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2 way communication AND mp3 player integration

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Good day ladies and gentlemen, new guy here. Nice forum.

Need help with picking up a 2 way radio.

Here is what I need:

1. Pair of earphones always in my ears
2. My mp3 player playing through those earphones
3. A 2 way radio also connected to those earphones (through sliced wires?)
4. Microphone somewhere near my voice (on the neck, close to mouth, etc...)
5. Microphone + 2 way radio must be voice activated.

Using the equipment one should be able to listen to their favorite tunes while skiing, and able to hear other people talking to them over the radio, and be able to talk back without using their hands.

Extra useful features could be to cut off music coming from your mp3 player, while someone is talking in your ear.
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I've searched and searched, but couldn't find any earphones+mic that would connect to both an mp3 player and a 2 way radio.

Do any of you know of such equipment? Where to buy? Custom make specialized stores?

Help me out.
post #2 of 20
That sounds like an iPhone to me.
post #3 of 20
I have such a contraption. I dont know if its made anymore, but here it is:

http://www.dinosaurdeals.com.au/deta...oduct id=1361
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
I have such a contraption. I dont know if its made anymore, but here it is:

http://www.dinosaurdeals.com.au/deta...oduct id=1361


Looks like what I need. Since you used it. Is it usable with mp3 + 2 way radio?
post #5 of 20
I use it with an Mp3 and my cell phone. I dont see a reason why it wouldnt work with a walkie.
post #6 of 20
I have that for my giro G10 helmet.

http://www.backcountry.com/store/GIR...5&mv_pc= r126

If you do not have a giro you might be able to retro fit the speakers for another helmet or hat.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by kosackthrower View Post
I have that for my giro G10 helmet.

http://www.backcountry.com/store/GIR...5&mv_pc= r126

If you do not have a giro you might be able to retro fit the speakers for another helmet or hat.

Have you used it with a walkie talkie and mp3 player?
post #8 of 20
Yes i used it with a moto 2-way, and I know a couple of Patrolers that use it with their 2-ways.
post #9 of 20
When you hook it to a walkie, does the button trigger transmit on the walkie?
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
When you hook it to a walkie, does the button trigger transmit on the walkie?

Good question, I am guessing if the radio is VOX, then no need to press the button. But I am sold, I'll just buy it, and test it and if I remember I'll post if it works well.

Thank you all, for you input.
post #11 of 20
I've been using the skullcandy(giro re-branded) two-way radio links for 2 years connecting a gmrs radio and mp3 player. I don't use VOX but believe it should work fine since the microphone in the link pod is direct wired to the gmrs. The gmrs radio output drives the two helmet speakers in-parallel (ie, mono), which cuts out the mp3 music when the radio is receiving. There might be risk that the radio could back-drive the mp3 output amps but it has not been a problem for my creative zen nano mp3. You don't want the cell-phone version of this link because the mic circuitry is cell-phone specific and probably not moto-frs compatible. The mp3-stereo/gmrs speaker mixer circuit is really basic... a dual-10K ohm pot in-series with the mp3 L+R channels.

The stock skullcandy link is designed for Moto frs/gmrs radios (which I had and returned) and will not work with Midland-gmrs which I now own, so I modified the mic ckt to accommodate. Reliability of the original link design was iffy, due to inadequate strain relief causing wire fray and failure, and the mic switch taking on water and getting in permanent TX mode which you don't know about until your friends tell you your radio has been on for the last hour. Skullycandy told me they planned to revise the design but I have yet to see it. My wife takes better care of her link and it hasn't been a problem. I looked into motorcycle helmet intercom units to replace my broken link, but didn't find any reasonably-priced compact options, so made my own ... a modified aftermarket gmrs speaker- mic from kawamall/ebay to which I add a volume control and music mixer ckt plus extra 3.5mm connectors to hook everything together. Will see how it works when we get snow.
post #12 of 20
iPhone
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post
iPhone
I really hate mac products, especially the IPhone. Three reasons: bad experience with mac desktops, can not just replace the battery on mac mp3s to keep going, and all the guys I knew using mac products were either feminine pussiwhipped trolls, or quiet simply homosexual. Nothing against them, or mac products, I just stay away from macs. It is a product line, you either love it or hate it.
post #14 of 20
Plus, the obvious... you need ATT cell service which is not available where I ski and assuming verizon, spotty to non-existent in the various drainages holding the good stuff.
post #15 of 20
I have the giro tuneups wireless kit and it works great...

I have never tried it with a walkie, but I use it with bluetooth for both an mp3 player and cellphone.

It had a play/pause button on one earpiece, and call button on the other. The ear pieces also twist to skip tracks and adjust volume, and it comes with a band so you can use the headphones without your helmet if you want.

Voice activated calling with the cellphone allows you to press the call button, say the name of the person you want to call, have a conversation, and press the button to hang up... all without touching the phone that's buried in your pocket.

I'm not sure if it would be compatible with a walkie talkie or not... sounds from previous posts like it might.



Depending on what kind of MP3 player you have, you may need an adapter to make it transmit a bluetooth signal. Companies like Jabra make them that will either plug into an ipod connection, or just a headphone jack.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
I have the giro tuneups wireless kit and it works great...

I have never tried it with a walkie, but I use it with bluetooth for both an mp3 player and cellphone.

It had a play/pause button on one earpiece, and call button on the other. The ear pieces also twist to skip tracks and adjust volume, and it comes with a band so you can use the headphones without your helmet if you want.

Voice activated calling with the cellphone allows you to press the call button, say the name of the person you want to call, have a conversation, and press the button to hang up... all without touching the phone that's buried in your pocket.

I'm not sure if it would be compatible with a walkie talkie or not... sounds from previous posts like it might.



Depending on what kind of MP3 player you have, you may need an adapter to make it transmit a bluetooth signal. Companies like Jabra make them that will either plug into an ipod connection, or just a headphone jack.
Thats even cooler than my setup....I need an upgrade.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Thats even cooler than my setup....I need an upgrade.
I have to admit that I didn't pay anywhere close to retail for mine, but I really do love it!

Honestly, even though it's nice not having wires running everywhere, the bluetooth isn't even the best part...

The entire earpieces twist, one to adjust volume up and down and the other to skip tracks forward and backwards. These controls are BY FAR the easiest to adjust, even with the thickest of mittens on. There is no digging in coats to get to wire-bound controls, no trying to press tiny little buttons with thickly insulated fingers, I'm a big big fan!

The bluetooth's cool too! We use cellphones for a lot of ski-school business while on the hill, and nothing could be nicer than pressing a huge button ON MY HELMET, saying "Call Ski School" and being able to just talk to the desk while I'm on the lift without having to dig in my coat or worry where a microphone is. (it's built into the left ear-piece!)
post #18 of 20
Dude, what's wrong with you? No, really... I find that my Windows laptop helps to raise my testorone levels by periodically enticing me to smash it against the wall for freezing or crashing for no apprent reason. On the other hand my Mac desktop at home just plain works, no drama. Every experience is different I guess. I love the iPhone too, no other smart phone is quite as capable, it is a different ballgame.

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Originally Posted by NotFrench View Post
I really hate mac products, especially the IPhone. Three reasons: bad experience with mac desktops, can not just replace the battery on mac mp3s to keep going, and all the guys I knew using mac products were either feminine pussiwhipped trolls, or quiet simply homosexual. Nothing against them, or mac products, I just stay away from macs. It is a product line, you either love it or hate it.
post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post
Dude, what's wrong with you? No, really...
Nothing is wrong with me. Just a bad experience many years ago in high school with macs desktops, and really bad image set in college art class surrounded by lovely guys all using macs and wearing tight pants. Thats all.

Let just say the same reason why I would never drive a Prius.

Don't hate me. Everyone is different.
post #20 of 20
Well, macs of today are very different from macs then. The system is rock-solid stable and much more elegant. If you live near an Apple store do yourself a favor, stop by and take a look. No pressure. You may be surprised.

Alex

Typed on an iPhone. (Yeah it let's you take your EpicSki addiction on the road. I am not sure it is a good thing.)
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