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post #31 of 43

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 43

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 43
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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 43
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 43

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 43
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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 43
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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 43
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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 43

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 43
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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 43
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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 43
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 43
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.
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