H2O Waterproof Headphones Review

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Waterproof headphones?

It’s a known fact that the general public loves their music. Anyone can see the success of car audio, satellite radio, MP3 players, CD’s, records, and the like. Only recently has music become portable in a format that works for everyone from athletes to outdoor enthusiasts. One group of people has been consistently left out though – people who love water sports and recreation. You can’t take an iPod and traditional headphones underwater, and God forbid you drop your iPod into Puget Sound while kayaking. Now there is an alternative for the rest of us…

H2O Audio Series Waterproof Headphones are a godsend. Pick up a waterproof case for your MP3 player (read our review of the Otterbox Armor here) and set of these headphones and you are set. They are comfortable, easy to use, portable, and sound great.

Here are some additional features:

  • Waterproof speakers designed for complete submersion
  • Durable neckwrap keeps headphone in place during active watersports
  • Adjustable design for individual comfort
  • Coiled cable eliminates tangles
  • Waterproof to 10ft. (3m) when paired with H2O Audio Series Housing
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack allows headphones to be used with any audio device

The headphones come assembled in one piece and almost ready to go. The only thing that you have to do is cut the earplugs so they fit snugly in your ear canal. Doing so is easy, and if you are unsure of the steps to take, the instructions do a great job of explaining the procedures.

You will wear the headphones around your neck, which is nice because they are completely out of the way. Then put the ear clips around your ears and insert the ear plugs. The headphones fit securely if you use them correctly even during higher impact sports like surfing or snowboarding.

These headphones are said to be functional to 10ft. Unfortunately the pool I tested these in was not deeper than 10ft, so I was unable to discover what happens after that depth.
These headphones work great. My music sounded the same underwater as it did on dry land. The snug earplugs cut out a lot of extra noise, so I could focus on breathing, swimming, and the music that was playing.

These headphones are recommended for surfing, swimming, kayaking, wakeboarding, snowboarding, and kitesurfing.

Most people who would consider using these headphones may not have a waterproof MP3 case. If you have an iPod you are in luck, as H2O Audio sells waterproof iPod cases as well as the waterproof housing that are needed to keep your headphones functional. Check them out here. They also have many other options for headphones available depending on your personal taste and/or sport.


As an avid swimmer I would wholeheartedly recommend picking up a set of these headphones for frequent use. Those who did not have access to their music and wished they did will be pleasantly surprised with the ease of use and performance that these headphones provide.

REPORT CARD : H2O Waterproof Headphones
category rating comments
Quality 5 Sturdy yet lightweight and very functional
Innovation 5 Finally an option for the rest of us
Performance 4 The headphones work great, but don’t expect audiophile quality
Installation 3 Earplugs can be a bit confusing to shape, but after you figure it out it’s easy
Value 5 Great price for a great product
FINAL VERDICT: 4 out of 5 stars
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