5 Stars By monkdam on 2017-04-11
Great product; but variable pricing?? Updated 4/17
These are great value for the lap swimming in a pool that I do with my wife. We've used this product for years and are loyal customers.
I bought two pair in 2012 for $11 each. I bought 2 more pair last week for $9.99 each. Wanted to buy 2 spares, so I went to buy them again today and they are over $13 apiece ...
So I guess I'm going to wait and wonder if I am somehow being targeted with variable pricing, which seems to be the fad of many a business, all trying to replicate the airline industry ticket pricing schemes.
I guess it's good for all of us customers to be vigilant and not buy or rebuy without paying attention to what we're being charged.
Today's technology is smart enough to charge us each different prices -- based on our collective past purchases and whether where we are price sensitive or price indifferent.
Bottom line regarding this product; the headphones are a winner. I just don't want to pay more just a few days apart. Hint: I am price sensitive : )
4/17/2017 update: price dropped to 10.85 per, so I pulled trigger and bought my two replacements. Very interesting to pay attention to weekly or even daily price changes.
4 Stars By Jay in the OC on 2015-05-31
Good value in swimming headphones
I have tried many of the waterproof headphones that are sold on BTA-MALL (for under forty dollars) and have found these to be the best value for the money. The sound is fairly good if you choose the right size earpiece and push it into your ear canal properly. You know that you’ve done it correctly when you can hear some decent bass in the music from both ears. If you don’t do this correctly they will sound tinny and water will get in your ear canal. For best sound try putting a dab of Vaseline on the sides of the earpiece to help them to slide deeper into your ear canal and give a better seal. They definitely sound better in the water than on land (in fact, I wouldn’t use them out of the water because there are many better choices in non-waterproof headphones).
The only issues I have with these are that the cord is way too long, the earpieces will eventually start getting struck in yours ears when you remove them and they typically last about 6 months before one of the channels go out due to fairly cheap build quality. The cord problem is solved by coiling it and using a Velcro strip to secure the extra coiled portion to your google strap. I would recommend super gluing the earpieces to prevent them from getting stuck in your ears. I swim 5 times a week with these headphones and have had 4 pairs wear out over the past 2 years. Also, I don’t use the molded earpiece as it does not stay in place in the water and is not necessary.
The black ones are typically a couple of dollars cheaper than the white ones but I have owned both and they perform identically.
4 Stars By LapSwimmer on 2017-01-05
Great for the price
Great quality for the price. I've had FAR more expensive ones that didn't sound nearly as good. Remember that you are not going to get GREAT sound quality from waterproof earbuds- This is about as good as you can expect.
One tip- DO NOT pull the wires to get them out of your ear, it will shorten their life considerably. Also, the tips do tend to come off on occasion in the ear, it's a result of a very tight fit that keeps the water out. For this reason, I carry a pair of tweezers in my swim bag so I can get them out of my ear.
The only thing that I hate about these is the cord length- It's way too long for swimming, so you've got to coil it up somehow... I have fixed that with mine by shortening the cord, it only takes a couple of minutes and a bit of solder and shrink tubing. There are PLENTY of tutorials on the web about soldering headphone cords if you don't know how to do it. It makes a good pair of headphones GREAT.
The white 'ear thingies' are removable easily, I take them off as I find that I don't need them.
5 Stars By Ian Watson on 2017-10-02
This product works as advertised. - Great for swimming
This product works as advertised
You just need to ensure you find the right bud size for your ears and ensure you insert them in the ear canal properly ( not too deeply)
I use it for swimming and what I did is roll up the extra cord into a bundle and use an elastic band to secure it, then I get a second one and secure the bundle to the music player. Works great for swimming, better than the one that came with waterproof player.
2 Stars By Bonnie Blink on 2014-06-12
I wanted to like these, but………..
It's difficult to find a waterproof earbud. I've purchased two sets of this model in the past 14 months to go with my iPod Shuffle while swimming. Each has failed. The first set lost one channel after 11 months. The second set lost one channel after two months. None was returnable or exchangeable. You get what you pay for and this is certainly inexpensive enough, but it's also 'cheap' and not built to last. I don't know what is built to last. Be careful how much pressure you apply inserting the bud into your ear. If you seek to make a water resistant seal against the ingress of water into the ear canal the rubber earbuds have a tendency to become separated from the speaker and become lodged inside your ear canal when you attempt to remove the 'phones. Adding a layer of petroleum jelly to the rubber earbud did not make any difference. Cannot recommend this product. Sound quality is also very thin and bright.
2 Stars By Michael Goodison on 2016-11-30
There are better cheap ear buds out there
Have had for almost 1 year now. I needed a cheap set of earbuds to wear while I workout, and sweat profusely. I had no expectation that these would provide symphony hall quality sound. They don't, but the quality is good enough for exercising. The ear clip doesn't hang on my ear very well, and there is nothing unusual about my ear. Initially, it is hardest to "hang" the ear clip in place and keep the ear bud inserted in my ear. I get it worked out after a minute or so, but it's more hassle than it's worth. The problem lies in that the ear bud is not solidly attached to the ear clip. The wire, that ultimately plugs into your audio device, slides through the ear clip. I guess this is to allow someone with gargantuan ears to use the product, but it is definitely a shortfall.
5 Stars By Alex Cochran on 2017-09-03
Hey, that's pretty good!
About what you would expect for the price: Pretty good! There were different sized ear pieces that can be swapped with the current ones, and with my experience, the buds stay in during flip turns. I would advise that you wear a cap, and the ear clips slide off easily during flip turns. The vid itself will stay in, but the ear clips will not stay on. Other than that, the sound quality is great, and overall, they're a great deal. Buyer reached out to me, and asked me personally how I enjoyed the product. I like the length of the wire, and the earbuds can be adjusted. I've got a long head, and a long torso. I'm 6'4, and these are pretty great any excess wire can also be tucked away in your swim cap. Thanks for the great product, keep it up!
3 Stars By Pony on 2016-01-05
Good price, they work, but the design is meh.
These are inexpensive. That's their plus side. They do not 'clip' around the ears tightly, which is needed for swimming. The part that goes into your ear is all well and good, but it's the black bar area you see that's pretty much completely worthless in this design. Also, it comes with a cord that is ridiculously too long. You have to wind it all up and then clasp it with a hair tie or something and then clip it under your goggle strap - aka the same location your music player is being clipped. So you need a goggle strap with 2 straps, one for each, or this is a mess.
It is a MUST that you get a swimming cap you pair with this that comfortably encompasses the whole ear. You'll want one that has the 'ridges' on the top and back to show it has room and won't pull/ride up as you swim. This way the cap will 'seal' the earpiece in place and keep it from being pulled out by water drag.
So if you combo it like that, it becomes a solid combo. If you try and just wear these without a good cap, it's gonna annoy the piss outa you.
4 Stars By S. Reisman on 2015-11-06
THIS IS THE REVIEW TO READ
Looks guys, you have to understand something....these work VERY well and they actually fit, keep your ear canal relatively dry (once you determine which size rubber cone fits best for you) and compared to many other units (that cost considerably more) they work great. You'll still need to occasionally stop swimming in order to clear water build-up, it happens. I've had many pairs and spoken with other swimmers who've tried other pairs as well, these are pretty much the overall best but here are 2 key concepts you need to follow: 1) remove the hard-plastic J-shaped curve piece on each side, you carefully spread the channel and pull the wire out, this makes it fit much better, it's just the ear plug, no nonsense trying to wrap around the ear. Next, 2) it is a matter of time before the wire starts to degrade and one speaker will fail....CONSIDER THESE LIKE A DISPOSABLE RAZOR, they will not last terribly long (maybe 3-6 months depending on how gentle you are) but for the price you just roll with it. I actually keep one pair as a back-up and when I use the back-up I re-order another pair. Simple as that.
1 Stars By BOS2SRQ on 2015-12-13
Poor fit, poor quality.
Though I might have lived with the constant re-fitting of the ear-pieces during swimming (if you have small ears, this product is NOT for you as they WILL constantly slide off), after 5 swims with the headset, the audio on one side started fading in and out. This product is going back to BTA-MALL pronto..