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    how to have music/radio when driving

    What works for you folks?
    I recently installed a construction type FM radio 'cube' in our dune buggy, just forward of the shifter and pointing slightly upwards and rearwards. I picked it because it is self contained with tuner and speaker, and can handle some level of rain. Unfortunately, I can't hear it while driving due to ambient wind, road, and engine noise.
    On long trips with a passenger, we'll pack a set of construction ear protection muffs with a bult in radio, but those are no good for the driver.
    Bose has their 'soundwear' for around your neck - has anyone tried this approach, with something to plug in to it for music and radio? Other suggestions?
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    I have yet to hear a radio when at speed in a British car. However, several people have told me that the answer is to fit a pair of Miata seats with the speakers built into the headrest.
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    I installed a modern digital radio (JVC, Model KD-X40) in my '73 Midget and have no problem hearing it at speed, with the top down, and I'm half deaf already.
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    In this modern age, it seems to me that the "best" solution is to use noise-cancelling earbuds (Bose) and an MP3-player (or equivalent).
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Boink View Post
    ... the "best" solution is to use noise-cancelling earbuds (Bose) and an MP3-player (or equivalent).
    In many jurisdictions wearing a pair of earphones of just about any type is illegal. State by state guide linked below.
    https://thenewswheel.com/is-it-illeg...y-state-guide/
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    Doug
    I have not gotten to the point of needing to have music in my B/E but I gave it some thought as my car had the radio cut out removed before I got it and had an antenna hole cut out in the bonnet. Here in California anything covering you ears will get you pulled over.

    1. Drive with your side-screens
    2. Dynamate everything you can in the cabin
    3. Mount your speakers in a boot locking partition.https://www.bugeyeguy.com/2015/11/th...unk-partition/. I have noticed with my hardtop a lot if road noise comes from the boot. May be it is just an echo, but mounting a set of good speakers in the panel would allow someone to tailor the sound to the car and not chop up a car that really had no place to mount speakers. When you don’t want them visible remove the panel or cover with your tonneau.
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    Quote Originally Posted by dklawson View Post
    In many jurisdictions wearing a pair of earphones of just about any type is illegal. State by state guide linked below.
    https://thenewswheel.com/is-it-illeg...y-state-guide/
    Interesting... though ear-buds are difficult to detect. I noticed that Oregon is not on any of those lists. I just assumed that regular head-phones were a no-no.
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    Since many of us have been exposed to loud exhausts, rock concerts and guns for years, the only answer is ..... bluetooth hearing aids.
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    Forgot about that! I'm about to upgrade to a blue-tooth set. Not sure how any State laws could prevent that.
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    There are blue tooth hearing aids? How long do the batteries last?
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    They are re-chargeable (and last the day) with about 1000 cycles of charging before one replaces the re-chargeable batteries.
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    Speaking of illegal headphones (please excuse the tangent), I was once pulled over in Kingston, PA for wearing headphones. I was riding my bicycle at the time. When the officer told me it was dangerous because you can't hear sirens I asked how then was I able to hear him toot his horn at me. He had no answer but made me take them off. He then circled around 2 more times checking me out before he finally rode off to harass another 'desperado'! Just thought I'd share an amusing story.

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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    I bought this radio on E-Bay for $15.00 (Actually I bought three they were so Cheap) It fits great in my Bugeye and has great sound.
    Diret Bluetooth Car Radio MP3 Player Stereo USB AUX Classic Car Stereo Audio L4A (Qty 3)
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    Quote Originally Posted by 59diamond View Post
    I bought this radio on E-Bay for $15.00 (Actually I bought three they were so Cheap) It fits great in my Bugeye and has great sound.
    Diret Bluetooth Car Radio MP3 Player Stereo USB AUX Classic Car Stereo Audio L4A (Qty 3)
    $45.06

    Item #253660284233
    How long has the stereo been installed? If it works and has "great sound" then you have certainly done well for $15. I looked at something similar several years ago and found that it could not accept a standard antenna plug. How about this one? Can you use a regular antenna with it?
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    It has been installed for about 4 months.I have a telescoping antenna and it plugs right in. Although the shipping is free it takes a few months for it to arrive. It is only FM (no FM), but I get a lot of stations with good reception. I have my speakers attached in front of the Transmission housing and they work fine.

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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyRick View Post
    Since many of us have been exposed to loud exhausts, rock concerts and guns for years, the only answer is ..... bluetooth hearing aids.
    I’m in the market for hearing aids and this sounds like the bomb!
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Rut View Post
    I’m in the market for hearing aids and this sounds like the bomb!
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    They're very fancy now (and very well concealed).
    Unfortunately, there's no way around the high cost of the latest, digital ones. [and don't get the junky analog stuff you can find advertised to seniors for $300 each] Yes, you can get a set at COSTCO (where I'm at - and I have such a set) but it will still cost upwards $3,000 for a set. The audiology crowd will tell you that Costco is a bit behind the times in terms of technology (using Rexton, Philips and others).
    I'm about to upgrade to better gear made by Oticon… and my super-special Medicare plan will only pay for $500/side, so I expect to still pay a good $3,000 (possibly more). The latest stuff is all blue-tooth, has remote controls, noise-cancelling, directionality, re-chargeable and other features.
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Boink View Post
    They're very fancy now (and very well concealed).
    Unfortunately, there's no way around the high cost of the latest, digital ones. [and don't get the junky analog stuff you can find advertised to seniors for $300 each] Yes, you can get a set at COSTCO (where I'm at - and I have such a set) but it will still cost upwards $3,000 for a set. The audiology crowd will tell you that Costco is a bit behind the times in terms of technology (using Rexton, Philips and others).
    I'm about to upgrade to better gear made by Oticon… and my super-special Medicare plan will only pay for $500/side, so I expect to still pay a good $3,000 (possibly more). The latest stuff is all blue-tooth, has remote controls, noise-cancelling, directionality, re-chargeable and other features.
    I have some friends with hearing aids and they all tell me the only way to go is the high end ones like Oticon. They do it all, but the bill is steep. Around $6k. I'll probably be saying "huh?" a little while longer.
    Rick

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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    The thing that was hard for me to adapt to is the fact that one really has to wear them all the time (not intermittently like I did - for the symphony and such). Then, a full adaptation happens. With the new set I guess I'll be wearing them all the time.

    One big disappointment, for me anyway, is/was that hearing aids really don't help in a noisey environment... which has been a problem for me for a long time.
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