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Howdy All,

In the never ending quest...

Has anyone used Westone brand earbud speakers under a helmet?

Description- http://www.earphonesolutions.com/westoneum1.html
Testimonial- http://www.earphonesolutions.com/beeaformori.html

I currently use cheap JVC Marshmallow earbuds with my Ipod, the sound is pretty good (not of great importance, there's always wind noise on a bike) but fit is-- almost tolerable with a helmet.

Molded earphones are too expensive at this time, typically +$200. But these Westone UM1 units at $109 seem to offer a motorcycle rider a good alternative to molded units. They are USA made, fit narrow ear canals, and if this one customer review is representative to the masses (at least to me, similar story to mine), it could be a good choice.

Helmet speakers are not an option for me, my Shoei Multitec won't permit their installation due to helmet design and padding that can't be removed.

Thoughts and different experiences are welcome.
 

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Hey Steve;

I don't know if you're aware of this post or not. http://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11269
I went with Monkeygrass' suggestion and bought some M-Audio IE-10s. If you read through the posts, MG had tried Westones and still preferred M-Audios. From the pictures in your link they look like very similar in construction. I like the M-Audios, the sound is crisp, and clean, they are lacking a little in bass, but I think most earphones in this price range do.

Fit-wise, the M-Audios come with 3 sizes of rubber tips, 1 set of expandable foam, and 1 set of silicone flanged tips. I find them pretty comfortable, but it is a little bit of a struggle getting the helmet on without knocking them out of place.

Let us know how you get along with the Westones, if you go that way.
 

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The IE-10's are waaaaay too big for my ears even with the smallest tips. Etymotic ER6i's are the smallest I've found and the sound is damgud. About $79 from Amazon.
 

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From the Ear Phone Solutions website FAQ for the Westone UM1 and UM2:

Q. What are the best earphones for riding a motorcycle?

A. I'm assuming you use a full-face helmet. Believe it or not 90% of the staff here rides and the only earphones we use are these: Westone UM1 and UM2 as these are the only earphones that are flush with your outer-ear (aside from the Shure SE Series which also provide a flush fit). All other earphones stick out of the ear and will probably jam in all the way into your brain when you put the helmet on. :) Seriously though, the only earphones to use on a bike are the Westone hands down followed by the Shure. ** Please check with local authorities as the use of earphones while riding a motorcycle maybe against the law in your state or country and they may impair the rider's ability to avoid hazardous situations.


Q. What are the best earphones for small ears?

A. The best recommendation for not only small ears, but for sound quality for the money, is the Westone UM1. My 12 year old daughter loves them and she is a tiny thing. :)


Not that I have the ears of a 12 year old girl, but I do have small ear canals as found when trying to fit various sound reduction ear plugs. (For these, I use the green Max Lite foam ear plugs, comfy for 8-16 hours of use.) The UM1 and UM2's claim to be low profile and don't stick out of your ear, making helmet use a lot easier. They claim up to (that's 'up to') 25db of sound reduction.

I'm going to buy a pair of UM1 closer to the start of spring riding season (late March or so), and take advantage of their 30-day satisfaction period. I'll report back what I find out.
 

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I have been using the In ear monitors from ears inc and they work great. I have seen a post here, some time ago, saying that they are over $200.00. When I got mine I paid about $125.00 plus about 20 for fitting. They are by far the most comfortable and keep out the noise better than other headsets I've used.
I used a pair that looked much like the ones you show in your link. They kept the noise out and I could hear fine but after an hour of riding I couldn't stand to have them in. I tried adjusting the size of the foam with no change. I suppose it could just be the shape of my ear canal but IMO fitted is the way to go.
Just my 2 since.
 
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