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Old 04-27-2017, 03:41 PM   #1
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Anyone ever try these: (custom ear phones)

I'm just curious if anyone has actually every used these "hear plugs"... A custom made set of soft foam ear plugs with dual speakers in each one...

https://www.plugup.com/custom_made_e...budss_s/73.htm


Supposedly they knock out a LOT of noise and allow you to listen to music/gps etc without the volumn cranked up...

I normally hate anything in my ears, especially under a tight helmet but, I need to do something. The speakers in my helmet from my Sena S20 suck major and I'm sure I'm going deaf trying to hear music over wind noise, especially on long rides.

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You can make those for $20. Go to academy and get the radians custom ear plug goo foam. You place the earbud in the foam and mold it to your ear and let it cure. There are some videos on youtube about how to do it. I hate ear buds under a helmet but the ones I made like this were actually comfortable and work like a champ.
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No, but I will endorse Plugfones. I got a pair, one side's volume was a little low, they sent me a new pair! (got to keep the old ones and gave em to my kid....in hindsight, I think my kid may loose some hearing in one ear unless she swaps sides often)

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They sound great, super comfy and I don't even realize they are there when riding. THAT's how good they feel.
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No, but I will endorse Plugfones. I got a pair, one side's volume was a little low, they sent me a new pair! (got to keep the old ones and gave em to my kid....in hindsight, I think my kid may loose some hearing in one ear unless she swaps sides often)

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They sound great, super comfy and I don't even realize they are there when riding. THAT's how good they feel.

Cool.. I'll check em out.

Normally I hate anything in my ears, wearing soft foam ear plugs at work all the time even annoys me. However the SENA is basically useless with the speakers it came with, I even modded my helmet to get them closer to my ears and foam to knock it some wind but..still sux.. pretty much have to run them at 75% volume and then they distort..

I figure if I'm gonna penny up for something for GOOD sound, I may as well get noise cancellation benefits as well. Just not sure how well I will like them smashed in my ears with a tight fitting helmet on.
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You can make those for $20. Go to academy and get the radians custom ear plug goo foam. You place the earbud in the foam and mold it to your ear and let it cure. There are some videos on youtube about how to do it. I hate ear buds under a helmet but the ones I made like this were actually comfortable and work like a champ.
Interesting.. I'll check out the YouTube vids. Thanks!
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I made the mistake of buying some fancy earbuds, but they stuck out so far they were miserable to wear under a helmet.

The HTC earbuds I got with an old HTC phone are great, OTOH. And available all day long from Amazon for $8-10!

https://www.amazon.com/HTC-Original-.../dp/B00KKQWB24
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I made the mistake of buying some fancy earbuds, but they stuck out so far they were miserable to wear under a helmet.

The HTC earbuds I got with an old HTC phone are great, OTOH. And available all day long from Amazon for $8-10!

https://www.amazon.com/HTC-Original-.../dp/B00KKQWB24
Yeah that won't work for me. I have shallow ears, so I'll need something to fit flush..or better yet recessed in some.
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Any updates Alan? I always wear earbuds while riding, but it's really hard to hear the speakers on my Sena when I'm moving. Would love a flush fit set of earplugs with speakers molded in
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Any updates Alan? I always wear earbuds while riding, but it's really hard to hear the speakers on my Sena when I'm moving. Would love a flush fit set of earplugs with speakers molded in

Naw… I just ended up buying a new Shoei RF1200 helmet and put my Sena S20 on it. Its quiet enough inside the helmet that I can hear the speakers for the most part.... Sound quality is still pretty much but...it does the job. Better then nothing.

I have to wear ear plugs and ear buds at work full time so.... I KNOW I will hate trying to wear them on a bike...plus the pain in the of taking a helmet on and off so.... The Sena setup is easy.
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I spent $20 and tried out the Gen1 plugfones. I rode 500 miles over the weekend (200 Sat, 300 Sun) and am really pleased with them so far. The sound is way better than I expected. I can finally make good use of my Sena20S. My biggest concern was comfort but I had no pain in my ears from the headphones whatsoever. Because of the design, I'm not able to insert it as deep as normal earplugs, so there's a wee bit more wind noise but honestly it's not that bad. I routed them in my helmet so that I'm able to tuck them away if I don't want to use them.
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Love my plugfones.

I started using the memory foam tips, but later switched to the silicones. I can shove them deep in my ear. Does great for wind noise and sound quality as well as comfort.
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I ride daily so I always use hearing protection. I had purchased a set of Bose quietcomfort 20 noise canceling earbuds. They are kind of pricey at $249 as all Bose products are. They sit on the surface of your ear canal and do not get crammed into your ear, which makes them very comfortable. Even though the earbuds are a little bigger since they have to contain the microphone for the noise canceling function. They fit under the helmet just fine. They cut almost all of the wind noise and motor hum out. You don't have to crank up the music to hear it. The down side is they are only earbuds. So I still needed a bluetooth dongle to connect them to my phone.

Then I found a set of Insignia NS-CAHBTEBNC-S Wireless In-Ear Behind-the-Neck Noise Canceling Headphones for $80 at Best Buy. I think the noise canceling abilities are at least as good as the Bose. And they have the bluetooth built right in. Or you can connect an adapter and use them as a wired set of earbuds, as you would with a Sena. The down side to them is that the shape of the earbud/NC mic isn't as low profile as the Bose. And they are the typical style that you have to cram into your ear. So I had to develop a way to get the helmet over them and sometimes be able to stick my finger under the helmet and work them back into my ears. It's a pain but I can do it. The upside is that they are designed so that the battery and electronics rest around your neck. So I added some velcro to the bottom sides of my helmet and the top of each side of the part that goes around your neck. Now they stick to the bottom of the helmet and looks much more seamless. All in all I like these better than the Bose.

Also since I can only barely hear the wind, engine, and other traffic. I have noticed that my other senses (especially my sense of feeling) have taken up the slack and I feel much more in tune with the bike and the ride.
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