Originally Posted by Edelfaule
I can afford what I want but I HATE to waste money either on over-hyped products
or junk I end up replacing. The Ultimate Ears model 11's received outstanding reviews in Sound and Vision magazine, but were not specifically tested on a bike inside a helmet at speed. At over $1000 a set they would have to perform pretty darned well.
Any experiences with this model, or other UE models? Also, do UE 11's isolate appropriately for a bike (significant ambient noise attenuation without over-isolation)?
Suggested alternatives of similar fidelity and build quality?
Revisiting this topic....(5-4-2009)
I sprung for a pair and all I can say is why didn't I do this sooner? I got my UE-11's info off the head-fi guy's forum after some 100 pages of bragging and lying propaganda about them. Sort of pricey at $1230 though (tax & shipping).
They work great on my bike under a helmet and mine fit so well I can wear them all day (I do put one drop of some MiraCell lube stuff from the hearing aid shop onto my fingers and then rub them on the earpieces). I ran a male-to-female shielded audio lead up from the Autocom beneath the passenger seat (held in with Velcro) up to the handlebar where I mounted the female end with one of those nylon J-straps.
This is the audiophile's choice for anything on a motorcycle bar none!
Probably the best $1200 I've spent this year on stuff - no fooling! After hearing music through these things, anything else is low end sound, especially speakers. I'd say the overall ambient helmet noise is dropped by maybe 32db. I could tell immediately the song that was playing was through the XM Radio was far lower in quality than mine own ripped MP3 recording.
Sound isolation may be too much for some, but I can still hear sirens, just not much of the bike nor the guy idling next to you. If someone is yelling at you 25 feet away it's best off to forget about it.
Beware, the things will spoil you!