Cardo Scala Rider G9x Powerset
Setup doesn't work!
It's too early for me to know for sure but so far I have NOT been happy with the G9x.
I have the Android app. Even when the G9X says the phone is connected the app will generally not show a connection and will not allow any changes to be made to the settings. Once it did connect, for unknown reasons, but since I have been totally unable to connect.
I registered for the Cardo Community. I received the email and supposedly verified my email. Despite this the Community app will not connect to the G9x (even though the computer says it is connected) and it will not allow any changes to be made to the settings. So, as a result, I can't make any changes to the settings. Currently it won't respond to any voice commands because I turned the sensitivity down and now can't access settings to turn it back up.
Basically, I think it would be great if it actually worked the way it is supposed to but it doesn't.
June 3, 2015
This is one of the best communicators on the market. I just wish I didn't have to sell a kidney to get one.
Let’s start with the box. The box is awesome. It has a heavy zipper that goes nearly the entire way around a leather-ette type material. Upon opening the gorgeous package the new owner lifts the lid and is given a view of beauty. Two neatly placed and well cradled G9x Bluetooth communicators. lifting the tray reveals the instructions, mounting hardware, and detachable speakers.
Having never installed a communicator myself before I checked the instruction manual to find the hardware option I wanted to use. I really didn’t want to use any adhesives so I opted for the clamp on style. I slid out the left side neck roll and found a good spot to mount it. The boom mic fell into a great spot and I didn’t need to use the adhesive stay for the mic. The neck roll on the HJC RPHA Max fit so nicely it holds the boom mic in the right spot. Routing the speakers in my particular helmet proved a little tricky but doable.
The function of the headset is excellent. Most of the initial setup is completed online including the radio station presets and an initial friends list. There are a few other options available in the online setup. Overall this was easy and quick.
Plugging the unit onto the helmet all the buttons are easy to find even with gloves, but that’s not the best part here. Speak loud and sharply and the voice activation kicks in. There are a ton of commands that are accessible without even having to touch the device at all. The only thing you really need to touch it for is the volume, to make a phone call, answer a phone call, and power the unit on or off. The volume can be adjusted for each different mode. The voice confirmation mode can be adjusted independently of the music, the radio, and the intercom. On our last group ride we had such a great time at the Ducati Ride Day and the intercom made the ride that much more fun.
I’ve described the carrot, here’s the stick: The speakers are awful. I am so glad the speakers are detachable and replaceable. I decided to plug in some other headphones to see if the poor sound quality was from the unit or just the speakers. Happily it’s just the speakers. If you go with this communicator I would highly recommend ditching the junk speakers that come with it and go with even a $30-$40 pair of headphones. Tear them apart and stuff them in your helmet instead. I’ve been using a pair of higher end waterproof Sennheiser headphone speakers and have been much happier.
All in all this is a great unit in dire need of better stock speakers. I would recommend any of the Scala Riders from the entry level to the this top end set.
June 2, 2015
Works great and very clear sound
Product installed pretty easily on my two Shoei Neotech helmets. Turning on and off and adjusting volume is easy but I had difficulty getting the intercom to work the first time. An email to Cardo support resulted in a missed step on my part. I went back to the included instructions and still feel they could be more helpful. An online video is very much needed for this product to demonstrate the step by step instructions for initial set up. The available cartoon like video on the web site is pretty low rent by 2015 standards for a product of this cost.
May 4, 2015
I am very satisfied and impressed with my purchase of this communication system. I have called multiple while speeding down the interstate at 80 mph and no one has been able to tell that I am on my motorcycle having a great conversation without yelling in the microphone to be heard. The speakers are clear and crisp. This is a great bluetooth system and worth every bit of the money. Thanks Revzilla, your videoo review of this product was the reason I purchased this system.
May 4, 2015
Easy to install. Easier to use.
This is my third Scala Rider. I´ve had the G4, the G9 and now the G9x.
Sound clarity is very good, it is easy to install and pair with phone and other units.
Only negative comment is that unit is almost disposable. After warranty expires you cannot get service.
April 27, 2015
I'm very pleased with this device. My only problem was lining up the speakers with my ears. At first I installed it in the center of the ear cut out of my helmet, but this actually put the speakers towards the back of my ears. Because I had to place the speakers on a section of the helmet that was uneven, I had to add extra Velcro to ensure that the speakers were level and fit up against my ears correctly.
February 3, 2015
Great for group rides, listening to music, and phone calls!
Do yourself a favor and read through the instruction manual BEFORE trying to figure it out on your own. If you do not ready the manual, you will be banging your head against the wall trying to figure it out. I would say it will take about a week of riding with it to learn how to use it. And as always, make sure to purchase from Revzilla!
January 29, 2015
Over all I like this product
The sound is good, but I had to use my wired ear plugs to hear well. The ear plugs made the volume to low, but wired direct the sound and volume was the best. The feature I like the best is that direct plug in for custom ear plugs or ear buds. Speakers are good without ear plugs but I like the ear protection better. Thanks for a great product. Now I do not have to stop to hear what my wife wants to say. That is a good thing since she enjoys riding and is not real talkative.
December 29, 2014