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smokebelch109 11-10-2012 10:06 AM

Helmet Audio Thread
So help me out here

I know people wail on the skullcandy audio drops you can buy to slip in to your helmets to have audio built in but are they really that bad and is there a better solution?

Heres my issue, last year i wore ear buds and apart from getting uncomfy after pressuring my ears after a long day i kept having to take them out to talk to people which means taking the gloves off and fiddling about pausing etc, I lead our group so i have to be talking alot but cant be without my tunes on the mountain

The inline pause/play and the fact that i wont need to take my gloves off all the time with the in helmet solution is really attractive.

That being said im not a fan of Skullcandy, seen too many people moan about them. The only sets i see on the market are the GIRO/RED/SMITH Skullcandy audio drops, which im guessing are all exactly the same just branded differently?

Im guessing there must be some clever hacks to just make better headphones fit in the earpads of a helmet?

Any and all advice welcome. tops about a 50 budget for the cans.

EDIT: The helmet i had bought made my head look like a mushroom. Am open to suggestions of a helmet with built in Audio


ParkShredder 11-10-2012 10:32 AM

I have a R.E.D. too and I just put my earbuds in the foam thing where the skullcandy thing is supposed to slip in. Gets them far enough away from my ear that I can hear my friends and people about to hit me, but still seems plenty loud. Also on mine there is a button to pause which is nice.

JeffreyCH 11-10-2012 10:47 AM

I found some nice sony mid-sized regular headphones for 2 bucks at a thrift store. Tore them apart, and modified them to fit in the speaker inserts. They have the inline volume control, and I made a disconnect between my helmet and jacket. Total cost 6 bucks, sound great.

NWBoarder 11-10-2012 11:13 AM

My Smith helmet has SC audio in it, and I have no issues with it. It works fine for me. It's just loud enough to not be a hassle, and not so quiet that I can't ever hear it. That being said, I hardly ever use the damn things. Turns out I like talking to people. :rolleyes:

smokebelch109 11-11-2012 04:45 PM

Just any old over ears Jeffrey?

Seen some suggestions that these are good Koss

just wish it had inline controls, or should i quit fussing and just buy the smith ones?


snowklinger 11-11-2012 04:51 PM

Imho those audio drop ins are hit and miss. I went through like 6pairs of the RED brand ones, they were all complete shit. And I mean I used them and instantly returned them cuz they sounded horrible and scratchy and all fucked up, in and out of stereo, etc. Then I got a pair of the SC's for giro helms and they have performed great. Recently I got another pair of the SC's and they are in another helmet, and I've noticed that they are performing more like the original REDs I had. Oh well I snagged them at a bin sale.


Slush Puppie 11-11-2012 07:30 PM

I initially tried the RED Phones solution and it was 'ok' but not brilliant. And the ear pads were less comfy because they were full of plastic instead of padding.

Pretty quickly gave up and switched to earbuds which are waaay better sound (Shure SE535 ;)). They sit ready flush with the ear so they're comfy all day even under a helmet. But I don't like that they block ambient sound so efficiently.

So still looking for the idea solution. Be a lot easier with just a beanie!

NWBoarder 11-12-2012 09:22 PM

Funny thing, I have a beanie now that has little ear speakers built into it. I have no idea what brand they are, but the thing ROCKS! It's a colab between Voltfuse and Bula. I won it from a FB contest, and it came with a note insuring me that it's one of a kind. Personally, I think it shouldn't be. It's too freaking awesome to make just one, but hey, I can't complain cause I own it. LoL! :P

hikeswithdogs 11-12-2012 09:43 PM

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The skull candy drop ins are more like speakers and less like headphones really

I hate headphones while riding, not comfy, can't hear, inconvenient. drop ins also have a mic for mobile phone and you can get inline mute/FF/skip for music.

If they last me 2 seasons its worth the 20-50$ for me but long term wouldn't mind a higher quality speaker solution

Im sure u could buy some micro speakers off the net and do it better cheaper than skull candy

JeffreyCH 11-13-2012 04:14 AM

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Originally Posted by smokebelch109 (Post 537679)
Just any old over ears Jeffrey?

Seen some suggestions that these are good Koss

just wish it had inline controls, or should i quit fussing and just buy the smith ones?


They aren't the really big over the ear headphones, more of a mid size....

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