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post #1 of 19 Old 08-06-2014, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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I've tried different sets of ear buds with limited success. I was setup for a phone interview and needed a new set so I ran to the local Walmart and looked at their selection. For $12 I chose a set of "JVC Gummy PLUS". When I opened the package I was really surprised that the stem of the ear buds are "offset" and require a left and right ear configuration. When you put them in not only do they block outside sound better than other sets I have had but they also fit much closer to the head. I'm hoping that means less discomfort with a helmet on going down the road and less knocking them out of my ear.

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I saw some on line made by Fuze, where you can actually mold the earbud into the shape of your ear. I haven't tried them yet, but they look like they will stay in your ear pretty well under a helmet, since they don't stick out from your ear.
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The model M single driver type at Got Ears?® Brand Challenger Custom Molded Isolation Earphones - Custom Molded Musician Monitors did the job for me. Total comfort was worth the money. With a non custom fit, my ears would be sore by the second day of a tour.

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I saw some on line made by Fuze, where you can actually mold the earbud into the shape of your ear. I haven't tried them yet, but they look like they will stay in your ear pretty well under a helmet, since they don't stick out from your ear.
I saw those then I read this. If you have issues with them I can't find somewhere that says they have good customer service. And the second one says that after a few rides they lose their fit. It could be that the oil from your skin does something to the fit. Dunno

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I got tired of earbuds. Could never find any that I would consider comfortable. So I bought a uclear 100. No earbuds & no ugly wires!

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I saw those then I read this. If you have issues with them I can't find somewhere that says they have good customer service. And the second one says that after a few rides they lose their fit. It could be that the oil from your skin does something to the fit. Dunno

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Thanks for posting that. Crappy customer service will steer me away in a heartbeat from doing business with a company, no matter how good of a product they make (are you listening, Happy Trails?). Appreciate the heads up.

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After quite a bit of research, I purchased a set of S-Plug earbuds to use with my Sena SMH10. My main goal was to find the least intrusive earbuds possible, and these definitely fit that bill, with basically just a wire sticking out of your ear.

Backing up just a bit, not too long before I bought the S-Plugs, I found a set of relatively cheap earbuds on Amazon (Sennheiser CX 300B MK II) that were the best I had tried yet. Of course, with all the hype and claim that the S-Plugs were the bomb for in-helmet earbuds, and 100% satisfaction guaranteed offer, I decided I had nothing to lose and give them a try.

I brought both pair of earbuds on my test ride, and what I discovered was virtually no difference the two. This was disappointing, as I was hoping for a little bit better overall fit with less wind/road noise due to the design of the S-Plugs. Turns out the $26 Sennheisers did just as good a job.

The S-Plugs are offered with a 100% satisfaction guaranteed deal, so that's the only reason I dared to even spend $135 on a pair of earbuds. I returned them to the place I purchased them from in June (after some hassles about wanting to charge me a restocking fee), and have not yet to this date been refunded the money. I don't want to publically call them out (just yet), as I'm still trying to work with them, but definitely will if this isn't resolved real soon.

Anyway, all this said, the S-Plugs were nice, but for the money I like the Sennheisers for minimalist earbuds. Another small earbud I found that also works well for my Sena is one called Seasky E-10, on Amazon, for $8. Similar minimal design like the Sennheisers, just cheaper. I have one pair in my touring helmet and the other in my DS helmet, and they are virtually identical.
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:mrgreen: I like Etymotics ER6i, although they are no longer available -- I hopefully have a lifetime supply. I'm an audio guy and picky picky picky.

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I've just been using a cheap set of skull candy buds.
seem to be ok for me.
Maybe I shoud try some others.
I tried some really cheap ones that were giveaways at a trade fair, and besides being uncomfortable, sticking out to far, and having crap sound quality, they barely stayed in putting my helmet on. AND they didn't block out jack for outside noise.
They were the hard plastic "fitted to your ear!!!" deals.
The skull candy have the rubber jellyfish thing on the end.
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I've just been using a cheap set of skull candy buds.
seem to be ok for me.
Maybe I shoud try some others.
I tried some really cheap ones that were giveaways at a trade fair, and besides being uncomfortable, sticking out to far, and having crap sound quality, they barely stayed in putting my helmet on. AND they didn't block out jack for outside noise.
They were the hard plastic "fitted to your ear!!!" deals.
The skull candy have the rubber jellyfish thing on the end.
Same thing that I use. I just reinforce the wire leading into the earbud with electrical tape to act as a sort of strain relief, since taking a helmet on and off can put a lot of wear and tear on that connection. The sound quality is pretty good as far as my needs are concerned, and they are only 10 bucks.

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