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Cardo Scala Rider G4 Intercom
Photos and text courtesy Cardo Systems.
Edited by webBikeWorld.com
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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 more.
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 tuned.
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.
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
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
Built-In FM Radio: The G4 has a built-in FM Radio with RDS and scan and seek features with six station channel
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
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 of $279.95.
You can purchase a new Scala Rider G4 intercom
Powerset system kit that includes two intercoms for
rider and passenger or bike to bike
with this link to RevZilla.
(Publication Date: February 24, 2010).
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