Motorcycle headphones are the extra accessory that can make your riding experience even more amazing. Listening to your favorite tunes as the wind hits your face is maybe just the thing you need to help you relax after a stressful day, week, month, or year. Years before this wouldn’t have been possible with the size of headphones available. But now, the options for headphone sizes seems endless, and they all have different features and styles.
Make sure you choose the headphones that suit you best, and understand that there are many different factors that can affect your choice. From full-face to half-face helmets, most motorcycle headphones are made for only one type of helmet. Microphones are another feature to be on the look out for, some headphones include them while others do not. How they feel on your ear is also important, some headphones are fitted on the inside of the helmet while others are clamped onto it from outside.
With all the information on choosing motorcycle headphones out of the way, here are the top 10 best motorcycle headphones to choose from.
For small snugly fit headphones with incredible sound, these are worth considering. As one of the best headphones available in the market, they, like all headphones can be connected to your music player, phone, and GPS through Bluetooth technology. They also function as a hands-free device via voice commands, letting you adjust volume and setting the GPS with your hands firmly on the handle bars. Included with these headphones is an intercom for communication with up to 4 riders riding with you. Its audio booster also makes listening to music an incredible experience.
This is a simple Bluetooth model featuring thin speakers that are wafer-like. They are priced on the higher end with speakers on each side of the ear that are connected by a thin wire. No wire leads out of your helmet, which must have ear pouches to accommodate them. They are durable as well as water, heat, and sweat resistant. The speakers receive the signal wirelessly; and has a single big button that is easy to operate with your riding gloves still on. Different button-press combinations enable you to control your device remotely as well. These headphones also let you listen to music, and can operate as a hand-free device for answering calls. Included in this model is a built-in microphone and a 3.5mm jack, which allows you to use it even when it isn’t charged.
If you are looking for perfectly engineered headphones designed for a powerful audio delivery, then this should be your choice. With aluminum speakers and wires protected by Kevlar, everything in these headphones oozes class. They offer solid smooth sounds with broad speakers for the best audio experience. They also require ear pouches for use, which are included in their packaging and Velcro to attach to your helmet in case the helmet doesn’t have it. The Xsound 3 unfortunately doesn’t have a volume control function. This means you have to adjust the volume from the source device, which may prove to be too distracting and frustrating at times.
Avantree’s HM100P headphones have lots of features that make them ideal. If you have a passenger, their Bluetooth intercom lets you speak with the passenger clearly through their dual speakers when under 80mph. They even supports 2 devices enabled with Bluetooth simultaneously, enabling you to make calls while using GPS. They are easy to use for both open and full face helmets. When it rains, there no need to worry, these headphones are waterproof, allowing you to hear crisp music even in heavy rain.
This Sena produced headset is remarkably built with the advanced Bluetooth 4.0 that has a range of 1.5 miles. They also have a built-in FM radio for you to listen to your favorite songs on the radio, if you don’t want the atmosphere that is not offered by streaming. Bluetooth enabled hands-free calling and GPS use is also available. It has crystal clear HD quality sound and accentuates this with its wind noise cancellation system. You can switch communication through multiple applications; GPS, music, intercom, and phone, and it’s done seamlessly. Their design is aerodynamic and has a jog dial making it easy for you to use. They’re water resistant and you can upgrade the firmware online.
This impressive Bluetooth device lets you pair devices quickly via its motion sensor by simply shaking the devices. For connection to people via intercom, they use Near Field Communication (NFC) allowing your friends to be connected to you instantly. It has a dual microphone, one is located inside the helmet for listening to the intercom, calls and music. The other is on the outside on the clamp, which lets you hear sound from the environment without removing your helmet.
The Foxnovo works with different Mp3 players, phones and GPS devices. They have a 3.5mm-plug with about 100cm of cable length. Their back side is fitted with velcro and a self-adhesive tape to easily stick onto your helmet.
The Cardo Qz is a cool headset that can connect to both Bluetooth devices wirelessly and Non-Bluetooth devices via an AUX cable. They allow you to make phone calls, use GPS and listen to music. They are fitted with AGC technology that allows speaker volume to self-adjust depending on how fast you are going and the surrounding noise. You can adjust their settings from a free Android app. Updating the software is done on their online platform when upgrades become available. They have a standby time of up to 1 week and talk time of 10 hours.
Like the Foxnovo the BlueFire headphones have a 3.5mm plug letting you use them with any compatible phone, GPS, or MP3 device. They offer hands-free use with a mic to let you talk easily. These flat headphones are easily stuck onto the helmet and have an in-line control to adjust volume. They feature a quick release lead and can be left inside the helmet. At only 50g in weight they are a fantastic, lightweight headphone.
This amazing headphone is loaded with many goodies. Their song sharing function allow you and your passenger to listen to the same music from a single source. You can now both sing along to your favorite music. Their Text-to-Speech function reads caller ID informing you who is calling so you can choose whether to pick the call or not. It has an intercom that lets you speak to 4 people giving audible prompts when you connect or disconnect to them. Playback from devices connected can be controlled remotely on this headset. A built-in FM radio is included and a 3.5mm cable is available for non-Bluetooth devices. Its Multipoint technology lets you connect your 2 phones simultaneously while noise cancellation makes for crystal clear calls.
The BH692 uses Bluetooth technology to deliver high quality sound, using noise reduction and cancellation technologies. They allow you to listen to music as well as make and answer phone calls. Redialing the last called number and rejecting calls is also possible. They have a sleek design that can be worn on either ear due to their 180 degree flip arm. Separate volume buttons allow you to easily control it. The biggest downside of these headphones is that they can’t be used with a helmet. So if you need to hit the road wearing a helmet, don’t choose the BH692.