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It appears quite a few members here use headphones/earpieces/earbuds.



I am considering this in the future, and would like to know what is liked and disliked.



Looking to connect to only a MP3 player (the phone can wait).



I have heard Earfuze is very good, what else?



Thanks,

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For earbuds, i used a set of skullcandy(best buy), they are great for killing wind noise, and by proxy, you don't have to have anything turned up super loud. Its a payoff IMO. I just bought a pair of Sony DRBT140Q to install into my helmet, they also work quite well. Check your local laws on the matter, also. Some states don't allow it at all, some allow one ear, others don't care.
 

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I think earbuds suck. I had some Skullcandies and they would never stay in. I had some cheap Koss earbuds for $5 at walmart that worked ok but still I had to fuss with them every time I wanted to put the helmet on and take it off. So the logical answer is in helmet speakers. I have both my helmets rigged and the input is connected to the helmet and tucks away when not in use.



If I have to go into a gas station or other place all I have to do is unplug and i'm ready to go. Simply plugging back in gets music again. My kit was cheap about $8 and well worth it.



http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Moto...IO-IPOD-/140433534695?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_100
 

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I use the skullcandy earbuds too. I find it hard to ride without them now because it's so quiet and the music doesn't have to be loud. Like earplugs with music.
 

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I think earbuds suck. I had some Skullcandies and they would never stay in. I had some cheap Koss earbuds for $5 at walmart that worked ok but still I had to fuss with them every time I wanted to put the helmet on and take it off. So the logical answer is in helmet speakers. I have both my helmets rigged and the input is connected to the helmet and tucks away when not in use.



If I have to go into a gas station or other place all I have to do is unplug and i'm ready to go. Simply plugging back in gets music again. My kit was cheap about $8 and well worth it.



http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Moto...IO-IPOD-/140433534695?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_100




Done. Hopefully Stitch gets a commission on my sale. I'm hoping my iphone has enough juice to support it for longer rides. Thinking seriously about adding a 12v Cigarette lighter so I can bring my charger. I'm getting more confident in my riding and rather than talking to myself, I think I'll bring along a little Willie Nelson to keep me company.
 

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I think earbuds suck. I had some Skullcandies and they would never stay in. I had some cheap Koss earbuds for $5 at walmart that worked ok but still I had to fuss with them every time I wanted to put the helmet on and take it off. So the logical answer is in helmet speakers. I have both my helmets rigged and the input is connected to the helmet and tucks away when not in use.



If I have to go into a gas station or other place all I have to do is unplug and i'm ready to go. Simply plugging back in gets music again. My kit was cheap about $8 and well worth it.



http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Moto...IO-IPOD-/140433534695?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_100




I feel like i've overspent on the bluetooth ones, now! But yeah, if you wear a full helmet, the skullcandies won't be for you. They're very dependant on where they sit in your ear. in too far, muffled, out too far, fall out. I also already had to buy another set of the squishy bits. But the sound quality and noise reduction from them make up for it IMO.





I have to have anything in-helmet MUCH louder to compensate.
 

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I had in-helmet speakers that lost the battle with wind noise

then I tried cheap walkman type earphone things that were uncomfortable

and Like BS were fiddly when getting my helmet on.

I may try some of the soft buds next because as stated earlier, they can also act

to dampen wind noise even if you're not listening to music/radio/phone.

I dont want em too good though, I like to 'keep an ear'

on the bike as I ride
 

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Etymotics ER6i



Noise isolation similar to earplugs. I have worn these all day without ear fatigue. You can play your music at normal volume and hear it fine. A little pricey but worth it to me.
 

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I bought a pair of semi-cheap ($40) Altec Lansing's from Best Buy and they work really well with my full-face.  The main deciding factor for me was the cord, some expensive pairs have a wicked thin cord that I'd be afraid would break after not too long.  The one's I got have a braided nylon cover on the cord which has held up for a year now.  I stuff the things inside my jacket pocket and generally treat them pretty harsh and they've worked really well.  The main thing to look at is how far will they stick out of your ear.  Mine are very minimal, especially compared with some of the skull candy's I've seen.  It took me a lot of experimenting to figure out which rubber bud would work best for me, some fit well but didn't block sound out as well, other's didn't fit well at all.  Again, just speaking from my experience, my cx seems to drown out the bass in the music, so I put the bass up on my equalizer setting.  Overall, I don't think I'd spend a hundred dollars on a set that I wasn't sure I liked, I took a chance on these cheaper Best Buy one's and they've been just fine.



Oh yeah, if you get it so that they block out sound well, you won't have to turn the music up loud at all.  I keep mine on the same basic volume for riding the bike as I do if I'm sitting at home.  It's not so loud that I can't hear a horn or sirens, but with the bike on, the helmet on, and the music on, I can't hear spoken words.
 

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I think earbuds suck. I had some Skullcandies and they would never stay in. I had some cheap Koss earbuds for $5 at walmart that worked ok but still I had to fuss with them every time I wanted to put the helmet on and take it off. So the logical answer is in helmet speakers. I have both my helmets rigged and the input is connected to the helmet and tucks away when not in use.



If I have to go into a gas station or other place all I have to do is unplug and i'm ready to go. Simply plugging back in gets music again. My kit was cheap about $8 and well worth it.



http://cgi.ebay.com/...faultDomain_100




Coincidence? Just 10 minutes ago, I found these on ebay and ordered 2 pairs.



I'm really happy to find someone here is already using the exact same item.
 

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I think earbuds suck. I had some Skullcandies and they would never stay in. I had some cheap Koss earbuds for $5 at walmart that worked ok but still I had to fuss with them every time I wanted to put the helmet on and take it off. So the logical answer is in helmet speakers. I have both my helmets rigged and the input is connected to the helmet and tucks away when not in use.



If I have to go into a gas station or other place all I have to do is unplug and i'm ready to go. Simply plugging back in gets music again. My kit was cheap about $8 and well worth it.



http://cgi.ebay.com/...faultDomain_100




Coincidence? Just 10 minutes ago, I found these on ebay and ordered 2 pairs.



I'm really happy to find someone here is already using the exact same item.
 

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I just got a Cardo, scala-rider Q2 I love this thing works great! good sound even on the E-way.

Highly recommended for those that want a bluetooth head set, has a built in FM receiver, Audio jack(for MP3, Ipod and what not)and hools right to my phone A++ in my book.



Link for those that might be looking http://www.cardosystems.com/scala-rider/scala-rider-solo
 

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Yeah Cardo is nice and so is the price, I am just looking for some headphone/buds for like $30.00 or less.



Today tried a Sony "street style". Nope too quiet. Tried some JVC earbuds, OK but had to have MP3 on max at highway speeds and barely made out the music, ok in town but I am looking for highway tunes.



Still got 5 days before I leave on my trip, so still looking.



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I've used Skullcandy, a cheap pair of Koss and the Ipod ones that came with my Ipod. I didn't like any of them. I'm going to breakdown and get me a set of helmet speakers for my full face. I still need to figure out what to do with the half helmet. I've seen people mount them in ear covers, but I really don't think I want them in during the summer months. I guess it may be full face if I want music.
 

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I've had a Cardo Scala Q2 system since Christmas, and it works well. However, for $20 or so you can create a headphone system that works extremely well at both isolating wind noise and creating clear audio. It also works just fine in a full face helmet.



I found a set of Koss headphones that allowed me to replace the original rubber earbud cover with an earplug. Outside noise is blocked, and I could keep the volume at low levels while hearing it crystal clear.









If you can find the AOSafety earplugs ($10), pull off one half and pop it over the Koss earbud. They're available for $10.64 at Amazon with Prime shipping.
 

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I've had a Cardo Scala Q2 system since Christmas, and it works well. However, for $20 or so you can create a headphone system that works extremely well at both isolating wind noise and creating clear audio. It also works just fine in a full face helmet.



I found a set of Koss headphones that allowed me to replace the original rubber earbud cover with an earplug. Outside noise is blocked, and I could keep the volume at low levels while hearing it crystal clear.









If you can find the AOSafety earplugs ($10), pull off one half and pop it over the Koss earbud. They're available for $10.64 at Amazon with Prime shipping.


Thanks for the tip, I think the biggest problem "is" fit. With a good fit for blocking the outside noise, most decent earbuds should work fine, just have to find the ones that fit me.
 

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Wore my new helmet speakers today on the ten mile commute to work. Pretty impressive for sub ten dollar solution. I had tried earbuds before with similar complaints to what you guys are talking about. I've still got to figure out the routing of the wire so it doesn't bind up when I turn my head, but other than that I think they're great. The iphone seems to have enough volume so I can hear the music but it doesn't drown everything else out.
 
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