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post #11 of 17 Old 11-12-2012, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by tmcgee View Post
The 665 has XM on a magnetic puck.
Good info. It's an add on for the 550 but comes with the 665.

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post #12 of 17 Old 11-12-2012, 07:28 PM
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I use an XM Roady. It puts the signal on FM which my headset (Cardo Scala Rider) picks up reliably.
Works fine. Been using for years.
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Thanks for the replies and thanks Greywolf for moving my post to the correct spot. I kinda figured I might have posted it in the wrong forum.
I realize that I could just use an app on my phone but I want to use something that does not rely on any internet signal to work. I have unlimited data on my phone but I still would rather not run it that way.
It looks like the 665 might be what I'm looking for---and it gives me an excuse to finally get a gps unit on the bike.
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The good thing about XM over the phone is as you don't have to worry about losing service like you would with a phone.

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post #15 of 17 Old 11-13-2012, 01:55 AM
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I have a J&M JM2003CB CB radio mounted on my left handlebar, as we like to have CB radio contact while riding. The unit has a separate audio section built in. It has its own volume control, and any CB transmission overrides the music. It also has an audio cable that plugs into any audio source's headphone jack. In Idaho we had an XM radio mounted. There is no satellite radio reception because the satellites are below the horizon, is we just use our IPods. Works great. Unfortunately it's expensive--just shy of $500.00 for the radio, antenna and mounts, plus the cost of of the J&M helmet headset--about $220.00 in addition to to the cost of the CB radio kit.

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post #16 of 17 Old 11-13-2012, 08:52 AM
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If the OP doesn't want to shell out $600+ for the Zumo, he might want to check out Ebay for a small bluetooth transmitter. I bough a IBluon for around $30 that plugs into the earphone socket of my MP3 player and use that to listen to music over my Sena SMH10. In my case I have to turn on the sena and then turn on the transmitter to get them to work together. A different unit might work a bit better. (or not)
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post #17 of 17 Old 11-13-2012, 11:57 AM
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If you don't already have a GPS and want one as well as an XM receiver, and you are happy with your Sena, the Zumo 665 is probably your best bet. Yes, it's getting a bit long in the tooth, and yes, there are some higher sound quality options, but as an overall package it simply cannot be beat for convenience and elegance of installation.

I have had a 660 for years and regret not shelling out the extra cash for XM as it would have been nice on my recent long rides.

The 600 series uses a much newer BT stack (2.1) than the 550 and uses A2DP to stream high bandwidth stereo to your helmet receiver. Other than maybe a freak cutout once every 10 or 20 hours of use, I have been very happy with the stability and sound quality of my 660 and Interphone F4 headset. The GPS prompt interrupts are also nice, and to achieve the same thing with standalone devices would take even more equipment or interconnects - which could drive up the price of that option.

Black Friday is around the corner. Last year BikeBandit and others did a $150 off promo on the 665. if I were in your situation, this would be my preferred option.

And I'm exactly with GW on the use of music while riding.

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