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I did not want to interfere with the other member's inquiry about bluetooth communications devices; so, I started a separate thread.

What wired or bluetooth headphones/systems have you found that work well on a motorcycle? I've found that most in-ear systems I've used are pulled out of place while donning the helmet. Don't ask budget as I, like most others, would like to pay 2 bucks for a $1000 system. What I'm trying to accomplish is to find different things that work and to have a current source for all who may be looking, irrespective of budget.
 

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Cheap ear buds for music..

I was looking for the same. I gave these a try and they are cheap and work fairly well.. I found a set on sale for about $20. I've gotten as much as 6 hours of constant music use (iphone bluetooth) while riding. They tuck into your ears fairly well, just run the cable behind your neck beneath your helmet. I do pull out the sides of my full face helmet to get them over my ears, but once on I've never had them fall out.

TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones Wireless 5.0 in Ear Earbuds Sports Magnetic Earphones with aptX Stereo Built in Mic (IPX6 Waterproof, 9 Hours Playtime, Extra Bass Earbuds)

Available on Amazon..
 

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Are you asking for in-ear solutions? The Sena-type bluetooth setups are semi- permanently (Velcro/ adhesive pads) mounted. The wiring and speakers are tucked behind the helmet liner and won’t interfere with the helmet being taken on and off, with the possible exception of the boom microphone which can be a bit in the way depending on the solution.
 

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Per this video, for a budget option with limited features look at the Cardo Freecom 1 or 2.
 

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Are you asking for in-ear solutions?
No. I'm looking for either/or. Whichever someone has found that works, enabling one to listen to music or, more importantly for me, podcasts and that help to eliminate road noise. I'm a huge proponent of wearing ear plugs while riding. I'm also not one who advocates drowning out one loud noise with another.
 

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Have the Sena 20s and find it a workable solution for me and my wife. It has changed our habits when riding together or 2-up as we are better at timing stops, are able to communicate about road hazards, etc. Range is decent, sound is adequate. We both wear foam noise-reducing earplugs and have the Sena speakers and microphones installed in helmets.

Units are interchangeable, they last for a full day of riding, charge by USB and you can listen to the same music feed when paired. The system is smart and will turn music volume down in favor of navigation, intercom, or incoming phone calls.

Some people do not like wearing earplugs with speakers but it works well enough to hear at 75 mph....would like to see if there is a way to amplify volume for concrete highway rides, but asphalt is fine. At speeds below 60, volume is very good in spite of road surface. YMMV
 

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By the way I tried Bose noise cancelling earbuds a few years time ago. The expensive $250 kind, which are great for airline travel. These do not work while motorcycling. Even under the well insulated C3’s there are too many wind-puffs which cause horrible pops and other loud noises.
They worked well with the noise cancelling switched off for listening to music (with a modular helmet they are ok when putting the helmet on and off) but this was not the intended purpose.
 

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I tried helmet speakers a long time ago.

I much prefer an in-ear solution as it both reduces road noise and allows you to listen to music or, for me, audiobooks programmed through my phone. As the powers-that-be decided to eliminate the convenient but unsightly and leaky headphone jack, I now have to use bluetooth IEMs. After trying several pair, I determined that battery life was really an issue with these items and I already had a nice selection of earbuds, but they were mostly of the corded variety. I came across some bluetooth receiver/amplifiers that work really well, providing acceptable battery life and good sound. Although I tried several types, I mostly settled on the FiiO BTR3 (from Amazon). Really pretty nice and you can use whatever earphone you like. What I like about a device like this is it's very small, not even as big as a pack of gum and you can put it in a shirt pocket under your jacket with the headphone cable tucked away and not likely to hang up on something. That way, if you have your phone in your tankbag or racked on the handlebar or dash, you can get off the bike without having to unplug yourself of drag your phone half way across the parking lot by accident.

For some reason, I never have trouble putting my helmets on over IEMs, but I tend to favor designs that hug the ear rather than extending outward. I'm no audiologist but it seems to me that if you have helmet speakers turned up enough to overcome the noise of highway speed motorcycling, you're doing damage to your hearing, but that's just my opinion. When I'm not wearing IEM earbud type headphones, I'm wearing foam earplugs, anyhow.
 

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I'm a Sena fan. I had a J&M portable unit which worked well, but the Sena is just so easy I always recommend it.

I use an SMH10. Works great. Had it for .... 5 years? Replaced the battery on my own with an eBay battery about 2 years ago. Ride in all weather, listening to mostly podcasts and audiobooks. I highly recommend it. Charges for at least 6 hours of riding, and I have a long USB cable and will just plug it in while riding if I get the "low battery" warning and I'm not done riding.

And you're not putting the speakers high enough to drown out road noise if you're wearing earplugs. Any earplugs are really good at blocking out windnoise, and the speakers at a loud volume sound normal. It's not 'trading one hearing damage for another', IF you're wearing earplugs. You're minimizing wind noise, and the speakers come through great.

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Like K9 Wee, I have the Sena 20s and find it a workable system for my needs. Battery lasts all day, easily charged via USB at night. I have the Sena in helmet speakers. Volume is acceptable and the sound is clear at moderate speeds. I too wear ear plugs with it.
 

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For music, or calls, or both?

I use these, and they work amazing for music. For calls you need to make sure the band isn't covered by gear and wind noise is minimized...

I've used them on full day rides, they never budged and the sound is great. Comfortable and have noise cancellation.

https://www.amazon.ca/Anker-SoundBuds-Headphones-Lightweight-Cancelling/dp/B06VVL4WJZ

I have two pairs, so I'll be using these until they die.
 

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I fall into the Sena camp as well. I have a 10C (camera) and the speakers are very good.
This is an issue that I had wrestled with since the early seventies (5-key tape recorder).
As for the wind noise, I took a route that allows me to not have to use earplugs to protect my hearing and lets me hear the audio at fairly low volume.

I baste stitched a pair of studio headset pads to the lining oh my helmet. For about $25 USD you can get very fancy and comfy leather units like these.

Because they are sewn in place and very soft, no issue on and off and even when not listening to anything the quiet is very nice.

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II run Carbo palktalk Bolds. work good with my Android, Cell call has no wind sounds on the other end. Radio function is ok but needs to be set up from your phone to create a list of pre determind stations. Adding others to the group is a little tricky at times. you can connect via packtalk, or bluetooth, stream audio from phone, play radio stations, Bluetooth to GPS, Cell and Camera all at once, and intercom up to like 18 others both in a group or private one on one. sound quality is dam clear. Pretty high tech package.

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$$$$
adaptive volume control sucks it's easier to manually adjust via vol control on unit.
Cheap looking phone app that needs serious upgrade of functionality and features.
 

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I got a cheap bluetooth headset and the speakers aren't large, it's more that they just touch my ears. I am trying to figure out if they wouldn't do that if I took the hook / loop it sits on. For $15 it's not a bad deal. It only talks to a phone but since the GPS speaks to the Phone I should get my warnings as to when to turn. Everything else is just an extra thing.

But if I can't get it down to not touching my ear I will just do what I did before and will do after an alert. Look at the GPS

I am starting to wonder if it's worth it
 

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Per this video, for a budget option with limited features look at the Cardo Freecom 1 or 2.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AMoXbXHALc
I failed to see this earlier, but I ended up with the Cardo Freecom 2+. This is my first ever comm unit. Just installed it last night, and I was very pleased with the unit. Sounded great and seems to work well with Android Auto. Have not given it a road test yet, but I am pleased with my choice.
 

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There has been lots of good information and food for thought in this thread. One would think that one of these manufacturers could come up with something simple for those of us who desire one function and one function only, the ability to listen to music/podcasts. Even if it is wired, we/I just need something that will stay put and seal the ear so that I can enjoy my podcasts as I coast through my life.
 

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One would think that one of these manufacturers could come up with something simple for those of us who desire one function and one function only, the ability to listen to music/podcasts.
Shure SE215s and a phone in your pocket. My constant companion on long or short rides listening to Audible or on occasion music. I have a C3. I found that with most earphones I wear a thin balaclava...easier to put the helmet on and easier to clean....keeps the earphones in place.
 
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