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Offline ACR_SCOUT

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Educate me on audio systems
« on: August 21, 2011, 04:47:15 pm »
Hello all,

I am considering an audio system for my '11 Concours. I have looked and read a bit on the J&M Intigratr and elite series of helmet audio. All I use normally is my HTC Thunderbolt Android phone. I use it mainly for audio be it streaming audio or using the MP3 player. I have used it for navigation via the Google App. I hope that the wife-unit will soon start riding with me so it would be nice to be able to communicate.

I think I prefer hardwired because it will eliminate the need for batteries and/or recharging. Also it seems the bluetooth stuff will be troublesome. Finally, I am not sure I like the idea of VOX and CB radios. I would like to hear other opinion on this. I am a pilot and would much rather use the push to talk versus the VOX because I have trouble getting the sensitivity set right.

Thank you for your thoughts and comments.

Fred
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Re: Educate me on audio systems
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2011, 05:14:18 pm »
I LOVE my Cardo G4 Bluetooth with Intercom.  Best $400 I've spent for riding.

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Re: Educate me on audio systems
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2011, 05:28:53 pm »
I've been using the Cardo G4 and when by myself it works great, the Bluetooth mp3 and phone and FM all work as expected. The problem occurs when my wife is along. The functions are not reliable and it adds a speed control function on the bike.

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Re: Educate me on audio systems
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2011, 06:50:54 pm »
I've been using the Cardo G4 and when by myself it works great, the Bluetooth mp3 and phone and FM all work as expected. The problem occurs when my wife is along. The functions are not reliable and it adds a speed control function on the bike.


I've had that problem on every bike the wife has ridden on. It may not be the Cardo. It may be the rear shock sensors.  :))

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Re: Educate me on audio systems
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2011, 09:42:50 pm »
I know you said you didn't have a need for a CB but I use a J&M handlebar mounted CB unit, and UI have a garmin GPS that plays MP3's and I  plug that  into the accessory power plug, this way you don't have a need to recharge batteries, the double unit has an intercom so you communicate with your passenger and If you have XM radio you can plug that into the Cb and it will come through your headset.
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Re: Educate me on audio systems
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2011, 10:38:05 pm »
I use the earlier Cardo Scalia Q2 version and haven't had any trouble.  I usually get almost 8 hours if I am using the intercom and 10 hours if I am using the mp3 or XM radio.  I have an on-board charger for it that will recharge it in about 2 hours.  During that time, if I want music I use Ear Fuze earbuds.  Overall, I am pleased with the set-up.  Never was interested much in the CB side - though several Gold Wing riders I know, speak volumes of the J&M systems.

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Re: Educate me on audio systems
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2011, 02:07:09 am »
G4 powerset here and I totally recommend it, no downside at all IMO, does everything I need. I've been on bikes for 25 years and never had tunes, phone, gps, etc before getting this last year, I'll never go back now...
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Re: Educate me on audio systems
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2011, 03:51:27 am »
I am rolling with the J&M Bluetooth.  It is great and I have had no issues with it at all.  I have used it with my DroidX and Droid3.  The recharging really is not an issue cause the battery lasts for about 10 hrs and takes like 1.5 -2hrs to recharge fully.  My passenger can plug into the back of the unit and we can talk.  Easy as that.  Hope you are able to find a unit that fits your needs. Ride safe!

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Re: Educate me on audio systems
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2011, 01:30:05 pm »
I use a Starcom1 Digital, its a wired system and provides plenty of choices for inputs for both rider and passenger. Its worked flawlessly for 2 years and my only grip has been phone call quality. Since everything else works so well, I haven't really bothered to pursue that part to closure.

As for VOX, that works great. My wife and I listen to MP3's and can happily chat while the world passess us by. I only Ptt with my CB.
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Re: Educate me on audio systems
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2011, 04:42:12 pm »
I have an amplirider tying the GPS, Radar and Ipod into one feed that goes into a set of custom earbuds....works great!
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Re: Educate me on audio systems
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2011, 02:26:01 am »
Thanks for all the input. I will check out some of these options I didn't know about.

Fred.
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