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The Midland® BT NEXT intercom system enables groups of up to four bikers to speak to each other over large distances. The latest device in the BT series has a range of up to 1.6 kilometres, connects Bluetooth-enabled devices such as mobile phones and GPS sat navs, and keeps you informed via FM radio and RDS/AF alternative frequency search.
A new Bluetooth stereo intercom system that supports rider-to-passenger or bike-to-bike communications for up to four people
Long-range power – capable of communication with another rider up to one mile away (in clear terrain)
Standard Bluetooth connections for cell phones, stereo MP3 players and GPS navigation systems
Built-in FM radio with RDS, six storable stations
Stereo Bluetooth 2.0 technology with DSP (Digital Signal Processing)
AGC feature to automatically control the volume in function of background noise
Vox to enable intercom communications and reply to calls
Voice messages providing information on the device status and battery charge
Manual control: one button to enable the cell phone, intercom and wire connection
Built-in foldable aerial
Compatible with all types of helmets and easy to install
Compact, ultra-flat and streamlined
Audio kit with two ultra-flat stereo speakers and two interchangeable microphones with wired or bracket connection
Includes jack and stereo connection cable for wired mode MP3 readers that do not support Bluetooth or portable PMR446 transceivers that support group conversations up to maximum distances of 3.1 miles
USB programming interface for fast downloads of updates from the Web and system configuration
Lithium-ion polymer battery with a maximum talk time of 10 hours
Two type of fixtures for helmet (screw-type clamp and bioadhesive strip)
BT Next Twin includes two complete packages with intercoms, mounts and audio kits
Not bad, needs a little more debugging
I have a love-hate relationship with this thing. On the one hand it does everything I want. I can listen to music, I can activate Siri, I can talk to my buddy (who got the other set in the kit). On the other hand, I think the great price comes at the cost of a little attention to detail or R&D spending. I had one headset die on me. It was replaced without much issue (good job to them for that), and updated to the new 2.0 version, which has some pretty substantial features to boot. But it still crashes occasionally, or freezes up for a few seconds. Just seems like buggy software.
I really like the form factor. It's nice and slim and light and the buttons pretty easy to find with gloves on.
I wish that it had a dedicated "Phone" button so I could activate Siri without first pausing the music, then waiting for the audio channel to close out (about five to ten seconds), then hitting the button that activates Siri, because when music is playing, that button is the skip forward button, so if you don't wait long enough it skips the song instead of activating. Sort of a minor issue, but I know other headsets did it differently.
I love that it can do something no other headset I've looked at can do: I can be on BT talking to my buddy, and have my phone plugged in to the wired jack, and get music playing in the background while I'm talking. This would be useful for a GPS, too, if I didn't use my phone for that already. That feature right there makes it worthwhile for me to put up with all the little issues that might exist.
You can be a safety obsessive if you want, but to me, having music in my headset makes every ride more enjoyable, keeps me from droining out, and keeps me actively riding, and doesn't block out any more sound than you'd lose by wearing regular ear plugs to keep from being deafened by your bike.
June 4, 2013
good quality building, but i cant firmware upgrade.
May 20, 2013
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