Cardo Scala Rider G9x Powerset
My Sena SMH-10 boom mic went out while at Sturgis. My wife and I were heading to Yellowstone the next day and needed bike-to-bike communications for the trip through Red Lodge and on the Beartooth Hwy to Yellowstone. No one in the area had Sena products. Purchased a Scala Rider G-9X Powerset. Totally disappointed in sound level & quality. Great difficulty communicating. VOX ineffective. FM radios kept coming on randomly on both our systems. We both found the Scala Riders to be such awful products that I am ordering the Sena 20S Dual Pack to replace the Scala Rider G-9X Powerset. Will order a new SMH-10 mount with boom mic and move the older SMH-10s to our half helmets. Don't know what I will do with the Scal Rider G9X Powerset...but it is an extremely inferior product.
August 21, 2015
Recommended, but also frustrated
I am again awaiting the return of my G9X set from Scala. I purchased the set in 08/2013 while at Sturgis. I use it mainly for Bluetooth function to my iPod. That seems to work well. My partner how ever has not used his much. When he does it seems like there has always been issues with a lot of static and cutting out when we try communicating on the bikes. I had returned the complete set a year ago for the same issue. I have also returned two of the boom mounts for speaker issues. I do wish that some explanation of the issue found would come back from Scala when they return or replace the unit that was having a problem. I usually just get a replacement part with no information at all. I have not given up on the set as yet as I had a 2 year warranty. This last return was scheduled just days before the warranty ran out. I am hoping for resolution to the static issue we have experienced the better part of two years. On the plus side I have had a lot of success with the VOX activation when bluetoothed to my iPod. I do get irritated some times when I happen to say something with the microphone too close to my lips then have things like the radio turn on or music turn off so found that after a command it's best to move the mic out of the way. I would most likely not encourage my friends to purchase this unit but I will most likely continue to use it for music at this point but unless communication quality between the two units improves greatly I doubt that I will be chatting much with my guy while riding.
August 17, 2015
DO NOT Purchase
Couldn't be more disappointed and aggravated with a product. Complicated instructions, poor sound quality, and stopped working in just over a year.
These are advertised to have tons of features, but good luck figuring out how to take advantage of them. Barely even a pamphlet for instructions, and most of what's written is in foreign language. Total frustration trying to figure out anything beyond Bluetooth pairing. Which, by-the-way, completely stopped working in just over a year.
As far as sound quality, think cheapest of cheap headphones. For the price I expected hi-fidelity sound, or at the very least medium quality sound. These, unfortunately, have the worse sound quality imaginable. And the right speaker in one headset quit working altogether about a year after purchase.
I like the idea of having communication with other riders, but after this experience I'm afraid it's just a gimmick. Cardo or Scala or whatever the name is was supposedly best of the best when we purchased the G9x (which was supposedly the top dog). Unfortunately, there isn't one positive thing I can say about this product. Calling it junk is a compliment!
August 8, 2015
Have really enjoyed our G9x headsets. I really like being able to listen to music from my Ipod or phone through the headset.The voice command system is wonderful, love this hands free feature. Cardo makes an excellent product, we have the G4 headsets and upgraded to the G9x for the voice command feature and the music options.
July 27, 2015
I've just started to use it, on short trips and every day, and it has achived almost every expectation. The installation was a bit harder on my Arai Full Face Helmet, but once I got it done, the G9x fitted perfect. The only downside was that I had to send one unit back to the manufacturer because it never turned on. But the checked it and are in the process of sending a new one.
I would recomend it!
July 27, 2015
Always turning off
I dont recommend this product.always turn off by it self when im using the intercom with my friends.
July 20, 2015
A great product
Product came neatly packaged. After charging the intercom, my phone wouldn't pair with it until I updated the unit's firmware via the system available from cardosystems.com. After that, the pairing went easily. There were plenty of mounting options provided, with the default mount working best with helmets with very thin rims at the neckline. The other options were clear and black self-sticky mounts. I used the black. The double-sided tape pre-applied stuck very well to my helmet. The mike mounts went in easily-I simply cut the velcro to fit the mounting location. The rubber coating protecting the flexible mike stalk is a little too delicate.
The buttons are a little small for gloved hands, but then again, many things are available by voice command. The radio works well, music streaming too.
I need more time to master what it the system has to offer, but I'm happy with the purchase.
July 7, 2015
Worked right out of the box, more features than we needed.
I bought these for a last minute trip with my father and son. My helmet was Schuberth with neck roll headset. The units were paired right out of the box, but it took me some time to figure out how to get all three hooked up. There is an app that helps, and you can name the units on the internet to make use of all of the features. Volume was a bit of a problem, but that could be speaker placement or user error. Easy to install. Great units but to be fair my only comparison were those that we used from 2003, technology has come a long way.
July 6, 2015