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post #1 of 17 Old 01-12-2017, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Wireless earbuds

Anyone have wireless earbuds that they can recommend? Specifically for helmet use, of course.
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post #2 of 17 Old 01-12-2017, 10:41 PM
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That is very difficult technically.
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I got some Fuze bluetooth ear buds as a present. You can buy them bluetooth or corded. They are DIY custom fit so they sit flush with your ear and would work with a helmet. There is a little dongle about the size of 5 stacked quarters that you clip to your collar. They aren't high fidelity but sound fine and are an inexpensive place to start. I like mine but I don't use them on my bike as I have a Sena set up and I like that functionality (changing volume, skipping songs, making a call, intercom). A Sena type set up can't be beat for that.
I mainly use the earbuds for working out. They cost around $35. I'm sure you can get better if you want to pay more. Good luck

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The dongle approach makes more sense from battery and fit standpoint for a helmet but I prefer my Shure 215s for good sound, low profile and modular design and it can plug directly to the SENA 20.


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I have a Sony SH-50 that is a dongle but it has an OLED display and can manipulate songs on your phone - works exactly like a headset with remote - even has a microphone for calls. That said I find it just as easy to wear the normal earbuds plus no battery.
I have yet to find a helmet ear speaker that sounds worth a damn. I have a Cardo Scala Rider G4 that was just ok. I tried upgrading teh earpieces to uClear which frankly I call them a hoax since they have terrible sound.
I look at earbuds as a two-fer - I get to listen to audiobooks, podcasts and tunes plus hearing protection from wind noise.

BTW - y'all check out the OverDrive app for your phones. It plays audiobooks and can even hookup to your library or internet repositories and check out audiobooks and play them. Seriously cool.

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I have yet to find a helmet ear speaker that sounds worth a damn.

I suspect you've never tried the Sena 20s when placed inside a quality helmet.



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I have Sound Peats that are awesome, but I use them for running, not riding. Might be a bit bulky to get under the helmet. I use a Sena with speakers in the helmet for the bike. Works great with the phone/music, etc., but sounds like that;s not really what you want.

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I have yet to find a helmet ear speaker that sounds worth a damn.
I suspect you've never tried the Sena 20s when placed inside a quality helmet.
Quality helmet is meaningless...no in helmet speaker can come even close to quality earphones with proper tips.....the physics are flat out wrong and don't get me started about ambient noise attenuation.

You must have a seal to get any bass, you must have a seal to get the -26 db noise attenuation.
No helmet except one has a seal and I'm not sure they even got it to production.

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Quality helmet is meaningless..

I guess we have different criteria for what we consider quality sounding speakers. Hell I'm almost deaf so I'm happy just to have clear sound as I blast down the road.

You may not achieve the quality you're looking for with the speakers compared to buds but I assure you, the helmet makes a huge difference in the enjoyment of the music. I had a cheap modular helmet and was disappointed when I installed the speakers. I have since upgraded to a Shoei Neotec and thoroughly enjoy the speakers and crystal clear phone conversations. It does take awhile to properly position the speakers. They need to be as close as possible to the ears without causing discomfort.


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I suspect you've never tried the Sena 20s when placed inside a quality helmet.

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I have. Sucks, compared to a good set of earbuds. And, I mean, SUCKS. That includes standing still in the garage, with zero wind noise. The speakers just aren't anywhere near the quality I prefer for music/audio.
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