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post #1 of 5 Old 11-27-2006, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Question Collett communicators

Anyone in the group tried the Collett communicator?..specifically the 900 Platinum?

I know that the companys Sno-fone is very popular with the snowmobile crowd, the Platinum adds the capability to use cell phone, Ipod, MP3, etc.

I want to go to a system that doesnt require wires hanging all over the place and this setup seems to be what I might be looking for.

They are made in Winnipeg, so it is very close to me and handy to go buy one if I decide. They come with a money-back guarentee if you dont like them.

Looking for some input.

If anyone is interested, the web site is:

http://www.collett.mb.ca/

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forgot to mention...

I want to use it for bike to bike, not just rider to passenger (never have a passenger ;( )

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I bought Chatterbox bike-to-bike communicators (allowed other inputs like audio, etc). I am not that impressed with the transmit/reception sound quality. MP3 plugged into the audio jack is nice (automatically mutes music when someone transmits to me). I was not impressed with the construction quality.

I think my next bike-to-bike will be Collett. I spent too much money on the Chatterboxes, so I'll use them for a few more months. Everything I've read about the Collett system makes it an attractive choice.

Please give some use reports on the Collett system if you get one.
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I have not heard a whole lot of good things about the chatterbox. Funny, they seem to be one of the biggest sellers tho....

I talked to 2 different sets of riders this year on my East coast run, they were using Colletts and were very pleased with them.

I guess the only drawback is that should u buy one, you can only communicate with other Collett users. In my case, that is not an issue, as I do all my riding with the same 2 riders.

A real bonus is the fact I am pretty close to the place that makes them, and in talking to the owner, I can probably give the Collett a "test ride".

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My experience with the Chatterbox summarized below. My use notes: Purchased to communicate bike-to-bike with my wife; use push-to-talk (PTT) handlebar mounted switches instead of voice activated (VOX) function. Mounted to full-face helmet.

Chatterbox Pros:
Relative bargin compared to other systems.
All of system on helmet mounted box (nothing to wire and goes with you on whatever bike you ride).
Voice quality good below 40mph.
MP3 player sounds good (given small speakers).

Chatterbox Cons:
Construction quality sub-standard for cost (IMHO).
Have to plug in to re-charge; wish standard off-the-shelf batteries powered the unit.
Voice quality sucks above 40mph.

What has me interesed in the Collett vs Chatterbox system:
Standard off-the-shelf batteries (would get the extra battery pack).
Non-standard frequencies (frequent interference using the FMRS freqs).
Hopefully better construction quality.
Hopefully better voice/transmission quality.
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