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  • Pyro Lizard
    started a topic Headphones while riding?

    Headphones while riding?

    Ok, I know this topic has been covered before, but I'm going to ask again, anyway (in case your opinions have changed).

    Do you ride with headphones on? I'm usually having too much of a blast to worry about music, but lately I've been taking really long rides. It would be nice to have some background noise, aside from WWWWWOOOOOSSSSSHHHHH (or however you spell wind noise). I've found some cool wireless headphones, and I even have a space for the speakers in my helmet.

    Anyway, just wondering what you guys had to say on the topic.

  • SweetLou
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    Remeber though Pyro, one the bike is going, voltage goes up from 12V to like 14V or somewhere in that range. It burned out Corey's garage door opener because of the flux.

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  • Pyro Lizard
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    that's why i am not sure if this is going to work. The speakers are attached to the circuit board with about 1/2" of wire, which is a VERY Thin gauge. I'm going to try to just rip it off, and solder some thicker wire on the leads on the circuit board. Then, i'm going to mount the circuitry in a box on the back of my helmet.

    if all goes well, i'll be able to keep my mp3 player under the seat, with the headphone receiver plugged into my bike's electrical system. then, i'll have a switch on my helmet to turn my speakers on, and my mp3 player will automatically turn on with my bike. all wireless!

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  • The CyberPoet
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    Originally posted by TemtnF8
    Don't worry about trying to modify the circuit board. Just unsolder the wires on the speaker end and either extend them or just solder the new speakers on.
    In the past I have found many speaker wires for headsets to be very, very thin wire (32 to 40 gauge) wrapped around paper carriers to provide additional stiffness and help prevent breaking -- I don't know about you (you may well have better soldering skills than I), but I can't reasonably solder 32 & higher gauge wire and have it retain any strength as wire (works fine on a PCB board, but not as a wire).

    Cheers
    =-= The CyberPoet

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  • TemtnF8
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    Originally posted by Pyro Lizard
    i took those wireless headphones i had apart last night, and they are not going to work

    the speakers are soldered into the circuit board for the radio transmitter. i'm going to try to sepererate it, but it looks pretty complicated. i don't have high hopes for this little project.
    Don't worry about trying to modify the circuit board. Just unsolder the wires on the speaker end and either extend them or just solder the new speakers on.

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  • The CyberPoet
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    Originally posted by Accidental
    I use those ipod standard earbuds and am due for a more permanent setup. It is sometimes painful to put them on/take them off and there is no bass. I miss my bass =( I will most likey take CP's setup, great info!
    The iPods (at least the non-shuffle models) have the ability to use equalizer settings (selectable from the settings menu), and one of them is a bass boost; several are boosted in ways that may boost the music better against the noises you'll be exposed to on the bike while riding. Still, trying to drown out wind and exhaust/road noise at speed is a formula for hearing damage, since all you're doing is adding more noise

    Cheers
    =-= The CyberPoet

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  • Katana600Tao
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    I don't currently ride with earphones but I plan to once I can get my 5gig Creative Zen MP3 player off layaway! I know the argument about legalities and distractions, but like anything you can either choose to be responsible and keep the music to a low or crank it up so you can't hear the guy honking that's about to hit you.

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  • Pyro Lizard
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    i took those wireless headphones i had apart last night, and they are not going to work

    the speakers are soldered into the circuit board for the radio transmitter. i'm going to try to sepererate it, but it looks pretty complicated. i don't have high hopes for this little project.

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  • md86
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    + whatever on the Koss . The earplug part is replaceble , too . And you can replace the little tubes with speaker wire (8 gauge I think) when they get lost !

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  • Macka
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    I've started wearing earplugs too. Wind noise at highway speeds started to hurt, and my ears would ring after riding at speed.

    So, not wanting to damage my hearing, I started with the plugs. Very comfortable, I can still hear everything I need to, and wayyyyy less fatigue after.

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  • SweetLou
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    Those Koss earbuds have GREAT Bass. I was really impressed.

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  • Accidental
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    I use those ipod standard earbuds and am due for a more permanent setup. It is sometimes painful to put them on/take them off and there is no bass. I miss my bass =( I will most likey take CP's setup, great info!

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  • wilson1
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    I have a mp3 player and use a pair of Koss Earbuds...I think they are pretty comfortable.

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  • SweetLou
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    I was gona suggest those Koss Ear Plugs as well. Foam fit, very comfy, and no issues clearing the helmet. And when they are not playing music, they block noise, and are only about $20 bucks!

    Oh, and when puttint them in, it is best to reach with the hand of the opposite side of your head and lift up on your ear to get a proper fit I find.

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  • OtLa
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    Originally posted by Junior
    Right now I'm using normal earbuds but they start to hurt after awhile.

    I'm told that Sony makes a rubber set of earbuds that actually fit in your ear, similar to a pair of earplugs. Haven't found them in any stores yet tho.
    I bought a pair made by Koss. Very comfortable and built just like regular ear plugs. I have worn them hours at a time, and no discomfort. (Purple is the only color I could find for the picture)

    And the state of Ohio says Helmet Speakers No Restrictions

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