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I am thinking of getting the "Giro TuneUps Audio Drops with Bluetooth LINK Audio Kit" to go with a Giro G10 helmet.

I would like to be able to answer phone calls from my children while on the mountain without taking my gloves off or my phone out of my pocket.

This audio kit appears to include a stereo pair of music speakers that fit into the helmet earflaps, and a separate Bluetooth earpiece and microphone (or maybe it's just a mic).

 

Questions:

(1) Is the Bluetooth unit just a mic, or mic+earpiece?

(2) Does the Bluetooth unit fit into a special slot inside the helmet?

(3) If it's just a mic, how does it connect to the wired music speakers?

(4) If it's a mic+earpiece, how does it avoid conflicting with the wired music speakers?

(5) If the Bluetooth unit includes an earpiece, is it "on the ear" or "in the ear"?

 

Thanks for any info!

 

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Originally Posted by jeff2010 View Post

Questions:

(1) Is the Bluetooth unit just a mic, or mic+earpiece? The main unit holds the Bluetooth circuitry, mic, and volume control

(2) Does the Bluetooth unit fit into a special slot inside the helmet? No, it has a clip on the rear that you attach to your jacket.  I guess you could attach it to your helmet, but I don't think that is the intention.

(3) If it's just a mic, how does it connect to the wired music speakers?  The main unit has two jacks - one goes to your phone to carry all audio (voice and music) and the other goes to the speakers in your ear flaps.

(4) If it's a mic+earpiece, how does it avoid conflicting with the wired music speakers?  No conflict, the Bluetooth ONLY carries control information to manage your phone calls.  All audio is wired (this is a good thing BTW).

(5) If the Bluetooth unit includes an earpiece, is it "on the ear" or "in the ear"?  No earpiece, that's what the speaker drivers for the ear flaps are for.

 

Thanks for any info!

 


Note that the way this unit is designed it is far more preferable to me since it preserves battery life by NOT streaming the audio over Bluetooth.  Nothing sucks up your battery faster.  I have another unit (by Audiovox) that streams the audio over Bluetooth.  I get about 2 hours from my phone with that setup (running GPS at the same time).  With the LINK system I get about 6 hours on my phone before the battery gives up (running both music and GPS tracking).

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Thank you very much for the informative reply!  The fact that the bluetooth unit attaches to your jacket rather than your helmet makes the setup more understandable. I agree that wired audio is better especially from the battery usage point of view. (My phone - HTC Evo - already drains batteries quickly. I bought an external charger + 2 spare batteries just so I can run its GPS tracking app all day on the slopes while still having juice for phone calls if needed.)

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