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Offline C. Moore

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Helmet Speakers
« on: September 19, 2019, 10:44:26 am »
I have a Shoei RF1200 and would like to hear my iphone for music and streaming audio. I'm not interested in talking to anyone. Is there a good blue tooth or hard wired device that someone can point me to? Thanks
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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2019, 01:46:30 pm »
I have a Packtalk which works good for music.....but I still wear earplugs to cut wind noise. I used LG Tones for years, and those were excellent. The only reason I switched was for the talk feature.
Since you don’t want to talk, any Bluetooth earplugs should be ok.

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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2019, 02:23:59 pm »
Someone recommended the ones they carry at Homedepot. I was planning on getting a pair of these, but I haven't yet. Maybe someone here has an opinion on these or other bluetooth earbuds.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Tzumi-Sound-Mates-Wireless-Stereo-Earbuds-Bluetooth-5-0-6759HD/309459741

It looks like they actually carry these a lot of places.

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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2019, 02:54:34 pm »
Invest in a good set of noise isolating earbuds and a Bluetooth connector.

https://tinyurl.com/EtymoticMK5

https://tinyurl.com/ReceiverBT


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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2019, 11:54:00 pm »
I have a new Shoei RF SR to replace my RF 1100 after 5 years. Rode about 2 miles yesterday to the gas station up the bypass without putting my earbuds with isolating triple flange tips in....the roar was wild. Not sure how I rode for so long without these....but the ringing in my ears that won't go away makes me wish I had got smart sooner

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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2019, 03:39:57 am »
I use the Cardo Freecom 4+ with the JBL speakers. It's great, good music volume even with my earplugs in at freeway speed, plus it allows nav and phone override then goes right back to music. Also has FM with presets and scan. Excellent. Voice commands work really good.
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Re: Helmet Speakers
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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2019, 10:05:54 am »
Thanks for the replies. The guy on the you tube video has some good ideas. Kind of funny too.

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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2019, 11:44:21 am »
CM - Please let us know what you end up with, and how it works out

(I still use an old ipod nano and earbuds, having tried out a helmet mounted system years ago that was basically inaudible above 50 mph. Also tried the aerostitch helmet speakers - same result. The Cardo 4+ has some good reviews for bluetooth connectivity, if communicating with passenger or other riders is important to you. I typically ride alone...)

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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2019, 05:41:26 pm »
I ride alone also, i chose the cardo for music because the speakers and voice commands are really good and i wont ride without 33db foam ear plugs.
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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2019, 02:55:47 pm »
Thanks HR!

Which Cardo do you have? (seems like there's lots of models/generations)

I also use ear plugs (or ear plug type ear buds). Do I understand that you can hear your Cardo OK with your earplugs?

And, you can change volume, etc by voice command? (I usually wear gloves, and not sure I could work the controls with gloves on)

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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2019, 04:28:47 am »
Freecom 4+, easy to hear with 33db foam earplugs in. Can change volume with voice commands or thumb wheel which is easy to use with winter gloves on. It uses JBL speakers, good sound.
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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2019, 05:30:30 am »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi0GOvgWNs8


This video includes a review of Airpods that are like the ones they sell at Home Depot that I was considering. It does seem like they just don't fit in a helmet and are probably not worth trying.

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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2019, 11:51:47 am »
I use a Sena SMH-10 com unit. It has the availability to blue tooth music, phone, gps, and com with other units. On my versys I add foam ear plugs and they make it easier to hear the audio at speed.  The downside is the unit attached to the helmet. At different times I have been able to connect to my ipod, tablet, gps, or phone and it has a port it input a wired connection if you wanted.

There may be good wireless earbuds to use just for music but any in the ear speaker will have to fit very well to not be dislodged while riding. I have a set of active noise canceling earbuds I was going to try to use just for the noise but had a hard time putting on my helmet and they put a pressure point in the ear when the helmet was on.

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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2019, 11:25:44 am »
Thanks for all the great inputs!

I am going to see about getting a Cardo four +, just to ditch the earphone wire (always a tangled headache). My learning here is that you can listen (to Cardo or Sena) through ear plugs!

I assume the (Cardo) voice command is only for Cardo? (eg, Would "Hello Garmin", spoken over Cardo microphone, activate Garmin GPS voice commands?)


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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2019, 11:55:50 am »
With Sena the gps has to be a motorcycle unit Zumo for the connection to my headset. My auto Nuvi blue tooth will not connect into the headset. Check both the headset and gps manuals online to find the ones that will work.

On my Versys with the original windshield I get too much wind noise to hear audio at freeway speeds and traffic. With foam ear plugs blocking that noise the spoken word and music is cleared for me. On my C-10 I am usually running passenger intercom and do not use ear plugs, we are able to talk at any speed.

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Re: Helmet Speakers
« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2019, 12:42:20 am »
I use a cardo smart h Bluetooth which has 40 mm JBL speakers. They work great. :)