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headsets for a newby

Postby jasonv » Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:01 pm



Hi all,
I just ordered my first Goldwing and it will be here in a week.

My question is about intercom headsets. I am clueless about these and wondering what is the most common setup people use.
I want to use it to talk to my wife on the back and also to listen to the radio/ipod.
The salesman was pushing a brand named J&M I think. I also see the Honda brand and many others.

What should I look out for? Are some better than others?


Thanks and this looks like a nice place to learn about my new Goldwing.



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Re: headsets for a newby

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:26 pm

There are quite a few brands and types, but you won't go wrong with J&M, they're one of the better brands. It's what I have installed in my helmets.

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Re: headsets for a newby

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:31 pm

J&M are good, EdSets are highly rated and there are others that work fine. I'm using a Nolan setup in a Nolan helmet.

Are you getting new helmets too or retrofitting your existing?
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Re: headsets for a newby

Postby jasonv » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:25 pm

cbx4evr wrote:J&M are good, EdSets are highly rated and there are others that work fine. I'm using a Nolan setup in a Nolan helmet.

Are you getting new helmets too or retrofitting your existing?


I don't really need any more helmets so I don't think I will get a new one.

But my wife could buy helmets like some ladies buy shoes. Got her a brand new one last year and after one day she announced it doesn't fit, so now she has 3 helmets that don't fit. So I suppose I will be buying at least one helmet.

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Re: headsets for a newby

Postby SKMURDOCK » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:51 pm

My wife and I use the Sena SMH10, and have been happy with them. Only two button to deal with, and sized for gloves to work easily.

You could check WebBikeWorld and do a search for bluetooth headsets. They have very extensive reviews on many different units. One caveat, some of the reviews are at least a couple of years old. I get the sense that is because there have been no changes to the basic unit, but cannot say for sure if that is the case or not.

Good luck, and happy hunting! :)

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Re: headsets for a newby

Postby jasonv » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:57 pm

Thanks,
I appreciate the input. I am picking up my new bike tomorrow!

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Re: headsets for a newby

Postby MarkCollins » Tue May 01, 2012 12:28 pm

SKMURDOCK wrote:My wife and I use the Sena SMH10, and have been happy with them. Only two button to deal with, and sized for gloves to work easily.

You could check WebBikeWorld and do a search for bluetooth headsets. They have very extensive reviews on many different units. One caveat, some of the reviews are at least a couple of years old. I get the sense that is because there have been no changes to the basic unit, but cannot say for sure if that is the case or not.

Good luck, and happy hunting! :)



I am new to this site, coming from another site. I have never seen WebBikeWorld mentioned anywhere until now but it looks like a wealth of information. thanks

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Re: headsets for a newby

Postby pjoy47 » Tue May 01, 2012 3:19 pm

I just started using a set I got from eBay. About $60 for a dual setup. Very good while the batteries are full. Almost a quarter mile range. However, once the batteries started losing power (about 5 hours for a 7 hour stated life) the sound got so fuzzy it was impossible to decipher what was being said. Good units and the ability to communicate with another rider was awesome in traffic. Whatever the brand I recommend them form now on.

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Re: headsets for a newby

Postby Sally » Tue May 01, 2012 7:08 pm

J&M are a little more money but the best out there if you ask me .. They got their stuff together very good.. Sally

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Re: headsets for a newby

Postby SKMURDOCK » Wed May 02, 2012 7:38 am

pjoy47 wrote:I just started using a set I got from eBay. About $60 for a dual setup. Very good while the batteries are full. Almost a quarter mile range. However, once the batteries started losing power (about 5 hours for a 7 hour stated life) the sound got so fuzzy it was impossible to decipher what was being said. Good units and the ability to communicate with another rider was awesome in traffic. Whatever the brand I recommend them form now on.


What brand are these? New, or used?

I know the SENA new is somewhere over $200 for the dual set.

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Re: headsets for a newby

Postby cardinal » Wed May 02, 2012 1:56 pm

I assume you are waiting for a 2012 GL 1800. If so, the J&M Elite sets can't be beat. J&M backs up their units, too. I had a wire break on the michrophone of my Elite set, sent it to them, they repaired it and sent it back at no cost. Headset was over 4 years old.

Intercom depends somewhat, on how quite your helmet is. Too much wind noise activates the mike and drives ya nuts!!

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Re: headsets for a newby

Postby bobbybbare » Thu May 03, 2012 7:31 am

J&M is you best choice for quality, reliability and service.




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