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post #1 of 16 Old 05-24-2007, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Amp for speakers or Earbuds

If anyone is in the market for an amp for you speakers or earbuds, Gary from Electric-Avenues makes some great ones! There is a motorcycle specific amp, called the Amplirider -- you can hard wire it to a switched wire and run the amp off of your battery. 3 inputs and one output means you can have your music & gps through one amp.



He also sells a battery powered amp, that comes with a charger. It's called the pa2v2.



Like I said, I've had both amps, both are quality (in sound & design). I'm using the PA2V2 right now, hooked up to a Sirius radio on my tank bag. I used to have it permanantly mounted (using the amplirider), but I like the versatility of being able to remove the setup entirely when I want to. It really helps my 56 mile commute (one way)!

You can find both amps here:
http://www.electric-avenues.com/

Disclaimer: I don't work for Gary or Electric-Avenues and have nothing to gain by posting this. Just thought other music listners would like to know about a great, affordable product.

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post #2 of 16 Old 05-25-2007, 12:34 AM
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I've been using the little one for a few months now, very impressive! And Gary is just a hoot to talk to.

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post #3 of 16 Old 05-25-2007, 09:00 AM
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That's cool. Thanks for posting. I have been thinking about building something like this to get my Sirius on my bike. I was considering making a bar-mount volume control interface. I would be interested in hearing more about radio setups. I have never had one on a bike before, but I'm an audio and electronics nut from way back.

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What set ups do you use for Sirius?

I want to be able to use my car Sirius on my Wee-Strom. How do you guys do it?

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What specifically do you need to know?
I haven't installed one yet, but these are my thoughts on it...
1. either wire in a 12V accessory power outlet, or hard wire the 12V power into the bike.
2. line out from Sirius into a small amp (as pictured above) driving helmet speakers or earphones.
3. mount the unit in a waterproof cover or case. I don't know the availability of these, but I have to assume there is something out there that would work. I'm visualizing a slip-over cover with a clear plastic front. They use similar items in the food packaging industry to put over the touchscreens on the equipment to protect against grimy hands and harmful washdown water/solutions.
4. mount the antenna somewhere that is vertical on the bike.

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I have an ampli-rider installed on my strom and there are a few things you need to be aware of before purchasing. Mine is installed under the seat and it simply cannot take the vibrations. I've had a few components vibrate loose and had to re-solder some traces. The input/output jacks vibrate enough to cause the connection to become "muddy"...basically, the audio sounds like it's under water. There have been times where I intentionally find a bump in the road to jolt it back to normal. Currently I've got my ear buds going directly into my Sirius radio, but no volume control...and that's what I really wanted with the ampli-rider.

On the other side, it's a great amplifier. With ear buds, I can only dial a tiny bit of volume without hurting my ears...this thing packs some power. If you can find a place to mount the unit where it doesn't get vibrations, it should work for you. When there's an opportunity, I may take the unit apart and hard wire the input/output directly to the board and bypass the plugs.

Graystrom, I did the 12v power outlet at first, but later installed a power block and relay for some other farlkes. Mount it with a RAM camera mount and use a plastic baggie for water protection. Cut down the antenna and velcro it to the clutch side.

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I'm seriously thinking about making a unit of my own to sell, and I would really like all of your input about what features you would like it to have.
It would be higher tech than what is pictured above, and absolutely immune to vibration and water, and have a bar-mountable control.
Some of the features I had in mind were:
digital control with LCD display for all functions- with programmable input names displayed.
multiple inputs with the option of mixing them with individual level control, or using 1 at a time. That way you could listen to music and still hear your GPS or another device, if you wanted.
on-board tone controls, possibly a multi-band EQ.

let me hear some of your ideas....
One thing that I am not sure about is what kind of control is preferred with gloves. Do you like a rotary knob for volume, or an increment/decrement pushbutton type of control?

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Here's point of intress:

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I have the amplirider.
The first one Gary sent me had the same vibration problem mentioned above, the output connection came loose. I emailed Gary and told him the problem and he sent me another unit and added some glue/sealant to the all the input/output connections. Have had the unit mounted on bike for several hundred miles with no problems. Mounted with rubber bushings on an aluminum strap bolted to the fairing subframe inside the fairing and the control pod double side taped to the top of my grip heater control.

Highly recommend Gary and his amplirider!

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Keep the price reasonable, multiple outputs for a second set of speakers (for your passenger), solve the vibration issue and a mountable rotary knob for the volume control

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I'm seriously thinking about making a unit of my own to sell, and I would really like all of your input about what features you would like it to have.
It would be higher tech than what is pictured above, and absolutely immune to vibration and water, and have a bar-mountable control.
Some of the features I had in mind were:
digital control with LCD display for all functions- with programmable input names displayed.
multiple inputs with the option of mixing them with individual level control, or using 1 at a time. That way you could listen to music and still hear your GPS or another device, if you wanted.
on-board tone controls, possibly a multi-band EQ.

let me hear some of your ideas....
One thing that I am not sure about is what kind of control is preferred with gloves. Do you like a rotary knob for volume, or an increment/decrement pushbutton type of control?

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