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UCLEAR HBC200 Force Bluetooth Communicator Featuring Boomless ABF Technology, the U-CLEAR HBC200 Force introduces Super Group Intercom and Multi-Hop technology, specifically designed for group communications with full duplex intercom. Multi-hop technology, used in military tactical communications provides superior sound quality and connection stability over Bluetooth intercom systems that suffer from interference and are line of sight dependent. By incorporating Multi-hop technology, each Uclear HBC200 control unit works as a repeater or relay station, enabling the network to grow as more control units/riders are added to the group. Depending on riding conditions, the intercom range between two riders is up to 700 meters. Adding a third unit/rider increases the intercom range up to an additional 700 meters. Add a fourth rider and the entire group can communicate up to 2100 meters (1.3 miles) and so forth, in full duplex intercom mode. With the latest firmware, the HBC200 adds connectivity with other brands of Bluetooth communicators, Multipoint Bluetooth connections for syncing multiple phones, iPods or GPS units and Advanced Private Intercom. Features Boomless microphone (an industry first) Music, Calls, GPS (Bluetooth devices) Multipoint Bluetooth service supports dual device connections Connect to two smartphones at the same time, or a smartphone and an iPad, iPod, GPS etc Super Group Intercom (Full Duplex for up to 10 riders) Open intercom with other brands of Bluetooth communicators Cross-band intercom enables you to connect with other riders, even if they have another brand of communicator Multi-Hop Communication Extender With 10 users connected, Multi-Hop Technology extends maximum range to nearly 4 miles and allows non-line-of-sight connections (range will vary on environmental conditions) Voice command for hands-free call pickup Hi-Fi stereo audio (AVRCP, A2DP) Patented ABF / DSP technology isolates your voice and eliminates all background noise Auto loudness adjustments GPS device compatible (Bluetooth HS/HFP profile required) Easy installation on any helmet including full face or 3/4 helmets Speaker diameter 40mm depth approx 7mm Firmware upgrades available One year manufactures warranty Note Some of the features listed above require updating the firmware to the latest version. Download the latest version firmware here.
 
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2 / 5
2 / 5
Good idea - falls short
PostedOctober 20, 2012
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Rider99
From Pittsburgh
State:PA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sound Clarity 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Ease of Use 
2 / 5
2 / 5
I bought the U-Clear HBC200 primarily for use with my Garmin GPS as I needed a way to hear the voice commands. Being able to use the unit for phone calls and listening to music were strictly secondary considerations.
In the video review done by Revzilla, the previous model is said to do an "adequate" job. I would add "barely" to that. The main problem I have is insufficient volume. I wear ear plugs when I ride, and the volume from the U-Clear is simply inadequate at any speed above 45mph on my BMW R1200GS. If you ride a bike with better wind protection, you may have better luck.
Installation was fairly simple in my Schuberth C-3. I referenced some Schuberth YouTube videos in order to learn how to remove the neck roll and helmet liner. That was the main challenge for me; if you are familiar on removing components of your helmet, installation is fairly quick and painless. Finding the sweet spot as far as speaker location is a matter of trial and error - I would recommend use two-sided tape initially until you find the best location.
The microphones appear to do an excellent job of noise cancellation. I have been told that, while my voice sounds a bit muffled, there is NO background noise. I started one conversation while off the bike, explaining that I wanted to test the system. While chatting, I started the bike and began riding. After a few minutes exiting a park and finally getting up to speed, I was asked, "So when are you going to get going?"
As far as placing/answering calls, I have little experience. I have placed just a few calls, dialing through the GPS. I haven't been able to get the voice command calling to work (I use an iPhone - don't know if that's a factor), but I haven't tried that hard either, as it's not a priority for me.
Pairing the U-Clear to both my iPhone and the GPS has been quick and easy. No problems with "un-pairing."
Music quality is okay. Since I'm not in the habit of listening while riding, another reviewer's comments would be of more value than mine.
Buttons are rather vague feeling when wearing gloves. This apparently was an issue with the previous model. In my opinion, it was not adequately addressed with this model. Single presses are okay, but when attempting to press two buttons at once, while wearing gloves, I have had very limited success.
All in all, the system is better than nothing. In order to be satisfied, I would need more volume, so as to be useable at high speeds wearing ear plugs.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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