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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?

Thanks!
 

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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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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
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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Helmet Speakers

I am using ASUS Helmet speaker . I bought two sets ( don't ask ) and am using the thicker ones since I had dug a hole into the foam. Now i connect what ever I want to the helmet. My wolume control is readily availble during rides - wind and music do not interfere with each other, I don't have the music up loud either.
Here's a picture of the speakers. The one on the left is what I am using, the one one the right is up for sale , http://www.stromtrooper.com/670260-post1.html
 

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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?
Pretty much. I put my earbuds in, let the cord hang down, zip up my jacket, plug the cord into the GPS. The cord hangs beside my tank bag (if I use it), over the bars to the GPS. Nothing special about it. If I forget to unplug it before I get off it tends to unplug itself pretty quickly.
 

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Pretty much. I put my earbuds in, let the cord hang down, zip up my jacket, plug the cord into the GPS. The cord hangs beside my tank bag (if I use it), over the bars to the GPS. Nothing special about it. If I forget to unplug it before I get off it tends to unplug itself pretty quickly.
Thanks for the clarification.
So my 'improvement' idea to this was to run a permanent 6' 3.5mm male (goes into to GPS) to female (ear buds go into it) along side the chassis so that I don't have the cable interfering with with handling (for a 'cleaner' look)
Then the jacket/earbuds are very close to the female socket
 

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Thanks for the clarification.
So my 'improvement' idea to this was to run a permanent 6' 3.5mm male (goes into to GPS) to female (ear buds go into it) along side the chassis so that I don't have the cable interfering with with handling (for a 'cleaner' look)
Then the jacket/earbuds are very close to the female socket
I did that initially but started having problems with the connector on the GPS or something. It's been a while and I don't remember exactly why, but for whatever reason I just quit messing with it and started plugging my earbuds straight to the GPS.
 

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Hi BigMan

+1 what Scott (SCraig) does - I do the same.

I have a lead come out of my Zumo 550 that runs alongside my tankbag and I tuck the extra inside the velcro of the mappocket on top leaving the female end poking out. Like Scott I zip my jacket over the lead from these earbuds which are very cheap but comfortable and work fine.

Amazon.com: Sony Mdr-As20J Active Style Headphones with Soft Loop Hangers (Black): Electronics

When I get off the bike I tuck the lead from my jacket into a jacket pocket - and if I forget, as Scott says, they just pull free. It's simple, cheap and clean (you can barely see the wires anywhere being tucked into the tankbag mappocket.

Total cost = $20 earbuds and $5 for a three foot 3.5mm lead and $3 for a male-to-female connector on the end. I have helmet speakers in my full face, but these are great for the half-face - and these earbuds still allow some ambient noise (which I like for safety reasons).
 

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Everybody - thanks so much for your amazing help and tips!

I do admit I like to wrap up questions/projects - small or big.
So here it goes:
1. I got jbuds ear buds from Amazon ($14.95)
Amazon.com: JBuds J2 Premium Hi-Fi Noise-Isolating Earbuds (Onyx Black): Electronics



Their quality is very good so far and are reasonably comfortable.

2. I got an 6' 3.5mm audio extension cable (male-female) from Amazon ($2.34)
Amazon.com: Cables To Go 13787 3.5 mm Male/Female Stereo Audio Extension Cable (6 Feet, Black): Electronics

3. The male part of the cable goes into female audio socket of the Garmin Nuvi 360:



4. I then put the rest of the line along side the left of chasis, from behind the dashboard all the way to the left side of the bike onto the left 'triangle' above the stator cover.



Used some zip ties to secure the female part of the cable.

5. Used an 8GB SD card that was not in use.
Now there are enough songs to listen too.

6. The ear buds just go into the female part cable without hanging over the bars or attracting attention (I don't want police to see me listening to audio..)

Works great!
I also upgraded the firmware of the Nuvi along the way, and downloaded a voice - so now the GPS has TTS (Text To Speech) of street names working! Of course the Nuvi is a very cool MP3 player.

The Nuvi has a cool feature - when it has updates, the music pauses, the GPS says something, and then the music resumes. I know it may sound trivial, but it feels like a real radio announcement..

Regarding safety - I don't think there is any safety issue with this solution, the jbuds don't completely seal the outside sounds. I can hear the engine and other vehicles. In fact, I have a less noisy ride so my mind has 'more peace'..

So that's it - nothing beats listening to Led Zeppelin while riding in the back country roads on a White Pearl Wee! :mrgreen:
 

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I am using ASUS Helmet speaker . I bought two sets ( don't ask ) and am using the thicker ones since I had dug a hole into the foam. Now i connect what ever I want to the helmet. My wolume control is readily availble during rides - wind and music do not interfere with each other, I don't have the music up loud either.
Here's a picture of the speakers. The one on the left is what I am using, the one one the right is up for sale , http://www.stromtrooper.com/670260-post1.html
how is the volume at interstate speeds? using an external amp?
 
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