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#1 Unread post by tropicalhotdog » Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:34 pm

Can anyone recommend a way of getting decent sound in a helmet for listening to music or news radio? I've been using Tork X2 helmet speakers, but frankly the quality of the audio is pretty horrible. I don't like wearing earbuds under the helmet when I ride - it's too isolating. Are the helmets with bluetooth systems any good for this?
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this might work

#2 Unread post by wrecks » Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:02 am

I just asked my bro about this and he said his company puts one out. You can see it here.

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#3 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:36 pm

Autocom. Also enables cell phone communication and bike to bike and rider to passsenger communication. I listen to my XM radio with it.

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#4 Unread post by tropicalhotdog » Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:02 am

Thanks Lion Lady. That looks exactly like what I need. Where do you keep the control box when you ride?
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#5 Unread post by jstark47 » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:42 pm

tropicalhotdog wrote:Thanks Lion Lady. That looks exactly like what I need. Where do you keep the control box when you ride?
Two possibilities: under the seat (PITA in my opinion) and in a tankbag.
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#6 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:47 pm

My BMW has a substatial alternator, so I've got my unit permanently mounted under the seat and bike powered. My XM Radio is mounted on my handlebars.

You could mount your Mp3 player or radio tuner the same. Autocom makes whatever connector you need to feed music to helmet.

I've got an older Autocom unit (Pro7 Sport).

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#7 Unread post by Magna » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:11 pm

Funny, I was taught in my lessons that you should not be listening with any sort of earphone. I would be afraid of not hearing a siren or a horn.

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#8 Unread post by jstark47 » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:25 pm

Helmet mounted speakers used for bike comm systems, etc, don't block out environmental noise. You can hear sirens, horns, and other cars just fine.
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#9 Unread post by storysunfolding » Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:07 am

I use the MIT 100. Great little unit and comes with lots of stuff for $200
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#10 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:33 pm

Magna wrote:Funny, I was taught in my lessons that you should not be listening with any sort of earphone. I would be afraid of not hearing a siren or a horn.
In many states, IN EAR speakers (ie earbuds, etc) are illegal, but dashboard or helmet speakers are okay.

I can still hear sirens, etc

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#11 Unread post by matthew5656 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:27 am

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Magna wrote:Funny, I was taught in my lessons that you should not be listening with any sort of earphone. I would be afraid of not hearing a siren or a horn.
In many states, IN EAR speakers (ie earbuds, etc) are illegal, but dashboard or helmet speakers are okay.

I can still hear sirens, etc

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how's the quality of this setup, in your honest opinion? does it sound like a surround audio system outputted fully throughout the inside of your helmet? i ask because i owned a pair of helmet speakers that would attach to the inside of the ear lobe cushioning of the helmet, except they weren't very loud and the wiring eventually cut out of the left speaker. i don't want a sound system too loud that could rapidly damage my hearing, but loud enough that i don't have to crank max volume to block out the wind noise at 40 mph. and at 65mph, just forget about it. the only soundtrack available above 60mph is the wind blast.

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#12 Unread post by dgauthier703 » Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:08 am

Lion Lady or storysunfolding,

Do you know offhand what the rules for VA are? I know that earplugs are allowed in VA but not MD...I guess I'm lucky that my commute stays in one state :)

But I was considering getting in-helmet speakers at some point, say after I get more experience, because I think for my experience level (1 year) it'd be too distracting.

How do they hook up? Is it a just transmitter with a RCA jack (1/8") that just gets mounted somewhere on the bike, similar to alot of the iPod type transmitters for cars?

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#13 Unread post by storysunfolding » Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:32 pm

in va headphones and helmet speakers are illegal unless they are part of a motorcycle communication system. I'm just up the road from you and can tell you that the cops on 95 don't seem to care if you're on a cruiser. A sportbike? Forget about it. They pull you for 2 mph over then ream you on anything they can.

My system is like a cheaper version of the autocom. It's not as customizable... but who besides a BMW rider needs that? :wink:

Just plug in your ipod and your helmet to the unit and you're set. I used to keep mine under the seat, but moved it to a tank bag so I can switch it between bikes.
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#14 Unread post by dgauthier703 » Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:00 pm

ok...I took a look at the MIT 100.....I think purchasing one may be in my future.... :D

I'm kinda surprised about the cops on 95 remark, because I've never been pulled over....usually because some a-hole is doing 95 mph with one person in the car in the HOV lanes...maybe since the Versys isn't a sport bike :) but it looks more like a sport than a cruiser....I guess it just depends on what kind of day the cop has had...

Hey if you're still interested in going for a ride sometime, maybe you can just show me how the system works...I actually work in Falls Church (50 & gallows) but I think the more interesting rides are in PWC than in FFX

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#15 Unread post by RC DAVE » Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:43 pm

chatterbox works great
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#16 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:45 pm

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Magna wrote:Funny, I was taught in my lessons that you should not be listening with any sort of earphone. I would be afraid of not hearing a siren or a horn.
In many states, IN EAR speakers (ie earbuds, etc) are illegal, but dashboard or helmet speakers are okay.

I can still hear sirens, etc

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how's the quality of this setup, in your honest opinion? does it sound like a surround audio system outputted fully throughout the inside of your helmet? i ask because i owned a pair of helmet speakers that would attach to the inside of the ear lobe cushioning of the helmet, except they weren't very loud and the wiring eventually cut out of the left speaker. i don't want a sound system too loud that could rapidly damage my hearing, but loud enough that i don't have to crank max volume to block out the wind noise at 40 mph. and at 65mph, just forget about it. the only soundtrack available above 60mph is the wind blast.
The Autocom system has two BASE volume settings "with ear plugs" and "without." You can fine tune the base volume, then use the volume control on your output device (GPS, XM, etc) to fine tune volume, further.

The sound quality is very good, and the Autocom unit automatically adjusts ambient volume to accommodate greater road speed. BUT, to get anything close to "surround sound" quality, you'd first need a completely sound proof helmet. Let me know if you find one.

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#17 Unread post by storysunfolding » Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:59 pm

Yeah, there's not much in beating Autocomm for quality other than Baehr...
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#18 Unread post by tropicalhotdog » Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:25 pm

Lion_Lady wrote: The sound quality is very good, and the Autocom unit automatically adjusts ambient volume to accommodate greater road speed. BUT, to get anything close to "surround sound" quality, you'd first need a completely sound proof helmet. Let me know if you find one.

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#19 Unread post by storysunfolding » Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:00 pm

Looks like autocom is having a sale
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#20 Unread post by demon_racer23 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:09 pm

Yeah the chatterboxes are pretty awesome. This is the one that I have

http://www.helmetexpress.com/prod.cfm/c ... /pid/19722

It works great with my cell phone and iPod and was easy to install. The lithium battery is nice but I just have to remember to charge it after I ride. Still better than having to buy batteries every time. Anytime I get a phone call it responds well and comes in clear.
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