Bought these last week as part of a product not yet offered on amazon, the ish-2, a h3 headphone coupled to a case for the shuffle. While the setup is slightly different (the ipod case attached to the back of the headband, very short headphone wires, etc), i read at least one review here that complained about their small ears not fitting the little rubber dohickey’s on the ear buds. The first time was a pain in the ‘r’ear (ha), the second time they worked great. I took the ear bud off of the detachable headband (i’m assuming this is the same on the standard h3’s, like the written description here) and attached them to the upper strap of my googles. I put the lower google strap over the little stem that comes off of the to hold them lightly in place in my ears. That works better for me than to keep shoving the water-sealing plugs. A little water will flow into my ear sometimes on a flipturn, but it will generally flow right back out after several strokes, and the sound returns to normal quality. Overall, i don’t have to mess with them very much, you can easily wait to adjust or mess with them until you’re done with a particular set.
Work great they come with two pair of bud covers. Careful when placing the covers on the bud, because they can easily tear. The sound is great, so long as you don’t try to push the ear piece deep down into the ear. I use them with h2o for the shuffler.
They work as advertised, couple with my otterbox for ipod nano. Would give five stars except the headphone speakers tend to pivot just a bit while swimming, requiring an occasional readjustment. The harness stays secure on my ears while i am doing freestyle laps and they are in no danger at all of coming off. I clip the otterbox onto the back of my shorts, and the coiled wire from the headphones trails down my back to the nano. Wires are out of the way and won’t get tangled at all. The seal seems to work for me, though sometimes it works a little loose–a small amount of water can get in the ear, but not very much. Again, a readustment seems to do the trick. Above water sound quality is tinny; when in the water, the water seems to make a seal on your ear and the quality is quite good, plenty enough to enjoy your music.
Key specs for H2O Audio H3 Waterproof Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer):
- Waterproof headset with silicone earplugs
- Waterproof to 10 feet with H2O Audio Waterproof Housing
- Modular design lets you use the H3 as a set of behind-the-neck headphones, or standard earbuds
- Coiled cable for continually adjustable slack and elimination of tangles
- Standard 3.5mm plug for wide compatibility
Comments from buyers
“Underwater headphones, understood
, These are OK.
, Great product – But be patient
First, a quick description of how i use the product: i swim every morning for about 30 minutes (at an average pace) with 10 minutes of sprint intervals at the conclusion of my workout. I also do some training using a kickboard. The initial problem you will find with the headphones is getting a snug/waterproof fit. The first couple days i was somewhat frustrated until i figured out a way that worked for me. I chose not to use the brace/headband that comes with it, i found it to move as my body moved, which pulled the earplugs out of my ears. Also, at first i tried ramming the plugs deep in my ear thinking this would create a better waterproof barrier. I then, stuck them lightly in my ears creating a slight suction, which worked well. Another thing i found helpful was to tuck the wire/clip from the headphones into the band of my goggles (on the backside of my head) so it wouldnt lay on my back/neck causing the wire to pull the headphones out when i turned my head. The bottom line, when fitting your headphones, is to remember that everyones head, ears, swimming style/stroke is different and it may take a little while to find what works for you.
Overall they serve their purpose. They are a bit tight on my head, and that makes them a little uncomfortable at first but they seemed to stretch out. They sound ok, but not great. They actually sound better underwater.
I have re-started swimming for triathlon training (after almost a 20-year layoff), and these have made the workouts tolerable. (i love biking and running – just not swimming. )the sound is nothing to rave about, but it’s certainly enough as your head is in and out of the water. Sometimes the sound is tinny. Sometimes you get enough water in your ear to completely block it out; then you just clear your ear and the sound comes back. I highly recommend these for water sports if you must have tunes. Don’t expect high-dollar, high-quality sound; that doesn’t exist in the water, unless you’re a humpback whale. You can expect to enjoy your tunes in an environment for which they were never created, and i applaud that.
These were bought to go with the waterproof case and after reviewing the previous model i decided these were a better bet. . I found that if your head is slightly larger (7 3/4) they fit really snuggly. . They sound great and work well it just takes some getting used to.
Headphones work pretty well. They sound better underwater than out of the water. My exhale bubbles drown out the sound of audiobooks playing at comfortable volumes, but it may get better as i become a better lap swimmer. I haven’t quite perfected getting them to seal to my ears correctly. It is tricky enough that in the two attempts i have tried, i have had to fiddle with them both times. Construction seems good, although the rubber headphone seals will probably fall of and get lost at some point, so i will probably be looking for replacements before that happens. Overall, they make swimming enjoyable and allow me to get more done, which is exactly why i purchased them.
They serve the purpose i needed them for.
Since i havent tried these in wet environment yet, i cannot write review of thier waterproof properties. Instead i’ll review its indoor use. I tried these as an alternative to the expensive in-ear isolation earphones. Using the earphones with the silicone tips blocked most of the noise, and with music playing background noise practically disappeared — even blaring tv surround sound speakers in the next room. I found a better fit by turning the headband upside down so the frame is below the ears instead of over the ears. Also push the headphones in the ears so they make a nice seal and adjusting the graphic equalizer on my pc sound settings made a diference in the tone qualities of the music. The coiled wire is was way too short and i used a basic 6 foot headphone extention wire to use on the computer.
I was a little concerned after reading the reviews for the other h2o audio headphones. People said the sound got muffled when water got in your ears. I have not found that at all with these. They help keep water out of my ears and are very comfortable. I use them with the otterbox waterproof ipod case and i love that too.
I enjoy these waterproof headphones, the one and only problem that i have experienced; sometime the sound is baffled because the audio ear buds will get filled with water and the sound has a background effect. But all in all the headphone works great. I have been telling and showing other concerning this product, even the good service i received in the shipping of my order from amazon.
I use these headphones with an otterbox case — for swimming and water aerobics.
A little uncomfortable at first, difficult to get used to. But the best feature, is they stay in your ears no matter what. And the sound is pretty good, too.
I used these with my otterbox. They worked fine and sound quality as expected (didn’t expect bose sound quality), but i have changed to the finis mp3 player because i can never find waterproof earplugs that don’t hurt. I have little ears (5’4” woman) and although they adjust they still don’t adjust small enough around my head. Maybe they would stay on better if you could wear it like a headband?.Or they probably would have worked if you could take the plastic part off that goes around the back of your head, but you can’t because the wires are molded into it at the back. It was so big that it would flop around at the back of my head. Also the part that goes in the ear was too big and too long. I tried cutting the plastic down that goes in the ear and that helped some. Over all if i was a 6′ tall man they probably would stay on better.
I bought this as an upgrade from the h2 headsets (the white ones) – just as the previous generation these work well and appear solid (i use these kitesurfing and they stay firmly in place). The headset is comfortable overall. The sound quality is better than the h2 (more depth), but it is still not comparable to the apple headphones. There is a somewhat hall-like effect in it, that depending on your activity changes (sounds very different submerged). Overall a good product that does the job.
They do take some getting used to. Not the most comfortable headphones. But, they do get the job done.
I have the previous version of these head phones. The sound quality is better on the older headphones, but the comfort is much better on these. The strap is still uncomfortable. I use both sets without the neck strap. I do wish these had the ‘ear wraps’ that the other ones had, to hold them a little better. There are days that they work well and sit well and there are other days that they drive me crazy. I love the concept, and when the work well, i can swim twice as long. I definitely love having them for swimming.
I turn a lot of people onto the whole listening to music while swimming, the one thing i’ve learned is that every headphone works differently for each individual, what works great for one person may not work well for another. You definitely have to experiment with different units, so keep your receipt, make sure you can return it and be prepared to sort-out the mixthe h3 headphones are my favorite, but i immediately detach them from that ridiculous headband; the headband just annoys you as you turn your head (bilateral breathing) as you swim, so i get rid of the plastic headband and have them each individual. I then take the silicone rubber ear-pieces from another manufacturer and use those (i have a small ear canal). When i wear them, i have the stems stick upwards and tuck them under the strap of my goggles. This has proven to be the all-around most comfortable and reliable way to keep the headphones in my ear and water out. The h3’s have a rich all-around sound and the cord is very durable. Be aware that you should always avoid pulling on the wire/cable. This is where the units will eventually fail; you’ll notice one headphone not working and then as you jiggle the wire it’ll come on & off: your connection has broken and it’s over. So, experiement with different units, definitely don’t hesitate to remove the ear-pieces from the neck bracket (those brackets always feel bulky & annoying) and even consider mixing & matching components until you find what works for you.
They work okay underwater but the connection from the headset to the base unit is rather inconsistent. I have to twist the cable and base to get to work correctly. It the connection stays put underwater you still have to deal with the muffled sound pretty often. The thing is there aren’t many underwater ipod nano 3rd gen units out there so i am happy that i own this one. Make sure to double check the seal before you close the unit and make sure water didn’t get in after your first daily soak because i did have it leak on the once during the first few weeks. Thankfully after a quick dying and praying it worked again.
I dont know what some of these people are talking about. The first time i used these headphones they worked great. Yeah, i had to make a couple ofadjustments at the end of the lane, but thats okay. All in all, i am thrilled that i can now swim and listen to music. Something i was not able to do before and made myself stay in the water just to get it done, but now its funit is important to note that these headphones are supposed be fitted below your neck and not around the base of your head, so there is plenty of movement allowed this way, or just remove the fixed part of them and use them as earbuds and they work, too.
I bought this to use during the rain. So far, i haven’t had a chance to use them that way. The sound is ok, but metallic and they are somewhat uncomfortable. You have to really work with the adjustments to keep them from feeling as though they are cutting into your ears, but if they are waterproof, i’ll be happy enough.
I would recommend the h20 underwater headphones. Just get them snugly in your ears before getting them wet or you might struggle with the water in your ears canceling out the sound a little. Very comfy and i can’t wear regular earbuds because they fall out easy.
I have both these and the aquapac headphones for swimming. I rated the aquapacs 4 stars because the sound is great, even though they pop out of your ears if you don’t wear a cap to help keep them in place. These h3 headphones stay in your ears, but they don’t keep the water out that well, so sound is not that great. The volume changes as the water moves in and out of your ear. The earpiece itself is comfortable to stuff in your ear canal, but on my head the plastic headpiece that holds the phones pinches on my ear after a while. Maybe its just too small for my fat head. And, as other reviews have mentioned, you have to wear the headpiece upside down, or it likely won’t fit at all. Still, these things work underwater so you can swim with music, and thats what matters.