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    Bluetooth Helmet Headsets?

    Hi Folks,

    I've decided it is time to enter the 21st Century and buy a Bluetooth helmet headset so I can (1) listen to music on my iPod, and (2) make and receive phone calls on my Blackberry - I don't think I would ever use bike-to-bike intercom nor do I need an FM radio. I've done a little research and it seems that there are basically three solutions for my Scorpion EXO-700 helmet, the Cardo Scala Rider Solo and intercom-capable Scala Rider Q2; the SMH10, and the BlueAnt Interphone F4.

    It seems price runs about $150 to $250 for these things, but I have found one vendor selling the Scala Q2 for $120 (so that is top of the list for now...)

    Anyone have these or others and want to comment? Comparisons would be especially helpful!

    Thanks folks,

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    I too am on the verge of buying a BT headset for my Shoei, I plan on using the intercom along with the BT for the phone and GPS if I ever get a new one that can link to it. I think I going to go with the Sena. Seems like it has good volume, can BT the music or hard line it and not interfer with the phone BT etc, same as the Cardio. Just like the controls and reviews for the Sena.

    Might want to check out Web Bike world, they have been on the BT headset thing for a while reviewing them as the come out.

    http://www.webbikeworld.com/
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    Ted,

    I use the J&M bluetooth unit. I cannot compare it to the units you mentioned, but I can tell you that it works great. I use it for GPS directions, music, phone calls (rarely), and to talk to my wife through the optional wired intercom.

    I would highly recommend the extra capacity battery and professional installation from a company such as Sierra Electronics.

    Happy Shopping!

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    Blue Ant F4

    Got 2 units which work really well. Paired easily with everything, have a nice "auto volume" function, have a nice range, a charge lasts a long enough (at least a full day), and got a boom mike for wife's open-face and a chin-bar mike for my full face.
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    I have a Scala Q2 dual set. It works good for music, other than that the speakers sound like crud. Receiving a call on my phone, sound is great, I can talk & hear very well. No issues & most people cannot believe I'm on my bike talking. Bike to Bike is awesome. My buddy with the same unit & I had a great conversation all the way to the rally & back. It is clear, full duplex & keeps you alert when music isn't cutting it.

    I'm going to cut the headset wires to use better speakers or inserts as well.

    I guy I met at the rally had a unit I've never heard of. He was super happy with the sound & how it worked with his iPOD. I think it was SENA. It had a big wheel to change volume, etc...

    John.

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    I really like the BlueAnt but it apparently lacks a hard audio input so I have taken a pass on it. In doing more research it seems that the Scala Q2 speakers are quite weak so I am leaning towards the Sena SMH10. The new Scala G4 is out but it is more expensive than the SMH10 and the WebBikeWorld shootout still put it in second place.

    Does anyone know if intercom units from different manufacturers can pair?

    EDIT - thanks for the input John, it certainly seems like you are not alone with the weak speakers comment, matter of fact there are several Youtube videos showing how to mod the Q2 with better speakers. The SMH-10 is the one with the big dial, looks pretty cool - unfortunately it looks like Sena forgot to pay its web hosting bill
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    Ted,

    Here is theSENA site I found:

    http://www.bluevisionwireless.com/?g...FQpvbAodU3wnKA

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    Ted,

    Here is the SENA site I found:

    http://www.bluevisionwireless.com/?g...FQpvbAodU3wnKA

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    Someone somewhere recommended MrHit and they seem to have the lowest price I have found yet, $150 - apparently nice folks to deal with as well.

    The J&M unit looks like a great contender here, though the price is unfortunately on the high side. Plus, the Sena dial looks like a very handy feature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrafikFeat View Post
    I was biting my tongue over this as it seems our biggest complaint as motorcyclists are distracted drivers.
    Do you really need to be that 'connected'?

    Again, one of the main reasons I ride is to escape this stuff.

    I just needed to be the one dissenting vote.
    I hear your voice. That is the reason we live in a society that allows choice. You are free to ride to escape and not have to listen to my Playlist.

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    I bought the Scala Rider Q2 team set about a year ago. I ride with the wife 2 up and we used them a lot over the 12,000 miles we put on in the last year. We turn them on in the morning and recharge at night on trips and they have never let us down even after being on for 12 hours. I liked them so much I bought the new G4 team set about three weeks ago. Those are even better. We can now listen to the iPod bluetooth instead of using the wires. The reception is better and the speakers are louder. I bought my G4 Teamset from Baird Cycle out of Elkhart, Indiana for $310. He has the Q2 Team Set for a little over $200. He has a ebay store under the name of sport bike needs. No matter where you get them you will not regret the purchase.

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    Sena SMH10

    Just used these units on a trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Very user friendly, excellent audio and modest range.

    They seem to be good for about a half mile or so which is good. Bike to bike com is only two parties at a time though, they are a blue tooth connection protocal and not like walkie talkie radios where several can be on the same frequency at once.

    Battery is non replaceable but should it ever not take a charge I am sure a workaround will be available or the technology will have already been superceded by then. Hell of a lot of fun choosing music, talking with other riders and making the occasional phone call. Worked with my Garmin by cable too (Nuvie 760.)

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    +1 on Sena

    Ted - I use my Sena for;

    iPod music and (mostly) podcasts
    Bike to Bike and rider to passenger communication
    Receiving phone calls
    XM radio

    I use the system while wearing foam earplugs - these eliminate the wind noise, but the fidelity and volume on the Sena come through. The Sena is smart, interrupting entertainment to take a call or communication from another rider - and then automatically going back after the call. If the source was an iPod (or MP3 Blackberry source which works very well) it pauses the soundtrack and returns where it left off. I've used it with modular and full face helmets - installation is easy, 5 minutes tops.

    Battery life is a full day - I've run 14 hours with no problem.

    The system isn't fussy, easy to use with gloves, and never had any problems with rain.

    Factory support is top notch - I bought mine thru Adam at Rocketmoto.com - very knowledgable reseller with very good prices. Usual disclaimers.

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