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Old 03-27-2008, 06:24 AM   #1
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Scala rider with earplugs??

I was looking at the new scala rider but wonder if anyone has used it with earplugs. I use Er6's when listening to music/books . . but never ride plugless.

I'm assuming helmet speakers will not work for me . . . but thought I'd ask.
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:52 AM   #2
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They sure didn’t work for me so I cut them off and installed a 3.5mm jack instead, now I plug in my ER6i’s right into the Scala Rider.
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Old 03-27-2008, 12:45 PM   #3
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I use the original scala rider, with small speaker in helmet, with Etymotic ear buds. I have the volume turned up all the way on the scala, and I can hear phone calls in my helmet at up to about 70 mph.
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Old 03-27-2008, 03:35 PM   #4
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I use the original scala rider, with small speaker in helmet, with Etymotic ear buds. I have the volume turned up all the way on the scala, and I can hear phone calls in my helmet at up to about 70 mph.
That's interesting. So you use the Etymotics for music, and let the speakers take only the phone call duties? So, I'm guessing you don't find the sound quility of the speakers good enough.

And FrankS . . . you simply cut the speaker wire and soldered on a minijack?
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Old 03-28-2008, 04:35 AM   #5
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That's interesting. So you use the Etymotics for music, and let the speakers take only the phone call duties? So, I'm guessing you don't find the sound quility of the speakers good enough.

And FrankS . . . you simply cut the speaker wire and soldered on a minijack?
I don't think the Zumo will transmit XM or mp3 over bluetooth, and if it does, it is mono. So, yes, I prefer the etymotics for better sound quality and also to block out wind noise.
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Old 03-28-2008, 10:43 AM   #6
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I don't think the Zumo will transmit XM or mp3 over bluetooth, and if it does, it is mono. So, yes, I prefer the etymotics for better sound quality and also to block out wind noise.

It will do mp3 via BT but not XM and yes, it is mono and the quality isnt great.
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And FrankS . . . you simply cut the speaker wire and soldered on a minijack?

Yes. Although Im now doing some fine- tuning since the original speakers were 0.5W / 8Ohms and the Etys are 16Ohms, it sounds a bit distorted but still better than the stock speakers with earplugs.
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Old 07-12-2008, 10:12 AM   #7
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How about this?

http://www.jays.se/products.aspx?sub=jaysblue2
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:56 PM   #8
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I've had no experience with that brand, but it should work ok for direct phone pairing and streaming audio to.

This is the unit I am waiting for stateside distribution of:
http://www.motorola.com/motoinfo/pro...alObjectId=228

They are on fleabay now for about 75$ but should be in stores (for hopefully less) very soon.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:00 PM   #9
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I use the original scala rider, with small speaker in helmet, with Etymotic ear buds. I have the volume turned up all the way on the scala, and I can hear phone calls in my helmet at up to about 70 mph.
+2 here, my passenger and I have the penny tech audio system (belkin rockstar connecting radar detector, ipod nano, and her and I's Skull candy ear buds) and we both have the Scala Rider (Teamset). I have the BT headset paired with my Zumo, paired to my Q, which when I get a call I can hear clearly over any audio playing, and can grab the phone and hear the caller while I am in process of pausing the playback.

My friends think I'm crazy, but it works pretty well for passenger and myself to get 'full functionality' while on the bike.
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:42 AM   #10
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Headphones

Motorola now makes a Bluetooth device I have been waiting for. You plug any pair of 3.5mm headphones into it then pair it up to listen to the other bt device. Sounded pretty cool to me. I've got some BigEars I would like to utilize with the Scala teamset I just purchased, and listen to my bt streamed iPod. That, or figure out how Frank did that mod!
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Old 07-14-2008, 04:36 AM   #11
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I've had no experience with that brand, but it should work ok for direct phone pairing and streaming audio to.

This is the unit I am waiting for stateside distribution of:
http://www.motorola.com/motoinfo/pro...alObjectId=228

Brave reviews on their headphones:

http://www.avreview.co.uk/news/article/mps/uan/1790
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Motorola now makes a Bluetooth device I have been waiting for. You plug any pair of 3.5mm headphones into it then pair it up to listen to the other bt device. Sounded pretty cool to me. I've got some BigEars I would like to utilize with the Scala teamset I just purchased, and listen to my bt streamed iPod. That, or figure out how Frank did that mod!
You don't say?
Guess that makes at least 2 of us waiting for it.
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:42 AM   #13
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Brave reviews on their headphones:

http://www.avreview.co.uk/news/article/mps/uan/1790
Didn't realize it was the same company associated with q-jays...then that should be a decent product from what I read.

I'll still wait for the Moto unit
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:29 AM   #14
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I thought I'd heard somewhere that Cardo was coming out with a Scala Rider that had an additional input and also a 3.5mm earphone jack so you could use different earphones. Anyone know anything about this?

Also, I found a thread on another message board about modifying the Scala Rider for use with other earphones. This guy opened the unit and unsoldered the Scala earphone leads at the circuit board, and soldered in a 3.5mm jack. I've been debating cutting off the Scala earphones and splicing my Etymotic's, but I think I might try what he did and solder a jack directly to the board. On this message board thread there's also discussion of putting a "Y" jack and inputing another source (ipod) into the Scala Rider. This would be a great solution, if the Y-jack would automatically switch to the input with a signal.

Here's the thread:

http://www.vfrdiscussion.com/forum/i...0&#entry524813
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:39 PM   #15
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So is the main problem that the default scala rider stuff doesnt give you the sound quality needed to handle calls and communication or it doesn't let you also listen to your ipod etc for which most of you wear earbuds to do?

These for lack of a better term "blue tooth bridging" devices are to let the scala rider and the ipod use the same set of earbuds? What about the micing for the phone stuff?
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