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My wife and I just bought some J & M wired headsets, the $70 ones. Cruising around town we were very pleased with them. Then we hit the highway....anything over about 40 mph and the background noise is just too much. We tried a balloon over the mic under the windsock and that didn't do much. After much headscratching while in Wal-Mart looking at baby's booties and socks (to cover the mic) we saw some seatbelt covers for babies. These are made of some fleece type material and so far are the best thing we'vefound at cutting down the background noise while still being able to communicate. The seat belt covers are held on with velcro and fit perfectly over the windsock. Unfortunately they are a little bulky and wont fit inside the windsock though I haven't seriously tried to force the windsock over them yet. On the good side... they are a neutral color.



I'm wondering how everyone else has overcome the battle against background noise that doesn't involve large sums of money for better headsets?



BTW this is on a 80 GL1100 Interstate with a Clarion II that I fitted in place of the Clarion I.



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Tim
 

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Some mics have a slot that has to be pointed toward your mouth, if not it will pick up alot of wind noise. Mel
 

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Also try to adjust the automatic voice control (I think that is the one) if you have it on your panel. If it is set too high then it picks up all that noise. But the hole in the mic as stated by winger may be turned around facing the wind.

I have the K&M set also and we havent had any problem. But mine has the huge bulbus wind sock on it.
 

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Unfortunately the Clarion II does not have AVC. It does have a control to overide the radio. The intercom volume control unfortunately also increases the background noise as it's turned up.
We have the microphone turned towards our mouths but it doesn't seem to make a whole lot of difference.

These do have a "what I considered" huge windsock to start with. You should see it now with the seatbelt cover over it all. Best of all it works.

We are very pleased with our cheap mod but do have to joke to each other about the large feminine hygene product in front of our mouths. :)
 

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Update: I managed to fit the windsock over the seatbelt cover and microphone. This hid most of the seatbelt cover and seems to work as well as it did previously. Trials continue. This appears to be the best $5 I've spent as better headsets are way more than that.
 

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Another update. That didn't work. It appears that compressing the fleece causes it to work less effectively. I'll post pics later. The fleece is now back over the winddsock.
 
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