Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Antwerpen, Belgium
Re: To Wire Or Not To Wire?
I had a Scala Rider G4, and could not get it to work properly with the BMW Navigator IV, MP3, Intercom and updating. Every trip with the wife there was something wrong with it - as well as problems with the MP3 playing. I needed to have a certain start up procedure otherwise it would not connect at all. The only thing that did not have any problem was the phone calling.
After the nth time of taking it back to the dealer and having them sit on it for weeks (the replacement also gave issues!) I got my money back. I too wanted the wired option, but with the BMW Navigator IV this is a problem - no wired output only wireless. I investigated and wanted either the Autocom intercom or the StarCom 1. I had had an Autocom intercom and it was fantastic, though it was over 15 years ago! Due to the previous experience I was interested in the Autocom, and made a few calls around. As they do not have that many dealers in Belgium, I called a BMW dealer in the UK, who advised that wired was effectively over. He also advised that with the issue of needing a Bluetooth module would also be a weak spot, I could consider the merits of the Sena SMH10.
On further investigation the relative costs for an equivalent wired set-up to the SMH10 were similar (without any fitting costs) I decided to try to the Sena. So far one year later, the only major intercom issue I had was that I could not re-pair the headsets together. That was my fault, and not the machines - After an upgrade I did not check the pairing until it was needed! (Not good!)
My wife is happy with the set-up, I use it daily to listen to MP3 on the commute and that has worked flawlessly.
If I have to complain at anything - I think the connection of the module to the headset is not as good as it could be. The Scala Rider had a better connection method, but still right now I would rather be with the Sena than the Scala Rider.
If you really want to go the Wired option - for my money I would look at either Autocom or StarCom 1. Autocom has been taken over by the owners of StarCom 1 so some or all of the modules could use similar components / technologies.
I think with any option you choose there are people who do not get on with that item. I have seen glowing reports on the ScalaRider, and complaints against the Sena. Complaints against Autocom / StarCom, in equal measure to the praise!
I wish you luck in your search - you will always have some form of buyers regret as there is something that does not quite work as it should! However with research it could be reduced!
My apologies for the length.
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