Hi there Ano/n/s,
my trusty Sony MDR-E818 earphones (pic related) needed some soldering magic twice now to continue. I'm wondering how long until they' fall apart completely.
What earplugs do you use / recommend for use on bike / train / elsewhere that will not break the bank, allow situational awareness and sound at least half decent? Bonus points for having survived heavy rain. Mine did, going mute for some time but coming to life again when drying, no permanent damage.
I would never use them on the street, but I think it's safe enough to use them on the dedicated bike trails.
Although if you were planning on using them on the road OP; you're bad and I don't like you.
The only time I have ever nearly been killed on my bike was while wearing headphones. Never again, it is too distracting. I would rather be 100% alert and aware, and music affects that.
>ain't that safe
>Although if you were planning on using them on the road OP; you're bad and I don't like you.
Do you idiots realize how pathetic you are, that is like saying I don't like people who drive with the stereo on.
Turn the headphones down so you can still hear the road. Wow. so sad.
>cagers trying to tell people what's safe and what isn't
Best solution is Boombotix
My advice is to use the cheapest headphones available - sound quality isn't something to worry about on the bike where you'll be fighting wind noise anyways, and considering how it is to damage or wear out headphones in the process of using them while riding it's best to consider them a disposable item.
without music all i hear is wind in my ears which isn't pleasant.
even with the headphones in i still hear the wind so i'm lurking for suggestions. currently using the things that came with my phone and not even sure if there's a way to block out the wind noise without going with a full-coverage type of headphone, which i don't want to use because sweat.
Faggot OP here,
won't go for plugs sealing the ear canal; being able to hear cages approach is important. Moderate volume goes for the same reason and because these ears will have to last some time, they're my only pair.
Nonetheless it's priceless to get faster by just the right input signal.
some higher models look breddy gud, will check out availability. Thank you Anons!
As a guy who only ever rides with earphones on and music blasting, I can not recommend in-ear ones at all, especially those IEM ones with silicone seal that cuts you off from outside noise completely - that shit is dangerous. Much better are the on-ear, open design, sporty cans.
I've been using Philips' SHS 4700 for the longest time and can confirm superior comfort and very good sound. Sadly, they seem to be discontinued (at least in my region). Rather pricier too.
Nowadays I'm sporting Koss' KSC 21 which sound good but lack the comfort of the above. Dirt cheap tho. There's also the KSC 75 which looks like it carries better but I haven't had a chance to test.
Yes, wind creeps in (alas I found out that while riding it does not disturb all that much). And those kind of cans are open so any, loud-enough, outside noise will get in.
As to rain, I haven't had the Koss ones during a rain yet, but with the old Philips ones I did plenty a time and had never had any problem at all. Frankly, I don't think they ever got wet from rain, resting there on the ear (and under the helmet). Although the cushion was much different to whatever those cheap ass Koss have - instead of plain foam liner it was some soft foamy thing under a piece of lycra-like cloth or something, very comfortable.
Also, Panasonic, Sony, Pioneer and Thomson (think I've seen Audio Technica as well) should be making this kind of earphones too, so there's a selection to choose from.
By the way, I was using them "under" a helmet and with glasses on just about every single ride no problem. Wearing glasses needs some getting used to, but you forget about them in, like, 5 seconds.
So the helmet is key requirement. Otherwise i'd imagine those pads to be soaking wet in minimum time, giving you the feeling of wearing cold sponges. I know that in small; there are nicer things to experience.
I put on my playa every time I go out and had it several times while "on foot" and during a rain and never had a problem with the cans soaking up. Again, though, this was with the perfect SHS 4700, which I do recommend wholeheartedly.
Koss' selling point is the price.
Also, from what I get, all the cheaper ones look pretty much the same. Probably something with the production technology - putting large pieces of raw foam over the driver body instead of anything fancier, to cut the price.
Anyway, you don't want them Philipses, check Koss or other cheaper ones and see how they fair. Just don't put it under the shower.
I use the ones in the pic, the MOTORORK s305. They're bluetooth, so no wires, and can answer phone calls without having to fish for my phone. Still gotta pull over to answer a call or the person talking to you is only gonna hear windnoise.
Regarding wind noise, it blocks most of it out due to its shape, yet allows most of the environment sound in, because they have an open design, allowing sounds from the outside. You could, of course, block most of the ouside sound by raising the volume to stpud levels, if you're "that kind of person".
They sound quite good, with decent bass and no loss on the mids. And the battery on them lasts a long time. I've accidentally left them on playing music overnight, only to wake up to them still playing.
I got them as a present, but I know they're not expensive.
TLDR; these block wind, allow some outside noise in, sound decent, good battery life, not too expensive.