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Old 02-26-2012, 07:42 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The Scala Rider G-4 has unbelievable speakers, voice activated answer and dial, am-fm radio, up to 3 bike intercom, and a plug in for your MP3 player. Have used it twice since installing on Christmas and am very satisfied with it. Give one a look online.
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My wife & I use the G-4 setup whenever we're riding together. The intercom is great and bike-to-bike range is quite good - at least 1 mile without obstructions.

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Old 03-05-2012, 06:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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got the sena beginning of january. rode through the winter. I like it, not that big an easy to install (++), but have some stability issues with the connection since my firmware upgrade (-). I have a mac, so need a virtual machine with windows on it to be able to upgrade (-). It's not waterproof and trough my commute in pouring rain it got water in it (-) had to dry it for almost 2 days. Battery life is good (+) can do 4 days easy (totalling 8 hours) with music on.
Sound quality is good for a small device like that (+) and talking over the phone is actually very good, both for me and the one I'm talking to. I actually can have a conversation when riding at the dutch speed limit 130kpg (+) saying I'll be home later, with the gf hearing me fine. I won't comment on speeds above that.
Controls are great(++) what a well thought out user interface. Microphone positioning from outside the helmet to inside gives some extra wind noise (-) and wind feel on left cheeck because of wind deflection but I assume most comm systems have that.
installation and fixation is very good (+) fits easily and solid.
Music can be hear very well. Sound quality really seems to be a function of how well you fit your earplugs too. The more time I take to fix my plugs, the better I can hear. at 130 kph I can still hear the foo fighters pretty well. (+).
Bluetooth conneciton with the iphone is fast (+) about 2 seconds.
I'm happy with it overall, well worth the money for me.

major downside is it's non waterproofness though.. seems like they should have figured that out...
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:32 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Can anyone with any of these headsets please tell me if the noise cancellation feature works while you are not talking. I have some Bose noise cancelling headphones designed for flying, and they basically cancel surrounding noise so you appear to be n a quiet environment while you fly. Do these bike headsets do that too? I usually wear ear plugs while riding, but would love to drop them for a headset and all its features.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:45 AM   #14 (permalink)
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The short answer is no, unfortunately. I've owned and used a couple of ANC headsets myself (I used a David Clark for pretty much everything, but found that only the Bose would cut the noise in the T-6) and have often wished for a set on the bike.

In order to really function properly, the ANC earcups would have to be built into the helmet and act as a complete system in conjunction with passive canceling. Every helmet I've ever worn has too much room around the ears for that to work. A new helmet would have to be designed from the ground up to include close fitting gel seals. Once a company had that, adding the electronics would be easy.

Expect to pay upwards of $1500 for such a helmet. Which I would, of course, on day 1. I actually mentioned this to the Arai rep at Daytona last month, but that'll go nowhere, naturally.

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Old 05-08-2012, 01:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The U-Clear link didn't work for me, so here is the company website:

http://www.uclear-digital.com/

I've been thinking about these for years, probably time to jump in!
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:55 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Sorry to bring back an old thread, but one year later, how are the systems holding up? I have an autovox system and am tired of the wires, ready for so,e new technology.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:41 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Scala G-4

After 1 year of use the Scala Rider has not only performed flawlessly but during a week long trip with another couple on the Blue Ridge Parkway this September we paired our units with theirs and were able to communicate between the four of us. Normally that is way too much chatter but since both wifes rode also it made us feel a little safer when passing and warning about hazzards. I would give them an A+. Only downside is they are not cheap.
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Thanks for the input. Christmas is coming.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:28 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Sena firmware can now be upgraded on a Mac too. Sound qualit is excellent.
I had some issues where I sometimes had trouble trying the phone knob. Sometimes it was activated twice while I only press once, feedback on the press is not very clear for me.

I took it off recently in an effort to make my helmet less noisy. I'll put it on again in the summer when I'm driving for fun, right now it's mostly commuting at max legal speed for about an hour. My eras did not like that so I filled the speaker space with noise dampening foam.. Much better.

Also, the asymmetric windflow because of the sena device was starting to irritate me, as well as a cold draft wher the mic went in the helmet. Even though it was only barely noticeable, those things become very apparent when you're riding 2.5 hours a day... But this will happen with most devices I guesss....


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Chatterbox X1 slim. Nice product and been using for 9 months.
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