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Old 03-18-2020, 03:19 PM   #1
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Choosing a Bluetooth 2020

So its 2020 and like our four wheeled cages technology is all over bikes now with abs, rider modes, wheelie killers, tft displays I can go on and on. Some good some bad depending on who u ask, but the feature our cages have that we probably miss the most (other than A/C in Houston summers) is connecting our phone and listening to your favorite tunes.

Thankfully there are hundreds of bluetooth devices to choose from, that also brings on the problem. So many options.😫 How do you choose the right Bluetooth for you?

I am currently in this dilemma my self and as with all questions about gear rather than ask a sales man although they might be familiar with the product most dont have enough seatime with a particular model, I ask the people who buy them. I created this thread to get some real opinions (good or bad) about what brands and models of bluetooth devices riders are using to hopefully aid other riders who are in a similar situation.
So please don't be shy post your thoughts.
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Old 03-18-2020, 04:03 PM   #2
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Cardo packtalk bold with JBL. I’ve had it for about a year and it is amazing. Rode it through all kinds of typical houston weather including downpours and it has held up well. Music is loud and clear even with earplugs in. Only downside is the Bluetooth range isn’t the best but I just keep my phone on the same side of the device and I never lose connection that way.
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Old 03-18-2020, 04:11 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input ronaldmcdonald👍 when you say the "range isn't the best" what are we talking about? Is your phone in your pocket, front mounted near cluster or in backpack ?
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Usually in my pants pocket. I have the packtalk on the left side of my helmet so if I have my phone in my right pocket it may cut in and out specifically when I turn my head left. Usually have no issues if in my backpack (top pocket) or in my left pants pocket or jacket.
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I have had this for over two years and love it. The best part is regular earbuds plug into it so you just replace the earbuds and not the entire receiver. Pair it with Sony earbuds, and it is great in your helmet for listening to music.

Not sure if this link will work, but is an MPOW bluetooth receiver from Amazon. It has a 3.5 mm stereo output jack to use with earbuds or headphones.

https://www.amazon.com/Mpow-Bluetoot...s%2C178&sr=8-6
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Old 03-18-2020, 07:55 PM   #6
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I use PlugPhones Libertor Bluetooth in-ear. They do not suppprt rider communication like a Sena but the do well for music and audio ale arts from my phone including my escort radar detector app alerts or nave directions. They are designed to reduce ambIENT NOISE AS WELL.
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I have the Sena 10C Pro. It has all available bluetooth capability for group intercom/audio, radio, phone pairing and video.

I have yet to try it with a group, but plan to soon if once my friend gets a bluetooth device (he promised me he would soon!). The functionality and ease of setting up the device is excellent. So I can speak on that. Also, the video quality is amazing. Here are 2 examples of my recorded rides:

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Old 03-19-2020, 11:24 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the info. I hadn't even heard or considered what gots2no is using👍its a nice cheaper entry if ur not looking to chat with others but love music.

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Whatever you decide on, make sure it accepts earbuds. EVERY device out there that has speakers, those speakers suck compared to earbuds.
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Kenneth I have used something (lg heaset) similar at work to block out the noise. One question though how is the audio quality on calls? Can the person on the other end hear you clearly?
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Are they that bad? I know some models allow you to swap to earbuds.
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That sena view is actually pretty good 😲 would make things easier I guess not packing a gopro.
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Are they that bad? I know some models allow you to swap to earbuds.
Its not that they are bad, its just that they can never compare to earbuds in the same environment. (Motorcycle) Earbuds block out wind noise and allow for deep,clear,loud audio.
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That sena view is actually pretty good 😲 would make things easier I guess not packing a gopro.
If you mean the Sena 10c, its a great idea, but the quality s not up to par with the gopro. Nothing is.

If your budget only allows for that one device instead of 2 separate devices, then by all means do it.
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Kenneth I have used something (lg heaset) similar at work to block out the noise. One question though how is the audio quality on calls? Can the person on the other end hear you clearly?
plug phones are audio out only.
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I picked up a sena 10s 2pack on sale and it’s been good so far. The AGV ark is also made by sena and has similar specs to the 10s but looks better imo
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