Earphones repalcement

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by alainmax, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. alainmax

    alainmax ca vaut le detour !!

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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
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  2. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Been here awhile

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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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  3. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod Red Clay Halo

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    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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  4. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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  5. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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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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  6. psyco1

    psyco1 Been here awhile

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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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  7. lmychajluk

    lmychajluk Long timer

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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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  8. alainmax

    alainmax ca vaut le detour !!

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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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  9. mwood7800

    mwood7800 Banned

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    Klipsch x10. Love em and have tried a lot.
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  10. rider33

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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=O5iqYzAxp0M&desktop_uri=/watch?v=O5iqYzAxp0M
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  11. AndyM

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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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  12. sonoran

    sonoran you already know

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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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  13. alainmax

    alainmax ca vaut le detour !!

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    you guys are awsome

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

    I need to digest the info and make a decision
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  14. pyrate

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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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  15. Craneguy

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    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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  16. gregsfrontporch

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    Westone UM2;
    These may break your budget a bit, (like by 3 times) but in the end, they are worth every penny. They are a dual driver, and very efficient (more power). I am hearing my music as I never heard it before with these phones. They come with foam and silicone flanges and fit snugly under a helmet. Because of the fit they also provide an appropriate degree of ambient noise blocking.
    I went to an audiologist and had custom earmolds made for them, another accessory that is worth every penny, as it would seem that when using the foam tips on a plane, as soon as I wedged them in my ears, the stewards, uh, I mean attendants would come by and ask me what type of meal I want or something, and they won't leave, standing over looking down at me, with stupid/incredulous look on my face until you've actually taken one ear out and told them F*@#-Off (Oops, I mean no thank you). So the custom earmolds are much easier to deal with, and they provide even better isolation. After all, they fit "my" ears!
    I liked the custom molds so much that I even got a pair that will fit a standard pair of ear buds like the old style (last year's) apple ear buds. Honestly, simply using these molds improves the quality of standard buds, they also provide sound isolation, and actually keep those pesky things in the ear. These will also fit in a helmet, and may be your solution.
    I love my Westone's though!
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  17. mwood7800

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    My x10's block as much noise as any foam earplug. I often use them at the gun range. They are very comfy and have the best sound I have ever tried. Amazon has a great price now. I paid 200 when I bought mine
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  18. Motomedic

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    So, I also went through the replace-my-effed-up ER-6i headphones. I tried the MC5s. After about 4 hrs under my helmet, I experienced excruciating pain from the pressure created by the headphones. I could wear my ER-6is as long as I could wear the helmet, by the way. No issues whatsoever.

    I tried the different plugs, but the MC5s just don't work for me under the helmet. Lovely 'phones, I still have and use them, but just not riding. Next came the Klipsch headphones- didn't last one ride and they were nixed for me- my head and them just didn't get along, no matter which way I ran the wire.

    Then, riding joy was restored- I found these. :clap
    I've had them for 6 months or so (about 20K miles, since I was on a lap'o the country when I bought 'em :evil) and I still love them. Good noise attenuation, maybe not quite as good as the ER6 but still on a par with any of the others, good sound and tough, what with the short stout cord and all. I bought the single driver version and they still sound pretty good to me, under the helmet and all. I think the MC5s sound better, but the difference is minor. If you can tell, maybe upgrade to the dual driver S-Plugs.

    And no, I am not affiliated with the company in any way. :D
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  19. pyrate

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    Ordered a set. I will let everyone know if they work out. :deal
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  20. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    Well how did they work out?
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