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Offline Big-Al

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Re: helmet audio/speakers/intercom
« Reply #50 on: September 07, 2014, 12:20:29 am »
Scala G4 (snowmobile version) for me as the motorcycle version boom-mike is too difficult to use with my Shoei full-face helmet. After I performed the ear-bud modification and got rid of the crappy speakers, I couldn't believe the difference in volume (so loud) and sound quality... using cheap $20 skull-candy ear-buds.
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Re: helmet audio/speakers/intercom
« Reply #51 on: September 07, 2014, 01:45:39 am »
Have used the Sena 10 for a couple of years. Have everything integrated to the I-phone(GPS app-Garmin, music). The helmet speakers work great and have the option for earbuds. If you opt for the new Sena 20 and use a Mac there are compatibility issues.
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Re: helmet audio/speakers/intercom
« Reply #52 on: September 15, 2014, 10:43:06 pm »
TO resurrect this, just got back from the trip with Dad.
- To address the VOX settings, instructions say you can adjust the sensitivity either higher or lower to your preference.  It comes on the medium setting I believe.
- the speakers?  I played around quite a bit with placement and yes, placement means everything.  Got considerably better sound quality by even moving them a 1/4".  No hard hitting bass, but the tinny noise disappeared.  Also noticed on the Scala web sight they offer 40,, speakers as an upgrade.   I'd expect pretty good performance from these.
 
http://nastore.cardosystems.com/40mm-speaker-set-for-scala-rider-qzq1q3g9x-audio-kits-p198.aspx

A summary from me, we did 6200 miles in 15 days.  Thought the intercom would be 'nice'.  Kept us in touch when we got separated on the super slab.  Exits, who's hungry, who's gotta pee and when, etc.  Wouldn't want to do a big trip again without them.  Incredibly convenient and certainly adds another dimension to riding.  Being able to answer the phone if you want, make a call (I had my phone mounted on the bars), stream Pandora, the list goes on.  Would not hesitate to buy them again. 

Not perfect, had a few bugs such as the VOX would command radio on when I asked to connect the intercom.  Sometimes the Bluetooth needed reset to fix what can only be described as 'buffeting' in the signal.  Wasn't common and an easy fix.  Never took the time to get the GPS/phone/MP3/intercom all working seamlessly as I need inspired patience to sit down and make it happen.  As in I need to be more inconvenienced than I want to take the time to fix it.  Never got to that point.

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Re: helmet audio/speakers/intercom
« Reply #53 on: September 15, 2014, 11:28:55 pm »
given your mastery of the tech you will want to download the smartset app. YOu can change settings on the fly on your smartphone. Works like a charm with vox settings , radio stATIons and such
 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cardoapps.smartset


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Re: helmet audio/speakers/intercom
« Reply #54 on: September 21, 2014, 02:14:03 am »
I have considered canceling the voice commands, but I want them...I just wish they worked better.

Tried the sensitivity adjustment... didn't solve it.

I agree with you about having them on long trips...they do help a lot.

My main observations with the G9's VOX is it's not as "intelligent" as it's marketed.
It's AI doesn't really understand the words you say...it's more of a loop choice between 3 choices.

I bought a G9X cradle kit the other day, and a new Scorpion helmet to put it on.
So now I can use earbuds.

Plus, Cardo sent me an email last week saying that G9 users can now upgrade to the G9x software, via the Cardo Community...which, when coupled with a G9x cradle, effectively makes it a G9X.

First time I've seen Cardo follow through with their upgrade promise. Cool!
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Re: helmet audio/speakers/intercom
« Reply #55 on: September 21, 2014, 11:03:15 am »
went on a rie yesterday with a Stromtrooper group. They all had Senas so I was the odd man out. They daisy chained quite easily and had them up and running. I just sat in the middle and listened to my Slacker and WXRT CHicago. while they talkeda mongst themselves. Pretty technical ride through SEO so they were really on the curves Gravel, traffic up and stuff.

THe last rider had problem with dropping out and rejoining. They tried turning his VOX off and on at each stop and still had the problem ...no one got it figured out but I think the overall use of these on group rides, dual rides and long distance solo or 2 ups is pretty awesome.

My conversion from G9 to G9x has not been without some hiccups.

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Re: helmet audio/speakers/intercom
« Reply #56 on: September 21, 2014, 12:07:14 pm »
I think the Sena's range is around 1/2 mile, right?

Maybe range was the reason he kept dropping out.

Not sure how many can share on the Sena at one time.

G9's are 1+8.
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