Hi Folks, I really don't want to turn my participation here into anything remotely professional, but a number of people have figured out who I am and have PM'd or emailed me with questions---which I gladly answer. However, in a effort to reduce the number of times I have to answer the same questions over and over, I thought I'd post here and take your questions regarding headphones and keep it in one place for all. (It also means I can do a little posting here on work time ... legitimately.) On with the show: So, I'm the CEO of HeadRoom (www.headphone.com), we're a ---some would say "the" --- audiophile headphone company. Mostly we sell very expensive gear to high-end audio and headphone enthusiasts. For example, we make a headphone amplifier that costs $5000. Of course, that wouldn't do you a whole lot of good on your bike, but you get the idea: we're HARD_CORE headphone geeks. I thought it would be a good idea to go through the recommendations for headphones that work well under helmets. As a catagory, they're typically called in-ear-monitors (IEMs), but we call them ear-canal-headphone on out site because "Ear Monitor" is a trademarked word and the butt-heads that own the mark don't like it when we use the common word. The one many of you are likely to own is the Etymotic ER6i. These are pretty good little cans, if you've got a pair and they're working for you, you should probably just hang on to them because you'll have to go pretty far up the food chain before you'll get a big enough pop from the improvement that it would be worth the money. The downside of these little headphones is that the do stick out a little bit from your ear and may be a problem under a helmet; though they don't stick out nearly as far as the more expensive and better sounding Etymotic ER4P or Ultimate Ears cans. These go for $86.99 on our site. There are other sub-$100 IEMs out there, but none sound as good or deliver the value of these, IMH-and quite well informed on this particular subject-O. Over $100, there are two cans worthy of your attention, the Shure SE310 (which we sell for $199) and the Q-Jays. ($179) The Shures are extremely well designed and the ergonomics are stellar. These cans sit nicely tucked into the "bowl" of your ear (concha, for those who care). The downside of these cans is that they are a bit thin in the bass, so a lot of folks get a little dissapointed with them if they're into contemporary music. The Q-Jays ($179) are probably the way to go for most folks. They are AMAZINGLY small and virtually dissapear into your ear canal; no problem under helmets here! The more important thing is that they sound GREAT! Not "audiophile" great, but fun as hell. These may very well end up being my riding cans. Lastly, if you've got the wad in your wallet for it, the Shure SE530 is a spectacularly good sounding pair of headphones; and the ergonomics are terrific as well. We don't like to upsell people here (you just end up with more returns if you do ) but this is one product where we sort of make an exception. We've had lots of experiences where we get a walk-in customer with a couple of hundred to spend; we show them their choices; and then we mention the top-of-the-line Shure SE30 headphone. They stick it in their ears, and the shout, "These are friggen great. I want them. I don't care how much they cost." If you really dig quality tune, you may want to cry once on these. Just sayin'. Now, a couple of random bits of advice: The best sub-$100 headphones: Grado SR60. ($69) Butt-fugly, but amazingly good sounding, even right out of an iPod. The Grado SR-60 isn't seal, so you can pretty much hear what's going on around you. The best cheap sealed can: Beyerdynamic 231. Still a little fugly, but you can't see them when they're on your head, damit! Last recco: If you listen to music on your computer a lot, do yourself a favor and get on of our BitHeads. ($149) It plugs into the USB port of your computer and gets that audio conversion done right and out of the noisy environment in a computer. We also have a version of this product for use with iPods and such so you can use big cans on portable layers. It's called the AirHead! And I named the thing before I had my R80G/S! I must be an Airhead! Some of the products mentioned above will show higher prices than I mentioned, simply put them in your shopping cart and look for the link that says: Do you have a coupon or promotional code? <INPUT maxLength=25 size=8 name=newPromoCode> Click here for a list of our current promotional codes. Punch the "click here" and see if the cans you want have a discount code; punch the code into the box; hit the "Update Totals" button; and you cart will have the lower price. If you don't bother with all that, don't worry, we always give the lowest price regardless. Normally, out discounts are for one product only of for a very limited time on amps for people attending trade shows or something. But, I've also added a new coupon code to our list that isn't visable. Just type in FYYFF and you'll get an additional 3% discount on anything and everything you're buying and it's good for the next year. Sorry it's not much, but our prices are pretty good and margins are slim on a lot of the headphones. You can sometime find better pricing, I'm just trying to get my ADV Bruthas a little closer. If you decide to buy somewhere else, don't feel guilty or anything, but do come to our site for real information and not a bunch of marketing bullshit. We know that lots of folks come to us for advice and buy elsewhere. We've actually been able to use that fact to negotiate lower discounts on some headphones than our volumes warrent, so we like the traffic even when we don't get the sale. But like I say, we're at or within 5% of the low price on most products ... at least against actual authorized dealers. Lastly, I know about headphones for audio. I don't know much about headphone with micropones, or Bluetooth head-sets. But we're beginning to work on that. If you have any questions, fire away. If you have any comments on how you've wired up your head for sound on the road, and would like to tell me about that, I'd love the education.