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post #1 of 18 Old 04-09-2011, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Advice needed with helmet audio

Hi,
I have a Garmin nuvi 360 mount which I'd really like to listen to:
1. I'd know what Ms. Gps tells me to do
2. There is a Whole Lot Of Love waiting to be listened on my MP3 card .. (and other Led Zep)

Originally I was thinking of speakers, but this is not a solution for me after all. It fits a loud person on a Harley...:mrgreen: I'd like to listen to my stuff without disturbing others.

So - looking for a quick and cheap solution that would provide reasonable audio quality.
Here's what I'm thinking of.
1. Get a 3.5 Male-Female cable that would go from the Garmin through the chassis to around the seat. (<$3)
2. Get Sony ear buds that would simply be connect to the 3.5 cable mentioned above.
Around $18
Amazon.com: Sony MDR-EX56LP/BLK EX Style Headphones - Hybrid Silicone Type Earbuds (Black): Electronics

I like this because it seems relatively easy to setup and also maintain - no batteries, bluetooth etc.

Does this setup make sense? Can any recommend of this method or against it?

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Earbuds are what I use, but I don't run the cable through the chassis. I just run it out the bottom of my jacket and plug it into the GPS.

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I have tried a few simple/cheap diy solutions and now use earbuds with a very short lead on a Sena. This is working the best for me so far (but I'm still looking for the perfect solution).
I have been wired to the bike before, and more than once wires either get caught and the earbuds are pulled out when you move you head, or you forget to unplug upon dismount and the earbuds pull out.
But try it, you might come up with a very workable solution.
At $21, you haven't lost much if it doesn't work as good as you hoped.

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@SCraig: Could you please elaborate on how the cable runs from the bottom of the jacket to the GPS? Does it simple go over the handle bars in a straight line to the GPS?
The reason I mentioned following the chassis is to avoid the cable running loose in front of me. The jacket 'connects to the bike' but having the male of the earbuds go in a short vertical path to a 3.5mm female connector that is secured strongly to the bike.


@Mick: What is a Sena? Could you post a photo of your setup please?
As for risk: I totally agree with you, for $21 you can't really go wrong.

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Autocom

it will give the ability to expand with bike to bike, rider to pillon, radar, etc. with noise cancelling headset, crystal clear over 100mph



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The Sena SMH10 is a helmet bluetooth thingy.
Bluetooth Stereo Headset and Intercom for Motorcycles - SMH10

If you want to use earbuds instead of helmet speakers (I did) you also need this Bluetooth Stereo Headset and Intercom for Motorcycles - SMH10

I just shortened the lead of my earbuds and soldered on a new plug (actually used a pair with a broken lead) to 330mm from left bud to plug (need to figure out how to post pics). If I were going to cut a lead to do it again I would go a bit longer than 330mm, but that is all that was available on my broken earbuds and is almost perfect.

If your GPS doesn't have bluetooth, then you also need a bluetooth dongle for the GPS.

This certainly isn't a cheap solution, but it is the simplest and most reliable to use everyday out of the few things I tried. I commute everyday, about 30 mins each way and the Sena lasts more than a week between charges. I find it nice to have volume and track controls on the helmet, and with the shortened earbud lead I almost never rip the buds out of my ears while riding. The only reason I am not 100% happy is the Sena base seems to have developed a dodgy connection near the earbud socket (I think I have been a bit rough with it)
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@randyo: Thanks, but AutoCom is just too expensive. I'm looking as I stated, for a cheap solution. Plus it has many features I don't need.

@Mick: Regd. images - simply use a site like Imgur, upload an image and then copy the image url. There is an Insert Image button in the forum Message Edit buttons (or you can manually write [IMG] then the image url and then the [/IMG] tags).

As for your suggestions, the Nuvi 360 does have bluetooth but it seems the profile is for hands free phone, not for a bluetooth headset (i.e. playing audio). So I don't think it would work.
I can get the bluetooth transmitter and receiver but it makes it more expensive.
So, my thoughts currently is to get the Sony earbuds and that cheap male-female cable. I can always add the bluetooth components later if I decide to be 100% wireless.

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BTW: A little bit off-topic (but kind of related because I can't hear the Nuvi at all at speeds over 20MPH)..but there seems to be a hack to make Nuvi's have louder voice directions: (Hacks the Garmin voice file)
GpsPasSion Forums - Nuvi 350/360 low volume?

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@randyo: Thanks, but AutoCom is just too expensive. I'm looking as I stated, for a cheap solution. .
back when I started out, I tried many of the "cheap colutions" and found that they weren't solutions cause I couldn't hear anything over 40 mph, I ended up doing what a wise long distance rider told me in the beginning, save your pennies, so I did, and now I'm happy for it, yes Autocom is expensive but actually less expensive now than what I paid 5 years ago



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I have a nuvi 760 and did basically what you are talking about. I ran the wire through the chassis and up to the front of the seat than stitched a cord into my jacket the cord in the jacket plugs into my helmet speakers. Aerostich Helmet Speakers :: Aerostich/RiderWearHouse Motorcycle Jackets, Suits, Clothing, & Gear
Leave enough tether on the wire so you can stand up on the pegs.
sounds good even through ear plugs
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