Cardo Scala Rider Q3
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
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
Great product. Could use a little more in the way of details as far as setting it up, but it wasn't that difficult.
First comm system I've ever had. Love it!! Instructions as far as setting it up are a little lacking. Make sure you put it on the LEFT side of your helmet, don't wanna take your right hand off the throttle to use it. Just got it AND a new phone at the same time. Once I got used to using them both (within three rides) it's as easy as pie! Don't make a newb mistake like I did and leave it powered up on your helmet! Tried to call someone on my cel phone and heard nothing until I went into the garage and heard the guy I was calling "in my helmet!"
June 23, 2014
Does not pair with a 2014 Harley Infotainment System
Do not buy if you want to connect this headset to your new 2014 Harley Infotainment System. It will not pair. However, it does have it's own FM Radio and pairs easily with my iPhone. I have to disable the bluetooth system on my Infotainment System in order for it to work properly. The sound quality is poor which is not a surprise with any stock speaker. The ability to add your own speakers is a huge plus and makes a significant difference in sound quality. Wearing gloves and using the function buttons are fairly easy. The volume up and down are a little small, but overall functional. The only reason I'm not recommending this headset is potential Harley Riders wanting aftermarket options for their 2014 Infotainment System.
March 23, 2014
Very easy to install and use
When I replaced my helmet with a new Shoei I decided to also replace the Blueant bluetooth device I had been using for over 8 years. I am glad I did, the Cardo Q3 is a tremendous improvement. It was much easier to install and the computer assisted programmable features are wonderful. I usually ride solo so I do not have a need to communicate with other riders. I use it mainly for GPS directions but also hands free telephone and music. So far all three purposes have been fulfilled just fine.
November 25, 2013