Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Vancouver, WA, USA
Eric, this is a post on a thread on the cb/intercom etc forum, this site. The cb/intercom forum is, as you would expect, rife with reviews, suggestions, etc. There are 1 or 2 reviews on the newest G4 system. More features, ore capability, more $ but it would be best to understand the differences v. your needs before you take the plunge.
I recently bought the Scala Q2 MultiSet. (It's been nearly a year now, still love it!)
Syncing was no problem as the two units in the kit were factory synced. My BlackBerry 9000 synced first try and there have been no issues. Have not tried to sync to a GPS or to a third Scala headset but don't see why it wouldn't work.
Cell function is extraordinary. It dials my BlackBerry without error and the party on the other end always has a hard time believing I am on a motorcycle going 75 to 80 mph down the freeway. Even my brother in law who has a corded factory system on his Harley is amazed.
Intercom System. Flawless as an intercom. No wind noise at all and conversations are held at room volume. No need to raise your voice at all.
MP3. Sucks! The MP3 function is not amplified and relies on the amplifer (headphone level output) to drive the speakers. The speakers definitely need to be higher fidelity but they should be easy to change out. One other issue and this just may be operator error. When The intercom voice activation occurs the MP3 function turns off, As expected. But without manual intervention the MP3 does not seem to turn back on. Not sure what the issue is here but I'm sure I'll figure it out. (This issue has been totally resolved. I cut the helmet speakers out of the system, added a 1/8" stereo jack to use molded earphones in place of the speakers and the results are startlingly good).
Non replaceable battery? Do you realize how many of these systems you can buy for the cost of the BMW corded system? Besides, if CardoScala can get the batteries we should be able to source them. A little xacto knife work, a little silicone and poof. Back in business. Or, pitch the old and bring in the newer generation in a couple years.
I would not hesitate to recommend this system to a friend nor have I regretted buying one for myself.
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