Swimmers need to train hard to attain their goals. In most sports, music can be a valuable aid to concentration and hence improved performance. That’s always been something of a problem underwater, though, until now: Finis’ waterproof Neptune V2 MP3 player makes music and swimming compatible.
The Neptune V2 is the perfect accompaniment to laps in the pool (or even jogging in the rain). You can listen to music, audiobooks, podcasts – all without earbuds. Sound is transmitted directly to the inner ear through the cheekbones using a patented transmission method. The MP3 player consists of three pieces, with two speakers that can be strapped securely to your swimming goggles and rest on your cheekbones, leaving you free to get on with your workout without interference. In addition, there’s no need to worry about playing music at too high a volume directly into your ears.
The neat display is easy to use and shows the artist, song name, and also current play status. Charging is via USB which also ensures fast upload times to the 4GB of memory, which holds around 1,000 songs, or 60 hours of playback. The player is compatible with the main audio formats: MP3, WMA, and AAC.
Finis promises customers crystal-clear sound quality. Whether that proves to be the case in practice is for the user to decide. It remains to be seen whether the device can maintain top sound-quality regardless of swimming technique – can it cope equally well with the crawl and the breast stroke? After all, swimmers do need to break the surface to breathe from time to time. Nevertheless, the Neptune V2 receives a definite thumbs up for concept and features.