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Offline freebird6

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Re: New to touring and intercom
« Reply #25 on: July 01, 2014, 02:57:30 pm »
Another vote for the Scala line, I used the Teamset Pro for years and recently upgraded to the Q3 so I could plug in a pair of custom molded headphones so me and my girlfriend could still communicate at highway speeds.  Bluetooth music sharing between rider and passenger is a great feature, assuming you can agree on the music :-)

how do you do tghe BT sharing>? I can't understand it. Want to play my slacker orWXRT on CBS radio on both headsets but can only get one and it stops when I talk on the intercom and won't come back on.... Heaven when I am by myself but not so good when she is one bike up or on the back.

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Re: New to touring and intercom
« Reply #26 on: July 01, 2014, 08:56:45 pm »
Scala all the way!  Me and buddy were one of the first q2 users like 6 years ago.  I'm still using the same set for wife and I right now but will upgrade to the q3 in a few weeks for our next big ride.  Everyone we've told about scala has purchased them and love them.  Battery lasts all day.  Tech support - you call and a live person WITH knowledge actually answers and talks to you.  Range is awesome.  Phone pairing is seamless and the VOX function works great.  The sound quality is good, my speakers are the original super tiny so they are a bit tinny sounding but I've been told the new ones are upgraded so I'm looking forward to hearing them on the next set.

Anyway, my opinion scala are the best out there.

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Re: New to touring and intercom
« Reply #27 on: July 02, 2014, 09:41:07 am »
Another vote for the Scala line, I used the Teamset Pro for years and recently upgraded to the Q3 so I could plug in a pair of custom molded headphones so me and my girlfriend could still communicate at highway speeds.  Bluetooth music sharing between rider and passenger is a great feature, assuming you can agree on the music :-)


how do you do tghe BT sharing>? I can't understand it. Want to play my slacker orWXRT on CBS radio on both headsets but can only get one and it stops when I talk on the intercom and won't come back on.... Heaven when I am by myself but not so good when she is one bike up or on the back.

G9 unit. is there a software upgrade maybe?


Maybe there's an upgrade, not sure... looking at the manuals for the Q3 (what I have) vs. the G9x, the process is a bit different.  On mine, so long as I'm paired with a rider, once music is playing on my headset I just press and hold a volume button for a few seconds and it beeps to let me know it's sharing music.  I've only used it a few times but haven't had an issue with it, and once it's playing I can interrupt it to talk and it starts back up again when the chat channel times out or if I hit the button to cancel chat.  In the G9x manual it seems a bit more complicated - one of the reasons I didn't get that headset, too much to configure & worry about when all I need to do is talk to my passenger :-)

In order to share your music with your riding partner, your scala rider [SENDER] needs to be paired to the other unit [RECEIVER] on CHANNEL A and the RECEIVER must be in Standby mode.
[SENDER] Start/Stop sharing your music:During A2DP music playback, press B for 2 seconds
[RECEIVER] Stop music sharing:Press B for 2 seconds
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Re: New to touring and intercom
« Reply #28 on: July 02, 2014, 12:29:30 pm »
The 9x will music share.
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Re: New to touring and intercom
« Reply #29 on: July 06, 2014, 12:22:00 pm »
Thanks again guys, found a deal on a pair of new Sena SMH10 so I'll let you know what I think.   :great:

That or I'll be back here with loads of questions because I can't figure out how to operate it....hate getting old......

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Re: New to touring and intercom
« Reply #30 on: July 06, 2014, 01:12:53 pm »
I have the Scala rider which mostly sucks.  It only works intermittantly and this year not at all.  I am in the middle of a move so I don't have access to the manual.  I probably need to resync the helmets to each other.  Still many times last year we'd head out on a trip and have no communication.  When it worked it was fine, but not great. I tried listening to music through it by plugging in my Ipod mini.  No go, it was very weak.  As another poster noted perhaps my speaker placement wasn't the best so I'll recheck that issue.  Oh well.  Live and learn but my next system will be a Sena with earbuds and a way to plug into a radar detector.


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Sorry you are having problems. I love the Scala and having spent the weekend with my SO and having left hers at my house leaving her on her bike and out of touch the last 600 miles....I obviously won't be doing that again....or I may lose some privileges I now enjoy.  SHe now won;t ride without em....that alone makes them worth my time. 

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Re: New to touring and intercom
« Reply #31 on: July 07, 2014, 01:22:19 am »
Thanks again guys, found a deal on a pair of new Sena SMH10 so I'll let you know what I think.   :great:

That or I'll be back here with loads of questions because I can't figure out how to operate it....hate getting old......

They're fairly easy to use. We just got a Zumo 660 and the Sena paired with that is awesome.  :)
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Re: New to touring and intercom
« Reply #32 on: July 11, 2014, 02:41:34 pm »
You don't want the phone connected.  Bikes are for hiding from the phone.  Did it once and not gonna do it again.  Work called and wanted me to solve an engineering problem on I-59 at 80MPH.

I'm running an older Starcom1, moved from my C10.  It is 9 years old.  It gets voice and MP3 music via cable from my Garmin.  The Garmin will bluetooth to my phone and show text messages, address book and who's calling, plus who knows what else. 

The Starcom1 uses several different mic/headsets.  It has an auto volume that adjusts for road noise.  Sound quality for voice is excellent, for music it sucks, poor bass, limited highs, but then *all* MP3s suck and that's what I start with.  For the environment, you can't really expect better; its good entertainment.  I use full face helmets and the mics need to be placed out of any air stream (vents) to limit wind noise. 

The Starcom1 has several inputs, so I also have my Valentine1 connected and sometimes use a handheld CB or FRS/GMRS.  The inputs have a hierarchy, so the 2-way overrides everything and I can set the V1 do the same.   

The unit has VOX capability, but it is not necessary to talk to a passenger and wind noise can make it problematic with a 2-way, so I use a left grip PTT button. 

Hi,

Hope this is the right place and I'm sure it's been asked before but I'm looking for advice/info on intercom systems.

I picked up my Concours last Saturday and it's a new learning curve for me but I bought it so my wife and I can get out on the road together. As such I would like something that will enable us to talk to each other and listen to some music maybe in the times between.

Would like opinions on units and info on how the whole music/VOX thing works and would like bluetooth to phones and maybe GPS.

Please make it nice and simple for this old guy, like I say it's not something I have ever looked into before.

Thanks in advance.  :)
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Re: New to touring and intercom
« Reply #33 on: July 11, 2014, 03:44:48 pm »
You don't want the phone connected.  Bikes are for hiding from the phone.  Did it once and not gonna do it again.  Work called and wanted me to solve an engineering problem on I-59 at 80MPH.

Exactly why I go through the inconvenience of having a work phone and a personal phone.  Work phone gets turned off & stored in my tank bag, personal phone connected to bluetooth so my kids can call me.  Everyone's happy! ;D
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Re: New to touring and intercom
« Reply #34 on: July 13, 2014, 01:19:28 am »
Well Sena arrived Wednesday and went on a 500+ mile ride Thursday so very little learning time.

Good thing is learning time wasn't needed, fitted to the helmet and paired in no time at all. Wife and I had no problems with use at all and phone for GPS directions was great too.

Only thing we are still working on is mic placement to get rid of as much wind noise as possible, wasn't horrible but think there are improvements to be made.

All in all very happy with my choice. :)

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Re: New to touring and intercom
« Reply #35 on: July 15, 2014, 01:53:29 am »
Exactly why I go through the inconvenience of having a work phone and a personal phone.  Work phone gets turned off & stored in my tank bag, personal phone connected to bluetooth so my kids can call me.  Everyone's happy! ;D

+1

I've had a lot of people ask why I haven't gone to combined phones and BYOD. I'd rather carry one phone and have all the emails in one place instead of my atrocious company Windows Phone, but I don't want to give out my personal cell number to clients and some coworkers.

Anyway, OP, glad you're happy with your Sena.

For any others, i totally Agree on the Android/iPhone analogy. I have the Scala G9 and it took a LONG time to get all the buttons and combinations and conditional usages down. But, once you memorize them, it's VERY powerful. Also, incredible battery life: I recently went on a 3-day camping trip with my wife and a friend, we were on the bikes all day from 830-7. I had fully charged them before we left on day 1, and after that we only charged for 30-60 minutes at a time at breakfast and lunch stops on days 2 &3. We never even got a low battery warning, which impressed me immensely.
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