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    Inexpensive Bluetooth Review BT-S2

    I have my phone mounted on a RAM Mount just below my field of vision when I need my GPS. I never wanted a GPS on my bike because I fear I will take my eyes off of the road for more than a quarter second, and stare at the thing when I need it. That was the main reason I wanted bluetooth headset in my new helmet ( Vemar Jiano EVO TC ). I wanted the audible instructions in my ears from Google Maps to eliminate the need to look at the phone.

    I saw this unit for $30 on amazon, and after some searching, I was surprised how many positive reviews I found, so I figured it was worth a try. If it only provided what I described above I would have been happy. However, this really is a nice little unit. It installed relatively easy in my helmet. The velcro that is on the backs of the speakers and the mic mount stick pretty well to the existing lining in my helmet, eliminating the need to use the provided stick on velcro pads. Routing the wires for the speakers and mic behind the helmet lining and removable cheek pads was not difficult, and made for a very clean install. There is a clip provided to attach the unit itself to the outside of the helmet, but I used velcro, for 2 reasons. One, I don't plan to use this all the time, and second, I want to be able to easily romove it and take it inside to charge, without having to take the helmet to the charger.

    I really am impressed with it's performance. The biggest complaint I found in the reviews is the volume does not get loud enough to overcome wind noise. On the ST1300 this isn't really an issue. Also, it gets plenty loud enough for me, and I would be concerned about hearing damage if I were able to make it any louder. I believe at least some of the reviewers who mentioned this do not have the speaker positioned for optimal performance. I noticed when mounting/positioning my speakers, a small adjustment made a big difference in both volume and quality of the sound. I have tested it pretty thoroughly over the past couple weeks. I have played music from my phone, used the GPS, and received a couple of calls. For music, it's fine for me. It's not Bose quality sound, but about the same as the other (soundpeats) bluetooth ear buds I use when cutting my lawn. The GPS will break in while music is playing to give turn by turn instructions, the music will then continue right where it left off when the GPS is finished. Phone calls are also impressive. The boom mic works very well, my wife says I come through crystal clear, said she would never know I was travelling 80mph on a motorcycle while talking to her. I was also able to hear her very well.

    The unit also has FM radio which I did not test and would never use. I only have the one unit (for now) so I can not test the helmet to helmet communication, but from the many reviews I have read, and youtube video I watched, it seems as if this feature also works very well. The youtube video I watched it was being used as bike to bike communication with the other biker having a Sena unit. I plan to buy another to install in my wife's helmet, although I am fearful it wont be long before I regret that !
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    Re: Inexpensive Bluetooth Review BT-S2

    Thanks for the review.

    Do you wear any sort of hearing protection when riding? If so, it sounds as though the Bluetooth unit still makes itself heard adequately?

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    Re: Inexpensive Bluetooth Review BT-S2

    IB2HF,

    No, I have never used hearing protection, I've never felt I've needed it. I have been riding 30+ years, but have always worn a full face helmet, and with the exception of the few early years, I've always been behind a substantial shield.

    This thing gets pretty loud. It is unbearable to me at full volume when riding below 60mph. For music, I generally keep it at 3/4 volume unless I am up around 80mph. Then it goes all the way up, not necessarily for music, but for GPS or phone call voice. I was (pleasantly) surprised I can still hear road and bike noise with music playing, I feel more safe.

    I have some disposable 3M ear plugs I use for shooting. I'll try to remember to bring a pair with me next time I go for a ride.

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    Re: Inexpensive Bluetooth Review BT-S2

    That would be my only concern. I a have tinnitus, so I always have foam plugs in when riding. However, at $30, I might try it anyway. Thanks for the writeup.
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    Re: Inexpensive Bluetooth Review BT-S2

    $50 on Amazon at the moment. Probably fluctuates.

    Might try it at $30. The Bluetooth in my Scala does not want to link up with stuff. Likely an older, different version?
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    Re: Inexpensive Bluetooth Review BT-S2

    gearbest.com has this right now for $31.99
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    Re: Inexpensive Bluetooth Review BT-S2

    Looks good - I just ordered one for my spare helmet - also a full face.

    FWIW - I use a Scala Rider 3 on my main helmet and it works very well.

    Interestingly, I use the FM radio all the time and I really like it. When I'm preparing for a long trip, I go online to find out which radio stations I am likely to encounter (I usually listen to our CBC-One network which is public affairs and news) and then I program them into the Rider unit's six pre-sets so that I can switch quickly to the next station as I go up the road. It's a very handy capability.

    If I want music or the radio is out of range, I just switch over to my iTunes account and listen to my own playlist. This whole Bluetooth helmet sound system has made motorcycling a much less solitary venture for me - unless I want solitude, in which case, I just turn it off.

    Cheers, and thanks for the tip on this inexpensive system. I'll report back on how it works out.

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    Re: Inexpensive Bluetooth Review BT-S2

    I just checked, the Amazon vendor from who I purchased this for 29.99 (Banghy) now has it listed for $59.99

    granlund1 seems have posted the winner right now from Gearbest, but be sure to order a US plug charger (assuming you live in the US ). I only mention this because the EU plug version is highlighted by default in the link provided. Even if this is overlooked and the wrong charge is shipped, no big deal, any low amperage charger will work.

    MaxPete, I have no tolerance or patience for commercials in my old age (50). My time left on this earth is limited, and my time is more and more valuable. Between the hundreds of songs on my phone, On Demand, my DVR, and Kodi, I almost never see or hear commercials. Only commercials I am now exposed to are from watching news or live sports.

    I am anxious to see your input after trying this unit.

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    Re: Inexpensive Bluetooth Review BT-S2

    Quote Originally Posted by granlund1 View Post
    gearbest.com has this right now for $31.99
    Just snagged one, leaving around 470 left at the promotional price according to their website. Woo hoo!
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    Re: Inexpensive Bluetooth Review BT-S2

    If this can be paired to a Sena was asked multiple times in the FAQ on the Gearbest site. Every time the vendor replied that it cannot be paired with a Sena. In your review you stated that it can be paired with a Sena as a bike-to-bike communicator. This is what I would be interested in it for- as a bike-to-bike specifically with a Sena 20S. I'll poke around on the web to see if I can find out but in the mean time does anyone know for sure if this is possible?
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