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  • Cardo Scala Rider Q3
  • Cardo Scala Rider Q3
  • Cardo Scala Rider Q3
  • Cardo Scala Rider Q3
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$219.95
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Cardo Scala Rider Q3

The Scala Rider Q3 is a great Bluetooth communicator that features premium audio and can support a full intercom between a rider and a passenger or bike to bike intercoms with up to four riders total. Listen to music on the built-in FM radio or pair up to a Bluetooth enabled smartphone to toggle between music, phone and GPS navigation.  

Features:

  • 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
  • iOS and Android App for individual Scala Rider customization
  • 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

Resources:

4.4 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.4 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Cardo Scala Rider Q3 883498 NSRQ30002/SRQ30002 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours

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4.4 / 5.0
28 Reviews
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Bang For The Buck
4.4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.4 / 5
Sound Clarity
4.0 / 5
Durability
4.4 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
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
Ride:
2009 BMW F650GS ABS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
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
Ride:
2012 Triumph Rocket III
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Just like Anthony said it would be. A solid performer.
Paired easily with my buddies Schuberth C3 & my iPhone 5s. Push 2 buttons at the same time(not too hard with gloves on after you practice) and Siri dials whomever I want from my contacts.
April 21, 2015
Ride:
2007 Harley Davidson Street Glide FLHX/I
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Fantastic!
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
Ride:
2012 Royal Enfield Bullet 500
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
2 / 5
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
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
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
Ride:
2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
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
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
2 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
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
Ride:
2014 Honda CBR500R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
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
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
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
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Why did you choose this?
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good reviews
Richard H on Sep 9, 2016
I researched several headsets. This one best met my needs and seemed easy to install and use. Most important is that it is compatible with my husband's Schuberth helmet.
Paul D on Sep 13, 2015
good reviews
Richard H on Sep 9, 2016
For girlfriend's helmut to pair with SRC/S on my Schuberth
Westley L on Oct 12, 2015
I researched several headsets. This one best met my needs and seemed easy to install and use. Most important is that it is compatible with my husband's Schuberth helmet.
Paul D on Sep 13, 2015
needed a Bluetooth setup for the garmin and this looked like the best product, so far no problems.
rich8425 on Aug 19, 2015
Using my own ear-buds tipped the scales to Cardo.
B I on Jul 14, 2015
Tunes
Randy G on Jul 5, 2015
Based on great reviews and a slimmer profile than Sena SMH-10. Also compatibility with Schuberth communicators
GSDude on Jun 24, 2015
This item Is the best. I upgraded from The Q to Q3 and I don't ride group but passger riders only. It makes the ride so much better!
Collegeboy on Mar 20, 2015
FM radio feature
JAMES K on Mar 11, 2015
Liked the boom mount on inside of helmet and the ability to attach my own ear buds. Hopefully this will be a good purchase.
Michael H on Feb 12, 2015
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.
John G on Dec 16, 2014
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.
Michael F on Dec 8, 2014
To make receive phone calls use Siri and listen to music. To use siri hit both buttons at the same time.
Scott D on Oct 30, 2014
needed a reliable communication system for a trip with other riders. Hand signals and flashing lights don't cut it.
Richard W on Aug 10, 2014
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.
Richard K on Jul 12, 2014
It works with all of the other riders I ride with.
Leonard P on Jun 25, 2014
Have had one for a year and they work great. Wife rides so we needed to be able to communicate.
Michael L on Apr 14, 2014
Just wanted a new card from my G4
Leslie S on Apr 1, 2014
Offered a good set of features at a reasonable price. Liked the waterproof aspect.
Paul S on Oct 24, 2013
simplicity and ability to use own ear buds
james m on Oct 16, 2013
works great
D A on Sep 23, 2013
For girlfriend's helmut to pair with SRC/S on my Schuberth
Westley L on Oct 12, 2015
needed a Bluetooth setup for the garmin and this looked like the best product, so far no problems.
rich8425 on Aug 19, 2015
Will this product pair/sync with different brand intercoms, such as Sena?
A shopper on Apr 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Generally they only sync with others of the same brand. Sena has a firmware update that allows the second phone to connect to other brands. They call it Universal Intercom. The update is not available for the Sena 3S.
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?
A shopper on Jan 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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?
chris K on Mar 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.
what is the difference in the two mics that come with the kit?
Nick S on Sep 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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.

Questions:
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
grbrum on Jun 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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?
A shopper on Oct 8, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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.
I'm looking for a bluetooth system that will allow me to listen to music, get directions through my cell phone, and sinc up to a 2 way radio (motorola MU350) will the Q3 do that?
A shopper on May 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In my experience pairing my Q3 to my iPhone has allowed 2 of the 3 connections. I can stream music from Pandora while simaltaneously listening to turn commands from a destination programmed into the app, Google Earrh. I don't believe the frequency used by 2 way radios ( or FRS ) for that matter, can connect to the device.
Will this item pair/sync with other branded products such as Sena?
David B on Apr 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: good question. Sena says its 205 model will snyc with anything, however my brother has a Sena 205 and we could not get it to link w my scala rider Q3. whose fault, Sena or Scala, I dunno, but comparing the two, I'd buy the Sena if I had it to do over again. More expensive, but clearly worth it.
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?
A shopper on May 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.
Pairing?with?another?scala?rider
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 whenever
in range.
5.1?INTERCOM?COMPATIBILITY
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."
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!
A S on May 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I know it will pair with the q3. Not sure about the others