the best underwater headphones for swimming in 2021

Bobby Savulich,

January 28, 2021

The Athlete Approved Guide to Waterproof Headphones for Swimming

Listening to music is a must-have for running and lifting, so why not swimming?

Waterproof headphones designed for swimming allow you to bring your playlists, podcasts, and audiobooks into the water.

Waterproof headphones can be a big investment. There are many types with varying features, so be sure to get the right headphones for your swimming needs.

Elevate your swimming performance with music. Multitask your water time by learning from your go-to podcast. Or enjoy that audiobook you have been meaning to get to all while swimming laps!


The Best Waterproof Headphones Overall: FINIS Duo

The FINIS Duo Underwater Bone Conduction MP3 Player is our top pick for underwater headphones.

t uses bone conduction technology to transmit audio. This means you can listen to audio without the use of earbuds! This patented technology by Finis is best in its class.

The Duo’s two piece design seamlessly attaches to your goggle strap. It is designed with buttons that make it simple to navigate the play, stop, forward, backward, and volume buttons.

We love the crystal clear audio while you swim with your head in the water.

What we love even more is the lowered audio while your head is not underwater. This makes it perfect for swimmers to easily hear coach instructions or chat with their fellow swimmers between swims.

The device comes with a USB magnetic dock for charging and importing files.

Files the Finis Duo Supports:

  • Non-protected MP3 and WMA
  • AAC and purchased AAC files that are converted to MP3 files

Files the Finis Duo Does Not Support:

  • Protected MP3, WMA, and AAC files
  • Audible book downloads

The Duo offers battery life up to 7 hours. It stores 60 hours of playback (approximately 100 songs)




The Best Underwater Headphones for Streaming Music with a Smartwatch: Amnis Stream

The Finis Amnis Stream allows swimmers to listen to their favorite subscription service with Bluetooth through waterproof headphones. All you need is a smartwatch!

With the popularity of subscription services, Finis created a device to stream audio through your favorite smartphone app. The Amnis Stream works with Apple Music, Spotify, Audible, and more. Download music, podcasts, or audiobooks to your smartwatch. Or select “offline listening”, the same you would do in airplane mode.

Do not wear your smartwatch on your wrist. The Bluetooth connection cannot travel that far. Your smartwatch must be within 5cm of the cord for the Bluetooth to pass through water.

Simply tuck your smartwatch into your cap or clip it to your goggle strap. To view if your smartwatch will work, view the compatibility chart on the Amnis Stream product page.

The Amni Stream comes with clips for Apple Watch Series 3 and newer, as well as Garmin Watch: Fenix 5 Plus Series, Forerunner 645 Music, Vivoactive 3 Music).

This device uses crystal clear bone conduction technology (no earbuds). Like the Finis Duo, the audio quality is second to none.

Place the headphones in front of your ears on your temple bones. The audio vibrates through your cheekbones allowing you to listen without the use of earbuds.

The Amnis Stream battery lasts for up to 5 hours depending on the volume. It is waterproof up to 3 meters.





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