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post #1 of 17 Old 10-08-2009, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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What's the skinny on intercom, music, and bike to bike?

Anyone have any comments on StarOne or ChatterBox for intercom? Also, do the boom mikes (open face) work better if they fit into an open face helmet?
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i have the chatterbox multisport, its by no means perfect, but its the most inexpensive option out there
its line of sight so open road you can get a mile or so, less in more restrictive areas
has an audio input, pax in put and a ptt input and vox option
never had much luck with the vox while underway ptt works fine, just an extra wire comin off your head when you need to dismount.
with my helmet on the strom it seems to work fairly well up to about 50 or so, after that it might start to cut out (over driving mic) or get drowned out by wind noise but not always
my one real beef with it is that if you have a pillion plugged in, the ptt controls the intercom as well which is kind of a pain if they want to talk to you have to devise a physical signal to know when to use the ptt, would have been nice if the ptt was only for transceiver and intercom stayed on vox
music quality and gps prompts were fairly decent thru most speeds without having to go to full volume on both the gps and the chatterbox ymmv

overall? i guess i'd say i'm satisfied with it, especially since i could barely afford it, let alone any of the fancier more expensive options out there

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I know that you are specifically asking about different brands, but something you may want to consider is that Autocom just released a new lineup of products. That means if you can find one, their older "discontinued" lineup can be found for really low prices and these systems work great.

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A wise long distance rider once told me "Save your pennies, buy an Autocom"

at first I didn't listen to him, wasted money, wasn't happy,

eventually my pennies grew into enuf money for an Autocom, expense is in cabling as much as the unit itself, its british audio technology, so you really need the special isolation cables to connect your inputs

at first, a bit fussy to get set up, placement of speakers, mic and noise sensor in your helmet is critical, then setup your sensitivitys & volumes

once you have it done, you can virtually forget it

Stereo mp3s sound as good at 100mph as they do at 30mph, they GUARANTEE voice communication at ANY speed

I've spent $750 so far, still need one more special cable if I want to use my Midland CB, right now, I have rider to pillon, radar detector, GPS/MP3, bluetooth module to connect with my cell phone and FRS for bike to bike



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I have Cardo's Scala Rider Q2 for bluetooth and fm. Also have it rigged to receive XM. I haven't used it bike to bike but others who have say it works fine.
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I Started with a Starcom Advanced and then up graded to the Digital and I simply love the product.Booth units worked great but the Digital has a few extra features that I liked.I am still working out the best radio for Bike to Bike.I may switch to CB from FRS.
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Anyone have any comments on StarOne or ChatterBox for intercom? Also, do the boom mikes (open face) work better if they fit into an open face helmet?
I've used Autocomm's on 4 bikes now - very few problems and easy to use once you have it installed.

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I have Cardo's Scala Rider Q2 for bluetooth and fm. Also have it rigged to receive XM. I haven't used it bike to bike but others who have say it works fine.
I do too. But we have used it bike-to-bike and it works surprisingly well. My wife and I love it. No outside interference, and so long as you have line of sight, communications are clean and clear, even at distance. It seems to trail off at about 1/3-1/2 mile separation, but that's more than enough for us. Plus the full duplex is fantastic. No stepping on each other.

I won't go without it again. As a bonus it's hilarious to answer a phone call on the bike. Plus when you are "talking to yourself" at stoplights you get the most awesome looks from people. Nobody expects to see BT in a helmet.


keetmanaa, did you use a FM transmitter for the XM? I have a second car mount (with FM trans built in) and I was thinking of wiring it up inside a tank bag where I only had to plug in the 12vdc but could be otherwise wireless.

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Cardo's Scala Rider Q2 here

use mp3/satalite radio to it through cable which is stereo. there is a built in fm tuner which I am not sure if its mono or stereo. All bluetooth stuff is mono. Max 3 q2's connected so if you need more people to talk bluetooth in current fourm is not the way to go.

Now as for experience its great for the phone, done 120kph on highway and the project manager could not realize I was on a bike tell he asked me where I was bike to bike is darn good, Dad and I use it all the time. And for music I liek it as nothing stuffed in my ears so I can still use ear plugs if needed but tis nice to be able to hear a cars horn while having music going.

so can anyone answer me if the fm tuner is stereo as I have a satalite radio I am hooking to bike with a fm transmitter now
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According to webbikeworld it's FM MONO.

No matter to me. Can't tell at 60mph!!!

(plus I listen mostly to talk radio & sports)
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