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I'm thinking about getting a pair of matched headsets for two reasons: to talk to my passenger, and to be able to talk on the phone.

We are planning a trip out west w/ the family this summer. I want to take the Wee and meet the family in Las Vegas. Then rent a car and caravan to many of the National Parks that are out that way. My wife is not too keen on the idea of having a bike and a rental car out there - because last year we did something similar and could not communicate between the bike and the car - we kept getting separated.

I know zilch about the headsets. That being said, here is what I was thinking of doing:
Get a Scala Rider Q2 Multiset (or something similar) and bluetooth it (like that? I made "bluetooth" a verb :mrgreen: ) to my blackberry. That way I can talk to the car in a pinch. In addition to the helmet speakers, I would want to continue to use my ear buds for my iPod, as everything I read says the helmet speakers are pretty crappy when it comes to music.

Are these units/helmet speakers loud enough to hear when ear buds are in? Clearly, I would need to turn the iPod off in order to hear the helmet speakers, but will I be able to hear those speakers on the highway when my ears are plugged by the ear buds?

Any advice will be appreciated. I really want an affordable way to overcome the communication dilemma. Without doing so, I will have a difficult time convincing the wife that we should bring the bike - and being out there without it will REALLY blow.
 

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I use a Sena SMH10 "bluetoothed" to my iphone for music, gps directions, and answering an occasional phone call. It's the only bluetooth headset I've used, so I can't speak to the quality of other headsets, but the Sena has plenty of volume, even when wearing earplugs, and the music quality is not half bad. They seem to have more bass than most helmet speakers. They also make a version with a 3.5mm audio out, so you could forgo the helmet speakers all together and use your earbuds for everything.
 

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