designed to be convenient and durable, so these two features must always be considered in one’s choice of underwater MP3 players.