1)Shokz OpenSwim: The best swimming cap

Shokz OpenSwim is a bone conduction swimming helmet. Behind this unpronounceable name lies the most complete product in its category. Lightweight, comfortable, sound quality, easy to use… It really is the perfect MP3 headset for swimming in the pool or on the sea. When unpacked, the product immediately catches the eye. The presentation is neat. In the package we find an OpenSwim helmet, a USB charging base, swimming earplugs, a small and practical carrying case, a user manual in French, a 2-year warranty card and a gift swimming cap.
During testing, I was impressed with the sound quality of this Shokz OpenSwim headset. With bone conduction construction, the sound is crystal clear. It’s even better when you put your head under the water. The listening quality remains excellent even when water gets into the ears.

The design is very different from other models. It is comfortable to wear. This lightweight helmet sits on the temples above the ears. Right out of the box, they are far less annoying than in-ear headphones, which can easily get in the way or cause ear pain while swimming. Stays in place while swimming. This waterproof swimming cap can be worn with a swimming cap and goggles. OpenSwim is IP68 certified and can be used at depths up to 2 meters for 2 hours. It can go into sea water.

OpenSwim offers 4 GB of disk space. Like other models, it connects to a computer via USB. When tested on a Mac, connecting and transferring files was a breeze. The headphones appear as a hard drive on the desktop when connected to a computer.

Thus, you can copy up to 800 MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, WAV and FLAC AUDIO songs to the player. Xtrainerz does not support iTunes files directly.

It takes some time, but it is possible to convert files to MP3 format using an online tool such as Online Audio Converter. Since this is a non-Bluetooth MP3 player, this headset does not support Spotify or Deezer.
The autonomy of these swimming caps is up to 8 hours of use. Charging is via a small USB charging dock. You can increase the volume with a small volume button. By pressing this button for 3 seconds, you can change the playback intervals.

In my opinion, the only drawback of this helmet is the small size of its control buttons. You don’t need your thumbs to turn it on or turn the volume up or down.

Overall, I have found these swim caps to be very successful. This is the model that provides the best sound quality in the water and is the most comfortable to use while swimming. The suitcase is convenient to take it with you to the pool. If you’re willing to spend the extra $50, Shokz OpenSwim is well worth it.

2)Sony NW-WS414B: Sony swimming caps

Sony NW-WS414B is a swimming headset with protection against sea water, dust and sand (IPX65/68). These waterproof headphones can be used for swimming in the sea or in the pool, as well as for running. This waterproof MP3 player offers 8 GB of music storage. This is more than enough, because it makes it possible to memorize about 1600 musical names.

It comes with 4 different sizes of swim earbuds and 3 sizes of standard type earbuds. The earbuds for swimming are covered with a thin film so that water cannot penetrate them. Sony offers a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty on these headphones.

The Sony NW-WS414B works like a classic MP3 player. To recharge it and copy its music to this waterproof walkman, it must be connected to a computer via USB. This waterproof MP3 player does not receive FM radio and it is not a bluetooth headset.
To transfer music tracks, it is necessary to install the Music Transfer for PC or Content Transfer software on Mac on your computer as explained in the Sony online help.

Once this utility is installed and the headphones are connected to the computer, it is possible to drag and drop MP3 files from Windows Explorer or using the Finder on Mac or from other sources such as iTunes, Windows Media Player , Media Go… The playback of many formats also allows you to play WMA, AAC-LC or L-PCM music files.

Setting up these waterproof headphones is quite simple. It is essential to choose the right size of swim tips for a good fit in the ears.

You may need to choose a different earbud size for each ear because not all ears are the same size. If the earbuds are placed correctly and the right size, water will not enter through the space between your ears and the headphones.

Thanks to its ergonomics with an adjustable headband around the neck, the helmet holds quite well even while swimming. You can tighten this Walkman further on the ears by using the adjustment strap provided. These headphones are rather light (32g) and pleasant to wear.
The Sony NW-WS414B offers good audio quality. However, the sound is not very loud due to listening under water. These swimming earphones rather give a sound atmosphere.

The sound can even be muffled when swimming if there is a slight gap between your ears and the headphones. The earbuds must be placed properly to prevent water from entering.

Otherwise, the ambient sound mode is handy. It uses the microphones built into the left and right sides of the headphones. Activating the ambient noise mode allows you to listen to music in complete safety while remaining attentive to surrounding noise.

The controls of the Sony NW-WS414B are placed on the right and left side of the headset. They require a little time to adapt because they are small and very close together.

The controls on the right side allow you to skip to the next or previous track or jump to another playlist. A control on the left side allows you to choose between shuffle or loop playback.

Battery life is more than adequate with 12 hours of listening time. This helmet therefore allows you to do several swimming sessions during the week. An indicator light on the right side of this Walkman indicates battery status.

To charge the player, you must use the supplied USB cradle. Before charging the battery, check that the Walkman is not wet. The charging time is quite short because it only takes 1h30 for a full recharge.

The Sony NW-WS414B is fully waterproof. It can be submerged to a depth of 2 meters and will remain functional for up to 30 minutes, even in salt water. These aquatic headphones are therefore suitable for swimming in the pool or at sea.

After use in salt water, the Walkman should be washed according to the instructions provided. It is possible to use these headphones for running as well.

In summary, the Sony NW-WS414B are among the best wireless headphones for swimming in the pool. These headphones stay in place, the water does not enter the ears, the autonomy is correct and the sound is good.

3)AGPTEK S07: Waterproof MP3 Player

The AGPTEK S07 is a waterproof MP3 player that costs less. It is 100% waterproof and water resistant (IPX-8 standard). It allows you to listen to music while swimming even in apnea. In a very compact format, this waterproof MP3 player attaches to swimming goggles on the back of the head. The sound quality is not as good as with the Shokz OpenSwim.

This waterproof MP3 player is simple to use. The AGPTEK S07 is compatible with both Mac and Windows systems. It works like a USB key with 8 GB of memory. This allows you to take up to 2000 songs with you. It must be connected to a computer via the USB cable to copy music tracks in MP3 or WMA format. It is a swimming music player with shuffle function. It does not pick up FM radio.

The AGPTEK S07 has good battery life as the battery lasts about two weeks between charges (when swimming every day). The average autonomy observed is 18 hours. The design is special

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