Cardo Scala Rider has added the Q1 Intercom TeamSet Headset and the Q3 Intercom MultiSet Headsets to their list of Scala Rider Motorcycle Intercoms. Like anyone looking for a Motorcycle Communication System, there are many different brands and options to choose from. Sometimes you have an idea of what you want to spend and sometimes you have an idea of what options you want your communication device to have– other times you have no idea what the description bullets even mean! Full Duplex? Heh? AGC Technology? Umm sure, sounds great. Bluetooth enabled for GPS? What? Throughout this short blog I will try to define terms that may seem confusing. If you have any questions about anything related to Cardo Scala Rider Intercom Headsets or anything motorcycle related, don’t hesitate to let us know. We will help you in anyway we can.
How are they Different?
Cardo Scala Rider Q1 Intercom Headset – Retail (Dual) : $249.95
Cardo Scala Rider Q3 Intercom Headset – Retail (Dual) : $389.95
With both, the Scala Rider Q1 and the Scala Rider Q3 you get a Full Duplex capable motorcycle headset. In today’s world everything owns some sort of technological jargon that takes patience to continuously follow. For some of you
older aged to perfection riders, you remember the early days of Motorcycle Communication Devices. CB Radios held their popularity for many years and a CB Radio is only capable of Half Duplex communication. Half Duplex is communication that is interrupted conversation where only one person can talk at a time. For example; you must push to talk and only one person can talk at a time. Kind of like a conversation with your husband or wife… However, Full Duplex is the newer wave of communication by a means of something other than a telephone and real life face to face conversation, where communication can go in both directions (simultaneously communicating). So, Full Duplex devices for your motorcycle today are uninterrupted CB Radios, where continuous conversation can take place. So, you and your passenger can both sing together while cruising the countryside and listening to whatever music you fancy.
The Scala Q3 MultiSet Intercom is capable of Bike-to-Bike Communication, while the Scala Q1 TeamSet is not. Bike-to-Bike is great if you ride with a bunch of your bike buddies and you all want to talk as a group. If that isn’t the case and you just need a set for you and your passenger, the Q1 would be the best choice and you will save a few bucks for the pair. The Scala Q3 will hold a charge for up to 8 hours of talk time, while the Q1 is up to 10 hours. Other than these two differences, you are getting pretty much the same system. It is up to you if you will want to communicate with other bikes or just your passenger.
Both Scala Rider Intercoms will allow you to listen to music. Both will let you VOX activation, which allows you to answer a phone call without removing your hands from the handlebars. What makes these Helmet Communication Devices so great is the fact that they use AGC technology. This technology is what will help voice tones sound clearer, especially at high speeds, because this will self-adjust the speaker’s volume based on the outside noise it hears, making it easier to hear. Also, both the Q1 and Q3 are capable of using Bluetooth Devices. This means you can either stream music to the speakers in your helmet, or get turn by turn directions from your GPS– if your GPS supports HS / High Speed Data Transfer.
There are many different communication devices for your motorcycle on the market, however, the big decision you have to make is, what supports your needs the best? Do your research and find something in your price range. We don’t have a review on these just yet, but hopefully on the way. Until then, if you have any questions, drop us a line. We are glad to help.