Cardo Scala Rider G9
Great Sound, Easy Setup
I received this for Christmas and installed in a Nolan N103 helmet. The installation was very easy, though I believe that I missed a step. After installation, even with the sound turned up on full volume, I could not really hear very well. After looking at my Nolan helmet again, there's a cardboard piece or hard plastic piece with partial cut outs on it. This was around the foam area of the in liner, by the ear piece. I didn't think to cut this piece out but when I did, all of the sound was able to get through!
If, on a short trip I don't wear ear plugs...or if I just forget to put them in, the sound can sound a little tinny. Not much base and when listening to radio voice, it's somewhat hard to hear properly. However, when I have my ear plugs in, the wind noise is cut out completely and the sound comes through loud and clear with just enough base to sound like a stereo versus a mono transistor radio.
I do find that with ear plugs, I have music on the second to highest volume setting. I only know this, because I take the volume to full and then bring it down one notch. When the wind starts to pick up, the volume increases appropriately.
I've actually only had the opportunity to use the device one time with another rider. That rider has a Scala G4, but the pairing was easy. The sound was so good, that when I first had my helmet on and was talking to my buddy, I didn't think the unit was working. The clarity was so good, that I actually thought I was hearing him naturally. It was quite surreal when I realized the voice was coming from my speakers.
Very happy with this purchase and look forward to being able to chat with friends on some extended rides. Much better than pointing and making hand gestures.
March 3, 2014
This product has good review
Kinda hard and complicated to program, whenyou try to call each other the button are so confusion and some time we have to reprogram to make it work and then later it's not. I guess that it will have to take sometime to get use to it. It's not idiot prove!
February 10, 2014
Need to put it to the road, but great improvement from Quality series
This product is easy to install and use. Links quickly and easily with the Q3. Music, iPhone, and garmin all link up easily, it is a bit bulky but I guess this will make use easier with gloves.
January 6, 2014
Cardo Scala Rider is a good value for a communcation system
The Cardo Scala Rider is a good communication system. I use it several times weekly,. When riding in a group it is a excellent safety feature .Speaking with other riders about the scenery is also entertaining on long rides.
December 29, 2013
Poor sound quality when listening to music
I have the G9 Team set and it works OK. I have it linked to my Garmin and my Iphone is linked to my Garmin, I can send send and recieve calls with ease. Every once in a while outgoing calls are not clear. I have only used this to communicate with my passenger and it makes the ride much more enjoyable. The sound qaulity is very poor when listening to music, the cheap ear buds on my MP3 player are way better, and i can find no way to upgrade these. I would not buy again due to this fact alone.
December 28, 2013
I am very pleased with this product so far. I am very amazed at the customer service that I received. Will definitely do business again. Thanks
December 23, 2013
Great comm unit
My friend and I decided to order the powerset (2pack) and installed these and got them going for when we go cruising. It's a great tool to have to be able to communicate during the ride telling each other warnings and directions, etc.
Pros: Good volume levels (even with earplugs can hear it well and it autoadjusts to noise), easy to physically install, and has pretty good range. Music through your phone or ipod results in ok quality sound (if you think apple's default earbuds are good, you'll be fine. If you're an audiophile, you won't be fine)
Cons: This is NOT a simple installation to get up and running. I consider myself fairly tech savvy and this took about 2 hours in the living room (about 15 minutes to get the pieces in place, 1 hr 45 mins for it to get up and running). The buttons take some getting used to since there are 6 of them, voice command is fairly simple but you have to learn the tones and so forth. To be clear, this is NOT a 1+8 in the way most people think, where 8 people are duplexed, this can auto connect to up to 8 people, but you have to individually activate them. With some tweaking, you can get 4 people duplexed through using the channels but that's another thing to learn
Also, sound quality is ok, it's not great, but it's not terrible. The radio is in my opinion not worth having, just bluetooth pandora or some other internet radio off your phone since the radio quality is terrible. (static all day when it should be clear, accelerating and such causes it to lose connection or get distorted etc)
Overall, it's a great unit that has a bit of a learning curve, but makes riding 10x more fun and relaxing.
December 17, 2013
Perfect for the tour rider.
This product is perfect for the touring rider. The ability to listen to music, make phone calls or just chat with co riders is remarkable. Easy to install and use. It was a little tricky to set up as far as the buddy list goes. But once set up, it is great.
December 16, 2013