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O-tus Mini-speakers for Bike Helmets (Black)

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  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz
  • Sensitivity: 108Db
  • Impedance: 16ohms
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Product Description

Color: Black

Otus mini speakers look like earbuds but deliver stereo sound to you without being in your ear to block the sounds around you. Just like listening to the stereo in your room, except on your bike or board, on the trail or at work. Everything attaches to your helmet, hard hat or sweat band so you are tangle free, hassle free and ready to "Hear What you've been Missin'!" Patent Pending. In many states it is illegal to operate a vehicle (yes that includes bikes and skateboards) with earbuds in your ear - more states are creating legislation every year. It is dangerous, however, in all 50 states and Canada. O-tus IS the solution! With O-tus 15 watt near-ear speakers, you can hear background sounds (bikes, cars, emergency vehicles, and your friend's whining ) and have your own personal surround sound stereo. All without long chords to tangle and untangle.

Product Information

Color: Black
Technical Details
Brand NameO-tus
Item Weight0.8 ounces
Product Dimensions5.7 x 3.7 x 1 inches
  
Additional Information
ASINB008QFUKBK
Shipping Weight0.8 ounces
Date First AvailableJuly 28, 2012
  
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Apple Product Advisory: To realize full potential of your iPhone, iPod, Nano or Suffle; use the following steps. (The factory volume settings are too low for projected sound. The settings can be adjusted in iTunes.) Open iTunes, in the library of music, left click on first song for which you would like to increase volume. Scroll down to last song hold down the "Shift" key and left click. Hover over the field and right click. Get info becomes an option, right click it. 4 choices appear, click the last, "Options". Set the volume to max, make any changes to the equalizer that you desire and click "OK". You will need to "sync" for your changes to take effect. The next video below is a visual step by step of the process just described. You should be able to hear the speakers and tell what song is playing and what part of the song is playing if not hear all the words from about 2 feet away when the volume is up all the way.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I installed these according to the directions, for the ride to work the next day.
Joe
I tried their 'lap' test (with helmet upturned in your lap, you should *just* be able to hear the speakers).
Calvus
Or if you have a full-face helmet that blocks the wind, then they'd probably be loud enough.
sd_mountain_man

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Calvus on February 21, 2013
Color Name: White
I posted a review to the Otus site, and it quickly disappeared.

The price of these was good enough for me to take the risk of the bad reviews on Amazon, but, as with all risks, you lose some as well as gain some. In this case it was a lose.

First the positives. I had no problem with the little velcro-like strips. They seemed to hold both the speakers and my iPod nano firmly to my helmet.

So if the speakers had delivered the promised sound to my ears, I would have been delighted. But they were pathetic. I should say here that I diligently followed the instructional Youtubes on the Otus site, re-jigging all of the podcasts on iPlayer so that they would play back at the maximum volume. I made sure that volume control was turned off on my iPod. I experimented with equaliser settings. I tried their 'lap' test (with helmet upturned in your lap, you should *just* be able to hear the speakers).

However, the result was that I could only barely hear either music or podcast when travelling at a sedate speed on a still day in a back street with no traffic. For travelling at any speed with the wind rushing past my ears, let alone in the city traffic (I have a 28km return commute to work) they might as well have not been working at all. The most I got was the odd bit of sibilance.

I'm very disappointed, because I would have loved to think I could listen to my iPod safely on the way to work (BTW it works no better with and iPhone; I tried). But, while they sound good in theory, these speakers aren't the solution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frederick C. Reitz on January 31, 2013
Color Name: White Verified Purchase
I couldn't get them loud enough with any combination of settings on my smartphone, and was nowhere near the "15W" power rating of the speakers, even if that quote means 7.5W per speaker, so I tailor-made an amplifier to take full advantage of the speakers. again, well before even 7.5W, they began to fuzz and crackle terribly, even with a nice clean sine wave right at the 1/8" stereo plug. their website now calls them "mini-speakers with improved drivers", hopefully that means they work now, mine never did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Sully on August 14, 2014
Color Name: Black
Despite what a lot of the other reviews have said I have never had an issue with low volume or not being able to hear my music.

But the reason for the 2 start rating is that I have gone through 4 sets in 2 years due to one side or the other shorting out. Sometimes Otus has warranties them and sometimes they don't. To be clear -- I've taken very good care of them and it doesn't matter, they always short out. For the price they cost that's not acceptable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Brown on January 9, 2014
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I have tried amplifiers, ear buds, and ear phones, but these speakers beat them all. Setup was clean and easy, I bought a wire so I can carry my phone in the back pocket of my jersey while riding. I connect to my iPhone 5 and followed the tech instructions to increase the play back volume, I can hear the music perfectly without running the phone at full volume. I can hear the traffic approaching , and can hear other riders as well. And the price is right!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Drey Samuelson on December 8, 2012
Color Name: Black
I purchased the O-tus mini-speakers, and really wanted them to work well, as it's a great concept. It's not easy to get the speakers to fit on your helmet, though, and the only way I could do so was to use duct tape on both of them, and that did work. Well, it worked until the wire to one of the speakers shorted out, anyway, thus leaving me with one ear of music, and one ear of semi-music, semi-static--obviously, not good. The other problem is that the speakers aren't really quite loud enough to be satisfying--on some music they're fine, on other music you have to sort of strain to hear... So, I'm done with my O-tus mini-speakers, alas, and just purchased a Tunebug, which at least has received better reviews. I haven't attached it to my bike helmet yet, but am hopeful that it will work better than the O-tus. Here's the link, if anyone wants to try it:

http://www.amazon.com/Tunebug-SH-0000-01-Portable-Surface-Speaker/dp/B003C16HWE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354985766&sr=8-1&keywords=tunebug
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sd_mountain_man on February 22, 2013
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
It's not really their fault, just the nature of wind noise. Above about 8mph there is just too much wind noise for the sound from these speakers to be audible. I wanted to use them on my daily commute on an electric bicycle on which I average 20mph, and for that they are completely useless.
For cruising down the boardwalk at 5mph they would probably work great. Or if you have a full-face helmet that blocks the wind, then they'd probably be loud enough.
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