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Old August 5th, 2018, 09:42 PM   #1
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Bluetooth Headset?

Hello fellow riders!

So I am in the market for a Bluetooth headset to go inside of my helmet. I know they can be expensive but I am not looking to spend alot of money here. There are some inexpensive ones..not sure if they are worth buying though. I am just looking for something that will play music, make/receive calls and possibly link with my friend who has a Sena 20s (unsure if any NON Sena sets will connect). Any recommendations?
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Old August 5th, 2018, 10:05 PM   #2
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We had Senas for a while. We switched to Cardos now, in large part because the riding club uses them, but the thing I noticed is that the Cardo will reconnect if you get too far apart and then come close again. The Sena didn't, but I think they're working on making that happen with an update. Also the range is better on the Cardo than the Sena.
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Old August 6th, 2018, 06:01 AM   #3
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Kerry, do you wear earplugs while riding? If so, is the volume of the headset enough to offset?

My just-retired street lid was a Schuberth S2. There's an integrated system made for that helmet, built into the neck roll. I was disappointed with it and returned it, partly because putting the electronics into the neck roll didn't work out very well, but also because the volume just wasn't enough to let me hear the podcasts I like to listen to while riding.
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Old August 6th, 2018, 06:43 AM   #4
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sena 20s here ware ear plugs here loud enough for in town but the wind noise out of town is to much it just turns into background noise, (helmet is agv s3 with integrated shade)noisy helmet, but so comfy that I put up with it wear ear plugs. and have had other people have other brands and some can connect and some not, even the ones that can connect can be a pain in the a** to connect, I would suggest if your friends have 20s's then just bight the bullet and get one to.
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Old August 6th, 2018, 07:18 AM   #5
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My only use for such a gadget is for radio and phone audio.
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Old August 6th, 2018, 10:11 AM   #6
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I don't wear earplugs (trying to find a type I can tolerate) but my husband does, and both of us can hear well with the headsets. Both brands had enough volume.
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fodsport bluetooth el cheapo from ali

these work great and wont break the bank. around $40

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Kerry, do you wear earplugs while riding? If so, is the volume of the headset enough to offset?

My just-retired street lid was a Schuberth S2. There's an integrated system made for that helmet, built into the neck roll. I was disappointed with it and returned it, partly because putting the electronics into the neck roll didn't work out very well, but also because the volume just wasn't enough to let me hear the podcasts I like to listen to while riding.
I've been using the G9X for years with Hearos Xtreme ear plugs without much issue. Normally I keep the volume a few clicks below max while riding on surface streets with the automatic gain control set to the "high" setting. On the freeway I'll have to max the volume out, and the audio is by no means PERFECT, but I can still make out what I'm listening to with music. Soft podcasts may be impossible to listen to on the freeway though. My riding has been done with an RF1100 and X12.
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Update:

I just picked up a Plugfones Liberate 2.0 bluetooth earbuds. So far, liking 'em a lot. Not that expensive at $80 and they come with the silicone "Christmas tree" tips that have worked well for me.

The driver housings are about the size of a chickpea, so they do protrude a just a bit. However, my current helmet (a Shoei RF1200 has removable pieces in the liner and pockets designed to accommodate speakers, so the driver housings don't press on anything.
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Old May 2nd, 2019, 02:14 PM   #12
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I just picked up a Plugfones Liberate 2.0 bluetooth earbuds. So far, liking 'em a lot. Not that expensive at $80 and they come with the silicone "Christmas tree" tips that have worked well for me.
any update on the plugfones? I've been contemplating these. I have a Bilt helmet with built in sena system. the mic is crystal clear when I receive calls, but the speakers aren't powerful enough when going highway speeds.
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