Ego Case Boasts iPod Protection, Clear Sound


Late last year,

Practical Sailor published an article about devices that keep iPods free of moisture, sand, and dust (see Practical Sailor November 2006). Only one of those products came with speakers instead of earphones&emdash;the iFloat from Brookstone&emdash;but it didn't have a water-resistant speaker, and the sound quality diminished significantly once the speaker got wet. Now weve discovered a worthy replacement: the Ego Waterproof Sound Case.

Ego Waterproof Sound Case


Made by Atlantic Inc., of California, the Ego employs a sturdy rubber gasket and a snap latch. Atlantic claims the Egos clear polycarbonate is shatterproof. It has rubber guards on each corner and a shock absorbent insert (it comes with three to accommodate different iPod models) that cradles the iPod.

Practical Sailor testers dropped the Ego from 36 inches onto concrete three times, and no damage was noted. The device also floats; however, its not intended for immersion.

The Ego weighs just over 1.75 pounds, but its relatively compact (9.8 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches). An opaque membrane allows users to manipulate the iPods control wheel, and whatever device you use it with (iPod or mp3 player) will connect via a standard 3.5 millimeter jack. The Ego is powered by four AA batteries, which the company claims should deliver 30 hours of operation.

Testers floated the Ego in a freshwater pool and in salt water and splashed water over it for five minutes: no problems. The sound quality won't compare to most high-end audio systems, but it does offer tonal clarity and pleasing mid-range sounds. At full volume (64-72 dB at 10 feet), the sound should be sufficient to incite a little dancing in the cockpit.

The Ego sells

for $149 and comes with a storage bag, kickstand, shoulder strap, and a one-year warranty, which doesn’t apply to the music player. Its the best product for the job, in Practical Sailors opinion.

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Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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