Ever wondered how a smartphone, completely submerged in water to the point of destruction, remains in working condition? Good question. Water resistance, waterproof, and dust protected are just a few terms marketing gurus throw at consumers to give their products more rugged appeal. One area where it’s becoming more common is in the audio space, primarily with headphones. But what does that all really mean? Just how much H20 can your earbuds or over-ears sustain? The answer is in its IP rating.
The IP rating determines how resistant something is to environmental elements. Most IP numbers read IPXX: each “X” being a placeholder for a number. The first number represents the level of resistance to dust/particles and the second representing its ability to withstand liquid. To get a better idea how the IP rating system works, here’s a quick breakdown.
- IPX0 – No protection
- IPX1 – Protects from dripping water
- IPX2 – Protects from vertically dripping water
IPX3 – Protects from sprays up to 60°
- IPX4 – Protects from splashing water, no matter the direction
- IPX5 – Protects from water jets at any direction
- IPX6 – Protects from powerful water jets
- IPX7 – Protects in water up to 3 feet (1 meter)
- IPX8 – Protects when immersed in water over 3 feet
Whether resting on our necks or tucked away in our pockets, our earphones are constantly exposed to unfavorable elements such as sweat and debris. This makes choosing the right pair of earphones more a matter of your lifestyle. In shopping for a pair, you can’t go wrong with an IPX4-rated earphone. Phiaton is setting the standard for water and sweat-resistant protection without compromising sound or style as precedent in their BOLT BT 700 and BT 120 NC earphones.
Referred to as the “best name in Bluetooth buds,” by Digital Trends, Phiaton’s garnered acclaim for its wireless selections, though the brand’s currently making waves with its water-resistant earbud models. The BOLT BT 700 and BT 120 NC not only meet IPX4 standards with testing and certification, but also stay true to Phiaton’s premium sound signature and outdoor performance with notable features.
Both receivers offer standout Bluetooth connectivity that pairs perfectly with your smartphone and delivers high-quality audio. The BT 120 NC adds noise cancellation and boasts a new, innovative design that sits comfortably around the neck to accommodate on-the-go music lovers or workout fanatics. Black or white color schemes are available.
Those seeking a true wireless alternative to the BT 120 NC can rely on the BOLT BT 700 to provide them a similar listening experience through a more compact and portable form factor. Whichever the preference, both earphones live up to the brand’s pedigree for top-notch sound output, convenient controls, and most importantly, IPX4 water-resistant protection to tame body perspiration and wet elements from destroying your musical vibe.