[QUOTE=ADulay;868146]Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you.
I love my new 2014 RT but with all the stuff they managed to add to an already good bike, you think they would have put a simple "audio out" plug on it somewhere!!!
You have undoubtedly saved me many agonizing nights trying to figure out a way to get my trusty, noise cancelling ear buds to work with the new bike.
Not to confuse the issue but to offer options, I just finished hard wiring my system today but instead of tapping the speaker into wires from the Alpine unit under the rear seat I tapped into the speaker wires up front behind the speaker grill. I think this resolves the confusion about what is ground.
Only 2 trim screws up front for each speaker trim face, once the trim is off you will see the previously mentioned color coded wires running into the the bottom of a OEM connector. On the topside of the OEM connector are 2 wires, Red for speaker and Blue for ground, this is true for both sides of the bike. The Blue and Red wires then run out the topside of the OEM connector going thru a waterproof grommet to the backside of the Speaker where they connect.
I stripped down my headphone 6 foot Jack cord, 3 wires in the headphone jack cable Black = Left speaker, Red = right speaker and when see the pictures the Green wire is now my ground wire. By my choice I cut the Black ground wire on the headphone jack cable inside the storage compartment and spliced in the heavier gage green wire to use for my ground wire for both speakers. Used a grimped connection and covered the ground wire splice with heat shrink. Pulled the cut end of the 3 wires thru a 1/4 inch waterproof grommet, I had pre drilled a sized hole on the inside of the left tank top storage compartment. I left about 5 or 6 inches of headphone Jack inside the storage compartment, then worked the grommet into the drilled hole.
I first measured twice and cut wires once for my connections on the left side then ran the remaining right side speaker and ground wire for the right side connection under the instrument panel and tie wrapped it to the an existing wiring bundle under the instrument panel.
Made my connections on left side, I use a Y connection on the Green ground wire to the left side speaker connection then out for the right side speaker ground. Made my cuts and connections for the right side then ran a wiring loam from the from the storage compartment to the left side connections that terminate behind speaker trim. Then I ran a loam covering the wires for the right side speaker connections. I could not find Positaps, box connector work more or less the same but do require a little more space. But that is not a problem up front as there is plenty of space behind the speaker trim.
I am not real sure how to upload multiple pictures on this site but if you are interested in this mod message me and I will send you and really high quality photo group showing all the comments and connections.
I now have the ability to use my Klipsch XI 10 earbuds or my whole ear fitted monitors. I like the front location for ease of operation and on and off the bike without complications. I use a very light, small 3 foot coiled cable for my monitors and earbuds connections so it stays mid-chest height and can expand out to about 5 feet without a problem. Or I can run an Audio cable from the connection directly into a line-in connection on my G9X Scala headset. I installed Tork X pro speakers in my helmet huge improvement in the speakers quality and volume. So I now have my iPhone and GPS paired to helmet /Scala G9X with BT audio thru the helmet speakers. I replace the headset speakers with Tork X Pro speakers and the audio quality and volume are much improved. When I hear the incoming GPS message or incoming call I just the tap the Radio's ON switch and it mutes the bike audio. I am not connected to the by bike audio by BT any longer. Options ... I like options. Wiz wheel works ... Life is good.
Audio is much better with this direct setup, BMW BT is just not up to the task, shame on BMW because this is an ongoing issue from the early days of the 1600 GT and GTL on other forums. I have read of the very same issue from a lot of BMW Communicator users so much so I cannot see putting $1200+ for helmet and Communication especially not be able to test drive one first. I was born at night just not last night