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Offline BeeSharp

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Audio System Guidance
« on: August 12, 2015, 02:47:14 pm »
I’m looking at different alternatives for audio systems for my new to me 98 Concours.
I’d like to be able to plug my SiriusXM radio into the unit and then Bluetooth headphones and my iPhone. On my previous bike (Valkyrie) I had an old Starcom wired system that worked well for SiriusXM, but the Intercom never worked at highway speeds.

Attached is a simple drawing of what I want in a system. Money is always a consideration, but I’m OK to spend some American Dollars to get a system that functions well and is simple to setup and operate. A CB would be nice, but not a must have. If nothing wireless exists to do what I want, then I could fall back to a wired system.
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Re: Audio System Guidance
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2015, 03:01:08 pm »
I do everything you mentioned using my Scala unit and my Garmin 560.  I loaded my music on the Garmin and link my phone to it and bluetooth it to the Scala Unit.  If I want I can just link my phone directly to my Scala unit using bluetooth.

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Re: Audio System Guidance
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2015, 03:41:22 pm »
I do everything you mentioned using my Scala unit and my Garmin 560.  I loaded my music on the Garmin and link my phone to it and bluetooth it to the Scala Unit.  If I want I can just link my phone directly to my Scala unit using bluetooth.
Not wanting to hijack, but my Scala is skipping tracks when hooked up to my phone. Could it be the cell service?
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Re: Audio System Guidance
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2015, 05:02:33 pm »
Unless your SirusXM radio has Bluetooth capability the only way to use it will be to use an audio cable to connect it to the headset Aux audio in. The Scala systems have an AUx in... unsure about the Sena.



regarding the the :offtopic: stuff

I do everything you mentioned using my Scala unit and my Garmin 560.  I loaded my music on the Garmin and link my phone to it and bluetooth it to the Scala Unit.  If I want I can just link my phone directly to my Scala unit using bluetooth.
Not wanting to hijack, but my Scala is skipping tracks when hooked up to my phone. Could it be the cell service?

I never have a problem like this unless the song file is corrupted on the phone. Sometimes a fresh download of the offending music files to the phone helps  A few times I found the MP3 or M4A in my iTunes music folder was bad (ripped poorly). When I come across a bad track while riding, I note it and fix it in the future.

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Re: Audio System Guidance
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2015, 05:07:54 pm »
Unless your SirusXM radio has Bluetooth capability the only way to use it will be to use an audio cable to connect it to the headset Aux audio in. The Scala systems have an AUx in... unsure about the Sena.



regarding the the :offtopic: stuff

I do everything you mentioned using my Scala unit and my Garmin 560.  I loaded my music on the Garmin and link my phone to it and bluetooth it to the Scala Unit.  If I want I can just link my phone directly to my Scala unit using bluetooth.
Not wanting to hijack, but my Scala is skipping tracks when hooked up to my phone. Could it be the cell service?

I never have a problem like this unless the song file is corrupted on the phone. Sometimes a fresh download of the offending music files to the phone helps  A few times I found the MP3 or M4A in my iTunes music folder was bad (ripped poorly). When I come across a bad track while riding, I note it and fix it in the future.
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Re: Audio System Guidance
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2015, 05:48:32 pm »
Using your pic as a base... this is more like how the Scala operates.  External audio plugs into the headset. Phone is paired with headset. Second headset (passenger or bike-2-bike) is paired. Depending on the age of the system, a third headset is pairs via the second (on newer units the primary may be able to pair with up to 3 devices - I can't remember)

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Re: Audio System Guidance
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2015, 07:18:15 pm »
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