Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

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Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby nezumi » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:02 pm

I am trying to figure out a way to listen to my phone (ideally with the ability to receive calls) while cycling to and from work each day.

What I want is:
To be able to hear my phone sounds/music/etc
To be able to hear external sounds (essential - I am *not* looking to block out the world)
Wireless is better than wired, so I can have my phone in a top tube bag
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby sminns » Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:18 pm

I use Jaybird/Bluebuds for jogging, they are wireless and I highly recommend them. They have phone capabilities too
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby jcjordan » Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:50 pm

Plantonic Backbeats

Great blutooth connectivity and don't completely block out external noise

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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby kodakmomentz » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:30 pm

jcjordan wrote:Plantonic Backbeats

Great blutooth connectivity and don't completely block out external noise

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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby RonK » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:54 pm

sminns wrote:I use Jaybird/Bluebuds for jogging, they are wireless and I highly recommend them. They have phone capabilities too

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Excellent - use them to listen to my audiobooks.
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby pagey » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:39 pm

The Backbeats Go 2 and the Jaybirds are the two I have narrowed down. But can't pick which one.
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby nezumi » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:51 pm

How is the external sound on them?

As much as I want to hear the music I also want to be able to hear stuff going on around me.
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:54 pm

My phone lives in a pouch on the shoulder strap of me backpack, if I want sounds I just let the built in speaker do the work.
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby jcjordan » Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:46 am

nezumi wrote:How is the external sound on them?

As much as I want to hear the music I also want to be able to hear stuff going on around me.


That very much depends on how high you turn up the volume.

The fact is that they make most cars that quiet these days that I dont rely on hearing them anyway. If I am on a busy street I just accept that they will be coming from behind and deal with it.
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby clackers » Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:13 am

On roads with lots of traffic, hearing's not especially useful. A mirror, though ...
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby maxknott » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:50 pm

i use a set of bluetooth nokia bh-503's,can still hear everything around me,take calls and the sound isn't too shabby
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby beanspropulsion » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:47 pm

FFS it isn't too hard.

I just use the superfantastic headphone/microphone that nokia provide, cut the right earphone off so you can hear traffic/ambient noise, can get calls handsfree when you touch the button on the clip provided, can listen to music at an appropriate volume too.

Safe and no problems.

I would say better than motorists in their cages some with both ears plugged by earphones or doof doof from subwoofers.

I reckon that if you need to hear what's coming up behind you to sense danger then it it too late anyway!

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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby clackers » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:01 pm

beanspropulsion wrote:
I reckon that if you need to hear what's coming up behind you to sense danger then it it too late anyway!


Agreed. A mirror is better if you're serious about safety.
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby Dr_Mutley » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:45 am

What's the sweatproofness/waterproofness of the above? I've just gone thru my 3rd pair of "sweatproof" sennheisers, due to them not being anywhere near sweatproof....
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby jcjordan » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:43 pm

Worn my Backbeats in the passing rain a couple of times and no problems yet

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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby rjk » Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:14 pm

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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby Pixies2005 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:10 pm

I've used a Blueant Q2 for the last two years. It's a standard bluetooth headset, has held up well and leave's one ear free for all ambient surrounding noises. That said I mainly listen to podcasts / news radio on my commute so I can't say how good it is for music
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby clackers » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:10 am

Pixies2005 wrote: That said I mainly listen to podcasts / news radio on my commute so I can't say how good it is for music


I also catch up with podcasts on my commute.

I'm usually donning a helmet mirror, but every now and again my spider senses tingle around a shopping centre or certain streets and I unhook an earphone.
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:51 pm

I just add a platic-covered stiff wire handle to all my radios and hang them in my teeth. It looks silly but, as I don't get to look at myself, that's for other people to worry about.

It is far better for general situational awareness than headphones or buds.
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby nezumi » Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:09 pm

I have had a go using my phone on speaker mode attached to my stem cap.

This is a functional solution, but I appreciate that not everyone in the CBD wants to listen to Repo! The Genetic Opera while walking around.

That said, if someone *does* call out at me when riding, I'd like to be able to hear it.

I think I might give the Aftershokz Bluez a go (in spite of their abuse of the English language), although I'm not sure how they will interact with my sunglasses.
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby Dr_Mutley » Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:16 am

jcjordan wrote:Worn my Backbeats in the passing rain a couple of times and no problems yet

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On your recommendation I bought a backbeats go 2, but they weren't flash... Audio was good, but even in the car, the quality of the voice via the microphone was terrible... Siri couldn't even understand me! Very disappointing as otherwise it would've been perfect!
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby jcjordan » Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:37 pm

Really?

Both my Android phones have no problems with voice controls.

I would suspect that that most of your voice problems stem from the cheap microphone that Apple uses. Everyone I know that uses an iPhone has a crazy sounding voice over the phone

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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby Dr_Mutley » Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:57 pm

jcjordan wrote:Really?

Both my Android phones have no problems with voice controls.

I would suspect that that most of your voice problems stem from the cheap microphone that Apple uses. Everyone I know that uses an iPhone has a crazy sounding voice over the phone

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Huh?!?! I thought I was using the microphone in the backbeats! Lol

Anyways, after I'm refunded I'll give the more exxy Jaybird Bluebud Xs a go....
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby Zaibs » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:30 am

I use to ride with music in my ears all the time. Not so keen these days with all the bike / car accidents.
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Re: Music while commuting (Bluetooth? Bone Conduction?)

Postby nezumi » Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:06 pm

Zaibs wrote:I use to ride with music in my ears all the time. Not so keen these days with all the bike / car accidents.


That's the notion behind *not* wanting it in my ears.

For the time being I am using the speaker on my phone, which is mounted on my handlebars as it also serves as my GPS and Strava unit. This works for me, but possibly bugs the hell out of other cyclists.

I need to go via Fitzroy, so less people will be bothered by my Gypsy punk rock :)
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