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Bluetooth Intercom headsets

driving through the Pyrenees with three bikers in August and they have a Cardo JBL Bluetooth kit that allows for links. 

Does anyone have a suggestion for a Bluetooth headset that is not only for a bike helmet 

many thanks

charlie 

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Charlie, we have a pair of Sena SPH10 on-ear units which work very well, the only downside is that we still use earplugs so if your 7 is particularly noisy you might struggle with the maximum volume not being enough.

The other alternative is the Sena Tufftalk over-ear but I've no experience of these, I know other 7ers use them though.

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I've got FREECOM units mounted in Ear defenders as per https://www.lotus7.club/forum/chitchat/bluetooth-headsets-diy.

They work ok.

  If you are crossing into France it's my understanding that headsets , in a car, are illegal.https://www.thelocal.fr/20150618/french-drivers-banned-from-using-earphones

 

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I have a Sena Tufftalk, a Sena SPH10 and a pair of Sena SMH5 and a Sena SR10   

I started with the pair of SMH5, attached to a helmet, my car was aero at the time.   I still used earplug, but the volume was more than enough to listen to music, hold conversations between driver and passenger and talk on the PMR radio (via the SR10) with other blaters.   The only downside was the volume I was using because of the earplugs which meant your conversation was easily overheard by passers by, so you had to be careful of your comments ;-). 

When I switched to a windscreen I purchased the SPH10.  The SPH10 was the most disappointing, even with all the firmware updates it has a hiss noise during use, I actual think the unit is faulty given how good the rest of my Sena stuff is.  It almost prevented me from purchasing what in my opinion is the best unit, the Tufftalk.

I tried fitting an SMH5 to a Peltor Optime III, it does work, but the resulting unit was a bit cumbersome. 

The Tufftalk has all the advantages of the other units but also includes active and passive noise cancellation.  Now I can listen to music and hear real quality in the sound while driving (the boring bits) my 7.    

All the Sena units have batteries that last all day, but the Tufftalk comes with an interchangeable spare (and space for AAs in an emergency).      

The Tufftalk is expensive, so I only have one.  If I have a passenger I will use the SPH10, and I will give the passenger the Tufftalk, mainly because I know how to fit earplugs. 

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I know these are not fully Bluetooth but they might be worth your consideration. I've just fitted the Stilo DG-10 Digital Intercom along with the Stilo WRC Practice Headsets. This is not cheap but the digital noise cancellation is good. The installation procedure is not great as it which involves finding a switchable 12v power supply within a distance of the intercom box/control unit. Then you have to find a suitable place to position everything.

**Update**

Although the Stilo is better than the Starcom system, (much higher quality connections), the multiple wires are starting get on my nerves plus the sound quality for listening to music and phone calls is very poor.  These are clearly designed for an enclosed car i.e. rally car. Back to the JAL drawing board!

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Basically if I was starting again, Two Sena Tufftalks, no wires job done. 

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Many thanks all will do some research! 

 

Charlie Garland

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Link this to a cheap PMR radio, lead and PushToTalk button & Lead and you're good to go
http://www.starcom1.com/kitcar-handsfree-systems.html

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Chris, how dot eh Tuff Talks work with a PMR radio ? they are indeed expensive but no wires is nice.

 

test

 

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ooooh what went wrong there:

 

Chris how do the Tuff Talks work with the PMR radio ?

test

 

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You have two options for PMR, the simplest is a lead which plug into the Tufftalk and then into the PMR.  PMR support is built into the TuffTalk (unlike any other Sena).   Or you can use the SR10, which allows the PMR to be accessed by any Sena via Bluetooth.   I have a SR10 because I owned it before I purchased my TuffTalk.