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post #31 of 48

Update: Smith has changed their helmet audio vendor to Outdoor Tech. "Wired Chips", also available direct from Outdoor Tech for $40 vs $120 for Bluetooth Chips.

 

Smith replaced my entire Skullcandy set-up, but will be a while before I have the opportunity to run these in colder temperatures, and exposed to the elements. Some mixed reviews on BC.com though.

post #32 of 48

I bought a pair of Koss KSC75, took off the ear clips, and put them into the ear pads in my helmet. They sound great, are cheap, and have held up well over 1.5 seasons.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Koss-KSC75-Portable-Stereophone-Headphones/dp/B0006B486K/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1438182442&sr=1-1&keywords=koss+ksc75

post #33 of 48
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Originally Posted by MT Skull View Post
 

Update: Smith has changed their helmet audio vendor to Outdoor Tech. "Wired Chips", also available direct from Outdoor Tech for $40 vs $120 for Bluetooth Chips.

 

Smith replaced my entire Skullcandy set-up, but will be a while before I have the opportunity to run these in colder temperatures, and exposed to the elements. Some mixed reviews on BC.com though.


You won't miss the Skull Candy at all. Major jump in quality with the Chips. Expensive but I can't ski w/o them now. Worth every penny. Great grab by Smith. GF and I both have them and use the Chips in -20 w/ no issues other than occasional (normal) Bluetooth drops maybe 1or 2 sec per three songs. They last pretty much all day at high volume. If it's super cold -20, I plug them in during lunch.  I experimented during a two day stint and didn't charge at 15 degrees and high volume and lasted a day and a half. Large magnets so the bass is amazing. Easy to control w/ mittens, no glove removal at all. Chips is the  best headphone setup I've ever used and I've been skiing w/ music since the Sony Walkman in the 80's. I wish I could hook them up in my bike helmet!..........

 

If you buy directly from Chips and install yourself, be sure when you access the speaker envelope inside the zipper, to detach the foam (no need to remove the foam just detach) and place the speaker towards your ear, so there is only a small layer of material between your ear and the speakers........

post #34 of 48
I used to have a pair of Motorola wireless speakers, but the never lasted more than a year. for the past 2 years I've also used the Outdoor Tech Bluetooth chip headphones. imho they are definitely worth the $$. they are easier to operate, sound better and the charge lasts longer.
they are more exp, but worth it. I got them from Backcountry.com when they run their 20% off sale.
good luck
Edited by GerryF - 7/29/15 at 9:57am
post #35 of 48

I got my first helmet headphones this season - they are wired Outdoor Tech and work just fine for me. I am probably not as picky about audio as some.

post #36 of 48
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 

I got my first helmet headphones this season - they are wired Outdoor Tech and work just fine for me. I am probably not as picky about audio as some.


Ha!!! Not picky??? You've got some of the best on the market!!! LOL We're ALL picky on here! :)

post #37 of 48
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Originally Posted by spchin24 View Post
 

I bought a pair of Koss KSC75, took off the ear clips, and put them into the ear pads in my helmet. They sound great, are cheap, and have held up well over 1.5 seasons.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Koss-KSC75-Portable-Stereophone-Headphones/dp/B0006B486K/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1438182442&sr=1-1&keywords=koss+ksc75

^I like having the ability to adjust volume, select tracks, take calls, without having to take my gloves off/take phone out, but admittedly that's a function of the cord, not the speakers.

 

Of course the Bluetooth Chips do all that without a wire, so I have a pretty go idea where I'm headed if the wired version gives me any trouble. Not looking forward to having to remember to charge them, but since ditching hotronics, not really a deal-breaker. 

post #38 of 48
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 

I got my first helmet headphones this season - they are wired Outdoor Tech and work just fine for me. I am probably not as picky about audio as some.


Ha!!! Not picky??? You've got some of the best on the market!!! LOL We're ALL picky on here! :)

 

I'm just saying - I can't vouch for the quality personally, because my needs aren't great. Heck, I listen to my ipod shuffle, using compression to shove more songs in - my phone's battery rarely lasts the day even if I'm not playing music. What I did was, I walked into Craniologie at Breckenridge and told them I wanted speakers in my helmet. They installed these. Done. And the Shuffle doesn't respect the buttons on the cable. 

post #39 of 48

This is awesome news. My latest replacement pair of the skullcandy units just died at the end of the season so hopefully Smith can hook me up with these to replace. I had debated buying a set of these out of pocket last season.

 

Personally I don't really get the point of a bluetooth setup for a helmet speaker. It's already a hassle putting on the helmet and goggles, what do you gain by not having to plug in one wire? No batteries to charge, etc. 

post #40 of 48
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Originally Posted by Stuart Bell View Post
 

This is awesome news. My latest replacement pair of the skullcandy units just died at the end of the season so hopefully Smith can hook me up with these to replace. I had debated buying a set of these out of pocket last season.

 

Personally I don't really get the point of a bluetooth setup for a helmet speaker. It's already a hassle putting on the helmet and goggles, what do you gain by not having to plug in one wire? No batteries to charge, etc. 

 

It's kind of a pain to dig around inside the ear flap and plug it in. For the most part, I've been leaving the wire attached to the helmet.

post #41 of 48
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Originally Posted by Stuart Bell View Post
 

This is awesome news. My latest replacement pair of the skullcandy units just died at the end of the season so hopefully Smith can hook me up with these to replace. I had debated buying a set of these out of pocket last season.

 

Personally I don't really get the point of a bluetooth setup for a helmet speaker. It's already a hassle putting on the helmet and goggles, what do you gain by not having to plug in one wire? No batteries to charge, etc. 


Last Spring it was too warm to wear a jacket, and the cord wasn't long enough to make it to a pants pocket. Fortunately my bibs have a pocket, but I didn't want to wear bibs every day, especially when it was warm.

 

Quintessential first-world problem?:rolleyes

post #42 of 48
I literally bought some dollar store head phone and broke off the plastic part that goes around your head, then put the ear phones in the places for them
post #43 of 48
Update: the wired chips wire/controller stopped working even quicker than the skullcandies. Upgraded to bluetooth chips, and so far nothing but advantages. No fiddling with wires taking the helmet/jacket on/off, one button press turns the headset on and connects the bluetooth. Phone goes in whichever pocket is comfortable, and stays there till the end of the day, and great sound. Even if I forget to charge them overnight, I can usually get just about a full charge plugging them in for the 20min drive to the mountain.

No complaints. Worth every penny.
post #44 of 48

I am only replying to this as a way to keep the information up to date with the days technology. I recently purchased a K2 rival pro Audio Helmet. This helmet has speakers in each ear. I was unhappy with their output and decided to resolder 20 gauge threaded wire in place of the incredibly thin wire. This easily increased the output by a factor of 2. EVEN IF YOU CANNOT SOLDER the speakers worked decently well, to make them better I add a simple "Bullet" bluetooth adapter that can be picked up off of amazon (5Hr of battery) to act as the receiver for my phone. This has made my skiing and audio enjoyment hands free and enjoyable. The battery life is only for how long the device is playing music, so pausing while you are taking a break will help stretch out the time limit. Also, it will stay warm as the device is right behind the head, the warmest part of the body, so the battery life will not be negatively affected by the cold.

post #45 of 48

Here is a simple, cheap, effective solution -

 

You need

1. Basic wired headphones like Koss KSC75 - $15 (Very good quality for the price)

2. Bluetooth audio received with clip/mic - $20 (Plenty of them available with good reviews)

3. Ski Helmet with ear flaps for drop in headphones.

 

Insert the two headphones into ear flaps and hide the wire in helmet, only audio jack coming out near the strap.

Use the clip on bluetooth adapter and it perfectly fits on your jacket collar so you can speak straight into mic.

 

The benefit of this setup is that you can ski without being deaf to surroundings. The headphones wont make your ear hurt since they are in the flap and its almost like hearing music in background and very comfortable. The only downside is that audio leaks but not a huge deal, none seems to care. Most bluetooth adapters let you take call and use voice commands so you can have hands free operation easily.

post #46 of 48

Depends on your helmet. I have a POC that only accepted "Beats Communication Neck Roll". Way overpriced ($120 extra on top of the helmet price.......) but pretty good sound and reliable. Had it for 4 seasons now. I would recommend getting a helmet that accepts a variety of speakers, had built in ones, or is comfortable with ear buds in.

post #47 of 48

I too had the Smith Skullcandy bluetooth setup and, like everyone else's, mine crapped out. 

 

Rather than replace it with the not very well reviewed OT setup, I looked over at the world of motorcycle helmet audio setups and I'm very glad I did. 

 

I found the UCLEAR Digital HBC150 setup, which was $180. Yes, it was significantly more expensive than the OT option, but it's been stellar.

 

It came with a variety of mounting options for the controller, but I used the adhesive mount on the side of my helmet. In hindsight, I might have mounted it a bit higher on the helmet than I did, since my goggle strap kind of hangs on it when I raise them.

 

The sound quality for music is decent...at least as good as the Skullcandy system, although there's an available speaker upgrade. Sound quality for phone calls is incredible. The mics are built into the speaker capsules and, since they're designed for use on motorcycles, you can have a regular phone conversation even when the wind is howling or while you're screaming down a run at speed. I know this last part because I was having just such a conversation with ski patrol as I skied at speed to reach my son, who'd been injured in a collision a couple weeks ago. (He was OK in the end, with just a minor concussion.) 

 

Using the system with gloved hands is pretty easy too, with all basic functions easily executed. The real win is that the system is compatible with Siri, so I'm able to activate Siri with gloved hands and make calls, play music, etc.

 

Battery life is excellent. I've listened to music all day, plus made calls, and never once have I run out of juice. 

 

If I'd really been thinking about it, I'd have encouraged my friends to get some too, as there's an intercom function that enables the units to connect to one another as walkie-talkies as well. 

 

post #48 of 48
IMO the best helmet is the POC fornix backcountry with Mips. Light great venting great technology amd to answer the q to the thread they have a communication neckroll option by Beats that integrates their speaker tech into the helmet. I have this setup and i love it.
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