Cardo PackTalk Headset
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Cardo Pack Talk Bluetooth Headset

The revolutionary Scala Rider PackTalk features dual-core wireless technologies for a stable and active communication network. The Bluetooth mode offers legacy by featuring full backward compatibility with other Scala Rider models. The DMC mode will compliment and expand standard Bluetooth connectivity by offering group communication that is far superior to any other existing alternatives.

DMC technology constantly forms and re-assembles its virtual network, and assures that communication among large groups remains uninterrupted irrespective of the ever-changing environment. Whenever a Cardo PackTalk user cannot directly connect with group members who are beyond the reach of the intercom, it will re-connect to the next most suitable member in the group in order to ‘leapfrog’ the connection to the remote PackTalk user. This system is virtually seamless and adjusts within split seconds to maintain an active network.

Cardo Smartset App for Android and iOS devices enables the use of a smartphone as a remote control. It allows for operation of all main features such as A2DP, intercom, FM radio and mobile calls. The App also features multiple languages - English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Features:

  • DMC Intercom mode for multi-party intercom calls over a virtual private network – with up to 15 riders
  • BlueTooth 4.0
  • Bluetooth Intercom modes:
    • Conference Mode
    • Toggling between 9 riders
    • Click-to-Link
  • Communication range (line of sight)
    • Up to 1 mile/1.6 Km unit-to-unit
    • Up to 5 miles/8 Km multi-hop
  • Unique roller-wheel interface and control panel for intuitive operation (winter gloves tested)
  • Interchangeable hybrid and corded microphones
  • Superb audio quality with high-definition replaceable 3.5mm speakers
  • Up to 13 hours talk-time / 1 week stand-by
  • Advanced voice recognition technology for true hands-free operation
  • Multilingual operation and spoken status announcements
  • High quality A2DP steaming
  • FM radio with RDS and six station built-in presets
  • Waterproof & dustproof (IP67)
  • DMC-Dynamic Meshwork Communication (patent pending) technology for large group intercom (at least 10 riders) over a dynamic, auto-adaptive mesh
  • Seamless group communication remains unaffected by members leaving or joining the group
  • Voice-controlled speed dial
  • Voice-control for mobile and intercom calls
  • Automatic call transfer from intercom to mobile phone when intercom range is exceeded
  • Mobile phone conference call with outside caller and/or intercom partners
  • Customizable Hot-Dial number
  • GPS instructions, FM radio, MP3 music continues in background during intercom calls
  • Rider and passenger can listen to the same stereo music via A2DP
  • Best-in-class noise-cancellation algorithms
  • Self-adjusting volume according to riding speed and ambient noise
  • Cardo Community platform for social features, device customization and software upgrades (range dependent on riding environment)
3.8 / 5
Bang For The Buck
3.5 / 5
Features
4.3 / 5
Style
4.3 / 5
Ease Of Install
3.6 / 5
Sound Clarity
4.2 / 5
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3.8 / 5.0
12 Reviews
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Bang For The Buck
3.5 / 5
Features
4.3 / 5
Style
4.3 / 5
Ease Of Install
3.6 / 5
Sound Clarity
4.2 / 5
Durability
4.6 / 5
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Four riders, 3,600 mile trip, 4 Packtalks
My friends and I have been using Bluetooth helmet communicators for at least five years starting out with the first release of the UClear, through earlier Sena devices, the Sena 20S and finally the ScalaRider PackTalk. We consider ourselves "power users" because we try to master and use every feature that they offer.

Summary: The PackTalk is the best Bluetooth helmet communication device we've ever tried. Not perfect, but really, really, really good

First, as everyone has posted all over the Internet, the manual kind-of stinks. It's about 17 pages (the English Version) but really doesn't help a new user get started. Fortunately, a user with 5 PackTalk units has posted Youtube videos showing the basics. These were very helpful. Go to Youtube and search for MotoGeek Freak. You'll find his instructions. They're extremely helpful.

Mounting is a snap, even onto a Schuberth C3. Instead of using the double-sided tape, I clamped the mount to the helmet using the supplied clamping device. Then, routed the collar-retaining wire around the clamp. It still retains the collar just fine.

By myself, I first tried the FM radio. I could receive any FM station in my area with total clarity. I'm in a suburb of Dallas, not anywhere near the FM station transmitting sites. Happy with the FM radio.

Then, one of my friends brought his new PackTalk over and we got down to the nitty gritty. Didn't even try the normal intercom connecting scheme; but went straight to DMC mode and did the PackTalk connection using the iPhone to do all the controlling. Took a couple of tries, but in about 3 minutes, we had our two devices communicating in DMC mode. A few days later, the 3rd in our planned trip group came over and we connected HIS into the same PackTalk group. Now we had 3 out of the 4 of us connected in DMC mode.

On the first day of our 3,600 mile trip, we met rider #4 on the west side of Ft Worth. Again, it took a couple of tries to invite and join, but when it did, the four of us could communicate. We communicated every day for 12 days of riding throughout the midwest and all the way to Las Vegas, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and home.

The DMC mode worked flawlessly for the four of us. Each night, we charged our devices and the next day they were ready for the ride. Our rides were between 6 and 10 hours per day. My PackTalk lady would alert me to low battery before the others at about 8 hours. The others could get 9 to 10 hours each on theirs. It may be that mine got poorer battery life because I was the group originator. Or it could be that I had FM radio on almost all the time. On three of the days, I charged the unit while riding. On one day in Las Cruces, I snuffed up the charge while we ate lunch at a Subway; on that day my unit stayed charged for the duration.

One note about battery life:
The PackTalk lady alerts of low at about 35% remaining. The unit will continue to work for up to 2 hours after the first alert. About every 15 minutes or so, a two-tone beep reminds that the battery level is low. The other indication is that all audio volume begins to decrease as the unit nears no charge left. But the unit was still useable . . . . just very low volumes. I never ran my all the way to empty.

The audio quality is superb. There was absolutely no noise, static, popcorn, drumbeat or anything else during lulls in our conversations. This is so unlike our previous Bluetooth units from another manufacturer.
They say the all of the microphones are "hot" all the time in DMC mode. WELL, you cannot tell it! There must be some kind of audio squelch built into the receiving ends because you could hear the audio open up when someone spoke; and close back down a second after the last syllable spoken. This was very nice.

A note about the intercom audio:
One of our group has a strong voice. Another a weak voice. The weaker-voice guy was using the mounted-in-the helmet microphone. It was an inch or so away from his lips. The rest of us were using boom mics in our flip-front helmets. Two of us had to turn down the receive audio so much for the booming voice friend that we could hardly make out what the weak voiced rider said. I wish there was something that would normalize all the intercom audio level so that all are about the same.

On our motorcycles, we use little (very inexpensive) FM transmitters that are plugged into the audio output of the factory radios. We select FM frequencies that are not used locally. Then, we tune the PackTalk FM radio to that frequency. What we get is full stereo from our factory radios, wirelessly transmitted to the PackTalk. I also have my Zumo with XM radio plugged into my factory AUX input; so I could listen to XM radio, AM radio, WX radio, and CB radio; all wirelessly transmitted via FM to the Packtalk.
In addition, I had full control of the audio via the Harley factory volume, stereo, and tone control. This worked flawlessly for the entire trip.

One feature that Scala Rider needs to implement is "Sidetone". Not being able to hear ourselves speak, we tended to naturally talk very loudly when speaking. Sidetone, I believe, would alleviate that. It might even get the soft talkers to talk more forcefully and the loud talkers to talk more normally.

There were a few quirks that we ran into. We used voice control to turn the FM radio on/off on the units. But occasionally, the PackTalk lady would misunderstand the word "RADIO" or "BATTERY" and would repeat back, "Leave the Pack". That required us to rejoin the pack and try to turn the radio on/off again. I discovered that if it simply used the voice command "PACK", she would reconnect me to the pack.

When the phone rang, I simply said "HELLO", and the phone answered. We once got separated by about 5 miles and reverted to telephone to coordinate getting back together. Didn't use the Intercom to phone feature, one of the separated group manually called me using voice control.

As we were getting back together from that separation, we could communicate via DMC when the other two riders were just tiny speck of light from their headlights behind us. The range for us was at least a half mile and maybe a mile when we were line-of-sight on different hilltops. Range was never ever a problem for the entire trip, even though two of our users had broken antennae.

The units DO have one serious deficiency. The little pop-up antennae break off. We never consciously popped the antennae up; I think wind/vibration would pop them up. In any case, the antennas are very, very fragile. So they break very easily. We tried to repair with glue, but it didn't hold for long at all. So, the four of us taped our antennae in the down position to hold theirs and keep ours from ever popping up. All of the range experiences were with the antennae in the down position for all four of us (two with broken antennae). The two that suffered broken antennae will be filing a warranty claim this coming week. It should be honored because the design is obviously deficient in that area.

So after 5 or more years of different Bluetooth helmet communicators, the PackTalk actually works and does everything that it's advertised to do. We're extremely happy with them, especially after our 2+ years experience with the other leading brand.
July 4, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Ride:
2013 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited FLHTK
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Elegantly designed product
I was looking for a low-profile bluetooth for my helmet. This is a brand new product from Cardo, so I was excited by the long distance intercom features promised by this unit.

Right out of the box, I was impressed with how many alternatives included for wiring up the components. For example, there are 2 different styles of microphones, extra velcro pads and adhesive strips, and 2 kinds of helmet mounts. It was a bit of work, made easier by a spot of electrical tape here and there to manage the wires, but I'm happy with the result. The speakers are pretty decent and there's a fantastic innovation with the "roll bar" on the unit for controlling the volume. (Tip: max out your phone volume because the unit can only go to the max of the phone setting.)

Plug in to a USB port (I used a Mac) and there's a personalized web page Cardo gives you where you can designate how many helmets you have, their brand, etc. and your favorites and settings. For example, the local FM stations in your area, your buddy list, etc....and flash the latest firmware. Then you can plug in your Cardo and Synch all the settings from your web page to the devices. Works fast and no problem.

To recharge the device, three's an intuitive way to click/unclick the unit from it's mount and go recharge it, but the battery seems quite good. I streamed Pandora music and did Waze directions from my phone for a Saturday ride, and I found that my phone (new iPhone 6) battery was draining faster than the Cardo! The bluetooth disconnected a couple times but self-corrected within a few seconds. It's a brand new unit so I expect future firmware updates will tweak the reliability.

Overall I'm very pleased with how easy it is to switch from FM to Intercom to streaming music from the phone or taking calls. There is a powerful innovation supposedly where in a group ride each person with a Cardo Packtalk can act as a repeater to extend the coverage further back. I haven't been able to try that yet but I like that it will also operate as a normal bluetooth connected intercom also (for any brand.)

I do have what Anthony might call 'nitpicks': :)

* both of the mic options have beefy foam coverings, so if you have a full face helmet without a ton of room in front of your mouth, you might have to get creative and hand trim that fabric so you don't have this constant irritation on your lips.

* a few skips (silent pauses) in the bluetooth connectivity over a couple hours of use --nice that it auto-reconnected however after 10-20 seconds.

* I think the speakers are solid and good quality but a little heavy on treble. The connector is standard so I'm going to keep an eye out for a high quality set to swap in.

Overall I'd recommend this unit, easy to setup and manage, strong battery life, easy to use with gloves while riding. The dream scenario is if you'd show up for a group ride and there are a few other Cardo Packtalk users --you could spread out and act as hubs to keep the signal strong even if the others don't have Cardo.
June 29, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Ride:
2014 Honda NC700X ABS
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Finally got the speakers to sound right
Shoei RF-1200 \ Yamaha FZ-09

When i first installed the Cardo Packtalk I felt like it was a high quality product that was reasonably easy to use and it worked flawlessly. I did however hate the sound, the volume was low and tinny and almost inaudible at 80 mph on my naked bike. While replacing the liner in my Shoei RF1200 helmet i decided to reevaluate my install. The first thing i discovered is unless your ears are on your jawbone just below your sideburns the speaker cutouts on shoei helmets are in the wrong position. This can be overcome because Cardo included 2 round disc with velcro on one side and fuzz on the other they are about 1/4" thick and you can use these to fill up the speaker cutouts. This lets you place the speakers where your ears are. The process of getting each speaker in the right place was actually very time consuming for me. AS I MOVED THE SPEAKERS AROUND I FOUND THAT A SMALL MOVE CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE SOUND QUALITY AND VOLUME. Where I have the speakers now they are very close to my ears, they do not touch unless i move my helmet with my hands. So if your not happy with your sound before you go looking for different speakers you might want to take a close look at your install. As for the rest of the Cardo functions I have only used the Bluetooth music and phone and FM Radio and Voice Commands. Everything works fine for me I am using the boom mic with the wind guard and for people to hear me clearly at speed on the freeway I have to have the mic very close to my mouth. After reading hundreds of reviews I am happy I decided to go with the Cardo Packtalk. Now if i can find a water proof air conditioned jacket for the Texas heat I wont have any reason to drive my truck.
June 9, 2016
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Amazing for group communications.
No need to upgrade to this unit if it's just you and your pillion, but if you ride in groups of 3 or more you know the static and popcorn sounds that are associated with groups. This device makes all of that go away. Absolute silence until someone speaks. My first 2 weeks of the unit, I would put my helmet on and I would think the comms were broken because it was so quiet. Then I would speak, and people would answer. HUGE SMILES. Love this.

We no longer sit around before a ride setting stuff up -- we just go ride. Turn it on and it works. Absolutely awesome.
July 31, 2016
Ride:
2013 Triumph Tiger 800 XC
Bang For The Buck
2 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
3 / 5
Nice product but you will want to upgrade the speakers.
This is a great headset but has 2 small issues.

1. The headsets that come with it are garbage. You would think for the price they would have better speakers. I ended up purchasing a set of iASUS - XSound 2.1 Helmet Speakers and now this system sounds awesome. But that brought the total price up...

2. Although you can pair and intercom with non-Cardo headsets, you cannot share music with them. Seems like a marketing limitation more than a technical one.

But aside from that they are a great choice and I would highly recommend them.

The main reason I got these is because they are waterproof and seem to have a good build quality. I had the Sena 20s previously. The 20s is great (with good speakers), the build quality was not there. Returned 4 times for repair and now switched to Packtalk.
May 7, 2017
Purchased
5 months ago
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Style
3 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Beware of poor antenna design
I bought my PackTalk less than a month ago, and immediately noticed how easily the antenna pops up. Seriously you look at the thing funny and up it goes. Not a big deal except that it's made from incredibly cheap, flimsy feeling plastic. Today the inevitable happened. Mine popped up when I transferred the helmet from one had to the other. Immediately after I felt the lightest touch on my leg and heard a loud snap. It broke right at the pivot so there is no way to simply patch it without cracking the unit open. Now I get the pleasure of dealing with a warranty repair instead of using the very expensive headset I just purchased.

As for the rest of my impressions the whole things feels mildly disappointing. Bear in mind that I have not owned a bluetooth communicator before so I don't have any reference point from which to judge them against their competition. Compared to other expensive, smart devices coming out of the tech industry the performance is pretty lackluster though. The bluetooth connection is spotty. The controls are clumsy, especially in a gloved hand. Regularly skipping to the next track when you try to stop playback, or activating pairing mode when you're trying to power down the device. The vox activation feels under-sensitive when you're trying to use it, but still activates every time you use your horn or curse at the oblivious caged masses. Max volume is a bit low for use in a loud city.

On the bright side the volume wheel is easy to use, and the call clarity is apparently great. My girlfriend can't tell when I'm on the bike or off.
November 22, 2016
Purchased
11 months ago
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Takes cruising to a whole new level of enjoyment
After receiving the PackTalk, I read over the user manual. It makes for a better read after gaining some hands-on experience with the device. The manual on page 8 leads me to think there are two Mobile phone Bluetooth channels and two GPS Bluetooth channels. In reality, there are only two Bluetooth channels (see page 25). You need to pair the phone to channel 1 and the GPS to channel 2. The volume and clarity of the audio are excellent, and the noise canceling microphone is fantastic. I held a phone conversation at 55 mph, and the person I was speaking with could barely hear the background noise and rumble from the bike. The VOX is reasonable and integrates nicely with the FM radio. I use Pandora and the VOX next/previous track seems to work without an issue. I do not have another riding partner with the PackTalk yet, so I can not comment on the DCM. The tech support staff at Cardo was helpful during the first few rides and user configuration issues I had. I would recommend the PackTalk. It integrated nicely with the Arai CT-Z helmet and installation was easy. Be careful of the antenna, and I could see this snapping off if I was not paying attention or remember to put it in the down position.
May 9, 2017
Purchased
6 months ago
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Cardo just keeps improving their products!
Fast delivery, great seller! Very easy to use if all you need is bike to bike communication. After reading product reviews and user manuals for all the leading Bluetooth systems I chose the Packtalk. For intercom communication between two or more bikes it couldn't be simpler. Just put the units in DMC mode, pair them to the pack creator, and start talking. When you turn them off and back on again they automatically connect to the pack.
September 6, 2016
Ride:
2015 Yamaha YZF-R3
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Features
3 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Need to be able to just mute mic
This device does everything it claims to, there is simply no better device in this market. However, a huge lack of engineering insight in my opinion is the inability to mute the microphone in a group conversation. You can mute the mic AND the speakers, which is such an engineer thing to do, because why the heck would I even be in the group conversation if I don't want to talk or hear?? I ride with an MC and we only want Road Captains talking, but the more listening, the safer the pack. As soon as this gets fixed in firmware upgrade, this is a five star product.
August 28, 2017
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
2 / 5
Sound Clarity
3 / 5
I waited a long tie to get a bluetooth communicator...
... and i feel like a made a great purchase. I like that it basically clips onto your helmet so you don't have to fuss with and screws or 3m tape. i installed it in my bell bullitt and it works fine. i did have to trim the foam so the speakers would fit exactly where i wanted them to. the kit is not exactly easy to install, but when it's in, it's great.

sound will get a 3.5 out or 5. it's a bluetooth communicator, not high end audio equipment. is it enough to satisfy me? mostly.
i feel i should mention that i ride a harley bagger with loud exhaust and i can still hear the speakers clearly (without distortion) at -and above- highway speeds.
i really like that the speakers aren't permanently attached. maybe in the future scala will offer a higher end plug in set.

functions will get a 9 out of 5. this thing is loaded with functions, features, bells and whistles. if you're new to communicators you may want to choose a simpler model. i have the basic functions down, but there's a lot still that i can't remember while riding. it's a very powerful headset.

connections will get a 2.5 out of 5. connects to my phone easily. when i'm listening to music, about every 10-20 minutes there will be a 1-2 second silence for no reason. haven't figured this one out.
as far as other headsets, i have yet to connect with anyone. the last group i went on a ride with were all using senas and i couldn't get them to connect no matter how hard i tried. i'm willing to mark this up to user error at this point.
-fun side note, the sena users tried for several minutes to connect to everyone and couldn't get 5 people paired at the same time in a parking lot. when we hit the mountains it was even worse. they all ask why i didn't go sena, but their difficulty made me feel better about my decision. i'm really hoping more people will switch to cardo soon.

this is a great unit and i'm glad i bought it.

things i'd like to see are better interaction with android and the scalas voice commands. easier connectivity with senas. speaker upgrade kit.
May 5, 2017
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