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Published on May 11th, 2013 | by Greg

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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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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