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 Cardo Scala Rider G4
Cardo Scala Rider G4
Cardo Systems Scala Rider G4 The Cardo Scala Rider G4 headset redenes the notion of high-end communication for motorcycle helmets. Encased in a rugged yet streamlined body, the scala rider G4 offers Bike-to-Bike Intercom at a remarkable range of up to ONE MILE! The G4 also features unique 4-way Intercom between two bikers and two passengers or 3-way Intercom among three separate bikers. Multi Device Connectivity, including mobile phone, A2DP(Bluetooth stereo), FM radio with RDS, intuitive button controls, wire connectivity to iPod/ MP3 player, and much more, make the G4 the worlds most feature rich communication and entertainment device for bikers. The scala rider G4 offers Multilingual status announcements allowing bikers to maintain smooth and safe handsfree communication while on the move. The device transmits useful information regarding connectivity status to other bikers, to your mobile phone, the FM station you are listening to and more. The G4 is truly the most biker friendly headset on the market! Download the Scala Rider G4 Manual (pdf) FEATURES Bike-to-bike intercom communication with 3 other headsets, with a remarkable range of up to 1mile Link together for 4-way intercom conference calling between 2 couples riding on 2 motorcycles VOX activation intercom calls, answer, voice dial, redial, and call reject functions Includes an embedded FM radio with scan/seek features and 6 station channel memory Individual audio sources - each G4 headset can conduct mobile phone calls or listen to Fm radio or MP3 audio independently Full Duplex allows simultaneous talking and listening when using intercom connections Talk time up to 10 hours, standby time up to 10 days AGC Technology - headset automatically adjusts its own volume based on ambient noise anhd driving speed Noise cancelling microphone Weather resistant design Rechargeable Li-Polymer Battery (for use in North American style Type A electrical outlets) Fits virtually all 3/4 and full face helmets Note Range may vary according to terrain Scala Rider G4 Headset is compatible with the following Bluetooth enabled mobile phone Both Stereo and non-stereo Bluetooth enabled mp3 player, adapter, or mobile phone Bluetooth enabled GPS unit Scala Rider Q2 headset Scala Rider Solo/FM/Teamset
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
An amazing headset, with many features!
PostedJune 6, 2011
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Taliesin1077
From Oakdale, CA
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sound Clarity 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
3 / 5
3 / 5
First off, I have never owned a bluetooth intercom, so I have no basis for comparison. However, I suspect there may be plenty of riders in the same boat as myself, so here goes!
** Installation: Installation wasn't that hard, but the clamp-style mount did not work on my helmet (Shark Evoline Series 2). I had to use the glue plate. The glue plate screws into the headset mounting area just like the clamp mount, but it affixes permanently to the helmet. What this means is you can take the headset off that helmet by unscrewing the little allen bolts and buying another glue plate to put on a new helmet. So installation wasn't bad, but it would have been nice if that clamp had worked for my helmet.
** Use: Once it's on and connected to the mobile phone, it seems to be pretty easy to use. It will control my Android smartphone's mp3 player software, so I can listen to tunes, and answer the phone with a touch of a button. It seems to be a little fiddly sometimes starting up the mp3 player app on my phone. Sometimes I need to turn the headset off and back on, but it doesn't surprise me. I have a lot of non-standard stuff going on with my phone. Hanging up the phone call can also be a bit touch and go, as it seems to not hang up the phone all the time. Voice dialing with my phone is easy. Just press the phone button and release, and it commands you to speak the name you want to call. Been very accurate, and makes checking in with the wife VERY easy. The controls are easy once you get used to them.
Volume up and down are short press on the volume keys. Track forward and Track back for the mp3 functionality are a long press of the vol. up and vol. down keys, respectively. Short press of the mobile phone key tells the phone to start the voice dialer and also (usually) hangs up the call. Long press of the A key starts or stops the phone's mp3 player app. Long press of the B key starts or stops the FM radio. I have not used the intercom functionality yet. Short press of the B key while FM radio is on switches between the presets you can have.
** Quality: To begin, no speaker that you can cram into the earholes of your helmet is going to have spectacular sound quality. These speakers are ok, but they're not THX certified.
The sound quality on the other end of the phone, however, is fantastic. When I first called my wife, I asked her how the quality was, and she said, "It's normal." I said, "Normal for driving down a highway at 55mph on my bike?" She thought I was still in the office. Every single person I've talked to (and I do try to avoid taking calls on the bike) has been blown away that I'm on a motorcycle. I can only assume the quality would be the same as an intercom. They say no road noise, no bike noise, etc. That is quite the feat for a motorcycle intercom.
One complaint is that the FM radio seems to be a bit junky when it comes to reception. Touching the intercom unit increases it, but it really isn't practical to ride like that. I wish they had some sort of option for an external antenna I could shove up inside my helmet pads or something.
Other features: I like that the "brain" of the intercom comes off the helmet for charging, etc. I like that Scala can continue to give firmware updates, which we can get over the internet by hooking it up to a computer and installing the software.
Overall: Even though it is a little fiddly when starting or stopping mp3 playing on my phone, once it's on and playing, I love it a lot. It's so nice to have tunes while riding, or to be able to listen to the morning show on the way into work. FM reception is a bit of a bummer sometimes, but I can deal with it, and may decide down the road to rig up a wire or something, to increase that. All in all, it's a darn cool piece of tech, and worth having on long rides, and even my 1 hour commute each way, to get some tunes. Helps the miles go by quicker.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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