► Cardo Scala Rider G4 Announced
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No matter how many intercom reviews we publish -- and we have many, as
you can see in the right-hand column -- webBikeWorlders always want one
And its no wonder, with new intercom announcements coming about once
a month! By the way, it appears that Bluetooth has pretty much taken over
the motorcycle intercom market. There hasn't been a wired intercom system
announced since Valentino Rossi was riding a two-stroke.
We have an upcoming review of the new Sena intercom system coming next,
and we're hoping to get a G4 system in the pipeline soon after, so stay
In the meantime, here's a "First Look" with some information
gleaned from a Scala press release dated February 2, 2010:
Cardo Systems, Inc., the world's market leader in wireless Bluetooth
communications for motorcycle helmet headsets, today announced the availability
of its new scala rider [sic] G4, the most feature-rich bike-to-bike Bluetooth
headset available on the market today.
From compatibility with any number of Bluetooth-enabled devices to its
embedded FM radio, mobile phone support and voice activation, the scala
rider G4 is also the first Bluetooth headset to offer group intercom between
up to three riders as well as communication among two riders and their two
passengers on two bikes at distances up to one mile -- a new industry benchmark
for motorcycle headsets.
Encased in a rugged and fully redesigned form factor, the scala rider
G4 leads the pack in Bluetooth enjoyment and safety by allowing the user
access to all of their compatible communications and entertainment through
one lightweight unit.
Specific features include:
- Two/Three/Four-Way Intercom: The
G4 allows four riders (two drivers and two passengers), three riders
(three separate bikers) or two riders (rider-to-rider or rider-to-passenger),
to conduct intercom conversations at distances of up to one mile, depending
on conditions. The headset offers full duplex (simultaneous talking/listening)
capability as well as mobile phone call conferencing between riders,
between rider and passenger, or with outside callers.
- Multi-Device Compatibility: The
G4 can connect with virtually any portable Bluetooth device including
mobile phones, MP3 players and compatible GPS units (for in-helmet voice
instructions). It can also connect with non-Bluetooth MP3 players, GPS
units via its embedded jack, and the entire line of scala rider headsets.
Each G4 headset can be actively connected to one Bluetooth device and
two other scala rider headsets at one time.
- A2DP Stereo Music: Taking advantage
of A2DP, the latest Bluetooth stereo music transfer technology, the
G4 can receive CD-quality music from any MP3 player with A2DP capability.
- Built-In FM Radio: The G4 has
a built-in FM Radio with RDS and scan and seek features with six station
- VOX Activation: The G4 allows
users to make voice-controlled hands-free intercom calls and phone calls
with answer, voice dial and call reject functions.
- AGC Technology: The G4 automatically
adjusts the headset volume based on ambient noise and driving speed.
- PLC Technology: The G4 provides
improved audio quality in dense urban surroundings.
- Downloadable Cardo Software For Future
Upgrades: (Requires Windows XP or Vista based PCs). This software
keeps the G4 always up-to-date with the latest applications.
- Spoken Status Announcements: The
G4 provides multi-lingual in-the-ear announcements tell users to whom
or to which device they are connected to.
"Cardo's new scala rider G4 takes all the power of wireless communications
and entertainment today and puts it in one amazing package. There's no Bluetooth
headset on the market that revolutionizes a biker's riding experience like
the G4," says Abraham Glezerman, CEO of Cardo Systems, Inc.
"This is our most exciting motorcycle headset yet -- a breakthrough
that can greatly improve enjoyment and safety for single riders or groups,
passengers and drivers alike."
As with all scala rider headsets, the G4 features a noise canceling microphone
and weather-resistant design. Talk time with the unit's rechargeable Li-Po
battery is up to 10 hours and standby time is up to 10 days.
The scala rider G4 fits virtually all ¾ and full-face helmets and can
be self-installed in five minutes. The system has a suggested retail price
Publication Date: February 24, 2010.
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