OpenSwim Pro Makes Waves as Shokz’ First Amphibious Headphones

Shokz reveals the new OpenSwim Pro with Bluetooth support
Shokz reveals the new OpenSwim Pro with Bluetooth support

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Swim, run, or bike with the new OpenSwim Pro’s seamless Bluetooth and MP3 support.

In a significant upgrade to their renowned sports headphone lineup, Shokz has announced the introduction of the OpenSwim Pro – an advanced version of their popular OpenSwim model, now featuring both Bluetooth and MP3 capabilities.

This enhancement is poised to cater to the growing demands of swimmers and athletes who seek a single, versatile audio solution for both aquatic and on-land activities.

“We’re incredibly proud to launch the OpenSwim Pro, in what is our most versatile headphone to date. With both Bluetooth and MP3 capabilities, OpenSwim Pro unlocks an athlete’s full potential and is built to be comfortable, safe, and secure in any situation.” – Vincent Xiong, CEO at Shokz

OpenSwim Pro’s Significant Upgrades

Swimming with OpenSwim Pro (From: Shokz)
Swimming with OpenSwim Pro (From: Shokz)

The original OpenSwim model did not have Bluetooth, limiting their use to playing music stored directly on the device.

However, according to Vincent Xiong, the addition of Bluetooth functionality to the OpenSwim line has been a highly requested feature from their customer base. The new OpenSwim Pro address this need by having Bluetooth 5.3 support, allowing users to effortlessly switch between swimming and other activities, all while staying connected to their music and calls.

There’s currently no news on the list of codecs the new OpenSwim Pro will support.

Aside from Bluetooth, the OpenSwim Pro also have a few more upgrades from the previous model, such as:

  • Increased Storage Capacity: The OpenSwim Pro offer a substantial increase in storage capacity, featuring 32GB of onboard storage. This allows users to store up to 8,000 songs, compared to the original OpenSwim’s 4GB storage, which could hold about 1,200 songs.
  • Battery Life and Charging: The OpenSwim Pro provide approximately nine hours of battery life, an improvement over the original OpenSwim’s eight hours. Additionally, the Pro model offer fast charging capabilities. But, Shokz hasn’t disclosed if this will also be better compared to other models that deliver 1.5 hours of playtime with just 5 minutes of charging.
  • Sound Quality: Compared to the 7th gen. bone conduction technology with PremiumPitch 2.0 of the previous model, the OpenSwim Pro’s sound quality is closer to the OpenRun Pro. These headphones now have 8th gen. bone conduction technology with PremiumPitch 2.0+, for clearer sound quality.
  • Three EQ Modes: The original OpenSwim headphones only have two modes: General and Swimming modes. On the other hand, the new OpenSwim Pro will have three: Swimming mode, Vocal Booster mode (for calls) and Standard mode.
  • Microphones for calls: OpenSwim Pro can now be used for calls as they are equipped with two microphones with noise and echo cancellation​​. In contrast, the original OpenSwim model do not have microphones.
  • Build Quality: Shokz also upgraded the build of the OpenSwim Pro with a flexible Nickel-Titanium alloy frame combined with soft silicon and biofit design. This upgrade promises better comfortability and compatibility with other swimming gear.

Despite these upgrades, the OpenSwim Pro still have the same IP68 rating as the previous model. This ensures that the headphones will not get damaged even after being submerged for 2 hours under two meters of water.

Technical Specifications

OpenSwim Pro's internals (From: Shokz)
OpenSwim Pro’s internals (From: Shokz)
  • Form: Bone conduction headphones
  • Materials: Nickel-titanium alloy frame with soft silicon
  • Speaker Type: 8th Generation Bone Conduction Technology
  • IP rating: IP68
  • MP3 storage capacity: 32GB
  • Supported music formats: MP3, WMA, FLAC, WAV, AAC, M4A, APE
  • Bluetooth version: 5.3
  • Wireless range: Up to 33 ft (10 m)
  • Battery Life: Up to 9 hours
  • Mic: Yes (2)
  • Weight: Approximately 27g
  • EQ modes: Vocal Booster, Standard and Swimming
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz-20 KHz
  • Speaker impedance: 8.5 ohm ± 20%
  • Speaker Sensitivity: 105 ± 3 dB
  • Microphone Sensitivity: -38 dB ± 1 dB
  • Warranty: 2 years

Availability & Pricing

The exact release date for the OpenSwim Pro is yet to be announced, but Shokz has opened registrations for updates on their website, indicating an imminent launch.

The Shokz OpenSwim Pro headphones aren’t the first bone-conduction headphones for swimming with both Bluetooth and a built-in MP3 player. Competitors like the Naenka Runner Diver and H2O Audio TRI PRO Multi-Sport already made their mark in this niche market. For more information, check out our full list of the best waterproof headphones for swimming.

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