Schuberth SRC-S System For S2 Helmets
Good product,well designed
The product works very well.. although it was difficult to install properly. Once installed the functions are easily accessible. The fit is good.
January 19, 2016
I'll be returning under warranty for the second time within 8 months. I bought a Sena instead. Wish I could get my money back.
January 12, 2016
Nice add-on to the helmet
I like having this added to my S2 helmet; my use will be 90% or more for listening to music or a podcast, and a bit for phone calls. I don't know anyone with a Cardo system so I won't be using the intercom.
Installation was easy, going like this: I removed the neckroll (acoustic collar Schuberth calls it), located and connected the antenna cable, then loosened the cheekpads by un-snapping the rear snap and lower snap at the front. I left the cheekpads in the helmet without removing the chin straps or fussing with the AROS straps, but I pushed the pads further into the helmet to get them out of the way and to expose the speaker pockets.
My S2 arrived with soft pads in the speaker pockets adhered with double-sided tape. The velcro on the back of the speakers would not grip the pads and I was questioning the pads being too thick, so I peeled them out (of course one came right out with the tape but the other left the tape behind so I spent a few minutes removing that) exposing the speaker pockets. Then I placed the velcro pads into the speaker pockets and stuck the speakers onto the pads making sure to route the wires out of the way under the neckroll. Then I snapped the cheek pads back into place.
Installing the neckroll took me two attempts to line everything up correctly in order to have it "snap" into place at the front. I took care to route speaker and antenna wires under the neckroll. The microphone was a simple peel-and-stick operation, and again routed the wire out of the way under the neckroll.
After riding about a week I repositioned the right speaker and don't anticipate further adjustments.
Donning and doffing the helmet the first few times made me wonder if I could get by without ears and cheeks. But the neckroll has given a bit, and learning how to spread the neckroll properly with the chin straps has made stuffing my noggin through the neckroll pretty easy. But one must be purposeful about it to make it a comfortable squeeze. I also learned to turn the unit on after donning the helmet to avoid unwanted button-pushes when pulling the straps against the neckroll to don the helmet. For the same reason, I turn the unit off after removing the helmet.
Operation: I find the buttons a bit small when wearing "heavier" gloves, but good enough when wearing a summer-weight glove. I am a "set it and forget it" kind of user; I don the helmet, turn it on, the music comes on, and off I go. I can pause and re-start music, start and stop the radio and scan through stations stopping on the station I want. The radio and antenna seem to work well but I haven't and am not likely to use the radio much. I have yet to connect anything to the auxiliary port, but I will likely carry an iPod as a backup music source. I have used the VOX commands to answer and make calls. I'm still learning where the buttons are but imagine it'll come down to "muscle memory" eventually.
I really like the function of the automatic gain control to adjust the volume. I might make it five-position adjustable instead of the three it currently is, but it is a feature I enjoy.
Price: I bought both the S2 helmet and SRC system at their sale prices and probably would not have at standard pricing. I wouldn't give them up now!
Finally my only complaint thus far. The S2 is already a tall helmet, but not tall in that it protrudes up higher, but tall in that it comes further down toward my shoulders. With the addition of the SRC system, and when wearing a high-collared jacket as many riders do in colder months, I find the neckroll drags on my jacket when turning my head. This is annoying as I must "push through" the drag to simply turn my head. I idid not notice this effect until installing the SRC system; in all fairness I did not wear a high-collared prior to installation. I'd give the SRC system five stars if not for this issue.
I have a Sena SMH10R on my Shoei GT-Air, and use a small Sony bluetooth device with earbuds in my Arai RX-Q, and I would buy an integrated, SRC-style system for both of those if I could.
October 28, 2015
Good addition to S2
I have a C3 with the BMW communicator and now an S2 with the SRC system. SRC system is very easy to install and works well. It doesn't integrate with my BMW motorcycle as well as the BMW communicator, but it works well with the GPS on my Goldwing and my iPhone, and was much cheaper. Overall its a very nice product. Not quite as capable as the new SENA units, but a nice bluetooth unit with a very clean installation. It is a little tight when putting the helmet on and taking it off, but its fine when the helmet is on.
October 5, 2015
The only way to go when wearing an S2 helmet!
I spent a lot of time considering the SRC for the Schuberth S2 v. the Sena 10C. I very much want video capability but the fact is the noise (lack of) is far more important and the SRC is the only way to keep that to a minimum. The fit is snug as the collar is thicker, but it fits my 22" neck. Yes, getting it on is more challenging BUT having wireless GPS, phone and rider to rider comms in an otherwise near silent environment is awesome. Have not tried the radio yet but will soon. Volume controls are plenty loud and the acoustics are better than I expected.
Install was super easy. I watched other YouTube vids and some had me slightly concerned about the install process. Schuberth and Cardo have worked to make the fit process far more simpler. The AROS straps do not need to come out of the ear pieces. The inner liner need not be removed though I opted to do so. In fact, the ear pieces do not need to come out other than one rear snap to place the speaker and velcro adhesive.
If I had any wishes it would be for a slightly less bulky collar. As it is, it comes down my neck and makes accessing the helmet buckle tedious. I suspect that it will break in and be a better fit shortly.
Finally, the unit is on sale for $275.... its a bargain!
September 19, 2015
Great volume and noise reduction!
This is the best of both worlds. The volume level of the speakers is more than adequate, and the collar is a bit bulkier than the factory one, resulting in a little more snug fit around the neck and shoulders. This reduces the level of wind noise coming from beneath the helmet. Controls are easy to use, even when wearing my leather gloves. AVRCP lets you skip songs and start/stop play using my iPhone 6. The mobile phone button also allows you to access Siri for voice commands for hands free calling, etc. All in all a BIG upgrade from my Chatterbox XBi2H in my previous helmet.
As an aside, I am really impressed with Schuberth's helmets. Can't go wrong with German engineering and manufacturing.
August 24, 2015
Ear speakers pinch head
My S2 helmet is a great helmet, but the Bluetooth upgrade makes the helmet uncomfortable and nearly impossible to put on. On the other side the Bluetooth works really well and sound quilts is good, if you can get it on your noggin.
July 6, 2015
great for the application
The collar "feels" a little less secure than the original. It works great for getting direction from a phone or gps, I never have to take my eys off the road in a strange area.
May 26, 2015