I love my Cardo Packtalk Bold in absolutely all aspects....loud, easy to work, fm radio, voice activated controls.....simply put, awesome....and I don't use it to talk around, I'm a commuter lone wolf.
Last Edit: Nov 9, 2018 20:08:20 GMT -7 by rtaylor522
Was never happy with helmet speakers. Buds were problematic at one time but have been using Etymotic MC-5s for a few years now. They have a variety of rubber and foam tips and once I found the size that worked for me they're now my goto. Even when I'm not plugged into anything they're so comfy that I prefer them to other hearing protection.
I have the Sena 10u built into my Schuberth C3 helmet. There have been lots of complaints about lack of volume with this set up and I had the same problem at the start. Then I found one helpful post buried in the tidal wave of derision ( as is the way on the internet sometimes).
The problem with speaker systems inside helmets is that they are designed to be placed into the spaces in the interior padding, near your ears. If you just stick them to the inside of the outer shell, there is too much of a gap between the speakers and your ears and the sound gets lost into the padding. The trick is to put some simple foam pads behind the speakers, pushing them towards your ears and to make sure they are in the correct vertical and horizontal position so they direct straight into your ears. I did this by playing music and moving them around until they sounded the loudest and clearest.
I had to actually turn the Sena system down in volume after this as it was too loud. A remarkable and simple change.
I found the helmet speakers to be poor quality and so I use a pair of in-ear headphones with the business end of the cord connected to my Sena 20s bluetooth device which is attached to my helmet. I do have to manage the cord when I take the helmet off, but the sound is great while riding.