ChatterBox Xbi2-H Plus Bluetooth Intercom
A Son-of-a-Gun to Install - Not Compatible with Newer HJC Helmets
The unit works - unless it's installed in my Sy-Max III HJC helmet. Can't just the sound quality, as the speakers are dangling while testing (without the helmet).
Supposedly totally compatible and specifically designed for HJC helmets - but methinks that's BS.
I temporarily installed the unit in my IS-MAX BT that the Sy-MAX is replacing. It worked like a charm.
So it appears it's an incompatibility issue with the new Sy-MAX helmet.
Correct installation would require too much modification that I'm not willing to risk.
This one's going back.
Save your $200.00 and research alternatives.
April 18, 2015
Overpriced, over hyped.
I made the mistake of buying two these units without reading any reviews or testing them before hand. I even purchased the corresponding HJC IS-Max BT helmets to go along with them.
At least one speaker will work about 90% of the times.
You can buy this in pieces and get it for significantly less than full retail (I discovered this when the communicator flew off my helmet)
Battery life isn't too shabby.
Microphone is excellent. When speaking to people on the phone, they can hear me loud and clear; some of them have no idea I'm on a motorcycle whereas I can barely hear them.
Volume - Low volume, equalizer app on phone does nothing to remedy this. I've paired these to an Iphone 6, Nexus 5, and Galaxy S5; same low volume results each time.
HJC only offers these on modular helmets as far as I've found and the modular helmets have so much noise that these units are almost useless.
Instruction manual - Worthless, there's 5 buttons but only four perform any sort of function as far as I can see. The manual's pairing instructions are incorrect. I don't remember how I paired them, but it involved holding two buttons down for a few seconds to get the blinking light. Most of the functions are controlled by the front lower button by holding it for certain time intervals to get what you need. I found that holding it for 3 seconds and speaking to google voice command works much better than trying to figure out how to actually use it the proper way.
While playing music, you can move to the next song, start from the beginning of the current song, but can't go back to a previous song without going forward through your entire playlist and finding it again.
Stick your GPS in a mount or in the clear plastic portion of a tank bag because you're not going to hear voice guidance unless you're driving slow with no wind conditions.
The fuzzy part of the microphone rubs against my mouth while riding. It's annoying and I often find myself shoving my fingers under the chin bar to move it out of the way.
Speakers will cut out randomly. I used to be slap the side of my helmet and I'm sure people around me thought I was crazy or warning other bikers of a speed trap. For those out there who have this same issue, I've found the solution. So during high winds or speeds over 90mph, the communicator will pull slightly away from it's base and the electrical contacts will separate ever so slightly. By simply pressing the communicator tightly against the helmet, the sound will come back to both speakers. It's super simple, but still a nuisance.
One of my communicators flew off on the freeway. Luckily they sell replacements online for really cheap.
I have never been able to pair the two headsets together, so if you see two idiots on Utah freeways using handsigns to talk to each other and both the idiots have BT helmets, then honk your horn and wave because one of those idiots is probably me.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone. I'm not sure I'd take one of these if I got it for free.
For those of you looking for a bluetooth communicator, this is not the answer. Sena is half the price and worlds better.
April 13, 2015
Works, but volume too weak to be of any use.
I was very excited about the bluetooth products for these helmets, but now wish that I had a done more research. The unit fits fine, pairs with my iphone fine, but is almost worthless because of the weak volume. I bought a pair of these so that I could intercom with my daughter. I can barely hear here when we are sitting still (with the volume turned to max). Add any wind or exhaust noise, and forget it.
If someone call me on the phone while driving, I never hear the ring or announcement. This is all while driving a noisy ZX10, or a quiet K1200LT.
March 3, 2014
Volume okay at low speeds, fragile locking clips
The installation was easy even though the photos in the instructions are quite small and not all that clear. Pairing the two units together and to my iPhone was also easy. The units have a clarity of perhaps 3 or 4 on a scale of 5, but this diminishes rapidly at speeds above 40mph behind a full-fairing BMW using HTC modular helmets. DO NOT PUSH the units into the recess in the helmet without manually holding the spring-loaded locking clips open. If you snap the Chatterbox into the recess without doing this the clips and their coil springs may fly apart. I'd recommend the Chatterbox as a low-cost low-speed intercom, and I'm glad to have it, limitations notwithstanding.
September 16, 2013
great form factor but some issues
like the way it is designed to fit in helmet, but it is not vey strudy and after a slight drop of the helmet the tab that is spring loaed pooped off and then the unit fell off into my lap while riding and i was lucky not to lose it.......also the battery life is not that good, i was using it to listen to music via bluetooth and it would only run for a few hours........last con is the quality of sound is not very good, no base, and volume cant be turned up high enough to hear well when traveling at fwy speeds.
August 19, 2013
Not worth the money
Used two days on a trip to Alaska and it broke. Don't spend your money on this cheap quality.
August 14, 2013
Not the best . . . but it clicks right in :)
Installation was a snap (literally) fit like it should. Audio quality is not as nice as other Bluetooth speakers I have used. but overall it works as described. No bass . . . but what do you expect :) as for having to file pieces or being cheaply made . . .not seeing it. But I will say . . if you treat it bad . . it will treat you bad back.
June 21, 2013
Does not fit
It does not work without cutting and custom fitting. I had to file some of the plastic off so the unit would fit and making a contact.
June 3, 2013