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Cardo Scala Rider Q3


  • Bike-to-Bike Intercom between four bikers (toggling) within a range of up to 1,100 yards in Full Duplex
  • Rider-to-Passenger intercom in Full Duplex
  • Music Sharing: Rider & passenger can enjoy listening to the same stereo music (via A2DP)
  • Detachable Speakers: Users can plug in their own speakers (3.5mm jack)
  • Large, intuitive control buttons
  • Click-to-Link® spontaneous intercom with no need for pairing
  • Interchangeable boom and corded microphones included to fit virtually all helmets
  • Unique online platform allows you to customize settings and receive software updates via your computer
  • Hot-Dial number can be programmed for use in any country or region
  • AGC technology: Self-adjusting speaker volume according to speed and ambient noise
  • VOX activation: Make and answer phone and intercom calls without taking your hands off the handlebars
  • Built-in FM radio with RDS, 6 programmable station presets and smart auto scan
  • Spoken Status Announcements so you always know to which devices your scala rider is connected
  • Up to 8 hours talk-time / 1 week standby (recharging from wall outlet or USB connection)
  • Noise cancelling microphone
  • Certified Waterproof and Dustproof (IP67 standard)

Multiple Connectivity options:

  • Dual HS profile for connection to two Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones simultaneously
  • Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) enabled MP3 player / iPod or smartphone to stream wireless music
  • Non-Bluetooth audio player (via MP3 cord)
  • Bluetooth-enabled GPS unit for in-helmet navigation instructions (GPS must support HS profile)
  • Other scala rider models for intercom conversation
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Cardo Scala Rider Q3 4.6 5 19 19
Great Product I purchased this item at a local retail store (The only gear I've purchased outside of Revzilla) I have owned for about 1 year and I still love it. I currently use it with the Shark Evoline 3 ST Moovit Lumi Helmet. I mostly use this for Music only which is a good think because its difficult to hear voices over 40mph as the volume is not as loud as when playing music. Durabiliy: It appears like a solid build device Ive road in rain with no problem Battery: After a year of use I get about 4 hours of music. December 13, 2014
rideonrider I've had this product for a while now and it works perfectly. November 11, 2014
Worth the money N.B: The phone used with my Q3 is a Nokia Lumia 930. Considering I'm an Australian customer, I could have bought one for a cheaper price locally and not have to muck around with adaptors/higher postage costs/waiting longer but chose RevZilla because they offer service that puts most Australian retail sites to shame. My Q3 came undamaged, well packaged, with information on how to rectify problems if any and with a couple of stickers for a nice touch. Bang for the buck is pretty good! It'll do just about everything you'd want in an intercom and although I haven't tested the intercom with other riders, I look forward to having the option there for when the time's right. It was very easy to install! Running the wires through my Arai Vector 2 was simple and the instructions were easy to follow. I had a slight problem with updating out of the box but that was due to my anti-virus software and won't be a problem for most others. So far, it's fared well in the durability stakes. I've had it for around 4 weeks and apart from a couple of chips in the paint which is normal, it's held up well. Sound clarity is perhaps the worst part I've found. If you have a 930, the volume isn't loud enough for the person on the other end to hear you speak easily. A Samsung Galaxy Note III was linked to the intercom and there wasn't a problem with microphone volume. The standard speakers are clear enough for music for people who aren't picky about sound but for those who are picky, using a pair of higher quality in ear headphones is simple to do, just make sure they don't stick too much out of your ears as it can be painful to take off your helmet as I've found. The poorest sound clarity happened to me when streaming audio navigation prompts from my phone. The instructions could be understood but the quality was poor. A minor issue when everything else is mostly good. Very easy to use! The button combinations/how long to press them are a challenge to remember but once they're remembered, everything's a breeze. November 6, 2014
Replaced my old G4. I've had a Scala Rider G4 for several years and recently replaced it with a Q3. Install on my Shoei GT Air was simple enough. I did spend some time moving the speakers around in the speaker pockets to find the best placement. Small tweaks to speaker placement made a big difference on volume and clarity. It is superior to my old G4 in every way, other than possibly battery life. As long as I remember to charge it before going on a long ride that isn't a problem. In comparison to the G4, the Q3 powers on and off much quicker, pairs quicker, is simpler to operate, and has better audio quality. The volume buttons could be more pronounced, but overall the button layout works well, even with gloves on. So far I haven't used the intercom features. I typically use it for streaming music and directions from one of my favorite pieces of riding gear, my S4 Active. The Q3 performs great paired with my phone. I've made and answered a few phone calls while riding. Voice dial worked well, as did answering using vox, calls were clear on both sides of the conversation. I like that I can turn off vox for intercom features, but it still works for answering calls. August 11, 2014
Great product, long battery life great sound quality It takes some time to install and route the wires where you want them so they are hidden and was difficult to find what buttons to press to operate Siri. It is both at the same time. Other then that I am extremely happy with this product and would by it again in a heartbeat. I have used it for a few weeks now and have not recharged it yet. August 5, 2014
revzilla review One of my favorite pieces of gear, great for some one thats always on the road, or needs navigation promts. At highway speeds the other line rarely knows im on my bike ! Revzilla helps alot with all of there reviews and are spot on. August 4, 2014
gets the job done. The blutooth works well, the large buttons are a plus. The downside is the speakers. They're loud enough, but sound horrible. The only other issue is the charging time. I used for about an hour and decided to top off the battery before going on a long ride, and it took all of 4 hours to do so. Otherwise the unit is good. July 14, 2014
Love the Slim Profile and BIG buttons I have owned Cardo intercom units since 2010. The Q3 I got after using the G4 for a few years because of the slim profile and larger buttons, as well, this unit seems to be much more water resistant than my G4. Once you have owned a Cardo you get used to the combinations of buttons to push to work through your phone calls, music, radio and GPS. I do not have a BT GPS so I use this for my music, audio books and phone. The G4 had better battery life when using my iPhone music for hours on end. I found the Q3's battery life listening to pretty much non-stop music to last almost 8 hours at most. If used as an intercom the battery life I am certain would be much longer. I just got back from a 14,000 KM X Country trip (May - June 2014) and used this everyday. I was hit with down pours, hail, cold weather you name it. It was Spring time in the Mid West. Did great with the rain. Install on my Shoei RF 1200 was easy but then again I am used to these units. Like the ability to update the firmware online, set up your radio stations too. Forgot, this has a radio and you can search for local radio stations in the area you are in. The sound can be adjusted automatically with the ambient noise levels. Nice feature to have. Pausing, next song and going back to repeat a song is really easy too. You can hook up two phones as well. Nice feature for me as I have a work BB and personal iPhone. When speaking on the phone it is clear and the person I am talking to barely is aware I am on my bike. Recommended to everyone as a solo rider or have the need to link with other bikes. I need to read up on how to do this because I tried with another Cardo user with a G9 when in New York and we never did link. Human error I am sure. Read the manual, practice with the buttons before you use it if needed and have fun with stereo sound, stock speakers not that bad even have bass. Volume buttons are to the rear on the back of the unit and are easily accessible when riding. advgrrl.com July 5, 2014
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
John G: Adding 3rd unit for pillion. Had the G4, upgraded to the Q3. The mic alone makes all the difference. I wear a modular helmet and the mic mounting on the inside of the helmet alleviated the boom mic always getting caught up in the flip up chin bar. Dec 16, 2014
Michael F: I purchased this item for my wife so that we can communicate while riding. I have a Schuberth C3 Pro SRC system and I understand the Q3 will sync with it. Dec 8, 2014
Scott D: To make receive phone calls use Siri and listen to music. To use siri hit both buttons at the same time. Oct 30, 2014
Richard W: needed a reliable communication system for a trip with other riders. Hand signals and flashing lights don't cut it. Aug 10, 2014
Richard K: Can use it with multiple helmets, and I own a Nolan N-43. I am concerned that Nolan would change the N-com and would not fit future Nolan, or any other helmets. The N-com might become obsolete. With Scala, I can just remove it and place it in my next helmet. Jul 12, 2014
Leonard P: It works with all of the other riders I ride with. Jun 25, 2014
Michael L: Have had one for a year and they work great. Wife rides so we needed to be able to communicate. Apr 14, 2014
Leslie S: Just wanted a new card from my G4 Apr 1, 2014
Paul S: Offered a good set of features at a reasonable price. Liked the waterproof aspect. Oct 24, 2013
james m: simplicity and ability to use own ear buds Oct 16, 2013
D A: works great Sep 23, 2013
A shopper asked: I have a Shoei RF1200 and I was wondering how the boom mic would work in this helmet. There is barely enough room for a microphone to fit and I'm worried the microphone might have issues if it is too close to the mouth. Would the mic work fine with this or should I go with another option? Jan 3, 2015
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Rex C: You will place the microphone with a provided clip and Velcro pad. The pictured "boom" microphone isn't likely the one you will use. That's probably for a half-helmet of some sort. I have a Shoei 1100. Even though my lips sometimes touch the foam covering of the mic, everyone I talk to says it sounds clear and they can't believe I am going down the Interstate. The speakers are loud enough that you can hear above the wind noise even using ear plugs. Jan 4, 2015
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Jim B: I can't speak to the Shoei helmet you have, but I have the HJC IS-MAX BT full modular helmet and it works flawlessly. My boom mike rests right at my lips. No one has a clue I'm riding down the road at highway speeds plus while I'm talking with them. I love it. I opted for the Scala Rider Q3 over the HJC unit that fits in the pocket built into the helmet because the Q3 had more options and had FM to boot. Good unit and easy to use. Jan 3, 2015
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Jeff S: Hi, I have the rf1100 and I didn't bother using the boom mic. I used the other mic that comes with it. It is a small mic that attaches with Velcro. No worry about it being to close, I was thinking that it was to close but it's not. Sounds great to other people that I talk to too. Even at high speeds. Hope this helps Jan 3, 2015
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Wesley D: It comes with a both a boom mike and a fixed corded mic. For my flip-up helmet, I use the boom mike. For a solid helmet, the fixed mic is fairly small, about the size of an ear bud, so I imagine it would work fine. Jan 4, 2015
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chris K asked: Currently I have a chatter box slim, and the speakers are crap and I can't hear it over my M4 exhaust. Are the speakers good enough to hear over an M4 exhaust system? Mar 7, 2014
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D. Scott B: They likely are. However, I wanted better sound and got a set of Tork X-Pro helmet speakers to use with the Q3. It was a big improvement.

If your M4 is really that loud, you may want to consider a set of ear monitors which are basically ear plugs with ear buds built in. Professionally made ones are pretty expensive $3-400, but there are several on-line video that can show you how to make a custom set yourself.
Mar 10, 2014
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Rogelio M: Wish I could answer this one. I take advantage of the 3.5mm jack and I use in-ear headphones. It isolates the wind and road noise and I get great sounding tunes while saving my eardrums. Mar 10, 2014
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Peter M: I use custom fitted in ear speakers. Best thing I ever bought. Ear inc did my ear speakers. Check out there site. Plus you lose wind noise. Good luck Mar 10, 2014
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chris K: Hey what Website are for the custom fit ear phones Mar 11, 2014
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Nick S asked: what is the difference in the two mics that come with the kit? Sep 22, 2014
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Rogelio M: One is mounted via Velcro to a full face helmet, it's completely out of the way. The other is a boom and usable for 3/4 or clamshell/convertible helmets. I use the Velcro mounted and I've been able to retrieve calls and have intelligible conversation. I was also using custom fitted ear buds. I have not used the stereo speakers included with the kit. Sep 25, 2014
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Leonard P: one can be positioned and repositioned according to need or if you don't have a chin guard. The other is installed in a fixed position inside the helmut on the chin guard right in front of your mouth. Both work well as I have a full face helmut and open face helmut. Sep 22, 2014
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Delfin C: Hi,

I use de large one. Have a modular helmet.
Oct 1, 2014
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Guilherme R asked: I use today my iPhone with standard earbud to listen to Music and GPS directions while riding, I wish to get a intercom system to be able to chat with my girlfriend while riding and share GPS/Music during our trips.

1- Can I listen to Waze directions and Music from Iphone simultaneously?
2- Can the passenger listen to them as well?
3- Can we chat while listening to GPS/Music?
4- Can I use Siri or Voice Control to dial a phone number or change music while riding the bike?

Thank you
Jun 22, 2014
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Patrick B: 1 yes
2 yes
3 yes
4 yes

I have tried a few different intercoms before the Q3. The Q3 is the best in function, performance and ease of use that I have tried so far. Get it, you won't be disappointed.
Jun 22, 2014
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Patrick B: 1 yes
2 yes
3 yes
4 yes

I have tried a few different intercoms before the Q3. The Q3 is the best in function, performance and ease of use that I have tried so far. Get it, you won't be disappointed.
Jun 22, 2014
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Bryce L: 1. yes (i do this all the time)
2. you should be able to share music (i have never tested this)
3. Voice Chat will stop music
4. Yes i do this all the time.
Jun 23, 2014
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A shopper asked: Hi, I have a custom made single in ear speaker/earplug. Only one side as I use a regular earplug in the other ear. Will I be able to use this mono ear will the Scala Q3 or will I need to use the provide speakers or look at some custom made stereo earpeices? Oct 8, 2013
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levi h: The speakers that came with the unit where more than enough for me. The speakers with the q3 are in stereo. I bought a set of high dollar helmet speakers thinking that the speakers with the q3 wasn't going to be enough but the are. I love the q3.l would wait to after you get the q3 then decide if you need a better earpiece. Good luck and stay safe. Oct 8, 2013
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Charles M: I use the Q3 and have my own set of earphones as well. As long as you are using the standard 1/8 jack for the connection, you should have no problems. Oct 8, 2013
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Ehab H: you can use whatever speaker you want Oct 16, 2013
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A shopper asked: I want to purchase the Q3 to talk with my rider. My friends have the Q3 and some time I want to talk to them and sometimes I want my conversation to be private. Is this possible? May 27, 2014
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Rex C: The following is from the Users Guide. Cardo also has a web site that might answer your question. It looks like you can only talk to one other unit at a time, anyway. I have not used the intercom feature.

"The scala?rider?Q3 allows Bike-to-Bike full duplex intercom
communication at a range of up to 1 km / 3,200 ft (subject to
terrain) within line of sight. The Q3 is capable of toggling with
three other riders using Intercom Channels A, B and C.
To chat with another scala?rider via Intercom, pair your scala?rider?Q3
to the second device. Pairing is a one-time process. Once paired,
the two units will automatically recognize each other wheneve
in range.
Your scala?rider?Q3 is compatible with most scala?rider models
for intercom calls. In addition, it is also compatible with the
Schuberth SRC-System™. Intercom range with other models is
limited to the distance of the device with the shorter range."
May 27, 2014
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tom d: Sorry I don"t know . I've only used the Q3 for listening to Pandora on my phone and my GPS . It works great for this. May 27, 2014
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A S asked: Hi there,

'm thinking about getting the Garmin Zumo 590LM, do you know if the CARDO SCAL?A RIDE?R Q3 will pair with this GPS unit?

Many thanks!
May 22, 2014
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Patrick B: I know it will pair with the q3. Not sure about the others May 22, 2014
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Michael L: It should. I have it paired with my garmin GPS . May 22, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is RevZilla an authorized reseller for Cardo? My question about this is important for the sake of warranty. Cardo specifically states that they only warranty products sold through an authorized dealer. Oct 7, 2013
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Patrick RStaff: Yes, we(RevZilla) are an Authorized Scala Cardo dealer. Oct 8, 2013
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Derek J: I think so, since there is no problem to register the product with Cardo. Oct 9, 2013
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A shopper asked: how will the boom mike attach to a half helmet or a shorty helmet? Thank you in advance. Mar 11, 2013
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RevZilla: Currently, there is a Cardo Scala Rider Half Helmet Audio Kit that works with the Cardo Scala Rider Q2 Pro. When the Cardo Scala Rider Q3 is released, there will be a different Half Helmet Audio Kit for that system. Mar 13, 2013
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A S: Hi there,

I'm thinking about getting the Garmin Zumo 590LM, do you know if the CARDO SCAL?A RIDE?R Q3 will pair with this GPS unit?

Many thanks!
May 22, 2014
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Edward Q asked: I have the QZ and want to upgrade. Do I need to replace the speakers, etc? Or can I just snap this in? Jan 10, 2015
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Christopher P: If your speakers have a 3.5 mm input jack then you can use them. Jan 10, 2015
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A shopper asked: can I talk to a Cardo Q2 from a Cardo Q3 ? Sep 8, 2014
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Bryce L: Yes, you can Sep 8, 2014
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A shopper asked: Would the Q3 be able to intercom with a single Teamset Pro unit? My bike and my helmet with the other half of the Teamset got stolen and I would like to upgrade to this for my second unit. Jul 1, 2014
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David C: I have a Q3 and it pairs with the G9. I believe that the Q3 will pair with most current Scala Rider units and the website indicates that it is compatible with the G9, G4, Q1, and Q2 PRO. I think that this includes the TeamSet. Good luck! Jul 2, 2014
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A shopper asked: Hi everyone, just installed my Q3 and cant get the VOX to work. It is turned on in the General Settings and I have the Sensitivity set to HIGH. I can yell as loud as I can when my mobile is ringing and the Q3 does not answer the call. The microphone is working, if I answer the call using the MM button the other person can hear me perfectly. What am I doing wrong? Jan 1, 2014
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Charles M: I would try to set the sensitivity to medium or low to see if that would help.

Could be picking up ambient noise.
Jan 2, 2014
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A shopper asked: Looking to purchase the Scala Q3 or Q9, the question to using with a GPS , answering and making calls on the move.
Both work with Phone GPS? are there distance?
Both Vox software for Scala Q3/Q9 are their differences? Do both answer and make calls?
Nov 10, 2013
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Alan J: The G9 Powerset works great with iPhone GPS apps and is also great for taking and making phone calls. Nov 17, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is the Cardo Scala Rider Q3 compatible with the Schuberth SRC-System? May 1, 2013
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RevZilla: The SRC system is made by Cardo, and thus the inter-comm would work between a SRC system and a Q3. The same is also true for the Cardo G9, and other previous Cardo communication systems. Additionally, the SRC system will not work with Sena products, since Sena only works with Sena just like how Cardo is specific to Cardo. May 8, 2013
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A shopper asked: Will the this unit be able to mount to the shark evoline 3 st? Apr 24, 2013
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RevZilla: The Cardo Scala Rider Q3 will work without complication on an Evoline 3 Helmet. May 1, 2013
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kurt w asked: Will a Cardo Q3 communicate with a Cardo Q2? Sep 8, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does this pair with the older model G4 that my friend owns ? Apr 9, 2013
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RevZilla: Currently all the Cardo units can inter-comm with each other. However, if you use a Cardo device with a very long range and another Cardo device with a shorter range, the range will be based on the shorter distance from the older/lesser device. Apr 17, 2013
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