Nolan N-Com B4 Plus Bluetooth Kit for N104/N44 Helmets
Sound Quality is great. Needs work.
I recommend this product although it has some hefty contraindications. It needs a lot of work. When I say work, I mean you will have to work on it. Nolan should have polished this before releasing it. It seems like a beta or prototype rather than a finished product. It's saving grace is sound quality and battery life. These were critical features for my application.
The B4+ has excellent sound quality, even if with loud exhausts.
Easy to install if you watch the installation video on youtube, takes less than 5 minutes.
Battery lasts for hours of blasting music at full volume.
Looks great, very stealthy.
Price - almost $300, and this would be fine if the system was perfect. It;s not.
Controls feel fragile and flimsy, like the thin plastic layer will rub off or crack over time. I hope I'm wrong.
Not Mac compatible (unless you run parallels, vmware, or bootcamp with microsoft windows on your mac then maybe?)
Updating firmware is very complicated, and requires a PC that you have to change settings in your bios before you can even install the drivers needed for your computer to recognize the unit! Yes... it is even more complicated than it sounds...It requires watching an instructional video that is in Italian. Just hit pause and try to follow along with what they show you and it will work.
After 1.5 months of using the unit, it stopped taking a charge. I googled this and it is apparently a known issue possibly caused by the removable chin guard creating a short. I removed the chin guard, held down all three buttons simultaneously while the usb was plugged in, and voila - it turned on and started to charge.
the buttonology is not intuitive. It does not work like "traditional" bluetooth phone/audio devices. I'm still trying to figure it out. Make sure you have your playlist ready, gps destination set (if you need it) and you won't have to struggle while you ride or have to pull over to figure out what buttons to press to get your audio back.
There is software and an android app for the b4+ that is also challenged. You can't set your favorite radio stations on either, but the software makes it look like you can, so yeah thats messed up.
This unit needs some polishing up, better driver installation instructions (English would be nice for US/AUS/NZ/UK riders).
All this said, the B4+ was worth all the effort involved in making it work. Sound quality is perfect, and battery life is great.
June 25, 2014
Works as advertised
Great sound quality and super easy to install. The initial getting the computer to work with it was a little iffy but that was error on my side so no fault of Nolan. It was a breeze to install in the helmet and it gets great sound quality while riding. Phone calls are clear and sound for music is outstanding.
June 23, 2014
This is a great update to the old ncom systems. The installation is a piece of cake, and the controls are easier to use as well.
The main problem with choosing an ncom system over scala though still exists; this system does not auto adjust based on ambient noise. When you have it loud enough to hear at speed and come to a stop, you are going to get blasted until you get your hand off the clutch to turn it down. And of course when you get back up to speed you have to manually turn it back up.
Scala systems all do this for you automatically. Nolan really needs to step up their design. I wouldn't have bought this at all because of this missing feature except I wanted the new N104 for its low profile with the faceshield up over my Schuberth C3 with integrated Scala system. Once you ride with this feature you will be cursing any system that doesn't have it.
June 14, 2014
Too exspensive to be just okay
I bought and installed this in my Nolan, n104 modular. Easy install and Bluetooth phone connection. The sound quality is the best I have experienced at sub-50mph speeds, but definitely falls short after that. And I drive a BMW K1200LT, quiet exhaust with a big wind screen, so I can imagine the distortion with other set-ups. Big drawback for me is no way to make it compatible with my BMW/J&M CB, even with a corded hook-up. I spoke to Nolan and they confirmed this, but is compatible with the Midland 75-822 walkie talkie. For what the B-4 cost I feel it should deliver better sound quality with music and even phone calls. So I can not recommend for this reason.
June 9, 2014
Wish that these systems would allow you to by-pass the ear loudspeakers and allow you to plug in a set of noise cancelling ear buds. The helmet and system is the best it can do considering the noise from the bike and wind. It usually means that you have to turn the volume up to hear anything. Phone connection was easy with my Note 3. Still can't figure out how to stream Pandora.....
June 3, 2014
This product has great features
So easy to install and operate, it took me 15 minutes, and I was being extra careful with the helmet trim. Phone calls are easy, listening to my iPhone music- easy,FM radio, easy to program, easy to change stations. The way it fits in the helmet, is great, no bulky blob sticking off the side of the helmet, and the controls are easy to use, even with gloves on.
May 23, 2014
IMPORTANT! MUST UPGRADE FIRMWARE!
Okay, there seems to be mix feedback on this unit. Some are good but others are bad. I will say initially i can see why people think this unit is overpriced gargbage. But, you must upgrade the firmware on the unit. If you are trying to sinc with a device via bluetooth newer then 2013, its not going to work. Thats why you need to upgrade the firmware. The new feb. 2014 firm ware has code updates for all devices released to that point. Now far as the upgrading process: its not to bad. fairly simple, but your really got to pay attention to the instructions. Installing it is super easy. Now once you install and upgrade the firmware. This unit is worth every penny. The sound is superb and the range is crazy, almost a mile a way and you can still hear your buddies crisp and clear. The only complaint i have is the volume, which varies between applications. I.e. pandora tends to be more then loud enough, but mp3's on my phone hard to hear. But multiple factors come into play with that. I have honda shadow with aftermarket pipes (no baffles) convertoble helmet. So my experience may be different then yours. Buy from here if you want it quick. There shipping is crazy fast. i bought it at 8pm and it was at my door 11am next morning. FREE SHIPPING! COUDN'T BELIVE IT! Would definitly buy from these guys again.
May 19, 2014
easy install, great fit, easy to use.
Shipped quick from Revzilla, easy to install and use with my I Phone 5C. Local ride sounded good, will find out about battery use soon and FM radio works great really liking this so far.
May 2, 2014