Custom earphones

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  1. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I'm thinking about getting some custom made earphones made up for music. I currently use Shure EC2, and they work well, but, now that I have a Schuberth C2 they pull on my ears removing the helmet, and it really hurts. Makes me not want to use them.

    FYI, I've also got an Active 7 Autocom setup for sale. I'm gonna post that in classifieds now.

    Anyway, any recommendations?

    Thanks.
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  2. monkeyman

    monkeyman Been here awhile

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    I got the cheaper ones from http://www.earinc.com/. They're local to me, so I just went in, but I know they have provisions for people who don't live in CO.

    They have 1, 2, and 3-element speakers. I have the 1-element, http://www.earinc.com/p2-music-competition.php. Sound is not awesome, but it's decent, and they are 27 db NNR as well. Fit under a helmet just fine.
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  3. Ron_Ces

    Ron_Ces Aging Hacker

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    I had custom earplugs made at a bike show in DC. They fit perfect and the sound quality is excelent.
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  4. AK Bear

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    I got mine form EARinc by mail. What I did was go to a local audiologist and have her make some molds of my ear canals and then sent them to the EAR folks. 2 weeks later I had perfect speakers for my ears. I got the ones for $250 and they are great for the bike, cutting the grass or snow blowing. They cut out 30db of noise and I can keep the volume at a reasonable level and still hear the music. I've had them about a year now and have put 5000 miles on them on the bike and lots of other hours. I'm completly satisfied.Bear
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  5. LarryGS

    LarryGS Been here awhile

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    I probably have the same plugs that Dinskeep has. EARINC is local to me too. Customer service was great, after 6 mos. one of the wires came out of the driver and they replaced the wire - pronto. The fit is excelllent and the sound, I think, is very good. I like the NR - without tunes, and like that the music doesn't have to be blasted to be heard. Well worth it.
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  6. beezil

    beezil what would Jack Bauer do?

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    I had a set of UE5c's made by Ultimate Ears. I like to try to kill 2 birds with one stone so to speak. I not only wanted a pair for the bike, but also the plane and gym. The UE's sound is unbelievable... They are engineered to be used with low power mp3 players such as IPOD; and extract plenty of bass because of this. They are, however, not cheap.

    One of the best purchases I have made for long distance motorcycling aside from the 12GS.

    Lee
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  7. Lujo

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    I also got a set of earplugs from Marilyn of Now Hear This (plugup.com) at the DC motorcycle show. Haven't worn them for very long yet, but they seal better and feel more comfortable than the custom monitors I got from EAR Inc. Then again, for the EAR Inc monitors I went through a local audiologist, and maybe having to deal with a middleman resulted in a less-than-ideal fit. However, the Now Hear This plugs and monitors use a more pliable material, so I wouldn't be surprised if they generally are more comfortable.
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  8. GB

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    I got the custom molded ones from Ear Inc. The Challenger monitors.They sound great.. best thing going, and protects you from hearing loss due to wind noise... but.... I can only wear them for a a couple of hours at a time at most.. and I had the ear canal impressions done professionally at an audiologist.. it's just when you put something in the ear canal, it eventually acts as an irritant..

    I have tried just about everything.. The autocom is great, but I like to wear hearing protection, and when I do, I can't hear the music much anymore.. I tried Shure... Etymotics.. you name it.. and I still haven't found what i'm looking for... which is something that will play loud enough without distorting, and I can still hear it with my ear plugs in... I'm not looking for the living room armchair sound experience, just adequate volume without distortion... anyone with constructive suggestions... i.e. no wise cracks! :ear
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  9. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I browsed her site. what Ilike is that I can get custom molds for the Shure phones I already own. that should save me some money! Has anyone done this?
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  10. Lujo

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    My experience with a local audiologist is that she wasn't necessarily particularly clued up on special requirements for motorcycling (e.g., biting down on something or chewing while taking the impressions). You might want to see if a softer compound (like the one from Now Hear This) is more comfortable for you.

    -Lujo
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  11. Lujo

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    I haven't done this, but I discussed it with her and she said she could actually also reuse the drivers from my EAR Inc. phones and charge me only $90 (I think) for the new custom earpieces.

    -Lujo
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    One more happy EAR, Inc. customer. I'll add to Larry's comment that I've now had them do work three times, at no charge to me. They're great folks and a good company.

    >I can only wear them for a a couple of hours at a time at most.. and I had the ear canal impressions done professionally at an audiologist.. it's just when you put something in the ear canal, it eventually acts as an irritant..

    BG- The musicians I work with sometimes have the same complaint. I've found, and tell them, to wipe a little bit of Neosporin + pain ointment on the plug. I helps lube it, desensitizes the ear a bit, and makes a better seal. But you DON'T want to put the ointment in your ear first, it will clog the canal of the earpiece. Apply it to the plug.
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  13. AK Bear

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    Wow, I've used mine continusually for 1100 miles before. They got a little sore, but nothing that would make me want to stop using them, or even take a break. Glad to know I got a good pair. Bear
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  14. Falp

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    I use an iPOD Shuffle with the stock headphones. :1drink
    Pretty good and recommended (better than I tought) but lacks bass inside the helmet...

    Bought some Sennheiser MX 500 but they don't match the Apple sound, don't sound good together.

    Tried some Shure EC4... awesome sound!... But I cannot hear a thing around me during riding, out of question...:cry (allways commuting and driving around town...).

    Is there anything good for music to mount inside the helmet? Is something like Autocom musical?
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  15. PJveetwin

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    I purchased my Challenger’s from bob Weis at the Ear plug Co. I bought the do it your self kit that he recommended to get the mold then he sent them off to be made. He made no suggestions to me to do anything special for motorcycle use. The sound is as good as it can get but I could only stand to wear them a couple of hours at a time because of the pain. I ended up using a 1” belt sander and slowly started sanding the area where I felt was needed while avoiding the cannel area. The improvement was huge but they still can not be worn all day. It’s interesting some people can wear them all day long with no issues. I’m still not 100% happy with mine….might have to do a little more sanding :huh
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  16. NJ_Bob

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    Take your helmet with you when you get them fitted.

    I have a C1 Schuberth and I have no problems with my E2c's fitting in them. I also have a custom molded set from Marilyn Navia but I prefer the E2c's.

    Do you wrap the E2c's wires over the top of your ears as Shure directs you?

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    I tried not doing as they recommend and just letting the wires hang down and that is not comfortable at all. Wrapping the wires over the top of my ears makes a huge difference in comfort.

    I also find that the entire earphone fits very well (does not protrude) in my outer ear structure if I position it just right. Of course, everyone's ears are different, and the new Schuberth is narrower.

    I did try one on without earphones at my local dealer and it really felt snug compared to my old one.
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  17. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Bob,
    thanks for that. The only way I get them to fit comfortably over my ears is using the left one (black and white) in right ear and right in left. Do you do that?
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  18. monkeyman

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    Interesting idea. I do have problems on long multiday trips with my EAR no-speaker earplugs (I don't wear the speakers every day on long trips). After 5-6 days of riding, my right ear gets irritated, I presume from wax buildup in my ear and on the plug. When that happens I switch to soft waxy plugs that don't go in the canal for a day or two to give it a rest and use some wax cleaner in my ear. I'll have to try the "lube" idea.
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  19. M2

    M2 where 2 ride today?

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    B[/QUOTE]

    I have a problem with aching ears after a while. What "pain ointment" would you reccommend. Sometimes I need to ride the interstate for a few hours and would like to be able to use the earplugs.
    Thanks
    Mike
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  20. Lujo

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    In my opinion a large portion of the "painful earplug" syndrome is due to earplugs that don't fit well. The ear canal doesn't necessarily have the same shape when you're wearing a helmet and riding a bike as when you're sitting in a chair and taking impressions.

    -Lujo
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