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Helmet with built in speakers?

Anyone have any recommendations for a full face helmet with speakers that are built in? It doesn't necessariy need to have bluetooth.

Has oneone tried any of the speakers that are made for helmets with any luck?

I currently have an HJC CL-16, which has been ok, but I am not sure if speakers would fit in it.

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Anyone have any recommendations for a full face helmet with speakers that are built in? It doesn't necessariy need to have bluetooth.

Has oneone tried any of the speakers that are made for helmets with any luck?

I currently have an HJC CL-16, which has been ok, but I am not sure if speakers would fit in it.

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The best choice would probably depend on what you need the speakers for.

I use the Sena SMH5 bluetooth for communication with my passenger.

My advice would be to get your helmet and speaker set up separately.
So, if you need to replace one; it doesn't affect the other.

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I am really only looking for music.

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I have the Team Set Pro Scala rider. But they also make a "Solo" and a "FM" version that dose not have communications. The speakers are small. Actually most speakers are rather thin. Can you fit 2 stacked quarters next to you ears in your current helmet? If so then you can get something in there because that is about as big as most of those speakers are. Here is a link to the company site.

http://www.cardosystems.com/scala-rider

As for helmets with built in speakers. I have no idea but It would suck if the speakers quit working in a perfectly fine helmet or you need a new helmet and cant take your audio set up with it.

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Im looking for the same thing. I will keep an eye on this thread to see what comes of it.
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I have an HJC Cl-16. I also have a Shark bluetooth setup that was about $100 for a pair. Absolutely surprisingly good. I listen to music, use it as an intercom, etc. Music sounds just fine in the helmet. Not a ton of bass but if you're looking for concert quality you're on the wrong vehicle. Wind noise and bike noise will always dillute and distort your music!

Those speakers fit in it just fine. You just take the inner pads out, attach the speakers using velcro (tip: make sure they rest BELOW the tops of your ear lobes, otherwise when/if you wear glasses/sunglasses, the speakers will press them against the sides of your head and it'll be uncomfortable). Snake the wires around, install the little clamp on the side, and attach the receiver. Piece of cake!

When I'm riding by myself, I bluetooth it to my iPhone and listen to my music. The button on the side will pause the music (like if I hit heavy traffic or something). I could also talk on the phone with it if I really wanted to. I guess it's really no different than using it as an intercom because it answers automatically, there is no phone manipulation or otherwise. Wife called me the other day while I was on a 60 mph road doing about 65 or so. She could tell I was on the bike but could hear me fine. Works good for that too!

Anyway, definitely look into it. You'll spend less than a helmet with speakers built in AND get to keep using a helmet that already fits right. Remember full face helmets all fit differently. Certain brands don't fit me at all, for example, as the 'shape' of the helmet presses on my temples or forehead or otherwise.

Now, my wife has trouble hearing me at interstate speeds (I don't have any trouble at all). I determined the cause was her Xtra Small HJC helmet has much thicker pads than mine does. I ended up cutting out some of the foam where the speakers are and that fixed it.

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I use Scala Rider G4

I have Scala Rider G4, which was purchased primarily for communications, however it has an FM receiver built in and a port where you can connect an MP3 Player. It is also Blue Tooth capable, however I get on the bike to get away from most of the world so my cell is not linked. The FM has 6 presets (that you preset to favourite stations). Sound is good (full stereo) around town and say up to 80 Kms on the highway. It starts to be drowned out at faster highway speeds due to wind and mechanical noise. I have two HJC Full Face helmats (one modular) and it works well with both. I also have a 3/4 helmet with full face coverage visor and the communications actually works better with it. I think the extra wind noise actually helps stretch the legs of the wind noise cancelling circuit. I wear silicone ear plugs while using the system and have no problems hearing it. The ear plugs do clip the high frequencies of the wind and mechanical noise, however for the most part leave enough of the sound to reasonably enjoy music and communications with other riders.

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Most helmets sold in the last few years have a pocket behind the ear pad for speakers. Riders wearhouse sells a set called "bass monster" that fit as well as any and offer lots more low end response than most any J&M setup. I've put several in helmets, last ones I bought were around $55.00 or so.

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I have a Nolan 102 with N-com. Has phones and a boom mic. Nice setup and may work well for many, but not me. With my head shape and that helmet, it seems to fit well but the wind noise is very noticeable, if not loud. I have lost a lot of high frequency hearing so I wear earplugs. With the plugs in, running 0.3 to near 0.4 watts I can only hear music under 30 MPH. I am afraid if I run much more audio power, I will smoke the phones (could not fine a max rating).

Best memory serves, you will get mono, not stereo with the overpriced Nolan MP3 adapter cable (don't quote me - been a long time since I checked).

Besides the incompatibility with my crappy hearing, I like the helmet...

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