Best Headphones for Motorcycle Helmet

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If you’re a keen motorcyclist, there are probably very few things better than an enjoyable ride. It’s just you, the bike, and your music. Music is an important factor for a lot of people, especially if it’s a longer ride. Instead of listening to wind or road noise, you could be blasting your favorite tunes all the way. For that, you need headphones, but not any headphones will do. Sure, you could use the ones you already have, but they’re not designed for specific motorcycle application. A bike presents its own set of challenges and obstacles when it comes to headphones, which is why we compiled this article, to help you choose the right ones for you.

 

First off, you’re going to want to know what to look for when buying headphones. Probably your number one priority should be sound isolation, or noise cancelling, as it’s called otherwise. This will eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of wind noise rushing around your helmet, improving the sound volume and the quality at the same time. Second, it’s vital that they’re lightweight. Obviously, you can’t wear full headsets because they wouldn’t fit inside the helmet, but you’d be surprised to know that even smaller headphones can sometimes weigh a lot. Finding ones that are light is advantageous, especially for riders who ride for extended periods of time. Beyond that, it’s down to you really. Anything else is an extra, a luxury. Features such as Bluetooth, Motion sensors and so on are not necessary, but certainly welcome if you can afford it.

 

Shure SE215-K Review

shure-se215-reviewThe Shure SE215-K are affordable, mid-range earphones which come with a lot of features. They’re light, with a low-profile shape and an optimized nozzle angle designed for perfect fit. The K in the name designates color variation (black) for anyone who wants a different than stock color.

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What we like:

  • Detachable Cable
  • Sound Isolation
  • Low weight
  • Soft and flexible

The detachable cable with wireform fit is specifically designed for motorcycle applications in mind, making removing and attaching the headphones really easy. Sound isolation technology makes listening to music enjoyable, as it cancels out the wind, road and engine noise beautifully.

 

What we don’t like:

  • Prone to wear and tear
  • Warranty can be an issue

The overall design of the headphones is good, but users reported that they’re prone to wear and tear over extended periods of time and frequent use. The cables are known to get worn out, loosening the connection and losing volume. The quality control seems sketchy after some time has passed, and the warranty isn’t the best either. Several users had a void warranty because of ear wax. They’re in-ear headphones, so when you think about it, it doesn’t make any sense.

 

Bose QuietComfort 20 Review

bose-quietcomfort-20-reviewThe Bose QuietComfort 20 are genuine Bose headphones and as such, they feature premium quality, extra features and an amazing sound.

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It’s really hard to fault these headphones, but they do have certain cons, just like they have pros. If you’re after a branded headphone that lives up to the name, the QuietComfort 20 just might be your choice.

 

What we like:

  • Noise cancelling
  • Aware mode
  • TriPort technology
  • Overall quality
  • Sound

Noise cancelling technology allows you to reduce and completely eliminate certain outside noises, minimalizing distractions and letting the music stand out. The Aware mode is a feature which lets you hear what’s going on around you without removing the headphones. This is, in our opinion, extremely valuable when you’re riding a motorcycle. The TriPort technology works along with the Active EQ to deliver amazing, lifelike digital-quality audio. The noise of the headphones is simply unrivalled. It’s transmitted through soft Hear+ tips which are adjustable and easy on the ear.

 

What we don’t like:

  • Price
  • Battery pack
  • Wear and tear

At $250, the Bose QuietComfort are three times more expensive than the previous Shure we reviewed. Are they worth three times as much? In terms of sound and features, probably yes, but the fact that they’re also prone to wear and tear suggests otherwise. Users reported that an ear bud can split in half around the year mark, and so can the cable. The battery pack has a really short lifespan as well, lasting less than half an hour in extreme cases. That seems to be the biggest issue with the headphones, but if you’re not too concerned with it, they’re a great choice.

 

Sennheiser CX 300 II Review

sennheiser-cx-300-ii-reviewThe Sennheiser are one of the most affordable headphones currently on the market. That doesn’t mean they’re bad however. With precision enhanced bass ear buds, soft tips and lots of adjustability, they produce a great sound. Naturally, the price does mean that they suffer in certain areas, but you can’t fault them.

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What we like:

  • Dynamic transducers
  • 16-ohm impedance
  • Soft silicon ear buds
  • Price

The bass-driven sound is loud and effective, and the 16-ohm impedance makes it ideal for use with almost any kind of device. The ear buds are soft and come with three sizes (S, M, and L), so you can be sure they’ll be more than comfortable for anyone.  They’re 9 times less expensive than the Bose, making them a great value for the money.

 

What we don’t like:

  • Cable is not durable
  • Materials are less than up-to par

Sound is okay, but it’s not at Sennheiser levels we’re used to. The overall build quality is poor, even at the price they’re selling it at. They seem to last anywhere between three months and a year, and barely exceed that. Good for the price, but you might be better off spending a bit more for a more high-quality headphone.

 

Sena 20S-01 Review – Best wireless bluetooth helmet speakers

sena-20s-01-reviewFinally, we arrive at a headphone truly designed for motorcycle application in mind. The Sena 20S-01 is everything you could possibly want out of a bike headphone. It’s got an entire array of features, delivers amazing sound and is very intuitive.

What we like:

  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • The audio quality
  • Motion sensors
  • Intuitive control

The Bluetooth, coupled with the universal intercom allows you to keep in touch up to 2.0 kilometers or 1.2 miles. Sena’s Advanced Noise Control blocks out any ambient noise, delivering Crystal-clear HD audio. Multitasking technology allows you to simultaneously have an intercom conversation and listen to music, FM or GPS. The motion sensor can pair with the Bluetooth at a simple shake of the headphone. It’s got voice commands, making operation easy and hands-free.

What we don’t like:

  • Price
  • Complicated
  • Adjustability

The range of features make this a rather complicated headphone, which isn’t that bad in itself, but when certain features malfunction, it’s less than ideal. They’re difficult to set up, and even more to return back to the original position after you’ve removed them to recharge them. Apparently, that’s a persisting problem with some Sena headphones, but not all. Still great headphones however.

The sheer amount of headphones available is staggering. You have a choice between affordable, less known headphones, to the most expensive offerings from Sena and Bose. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong. Our recommendation is that you go for the midrange ones, as even the expensive headphones can exhibit some issues and quality-control complications. The midrange is your safest bet, and they offer nearly the same features as the premium ones.

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