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Old 01-05-2013, 09:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have just bought a Smith Variant helmet and while I don't currently listen to tunes while boarding I was looking into giving it a try (and if I dont like then I'll atleast do it on the lifts).

Anyway, I was wondering if there is any significant differences between the different audio kits (RED, Skullcandy Tuneups, the SC's for Smith) as far as if they fit in the ear pieces or am I better off just going with the ones made by Skullcandy for the Smith helmets ?

Looking at the pics of each the actual speakers look to be similar in size with the main differences being in the functions of the control switch.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the Smith kit in a Gyro helmet, fit just fine. I think between the two, the difference in speaker size is minimal that they are almost interchangeable.

As you note, I do seem to recall the controls are different between the two which is why I think I went with the Smith over the tune-up. Then again, it has been two years so my memory may be off.

Listening to tunes in your helmet via these kits isn't like having an earbud jammed into your ear. As long as you don't turn the volume up to 11, you can hear around you (your board, other skier/snowboarders) and have convos just fine while still getting your music as... almost background music.
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Thanks for that.

The main reason I haven't tried buds is because they block too much outside noise and I do like to know whats going on around me, plus I don't want to be having to fiddle with them all day when they fall out while riding.

I think the difference in the controller is the tuneups just has volume and mute where the smith SC's have a mic (which i dont need) and you can also play/pause/skip tracks which would be nice to have.
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You're welcome.

Yes, I think you are right about the control differences. Mine does have the mic but I've found answering phone calls, etc., on the slopes to be slightly problematic with wind noise, etc.
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I have the 2012 Smith Vantage helmet with Smith Audio kit which is the same as the SkullCandy ear pads. The cable that comes with the Smith audiokit is horrible, the on/off button and volume knob freezes over. I actually use a monster/beats replacement cable to have audio/volume/iphone controls + mic.... picking up and talking on the phone while shredding the hill is slightly entertaining.

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I have read reviews saying the controller can be problematic, so maybe the direct connect SC's coupled with an aftermarket controller cable would be a cheaper and better option.
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I have a Smith Variant that came with the SC audio. The biggest problem with it is for sure the inline controls. The volume button likes to turn itself randomly up and down. If you can get it tucked away in a way that keeps it from being bumped then it's alright, but really, it's not a big deal to me, 'cause I just keep the tunes down low. Like someone else said, it's like having background music everywhere you go.
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I've been using the REDS in a Red helmet. Honestly, all of the various helmet drop-in options are pretty much the same. People seem to get all bent out of shape because the sound isn't as good as the in-ear options, but I've never cared. This way I can actually hear some of what's going on around me and my ears stay comfortable since I'm not constantly having to jab stuff in there.
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I use a RED helmet. But I have never seen RED audio speakers. Can anyone post me a link to a picture of them. I have always wanted to ride with tunes as background music. Would be great on long boring chair rides. Cheers.
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Basic Redphones, or "The DJ" version which are literally just a normal headphone shell case around those basics (which you remove to do the drop in to the helmet).
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