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post #1 of 25 Old 11-29-2019, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Blue tooth headphones

I am wondering what people are using for in helmet headphones, preferably wireless.
So, what I am after - basically to hear my gps unit instructions.
I have read posts here about Sena units, but I think it is overkill for what I want. I am not looking for an intercom, or to answer phone calls, or even listen to music. Just the ‘turn left here’ from the gps.
Now, that being said, once I get a set, I may use it for music/audio books etc( just trying to be realistic)
To this point I do wear moulded ear plugs when riding, not sure how this will affect things
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post #2 of 25 Old 11-30-2019, 05:04 AM
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The bride and I used BT Interphones for years, cheap and cheerful.

I had the GPS while she used them for music,(we don't talk) they lasted about 8 hours on a charge and worked perfectly for many years.

If you want more than 8 hours try buying a pair they are cheaper that way.

When I purchased one of my Zumo GPS units it came with a free U-clear set up and I have used that for a few years.

I eventually up graded the bride to U-Clear too but they are overkill for what you want.

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I use Jaybird X3 and they are pretty amazing. Cut out a ton of ambient noise too.

Also use shure in ear monitors se215 wither the Bluetooth receiver for them. Both really good plugs. Highly recommend either for under helmet use though the jaybird sit out further. Sit fine in my Bell mx9, not so comfy in the AGV.


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post #4 of 25 Old 11-30-2019, 07:42 AM
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On ebay you can get a bluetooth cable and earbuds from KZ high quality and sound great! $15-20. They block wind noise, listen to music or gps, and I can still hear outside..
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post #5 of 25 Old 11-30-2019, 08:27 AM
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If you’re an iPhone user I highly recommend beats Bluetooth earbuds. I used them all last season and very happy. Beats are now owned by apt and use same charging chord. Auto sync and works with gps, calls and music fading out when directions or call come in. Has mic also just like apple earbuds. Cuts wind noise as good as ear plugs and stays on without issue when not wearing a helmet.
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post #6 of 25 Old 11-30-2019, 09:05 AM
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I use Plugfones, corded with a Jumbl controller. Had the in helmet unit, but only used it for music and GPS. I also had to have the volume up the whole way to hear over my foam earplugs. With this set up, I can control volume, play/pause, and track skip from the controller attached to my tank bag.
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post #7 of 25 Old 12-01-2019, 08:59 PM
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I really like the Fiio BTR3 bluetooth receiver amplifier. It allows me to keep using all my favorite but somewhat obsolete corded earbuds. It sounds great and gets excellent battery life. They are on eBay for $58, but I got mine on Amazon. I just coil up the cord along with the amp and put it in my shirt pocket. It's probably just over half the size of an old school pack of gum. Uses USB C to charge, which suits me just fine. No fiddling with the ubiquitous Micro USB. My iPhone 8 shows battery level by percentage.
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post #8 of 25 Old 12-01-2019, 11:27 PM
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I would suggest just getting a low-end or used model Sena. You can probably pick up a used one on ADV flea market for <$75. Iíve had an original SMH10 now for probably 6 years and it still works great. I use it with foam ear plugs all the time. Itís always on the helmet, so you donít have to fuss with earphones every time you put the helmet on/off. Itís super easy to clip on/off to charge it or fit the helmet into a top case or whatever.

I barely use it for intercom anymore, but just have some background music on during the commute to work or occasional directions. If you ever do any 2up riding, itís nice to just tap the button and speak normally, rather than trying to turn and yell to your passenger. Or if you are in an emergency situation, just tap the phone button and say ďcall so-and-soĒ.
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post #9 of 25 Old 12-02-2019, 08:04 PM
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I have some clones of the Shure Musician headphones I bought on Amazon.

They work well and are comfortable, but I recently upgraded to Cardo JBL speakers in the helmet. Works amazing for navi,. I can wear good foam earplugs and still hear quite clearly the turn by turn directions. Also since it is hands free, I can ask to take me to a specialty restaurant, gas station, etc by just saying Hey Google.

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Thread moved to the correct area with all the other earbud/headphone threads.

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