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post #1 of 7 Old Mar 10th, 2008, 2:27 am Thread Starter
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Music through helmet speakers

Just got a 2007 K1200GT and I don't need an intercom system, but I'm wondering if a typical MP3 player connected to helmet speakers WITHOUT a powered amplifier will be functional, or do you have to increase the volume so high to overcome wind-noise that the sound quality sucks? Most intercom systems are powered so it's a non-issue, but for those who don't intercom and don't use in-ear speakers, do you use an in-line amp?

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post #2 of 7 Old Mar 10th, 2008, 9:27 am
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Re: Music through helmet speakers

If you have some of the ear bud speakers (like those that come with an iPod) go do a test ride and see what you think. I know a lot of guys that just ride with that or something similar and are happy.

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post #3 of 7 Old Mar 10th, 2008, 7:31 pm
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Re: Music through helmet speakers

My brother tried this with his ST1100 and said the volume was less than he needed at speed. He used this inexpensive device available at Best Buy. Actually I think he used 2 of them in line (but he likes his music loud)

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....ci_sku=7336055

Take a look and see what you think.

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Re: Music through helmet speakers

I used a set of headphone speakers from a high quality Radio Slack set of headphones and just my Ipod shuffle. Works fantastic in my Aria helmet with PLENTY of volume!

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Re: Music through helmet speakers

+1. I used to use in-helmet speakers but ran into the problem of not enough volume at speed.

Etymotic ER6i in ear speakers work great. Most importantly, they don't become dislodged when putting on and taking off your helmet (as long as you are careful).

Less than $100 on e-Bay.

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Re: Music through helmet speakers

Google "In-line headphone amp", lots of solutions out there. Or just go to Best Buy, or RatShack.
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I bought a set of SHURE ear plugs speakers. Amazing bass, suberb sound quality. No amp needed for iPod. Full volume on the iPod is too loud up to triple digits. HJC carbon helmet with full ventilation. Now SO and I fight over who gets the SHURE set for 2-up riding.

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