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Old 11-24-2012, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question HD Ultra Audio and Intercom System with Headset

How good is the HD Ultra audio and intercom sound system using Headsets? I am new to this forum and considering purchase of a Harley Ultra. I currently ride a Yamaha VStar so this will be quite an upgrade! I love to ride and listen to great music and talk to other riders on the road. I currently use a J&M CB2003 and a headset purchased from EdSet.com mounted in a full face helmet. I love their speakers and clear sound quality and I don't want to lose it! How would you rate the Ultra factory installed intercom and audio sound system? EdSets.com has a new HD Ultra interface cable but I don’t have any experience with the Ultra system. Any and all comments are appreciated.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am happy with mine. I was riding a Heritage but upgraded to the Limited. While on the Heritage, I used an inexpensive Bluetooth wireless set. I paired it with my IPhone and the music was pretty good but the intercom was only good to about 60mph. If you don't mind the cord, the HD is really pretty good. Very clear and the intercom is good at any speed, which I like alot.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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How good is the HD Ultra audio and intercom sound system using Headsets? I am new to this forum and considering purchase of a Harley Ultra. I currently ride a Yamaha VStar so this will be quite an upgrade! I love to ride and listen to great music and talk to other riders on the road. I currently use a J&M CB2003 and a headset purchased from EdSet.com mounted in a full face helmet. I love their speakers and clear sound quality and I don't want to lose it! How would you rate the Ultra factory installed intercom and audio sound system? EdSets.com has a new HD Ultra interface cable but I don’t have any experience with the Ultra system. Any and all comments are appreciated.
I use my system four different ways depending on what I am doing, all of which are great. However, I have upgraded the speakers and amp. For shorter non-highway trips, with out the need for an intercom, I don't wear plugs and just use the stock speakers. For longer highway trips with no intercom need, I use custom fitted ear plugs which get rid of all the drone and wind noise, but I can still here the speakers, although the dynamics of the sound quality are reduced, but we are on a motocycle here and not in a concert hall. Then when I am going to use the intercom/cellphone/CB, on shorter non-highway trips, I use the standard headset which works fine. Then for the long haul highway trips with the need for a mic, I use a set of custom Fit Ear plugs with the built in single stereo drivers. I then wear the standard headset just for the boom mic. The Fit Ear stereo plugs are not cheap, but nothing even comes close to the sound.

My buddy uses the standard headset with ear plugs with no problem, I just like having the Fit Ears for my longer trips, and if you really love your music, these are the best solution. For me, being mostly deaf in my right ear, using the regular headset with custom fit ear plugs worked okay for music, but not so much for CB/Intercom/cellphone, which is why I invested in the Fit Ears.

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I use the full headset with boom that comes with the ultra new. I am very happy with them. You can use the fairing speakers for radio or cb just to listen or you can use the headset to talk back and listen. You can also adjut volume for each setting. Ive mastered mine and have had alot of experience showing others how to use all the functions.
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I think the ultra audio is pretty good overall, however I find if I turn the volume up too much I get the popping and cracking in my music...maybe I don't know how to adjust it but I have tried many different adjustments. Rhino I find your post interesting, I didn't know we had that many options...and if you don't mind, tell me how you use your cellphone with your audio..I never have figured that out.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think the ultra audio is pretty good overall, however I find if I turn the volume up too much I get the popping and cracking in my music...maybe I don't know how to adjust it but I have tried many different adjustments. Rhino I find your post interesting, I didn't know we had that many options...and if you don't mind, tell me how you use your cellphone with your audio..I never have figured that out.
The way I have mine set up requires the blue tooth enabled Zumo 665 navi, which my phone is paired to. Now the Zumo harnerss has a 2.5mm plug input for a microphone to talk on the phone, but ofcourse you want to use the mic that is plugged into the bike. So there is a product called an HD-Bomm, which splices into the wire in the #9 pin in the back of the radio which is the bikes mic input. It then routes this input into the zumo which then bluetooths it back to your phone when you make a call. It's pretty slick and I installed the zumo and HD-Bomm in about an hour on my bike, however this was my second install, the first on my buddies bike took closer to 3 hours.
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The way I have mine set up requires the blue tooth enabled Zumo 665 navi, which my phone is paired to. Now the Zumo harnerss has a 2.5mm plug input for a microphone to talk on the phone, but ofcourse you want to use the mic that is plugged into the bike. So there is a product called an HD-Bomm, which splices into the wire in the #9 pin in the back of the radio which is the bikes mic input. It then routes this input into the zumo which then bluetooths it back to your phone when you make a call. It's pretty slick and I installed the zumo and HD-Bomm in about an hour on my bike, however this was my second install, the first on my buddies bike took closer to 3 hours.
Problem is, it only works with the H-D Roadtech Zumo. If you have a regular Zumo it does not work. Harley put some nasty programming into the Roadtech. You are either forced to buy from Harley or use a Bluetooth like the Scala etc.

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