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Mi-Sport: The First Waterproof MP3 Headband?

The makers of the Mi-Sport MP3 Headphones promote their product as the "first fully waterproof and wireless, wearable sports mp3 player with integrated text to voice software". With so many manufacturers trying to compete on the PMP market, confirming this claim requires a little research.

In any case, the Mi-Sport goes over the user's ears, with both earpieces joined by a neckband that rests on the nape of the neck. All playback and volume controls are on the right earpiece, and two rubberized loops help secure the contraption on the users head.

The playback controls allow tracking through one song, and a synthesized voice tells the user what song or playlist is playing. Both earpieces feature a "waterproof soft sponge earplug" that keeps the water out yet lets sound pass through.

Clearly the Mi-Sport is designed for the gym, where sweat has a habit of creeping into earphones and rendering them inoperative. But the waterproof design of this headset allows for more versatility. Gym rats and swimmers alike can finally pass the time with some sounds, creating more opportunity for deafness caused by music playing too loud.

The Mi-Sport is currently "coming soon". No price has been shared yet, so stay tuned for updates!

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  • kevijon
    This would be sweet if it carries sound well enough underwater, I still think waterproof in ear headphones would be better for underwater listening. Although for exercising out of the water this seems good enough.
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  • bandeto
    That is cool but, I doubt many swimmers will be able to wear them without them falling off.
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  • dbowlin17
    how do you get the music to listen to... don't think my mp3 player is waterproof...
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  • nukemaster
    Using some kind of contact pad(flat meta plates used to charge and pass data) and not a traditional plug will allow you to get the music on the device. Many GPS units use this as well to keep water out.

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  • paul53
    According to Mi-Sport the band is a spring loaded type when opening and closing to hold the speakers snug against your ears, but there is also a band accessory to have a tighter fit if needs be. They say they stay on well even when turning at each end.
    I think I would give these a go. My in ear player is ok but as soon as water gets in they are useless.
    On their website they have a bluetooth version also advertised.
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  • blackened144
    The gym I swim at already has music playing under water, and they usually keep the radio tuned to the same station I do. But I think bandeto is right, I cant see how a swimmer would wear these without them being pulled of by the drag of the water.
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  • paul53
    Actually I can`t see how they would come off. The earhooks are hooked right over your ears. Surely they can`t come off with that, even with water drag. If there was no hooks I would agree, but I think the hooks would keep it secure. I will let you know if I am right! :)
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  • brother shrike
    This is hardly the first MP3 player designed for swimmers...

    This one has been available since March 2008, for example.
    http://www.nextag.com/Speedo-Aquabeat-MP3-Player-596481539/prices-html?nxtg=74bb0a24051f-E20C65564FD7AD64

    The one in the article may be the first wireless, waterproof model with text-to-speech, but the title is misleading.
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  • paul53
    I think Finis were the first even before then and the Oregon Scientific was earlier also. I`ve looked at Mi-Sport`s website and the one on there is bluetooth. I suppose there is nothing new about any of it technology wise, but I haven`t seen anything with all that functionality in one unit.
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  • paul53
    The Mi-Sport bluetooth headphones definately have more functionality and possibilities than any others I have seen.
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