Schuberth SRC-S System For S2 Helmets
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
It finally happened. I didn't secure my Garmin GPS properly and it fell off the bike and I never saw it again. So I decided to try the SRC-S, paired with my iPhone 6. I got it on sale so I can't complain about price and it's definitely cheaper than a GPS. Essentially, when I'm not using the GPS function, I use the system to play music. To me, the speakers are loud enough. I don't remember reading that the volume automatically adjusts but it does. As road and engine noise increases, the volume goes up. As noise goes down, the volume lowers. Unfortunately, my singing is registered as road noise. If I engage my GPS, (motionx drive), the music volume is automatically reduced so that I can hear the directions. Now, I dont need a GPS or an MP3 or awkward headphones. All I have to carry is my helmet.
December 1, 2014
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