Schuberth C3 Pro SRC System
Expensive and directions need more detail but great product
Rather than re-hash any earlier reviews, I'll discuss the issues/highlights from my experiences only.
First, the instructions, especially the video, does not adequately identify that there is a connection to be made of the internal helmet antenna and the blue tooth device antenna, or if there is, it was not very noticeable. The first week or two I could not get any reception in the helmet until I placed a call to RevZilla, and from them to Schuberth. I eventually learned that I didn't hook up the two antenna connections and it immediately fixed the issue.
Also, in snapping in the collar, care must be taken not to damage the helmet or device. It's not delicate, it's just not unbreakable. Once in, the fitment is very good, but perhaps could be better or a little easier. They almost have it right, but not quite. Make sure to order the right collar size for your helmet (there are two and they aren't interchangeable).
Using the device is easy, though the controls with gloves can be difficult and/or distracting while riding. I just set my blue tooth for use with iPhone/iTunes, set volume and ride. I would not at this point feel comfortable accepting a telephone call while riding, despite owning Cardo Scala for several years on a different helmet and using all functions without incident. I think the controls are the reason and wish they were more seamless.
The BT range has not been tested as I have not connected to other intercoms as of yet.
The blue tooth collar device is as expensive as many entire "premium" helmets, a cost that is in addition to the $800 plus price for the Schuberth helmet itself. They should have a built in option and reduce the price to a fair number, especially considering the cost of the helmet. if you want this device, you'll pay dearly for the privilege. To me it is worth it, and as I get more accustomed to its operation, I am sure all functionality will be used .
Sound: Excellent. It's the best I've heard yet. No BT I've ever used sounds better. If you are expecting heavy bass, you'll be disappointed. It's clear but not bassy at all and at any rate, it's not a noise-reduction concert headset and was never intended to be. Still, the sound is pretty accurate and enjoyable to listen to. No static and no skipping that can happen with other devices.
Battery life: good but not great. I think the regular Scala has longer life but is much more clunky to have on the helmet. It's a trade off.
The collar makes it a little more difficult to put on and take off the helmet itself, but on the plus side, the entire unit is more snug and quiet than without it, so that's a plus.
The takeaway from my review is that the device is built for the helmet and fits very well, the controls/programming might still need to be tweaked to make it easier and I'd like to see either a price drop or development of a helmet/BT combo that comes in at less than $1,000 total. As it stands, I spent $860 for the helmet plus $429 for the BT, a big chunk of change.
September 9, 2014
very good, but expensive...
easy install, loud earphones, sensitive mic.
September 8, 2014
Excellent addition to the C3 Pro
The Schuberth SRC system for the C3 Pro is a great addition to an excellent helmet. The acoustics are very good, and the automatic volume adjustment is a useful feature that keeps your hands on the handlebars. The voice answering feature worked flawlessly. Setting up the Bluetooth connection with my iPhone was simple, and allows music, GPS instructions, and cell usage. The system fits nicely into the helmet and is unobtrusive in use. The buttons are a little hard to discern with gloves on however. Overall highly recommend.
September 8, 2014
Good pruduct - averae confort
The product is excellent and has a very good features. Regarding the comfort, i think that there is a room for improvements. Once the connectors are located in the pockets designed for that, you can feel the connectors in your head-neck. Possible solutions: use smaller connectors or include a "block-out" in the interior foam of the helmet.
August 4, 2014
Well, it works... I guess. Half hearted recommendation...
Ok, first of all. It does work. It is exactly as advertised. And it is very functional having your phone connected and being able to chat with other C3Pro wearing buddies while you ride... but, how many other C3Pro wearing buddies do you ride with?
Also, the sound quality of the speakers is so high frequency, so tinny, I can't bare to listen to music with these speakers.
Communications distance with other riders is field of view. Even when field of view is good, there is an odd amount of drop out anyhow.
I have been riding around with two friends who have this same set up (we bought them all at the same time). When it works, it's awesome! But it definitely had us wondering whether someone's battery was gone at times. We'd just lose each other, "Rider A(or B) has disconnected". Then 20 minutes later "Hello, do you hear me?" they are back. Weird.
Phone call's work exceptionally well. The noise management is ridiculously good, and when you are getting an incoming call you only have to make a loud enough vocalization and the call is answered.
It's definitely a trick to hit the right buttons with motorcycle gloves on. And this thing is BULKY! It sticks out a solid two inches more than the standard neck roll. Makes my ears fold over when I put it on.
And, you do need to have the mic RIGHT up against your lips.
Ultimately though, I don't use this any more. It was bulky and uncomfortable enough that I prefer the C3Pro with it's standard neck roll.
I definitely can say it's a useful and relatively well designed piece of kit. And if the speaker quality was better, I'd probably put up with the added bulk just so I could listen to music while riding.
I don't need to take calls on a ride. And I don't know enough riders with C3Pro's to warrant this piece of kit.
August 3, 2014
Poor Value for Money, Unreliable
Had two units replaced before I got a pair that worked. Then a friend of mine rode on tour with me, using the same device, and his failed on the first day of the tour. Initiating conversations can be a pain - need to shout sometimes. Low quality sound. Poor range between bike - maybe 400 yds. Works OK with Garmin. Collar fits neatly into helmet, which is why I bought the things, but buttons are hard to operate with gloved fingers. Battery life seems pretty good - certainly lasts a whole day on the road. Generally, works OK as a single riders system for listening to GPS, phone etc, but a poor solution as an intercom or interbike comm system. Not recommended.
August 2, 2014
Doesn't pair up with all other helmets
Not happy with the SRC not pairing up with other helmets
If you want to use this as a single purpose unit it is great.
July 28, 2014
Good idea but fitting could be better
When you have a brand new Schuberth helmet, you will know external Bluetooth communicator will not do it justice. Thus come the C3 Pro SRC Communicator. Great style and idea but the fitting is a suspect. I bought a size L on the C3 pro and (2XS - L) on the SRC communicator. The fitting on is very difficult and at last after it's done, the face mask doesn't close properly. I wish the fitting is better but overall I would still recommend the SRC.
July 27, 2014