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post #1 of 27 Old 08-27-2008, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Head Phones what do you think about them?

On long trips like my hour ride on the interstate to work I pull out the trusty MP3 player and ear buds and rock out to some tunes on the way to work pluse it breaks up the menotiny of the wind noise but I have been catching some attitude from some people about it but I realy dont see the problem with it due to the Gold wings and harleys with there intercoms and CB's and Sterio systems and talking gps systems what's the proablem with a little MP3 player and head phones its not like i cant hear the super swamper cager runing up beside me or the fire truck police etc..?

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post #2 of 27 Old 08-27-2008, 01:44 PM
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Road with my iPod on one time. Shit sucked, I couldn't stand not being able to hear the bike. I think I may be in the minority but I enjoy the sound of the bike.

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post #3 of 27 Old 08-27-2008, 01:47 PM
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When I take a long trip, I like using the Zumo as an MP3 player.

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post #4 of 27 Old 08-27-2008, 02:09 PM
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I have just gotten an MP3 player and am still looking for a good set of ear plugs. The ones that came with them are worthless pass 20 miles an hour.
The next ones had the ear hook to hold them in position so the helmet doesn't wipe them off, also worthless due to wind noise at speed. I am looking for the ones that plug into the ear with a rubber noise barrier next, altough I don't expect them to do much better. I will probably work my way up to the $35. or $40. range before I give it up. Music would be nice but it just isnt that important to me. If you find something that works, post it. There's bound to be a few more that are tight wads and are having this problem too.
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The main reason that it's considered so dangerous is that they can act like ear plugs for the things around you and then pump sound into your ears after that. So you silence the things you're supposed to be paying attention to, and then crank the stuff you're not.

That said, I am a die hard musician ( my old band: http://www.myspace.com/themusicofessex ) and if I don't have music playing to me at all times I am dead inside. So I came up with an answer to my delima.

I bought some sony Sport Over the Ear headphones that had a speaker that was small but designed for playing out instead of playing straight into your ear. I disassembled them and took only the speaker and the wire with me to my helmet.

I then took an Xacto knife and carefully hollowed out some of the styrofoam near where the straps connected to the helmet (Shoei). I made sure not to damage the construction of the helmet. I hollowed out maybe less than 1 sq inch, maybe 1/4 inch deep.. The speaker did not want to fit in this area (which is a good thing) because I want the speaker to stay in place. So I pushed pretty hard to get it lodged in there. I covered it back up with the side padding and voila, I have sound!

There are three great things about my set up.

1. They don't move around when you slide the helmet on, or rip your ears off when you pull the helmet off.

2. It is not loud enough to inhibit my ability to hear everything I need to hear. But it is plenty loud to keep my going strong.

3. No more fiddling around with whatever just to hear music when I'm going. I put the helmet on, plug in to my Zune and I've got tunes.

If anybody wants to do this too I can make a thread of my exact steps with pics.

Total cost: $20 and time. Scissors can be substituted for the Xacto knife.

P.S. I've found a program called MP3Gain to up the dB on the music in my library so that where my Zune fails in volume, my actual MP3's will make up. Just to get a little louder for the freeway.

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post #6 of 27 Old 08-27-2008, 02:57 PM
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I've got some Phillips in-the-ear buds for my iPod that do a decent job of reducing wind noise and sound good, and the rubber part actually keeps them in my ear while I pull my helmet on. Having music keeps me a little more sane both around town and on long trips. I don't think its completely safe to ride with them in (and its illegal in some (most?) places) but I try to constantly scan around myself anyway, and I can still hear sirens with them in.


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post #7 of 27 Old 08-27-2008, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Model Number: MDR-EX85LP/BLKBud Style Headphones
Pump up the volume with these super-light, in-the-ear, studio monitor-quality bud style headphones.

this the pare I have and there sound quality is the best iv ever herd out of some ear buds but this is my first set with the soft cushon in the ear but there pritty good going in i have a full face scorpion exo-400 octain helmet but comming off is a nother story there is some discomfort to pulling the helmet off the bud will come out of my ear but going on the buds dont come out but not that bad if I say so my self and I use a SONY WALKMAN NWZ-A818 very nice like it better than the IPOD my brother in law has

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I use Shure E3c's and my iphone, love music while i ride!

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post #9 of 27 Old 08-27-2008, 05:13 PM
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Got to have the iPod with me on long trips. Just haven't found a set of ear buds that don't get really uncomfortable with the helmet on yet.

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post #10 of 27 Old 08-27-2008, 07:11 PM
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Strangely I use the stock Ipod earbuds.

I know everyone says they are crap (which they are to some extent).

I like them because they put the music directly into my ear so I can hear it, but they don't block out any other sounds like the noise attenuation earbuds (the foam ones).

I keep the volume even lower when I ride then when I am listening at home or whatever. Just loud enough that I can hear it, but it doesn't mask anything.

Plus, they are pretty comfy because they are not wedged in there.

I have the madstad and CalSci Tall, so it is pretty quite back there.
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