Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: The Deep South of Vermont
I just don't understand bike speakers. If you ride slow, no helmet, and want others in the vicinity to appreciate your wonderful taste in music, and appreciate what a quality stereo you have, well then, bike speakers are just the thing. You'll be a BMW'ed, yuppie version of a getto blaster.
Having used the bike's speakers, then Autocom helmet speakers, then off the shelf earbuds with limited decible reduction of ambient noise, and custom made in the ear speakers, I can tell you there is no comparison between bike speakers and custom in the ear speakers.
Comfort, sound quality, hearing protection from wind and road noise are all superior with in the ear speakers. And you can still hear ambient noises fine.
I would argue that rather than decreasing safety by preventing you from hearing ambient noises, the noise reduction from in the ear speakers protects you from riding fatigue, prevents hearing damage from wind noise, and improves the quality of audio sound.
So whenever I hear of someone upgrading their speakers or adding a power amp, I have to say check your premises. In the ear speakers or helmet speakers are way better than upgrading the bike's audio.