Posted: 20 Aug 2011 10:00 PM PDT
As our regular readers may have noticed, we've been on a bit of a Bluetooth headset kick here at Inline Performance Magazine, and today is no different.
But this time, we have a new toy to play with: The Scala Rider Q2 Multi Set Pro wireless motorcycle headset. The Multi Set Pro can be used as a hands-free headset for any Bluetooth enabled device as well as an intercom between riders.
Of course, before we could do anything else, we had to open up the box and check out our new toy. The Multi Set Pro is sold in sets of two headsets, and also comes with two wall chargers and two trick little pouches that fit on your belt to carry the headsets in when you're away from your motorcycle. Also included are a couple of 3.5mm headphone-style cables to connect non-Bluetooth music players to the headsets, as well as hardware for mounting the headsets using either clamps (the recommended method we prefer) or double-sided adhesive tape. All this will set you back about 250 dollars.
Conveniently, the two headsets are already synced with each other, so if you only want to use the Multi Set Pro as a rider-to-rider intercom, all you need is buddy to wear the second headset and you're good to go.
When using the Multi Set Pro as a hands-free headset, though, you'll have to sync it to your phone—or other Bluetooth-enabled device like a GPS or MP3 player—first. Put the headset into "discoverable" mode by pressing and holding the control button until the light alternately flashes red and blue. With the headset now ready to sync, go back to your phone and access the Bluetooth menu. The exact process varies from phone to phone, but it's no different than syncing any other Bluetooth device—if your phone asks for a security code, enter 0000.
Once synced, the Scala Rider Q2 Multi Set Pro not only allows you to take phone calls while riding, it also allows you to wirelessly stream music from your phone or MP3 player. One some devices, like an iPod or iPhone, for example, you can even pause or skip tracks, all from the headset and while on the fly.
That's all for this installment, but stay tuned for next time when we explore the Multi Set Pro's FM radio features.
Stay tuned for more updates, and be sure to order your copy of the 2011 print edition of Inline Performance Magazine HERE at the pre-order price until supplies last.
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