I'm completely depressed and unconvinced that any headset out there is worth the money.
Specifically my only requirements are a reasonable set of stereo (mono over 2 speakers is fine) speakers and a cable set that doesn't require a magic act to hide. Wireless is a possibility, but again, 2 speakers.
When my parent's place burned down a couple of years ago, I managed to adopt his old Motocom AB-lm setup. So I'm already familiar with the ugliness that is the Motocom. The helmet wires are too thick and too long. I'm not looking for style, but it goes without saying that a short cable setup is going to be more comfortable and last longer than a flapping in the wind setup. Not to mention the intercom box is like a giant octopus! Fat cables everywhere! Don't argue with me on this, each one of those cables terminates for "quick" release. They simply should have stuck female plugs in the intercom box itself, so you only had to plug in what you needed! Its clear that ham radio geeks (like my dad) designed this thing.
RF Limited and IMC both seem to carry the same lame speaker set with fat , long, uncomfortable cables hanging out the helmet. I'm not looking for audiophile quality at 100kmh. I'm just looking to hear GPS directions and the occasional FM radio, audiobook, or MP3 while riding long distances. This is while I have ear plugs in, so a single speaker setup will not do.
My wife rides with me on the back, but 2up intercom could be excused for a GOOD
PTT is a definite plus! I've got a Motorola FRS set and bike-to-bike with my father and brother on long trips would be great for coordinating pee & gas breaks. Hey, if I'm going to spend money and time on
So basically my helmet headset wish list is presumably everyone's wish list:
- Decent speakers that are audible with ear plugs in
- Wireless is fine as long as 2 speakers are used
- Audio in for GPS/FM/MP3/Whatever support
- Support for 2up headset a pro!
- PTT a pro!
- Wired octopus' need not apply
I'm on the fence as to whether I should try cobbling something together myself. There are a number of PTT aux line connectors out there, and I can find any number of qualified head phones to gut. The following site has little info on actually wiring up anything more than a speaker set in a helmet, BUT it references some great wind vs head phone math.
Any tips or personal stories to sooth my frustration and gear itch are welcome! Thanks!