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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 2008, 9:49 pm Thread Starter
 
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Helmet Speakers - Opinions???

Hello all,

I am looking to purchase some helmet speakers that will work with my MP3 Player. I was wondering if anyone has any opinons as to which brand/type/model etc.... Good or bad info would be much appreciated.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 2008, 1:39 am
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I tried several types but they were still drowned out by wind noise . I ended up purchasing a set of er6i earphones . Not much bass for my taste but they really block out the wind noise.
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If you really want to do it right then get a set of custom molded in-ear speakers. There are several companies out there. I got mine from Big Ear and I'm pleased with them. The speakers aren't hi-fidelity for sure, but the fit is great and the block almost all wind noise.


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I know some guys that have gotten a set of Radio Shack headphones and just ripped the speakers of them for helmet use. They seem very pleased with the results.

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If you have in-helmet speakers they will by necessity be very flat and thus have very little bass. And as wind noise builds up, you lose sound to the point that if you raise volume too much the treble is not comfortable and sound is crap.

However, I have them in my helmet from my Baehr intercom system and use them in conjunction with regular noise blocking earplugs - the little foam things. The outcome is very good - the earplugs block out the windnoise (but let in the music) and at the same time reduce the impact of trebble working almost like bass. Is it hi-fi? No, of course not. But it is very acceptable and a true hi-fi sound would be a waste of money as you will always have ambient noise on a bike at speed.

I also own a set of custom made earphones as have been mentioned above - they are great, but I have quit using them on the bike since the results of the above system work almost as well for me, and it's less hassle with the earplugs and in-helmet speakers.
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If you really want to do it right then get a set of custom molded in-ear speakers.
In CA at least these aren't legal, since 2004. Stupid law IMHO, and I still ride with headphones sometimes, but I just bought an Autocom system and I'm hoping that it'll be good enough coupled with a quiet helmet and earplugs.
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ER6i's for about $72 on the net. work great.

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In CA at least these aren't legal, since 2004. Stupid law IMHO, and I still ride with headphones sometimes, but I just bought an Autocom system and I'm hoping that it'll be good enough coupled with a quiet helmet and earplugs.
Not legal to have both ears with headphones, but perfectly legal to have one in one ear and a foam plug in the other. Ya lose the stereo effect for music, but the two-way radio, GPS, and radar detector are fine.



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I just got fed up trying to wear ear buds under my BMW helmet and dismantled the helmet lining parts for ideas. Surprise surprise the cheek pad sections seem to be ready molded for a pair of small speakers - they even included a couple of cuts in the fabric held together with Velcro. This also explains why I got more wind noise ear side of the helmet - less foam.

I dismantled the earphones from a Sony Walkman headset (32 ohm so OK for MP3/FM/Satnav) and put those in wired to an inline jack just under the chin foam. Walkman headsets are fairly sensitive and efficient for their size.

You'll never get fantastic hi-fi bass due to lack of air space and wind noise will ruin sound anyway. If you want to save a few bucks and your helmet molding has cavity space around the ears this is fairly easy to try.

I see there are new helmet brands out now offering Bluetooth integrated headsets.



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I see there are new helmet brands out now offering Bluetooth integrated headsets.
I've got a bluetooth helmet, the Dianese AirStream. It works pretty well for day trips.

I'm switching to an Autocom system. I want more control over the volume than I get with the bluetooth helmet, I want stereo for music (no one yet makes a stereo bluetooth helmet), and I don't want to worry about the helmet batteries going dead on a long ride. This has happened to me twice already, once when I forgot to plug it in after the previous ride, and once when I was just on the bike for 8 hours straight.

Someone needs to make a stereo bluetooth helmet with a decent amplifier (make it LOUD) that can be optionally recharged/powered from the bike. I'd buy one in a heartbeat. Until then I'll live with a wire.

I'll still have bluetooth in the mix though. I got the bluetooth dongle for the Autocom, and so the GPS and cell phone will still connect to the autocom via bluetooth! Fewer wires and adapters that way. I can leave the cell charging in the trunk and use the GPS to make/take calls. I'll wire a lead for the ipod from the trunk to the autocom and another for power and use a RF remote on the dash to control it. So one wire to the helmet and I get GPS, phone, bike-to-bike/bike-to-car radio, and stereo music. I might do a radar detector too. (I'm a gadget freak.)
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