I've actually been 'told' or warned by a LEO before. He said you can only have them in 1 ear, not both. I nodded but never changed anything.
I use an amp because the iPod is too low by itself to power headphones. I do have BT on two iPTs but I don't use those to ride. I'd have to have the other part and they'd have to be loud enough to go over the wind/engine noise.
I can actually hear things well with the headphones, they don't cover the ears, they are actually just headphone speakers mounted inside the helmet, not actual headphones.
With the music off, I can hear exactly as before and the volume is not over that of the things around me, it's more like background music.
Not to get too far off the subject, I live near an area where LEO can be aggressive towards bikes, I've seen them in action. They tend to hassle certain types of bikes and riders. I'm really not an aggressive rider, I'm more a 'spirited' rider. I don't really go over the speed limit by much if at all, I have TONS of fun doing what I do at the speed I do. Other can beat me all day long, and that's fine, I still have a blast enjoying what I do and where I go.
I guess that means I'm an 'older' rider, I like to think of it as a sane rider that still has a blast.
Thanks for the heads up! You are spot-on with the wires, and it did happen
but he was cool.