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I'm posting this in here because it isn't really Victory related.
I have a lot of hearing loss and am not a real music person.
My wife absolutely loves her tunes.
I would like to install a marine grade bluetooth amplifier in our newest sidecar.

I would like a good quality amp. It must be bluetooth. The music is on an I phone or Ipad.
It can't draw much more than 20 amps DC constantly, though it can spike 50% more if and when it needs it. It would be wonderful if it could power 2 separate speaker sets and was switchable between them. It would be ideal if she could connect to the bike speakers when she drives or the sidecar speakers when she is a passenger and if I was in the mood for music it could connect to both. Speakers A or B or A and B.

It doesn't need to be earth shaking powerful. No need to make the cars around us shake at stop lights. However it has to have good power to be clear over the wind noise and engine noise when the top is down on the side car at 70 on the interstate. That is what we are really trying to achieve or get close to.
Even good sound with the top up and the side curtains on would be a huge improvement.

The sidecar has a set of JVC marine speakers in it now (marked DRVN) which are 5 inches across the front grill. They could be changed out if necessary. Were not married to them it is just what came from the factory in the sidecar.
I'd like to use them is they are up to the task of course. There is no room for a larger speaker. The area they are in on the dash will not accommodate a larger size.

I realize I maybe asking for the moon here but if you could at least point me to which brands are quality equipment it would be a real help.
I'm not sure how to cut through all the marketing hype for find good equipment.

I don't want to pay extra for a name and end up with junk that fills a particular price point in their product line instead. I really don't know if that applies in marine stereo equipment but it seems to in everything else. I'd hate to buy a an amplifier that will produce a lot of noise but not good sound. She has a good ear and it will be disappointing to her. Not what I am hoping for. It only needs to be stereo not four channel since the sidecar has no rear speakers and no room for them. The bike's speakers are quite small so you kind of get what you get there.

Thanks in advance for the help.
 

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She could mount some quality helmet speakers in her lid and plug into her iPhone.
 

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Or use in the ear canal type ear buds connected to her phone or to a Bluetooth helmet communication system like the SENA SMH10. Of course, ear buds are illegal in some states but near impossible to be seen by the cops and not a high priority for the cops.

G'day,

Vinish
 

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I'm petty sure she has her heart set on sound coming from speakers as she already owns a good set of custom ear plugs.
It's much more convenient to mute the music to talk to the driver than to remove your helmet to get the ear buds out so you can hear what he says back to you while your waiting at a stop light. She is further away than a rear passenger would be and it can be kind of a challenge to communicate at times.


The other problem is that getting in or out of a sidecar is sort of an athletic event.
Things with small delicate wires tend to get sat or stepped on in the process of getting in and out and soon are no more.

I'm thinking I need something about like this:

But I am not really sure.
 

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With a helmet mounted communication system like I described, all of the wires are stuffed between the hard outer shell and the foam liner so nothing dangles. If another person (rider of bike on which she is the passenger or rider of another bike with her) has a system, you can communicate better with the helmet system than by hollering at each other over the bike noise. You can play music, get turn-by-turn directions from a GPS, make or take phone calls (the party on the other end can't even tell I'm on a bike), and speak to others in your party with similar systems. My wife and I use them when we ride (each on own bike) and I use them on longer trips. I highly recommend them.

G'day,

Vinish
 

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LOL
You've never met my quiet gentle wife Vin:
She is Scotch, IIrish and German. I don't think there is a more stubborn combination on the planet.
I'm just trying to figure out how to make it happen.:wink
 
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