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    Unfunded content provider tommcgee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by hlothery View Post
    Even in-helmet speakers are illegal in Mass. YMMV.
    The AMA sez this is so, however I cannot find a reference to this in the MA general laws. A rider friend, who is also a cop in MA, can't find it either.

    The reality is that I've pulled my earbuds out in front of a Massachusetts cop plenty of times and it's never been mentioned. (Don't ask me why I was stopped....)
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    I've been trying various set ups for music for in helmet sound and help deaden the wind noise and found some noise cancelling earphones at Radio Shack that I could remove the earpiece from the band and use that to slip under the helmet liner to hold the ear piece in place. Some helmets also have a place to put com unit interfaces in, you could put the female plug there. The NC is nice with reducing wind noise and since I suffer from tinitus the music helps act as "while noise" in my dead ear to reduce the roaring I would suffer from after riding for awhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JStrube View Post
    One more question Fred,


    I took my Scala apart & saw 2 wires soldered in for one speaker & 3 wired in for the other. What are the 3 wires? How did you connect them. I bought your Radio Shack plug, but tried to disassemble first, now I'm just going to cut & solder the wires.
    I first started to take the Scala apart but didn't want to compromise the mic and electronics board. I cut the wires coming out of the Scala with enough link to add connector and attach to the clamp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSwish View Post
    I first started to take the Scala apart but didn't want to compromise the mic and electronics board. I cut the wires coming out of the Scala with enough link to add connector and attach to the clamp.
    Right... But soldered to the board, one side had 3 wires, one had 2. When you cut the exposed wires, was it just a conventional 2 & 2? ie, one common each & one "hot"? I was ready to do what you did, until I saw the extra wire on the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSwish View Post
    I first started to take the Scala apart but didn't want to compromise the mic and electronics board. I cut the wires coming out of the Scala with enough link to add connector and attach to the clamp.
    Right... But soldered to the board, one side had 3 wires, one had 2. When you cut the exposed wires, was it just a conventional 2 & 2? ie, one common each & one "hot"? I was ready to do what you did, until I saw the extra wire on the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTFlyer View Post
    I have the ability to clip the wires and re-solder whatever is necessary, but how have you guys done it? I'm seriously considering the etymotic e6 earbuds for this application.
    I don't recommend attempting to cut/shorten the ER6 (specifically) earphone wires, they used that conductive fiber type wire which is a b*itch to work with. The ER6's are no longer available anyway, having been discontinued last summer. The ER6i's use the same wire. The newer HF5's might work, I have had no need to cut into them yet to find out what kind of wire they use.
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    Here is a great similar thread on the Advrider forum complete with pics of the installation.

    Skip the first few to post #9 and forward.

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