Cardo Scala Rider Q3
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
Easy to install and great features.
It was dead simple to install. Fairly straightforward to use once I read the manual. Good sound, but it could use more volume.
September 23, 2013
Purchased the Q3 to listen to music, GPS directions and for an occasional phone call. I've only had the device for two weeks so I can't comment as to long term durability but I'm completely satisfied with the sound, ease of use and functionality for my intended purpose. Install was easy on my new Shoei Quest helmet and the sound is better than I expected. When on the phone @ 40mph the other party was surprised that I was on my motorcycle. I'm primarily a solo rider so I have yet to try the intercom functions. For me its a great enhancement to the ride.
September 16, 2013
Great to have music when hitting the turns!
I've been using it for a few months and Revzilla's review touches on a few of the features, but this unit has a lot of personalization, which can only really be stated. I'm new to using a unit, but it is a great feeling when traveling. The best is when a call comes in and I'm cruising. Most people say its not a problem, I'm using the Velcro mic, not the boom.
Read the instructions, throw your phone in a bag and you will be set. Just don't change the language like I did, so I'm getting a Spanish lesson, no big deal. They have apps for Mac & PC to use for upgrades.
This is one of the best parts of riding and worth the money!
Techs at the shop say they have a great support.
August 26, 2013
Q3 Multiple Features with Ease of Use
I have a G4 and have used it for about two years now. While I like it, the Bluetooth intercom was hit or miss for me. This wasn't a big deal as I rarely used it for that. Along came the Q3 and offered something I've always wanted: the option to use my own earbuds. Back in the days before Bluetooth, I had an audiologist make a pair of custom earbuds for me.
My earbuds work great with the Q3 and it's simple to disconnect the helmet speakers (which I use for shorter trips as they're more simple to deal with) and plug the ear buds in. Bravo!!
Another feature I love is the "Hot Dial" function. (I think that's what it's called.) When setting up the Q3 you can choose one phone number as your hot number. Then, any time you want to call that number, you simply push the "Phone" button three times and it calls that number. Brilliant!
I also like that I can skip forward or repeat songs via the same button. One push to skip to the next song, two pushes to go back a song.
According to people I've spoken with, sound clarity is very good. They can tell the difference between the care and the bike, but I am very clear and easily understood. People who don't know the difference, are shocked when I tell them I'm talking to them while riding a motorcycle!
The provided helmet speakers are no better and no worse than any other helmet speakers I've used. They are loud enough, which is nice.
Any bad? Possibly, but it's too soon to tell. The first time I used the Q3 was for a very long day of riding, about 9 hours. I had music playing the whole time and had 2 or 3 short phone calls. I could do 3 or 4 days like this with my G4 before the battery started crying for a re-charge. The Q3 did not last the day. At about hour 7 I started getting skips in the music. At hour 8, the Q3 went dead.
I'm hopeful this was just due to it being brand new and maybe not fully charged. We'll see and I'll report back.
July 8, 2013
Q3 - Compromise 101
When purchasing products I tend to live by a motto: "Spend more now to get what you really want or twice as much later". Originally I looked at the top of the line G9 unit for a bike trip I'm taking this summer but found way more features than I'd ever use. With the Q3 I get all of what I want and nothing that I don't and unless you tend to travel is larger groups, the Q3 will more than likely satisfy your needs.
Now, for some features:
1) FM Radio reception is not the longest range but when it is in range the audio is clear. Seeking feature is easy to use and grabs stations quite well.
2) Bluetooth phone connectivity is easy. I have an iPhone 5 and it connected easily. Phone calls on the bike are crisp and clear with the auto-switching between inputs very intuitive.
3) Overall sound quality is quite nice. The noise cancellation often has people fooled that I'm even on my bike. They're quite surprised to hear that I'm riding at 70mph down the freeway. Helmet speakers are also quite nice with a pretty decent sound quality. Zero complaints.
4) Finally, waterproofness. Yes, it is 100% water proof. Rode for 2 hours in frog strangler that went through my rain gear but the Q3 kept right on ticking.
This is everything Scala says it is. If you need to keep in contact with the world when riding I can give my unreserved recommendation for the Q3.
July 1, 2013
I was looking to get some music in my helmet when I started looking at bluetooth options. I went with the Scala because I had other friends who were using them and wanted to make sure I was compatible on the rare occasions that we ride.
Turns out, that was a great idea because I love the Q3. Everything was really easy to set up and the controls are a breeze to use. The only issue I ran into was - because I have an odd helmet (AGV Blade) I had to use one of their glue plates to mount the unit. I'd have rather used the clamp, but it was incapable of opening up wide enough to accommodate the helmet.
Nevertheless, the speakers sound great and the voice controls are as good as I would expect my iPhone to provide under normal circumstances. There was not a lot of room for the speakers in my helmet and they are almost imperceptible.
When we finally did do a ride as a group, it took us a minute to get my Q3 paired with their G4's but once we did, everything worked great.
June 3, 2013