Cardo Scala Rider Q3
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
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
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