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Offline DWilliams

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Bluetooth set up
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:05:17 am »
Looking for the best set up for helmets:

1.  Communication for bike to bike and bike to passenger if possible
2,  blue tooth with my iphone for music and GPS
3.  good sound quality is a must. 

Don't beat me up tooo bad, been lurking for a while and did the search and have come up empty, so any help would be great....

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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 08:40:38 am »
Sena SMH10   :great:
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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2012, 10:07:27 am »
Do NOT consider Midland BT2! >:(

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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2012, 11:44:34 am »
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Re: Bluetooth set up
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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2012, 01:05:30 pm »
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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2012, 01:07:22 pm »
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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2012, 01:22:58 pm »
+1 on Sena SMH10
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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2012, 06:11:25 pm »
Sena SHM10

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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2012, 06:38:58 pm »
I have been considering this, but a quick question. Do you have ear buds, or run the speaker set up in your helmet? If you use the speakers, do you still wear earplugs?
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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2012, 06:47:41 pm »
I have been considering this, but a quick question. Do you have ear buds, or run the speaker set up in your helmet? If you use the speakers, do you still wear earplugs?

I have speakers and wear Howard Leight Max1 ear plugs and can hear music up to 70 mph and other instructions up to 80+

Sena does make a base plate that will allow you to use ear buds
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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2012, 06:50:25 pm »
We have used most if not all of the systems out there for bike to bike, bluetooth etc. and have come to enjoy the Collett Electronics set up the best. We stream bluetooth music, phone, gps etc into our helmets. They also seem to have the best distance capability for us in our mountain terrain.

We use custom ear buds made by superior sound technology. We went with the studio quality ones, more money but VERY NICE.


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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2012, 07:27:16 pm »
+1 on the SMH10 from Sena :great:
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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2012, 07:50:36 pm »
I have the speakers in my helmet. I don't wear earplugs, I just don't turn up the volume to high, I leave the stock exhaust on and I pass up Harleys so I don' have to hear their look at me I'm a tard open headers.  ;D  I've been riding street bikes for 20+ years, I even make my living on one and I never heard of wearing ear plugs on a bike until I read about it here after I bought my C14. It seems similar to wearing sunglasses at night.

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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2012, 08:32:22 pm »
I have the smh10, I think the sound quality is horrible for music! Ear buds are way better. Just my opinion.
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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2012, 10:07:05 pm »
smh10 and ear plugs, speakers no problem like it
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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2012, 10:17:48 pm »
I have the smh10, I think the sound quality is horrible for music! Ear buds are way better. Just my opinion.

Are the speakers set too deep in the helmet?  I have seen where people use extra velcro to get them closer to the ears.

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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2012, 11:28:01 pm »
I have the smh10, I think the sound quality is horrible for music! Ear buds are way better. Just my opinion.

Are the speakers set too deep in the helmet?  I have seen where people use extra velcro to get them closer to the ears.
There's just no bass, sound is very midrange. I have not played with the speaker placement. When I first installed the speakers they were too close to my ear, touching them, and the bass was no better and i did not feel it was going to get any better by moving them around. Works good for GPS, phone and Radar detector just not quality sound with music. Maybe I have a bad set of speakers? ???
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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2012, 07:49:18 am »
I know a couple of years ago Scala was the ticket....  Everyone seems to agree that Sena is the way to go, can anyone tell me if the range is good in the mountains??? or more for everday riding???

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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2012, 08:37:04 am »
If you are in the mountains and go around a curve and can't see the person behind you, you probably will not be able to hear them.  The Sena will produce some weird sounds to let you know there isn't a connection.  I did find out that if three of us are connected to where we can talk to each other at the same time, and the last person is around a curve but not seen, but the middle person I can see, then I can still hear the unseen rider.  I guess the middle rider acted as a "repeater" and allowed me to hear.

Also I don't expect any headset to give me "high fidelity" sound while on a motorcycle using helmet speakers.  I have learned to live with it but then again I don't listen to music much. On a 1500 mile ride, I may listen to two hours of music.
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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2012, 06:11:11 pm »
Do NOT consider Midland BT2! >:(

Midland BT2's and ear plugs, speakers inside helmet ear pockets.

No problem with sound levels. Used with passenger with Bluetooth too. Paired with dumb cell phone for voice calls via Bluetooth, MP3 player of audiobooks via phono jack, wireless comms with Wife.

Like it.  YMMV.  Less expensive than Sema gear.

Only trouble was speaker wire connector broke after 2 years. $30 to buy new speakers to get new connector.

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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2012, 06:23:35 pm »
With my Sena I found the in helmet speakers to suck,  I have them installed in a spare helmet I sometimes use, but I spent on getting the sena cradle that accepts my own earbuds,  I then use my custom made Challenger C earbuds which reduce road noise and give me decent sound  works like a charm

I get about 12 hours continuous out of the Sena charge for listening to music,   but I can always charge while listening by plugging into my tank bag charger :)
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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2012, 10:38:00 pm »
I don't have any issue with the speakers on the SMH10......they sound fine to me. It's a great blue tooth set up.
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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #23 on: September 18, 2012, 10:40:28 pm »
Make sure you decide how you're going to fit the 'unit' to your helmet... glue, clamp, drill a couple of holes, whatever.  I use speakers in the helmet and regular everyday stolen from work ear plugs, nothing fancy.

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Re: Bluetooth set up
« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2012, 12:46:08 am »
Scala G9. I modified the headset so I have a 3.5mm stereo audio jack. When I am on the highway I plug earbuds in and this disconnects the speakers. The audio is excellent quality and the music sounds great.