Cardo Scala Rider G9
Much improved over my Scala 4, connecting the intercom a breeze. A little hard to memorize all the controls
November 11, 2013
Super easy to install and set up.
This product was recommended from a few other riders and it's been great.
November 11, 2013
Best in the Market
The G9 is one of the best sets in the market , easy to install , sound quality is so nice and pricewise is great
November 6, 2013
Expensive, but effective
The price is really my only complaint. The headset works well, works the first time, and works the next time, time after that, and time after that.
Wind-noise transmission through partner riders' headsets is going to depend on their setup, and I recommend using ear-plugs at the same time as this (if you've got a big head like me you may have to cut down the plugs by about half if the headset speakers press on your ears, in order to keep your ear canals comfortable).
All in all a very worthwhile purchase - I've got three of them now, one for each person in my family as we go riding.
September 23, 2013
Very weak sound!
I purchased this product last year essentially to be able to listen to my iPod music wirelessly. I never tried to use it as and intercom. I wanted to to give it a fair trial and for me to get used to it before writing. So here is my verdict:
1. Despite the videos and instructions, you still may need a degree to fluently be able to operate it!. It is complicated!
2. Radio stations can be set online on the cardo community site. I set them up and it works for couple of rides and then again go out of sync
3. The unit is not amplified and the sound at its maximum level is not high enough to listen/enjoy it fully
4. The unit mounts on the helmet very well and solid
In conclusion, if I had to pay that amount of $ for this unit, it is quite likely I won't purchase it
September 1, 2013
Unit fell off while riding!
I was very upset this expensive unit just fell off while riding. I do disconnect the head unit from the helmet once a week for charging. so the locking plastic did start to loosen up but I would have never thought the unit would drop off during riding. Cardo customer service were very unsympathetic and they make you purchase a full retail package instead of selling you just the unit or a refurbished unit..
August 27, 2013
Flexible & Complete Headset
I have been using this headset for 3 months now, and it's a very flexible and complete headset.
Durability: The headset clips easily to any helmet, and the buttons are large enough to use with any gloves. It's also been rained on a couple of times without any issues, so it seems to be water-resistant.
Bluetooth: Every time I ride, the headset automatically pairs with my iPhone using Bluetooth, which is very convenient.
Sound: Although music through the 2 speakers doesn't sound great, calls are very clear. The volume even adjusts automatically depending on your motorcycle's engine noise, which is fantastic.
Voice commands: Most of the main functions (including picking up the phone) can be done using voice commands, which is much safer than trying to press different buttons on the headset it self. Although, I need to learn all the voice commands, as I've accidentally turned on the music while cursing other drivers under my breath.
Microphone: Since I have a full-face helmet, the microphone hides behind to the chin part of the helmet, which protects the person on the other line from most of the wind noise.
Headset pairing: I bought this headset because my friend already had one, and I must say it works fantastic with 2 people. It seems to be pretty clear for at least a quarter mile separation (also depends on how open the road you are on). But for the most part, we're not more than a tenth of a mile apart, so no issues at all. We have had issues pairing with 3 people. We followed the instructions carefully, and successfully pair, but for some reason, at random times, it disconnects one of the people. So if you're planning on just doing 1-to-1 pairing, you'll probably have no issues... however, as you add more, it seems to become more unreliable.
August 19, 2013
When I first bought this unit, I was overwhelmed with all its features coming from an *old* Q2 setup. There's a lot to absorb here, and a lot of settings to work through.
In short, RTFM. Then put it down, come back 24 hours, then read it again. Six little buttons shouldn't take a lot of reading, but it does as you can do a lot to customize the unit.
The UI on the software is fairly easy once you get used to it. I absolutely had to go in and change things on my G9 after my first ride. For me, the defaults make activating voice commands next to impossible, and the auto-volume did not work at all. But there's ample flexibility in the interface to tailor the G9 to your preferences.
My financee and I used a set of G9's over 1800mi on a weeklong trip last month. Flipping the antenna's up does make a difference, especially in terrain. With the antenna's down the range and sound quality was comparable to our old Q2 set.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
August 10, 2013