Bose QC20- noise cancelling earphones on motorcycle- "long-term" South American ride review

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by bakercdb, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. deep6blue

    deep6blue n00b

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    Where did you find the JBL’s for $25?
  2. HardWorkingDog

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    There's a link in that github file...that's an eBay refurb unit for $25.
  3. Motor7

    Motor7 Been here awhile

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    There is a new player to the noise cancelling game....$100

    A friend of mine just bought a pair of Leophile Zero's...bluetooth, noise cancelling and 20 hour playback time. She said the noise cancelling is top notch and the only issue is they do stick out of the ear a bit so getting her helmet on/off requires some finesse.
    https://reviewspros.com/wireless/ge...ilt-in-microphone-and-wired-mode-black-today/

    What they are missing(imo) is waterproof-ness. Their other model, Leophile EEL are waterproof, but not noise cancelling. Looks like "us" riders are going to have some fantastic music options since technology in this area is rapidly inbound.
  4. Gruesome

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    That's a super crappy review you linked to. Essentially just click bait, and no review at all.
  5. voltsxamps

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    So as I mentioned in my last post, I had lost my AT33’s on the 210 freeway a week ago. Turns out that was a good thing as you’ll read below. I’ve been wearing earplugs this past week and quickly missed having turn by turn directions and music so I bought a new pair of headphones about 9 hours ago.

    My previous ANC experiences had made my purchasing decision much easier by now as I knew what I liked and didn’t (rechargeable batteries), so I bought the moderately priced Pioneer Rayz Plus, $149.

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    Im at work.. download the app, plug them in and auto calibrated as before. Listen to a few tunes, mess about with the settings and notice there’s a software update notification. I do the update, auto calibrate, and give them a listen- hmm ok..seems the same as before.

    Then I take them on a test ride. Took it up to 50.. 60.. with visor open and closed. Seems a tad bit quieter compared to the first time I tested them a month ago but I’m wearing a different helmet (Bell RS-1). Could it be the helmet? I open up the throttle and see what happens at 80. Not a single pop. I cruise at 80 for a while, change lanes with a couple head checks.. still quiet.

    So I bring up the speed to 100mph. Wow, okay, now I’m seriously impressed. No popping and the noise cancellation is very similar to the Bose QC30’s. These are the inverse of Michael Jackson: The King of No Pop.
    :rilla

    Maybe it was the software update made the noticeable improvement or maybe the difference was wearing them under the Bell RS-1 instead of the Shoei RF-900. I’ll be testing the Rayz under the Shoei lid tomorrow to verify if it was the helmet change or software update that made the biggest difference and will report my ride results.
  6. HardWorkingDog

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    Sounds interesting, the Pioneer Rayz Plus, but it looks like they only work when plugged in to an iPhone?
  7. voltsxamps

    voltsxamps Advolturer

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    Correct. The current version must be plugged into an iPhone to function. No 3.5mm connectivity, limiting compatibility with any other phone, nav unit, or BT set.

    I’m still in search for the “perfect” ANC solution myself and was willing to accept some compromises to get effective noise cancellation with the least amount of feedback/popping and without hassle of rechargeable batteries. So far these Rays are meeting the most important criteria without breaking the bank. Have been evaluating them under different conditions (headwinds, following semis, different helmets.. and will be updating more tonight - ongoing ride review

    Ideally, I’d like to have this level of performance built into a helmet that is on par with Shoei/Arai/Bell in terms of safety, ventilation, quality so I can skip the hassle of wiggling the helmet on/off around the earbuds, and am hoping SENA gets this combination right with their Momentum scheduled for Q1 2018. If it misses the mark on its debut, I’ll be using the Rayz until something better comes along.
  8. swimmer

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    I sent Pioneer an email asking about an Android or generic version becoming available. They have something on their site as coming soon.
  9. Drwnite

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    In my own world belting across the Hay Plain's in the middle of nowhere, no traffic and at ton + on my old 76 Ducati 750 SS listening to great tunes on the walkman, (yes it was decades ago) my peripheral vision caught a flash and damn it, there was this irate cop (presumably sirens blaring) up along side indicating profusely that I should pull over! As it turned out, he's been trying to do so for quite some time! The ensuing conversation ended in, well here you give the bloody thing (the walkman) to your kids, whoever and I got off without a rather large ticket! The moral of the story is, I couldn't hear a damn thing over the music, (Think it was AC,DC) which and effortlessly lead to a euphoric moment and a severe case of leading elbow! Never ridden with headphones or coms since, unless I'm navigating in heavy traffic and have the GPS plugged in! A sweet sounding V Twin is music enough for me :D
  10. Gruesome

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    You can use the noise reduction without listening to music. Engine sounds, sirens, horns (and screaming babies on planes) still come through.
  11. swimmer

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    They replied to my response and it's seems like they are planning on releasing new products the support USB audio.