Product Presentation. Established by athletes for athletes, H2O Audio is committed to developing the best high-performance waterproof // sweatproof sport headphones and accessories anywhere. By removing the boundaries that keep all athletes from benefiting from training with music, H2O Audio helps you be your best and bring your personal sound track to everything you do, wet or dry.
H2O Audio began with a San Diego State University graduate student project in 2001 that aimed to bring music to SCUBA divers. The companies beginnings pre-dated the wide spread popularity of the iPod and other MP3 players, so the first dive case (now lovingly dubbed “Frankenstein”) was designed to house a portable CD player. It wasn’t pretty to look at and when you used it you’d better be on a short dive or reallllly like that one CD you brought with you.
After many prototypes and adjustments, including a dive housing for the MPMAN MP3 player in 2002, the first production model case, the DV-I700, was made for the iRiver MP3 player. It came equipped with the power amplified diving headphones similar to those that are integrated into the current iDive 300 case.
After tackling the dive market, our cases and headphones worked their way toward the surface with an iRiver sport case being introduced in 2004 along with our first waterproof sport headphones, H1 Waterproof Headphones.
A year later, we designed our first waterproof cases for iPod. For the first time people could take their iPod Mini or 3rd generation iPods into the water with sound! As the iPod evolved so did H2O Audio, introducing a waterproof case for 4th generation iPod, 1st generation iPod shuffle, as well as the iPod nano in 2006.
In 2007 we introduced two new products that changed the lives of swimmers everywhere, the iSH2and H3 Waterproof Headphones. The iSH2 was the first integrated iPod shuffle case and headphone solution designed specifically for swimmers. It featured a waterproof iPod shuffle case mounted to the new H3 headphones that swimmers could wear cord-free while they swam.
We continued to evolve our product line of hard cases to fit a growing list of iPods and MP3 players. In a constant effort to improve sound quality and wearability, we introduced Amphibx Armbands, theInterval Waterproof Headphone System for swimmers, Surge bass amplified in-ear headphones and the current version of the iDive 300 case in 2008.
Bringing electronic devices into the water is no easy task, but we know how hard you push yourself and we do the same here at H2O Audio. If the earth is 2/3 water, why should your MP3 player or phone sit lonely in your car while you get out there and play? It just didn’t seem fair that runners and other terrestrial athletes could train with the benefit of music, while swimmers, surfers, divers and other aquatic athletes were bound to silence.
Our product design and development is based on years of prototypes and close collaboration with top athletes like 6-time World Champion and 11-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin; pioneering waterman and Elite Stand Up Paddler Slater Trout and World Champion triathletes Greg and Laura Bennett, plus feedback from many levels of athletes all over the world and customers like you.
We didn’t want to be limited to some cheap featureless player just because we are in the water. That’s why we offer a solution for almost every MP3 player and smartphone on the market. Not just something to protect your device, but something that functions well in any conditions, giving you quality sound, control of your device and access to your music collection wherever you are.
We’re dedicated to delivering what you need to take your music with you underwater, in the water, in the pool and out on your run while you work up a sweat and we remain committed to making it easier than ever to find our products. Our growth continues as we expand our partnerships with sporting goods stores, specialty retail shops and major consumer electronics retailers including Best Buy, The Sports Authority and Amazon.com. H2O Audio also has international distribution in over 30 countries, including the UK, Australia, Mexico and Japan.
We continue to be a San Diego based company, with corporate headquarters just feet from the ocean (aka testing grounds) in Pacific Beach, California.