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Domio Audio

July 19, 2018
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Transforming your helmet into a surround-sound system.

By Emily Roberts

I had the opportunity to use the Domio audio system on my recent motorcycle trip to Vermont. The Domio helmet audio device turns your helmet into a speaker through micro-vibrations directed onto the shell of your helmet. By mounting on the side or top (suggested) of your helmet, the surface area pad of the Domio reverberates through the shell of your helmet to give you a surround-sound-like experience without obstructing your hearing, as earbuds can.

Domio in hand_DSC3107It was easy to pair with my mobile phone and offered exceptional battery life, lasting about 20 hours (two and a half full days of riding). The sound was deep and clear, and allowed most songs to be audible even at higher speeds. I found the sound to be great, although at speeds over 100 km/h, softer sounds did get muffled through wind noise. [Editor’s note: I had trouble hearing some songs at speed but my ears are much older.]

The Domio is made in Canada and is easy to use with only three large buttons on the top of the unit – a power button and plus and minus buttons – all of which are used to power on or off, check battery, pause/play, adjust volume or change tracks – super-simple.

Now, while I very much enjoyed this easy-to-use system, I do believe there are a lot of variables that contribute to how the system will work for you and your ride. For instance, the type of bike you ride: whether it has a full windscreen and whether the exhaust is quiet or has an aftermarket exhaust on it. Also, the style of helmet you wear? Holding it on the side of a half helmet didn’t produce sound because the shell isn’t covering your ears.

During my trip, I rode my naked standard bike (Suzuki Gladius) and wore my Schuberth helmet – my bike offers no wind protection; however, my helmet tends to be quite quiet, although I really like having my visor open when I ride. I found the system to work well even with high wind noise at greater speeds.

One concern I had mounting the system was whether the mount would hold for a long period of time on the helmet. With the mount having such minimal surface area, it’s easy to ride with the fear that your speaker could fly off at any moment, not to mention that when it was lent to me, it was made very clear that losing it wasn’t an option. The mount, however, proved my doubts wrong and held on well. I noticed that the plastic surface of the mount did slightly separate from the 3M sticky surface of the mount, but I waited until after my trip to try to pull them apart from each other. It was solid and there was no way that it was going to come apart while I rode.

Domio on helmet_DSC3106The other concern I experienced with the Domio was that after charging, the protective plug for the USB port was almost impossible to correctly set back into place. The system is meant to be weatherproof, but with the chance of having the USB port not completely sealed from the elements would make me think otherwise. I tried for about 10 minutes to properly set the plug in place before settling for its almost-correct placement. I rode in a little wet weather and it was fine, but I would be concerned with the integrity of the charging port cover in heavy rain.

The Domio sound system is a very cool, well-rounded product, and for the price point of US$129 and a one-year warranty, I feel it’s a worthwhile buy. I would recommend the Domio sound system for anyone who wants reliable and great-sounding music on when riding.

The company is planning to release Domio Pro later this year, which will allow users to also take phone calls. You can find yours at domiosports.com.

4 Comment

  1. Thanks for the information, you have shared your experience with Domio in detail and this can help other people to know about the Domio Pro. I think that Domio Pro is pretty cool to be used for your adventurous trips and this come at economical price too.

  2. After waiting patiently forever got my Domio, after trying it in different locations on three different helmets I contacted the company and told them my experience was less the stellar, muffled one sided sound at low speed and unit could not be heard at all over 55mph so I wanted to return for a refund. Here is the crazy part, this company (with no posted phone number) has a “No questions asked warranty” advertised in large letters on their order site, after receiving my email I got no reply so after three days I sent a copy of my email to the listed officers of Domio asking for someone to contact me for my “No Questions asked warranty” return. That day I got a email from someone named Sebastian asking if I could be contacted for a discussion, I replied yes with a time and date and he agreed. 20 minutes after the arranged time I called him, he answered and started asking a bunch of questions (see no questions asked policy) after explaining that the unit was not as advertised he told me if I sent back the unit he would send me another, I told him that I would prefer a refund but he insisted we go this route first. I asked him if I experience the same outcome then what? He said let’s wait to see. After reading lots of reviews and contacts with other buyers stating that they sent the unit back for a refund and never hearing back from the company and now having no unit or refund I decided to keep my unit so I could let others hear how bad the sound quality is in person.
    Plan on offering it to anyone interested at Biketoberfest next month in Daytona. They sent me a return label so I found a rock the same size and weight (but with better sound when tapped on a helmet) back to them along with the promise to warn others about this product! Buyer Beware!

  3. This Product might be great for skiing, snowboarding, or bicycles but should not be sold as it is for touring motorcycles! Once you hit speeds over 50mph the Domio can’t be heard, and even at low speeds I found the sound quality to be poor. I normally don’t review products but being led to believe when ordering and sending in my money that the company promised “no questions asked returns” only to find out this is truly false and being used as a sales ploy makes me want to warn others.

  4. I am sure glad I didn’t order this. I contacted their customer service to ask some questions before I did. that was close to four days ago still haven’t heard anything. Just shows probably what kind of service you’re going to get after you do buy it.

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