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, most riders would settle for a set of motorcycle speakers and blare the tunes out loud to overcome engine noise rather than use the aux port for a set of cumbersome headphones. 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.
Top Ten Motorcycle Headphones Comparison Table
|1. Sena SMH10-11||Four-way intercom keeps you connected to your riding companion|
Bluetooth 3.0 technology lets you make hands-free calls
|2. Outdoor Tech OT0032 Chips||Wirelessly delivers Hi-Fi sound into your helmet using its 40mm drivers & built-in microphone|
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery for 10 hours of play time, and 280 hours of standby
|3. IASUS XSound 3 High Def||Varied length Kevlar-reinforced cables for tidy install and stands up to 10lbs of pulling tension|
Includes both foam and comfort covers, spacing pads, and velcro to mount directly against your ears inside the helmet
|4. FreedConn TCOM-SC Motorcycle Helmet Bluetooth Headset||Supports 3 riders pairing and 2 riders intercom|
Bluetooth intercom feature also enables you to speak with your passenger with clear sound.
|5. Sena 20 S Bluetooth Headset||Bluetooth 4.1 and universal intercom keeps you in touch up to 2.0 km (1.2 miles)|
Audio Multitasking technology allows you to have an intercom conversation while simultaneously listening to music, FM radio, or GPS
|6. Foxnovo 3.5mm-plug Stereo Motorcycle Helmet Speaker Headphones||Entry Level Headset|
Can be used in conjunction with the Jumbl Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Calling & A2DP Audio Streaming Adapter/Receiver (sold seperately)
|Cardo Systems Inc Qz Scala Rider Communication Head Set Accessories - Black||Wireless, handsfree and water-resistant|
Receive in-the-ear navigation instructions from Bluetooth enabled GPS
|BlueFire® Motorcycle Bluetooth 3.0 Communication System with HD Audio and Advanced Noise Control||Wireless and Wired 2-in-1|
Water-proof and Sun-proof Material Suits All Seasons
DSP Echo Cancellation and Noise Suppression
|9. Sena SMH10R Low Profile Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset and Intercom||Call hands-free on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS|
900m (0.5 miles) intercom range
Advanced Noise Control technology
|Yideng New Generation Universal Water Resistant Bluetooth Helmet Headset||Bluetooth intercom|
Supports:2.5mm Audio Socket, Hands free & FM radio, GPS Voice Navigation, Bluetooth Hands Free
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.
FreedConn TCOM-SC hands free 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 75mph. They even supports 3 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 water resistant, 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 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. The BlueFire also works with Bluetooth technology too for those that want a wire free setup. They offer hands-free use with a mic to let you talk easily, and a multi-pair for up to 3 riders in a 1000 mtr distance. These flat headphones are easily attached onto the helmet and have an in-line control to adjust volume. They feature a quick release lead and can be left attached to the helmet.
This amazing headphone is loaded with many goodies. Their integrated voice prompt provides the ultimate in hands free control allowing you to focus on the road. It has an intercom that lets you speak to 4 people giving audible prompts when you connect or disconnect to them, as well as the ability to host multi user conference calls. Playback from devices connected can be controlled remotely on this headset. The exceptional noise cancelling technology and 8 hours of talk time make for a very comfortable and functional headphone set.
The Yideng New Generation Universal Helmet Headset uses Bluetooth technology to deliver high quality sound, using noise reduction and cancellation technologies. The intercom features allows you to talk freely between 2 or 3 riders within an approximate 200-300 feet (600-1000) meter distance. They allow you to listen to music on the built in hands free FM radio, as well as make and answer phone calls on any Bluetooth capable mobile phone. The Yideng New Generation Universal Helmet Headset is water resistant, and suitable for use in rain or snow. The intercom feature is particularly handy for co-ordinating between riders, especially where a diversion or pit stop is required.