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DIY Helmet Speakers

DIY helmet speakers are a common helmet audio solution for cash-strapped music enthusiasts who, for better or worse, fancy themselves rugged individualist do-it-yourselfers. There’s a lot of merit to the DIY spirit, and so we’re here to take you through a step-by-step guide to basic DIY helmet speakers.

It is worth noting, however, that while DIY helmet speakers might be an extremely cost-effective solution, they are unlikely to provide the high-quality sound some listeners might be looking for. They can also be a bit flimsy, so be prepared to go through this process every few months of so, depending on how heavily they get used.

You will need:

– A cheap pair of headphones that you won’t mind tearing apart…don’t use your $200 Sennheisers.

– If your helmet doesn’t have zipped earpads, you’ll also need two round Velcro patches with tape on one side and a hot glue gun

Simply break the headband and as much of the speaker frame off of the headphones as possible so that you are left with little more than a driver, a thin casing, foam cover, and a cord. Glue the “hooks” side of the Velcro patches to the back of each speaker and allow to dry. Remove the paper backing from the other half of the Velcro patches and attach the sticky sides to the interior of the helmet where you want to position the speakers. Tuck the wires up into the lining of your helmet where they will be secure and out of the way.

To this simple DIY helmet speaker construction you can add additional features and modifications as you please, including inline volume control, cable extension, or a portable headphone amp. We’ve even seen motorcycle riders who have fixed an iPod Shuffle bracket to their helmet, removing the need for wires to extend into their pockets.

Have you ever tried DIY helmet speakers? We’ve never been particularly successful with them, but have heard from several people that DIY is a great solution for budget riders. What do you think?

 

 

 

Bicycle Helmet Speakers

Two companies have recently released new bicycle helmet speaker solutions…must be that time of year! Cycling season is here, and as any cyclist knows, no ride is truly complete without a soundtrack. The Cardo BK-1 bicycle communications system and the O-tus bicycle helmet speakers are brand new releases that promise to provide exactly that.

Like motorcycle riders, the audio requirements of cyclists are unique and not adequately met by earbuds. Anybody on the road needs to remain aware of their surroundings, but earbuds tend to occlude the ear canal, blocking out important external audio cues. Helmet speakers are a good solution, but bike helmets, not having earpads, are not compatible with most helmet speakers on the market. The two systems below are interesting solutions that we look forward to trying out.

CARDO SYSTEMS BK-1

Cardo Systems is best known for their Bluetooth helmet communications systems for motorcycles and snowmobiles. Their first entry into the cycling market is the BK-1, a Bluetooth communications and entertainment system specifically designed for bicycle helmets. It can be paired with any Bluetooth-enabled phone, media player, or GPS device, and also allows simultaneous intercom communication between BK-1 headsets.

The most interesting feature of the BK-1 is the “hovering” speaker design. These helmet speakers do not actually touch the rider’s ear, leaving situational awareness intact.

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Cardo BK-1 "hovering" bicycle helmet speakers in action

 

O-tus Safe Sounds Helmet Speakers

O-Tus bicycle helmet speakers might look a bit like earbuds, but they’re actually tiny, velcro-mounted speakers that attach to the underhang of a bicycle helmet, right above the user’s ear. This design allows the cyclist to remain aware of their surroundings while enjoying audio. The O-Tus speakers can be plugged directly into a media player, or into an optional Bluetooth receiver to stream wirelessly.

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O-Tus Helmet Speakers

 

We’d love to hear from anyone who has tried these out, particularly regarding audio quality. The “open-audio” design for bicycle helmet speakers is a good concept, but we’re curious to see how it actually plays out on the road, so to speak.

Helmet Speaker News

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We’ll also use this section to keep you informed about legal developments regarding helmet speakers. Different regions have different regulations regarding the use of audio and communications devices while operating a vehicle. These various laws can be difficult to keep track of. In Helmet Speaker News, we’ll do our best to provide up-to-date legal info to keep you safe and out of trouble on the road.

Helmet Speaker Reviews

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