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Head sets

Postby c5cruiser » Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:48 am



Hi everyone!
I bought my first Goldwing just over 2 weeks ago. Sadly it didn't come with a head set but it does have comms to the radio, CB, rider to rider, etc.
Question is what kind of head sets would you recommend for my wing?



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Re: Head sets

Postby harvey01 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:05 am

You will get a number of suggestions especially for the Bluetooth units.

Personally I prefer the wired units as they plug in easily and are very easy to work with, and n extra batteries required.

I use J & M headsets and feel they are the best, just be careful as they have several different levels of quality. As the price goes up so does the quality. I expect mine to last the same length as the helmet which I change every 5-7 years.

So here comes my list of headset sources:

J & M Audio with Sierra Electronics being a good retailer.
Edsets which makes an excellent product.
Air Rider still sells headsets,

A simple Google search will get you to each respective website and allow you to view their products. Each also has a phone number for further contact. Most local dealers can order this stuff for you but you can do it yourself and my experience has been that a lot of dealers really don't know a lot about sound systems.

Just a thought, Wing Ding is fast approaching in Huntsville, Alabama the 3rd through the 6th of September. Normally all of the above vendors may be present with product on hand for sale or installation. Usually they will even install the headsets in your helmet for a fee. Although this is easy to do it does require cutting some of the foam around the area of the ears generally.
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Re: Head sets

Postby c5cruiser » Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:10 am

Doesn't the CB need to be connected by wire?

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Re: Head sets

Postby harvey01 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:36 am

Since the OP has a 2004 GL1800 and states he has a CB I would assume (?) that he has the Honda unit that just connects directly to the Honda Audio system---intercom, AM/FM, weather, and auxiliary. The BikeMP3 unit connects the same way. He can play the CB through his speakers but he cannot talk on the CB without some form of Microphone hookup.

Today there are folks who do the hookups with Bluetooth but I prefer the wired helmet system.
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Re: Head sets

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:08 pm

I agree with J&M wired headsets - but also with "you get what you pay for." The higher priced "Elite" versions have much better sound quality, and the external cables are more versatile.

I also agree with the expected life - I find that after 5-6 years of use, the headsets (and cables, and connectors) have pretty much had it, so when the helmet is retired, so is the headset.

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Re: Head sets

Postby az1103 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:44 am

Ed sets ! Ed is real good to deal with and will give you way more info and help than J&M.

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Re: Head sets

Postby billbob » Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:51 am

I have used J&M for years with no problems at all.

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Re: Head sets

Postby Harp » Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:58 am

I have a 2014 GoldWing. I purchased the Nolan Basic kit, but my wife was not crazy about the idea of blasting down the freeway with a cord attached to the helmet and bike. I went to Iron Pony in Columbus, where they allowed me to try a few different models. I ended up with the Scala rider Q1 Teamset. I am able to link it with my phone (didn't because I want to be free from the world on the bike) and also can link to bluetooth tunes set-up. The stereo is so good that I don't link this one either. I believe I can also link with other Scala Q1 systems within range. I don't know if you can link with the CB. Their website has all the info.
The sound is very good. it did take a few adjustments of the mic to cut down wind & other ambient noise. I am happy with the system and the Mrs loves it. I believe the purchase price was around $225 on sale.

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Re: Head sets

Postby c5cruiser » Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:05 pm

$225 on sale? I'll have to see what the non-sale price is or just wait.

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Re: Head sets

Postby Mh434 » Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:31 pm

That's why I stuck with J&M. Plus, I figure that if Mother Honda determined J&M was high enough quality to be used as OEM, it should be good enough for me (and, of course, the sound system was designed for J&M stuff).

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Re: Head sets

Postby NVSB4 » Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:38 pm

I am now a HUGE fan of J&M. Not only are their products some of the best, but their customer service is outstanding.
I bought 2 pair of their headsets through Sierra (great price & service) to go with 2 new helmets.
The helmets that I got were not the greatest, but what the budget and SWMBO would allow at the time.
I've installed headsets before, but there was no way I could do these.
Sierra suggested that I talk with J&M, so I emailed their customer service and John (the "J" in J&M) replied.
We talked back and forth and I sent the helmets to them to install an integrated set instead of the clamp-on that I had bought.
I got a call the day they received them advising that it was a helmet that they had never done before, had special issues, and that they would have to figure out a way to do it.
I was ready to tell them to forget it and send them back and I would just sell them, suck it up and buy something different.
They remained in contact, saying that they were still working on it, would make sure that it was not only the best possible solution for the integrity of the helmet, but also the sound.
They called yesterday and said that they were shipping them today.
I had just stuck the speakers in the helmet to try when I got them and the sound was great. I can't wait to see what it is like when installed correctly.
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Re: Head sets

Postby cardinal » Sat Aug 22, 2015 1:12 pm

if you buy from J&M and something goes wrong after warranty ends, you call them, send the unit in, they fix it and send it back. So far, for me, at no cost except your initial freight to send it back to them.
Any body had any luck hooking a Bluetooth unit up to the CB on a GL 1500?




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