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webBikeWorld iASUS EAR3 Amp and XSound 2.1 Speaker Review

Discussion in 'Motorcycling News' at netrider.net.au started by NetriderBot, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. The brand-new iASUS EAR3 amplifier is the latest generation of iASUS amps.

    The EAR3 uses the same "mini" form factor as the Diablo and it includes a new trick or two.

    iASUS claims a 10dB boost at less than 0.03% distortion and our ears tell us that sounds (pun?) about right.

    Slip an EAR3 between a set of upgraded speakers, like the iASUS XSound 2.1 or the Cardo 40 mm optional speakers or even stock speakers and crank up the volume.

    Don't crank too high though, because stock speakers probably can't take it -- and neither can your ears.

    The EAR3 amp will boost volume to a point where if you need it any louder, you need to go to one of these.

    For sure, the quality of your cheesy .mp3 tunes and crummy smartphone music app will absolutely be the limiting factor here.

    And be careful -- you'll want to hear at least some ambient sound when you're riding a motorcycle.

    That's where the EAR3's featured feature comes in: it has a built-in mic that can be switched on so you can hear what's going on around you.

    The EAR3 was/is available through an Indiegogo campaign. As a rule, we do not promote crowdfunded products even though we get dozens of offers each week. The Editor just isn't a fan of crowdfunding.

    But at this point, that's the only way to snag an EAR3, so there you have it.

    We get a lot of emails from motorcyclists wanting more, more, more volume and there are a few tricks that can help, some of which we've outlined below.

    But if those don't work, get yourself an EAR3 and a set of upgraded speakers and that should do it for you.

    The iASUS EAR3 amplifier kit.

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