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$139.95
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Cardo Qz Bluetooth Headset

Designed for the rider who wants the ability to make and receive phone calls, listen to their music, or get GPS instructions but don’t have a need for bike to bike communication.

The Qz allows you to conduct mobile phone conversations hands-free, so that you can safely and easily make and receive calls while riding. And to make sure you are always on the right track, connect your GPS and receive in-the-ear instructions. Feel like listening to your favorite music while you ride? Just connect the Qz wirelessly (via A2DP) to any smartphone or MP3 player or connect to a non-Bluetooth music player via the AUX (cable available for purchase separately). Using the unique Cardo Community online platform, you can personalize your unit’s settings and access software updates (Minimum Requirement: Windows XP/Mac OS X 10.5) to keep your Qz up to date. When on the road, you can use Cardo’s exclusive SmartSet Android app to easily modify your Qz settings from any Bluetooth-enabled Android device.

Features:

  • Dual Handsfree profile to connect to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones
  • Hot-Dial number (customizable)
  • Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) enabled
  • MP3 player/iPod or smartphone to stream wireless music
  • Android App for individual Scala Rider customization
  • Receive in-the-ear navigation instructions from Bluetooth enabled GPS (must support HS profile)
  • Cardo Community online platform allows you to personalize your unit's settings and access software updates
  • AGC technology: Self-adjusting speaker volume according to speed and ambient noise (pat. pend. individual adjustability)
  • Make and receive mobile calls via VOX
  • Hybrid microphone
  • Replaceable plug-in speakers (3.5mm connection)
  • Up to 10 hours talk time, 1 week standby
  • Waterproof and dustproof

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3.7 / 5
Bang For The Buck
3.8 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.4 / 5
Sound Clarity
3.3 / 5
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Cardo Scala Rider Qz Headset 944371 SRQZ0002 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours

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3.7 / 5.0
16 Reviews
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Bang For The Buck
3.8 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.4 / 5
Sound Clarity
3.3 / 5
Durability
4.5 / 5
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Premium product for an entry level!
The Cardo Scala Rider Qz is an excellent entry level product if you want a Bluetooth helmet with no need for the bike-to-bike communications. I normally ride solo so this was perfect for my needs. The needs they fulfill are:

-To call and to return phone calls
-Music capability both wireless and wired (aux cable is an optional accessory which I purchased from Cardo's website)
-And the ability to access certain applications through my iPhone 5c. (I wanted to record audio using this device and I was able to by using the Recorder Plus app on the App Store from Apple.)

What it did well:

-My voice is very clear when I speak through the mic. It also has this background noise canceling feature where nothing is heard except my voice. Not even wind noise or the bike. It was definitely a plus for me. The settings are customizable so you can connect the headset to your computer, access Cardo's website and fine tune certain settings like mic sensitivity (mine is set to HIGH) and other things. Although it isn't as complicated as their higher end products. The flexibility of the hybrid mic allowed me to fit it into my helmet the way I wanted it to

-The speakers are interchangeable, meaning you can plug in your own ear buds or speakers but the ones that came with it are plenty clear and have a little more bass than my apple earphones.

-Audio coming through speakers will auto adjust volume if the background noise becomes louder such as wind noise and such. I wear ear plugs while I ride so it is definitely a nice feature to have. Although I like to manually adjust the volume as well.

-Bluetooth connectivity is seamless and connects automatically to paired devices when turned on.

-This device is durable. I accidently dropped my headset onto the ground and it only got a few tiny scuffs. Las Vegas can get pretty dusty so it being dust proof was a plus for me too.

-This will fit any helmet I'm sure. It was a challenge for me to put it on my Icon Variant but I did it. My helmet is does not have a space for Bluetooth speakers so positioning is crucial.

-Lastly, the box comes with everything you need to install and use it. Except for the optional aux cable for wired MP3 players.

What it didn't do well:

-Speakers are pretty thick. I positioned it directly over my ears and it felt like I was breaking in a new helmet again. In other words my ears were in pain every time I donned the helmet. Again, positioning is crucial so for me and my Icon Variant, I placed them a little behind my ears so now I don't feel them. I sacrifice a little volume capability for pain relief and comfort. No big deal. But I may invest in different speakers or a different helmet in the future.

-The optional aux cable I purchased for the unit works very well with wired MP3 players. My gripe is that while I was recording audio using my iPhone, it wouldn't let me listen to music simultaneously using the wired MP3 player. But if I wasn't using my iPhone for anything, you could listen to music using the wire and the capability to answer phone calls using this priority system. You can pair to up to two devices and you can decide which is the main priority. And of course the wired mp3 is last priority.

-I tried connecting wirelessly to my PSP Go and it will connect. But the audio that comes through the speakers is terrible and buzzy. Which is why I purchased the optional aux cable.

OVERALL, even with the small issues, it's a great product for the solo rider. I'd definitely recommend it to any lone wolf in need of a little entertainment or phone capability while on the go.
June 30, 2014
Bang For The Buck
2 / 5
Ease Of Install
2 / 5
Sound Clarity
3 / 5
Durability
3 / 5
Some Cardo devices not working with Zumo and MP3's
I thought everyone should know the QZ (and some of the other Cardo products) has a known issue that will not allow it to play MP3's from a Garmin Zumo. Below is the text received from Cardo:

"Thank you for contacting the Cardo Systems Support Center.

We are aware of stereo audio compatibility issues that currently exist between the Zumo and some scala rider products. Our software development team is currently investigating this issue in order to determine if this is something that can be resolved on our end or if an update would need to come from Garmin for their GPS device to resolve the issue. I regret to inform you that I do not have an expected date of resolution at this time but this is definitely something that is currently under investigation. Your patience is appreciated.

Please feel free to contact us if we can assist you with any other questions."

Considering other vendors work with the Zumo, I find it hard to believe it is a bug in the Zumo.

Just thought everyone should know.
June 21, 2014
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
3 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Good for music and phone calls
Like I stated in the title, overall this unit is good for playing music via bluetooth as well as taking phone calls. The speakers are decent but not the best. Most people I talked to on the phone said they couldn't tell I was on my motorcycle when talking to them via this device. The buttons are a little difficult to use with a gloved hand. For the price it is a good buy. Unless you are looking for intercom, then you will want to look for another unit.
January 19, 2015
Ride:
2002 Yamaha FZS1000 FZ1
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
3 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Does what I needed
I was looking for a Bluetooth headset to use with my GPS unit, but I wasn't keen on dropping lots of cash for an intercom system when all I needed was the Bluetooth functionality. Then I saw this--the price point was right, and it had the features I wanted.

It installed on my Arai XD4 neatly and without any difficulty, and it paired up nicely with my TomTom Rider (2013 model). Everything basically "just worked".

I gave it a test during a 300+ mile trip, and things worked out fine. Up to about 70 mph, I can hear the instructions from my GPS clearly; above that, you can tell that it said something, but that's about it. I do wish it came with a smaller microphone for use in a full-face helmet, but that's a minor quibble.

Overall, it does what I needed at a reasonable price point.
May 5, 2014
Ride:
2013 BMW F700GS
Works good
This product was easy to install in my helmet. Seems to work good. Phone calls are easy to answer. I listen to books on my Ipod and Pandora music from my S-4. All are working fine.
April 1, 2014
Ride:
2015 Honda GL1800HPNA Gold Wing Audio/Comfort/Navi/ABS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Cardo QZ Simplicity
I purchased this particular unit for it simplicity. I received exactly what I was looking for. I ride alone the majority of the time and have no need for intercom features. I always listen to music while riding. The pairing with my iPhone 5s was simple and intuitive. Installation on a Schuberth C3 was very straight forward. To be fair I have not placed any calls as of yet. Again, my primary reason for purchase was wireless music. The only reason I did not rate "Durability" as excellent is because of the short time I have owned the QZ. Based upon the design I have no reason to believe this will not be as durable as I need. I am particularly pleased with the size of the unit. I do not find it obtrusive at all. I do not notice any additional wind noise. I am riding a GSA. Best of luck on your search.
June 16, 2014
Ride:
2012 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
3 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Use of my ear buds, BEST OPTION EVER
This is the first system I have installed in a helmet so it took me a bit to install as I wanted to make sure the velcro had the right placement in case I needed to adjust the speakers later. Which I did to aim them more directly to my ear. But the best option is that I can use my own ear buds without buying an additional accessory. No matter how good any speakers are, and these are good for as small as they are, or how good your helmet is, the wind is just too loud to hear well without adding more stress on those tender eardrums even with ear plugs. The ear buds were my best option. I can keep the volume at a medium level and still hear it all without blasting to over come the wind noise. The second feature that pleases me to no end is the intelligent automatic volume adjustment so I don't blast out my ears when I slow down at a stop light or as I exit the freeway. Very happy with this product!
June 30, 2014
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
This is exactly what i have wanted.
Always like dat the Schuberth helmets for this great feature. Was so excited to find out that Cardo makes the bluetooth feature for Schuberth and added to my Shoei helmet, works great
September 1, 2014
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
3 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Great beginner set
Love the ease of use of product. Even at high speeds i can still hear my music and hear conversations on the phone. I just wish i could program more than one phone number into the system.
October 20, 2014
Great product
Would like to have gotten the more flexable mike boom. otherwise the product is great. not a lot of excess wiring which makes it easy to install
April 8, 2014
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Why did you choose this?
RevZilla Store
already have the same unit on a different helmet. Nice
Tom555 on May 6, 2016
Son wanted this for Christmas
Karen E on Nov 15, 2014
already have the same unit on a different helmet. Nice
Tom555 on May 6, 2016
Read review online, was impressed and liked the simplicity and quality of it, plus the price.
Maximus U on Jan 4, 2015
Son wanted this for Christmas
Karen E on Nov 15, 2014
Great reviews and the feature to use my earbuds with out buying anything extra!
Jason W on Jun 9, 2014
Simplicity. Video review. I like that it is waterproof. I gave serious consideration to the Sena SMH10 however, there seem to be a number of issues with the 3.5mm jack. With my Revzilla cash of $20 how can I go wrong?
Robert D on Jun 7, 2014
Recommended by Customer service for phone connect only
Donald D on Apr 26, 2014
Attaching to my Variant Rubba tone helmet Icon.
DeVon R on Apr 4, 2014
Read review online, was impressed and liked the simplicity and quality of it, plus the price.
Maximus U on Jan 4, 2015
Great reviews and the feature to use my earbuds with out buying anything extra!
Jason W on Jun 9, 2014
Does the phone button activate Siri on iPhones?
A shopper on Mar 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: When you tab both big buttons at the same time it pulls up Siri:)
Can this be used on a half helmet?
A shopper on Aug 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I don't see how it could be used with a half helmet unless there is an adapter for the headphones. The earphones have to be placed over your ears. I have seen headphone pockets available. Not sure how good they would work due to wind noise. I have a 3/4 helmet which isolates the wind noise. This unit works well with my helmet.
I saw the question on half helmet mount. I have ear pockets on my half which work fine. Question is how does that mic mount? I see a square thingy. Is it adhesive to stick to side of helmet? My previous Scala had boom mic attached rigid to the mount.
A shopper on Nov 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the mic has a sticky mount to the helmet. Not sure it would work for a half-helmet. Would probably be fine in a 3/4 helmet, though. Mine is installed in a full-face HJC and works great.
will this headset work with a 2015 Harley Davidson Street Glide?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It works on any helmet you can mount it to. The bluetooth works well, the speakers sound pretty good too. The quieter the helmet, the better you will like the results.
Can the microphone be removed? I just want to listen to my tunes. I have yanked on it pretty good, and it is not budging.
A shopper on Dec 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can be removed. I seem to remember you need to open up the unit to do so, and you MUST seal the opening left ( I used silicone) to keep dirt out of the unit
I currently have this attached to my modular helmet and I'm having issues with the boom mic getting in the way when I open & close my helmet. Does this come with a different wired mic? I saw other units have the option to attach the wired mic directly to the inside of the helmet, does this unit have that option?
A shopper on Feb 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Qz only ships with the Boom microphone.

The Qz is compatible with parts for the Q1/Q3 line (but not with any of the parts for the Q2).

Scala sells a specific microphone only kit on their site that will work for you. (Revzilla doesn't appear to carry the Q microphone only set.)
Does it fit in a Schuberth c3 pro using this mic?
A shopper on May 8, 2014