Hard Cable or BT Waves


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6sigmaford
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Hard Cable or BT Waves

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Seems like a lot of different ways to skin this (Helmet Comms) cat. I am torn between going hard wired or bluetooth. My previous Midway bluetooth was just shy of abysmal. I mean it worked, just not reliably or well when it did work.

For the money BT seems to be the way to go. But, hardwired is rock steady - or at least that is what was shared with me.

When you shake out the money for a paired set of BT or hardwired it seems moot. Any thoughts from those wiser than myself?

I just picked up a 2016 Audio Comfort (my VTX 1800 wasn't the bike for any real touring) - marked down a goods ways from retail.


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Re: Hard Cable or BT Waves

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I have never owned a bluetooth headset for the bike.

But, I do own bluetooth headsets for my cell phones. With my cell phone, I have had pairing problems when I could not use the headset until it was re-paired to the phone. I was on a ride recently with a friend and he had the same problem with his bluetooth headset on his Wing. He says it happens frequently where pairing was needed before use. I have never had that issue with my wired headsets.

I have had times when I forgot to charge my cell phone bluetooth headset and I was without it for at least four hours while it was charging. I have never had that problem with my wired headset. I would hate to be incommunicado on a summer ride with friends because I forgot to charge my headset battery.

These are the things I think about when I have the notion that I need to go bluetooth on the motorcycle. Consequently, I am still using wired headsets. They just always work.
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Re: Hard Wired or BT Waves

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I have never owned a bluetooth headset for the bike.

But, I do own bluetooth headsets for my cell phones. With my cell phone, I have had pairing problems when I could not use the headset until it was re-paired to the phone. I was on a ride recently with a friend and he had the same problem with his bluetooth headset on his Wing. He says it happens frequently where pairing was needed before use. I have never had that issue with my wired headsets.

I have had times when I forgot to charge my cell phone bluetooth headset and I was without it for at least four hours while it was charging. I have never had that problem with my wired headset. I would hate to be incommunicado on a summer ride with friends because I forgot to charge my headset battery.

These are the things I think about when I have the notion that I need to go bluetooth on the motorcycle. Consequently, I am still using wired headsets. They just always work.
MikeB
1998 - GL1500 w/184,500 miles ~ 2017 - GL1800 w/13000 miles
USAF Avionics Communications Tech - 1968 - 1986 / Flight Engineer C-130E - C-141B - 1986 - 1992. Retired
Industrial Maintenance Tech - 1992 - 2014
Retired in Tacoma, WA

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Re: Hard Cable or BT Waves

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Thanks All.

Any surprise brands for hard Wired? J&M seems to a fan favorite. Any others?
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Re: Hard Cable or BT Waves

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I have used both hardwired and BT and for me I really prefer the BT headsets. Hardwire is good, but will still have issues depending on the cable and connectors. And you have to remember you are wired to the bike and need to connect and disconnect when getting on and off. When we switched to BT (Cardo Scala system), it was nice to be able to get off the bike and walk away without the need to disconnect everytime. We don't use them for bike to bike, but just as driver to passenger and for phone use if needed. There have been times when getting gas, my wife would walk into the store at the gas station and still be able to talk via the headset. The downside of the BT headsets is that they have to be fully charged and will normally last a good 7-8 hours. I do carry a charger on the bike if needed and can charge up if we stop to eat. Don't really care about music in the helmet so don't use the BT for that at all. Haven't found a good reason to go back to a hardwire system. I did have, on my 96 SE, a CB radio, but not on my 1800 and never really used the CB anyway.


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1975 CB550-4 mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maxim 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1982 CB750-FSS 60,000+ miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

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