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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 4.5 5 13 13
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
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
Great ! 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. Get one! August 26, 2013
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
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
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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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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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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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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