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Cardo Qz Bluetooth Headset

The Cardo Qz Bluetooth Headset is for the lone wolves of motorcycling. It doesn't have the ability to link up with other Bluetooth units however it has an excellent feature set for riding solo. With the Qz you can pair up with a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to make and receive phone calls as well as toggle between music and GPS navigation.  


  • Dual Handsfree profile to connect to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones
  • Hot-Dial number (customizable)
  • Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) enabled
  • MP3 player/iPod or smartphone to stream wireless music
  • Receive in-the-ear navigation instructions from Bluetooth enabled GPS (must support HS profile)
  • Cardo Community online platform allows you to personalize your unit's settings and access software updates
  • AGC technology: Self-adjusting speaker volume according to speed and ambient noise (pat. pend. individual adjustability)
  • Make and receive mobile calls via VOX
  • Hybrid microphone
  • Replaceable plug-in speakers (3.5mm connection)
  • Up to 10 hours talk time, 1 week standby
  • Waterproof and dustproof


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Works great for GPS info from my phone
Overall I am very satisfied with the product. The first time my batteries died I felt like I lost my cell phone (you know that feeling). I guess I really like it.
At first I wasn't completely satisfied and nearly returned it. I stuck with it and made some changes. Here's what I've found:

Initially the speakers were hurting my ears but I later realized my Shoei GTAIR helmet had specific pads to remove to place speakers directly on the shell. This allowed the speakers to sit a tiny bit away from my ears, not pressed against them. That made it comfortable again.

I then put the ear cushions back on over the speakers but that drowned out the noise. So now just bare speakers on the shell and the sound is good. It's very clear at pretty much any speed. Yes it lacks bass but you can't expect bass from a small speaker that is a quarter inch from your ear. Just isn't going to happen.

I use soft foam ear plugs on long rides and with max volume at highway speeds I can still hear the GPS commands and music is background-like. At lower speeds, it's much better.

For those of you that want better audio, the best part of this system is that you can use your own earbuds if you want and there will be almost TOO MUCH volume at max level.

Why is this better than just plugging it into your phone? Because you have the ability to access many phone commands with one hand on the side of your helmet: volume, Siri or other voice activation (and all the functions that it has and we know Siri does everything), music controls, and you can even answer calls by just saying something loud into the mic.

I've only had one phone call while riding. I answered and holy-cow it worked! They could hear me and I could hear them, even at 80 mph.

The button combinations are still a little vague to me, I tend to forget what -does what.

-To use voice commands you have to touch TWO buttons at once. Sometimes that doesn't work due to the angle of your fingers hitting the buttons, but most of the time it's good.

-It took some time to pull pads and run wires carefully for a clean setup.

PROS: Functionality, Can Use Your Own Earbuds, Integrates Well With Ios, Good call quality, Adequate volume, Quality of product

CONS: Lack of Bass, Takes Time to Install

BEST USES: Music, Ios Gps Directions
May 18, 2014
Great and small
Its easy to install and enjoy. Took 10 minutes to set it up and start riding. I have been debating about the Sena smh5-fm and this one. The Sena had a few more features for the same price but I wanted something more slick and I Dont care about trying to communicate via headsets, a simple phone call works. The QZ has an option to activate my android phone to ask "who would you like to call". Most smart phones will take advantage of this feature. Also the call quality is great, at 80mph it sounds clear on the other end as if standing still. The speakers will get the job done but because they are small they have good sound but lack bass when played loud. I'm glad I made this choice.

PROS: Water Proof, Easy Install, Compact, Great Recipient

CONS: small speakers

April 9, 2014
Love it
I really like this product. People don't even know im riding when im speaking to them on phone calls. Just knowing I can voice dial for help or friends, club members, or order a pizza with the push of a button without stopping is a great feeling. If you like to listen to music over Bluetooth like me the sound quality is a little poor like ive read with similar devices, but not too bad. You set the music volume and it adjusts to outside noise, so if you have it loud so you can hear it over your engine or whatnot, when you come to a stop it turns down so its not blaring in your ears. They give you several ways to install it and it clamps on, so it wont ruin your helmet. It definitely looks cooler than the other brands, and slides out easily so you can charge it up. 100% glad I bought it.

PROS: Good Calls, Easy Installation, Adjusts To Outside Noise, Looks Cooler Than Others, Wont Ruin Helmet

CONS: Poor Music Sound Quality

March 9, 2014
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