I'm done with earbuds.

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Schmokel, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. Schmokel

    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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    I must have tried a dozen different kinds. They either keep falling out in rougher terrain, get plucked out when slipping my helmet on, battery dies in just a couple hours, get plugged up with wax (ew), or are way too quiet.

    So I bought this:

    https://www.amazon.com/Jumbl-Bluetooth-Hands-Free-Streaming-Receiver/dp/B00UUDZSKE
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    I'm going to check around the house to see if I have an old set of wired headphones that I can sacrifice the speakers out of and mount them in my helmet. I don't think I do though. And if I don't, any suggestions for a set of helmet speakers for ~$40? I can stretch that to ~$60 if I have to. Something loud enough to drown out wind noise, and bonus points if there can be some bass; anytime The Crystal Method kicks on I get myself amped up. :D
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  2. MX Engineer

    MX Engineer MX Racer

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    That Crystal Method already sounds like they use $40 speakers in their music recordings.
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  3. Schmokel

    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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  4. Dracula

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    I have still to find anything better than my old, worn out Etymotic Isolator Earphones ER‑6 Earbuds. Their only weakness and problem are the wires but that's also part of what makes them better. Mind you, I don't need audio communication - just road noise reduction and hi quality music, for long rides, but fwiw all speakers I tried do not work for me because of all the noise, I'd have to wear ear plugs anyway and then sound is never as good as from a quality in ear unit.
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  5. PineLaneRider

    PineLaneRider Been here awhile

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    Used in conjunction with earplugs?
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  6. Marcus I.

    Marcus I. The virtual world can't compete

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    Been on the googling 'buds for days (including threads here). Helmet fit is a problem since many better quality ones recommend wrapping the cord over the top of the ear. Putting the helmet on then becomes an anger management drill (especially if it's hot and you're an ATGATT rider like me).
    Or, the housing sticks way too far out causing ear canal pain and added noise transfer.
    Since enjoying high fidelity on a rumbling two-wheel noise machine isn't realistic, I'm just looking for a pair that:

    1. FIT
    2. Don't take 6 tries to put on
    3. Decent price (tops $150.)
    4. Last more than a year

    Hoping to hear/read some new positive reviews; I'm all ears/eyes.
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  7. blitz121

    blitz121 Adventurer

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    Schmokel, there are a few bluetooth helmets out there that battery life isn't abysmal. I have a modular torc t-22 that I use for my daily.
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    massrider Been here awhile

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    soupbone Been here awhile

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  10. Schmokel

    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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    I made an offer on eBay on those UClear speakers and got em' for short money. I'll see how those hold up.
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  11. baldman1

    baldman1 Been here awhile

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    Been wearing molded earbuds for 10 years now. Love them same pair too got them from the Ear plug store. The model is called Challenger II, paid $120 10 years ago. Quality sound they stay in are comfy and rugged.
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  12. jackbyo

    jackbyo @sunnysideup_mc

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    yeah I've heard of people using those Koss Portapro headphones with a Sena. Can just plug them into the Sena, or chop the cord and solder it in so there's no wires

    I had a pair of the headphones and never tried it. Since lost the headphones. They sounded REALLY good, and by all accounts are very durable. They are about the same diameter as sena speakers, but thicker - so may not be ideal if you dont have good speaker cut outs in the helmet. All depends really. The new shoei RF1200 (NXR) has very deep speaker cut outs. I reckon will fit nicely.

    If you wanted to REALLY improve the sound from your helmet speakers, you'll need a headphone amplifier. Some are very small and could be routed down into your jacket pocket. Downside would be wires and having another thing that needs it's batteries charged (occasionally)

    Whatever you do, you definitely wont "drown out" wind noise, although cheap foam earPLUGS make even my shitty stock sena speakers sound better at highway speeds, and they never get knocked out when I put on my helmet.

    attached pic is a headphone amp

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  13. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Long timer

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    I use Plugfones with my Bluetooth player. Wearing a doorag/buff under my helmet not only keeps my liner from getting all manky it also keeps the plugfones in place.
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  14. V-Tom

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    I know it is completely out of the intended price range but I have been using an Autocomm System with in-Helmet speakers for about 10 years now and my wife using one for the last 4 or so years. We both wear earplugs and we mainly are playing music through them. I don't know if any of their stuff can help you out.

    ..Tom
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    ToothDocJay Been here awhile

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    My helmet fits tight, my earbuds are not what you would call "stream lined", I have the liners installed, and with a bit of trial and error I've learned how to put the helmet on without displacing the ear buds. Interestingly enough not having the removable ear liners in the helmet do make it a bit easier to put the buds in, but without the liner in place the buds slip loose later on.

    With the liners in place the buds stay in position, all I have to do is stretch the helmet a bit while putting it on.

    The big difference though is that I'm using a modular helmet, which allows me to "stretch" the helmet a bit by tugging no the sides while putting them on. Makes a big difference when using ear buds.
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    Buckee Ah, Grasshopper...

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  19. Motor7

    Motor7 Been here awhile

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    Schmokel, I have had the opposite of your issue....finally found a set of bluetooth earbuds that are comfortable, cheap, and actually sound pretty damn good along with 8ish hrs of playtime.

    $19.49...Amazon Prime:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LMNY70M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I ditched the oem rubber earpieces and ordered the foam sound deadening type:
    https://www.amazon.com/KINDEN-Repla...775045&sr=1-3&keywords=earbud+tips+foam+green

    The foam tips stay in, and by killing more ambient noise the music volume has increased. I liked the first pair so much I ordered a second as back-up, and on trips I can now alternate a charged headset when needed. One pair did develope a problem where one earbud quit working...this was after 3-4 uses. Emailed the company and they sent me a new pair, but I did have to mail the old ones back on my dime. Since then I have put about 5K M/C miles on them, along with tractor time here on the farm, and driving the cage......no issues at all. I have been using them since Feb 2017.....almost a whole riding season of bliss.

    Now, occasionally I will pull the tip off when removing my Shark Evoline & usually it stays in my ear....no biggie, it's just something all of us will have to deal with when using snug helmets. I just keep a bag of tips on the bike incase I lose one. Never had any issues with my cheapo Bilt Apollo modular.
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  20. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    Moulded ear plugs with drivers inserted. The answer.
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