I have the Cardo Pack Talk Black. and a Sena SMH5 <--I think.Hello All,
I am looking to buy a Cardo PackTalk set. Do any of you have this? What are your thoughts? I have looked at the Sena 50 also but like the Cardo a little more.
three words--The only reason I have the Sena is its lack of auto-answer feature. All the other cheaper alternatives (including Cardo) had the annoying auto-answer feature for phone calls.
I'm going to test this when I get home but I don't think my packtalk auto answers calls.I went through multiple comm systems before settling on an overpriced Sena (model 10, IIRC).
The Sena has easy intercom, good and easy controls and good documentation.
The only reason I have the Sena is its lack of auto-answer feature. All the other cheaper alternatives (including Cardo) had the annoying auto-answer feature for phone calls. Without any way to turn it off. They give you 5 seconds to reject a phone call. That is not enough time to pull over, fish the phone out of my pocket and see who's calling. And since the comm system does not announce the number or caller, I have no idea who's calling. I was lucky that Amazon has such good return policy. I returned all the previous comms I tried. I was dismayed to how many do stupid shit like that to us.
Nonetheless, I believe it was Cardo who had the neat feature that increases headphone volume as ambient sound levels go up. Very useful. Sena does not have that feature. Whether they just didn't think of it or maybe they are scared due to patent infringements, I don't know. But I miss it.
Agree with Ninja, the distance promises for maximum range are GROSSLY overstated.
1 mile? No way BT works across 1 mile. I laugh.
1/2 mile? Keep dreaming.
1/4 mile? Not quite.
200 yds is more realistic in traffic with metal objects between riders.
Often, you can see the other rider but cannot hear him.
So if your buddy gets lost, just hang up the Intercom and call him on the cell. Chances are, though, he's not gonna answer if he doesn't know who's calling.
the Sena is a specific in helmet system, designed for motorcycle helmets. I use mine for music and GPS directions I do not talk on my phone while driving, car or bike. I can tell you the Sena 10b unit I have works well with a full face modular helmet at highway speeds. I had the X up to 98mph this past weekend and no issue with hearing the music.What are you guys using this for? Rider to rider communication? I don't need that but I'd like to use my phone and listen to GPS directions and maybe some music, but I have never had luck with audio on a bike. The wind noise overwhelms whatever I try, earphones in helmet, ear buds, etc. This with a windshield and full face helmet.
Are these systems you are talking about overcoming this by just being really loud, louder than the wind?