Having recently bought a new phone I decided to get it all wired into my Aria Helmet. After a bit of browsing it seems the most popular and logical choice was to go for the Scala Rider Q2 Pro and I have to say it is an excellent bit of kit that literally does exactly what it says on the tin. I bought the Multiset for a very reasonable £100 (going half’s with a friend to get the set of two already paired). The Pro Q2 Multiset allows for bike to bike communication up to a distance of 700m
Fitting the Scala Rider Pro Q2 was an absolute doddle, especially for someone like me who doesn’t have too much patience with technology. The rather small and tidy looking main unit clamps to the side of the helmet with the boom microphone fitting nice and snug at the front of my full face Arai helmet.
The sound quality is excellent both with playing MP3 music as well as when talking on the phone. The volume of the unit adjusts automatically according to the speed at which you are riding, ensuring that voice is clear at all times. There are two buttons on the side of the unit which control the Scalas functions, they are easily pressed even with thick bike gloves in the current cold climate.
All in all I am very happy with the Scala Q2 Pro. Setup is uber simple even for a technological neanderthal like me. It is well priced, fits nicely into even a full face helmet. Clarity and quality of the sound is good at whatever speed you happen to be riding at so a well recommended piece of kit.
UPDATE: Based on Martyn’s recommendations, Rhiannon has also bought the same model and will no doubt be using it when she rides pillion in the 2012 RBLR1000.
Scala Rider Q2 Pro Technical Specs
up to 8 hours talk time
one week standby time
rechargeable Li-Po battery with a 3 hour charge time
Water and snow resistant
Bluetooth® v2.0, class 1
Bike-to-Bike intercom communication up to 700 m with full duplex (in clear terrain)
Rider-to-Passenger communications up to 33 ft. / 10m range with all SCALA RIDER® models (full compatibility but not all features supported)
Noise cancellation Microphone
AGC technology: Automatic Volume Control according to speed and ambient noise
VOX technology: Accept or Reject calls by voice commands
Fits all full-faced and 3/4 Helmets
Quick-release mechanism for headset
Two ultra-slim speakers – 5.7 mm (less than ¼”) thickness
4 large control buttons
Headset and HandsFree Profiles support
A2DP/AVRCP profile for wireless streaming stereo from MP3 player or other A2DP device
FM Radio Features
87.5 MHz to 108 MHz receiver
6 Station memory with Search and Store functions
Automatic radio muting during incoming calls
Radio On time: typical on avg. 8-10 hours
Connect your MP3 player with the provided cable
Transmit navigation instructions from your Bluetooth enabled GPS device