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Finis SwiMP3.1G - Blue (Old Version)

by FINIS

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  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 15 x 10 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 1.30.030
  • ASIN: B002LBQWMG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 April 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,776 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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3.1 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Glen on 9 Feb. 2011
Finis should applauded for its innovative approach in developing new products to support swimmers and swimming training. They obviously eagerly experiment with and develop new ideas, and whilst this is no bad thing, their Finis SwiMP3.1G is in my experience of it simply that - an experiment in its current form rather than a viable product.

I train a great deal and so music is great motivational way to relieve the occasional boredom of long 1500m or 3000m swims, as well as helping with rhythm and stroke pace if the BPMs are right. So I had been using a Speedo Aquabeat - and it was pretty good in terms of sound quality in the water, if you can ignore the occasional discomfort from the earbuds, some dodgy software and the fact that it completely packed up after about a year of use.

The claims made for the Finis SwiMP3.1G sounded very appealing, and they seemed to be supported by many of the user reviews so I bought one a couple of weeks ago. I have used it on two separate swimming sessions in an indoor pool. My experience was disappointing and is summarised below:

1) Loading MP3s/mpegs was easy, and the operation of the buttons etc. is relatively intuitive. There are no headphones - the alternative here being the bone conduction technology, ie. the direct transmission of sound through the bones of the skull and jaw into the ear. The emitters are secured to either side of the head using the strap of your goggles. Note that the emitters occasionaly moved or became dislodged during tumble turns.

2) You can hear the music, although I had to turn it up to full volume to experience any real definition. The sound as experienced via "bone conduction" manages to be both dull and tinny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lauras on 12 Feb. 2011
Having tried this player I have to conclude that the "revolutionary bone conduction system" does not really work. You can listen to music under water but the sound is so bad, I do not know why anyone would.

When both units are under water you can hear the music. The quality is not very good though and the sound is far too quiet. Also, all other sounds (air bubbles, splashes etc) are amplified and are much louder that the music. The only solution is to use earplugs; they make all the sounds much quieter but you can still hear them. So there will be no earphones in your ears but there will be earplugs. Is Finis Swimp3 still so much superior to conventional waterproof mp3 players?

When even one unit is out of water the quality of sound becomes beyond bad - like you have tiny rubbish speakers attached to your head. Also, people around you can hear the music too. So if you want to rest from swimming for a couple of minutes you better turn the player off. Also, as you can imagine, it is not very good for breast stroke.

Additionally, the units are rather big and you will inevitably attract a lot of attention (more than you would attract with a conventional waterproof mp3 player). There is no choice of colour and white/blue units do not look very good when attached to (for instance) black swimming goggles.

I returned the player to amazon for a full refund (which I was promptly given) and bought Speedo Aquabeat that I have really enjoyed so far.

Pros:
No earphones

Cons:
Low sound quality and volume both in and out of water
Size
Necessity to use earplugs
Others can hear your music when the player is out of water
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MR C R MASSEY on 17 May 2011
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I have really tried to get on with these but to no avail. Can't think what I can be doing wrong. Shame as it does really not live up to the marketing blurb

#1 Causes Goggle to leak
When used with my favorite goggles it affects the way the goggles strap sit on my face. A good seal is therefore not created causing the goggle to leak. I have tried using several different goggles and the result is the same.

#2 Ambient noise
Remember that your normal MP3 earphones will fit "in the ear" and so cut down on ambient noise from the pool .... Not so with this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grasshopper on 6 Feb. 2011
I swim for exercise most days, and a lot of the time against a swim-jet, which means that my head is in more turbuence than it would be in open water. I like to listen to music while I do so, and have experimented extensively with in-the-ear and out-of-the-ear (like these) systems. I find the SwiMP3 the best solution - it is immune to the problems that you get if the fit of waterproof earphones is anything other than absolutely perfect (and although that can be achieved in calm water, its almost impossible swimming into a jet).
I am now on my second SwiMP3 player - the first was the previous generation model, which was short on memory and one of the clips eventually failed, but the new one is a great product. Although the cheek pieces are bulky, I prefer that to the size of the memory/battery unit on, for example, the Speedo Aquabeat (which I also own, but is big enough to become dislodged by the water pressure when swimming backstroke against the jet- no such problems with this unit).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiona T on 29 Jan. 2011
Did quite a bit of research before I decided that this would be the product for me. It's very easy to load with music and holds up to 250 songs - more than enough for my half mile a day swim. I found it better to wear it behind my ears rather than infront of my ears (on by cheek bones) because my goggles remained a better fit this way, and didn't let water in. The battery lasts up to 8 hours and I feel this product is really good value for the amount of use I get from it. This makes swimming more fun and I would hate to be without it now.
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