Schuberth SRC-S System For S2 Helmets
Great integration with Schuberth S2, intuitive, but EXPEN$IVE.
I'm reviewing the Schuberth SRC-S for S2 helmets after 500 miles or so of use. I really did not like the price. Let me put that out there, first. However, some of the alternative communication systems will either not work with the chin spoiler and internal visor controls, or would change the aerodynamics of the helmet (ok, minimally, but who wants extra wind noise on a premium helmet?) Research showed the SRC-S was definitely the most elegant solution, so I dropped the hammer ($429 at time of purchace, but the good folks at Revzilla were happy to apply Zilla Cash to retro-match thier sale price- woot!). Install was easy. As a tip, I recommend removing the entire helmet liner, not just the snaps that hold the cheek liner in, unlike the user guide. Install was definitely easier without the the liners out of the way. It took a few fitting adjustments to get the speaker positions comfortable while riding. Overall, the install was a breeze.
Pairing with a phone and/or GPS is a snap. Turn-by-turn directions from either my Galaxy S4 phone or Garmin GPS were clear and prompt, interrupting music or the built-in FM tuner, as needed - and worked seamlessly. Think 'set and forget' On the bike, the buttons were hard to 'feel' at first, but once my gloved fingers were trained to feel the ridges bracketing the controls for 'A', 'Call', 'B', and '-', '+' buttons, on-the go calls and source input switches are becoming more muscle memory than thought.
Like others have mentioned on reviews, the FM radio is pretty cool, but the antenna seems weak for being integrated into the helmet, something I would like to see Schuberth improve. Maybe a software update, or a replacement antenna? There were a few times riding around in town the signal fuzzed out when I didn't think it should.
None of my riding buddies have a Cardo Scala system (the basis for the SRC-S), so I have not yet had the pleasure of pairing with another helmet SRC, but those of us who had a bluetooth phone communication system were able to converse via cell call. It would be nice to have a way to pair with other systems in a less clunky way.
Although it took a little time to get used to the controls, overall, I'm happy with the SRC-S. I feel it was a good purchase, with great features like the FM tuner, minimal profile change that keeps the aerodynamics and wind noise in check.Something that sold me on Schuberth helmets and the SRC system was the support system Schuberth has in place. If you are on the fence, read the website's mobility program and product support page.
June 9, 2014
Like this product.
Great product, easy to install and operate, speakers could be better though
April 1, 2014
Annoyed on most levels.
- integrates with the S2 Schuberth perfectly - like it's not there.
- voice recognition, noise reduction and sound are good.
- battery life is great; music and comms for 8+ hours. Even better if you give it a little "charge" at rest stops.
- Stupid expensive
- Left speaker shorted in a year and 3 months and customer service from Shuberth consists of "contact your dealer" and dealers don't do repairs. Fixed it myself.
- Buttons are difficult to operate with gloves
- Auto volume adjustment is poorly done and not adjustable; would be better off without it.
Just poor quality for the money, and have same opinion on the Helmet. Much happier with my Shoei Neo.
March 13, 2014