Blue Tooth Helmet Earbud

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Dranrab Luap, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    I don't know if such a thing exists, but I'd like to be able to listen to music on my phone and answer my phone on the bike. I want my earpiece to be an earbud for the sake of external noise attenuation. Does this exist and if so can you give me some reviews and some links. Also, what mouthpiece would you recommend. I am an e-tard the likes of which you have never seen, so please frame your responses in a very non-technical manner. I know NOTHING about this. I have an old flip phone and may upgrade if I can get what I have described above for a reasonable price.
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  2. Weekend_warrior

    Weekend_warrior Been here awhile

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    Sena is pretty good. I have one for my wife as well so we can talk during 2up. I can also sync with other devices... listen to music from my Iphone (any Bluetooth phone or GPS). You can also hardwire a MP3 to it. I can also make and take calls. The interface is easy to get along with. only 2 buttons on the whole deal and you can tell what mode its in by the tones you hear. Pretty painless actually... YMMV.....

    http://www.senabluetooth.com/products/smh10.php?tab_menu=overview

    I have the 10 verion. Not sure if the other 5 version is cheaper or not. I got them both on E-bay as a package deal.

    Also, they have one for a 2way radio that is pretty cool.

    I did have a fitmint issue with the craddle on the first one. Return was easy and fast. They replaced the whole kit with not questions asked by the resaler that I delt with on Ebay.
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  3. Weekend_warrior

    Weekend_warrior Been here awhile

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  4. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    I am interested in an ear bud listening device. The rubber plug thing I actually push into my ear canal.
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  5. ReactorTrip

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    Sena sells an adapter to use any earbuds you want for use in the one posted above.

    http://www.senabluetooth.com/products/acc_SMH-A0303.php

    Highly recommend the Sena setup. Absolutely love mine.
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  6. sparkymcgee

    sparkymcgee Been here awhile

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    Sena makes an accessory mount for the SMH10 that specifically allows you to used whatever earbuds you prefer. You have to buy it separately.

    http://www.senabluetooth.com/products/acc_SMH-A0303.php
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  7. sparkymcgee

    sparkymcgee Been here awhile

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    I'll add that I would recommend the Sena as well. I am happy with mine. I use the stock speakers and wear earplugs and can still hear them well enough. I think with a little better positioning, I will get even better sound.
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  8. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    So I would be able to pull music from and answer phone calls from a Casio Commando in my tank bag and install the earbud of my choice with that system? That sounds like just the ticket. How do others report your voice quality when you talk to them while riding? What is battery life like in the unit and could I charge it on the road with a 12V power plug? Thanks for the help.
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  10. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Those look a lot simpler and they are less expensive. One of the features of SENA is a noise dampening system that I guess is to cancel wind noise from your mic when you speak. I wonder if this item has that feature. Have you heard any reports from motorcyclists?
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  11. Jwaki84

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    http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product/freedom_bluetooth_full_face_motorcycle_helmet/web1009008
    One of the best purchases I have ever made. Got it for $120 on sale too! I love listening to music on the go, don't really like stuffing headphones in my ears every time I hop on the bike though. Over the bluetooth you can make calls as well, and if you have Siri, you can do all kinds of fun stuff. Sound quality is ok, better if you have some type of wind blocker around the neck, can't wait for Bose to come out with a helmet speaker set.
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  12. ReactorTrip

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    They don't work well in the wind, tried something similar and you got to find an awkward to tape the mic inside you helmet so it doesn't pick up just wind.

    I had a 40 min conversation with my wife on the Sena while I was traveling the other day. Average speeds were between 30 and 55. No issues hearing or speaking to her. I use the helmet speakers version though.

    Spend money on something you know works well (even if you choose another motorcycle specific system besides the Sena) instead of testing out a bunch of cheaper stuff you may just have to toss in the corner.
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  13. sparkymcgee

    sparkymcgee Been here awhile

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    I've thought about converting to the Sena earbud options. How quick is the process of popping the buds in your ears and getting the helmet on? Do you leave the extra wire in the helmet? If so, how do you route it and how much does it hang down out of the helmet?
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  14. marco polo

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    I use the Sena with the optional helmet clamp for earbuds. This optional clamp: 1) replaces the standard helmet clamp; and 2) comes without the helmet speakers (you supply ear buds of your choice). I use custom-made ear buds that have hollow sound tubes (not wires) that run from each plug and out the helmet. Once they exit the helmet, I run those tubes inside my riding jacket where they come together at a sort of "Y"-junction that houses the sound drivers at about mid-chest level. From there, a single wire continues down the inside of my jacket and when it comes out at the bottom of the jacket, I then run it up the outside of my jacket and plug it into the female audio port on the back end of the Sena helmet clamp. Sounds more complicated than it is. It's the same set-up I used with my Autocom. Putting the earbuds into my ears takes as long as it does to insert regular ear plugs (I always use Oto Ease lubricant, whether I'm using ear buds, or regular custom-molded ear plugs). Putting my helmet on is, well, putting on my helmet. There are no wires inside the helmet, just the small, "plastic" sound tubes that run from each ear bud.
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  15. John Smallberries

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    In my case with the modified Cardo Scala G4, the process is very quick and adds only a few seconds to my normal pre-ride ritual. I leave about 10 inches of cord for each earbud loose in the helmet. The rest is tucked away in the liner. When I put the helmet on, I sometimes have to tuck a bit of the excess wire between my head and the liner. My liner is a good fit, so this wire stays put while riding.

    It works great. The main problem is that my favorite set of earbuds, the Etymotic ER6i, is no longer produced. Once these die, I'm in search of a new style. Just Google "site:www.advrider.com best earbuds/earphones" and you will get thousands of opinions on the matter!
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  16. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    We have the Sena SMH10 and love them. They are set up with the optional earbud mounting brackets and truly do everything well.

    BUT

    Do you really need it?

    I have a Shoei Qwest helmet with the air curtain under the chin. If solo, I simply use the normal Skullcandy earbud/mic set that I'd use with no helmet. I hold the inline mic in my lips when putting the helmet on and then release it to lay in the mouth area. The Blackberry phone is easily usable to highway speeds like this. I do have a tall windshield and am normally in a quiet pocket of air.

    That said and despite it working while moving, I do pull over if needing to make or take a call. I criticize enough cage drivers distracted with their phones that I don't want to be a hypocrite. Having the mic already in the chin area means that you do NOT have to take your helmet off.

    As for music with a BBY, you can download it or insert a miro-SD card and play it off that.
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  17. tmotten

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    How are the sena's with charging for long weekend camping trips where the only power is from the bike? I would have to be able to charge it for a full day, 10hour ride, use from something like the mini gorilla overnight.

    https://powertraveller.com/iwantsome/primatepower/minigorilla/

    Or if it can be charged on the bike whilst in use would be an other option.
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  18. ReactorTrip

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    They have lasted me full days of riding. I sometimes charge them overnight, but mostly I just charge them while riding and using it. Which makes them awesome, got to love a device you can charge while riding and using.
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  19. sparkymcgee

    sparkymcgee Been here awhile

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    I wish Sena would make a clamp that had both in helmet speakers as well as the earbud option. It could simply turn off the speakers when the buds were in.
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  20. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    If you don't need bike to bike the Parrot SK4100? works well. Cheap too.

    My son and I have two of these. No advanced features, but they work well for their intended purpose.
    http://www.sharkmotorcycleaudio.com/product/SHK4RIDER/shark-4-rider-intercom-communicator.html
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