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Garmin No earphone jack? No Problem.
« on: February 08, 2012, 06:54:08 pm »
  Not wanting to spend the money for a Zumo when I already have a Nuvi 1450 I needed to figure out how to get the voice to my helmet speaker. The 1450 does not have an earphone jack.                   
 I had previously installed an $8 Radio Shack speaker in the left side of my helmet with a panel mount minijack in a 3/16" hole I drilled in the helmet. This was for the radar detector.
 Needing to be able to hear both the radar detector and the GPS I bought an AmpliRider from:
http://www.electric-avenues.com/amplirider.html
 This was $65 delivered. I then bought a self powered mini mic from:
http://www.soundprofessionals.com/cgi-bin/gold/category/106/mics
 This was part #ATR3350 for about $25 delivered.
 
 The amp allows up to three devices to be mixed into one output but has no priority channel so each device has to have it's volume set. The amp does have a master volume control. The mic is battery powered(included) and has an on/off switch. The battery is supposed to have a 200 hour life.
 I velcro attached the mic to the back of the GPS unit at the speaker and shielded it with a small piece of foam for wind noise protection.
 Power for all three devices(detector,GPS and amp) is from the dash outlet.
 The detector output is connected to the amp input. The mic is connected to the amp input. The amp output is connected to the helmet speaker.
 I have bench tested this setup and it works very well. It should have all the volume needed. I will road test when weather permits.
 This setup gives me an inexpensive means to use a lower end GPS and my radar detector at the same time. Sorry I have no means to include pics.
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Re: Garmin No earphone jack? No Problem.
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2012, 05:35:43 am »
This keenly interests me as I'm in the same predicament...
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Re: Garmin No earphone jack? No Problem.
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2012, 06:06:38 am »
I went this way because 1- I already had the gps 2-I have no need for music,bike to bike comm,bluetooth or whatever else. 3- I'm a cheap bastardfrugal. :)
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Re: Garmin No earphone jack? No Problem.
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2012, 06:25:01 am »
In doing a search this morning I came up with this....

My Nuvi 1490 IS bluetooth capable, but only from the phone to the GPS. It was evidently designed for "in the car". The handsfree works flawlessly, but is not designed to send to a BT headset. It also does NOT have a jack to connect to anything else  yes... the 1490 has HST bt only to your phone..... not an A2DP stereo headset. BUT if you willing to take a chance, you can get directions too.  It requires opening the back of the Nuvi (easy ) and solder on a small earjack tail ( 2-3 inches ) to the speaker leads.  It will be MONO, but then you can add a  A2DP donge plugged in the jack. The Sena will link to the dongle for directions and then Link you phone to the HST of Sena instead of the gps. You end up with the directions and phone to the Sena (phone always has priority).  see http://www.webbikeworld.com/garmin-gps/garmin-i3/ old article but basicly the same... have done it to an older gps and it worked fine

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http://www.st-owners.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-108883.html?s=7c51620e5e9283d833093dea970224a3
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Re: Garmin No earphone jack? No Problem.
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2012, 06:32:57 am »
I considered the pigtail idea and discarded it because of possible warranty issues. Mono is fine with me. I don't need some chick with a bad Aussie accent recalculating in both ears.

I'm also a minimalist as far as tech as much as possible.
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Re: Garmin No earphone jack? No Problem.
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2012, 06:38:23 am »
My chick is English and I enjoy listening to her.

What would be nice would be to have an 'interface' box that would allow both my phone, gps, and smh10 to play nice with each other.  Actually, all I want is just to have the gps work with the smh10.  I could care less about the phone.
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Re: Garmin No earphone jack? No Problem.
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2012, 08:23:02 am »
I just read that, thanks.  I'm still not so sure that will apply but we'll see.  I've asked the Sena people a more direct question.  If that pans out, I'll update here.

Update on my situation and that is pairing to a Garmin 1490LMT from the SMH10....Pedro says no....not supported.
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