These are what I use. They do good. I mean they aren't perfect but I feel they do very good for the price. They come with 2 different size ear bud foam pieces to choose from for the best feel. They are like ear buds with ear plugs built in. They also have a longer cord on them than some others I have seen.all you need is a mp3 player or a smartphone with pandora and a really good set of ear buds .. you will get far better sound quality this way than any over modulated high distortion what ever hanging off your handlebars. You may not look as cool, but the sound will be there, the wind noise wont, and everybody else wont have to listen to your speakers crackling away. .... I just dont get the whole "look at me, my sterio is loud and sounds like crap" guys riding down the road at 60 mph plus.
You pose a good point. I know it is illegal in VA to do it, I also have not heard the first person being cited for it either. For the most part my wife and I talk too much with the Scala rider set to listen to music anyway. I use it for music with I am riding solo.To those that advocate using headphones instead of a speaker system, please check the laws in where you plan on riding. Some states prohibit the use of headphones.
For example, I live in VA, as a result while riding in VA I am limited to only the Bluetooth speakers I have installed in my helmet. However, should I decide to ride inot PA where I can ride without a helmet, I cannot switch to head phones or even if I keep my helmet on, I must not use the bluetooth speakers for anything other than phone calls.
For me it's not about tunes, its more about being able to listen to local traffic conditions as I commute through rush hour traffic. I did try and use my helmet speakers to listen to tunes at one point but Like Chas63 indicated, I lost focus on the road. I put myself and others in undue risk. Besides, headbanging at 70mph is never a good idea.
I have the Midland BT-2 set for my helmet. VA does have an exception for helmet systems. So you should be ok. But when I ride with my half helmet, no headphones. However, I do not think that headphones are a primary offense. It may not be the reason for them to pull you over. However, if someone is driving recklessly and found to have headphones in, then yes, I could see a citation. Like you I have never actually seen or heard of a citation for headphones.You pose a good point. I know it is illegal in VA to do it, I also have not heard the first person being cited for it either. For the most part my wife and I talk too much with the Scala rider set to listen to music anyway. I use it for music with I am riding solo.
I had to put a piece of foam behind the speakers in the ear cavity of the helmet to move the speaker closer to my ear. Now I have to turn it down because it is LOUD.I had the shark stereo. Meh. Poor quality, failed after a while. Loud enough I guess- ya get what you paid for.
However- Shark does make one product that blew me away- their bluetooth headset kit. It's about $100 for two headsets, wife and I can hear each other clear as day and music sounds pretty good as well! I mean 85mph on two bikes we can have a conversation like we were at the dinner table, I'm not kidding!
My buddy bought the Scala. The build quality on the Scala is much better (though the shark is still good, all day battery, waterproof, rubber shell), the Shark is actually LOUDER and CLEARER! He returned the Scala and actually bought the cheaper shark because he couldn't hear on the highway with the Scala, but he could with the shark. So far, they've lasted us a year without a hiccup. We'll see.
Anyway, if you were planning on going with one of the cheap speaker setups, I'd say skip that and go with the good stuff- get the bluetooth headset. Either the shark, or one of the more expensive ones. You'll get better quality music, it's legal (not earbuds, but speakers mounted in your helmet!), it's versatile (can be used as an intercom with a passenger), etc. etc.
If I was gonna buy something, and not just use earbuds, I'd use the BT headset. I stopped using my handlebar speakers when I got the headset.
To those that advocate using headphones instead of a speaker system, please check the laws in where you plan on riding. Some states prohibit the use of headphones.