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Safety concerns aside....
which headphones do you use/have used, and have found to be the most effective? Currently, I use an amazing, but equally worn-out pair of Sony MDREX55 Earbuds which I love to death, but I find are unstable once I get the ol' lid on.

So, I'm looking for a new pair with good clarity as far as midrange/low end frequencies, as well as stability under the helmet - also, not going to break my bank. $50 is my maximum.

Currently, I'm looking at the Sennheisser sport series (MX7x) and are finding a lot of mixed reviews, therefore I'm uncertain as to which to invest into.

Thanks in advance.
 

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I just picked up a set of Pioneer ear buds from Fry's Electronics for $39. They sound decent and don't seem to move around much so long as the wires aren't binding up on my jacket and they are slick enough that the padding of the helmet doesn't pull them out of my ears when I put my helmet on.

It's not as though you need high quality audio when you're on a motorcycle. They really just need to be loud enough to compete with the wind noise and the sound of your exhaust.

The ones I have do have good range and decent bass.

Clarification-these are not ear buds like the ipod crap, they are in ear headphones.
 

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I'm looking for a relatively decent quality set as I use these same pair of headphones for pretty much everything. Theyre constantly with me, which is why theyre slightly tattered at the moment. I never go anywhere without them and my iPod in my pocket. Even as I sit right now typing this, theyre connected to my computer haha.

Volume is not so much the issue as the ipod itself is capable of relatively high volumes. I definitely want something with good mid/low ends so when I'm not riding, I wont be kicking myself in the butt for not investing enough into something quality (that goes for durability as well)

Has anybody tried the Earclip ones (wrap around the ear with a bud that goes into the ear itself) or more "sport" oriented ones. Those seem like they would have the most durability, but I could just be falling into your typical consumerist scam lol.


And alas, in a perfect world, they'd be wireless lol :p:p
 

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I had these till they started to wear out, bought them again in Black. The first pair lasted for about a year, but they were only about $30 when i first bought them so...
I use them all the time, on the bike, ona plane, drown people out at work...
no complaints.
plus they have a volume adjuster in line, so i don't have to fiddle with the player.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8359019&type=product&id=1177112903276
 

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question: is there a certain amount of time that is recommended to have ridden for before you start listening to music while riding on the HWY, or side streets, or whatever like that? i only ask this b/c i am thinking about doing it but also thinking about thhe fact i have only been riding for about a month so i dont think it will be the wisest to do so. im also taking some of that from the skydiving community that has a recommended jump number before you do some of the more advanced stuff like flying with a camera, or a wingsuit, or any other device. thanks for your input guys.
 

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+1 for the JVC marshmallows. I have them in right now (i use them all the time i'm on the computer). When I put them in, and don't have music on, it's like wearing the earplugs I use when trap shooting. If it makes a shotgun quiet, should make the bike quiet. I can listen to music at maybe 3 or 4 clicks louder than when I listen to music sittin here surfin the boards (which is the same as when I'm walking around outside).

I think I may get another pair, or 2. I'm wearing them out rather quickly, the foam tips are starting to get torn up.
 

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I think I am going to be getting a BluTech helmet next month or so to cover my music needs. I wil just stream via the blue tooth to the helmets built in speakers. Plus I can take a call should I really need to.

If the wife gets a matching lid or a blue tooth chatbox then we can chat while she rides her bike....
 

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Another factor to consider is the angle at which the wire comes out of the earbud. I found that too much of an angle and my helmet would put pressure on it (and my ears) making them uncomfortable.

I searched around for a good pair with wires that come out straight down. What did I end up with?

Sony MDR-EX55LP
 

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I had JVC marshmellows. the right one died for some reason, I don't know why. I was annoyed since I liked them so much. I decided to try skullcandy in-ear headphones nest. Big mistake. My JVC were much more comfortable and the foam blocked a lot more wind noise than the plastic plugs for the skullcandy.
 

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question: is there a certain amount of time that is recommended to have ridden for before you start listening to music while riding on the HWY, or side streets, or whatever like that? i only ask this b/c i am thinking about doing it but also thinking about thhe fact i have only been riding for about a month so i dont think it will be the wisest to do so. im also taking some of that from the skydiving community that has a recommended jump number before you do some of the more advanced stuff like flying with a camera, or a wingsuit, or any other device. thanks for your input guys.
I would just recommend you don't do anything that would overly distract you while riding. Personally, I don't find it overly distracting. It helps if you have your music device situated so that you can adjust the music volume or turn it off if needed and don't have it up so loud that you cannot hear what's happening around you.

For a beginner I wouldn't recommend riding with music for at least the first few thousand miles. Your mind will be busy enough.
 

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Skull Candies from Target, less than 20 bucks, it's a bargain! It's pretty noise canceling at a great price! I usually use it at work and usually have to have someone tap me on the shoulder if someone else is talking to me (usually right near me)
 

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+1 for the JVC marshmallows. I have them in right now (i use them all the time i'm on the computer). When I put them in, and don't have music on, it's like wearing the earplugs I use when trap shooting. If it makes a shotgun quiet, should make the bike quiet. I can listen to music at maybe 3 or 4 clicks louder than when I listen to music sittin here surfin the boards (which is the same as when I'm walking around outside).

I think I may get another pair, or 2. I'm wearing them out rather quickly, the foam tips are starting to get torn up.
i have the same ones, but i do not listen to music while riding. the headphones work great though, great sound quality. eliminates outside noise completely for the most part. should block out the bike pretty well.
 

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This is the set I like. They fit well under the helmet and don’t want to pop out, even if I give the cable a slight tug. The ear loops help a lot with that. The loops are removable and come in 3 different sizes, as do the little rubber parts that go inside the ear. They have a poor rating on the Sony site, but I like em,…

This brings up a question I’ve been meaning to ask one of the local law enforcement officers: I thought I was illegal to drive with headphones,…. The same applies to bikes as well does it not?
I know its something not likely to be noticed, like driving barefoot, or using your left foot to brake, but if I get pulled over on a bike and I have headphones in when I take my helmet off and I looking at a ticket for that?

So I don’t catch hell for what I said before: No I don’t brake with my left foot, in fact I drive a manual, but the clutch is why I do drive barefoot. I find that it’s harder to operate the petals with sandals on. The sacrifices I have to make living in San Diego are hell.
 

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I use the Sony MDREX36V/BLK. Inexpensive, good sound, non helmet intrusive and do as good a job of noise canceling than my Bose QC3. The latter never leave my bag anymore when I board a plane, something that I do almost weekly. If it can drown out wind noise from my Scorp 700 and Jet engines all the while being comfortable, it gets my vote. Clicky
 

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This brings up a question I’ve been meaning to ask one of the local law enforcement officers: I thought I was illegal to drive with headphones,…. The same applies to bikes as well does it not?
I know its something not likely to be noticed, like driving barefoot, or using your left foot to brake, but if I get pulled over on a bike and I have headphones in when I take my helmet off and I looking at a ticket for that?
Where are you? In CA Music in one ear, earplugs in both are legal.

If I ever get pulled over I'll make sure the music is off. At the volume I Listen you can't hear the music till it's just about in your ear anyway.
 

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+ 1 on JVC marshmallows....Best headphones I ever had...

the sound of them is the best (JMO) I was able to hear the bass lines which in many other songs I barely heard them with regular headphones. Like you can hear everything in a much better way...Definetly best headphones ever....
 
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