Nolan N-Com E-Box Intercom BT3 Kit
Nice and easy to use
Should have bought this sooner ... The only way to travel. Too easy to use
July 21, 2014
Good product but pricey and not trivial to install
I bought the BT3 kit because I have a Nolan Trilogy N-43 helmet that is designed to accept the BT3 e-box. The BT3 is pricey and costs more than other complete stand-alone bluetooth headsets, but I wanted an integrated system with everything contained inside the helmet. The physical installation is easy because the e-box just snaps in place and, with the basic com kit already installed, it is plug and play. However, the unit required a firmware update that first required following a complicated procedure for installing device drivers on your PC. Pairing it with my smartphone was easy, and the N-Com android app that you can use to control the e-box is cool. However, some functions, like setting the radio presets, are not intuitively obvious and you have to read the user guide carefully. The e-box has a stereo input jack for connecting sound devices directly, but I could not get it to work. After a lot of frustration, I sent an e-mail to N-Com's technical support center. I received a phone call shortly from a tech who explained that one has to press and hold the up-volume button for a few seconds to turn on the direct connection. This is nowhere in the manual. So, good technical support, but the manual is not complete. The e-box has a lot of bells and whistles, so expect an extended learning curve to learn how to use them all. Sound quality and the form factor are excellent.
April 29, 2014
Great product, as good as any other
Don't let the bang for the buck fool you, helmet radios are just expensive. I recommend using YouTube videos for the install. Make sure to download the latest instructions instead of what's in the box. You need the Basic Kit 2 as well as the BT3 for the N43e helmet. A change in the BT3 kit is the gasket comes pre-installed so you can ignore the fact that Basic Kit 2 does not have one in the box even though it's mentioned in the instructions. Sound is loud and clear but lacking in bass. Phone calls are clear and it does a great job of filtering out road noise. It's amazing how many control options are available considering it only has 3 buttons. Bluetooth syncing was easy. Synced with an HTC One. All 3 family members have the same helmet so we will be picking up a couple more. When we get the helmets synced to each other we'll post more info.
July 29, 2013
Quirky interface but functions well
My wife and I had been using the Cardo Scalarider Q2 Multiset for years and it worked very well. Turn it on and we were connected right away. My wife wanted a new helmet and the Nolan N43E had the features she wanted so I went ahead and bought a matching helmet and the N-com systems for both. First impressions were not positive as you have to go through way to many steps to establish bike-to-bike connectivity. Turn the unit on, switch it to FM Radio mode, switch it to Bike-to-Bike mode, call the other rider, they have to answer. Pitiful interface. Once the call is established the system performs as expected in the bike-to-bike mode. The integration into the helmet is nice as you don't have an external unit dangling below the helmet line.
For the two-up riders or for basic phone and gps integration, this system is fine. The interface for the bike-to-bike mode needs A LOT of work. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this system for the bike-to-bike scenario.
July 19, 2013
Overall works with R1200RT
I wanted to be able to use my bluetooth capability in my R1200RT and with my Rider 2 GPS. The installation was fairly easy and it took only a couple of tries to get the device to link to the bike and gps. The speakers are a little loud for me and sound quality is not great but it works. Overall, I am happy with the product and it integrates with my helmet.
April 1, 2013
WOW WHAT A SYSTEM
I have a Nolan N43 Trilogy helmet and installed this item in the helmet. I know the system seems confusing on what you should purchase and what you should not purchase. If you are using it lets say for an Iphone or something similar make sure you get the patch cord also and make sure it is the stereo cord you purchase. The iphone has blue tooth but you can not use all the features to play music and use imaps and so on you need the patch cord. Only the phone part works with the blue tooth. The sound is just awesome and easy to install both systems the headset and blue tooth nothing hard about it and once you play with it you will find it so easy to use. I charged system and then let it run out of battery power and it took a full 12 hours of play time. Amazing and about 3 hours recharge time.
Totally an amazing system that you can upgrade if you want later on.
March 30, 2013
Great Sound and Good Instructions
So, the install on this was the only weird part at first. Then I realized I wasn't interpreting the instructions correctly on how to install the battery. Once I figured that out it was a breeze. Getting the little wire for the mic to plug in was a little hard with my sausage fingers but doable. The easy of use of the Bluetooth is so easy and intuitive that it is easy to pick up after you read the instructions. Read the instructions. The preset radio station option is great when your riding local and commuting. The radio search option works flawless even though it only goes in one direction. If you miss a station you have to go all the way through again. Def. download the software for your computer to upgrade your Bluetooth and to set your radio stations. The update gives you 4 rider intercom connections vs the 2 the product states. I haven't used this yet but the phone calls via Bluetooth are second to none. At 65mph in the rain on my dual sport I could have clear two way conversation with people and they didn't believe I was on a bike.
December 3, 2012