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Rider Comunications Question

Hey folks,

Im not really sure if Im posting this in the right forum, but I couldnt really figure out where would be the best place.

Anyway, my Versys came with something called a Starcom Advance communication system under the seat, it was installed by the previous owner. I have figured out how to use it and I use it with a motorola radio and ipod and it works great.

Here is my question.

I really dont like the helmet mic/ear speaker set up that I have now. I really like having ear buds because I like the dual speaker/ ear plug functionality of the buds. ALso, I use a Nolan N 42 helmet. It is open faced with a big clear shield over my whole face, so I need a boom style mic. So, does any one know of a helmet mic set up that I can buy that uses ear buds and a boom mic??

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Never seen an earbud/boom mike setup. Not to say they don't exist as I consider earbuds a really bad idea in a motorcycle helmet.

I would check out WebBikeWorlds intercom reviews.

While your there I would read their helmet noise FAQ and you might realize why I think its a bad idea.

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Well, I read the helmet noise FAQ and I couldnt figure out why you think ear buds are a bad idea. When not using the radio, a good fitting earbud is essentially an ear plug...and the entire FAQ you linked me to sang the praises of earplugs. So, like I said in my original post, I like the dual functionality of the ear bud...speaker for the radio when you need it, and an ear plug when you dont.

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Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, wondering how that article proved earbuds were bad. I use the ER6i's & they're GREAT earplugs, plus you get the added benefit of music if you so choose.



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How much sound does your ear bud cancel? Most are around 10db. A really good set of noise isolation (not canceling!) will give you about 25db. Good set of ear plugs 27-33db. remember 3db is a doubling of volume. If you cant hear the road noise over the music how well are you saving your hearing?

Good noise isolating ear buds found here. (never used them)

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How much sound does your ear bud cancel? Most are around 10db. A really good set of noise isolation (not canceling!) will give you about 25db. Good set of ear plugs 27-33db. remember 3db is a doubling of volume. If you cant hear the road noise over the music how well are you saving your hearing?

Good noise isolating ear buds found here. (never used them)
According to Etymotic's web site, the ER6i's are some of the best noise isolating earphones @ 34-36 dB:

http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/epcomp.aspx



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Those would be the exception to the rule! The only thing better would be custom molded plugs. Course you still need that boom mic...

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Go to either Racing Electronics or Racing Radios websites, they have helmet kits for racecars. The boom mike screws to the helmet along with an earbud jack. You put the earbuds in and the helmet on, then plug the earbud cord into the helmet jack. The helmet main cord then plugs in to the commo box. The mikes that come with these are military grade noise canceling units, and you can upgrade the earbuds with custom molded earpieces if desired.

I've been using these in offshore boats for about ten years.

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