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U-CLEAR HBC200 Force Bluetooth Communicator New for 2012 and featuring Boomless ABF Technology, UCLEAR 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) in full duplex intercom mode. Features Music, Calls, GPS (Bluetooth devices) Super Group Intercom (Full Duplex 4 riders) Multi-Hop Communication Extender (up to 700 meters between units or 2100 meters (1.3 miles) between four units.) Voice command for hands-free call pickup Hi-Fi stereo audio (AVRCP, A2DP) Boomless microphone (Industry first) Patented ABF / DSP technology isolates your voice and eliminates all background noise Firmware upgrades available Auto loudness adjustments GPS device compatible (Bluetooth HS/HFP profile required) Easy installation on any helmet including full face or 3/4 helmets One year manufactures warranty
 
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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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