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
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
PROS: Water Proof, Easy Install, Compact, Great Recipient
CONS: small speakers
PROS: Good Calls, Easy Installation, Adjusts To Outside Noise, Looks Cooler Than Others, Wont Ruin Helmet
CONS: Poor Music Sound Quality
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