Schuberth C3 Pro SRC System
Too hard to use with gloves, tinny sound.
The installation is very difficult, especially the first time you do it. The placement and size of the buttons make it almost impossible to operate while wearing anything other than lightweight gloves. They make the helmet very hard to get on and off, as the mike interferes with the closure of the helmet. The audio quality is extremely disappointing. I have a set of Sena SMH10 on my other helmets and they are much more user friendly, and the sound is as good or better. The only reason I bought these were they were made to fit the Schuberth helmet and the Sena would not easily mount on the Schuberth. Definitely not worth the price, especially since I bought two of them.
January 6, 2014
pricey, but worth it…
I'd been looking for a BT solution for a while, and had settles on the Scala G9…then, I held off as I needed a new helmet. I was looking at Shoei and Arai, but was thinking I'd get a Simpson as they're based down the road from me (and the Stig wears one!). However, when I went into my local Triumph dealer, I tried the Schuberth C3 Pro just for comparison sake, and knew I had to get it.
That made this purchase for the SRC a lot easier…it's based on the Scala system but integrated, so no external 'wart' on the helmet. The integration is fantastic, the comfort is great, sound quality very good - and loud enough too, they have these pads to make the speakers closer to your ears if you prefer that, and while it's not exactly 'bassy' it's plenty loud doing 85 on the highway (I live near the tollroad where that's the limit here in TX) with no fairings on the Rocket.
I have yet to try the intercom feature but I ride about 50 miles every day and listen to music over BT from my iPhone 5S…no issues with pairing or compatibility. Even works with Siri! I've made and received phone calls with it, listen to the radio and it lasts all week on a single battery charge (at least 5 hours no problem) from my experience.
Yes it's more than the external option, but the cool factor is way up there, and I'm very happy I purchased it.
Oh, I did return the first one as a tiny little clip on the connector cable broke off…you only use it once really when you connect it to the helmet's antenna but both Schuberth and Revzilla were amazing and sent me a replacement before I'd even packaged up the one I had. The clip wasn't a big deal but they said they wanted it to be perfect for me, and their service certainly was!
Overall, extremely happy.
Current ride is a 2012 Rocket III Roadster (not a Touring as may be stated below)
December 9, 2013
I had previously used the G4 from Scala. I really liked its features and performance as well as the customer service I received from Scala. The SRC offers the same features but with far improved FM reception. It was the one piece of the product that I had disliked on the G4. They have VASTLY improved the performance in this regard to what I would term very acceptable. I read as many reviews as I could once I ordered the product and saw guys complaining about two issues. 1. Sound quality - It is important to line the speakers up with your ears. No More Problem. 2. Guys complained that the SCR doesn't seat properly - When you receive your helmet the SCR ships separatley and you have to remove the existing collar from the helmet and insert the SCR collar system. Before you remove the existing collar, take a look at how it is tucked in under the rubber edging on the helmet. As long as you take the time to make sure that the two end points are inserted and then make sure that you tuck the SCR in under the rubber edging you will be fine. It takes a bit of time and elbow grease, but it seats well and you shouldn't have any problem once it's done. I am happy with the SCR and teh helmet and would recommend it to anybody. The price is high , but I feel like I have received good value for my money.
November 25, 2013
Works well with the helmet, but more features/buttons would be nice. In addition, the volume button is hard to reach, and the feature that makes the volume louder at higher speeds is too sensitive for such a quiet helmet
October 28, 2013
Terrific addition to the C3 Pro.
For years, I've used in ear buds connected to my GPS because I didn't want the hassle of a "clunky" looking bluetooth device on the side of my helmet. The C3Pro SRC System definitely solves this problem, with the added benefit of eliminating any air gaps around my neck thus making the helmet even more quiet than it was w/o the SRC. Only one very minor complaint: since I don't use my phone when riding, I wich Schuberth would make an SRC w/o the boom mike!! Or, at least, provide instructions on how to remove it.
August 26, 2013
Best option but desperately needs updated
To preface my review I'll say that I switched from another helmet with a Scala Rider G9 and that's my only experience with a bluetooth helmet system.
I really, really wanted to like this and I sorta do. First, the good things, it contours nicely to the helmet, button position is good, airflow out the back is no worse than the stock neck roll, hook up and connection is easy, volume is plenty loud enough.
Now onto the not so good. While installation is easy uninstallation is even easier, whether you mean to or not. The front edges have posts that install into slots in the helmet but the slightest bump knocks them loose. A slight bump like...closing the helmet. Once the post is out the sealing ring works itself loose quickly so you have to stop and take the helmet off and put it all back together. The microphone is on a flexible extension that is great for adjustment to fit to anyone's mouth. It's also great for yanking the SRC out of the helmet when you close it if you don't bend it down as far as it'll go when closing then work it back inside around the chin piece. The next issue is with the range of the bluetooth connection. With my G9 I could connect to my phone from 15'+ as sometimes my phone would be inside and I'd be in the garage ready to leave. The SRC connects quickly, but even with my phone in my front pocket if I put my hand over the phone it will lose the connection, putting the phone in a bag on the bike is out of the question.
Also software related, the SRC (which is based on the Scala G4 I believe) has considerably worse voice recognition than the G9. The G9 pretty much always got the name or number right when speaking to it, the SRC hasn't been able to make one right yet. I've had to pull over and get the phone out to make the call. Once the call is connected sound is great and people on the other end say audio is excellent on their end so that's why I suspect it's software related. Also the software options are way more limited than the G9.
So, in conclusion, the SRC is a great idea in theory. If you're very careful putting the helmet on and off and adjusting the mic the SRC stays in place most of the time. If you don't have to make many calls and want to listen to music it's nice for that if you can keep the phone close. I think the best thing Schuberth could do is update the hardware to be based on more current technology and work on perfecting attachment. Even with all my complaints the SRC is still better than having that giant G9 unit hanging off the side of the helmet smacking me in the shoulder. I'd recommend it, but reservedly so and only because it's more convenient than other options and certainly not because it's the best performing option.
August 15, 2013
Some good and some not so good - none bad.
First off, I had a devil of a time getting this thing installed. It's much thicker than the collar that has to be removed from the helmet for this to go on.
Once this collar is installed, you will find it protrudes from the bottom of the helmet by a good amount. That means if you rest your helmet on a surface, the weight of the helmet will bear on this collar and its control buttons. To me, this is a concern for its longevity.
Additionally, the collar impedes my ability to turn my head easily. I have decently sized shoulders, though I'm no Arnold Schwarzenegger, and this collar rubs on my shoulders with every sideways glance.
Finally, closing the chin guard on the C3 Pro is much more difficult with this collar in place. I have to press the collar in at its front tips with both thumbs while shoving the chin guard down into place.
On the microphone, I find the boom to be a bit short. I like that it mostly stays in place, but even so, I have to readjust its position every time I open and close the chin guard on the helmet.
The micro USB connector used to charge the helmet has a rubber cap with a stretch-fit band to secure the cap in place. This whole arrangement is meant to be tucked into a gap in the collar's lining. Withdrawing the connector is a problem, however, as the cap's band always drags on the collar's lining. This is another source of worry for me regarding the longevity of this collar.
The volume produced from the speakers is excellent, and I can turn it up enough to bother my ears. However, bass response is nonexistent, and the sound is rather tinny. I spoke to Schuberth about this, and they said they're aware of the issue, but they tell me adding better speakers would negatively impact the battery life of this collar.
Speaking of battery life, I turn this collar off every time I get off the bike, and I only leave it on when I ride. No matter how long or short my ride, the collar always shows red lights when I plug it back in, meaning it's charging. I asked Schuberth about leaving the collar plugged in all the time, and they said it would be fine to do so. Now all I have to do is set up an outlet wherever I plan to leave the helmet for winter.
I have this collar paired with a Samsung Brightside phone and an iPod Touch for music. I haven't experienced any problems with the music controls whatsoever. I can't speak to the phone connection, though; no one ever calls me! :-D
I have tried using the radio, and it seems to work okay, but I'm not the best person to ask about this. Reception in my area is dismal, and it doesn't matter what kind of radio you're using or where you are.
I also have not tried helmet-to-helmet communication yet, but I plan to put that to the test in the next month or so.
Between the helmet and the collar, I've got about $1100 swinging around my neck. I'm hoping the music keeps me awake and the helmet keeps my head intact. If all that works as it should, it' be worth it to stay alive and enjoying some tunes, wouldn't you say?
July 30, 2013
Great form and function
The Schuberth SRC delivers on every option it promises and while it's almost cost prohibitive for most everyday riders it's definately one of the best if not the best communication systems out there. Not to mention that is fits perfectly into the helmet and is seemlessly integrated without anything hanging off the sides or wierd wires everywhere. And the call quality.......A++++.
July 24, 2013