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Should I Buy A Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom or Outdoor Headphones? Keyword Differences You Must Know!

2023-11-20|Viewers:1345

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When embarking on a motorcycle adventure, having the perfect motorcycle device can greatly enhance your experience. As technology advances, you now have a variety of options to choose from, including outdoor headphones and Bluetooth intercom designed specifically for motorcycle helmet use. These innovative devices allow you to listen to music, make hands-free calls and communicate with other passengers while keeping safety first. Motorcycle riders often hesitate between choosing a motorcycle intercom or outdoor headphones.

In there, we'll explore the key differences between these two devices to help you make an informed choice on which one is the best option for your motorcycle adventures.

1. Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom  

Helmet Bluetooth intercoms are becoming increasingly popular among motorcycle riders due to their convenience and wireless connectivity.

● Advantages

☑ Wireless Technology  

Seamlessly connects to your smartphone or motorcycle communications system without any wires, making it easy to play music, receive GPS commands, and make calls on the go.

☑ Hands-free Phone Call

The hands-free intercom function allows you to easily communicate with fellow riders or other communication partners when making or answering calls without distracting attention or stopping to operate the device, adding more fun and convenience to motorcycle riding.

S-11 helmet Bluetooth intercom as an example

· Provides multi-person intercom: helmet intercom system supports 4~6 people intercom. Riders can talk to fellow riders in real time, coordinate actions or share information without stopping.

· Long-distance communication: S-11 intercom can communicate within a distance of 500M, which is very useful for group riding or long-distance travel.

· Noise suppression: S-11 is equipped with CVC digital noise reduction technology, so it can reduce interference from wind noise, vehicle engine sounds and other environmental noises during hands-free calls, providing a clear communication experience.

6-person intercom allows riders to easily share information

6-person intercom allows riders to easily share information

☑ Voice Command  

The professional motorcycle helmet intercom is equipped with voice command function so you can make or receive hands-free calls, listen to music and GPS voice guidance. This can effectively ensure your safety when riding.

Take the SCSETC S-11 motorcycle Bluetooth intercom as an example. It has voice commands, which are not only used for intercom functions but also for music control, phone calls, navigation instructions, etc. so that riders can keep their hands on the steering wheel while riding. No need for distraction to operate the device and provides more convenience.

☑ Long Battery Life

The stronger the battery life of the helmet communication intercom, the longer it can support music playback and intercom calls, making it very suitable for long-distance travel.

The S-11 Bluetooth intercom has a built-in 2000mAh large-capacity battery, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with long standby and working time. Can be ridden outdoors for long periods of time. The intercom can last for many days of riding when fully charged. It only needs to be charged for 2.5 hours, and it can support 30 hours of intercom working time6 hours of video shooting, and 15 days of standby.

Motorcycle Bluetooth long battery Life suitable for long-distance travel.

Motorcycle Bluetooth long battery Life suitable for long-distance travel.

☑ Music Sharing  

Some Bluetooth wireless intercom support music sharing.

S-11 motorcycle intercom is equipped with Bluetooth 5.1 version, which has high compatibility and stability. If there are no obstacles such as buildings in a straight line, the maximum communication distance of the motorcycle helmet intercom is about 500 meters. All riders can talk and share music. Because it has HiFi Stereo Music Play, the sound quality is highly clear and the quality is not affected in any way.

☑ IP67 Waterproof Technology  

For example, the S-11 motorcycle intercom is IP67 waterproof and can be used in any weather conditions and always stays connected.

☑ Additional Features 

In order to make the journey more enjoyable, some Bluetooth intercoms will add additional functions in addition to music sharing, such as FM, camera and video shooting functions. For example, the S-11 helmet intercom has entertainment functions.


S-11 Motorcycle Bluetooth intercom video recording, recording beautiful riding moments

● Disadvantages

☑ Limited Scope of Use    

Motorcycle Bluetooth intercoms are usually designed for specific usage scenarios, such as motorcycle racing, field riding, and team riding. They are more limited for snow skiing or other outdoor activities alone.

☑ Interoperability Issues

Bluetooth helmet intercoms from different manufacturers may not be compatible or easily interoperable. This can cause problems when communicating between multiple devices.

2. Outdoor Headphones

● Advantages

☑ Comfortable And Durable

Outdoor headphones are typically designed to be lightweight and comfortable for long-term wear, yet have a rugged exterior that can withstand the elements, particles, and moisture, making them more durable.

☑ Waterproof

Many outdoor headsets are designed to be waterproof or sweatproof, allowing them to still work well in humid environments, which is helpful for outdoor sports such as running and cycling.

☑ Noise Isolation

Some Bluetooth earphones have good noise isolation, which can reduce ambient noise and make music or calls clearer.

☑ High Sound Quality

High-quality outdoor wireless headphones deliver superior sound quality and are engineered to deliver powerful and immersive audio so you can fully enjoy your favorite music or podcasts during your ride. Additionally, outdoor headphones often feature noise isolation or cancellation technology, which helps block out any unwanted external noise and ensures a clear listening experience.

Various outdoor Bluetooth headphones

Various outdoor Bluetooth headphones

● Disadvantages

☑ Battery Life

Many wireless headsets use rechargeable batteries, which have limited battery life and require regular charging, which may be a consideration during long motorcycle rides.

☑ Design Problem

Because some Bluetooth headphones use earplugs or a closed-back design, they may reduce the auditory perception of the surrounding environment, which may be unsafe while riding a motorcycle and inconvenient to wear a helmet.

☑ Riding Inconvenience

Due to the design of outdoor headphones, although some headphones take up very little storage space, for motorcycle riders, they still need extra space such as backpacks and bags to place them. Unlike intercoms, which are mounted directly on the helmet, they are almost indistinguishable from the helmet, integrated into one, no need to worry about losing or forgetting.

☑ Security

Unlike motorcycle Bluetooth intercom, outdoor headphones will distract the rider more, because choosing outdoor headphones means that the rider needs to worry about placing or stopping to adjust the device at all times, which is not conducive to riding safety.

In addition, motorcycle intercoms are fixed to the helmet, which is usually more stable and difficult to lose or damage, while outdoor headphones may require special clips or fixtures to maintain stability, which is not conducive to riders wearing helmets and does not help improve riding safety.

☑ Does Not Support Multi-person Intercom

Outdoor headphones do not support the multi-person intercom function and do not allow voice calls between multiple devices. This is not conducive to fast and real-time voice communication between team members, and is not conducive to motorcycle events or team-organized rides, sharing news in a timely manner.

Outdoor headphones can make team collaboration inefficient, especially in outdoor activities, competitions and other occasions that require team collaboration. When necessary, you need to stop on the side of the road, take off your headphones, and make a call.

3. Make The Right Choice  

Now that you know the pros and cons of Bluetooth intercom and outdoor headphones, safety should always be your top priority when choosing headphones for your motorcycle ride. While having high-quality audio is important, it should never affect your ability to stay alert and aware of your surroundings while riding.

After taking into account your own needs, priorities, required features, etc., you should now be able to make the right choice.

It's important to remember that the right devices for your motorcycle adventure ultimately come down to your personal preferences and requirements. Whether you choose a helmet intercom or keep your headphones by your side, your motorcycle adventures will be more exciting and bring you closer to the excitement and freedom of the open road. So buckle up, put on the motorcycle communication devices of your choice, and get ready for the ride of a lifetime.


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