Published on May 11th, 2013 | by Greg0
X-1: Swim With Sound Thanks To Amphibx and Surge Mini
If you’ve ever gone running in the rain, swimming or kayaking or surfing, and wished that you could bring your audio- we have just the pair of items for you. There are plenty of hefty or single-purpose solutions that can protect your electronic music devices- like Otterbox, or dedicated devices like the Finis SwiMP3 player we tested out a few years ago. But we were on the lookout for a durable solution that could fit both smartphones like the iPhone 5 but also fit others as well.
That’s what we found in the Amphibx Fit Waterproof Armband from X-1 Audio. Also weatherproof and sweatproof, it’s quite adjustable, and fairly comfortable. The velcro fits just about any size arm, and stays put even while exercising. The pouch is clear enough to see through, and also allows you to use the touchscreen on any device inside. Also, the whole thing floats, which is pretty necessary and helps avoid watching your smartphone plummet to the bottom of the sea after a fall. Of course, it’s not meant for diving- it’s rated for 12 feet, so don’t expect to SCUBA while still checking Facebook.
The armband is removable, so you can throw it in bag or even wrap the straps around your handlebars if biking. We did find that it gets a bit irritating is you wear it too long, just as with any armband. Not all phones will work- huge, large-screen smartphones might not fit, or might be a bit awkward- even the iPhone 5 feels a bit tight.
And you should definitely pair the Amphibx with a set of waterproof headphones- if not, the connection point might not be waterproof. We’ve been using the X-1 Surge Mini Waterproof headphones, and they work quite nicely with the armband. Granted, you might miss the headset functions- there are no controls, nor a microphone- but they are incredibly lightweight. Also rated to work fully immersed up to 12 feet, we appreciated the five included earbud sizes. As you can imagine, finding the right fit is extra important when trying to listen to Tenacious D underwater. The Surge Minis are available in two colors black (men’s) or white (women’s).
There’s no pull on the cable, which means they stay in place nicely. The downside is that the cable is a mere 3.6 feet long- which means that you aren’t going to be able to use these with anything but the armband. Sound quality is decent, all things considered- we wouldn’t recommend these for an audiophile, and when tested out of the water music feels a bit flat and bass is muted. However, judged underwater while moving, we barely noticed anything but the lovely sensation of having something to listen to other than the silence. Sometimes, it’s nice to get away from noise. Other times, you could use a soundtrack while you’re pushing through laps. The X-1 Amphibx and Surge Mini give you that option, at a pretty reasonable price- $60 for the armband and $50 for the headphones, available online and in stores.