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Old 09-12-2011, 08:23 AM   #31
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i bought a Shoei helmet on this forum long time ago with j&m speakers and mike installed. bought the portable amp/switcher thing for it and the sound was great if i was not riding the bike. sounded liked 2 cheap transistor radios taped to my ears cranked up really loud to hear over the wind and bike noise. got rid of those pronto and replaced them with some custom molded plugs from Plugup.com.

while probably not the best out there, they are a huge improvement. cut the exterior noise down tremendously and i frequently use them with power tools. i would go with any quality custom molded product that uses soft material and good drivers. Pricey but worth every buck, and my backups are Etymolics with better foam inserts but i rarely use them. also have an Ijet ipod remote, so the ipod goes in the inner jacket pocket with a short cord. the remote part is big enough to use with gloves on.
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:05 PM   #32
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has anyone used helmets with their own speakers set up for music? i mean like the nolan or schuberth systems, helmets with off-the-shelf speaker systems that fit straight in. but not necessarily bluetooth
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:36 PM   #33
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want to be going "huh" when your my age, get some of these http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/er6i.aspx With these you block out the ambient noise and you can keep the music volume where you like.

I have tinnitus 24 hrs a day because I never wore hearing protection. I had the custom molds but found that my ears or canals changed in a couple years of use and they are useless now.
I use these with a Jabra BT3030 blue tooth. The Iphone sits in the ram mount and the bluetooth and wires are under my jacket.

I got 3 years of commuting out of my first ER6i (old plug style) and the Jabra still gives me 8is hours of music.

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Old 09-16-2011, 06:28 PM   #34
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earbuds

I use "Koss® 151572 Porta Pro Earbud Stereophones", the only thing that works!! They are cheap too. I have tried in helmet speakers, which were worthless, and about any other reasonably priced option, with sad results. I use those yellow ear plugs for foam replacement, also cheap, and punch holes through them.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:10 PM   #35
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Tried speakers, went back

+ 1 on the etymotic best I've found. Speakers may be more convenient than occasionally having to frustratingly reach up inside your helmet or occassionaly stepping on em, but I keep going back to buds.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:22 PM   #36
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Helmet speakers are good for awhile, work better (comfort wise) wrapped with sheer nylon covers.. but eventually get staticky connections.. and never quite loud enough over 70mph.. I bought a pair of sony's with the ear clips and they work awesome! paid 10$ at Freds.. went back and bought a back up set.. still in the package after over a years useage.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:20 AM   #37
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I use the Etymotic ER6i ear buds with a Amplirider by Electric-avenues. But the thing that makes it all work is a "Silky Helmet Liner". Covers the glasses and ER6i buds and the helmet slips right on. I've used this setup on many 10 -12 hour days with no discomfort.
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:46 PM   #38
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Er6

After reading all the hype i bought a er6 , most uncomfortable and crappy sound i ever put in my ears
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Old 10-01-2011, 01:12 PM   #39
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Ear buds / Good -Bad

Now I'm confused, I too was reading all the hype of the Etymotic ER6i ear buds they seemed the be the most mentioned and prefered brand.
I am currently trying to decide between blue tooth or wired / ear buds or speakers There are many choices and I'm sure there is not one brand or type that works best for everyone
One of the questions I have is what type of ipod or mp3 or other device are you using to get the good or bad results you are receiving from the type of speaker or ear bud you are using ?
I see there are several different amplifiers to choose from are there any specific combinations that seems to work best ?
I also suffer from tinnitus and the music can help ease the constant sound in your head that you hear over even while riding
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Old 10-01-2011, 02:13 PM   #40
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Now I'm confused, I too was reading all the hype of the Etymotic ER6i ear buds they seemed the be the most mentioned and prefered brand.
I am currently trying to decide between blue tooth or wired / ear buds or speakers There are many choices and I'm sure there is not one brand or type that works best for everyone
One of the questions I have is what type of ipod or mp3 or other device are you using to get the good or bad results you are receiving from the type of speaker or ear bud you are using ?
I see there are several different amplifiers to choose from are there any specific combinations that seems to work best ?
I also suffer from tinnitus and the music can help ease the constant sound in your head that you hear over even while riding
Thanks
If you use an ear bud or in-ear-monitor you won't need an amplifier, they are very efficient. My source is a Zumo. Before that it was a Creative Zen mp3 player. Etymotic er-6i are what I've been using for many years.

Edit: I tried all the options you mentioned, helmet speakers/bluetooth/wired. The above works best for me. Experiment
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:46 AM   #41
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Thanks for your input, It could get expensive experimenting with all the combinations but that seems to be the only way to get the right equipment to suit each individual.
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:16 PM   #42
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Poor Man's Custom Molded Earbuds

Go to TJ Maxx and buy some low-profile earbuds (or drop a bit more coin on some Skull Candy buds or whatever you like). They're usually around 8 bucks. They come with three different sizes of silicone fittings to fit whatever size ear canal you have. Then walk next door in the strip mall to Big 5, Dick's, Sports Authority or whatever and buy the six pack of silicone ear plugs made for swimmers.

When you're ready to ride, shove the earbuds in, then use a silicone earplug to mold all the way around the earbud and your ear. Works for me. Holds my earbuds in and blocks external noise.

I only use this method when I know I have a long ride ahead where I'll pull my helmet off a limited amount.

Someday, I'll step up to the actual custom molded earbuds, but for now, my poor man's method has worked for me and if I completely trash any element of it, I'm out $10.
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:47 PM   #43
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Got mine from Bob Weis. Only regret is I didn't get them sooner. Run Zumo 550 w/XM and radar detector through a MixIt 2.

http://www.earplugco.com/
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:19 PM   #44
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The er6i's seem to be a bit more than $70 on ebay atm.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:45 AM   #45
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I use a pair of Radio Shack titanium over the head headphones that I chopped and velcroed into the depressions in my Multitec. Have to use a Boostaroo since the RS phones have a LOT of bass. THEN, since the Boostaroo has connections for two headsets, I plug in my cheap sony earbuds and stick them in and run music to BOTH systems (speakers and earbuds)....
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