"I'd stick with the earbud headphones, as most speaker systems I have heard are useless at higher speeds. Around town at 25-35 mph they be OK, provided you have a big windscreen to help cut wind noise.
As a audio engineer , I have tried speakers, speakers in the helmet, and noise cancelling earbuds, and only the later work well in my opinion if you really want to HEAR the music the way it should be heard."
My bud Jeff has a fairing on his bike, which is a vulcan nomad 1500?? or something, and he has a nice speaker system, and i can hear his just fine when we are going down the road at about 65-70, so i am sure he can hear it too, lol.
And i dont understand what you mean by " my opinion if you really want to HEAR the music the way it should be heard", well the way it should be heard is LIVE in concert, but i dont think i can fit the band and stage on my bike, lol! I have a nice stereo and sub system in my truck, that sounds great, i am not looking for something fancy and all out perfect for my motorcycle, just something that i can listen to that will keep my ear focus off my exhaust and etc..
I think i am going to go with these: http://papasbargains.com/pyle-plmca30.html
but my concern is the voltage system issues!!
Can we switch the discussion to that and see what people think and if it will work???