Need some in-ear phones for Motorcycling
Dec 12, 2009 at 11:04 PM Post #16 of 30

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I don't know how hearing protection works for motorcyclists, but be aware that the etymotics foams mentioned above provide 42 dB of isolation, which is quite a lot. With music playing, there's no way you'd be able to hear anything going on around you, which seems more than a little dangerous.



This is quite an unbelievable claim. Even the best noise reduction Earsoft earplugs attenuate external sound decibels in the hearing range up to -39dB. Wind roar at 100mph+ exceeds 100dB significantly. Phork has it right on the money about these.

I used to use an Autocom with specialised helmet ear phones of a flat design. You can wear defending earplugs and still trace the sound from these flat headphone speakers which fit into standard full face and open helmets.

It's just not worth it though. If you think you can ride a motorcycle and not be distracted by music, it's really a little grandiose. All the research shows that when we operate a vehicle, our concentration (and ability to anticipate accidents) are significantly impaired. I'd hate to think what the insurance company would say it came to a claim, and a rider was found to be wearing earphones during the accident. It might be legal, but it won't go down well...
 
Dec 13, 2009 at 3:48 PM Post #17 of 30

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None. you should not be using sound isolating earphones and listening to music full stop!


I would not recommend listening to anything full stop much less while driving or riding. Shure foam sleeves mimic a car enclosure reducing all noise, except your choice of listening pleasure. Riding is in itself is inherently dangerous, engaging in anything to distract 100% concentration is asking for serious consequences indeed. Legally, Head_case has a valid point. However my last encounter with Mr Law was indifferent with my set-up.
 
Dec 13, 2009 at 9:52 PM Post #19 of 30

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My father gave the same task few months back, find him an confortable IEM to use with helmet so he could use while riding his HD.
it came down to Westone UM1.
if you check this picture
http://www.radtech.us/Images/Product...tyWestone1.jpg
you will notice that it barely have any tip coming out of your ear, so the helmet doesn't make pressure on it.
once in place, they won't come off and sound pretty good.
 
Dec 13, 2009 at 10:05 PM Post #20 of 30

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Ok, when did this become a preaching thread instead of a recomendation thread?


Errr....the bit where the OP says he wants to try and kill himself on the road?
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Dec 13, 2009 at 10:19 PM Post #21 of 30

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Ok, when did this become a preaching thread instead of a recomendation thread?


At post 3.
I've been riding a long time, and I find anything that isolates or distracts me from my riding environment to be spooky. Riding a motorcycle is extremely dangerous under the best circumstances. What may seem like preaching to you is probably more of a genuine concern for a fellow rider's welfare.
Obviously, it is up to the individual to decide.
 
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At post 3.
I've been riding a long time, and I find anything that isolates or distracts me from my riding environment to be spooky. Riding a motorcycle is extremely dangerous under the best circumstances. What may seem like preaching to you is probably more of a genuine concern for a fellow rider's welfare.
Obviously, it is up to the individual to decide.



I agree, it is up to the rider to decide and there is no need for people to concern themselves. Most of the riders I know use headphones on the long back road journeys, including myself. I dont wear any on the freeway on the other hand. But that is my choice.

Yes, the UM1 would probably be a good choice.
 
Dec 14, 2009 at 12:39 AM Post #23 of 30

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I would recommend something like the klipsch custom series, they have the semi rigid over the ear piece - I wore my custom 3's under my full face helmet for a 1000 mile ride and only had them start coming out in the last 40 miles. All that riding was interstate at about 80 - 85 mph.
Hope this helps.
 
Dec 14, 2009 at 1:09 AM Post #24 of 30

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I've tried lots of eaphones while riding - the two that work for me are the Ety ER6i and Sony MDR-NC33. I generally prefer the Sonys since they do a good job of canceling the engine noise while still allowing me to hear horns, sirens etc.. The ER6i are more comfortable under the helment due to their smaller profile but the Sony's are still acceptable...

P.S. I believe it's technically illegal to wear earphones (both ears), at least here in California, but I don't feel it's any more dangerous than listing to music in my car...
 
Dec 14, 2009 at 4:31 AM Post #25 of 30

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I tried the Ety 6i. They are comfortable and can be worn all day without discomfort. The custom plugs broke and I never bothered to replace them as the 6i's do a better job at noise reduction and play music beautifully.

for those who comment on the dangers, ever tried riding 18 hours straight on a highway without music?

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I believe it's technically illegal to wear earphones (both ears), at least here in California, but I don't feel it's any more dangerous than listing to music in my car...


The difference is not what the probability of an accident is, but the consequences of a mishap. A minor incident in a car can easily be fatal on a bike.
 
Dec 16, 2009 at 12:21 PM Post #27 of 30

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Do the ety ER6i hold up with well? I may try the Complys with my IEMs but they are rich on a fixed income. I've gone through 3 pair of IEM's in as many years. IMHO anyone that wears top end phones while riding has motivations other than safety and cents. Looking for very good sound with isolation and durability. I know SQ is very subjective and the market getting more competitive. Willing to spend on a competent phone.
 
Dec 17, 2009 at 4:53 PM Post #28 of 30

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I appreciate the feedback and concern, but in my opinion, i find it far more distracting having the wind roaing through my helmet than listening to headphones.

I bought some comply foam tips in the meantime, and gonna give them a go, but if they do a good job ive found a cheap solution
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Mar 18, 2010 at 5:00 AM Post #29 of 30

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sorry dude, but i would not use headphones, definately not on the road. just stick with regular earplugs, they do a good job at blocking out the wind noise, which is all you need. if you combine the noise blocking of earplugs and add music too, you can't hear anything else and that's extreamly dangerous. you're gonna be a speed bump if you're totally cut off from traffic noise around you.

now if you're gonna be off road, that's a different story. i've used some crappy skullcandies under my dirtbike helmet. they don't isolate too well, which is good cuz i don't like being completely cut off/oblivious to my surroundings.

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I appreciate the feedback and concern, but in my opinion, i find it far more distracting having the wind roaing through my helmet than listening to headphones.

I bought some comply foam tips in the meantime, and gonna give them a go, but if they do a good job ive found a cheap solution
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Just use regular earplugs. they block the wind noise without adding any extra noise that's going to get in the way of what you need to hear. O_o
 
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I would recommend something like the klipsch custom series, they have the semi rigid over the ear piece - I wore my custom 3's under my full face helmet for a 1000 mile ride and only had them start coming out in the last 40 miles. All that riding was interstate at about 80 - 85 mph.
Hope this helps.



I was told by a guy who loves them with his motorcycle that the Klipsch custom 3 (maybe it was the custom 2s) were great for comfort, isolation and sound.
 

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