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Old 04-17-2007, 01:29 PM   #11
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Default Re: Music on Two Wheels? Noise Canceling Earbuds

Dittos to bikervince. I do the same thing but even cheaper because I steal the earplugs from work. They'll even work with a half-helmet.
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:51 PM   #12
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Default Re: Music on Two Wheels? Noise Canceling Earbuds

i have 3 types of shure up to the e5. you can't go wrong with them.
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Old 04-17-2007, 02:27 PM   #13
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Default Re: Music on Two Wheels? Noise Canceling Earbuds

...ever since I got centerpunched I've got "In a Gadda Da Vida" playing constantly in my noggin. Don't need no stinkin' earplug speakers.



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Old 04-17-2007, 02:45 PM   #14
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Default Simple solution

Nice, simple solution. See, sometimes less IS more. ;o)
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Old 04-17-2007, 02:53 PM   #15
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Default etymotic comfort level

From the comments on the etymotic, I would probably go with them if they satisfy one final requirement: the lack of sound fatigue may be good, but how comfortable are they... foilrat mentioned one version (the ER-4 in particular) stick out quite a bit... Is this the same with the other etymotic earphones?



I use a full-face helmet and like it on the tighter side... can anyone give me an experience-based comparison between the comfort level of the Shure vs. the Etymotic earphones when wearing all day with a helmet?



btw... thank everyone for all the replies so far! It has been very helpful!
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Old 04-17-2007, 03:32 PM   #16
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Default Less is more?

I just posted below about probably choosing the etymotic earphones because



1) I figured that results may vary when modifying your own items both in the initial craftsmanship and eventual durability, and



2) I wanted to just go ahead and buy superior quality and not have to worry about upgrading later when I want better... you know, spend $100 now (or maybe $150 in the etymotic case) instead of spending $20 and then eventually shelling out the $100 later on anyway.



However, if I do get the etymotic earphones and end up tearing them up, I'll either have to go with the cheap option above, or the simple option (just regular ol' earplugs - no music).



I guess my main concern was I wanted something that I could just buy and plug in... no worries... Thanks for the input... who knows... I may just decide I can't part with $100+ and revert to the cheaper option...
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Old 04-17-2007, 03:37 PM   #17
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Default Re: Music on Two Wheels? Noise Canceling Earbuds

I find music (other than what's in my head) somewhat of a distraction when riding in the mountains. That said, when "Slabbin' it", an iPod or Sat-Radio would be a welcome addition.
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Old 04-17-2007, 04:48 PM   #18
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Default Re: etymotic comfort level

I do plugs and and the helmet speaker set up from my HJC Chatterbox, so no experience on speaker-plugs. I highly recomend a Boostaroo power amp in line with the MP3. Saves battery power on the player. Runs on 2 AA, fits in my jacket pocket along with my player.
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:57 PM   #19
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Default Re: Music on Two Wheels? Noise Canceling Earbuds

You should be aware of the distinction between 'noise blocking' and 'noise cancelling' The Sure is noise blocking, it utilizes passive resistance to soundwaves by blocking the ear canal except for the sound port of the bud. I use the Sure E2c. Never had 'em on a bike but they work well enough in the back of a C-130 so I think the noise blocking is adequate. I use the foam sleeves, the rubber ones don't fit me well.

Noise cancelling implies active electronic technology which transmits soundwaves to cancel incoming waves at certain frequencies. The Philips look like they are worth a try, the buds look like they perform some noise blocking to augment the noise cancelling technology. $20 is cheap and you can return 'em to wal mart if they don't work well enough.

The Bose do not appear to be noise blocking (evidenced by the open mesh on the back which allows outside noise into the ear canal) or noise-cancelling. Probably not a good choice.
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Old 04-18-2007, 01:59 AM   #20
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Sparkplug.

http://www.koss.com/koss/kossweb.nsf/p?openform&pc^eb^SPARKPLUG
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