Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Bluetooth Intercoms

  1. #1
    Jack D
    Guest

    Bluetooth Intercoms

    I am looking for a Bluetooth intercomm setup for my passenger and myself. It seems that the intercomms du jour are the Cardo Scala G5 and the Sena SMH10. I have read reviews but still have some questions. I am open to other units.

    Will they accept an audio input via 3.5mm stereo plug?
    Will the intercomm and/or an auxiliary device (GPS) interrupt the audio mentioned previously and then return?
    Can you have the main intercomm unit paired with the passenger unit and also with the GPS?
    Do they have VOX and/or manual control on the intercomm?
    Do they have an output for earbuds?
    Any support issues?
    Battery life when listening to music?

    Anybody there who has tried both and wants to give an opinion?

  2. #2
    Got curvy roads?
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Lee's Summit, Missouri
    Posts
    85

    Sena

    I have only tried the Sena. It has a input jack for items other than blue-tooth. I have used it for connecting my iPod Classic. Works great. No output for earbuds, only the attached large speakers. Takes a bit to get them located comfortably in the helmet. The battery life has been great, lasting a more than a day. It uses vox to cut out the road noise. It does a good job. No manual talk button. I only have one unit so I cannot speak for the rider to rider sound quality. I have used it a few times for phone calls. It has been very good. Most times users have said they had no idea I was cruising down the road. If there was any comment was that the volume was a bit low. Guess that's what happens at highway speeds. Sometimes the caller is a bit low on the volume, but could be the phone network connection. No support issues. The manual talks about pairing your phone to the GPS and the GPS to the Sena. My GPS does not have blue-tooth so I can't speak for that pairing design.

    Ready to get back out on the road. Go away snow!
    Last edited by Bezdelnik; 02-24-2011 at 01:11 AM. Reason: additional points added
    BMW MOA, AMA, KCBMWMC
    09 R12rt, 01 KTM 200 Exc, 84 Honda Big Red
    98 Katana 750 (gone to a new home)

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Rhode Island
    Posts
    34
    Webbikeworld.com has reviews and comparisons of both units

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Somers, NY
    Posts
    540

    ADVrider

    has long threads about each....

    bottom line, is the Sena does pretty much all that you want, and works very well.
    Somers, NY

    Just enjoying the ride.......

  5. #5
    Honey Badger Semper_Fi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Kingston, NH
    Posts
    5,725
    One thing to be aware if you have a Bluetooth capable GPS it needs to be able to support stereo meaning A2D2 capability

    My wife and I got Scala Rider 4's which hooked up well and easy.

    However we got Zumo 550's - epic fail - if I am listening to XM I can't hear her if she talks to me.

    If see is listening to her music - epic fail - she cant hear me if I talk.

    So now we are looking at either the Zumo 660 or 665
    2011 R1200 GSA Smoke Grey Metallic Matt
    2009 G450X White
    IBA #35651
    Rogue Moderator

  6. #6
    Registered User JohnM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Da Joisey Shore
    Posts
    163
    I just picked up a Sena SMH10. While I haven't road-tested it yet, am pleased w/ the system. Paired well with my audio farkles.

    Quote Originally Posted by Semper_Fi View Post
    However we got Zumo 550's - epic fail - if I am listening to XM I can't hear her if she talks to me. ... So now we are looking at either the Zumo 660 or 665
    ~~~~

    Semper Fi:

    Before dropping serious $$$ to replace the 550, look into getting a Bluetooth dongle thats A2DP-capable. Plug the dongle into the earphone jack on the Zumo's mount. Then pair the Sena w/ the dongle. (Don't pair the Sena to the Zumo.) This should resovle your problems, plus give you stereo sound from the Zumo.

    JohnM
    "One day you're a kid sitting on a bike, dreaming the road; next thing you know, your social life consists of drinking microbrews with middle-aged roosters who ride BMWs and wear Aerostitch suits."

    - Joe Glydon

  7. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    197
    JohnM PM sent.
    Mike

  8. #8
    Honey Badger Semper_Fi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Kingston, NH
    Posts
    5,725
    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM View Post
    I just picked up a Sena SMH10. While I haven't road-tested it yet, am pleased w/ the system. Paired well with my audio farkles.



    ~~~~

    Semper Fi:

    Before dropping serious $$$ to replace the 550, look into getting a Bluetooth dongle thats A2DP-capable. Plug the dongle into the earphone jack on the Zumo's mount. Then pair the Sena w/ the dongle. (Don't pair the Sena to the Zumo.) This should resovle your problems, plus give you stereo sound from the Zumo.

    JohnM
    That sounds like a great solution - but I have Scala Rider 4's - does it work for that?

    Link?

    2011 R1200 GSA Smoke Grey Metallic Matt
    2009 G450X White
    IBA #35651
    Rogue Moderator

  9. #9
    Registered User JohnM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Da Joisey Shore
    Posts
    163
    Here's one. Not sure about Scala, though.

    http://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/bluet...th-headphones/

    WebBikeWorld does a nice job in explaining the overall technology, as well as the individual bits. Helped me learn about bluetooth intercoms.
    "One day you're a kid sitting on a bike, dreaming the road; next thing you know, your social life consists of drinking microbrews with middle-aged roosters who ride BMWs and wear Aerostitch suits."

    - Joe Glydon

  10. #10
    Registered User soph9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    223
    make sure you get a system for rider to passenger not rider to rider....you don't want interference.

  11. #11
    Honey Badger Semper_Fi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Kingston, NH
    Posts
    5,725
    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM View Post
    Here's one. Not sure about Scala, though.

    http://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/bluet...th-headphones/

    WebBikeWorld does a nice job in explaining the overall technology, as well as the individual bits. Helped me learn about bluetooth intercoms.

    Thanks - looks like a detailed read! Will check it out
    2011 R1200 GSA Smoke Grey Metallic Matt
    2009 G450X White
    IBA #35651
    Rogue Moderator

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •