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Old 02-16-2013, 08:10 AM   #1
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Earphones repalcement

Hello all,

Left my E I6 etymotic earphones with my son in Chile, after our ride to the end of the world...
Hoping to buy some when back.........DISCONTINUED !!!!


So. What s the best quality and fit under a helmet ?? For less than 100 bucks????

Thanks for your opinions....

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Old 02-16-2013, 08:19 AM   #2
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Can't say they are the best , but I enjoy my Fuze custom earphones . Easy quick custom fit to your ear and tuck in nicely so they don't rub against helmet . They do not cancel much outside noise , but they have worked well for me . .http://www.earfuze.com
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:29 AM   #3
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Hello all,

Left my E I6 etymotic earphones with my son in Chile, after our ride to the end of the world...
Hoping to buy some when back.........DISCONTINUED !!!!


So. What s the best quality and fit under a helmet ?? For less than 100 bucks????

Thanks for your opinions....

Ride safe

That's a tough question. I went through the same thing about a year ago.

I tried some of the MEE M6 earbuds, and though they isolate reasonably well at my desk, on my bike they might as well not be in my ears, almost zero isolation at speed. Though they have tons of bass, too much at times.

I really wanted to get some q-jays, but for $200+ a pop with some questionable reliability issues I gave them a pass.

I settled on the Shure SE215's. I always was a little dissapointed with the er6i bass, the Shure's are a great sound and have good bass (not nearly as much as the MEE's) even when running 80mph on the interstate. I was worried at first because the tips that come with the Shure's do not isolate as well as the er6i's, but I got a set of triple flange from Amazon that work with the Shures and they isolate the same now. I was worried at first that the Shure's wouldn't fit under my helmet as well as the er6i's but that's unfounded. My helmet slips on and off easily without disturbing the earbuds. At the end of the day the Shure's are not as comfortable as the er6i's. After 4-5 hours in the saddle the Shure's begin to hurt some, whereas the er6i's were usually all day comfort or at least took longer to start hurting.

I have read that the etymotic MC5's work under a helmet. I always though they looked like they would stick out of my ear to far and snag on the helmet so I didn't try them, but it appears that's unfounded.

In my case, I'm sure anything that's shaped like the Shure's would work just as well. There are plenty to choose from in the form factor.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:26 AM   #4
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this thead has been dormant more or less but there might be something in it for you:


http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...utts+earphones
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:33 AM   #5
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I use Etymotic MC5 earbuds. They come with a variety of ear tips. I use the foam ones (like those foam earplugs for shooting). They're comfortable, stay in place when I put on/take off my helmet, and provide a good bit of noise reduction. And the sound is damned good. I believe I paid something like $60 for them.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:01 PM   #6
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If you can find the Klipsch X10 for $90, those sound pretty darn good
, fit under the helmet well and are about as comfortable as you'really going to get.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:00 PM   #7
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Whatever earphones you pick, check out EarPro EP3 plugs - http://www.surefire.com/ep3-sonic-defenders.html

You can pull the little plastic plugs and insert the plastic 'stem' that's on most earphones. They sit well in the ear under the helmet and are comfortable to wear for a long time - much better than the standard little plugs on most earbuds. They're about $10 on Amazon and can last a long time before the silicone starts to stiffen up.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:23 PM   #8
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thanks guys

i remain undecided reading all these reviews . I was happy with the E I6, If i find some very close to that , i ll be happy ( < $100). i do like the triple flange fit

thank you for sharing your experience

right now the Shure S 215 may have an edge
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:57 PM   #9
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Klipsch x10. Love em and have tried a lot.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:07 PM   #10
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I had a pair of ER6's that I loved but when they broke, all of their current models seems to stick too far out
for under helmet use. Thus I tried a new brand (to me) Westone. They fit much closer to the ear, come
with the same triple flange that the ER6 used an can be had in the $100-300+ range depending on just
how high-end you want that sound to be. Isolation is just as good as the ER6's and putting them in/taking them out is a lot easier. I'd take a look at that line, made basically for musicians which means low profile and accuracy are important design criteria.

PS- these aren't out yet but they look pretty promising:

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=O5iqY...%3DO5iqYzAxp0M
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:52 PM   #11
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After my last set of ER6s finally died I tried everything I could find and finally ended up with the Etymotic HF5s. They look a little longer but fit under my helmet just fine, and I wear tight fitting helmets. The wires are better than on the ER6s and they use the same triple flange tips which I like. They are on Amazon for $99.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:32 PM   #12
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When my ER6i's finally died I tried multiple other brands but ended up with Klipsch S4i's and I'm very pleased with them. No problems under a helmet.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:57 AM   #13
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you guys are awsome

thank you for taking the time to respond. The effort is very appreciated !!

I need to digest the info and make a decision
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:40 PM   #14
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I had the ERi6 until Dec when one side died. Bought the MC5 and they lasted a month. The left side crapped out last night. They were not as comfortable as the ERi6's either.

So thanks everyone for the reviews.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:49 PM   #15
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Klipsch x10. Love em and have tried a lot.
WOW. Reduced from $349 to $89 on Amazon.

Might be woth a try. Pity the version with the microphone is still $350!
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