|08-30-2010, 04:44 PM||#1|
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Joined: Dec 2006
Location: Morn. Pen. Melbourne
An Aussie Interphone F4 Review
I bought myself a set of these after much research online and in particular the good reviews it received on webbikeworld.com
I purchased the set off ebay from the US as the asking price here for 1 unit is not far off what you can get a set for in the US of A. As much as I like to support the local economy, a $300 price difference was too much to swallow..
So, what about the F4.. well, it's a stereo bluetooth headset that can be used for all things bluetooth including A2DP which allows you to stream music via any bluetooth enabled MP3/mobile phone in true stereo.. and obviously intercom as well at a claimed 500m. It also claims a standby time of 700hrs and 10hrs talk time. it comes with a very small charger that charges 2 units at once (handy) and a cigarette socket type charger is also available it you want to charge them on the bike..
Fitment to the helmets was straight forward with a little bit of "loving" here and there.. and pairing was a breeze.. infact pairing to any bluetooth device was a breeze.. The intercom function works as claimed with me walking right to the end of our street and still being able to communicate clearly to the other user.
The A2DP function works a treat with stereo MP3 tunes streamed right into the helmet with pause, forward and rewind functionality off just 3 buttons. You do have to remember which buttons to press and how long for in order to control everything, but they come packaged with a great "cheat card" to carry with you incase you forget.
The voice dialling is excellent and the clarity of my voice on the phone while riding is reported to be as good as if I was sitting at my desk, I will however not use this to talk and ride, rather pull over and take the call if needed.
Overall I give this system a solid 8.5/10 ... it loses .5 a point for the slightly thick speakers (which do however add to the fantastic sound quality I imagine) and it loses 1 point for not being able to pair the headsets simulateously to the same phone so that both rider and pillion and listen to music. However this is more a design flaw of bluetooth itself and not the headsets..
A great system that does exactly what it says on the box - I'm a happy customer..
P.S. it is reported that this is the first headset that actually has an IP rating for water and dust ingress.. which BTW is IP67
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