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    GPS with headphone jack?

    Just wondering if anyone has found a lower-end GPS that has an external speaker/headphone jack?

    I use a Scala Rider Q2 which has an audio input. The Bluetooth Motorcycle GPS's are overkill for what I need so if I could put together a patch cable from the GPS to my helmet I'd be OK.
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    Re: GPS with headphone jack?

    The Garmin 2700 series can be set up that way. The bare wire kit for it includes a 2.5mm audio jack in addition to the power cable. I have, on occasion, run that audio out to some headphones using a 2.5 to 3.5 adapter that you can pick up at Radio Shack.
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    Re: GPS with headphone jack?

    Take a look at the nuvi 765t, macmall has had it available for as low as $129.00, one can use the bluetooth on it for cell phone and the audio out for music, Kieth

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    Re: GPS with headphone jack?

    Quote Originally Posted by punk rocka View Post
    The Garmin 2700 series can be set up that way. The bare wire kit for it includes a 2.5mm audio jack in addition to the power cable. I have, on occasion, run that audio out to some headphones using a 2.5 to 3.5 adapter that you can pick up at Radio Shack.
    The 2730 has a headphone jack on the side that is 3.5mm. Through the menus you can select if that output is line out or headphone out. They are tough to find though as they have been discontinued for a while now. I don't think the 2720 had the headphone jack on the side. I know the 26xx didn't. On these you had to use the audio jack that you mentioned.
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    Re: GPS with headphone jack?

    I think the original poster should first spell out what he is looking for a little better. When shopping for a GPS you really need to look at the features you want and prioritize them. In addition to that set a budget. If the only feature you want is a headphone jack are you fine if the unit isn't waterproof? If you want waterproof, you might be priced out of the market if your budget is too low. There are quite a few people that ride with the non-waterproof models and they either don't use them in the rain or if it is a light ran put a zip lock over it.

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    Re: GPS with headphone jack?

    Quote Originally Posted by sennister View Post
    The 2730 has a headphone jack on the side that is 3.5mm. Through the menus you can select if that output is line out or headphone out. They are tough to find though as they have been discontinued for a while now. I don't think the 2720 had the headphone jack on the side. I know the 26xx didn't. On these you had to use the audio jack that you mentioned.
    Oh yeah, I totally forgot that some of those 27xx models had the audio out built in. My 2720 does not have the jack on the unit itself, but those XM ready models do. Thanks for clarifying my post!

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    Re: GPS with headphone jack?

    FYI .... I love my nuvi 765t, bought the cradle and ram mount and it does everything except cruise control ! Look into it fo Sho !


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    Re: GPS with headphone jack?

    I'm going to throw one out there that never gets any air time. I have an Intellinav 3 and had a 2 but gave it to my brother. Pick it up off ebay for @ $40. Both have head phone outputs and it integrates perfectly with my Q2 Teamset.

    http://www.intellinav.com/

    Doesn't have multiple voice options or cool icons and you can't hook it up to your pc to transfer routes. But it is a spot on, quick no frills GPS. Decent battery life too.

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    Re: GPS with headphone jack?

    Quote Originally Posted by kieth View Post
    Take a look at the nuvi 765t, macmall has had it available for as low as $129.00, one can use the bluetooth on it for cell phone and the audio out for music, Kieth
    I'm glad I saw this thread as I am likely to replace my 7 year old Magellan Meridian Color. I have similar wants in the GPS to the OP, and have a couple questions about the Nuvi:

    - Does it accept GDB routes or other MapSource-generated information? I don't always want to take the most obvious route, and I would hate to spend an hour listening the d@*m thing recalculating.

    - How good is the media player? I really like the idea of having voice prompts and music in one package (along with the BT phone), but not if the media player stinks. Is it powerful enough to hear at speed with a noisy helmet and earbuds?

    - Is it tough enough to live outside a motorcycle with the accompanying sunlight, vibrations, let alone a spritzing of water or dust from the road?

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    Re: GPS with headphone jack?

    Great responses - thanks all!

    I'm just looking for basic basic basic GPS. I use a tank bag and I'd just keep in there where it's visible. Pre-program it before starting and then basically forget about it other than listening to directions. Simple as can be.

    I'm like that with cell phones too. Not because I don't like techie stuff - I'm a ham radio operator and computer support specialist - I just like keeping all this stuff simple. So any of the suggestions above are perfect.

    Much appreciated folks.

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