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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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noise cancelling earbuds

Is there anyone that makes a good set that won't cost me a couple hundred dollars? Yeah I'm cheap!!!
I ride with a 1/2 helmet and normally wear earplugs to keep down the wind noise. It would be nice to be able to listen to some tunes. I know they make noise cancelling ones but to my knowledge they are mostly designed for places like airplanes and such, not necessarily the noise level of cruising the open road at 60MPh. Just curious to know what others are using and their experiences/opinions.

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I have an inexpensive pair of Sony NC headphones ($40) that work so so in a car or on a jet. They bring the drone down maybe 20db if you wear them normally.

If you take your hands and push them tight against your ears they work really well.. but have to hold them like that, or put a belt around them on your head.

I have never seen a pair of NC earbuds that I was impressed with. Maybe its just me: I cant wear iPod ear buds, they fall out of my ears. The ones Samsung gives you with their phones are better, but again if you hold them just right with your fingers they really sound excellent. Then when you let them go they sound like crap by comparison.

I wouldnt get my hopes up for really effective noise cancelling ear buds. And make sure you can try them before you cough up BenFranklins (on the bike, going fast....).

I have an excellent pair of studio quality AKG headphones and that is my reference (not noise cancelling).

you can get them for $70: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/K240S

and once you get use to that level of sound quality, you are spoiled.

I am kinda curious: How do you handle being hit in the face with crap going 60mph?

the very first time I took my bike up to 70 a bumblebee or dragon fly hit my full face helmet shield right between the eyes. I hit a bird in the chest (saw it coming and ducked a bit). But I get hit in the face at speed at least once a month. I cant imagine riding without my entire face covered !? I keep one of those alcohol towlettes in my jacket pocket just for wiping the goo off my face shield.

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I wouldnt get my hopes up for really effective noise cancelling ear buds. And make sure you can try them before you cough up BenFranklins (on the bike, going fast....).

I am kinda curious: How do you handle being hit in the face with crap going 60mph?

the very first time I took my bike up to 70 a bumblebee or dragon fly hit my full face helmet shield right between the eyes. I hit a bird in the chest (saw it coming and ducked a bit). But I get hit in the face at speed at least once a month. I cant imagine riding without my entire face covered !? I keep one of those alcohol towlettes in my jacket pocket just for wiping the goo off my face shield.
Their real effectiveness is why I haven't already purchased a pair. Really don't want to shell out the money for something that doesn't work.

As far as the bugs go my bike has a W/S which seems to deflect most things. I wear a pair of safety/sunglasses to protect the eyes but yes I do get pecked with a bug occasionally. Just the other day I got hit on the cheek with something. Less than 10 miles later I got hit again in the exact same spot. Just one of those necessary evils I guess. Maybe if I ever rode with a face shield I would be just like you and not ride without one but open face is all I have ever known on a bike so I'm used to it I guess.

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So I don't know anything about noise cancelling ones, so I apologize in advance for even replying... Ha. But I would like to share a couple of things. First off, my skull candy earbuds (that fit well, and curve into my ear canal) block out quite a bit of external sound in my opinion. The effect is of course intensified if I'm wearing my full face helmet. Ambient noise is louder when I wear my open face 3/4 Bell Custom 500 helmet. However, when I wrap a quality cotton bandanna around my head, (and over my ears with ear buds in), it really does make a difference. So, quality ear buds and a thick cotton bandanna make a difference for me.

Just thought I'd share, even though it wasn't about noise cancelling ear buds, the Skull Candy brand are pretty good, IMO. :-)

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i love these and have been using them for about 8 years now. $100



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You wear a 1/2 helmet don't you Bevo?

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I use the 'FOAM' shooting earplugs @ about 50 cents per pair, bought in quantity.

With my full face helmet all I can hear is s buzz at cruising speed.

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I don't have any suggestions on specific ones, but I would suggest looking at the shooting sports for some good noise canceling ones.
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Is there anyone that makes a good set that won't cost me a couple hundred dollars? Yeah I'm cheap!!!
I ride with a 1/2 helmet and normally wear earplugs to keep down the wind noise. It would be nice to be able to listen to some tunes. I know they make noise cancelling ones but to my knowledge they are mostly designed for places like airplanes and such, not necessarily the noise level of cruising the open road at 60MPh. Just curious to know what others are using and their experiences/opinions.
I'm cheap too and hard of hearing to boot. I wanted something that would allow me to listen to music and hear directions from my phone. Bought and returned 3-4 different 'cheap' types of bluetooth units that worked great until I got the bike above about 30mph. Finally last week, returned a set to Bestbuy and decided to try these. (Insignia Wireless Headphones Gray NS-CAHBTEB01 - Best Buy) and they work good. With volume turned up I can hear music and the gps breaks in loud and clear. If I had normal hearing I would have to turn down the volume.

NOTE: thanks to your post, I went to find the link for you and see that these are now on closeout at bestbuy. (I buy there because of their 14 day full refund policy). I paid $49.99 for the black set so, I'll return go there tomorrow and get a $20 rebate or return and buy the gray set. Same but for the color. Finally have a CHEAP set of bluetooth earbuds that work and only cost me $30. Since they are now closeouts, I'm not sure what the return policy will be.

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