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I've been a fan of H20 Audio since the company first introduced its waterproof iPod gear in 2002. Company reps recently gave me some hands-on time with the new products they are showing at CES this year, and I'm impressed with the iPod nano housing. First thing you should know if you aren't familiar with H20 Audio, is that there's a special T-seal on these cases that is absolutely waterproof. The headphones are also waterproof and attach in such a way that they won't fall out of your ears and even double as earplugs. The headphones are designed to sound good underwater—try them out on dry land and the music sounds pretty bad, and then all the bass comes back once they get in the water. If you are a long-distance swimmer, a surfer or wake boarder or whatever, this is the product that all the pros use. The company also makes a line of "deep dive" MP3 player housings for SCUBA divers as well. But back to the nano case...

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One problem with the old models is that the cases are heavy. The nano case is more streamlined, and it's lighter, too. It still has the full function click-wheel functionality on the outside so you can work the controls underwater. The housing is good for up to 10 ft. deep, and probably more but they don't want to promise anything that you would hate them for later. They also changed the way the headphones attach to the device to make it easier to plug and unplug, which is a good fix from the old models. The nano housing will sell for $79.95 and is available starting early next year. I'm sure there are other supposedly waterproof cases out there, but if you are a serious swimmer/surfer this is the way to go.

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