The Cardo Scala Rider G9 Arrived today!!
Unboxing: The all looks good, each item wrapped in each nook of the box insert,
Took a quick look at the “important notice” in Red shaped like a stop sign, which states I need to charge the device 3 hours before using, well the batteries were dead so I guess its probably a good idea as it allows the Lithium batteries to calibrate(I thought this was to allow charge levels to be more accurate?).
First impressions seem show the ear pieces are slightly larger the the G4 ear piece, according to the marketing they are HD ear pieces – If they really are high definition it might be a bit of a waste with all the wind noise on a bike, perhaps I could pull up a chair sit in the garden with the helmet on and listen to the Valkyrie dam busters theme tune and feel like I am actually there ? :)
The build quality feels very high and probably a little better the the Interphone offering. Although i would expect this with a price tag a third higher then the Interphone!
On looking through the manual very briefly I read about the Scala community site which sounds interesting, so I type it in to take a look……..Oh Page cannot be display, I guess this is not online yet – will try this social networking feature again soon.
After the first few ride outs I must say I am quite impressed with the G9 the FM signal seems to be a little stronger and the intercom quality via the phone is very good, I can even initiate voice dialling at 70mph on the iPhone.
The call quality is great, the person at the end of the phone cannot tell I am on a motorbike, although the iPhone 4s has advanced noise cancelling.
So I may try this same test with another phone to see if the Scala is doing the noise suppression or the iPhone!
The music playback is also very good, but I would prefer to mount the ear pieces slightly closer to my ears as this results in a richer sound, I will have to experiment with some padded to bring it a little closer, Scala could you not have included these? Or in fact any intercom manufacture, the cost would be quite small I am sure!
When playing music I found the added feature the Scala has over the F5, is that the music automatically pauses and plays after interruption by a phone call or an intercom call.
The aesthetics of the G9 are also very good, the device mounted to the headset is a little bulkier then the F5. The buttons are a little easier to find over the G4 although I haven’t quite worked out why yet, perhaps they are raised slightly higher.
My next update will include a rider to rider / pillion update.
More to follow very soon!