TOY BOX: Aqua FM still needs a little fine-tuning

Amphicom's Aqua FM is a snorkel that lets you listen to the radio while swimming. Users can activate the receiver, and adjust the station and volume through five buttons which are found on the underside of the device.

Amphicom's Aqua FM is a snorkel that lets you listen to the radio while swimming. Users can activate the receiver, and adjust the station and volume through five buttons which are found on the underside of the device.

The Aqua FM is user-friendly, but it makes wearing a full mask that blocks your nose imperative. I was sent a standard set of goggles, which required me to hold my nose with one hand and push buttons with the other. This made swimming with the Aqua FM harder than I think it would be with a proper mask. The more hefty the better too, as the snorkel is quite heavy and tends to lean back if you push yourself through the water with any force. I also found that reception cut out even when a significant portion of the tube was still above water. I could only hear the radio clearly when just skimming the surface. Even then, the radio was too soft, despite setting the volume on its maximum level. The verdict: A novel swimming toy in theory, but I'd wait for a fine-tuned version to come out - especially at this price. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com.
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek. ----- Price $129 Available at Local dealers listed on aquasphereusa.com or amphicom.com, and other specialty sports/diving shops Specs The Aqua FM has a frequency range of 87.5-108 MHz, and is waterproof up to 10 meters. It weighs 9.3 ounces, plus the two required AAA alkaline batteries.

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