Best headphone for swimming:H2O audio sonar pro review
Nov 02,2023 | David
The H2O audio sonar pro is a substantial technological advance from the iPod shuffle days. These wireless earphones rely upon bone conduction.The H2O audio sonar pro with PLAYLIST+ connects to swim goggles and makes wearing the device simple. The Bluetooth streaming is great when doing anything but swimming, and the onboard audio is there when you are in the water.So what is the specific performance of H20 audio sonar pro? Let's take a look at some real user reviews.
Product Dimensions：4.33 x 4.29 x 1.54 inches
Item Weight：5 ounces
Item model number：BCH-MP8-PRO
Batteries：1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
Number Of Items：1
Special Feature：PLAYLIST+ Offline Streaming Music underwater from any streaming service, Attaches to swim goggles
Product name:SONAR PRO Price: $159.99
Rating: 4.1 Where to buy: Amazon or official website.
User review 1：
User:THATguy Nation:United States
“This isn't my first experience with bone conducting technology (I have Tempo glasses), but this is my first time using it specifically for swimming. Regarding build quality, these have a pretty good feel to them. Do they work? Yes, they do and the playlist+ feature is great too. I also like that they're light weight. Manage your expectations and you'll be ok--just be aware that the sound quality isn't as good as if you were listening to a set of mid-quality headphones. You won't get a lot of bass with these, but they are a great option for listening to music while swimming.”
User review 2：
User:Honest reviews only Nation:United States
“The side pieces are pretty big. But with that comes a powerful bone conduction. It's loud and it feels strong if you turn it up all the way. Comes with ear plugs, so you won't hear the water and only hear the music. These clip onto your goggles. They go on the inside of the strap and lays flat against the side of your face. Might start hurting after a while if your goggles are too tight. The wire that connects the 2 pieces is flimsy and its not hard. These are completely relied on your goggles. Can't wear these without them. Good sound. Strong base and vibration. Water proof and easy controls. Easy to connect to your device. I didn't try to put any music uploaded into it, but that's an option too.”
User review 3：
User:Chrissy Nation:United States
“These sound really good underwater. They’re well-made and sturdy. They have Bluetooth, and can also download MP3 songs, and manage a playlist. The only downside is they have to be used with goggles. There isn’t a way to wear them around the ears. So unless you have glasses, these are just for swimming. I would like to use them for other activities besides swimming. Other than that there is no problem.”
User review 4：
User:Sherri Z Nation:United States
“These are great for anyone who is going to be in water. But if you are looking at these, manage your expectations. You need to have goggles on or some type of strap across your face for these to work. I have been playing around with a headband and that seems to work a little bit, but not 100%. They are designed to use underwater, but they work good for tubing, kayaking, and out on the SUP as well. My experience is limited so far since I don't actually own any goggles, but the sound is fine. You aren't going to get the same sound experience with bone conduction that you would with regular headphones. But these are better sounding than cheap headphones and while you won't get the range of higher end ones, these are good enough for the average person.
Bluetooth doesn't really work underwater, so these include a built in player in addition to the bluetooth functionality. These are better quality than some of the other brands that are available, so as long as you are able to use goggles or figure out a way to overcome that these are worth the extra money over the cheap ones.”
User review 5：
User: Chris Hales Nation:United States
“ The Sonar Pro by H20, is a great way to listen to music while exercising in the pool, but the design has a few flaws to consider. Here are some of the things I’ve learned while owning it and things to consider before buying.
I. Quality – They’re made of solid materials that feel like they will survive the job they’re entrusted with, but they don’t have a very high quality look like I would expect for this level of cost.
II. Performance – They produce great sound underwater that is clear and enjoyable for bone conducting headphones. If you’ve never tried bone conduction headphones, they sound a little muffled like your listening to it under water even when you’re not. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that the only way you can even wear these is with goggles. What a terrible design choice, since not everyone wears goggles to swim. Also, they’re so big that the goggles start to push them into my head after a while and begin to hurt. I had a hard time finding the right balance between my goggles being too loose and these hurting. The battery last longer than I can swim and I like the magnetic way of attaching the charger. They feel durable and seem like they should last a long time.
Overall, I was obviously disappointed at the goggle requirement, but if you always wear goggles anyways, this might be a great option for you. I’ll be sure to update this review, if I ever start to have problems with it.
You can trust that this review is simply my honest opinion that is attempting to provide you with helpful insight that I wish I had before I picked this product. Hopefully it was helpful in your decision.”
User review 6：
User:SerenityDawn Nation:United States
“Super easy to pair to my device and works well. I tested them in shower because my trip isn't for a few weeks and I wanted to make sure they work. They do and they sound really good. I also took them underwater in the bath and they did well. How cool is it to have tunes while swimming? These are amazing and fun! They are pretty comfortable to wear as well. Though the true test will be when I wear them for hours but I think they will do very well.”
User review 7：
User:ChubbyMako Nation:United States
“Good for music, not great for audiobooks. I’m one of those people that loves working out to audiobooks. I listen to music for weights and intervals, but when working on distance (running/swimming) I prefer audiobooks. While these worked great for swimming while listening to music, I felt the sound quality for my audiobooks sounded muffled. It was difficult to understand at times, reminded me of conversing with a mumbling teen. I ended up having to switch to music because I wasn’t keeping a consistent pace because instead of being engrossed in my book I was focusing all my attention on understanding what was being said. For the record all of my books are purchased from Audible so it’s not a quality issue with the book recording.”
User review 8：
User: Magda Nation:United States
“Absolutely fantastic product. The construction of these headphones is lightweight and high quality. I’ve been using these headphones nonstop from the day they arrived. They are very comfortable and fit my ear just right. It is very light and comfortable to use it even walking, driving and swimming. The sound quality is great. Battery life is really long which is a huge plus. Happy with purchase!”
User review 9：
User:Shena C. Nation:United States
“I got these so that I can shoot a music video underwater. I am able to hear my track clearly and without distortion. The Bluetooth connections works perfectly . These are very comfortable to wear they stay in place under water with ease. So worth the purchase and the price is reasonable for a product like this.”
User review 10：
User:MrJBGold J Nation:United States
“We had been using a pair of bone conducting waterproof headphones that only played locally stored MP3s. My son wears them when wakeboarding. When we saw these, we were excited because they also supported Bluetooth. We already were fans of the H2O brand of waterproof headsets. They produce good quality products specifically designed for swimmers and other water-based activities. We thought it would be easier for him to listen to music streaming over Bluetooth rather than loading a bunch of music. Unfortunately, we didn't consider the range limitations for Bluetooth. Fortunately, this set offered the MP3 option as well. The main problem with this set is that they are designed to clip onto helmet or goggle straps. There is no way that we could find to wear them without something to clip them to. Also, the straps have to be positioned in such a way that the speakers rest on the temples where the bone conducted sound is most effective. In my son's case the speakers kept sliding up and down the straps of his helmet as he moved around and wouldn't stay in place. Therefore, this set won't be useful to us despite the good sound quality and waterproof design.”
Judging from the real use review of the above users, H2O audio sonar pro is a good audio device for swimming as a whole, but there are still some areas to be improved: firstly, its price is too high, secondly, the device is too heavy and its wearing type is earbud, which easy to make ears uncomfortable after wearing for a long time. Moreover, its built-in storage space capacity is small, only 8G. There are many comfortable, functional and affordable swimming audio devices on the market to replace it, such as Wissonly Hi Runner with both MP3 mode and Bluetooth mode, which is a good choice.
Surprisingly, although the name of Wissonly Hi Runner is Hi Runner, it has an IPX8 waterproof rating higher than the industry standard, which allows it to work normally during swimming and diving,which it is a swimming headphone that deserves its name.
When you use Bluetooth mode while swimming, the connection may be poor and the sound will be intermittent.Don't worry,Hi Runner equipped with 32G built-in storage, which can store 5000 songs, and supports two working modes of Bluetooth and MP3. In the scene of underwater sports or without a mobile phone, you can completely use it as a Bluetooth MP3 player.In addition,its battery life is very strong, it can be used continuously for 10 hours, and it supports magnetic fast charging,which takes only 2 hours to fully charge.
In terms of durability and comfort, you also have nothing to worry about.The whole frame of Wissonly Hi Runner is made of adjustable aviation grade titanium steel, which can adapt to different sizes of head circumference and ensure the stability of wearing.So you don't have to worry about the size of the headphones that don't fit your head or the ears that make the headphones unstable when wearing.Its headphone surface is made of high-tech low-sensitivity silicone material, which contains no chemical components to avoid allergic phenomena. The overall touch of the headphone is as silky as baby's skin, avoiding uncomfortable situations when worn for a long time. Moreover, its weight is very light, less than 30g, and it will not feel heavy when worn.So you also don't have to worry about uncomfortable wearing because of the material and heavy weight of the headphone.
Due to the special technical principle of bone conduction headphones, it is more difficult to improve the sound quality. For this reason, Wissonly Hi Runner subverts the traditional sound quality improvement scheme. They use a breakthrough large-size bone conduction vibrator, and through structural optimization, the effective vibration area of the vibrator is increased by 35%, thereby improving the sound efficiency of the vibrator and making the sound more shocking and powerful. Moreover, they also optimize the transmission direction of the sound, reduce sound loss during the sound transmission process, and make the sound more concentrated.
Its overall practicality and durability are very high and only costs 99.99 dollars,which is well worth trying.