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Easy to use, outstanding sound quality and volume, pairs with multiple Bluetooth devices, IP waterproof and dustproof, reasonably priced. The technology in was definitely less evolved and the limited number of Bluetooth systems available were rather quirky.
So interpuone was time for Interphone to evolve the system, and the new Interphone F4 improves on the basic goodness of the original Interphone Bluetooth intercom and everyone who has tried it has been impressed.
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The reviewers are located in different countries, the reviews were published at different times and we no longer have access to some of the systems. So while we may not be able to compare the Interphone F4 with every single intercom from the past, we can definitely say one thing: It worked very well but it had some problems with the design of the microphone; specifically the method used to connect the microphone to the speaker to form the headset unit. A second version of the Interphone system was developed, with a stronger connector and a second speaker.
This design proved to be successful and the family resemblance can be seen in the F4, which builds on ihterphone earlier technology. This brings us to the Interphone F3, which is a new system that appears identical to the F4 shown here.
The F3 is a rider-to-passenger Bluetooth intercom that can connect to a cell phone, GPS or Bluetooth-enabled music system but does not include the bike-to-bike functionality of the F4. The current Interphone F4 system includes all of the previous connectivity features plus an incredible meter claimed bike-to-bike communications capability.
But the most outstanding feature of the Interphone F4 is the sound quality, which is, I think, excellent. Bluetooth intercom systems have evolved to a point where there are standard procedures for pairing with other Bluetooth devices, connecting in intercom mode, pairing and even for turning the systems on and off. The F4 is very easy to use and the instructions, while not perfectly clear, are easy to understand and, unlike many of the earlier Bluetooth intercom systems we reviewed, everything worked on first try.
We mostly use intercoms for rider-to-passenger communications with occasional bike-to-bike use when evaluating new products. I have, however, pulled over off the road in a safe spot to make or receive a call, which is distracting enough in itself.
As mentioned above, the F4 will pair with two cell phones if anyone is so inclined to do such a thing. But the capability is there, although we did not evaluate it. Besides Bluetooth pairing with two cell phones per F4 module, both the rider and the passenger can independently pair their units with their own cell phones.
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We did confirm that a rider and passenger F4 system can indeed connect individually to separate cell phones and receive and make independent phone calls. The system also supports voice calling and answering, which worked without problems on a couple of cell phones we tried.
We also paired the F4 with no problems to cell phones, MP3 players and a GPS system using the separate Sony Bluetooth adapter that turns any device with an output jack into a Bluetooth-enabled device. If the F4 is in intercom mode, the discussion will be interrupted for a cell phone alert or GPS instructions if the GPS uses the telephone-style pairing mode profile; most GPS systems with built-in Bluetooth use this profile.
If the system is streaming music, it will be interrupted also for the cell phone alert or GPS instructions and will return to the music when the call is complete.
The speakers are approximately 8 mm thick, which is slightly thicker than other motorcycle intercom systems, but which probably accounts for the excellent sound qualities. We realized that placing the speakers as close to the ear as possible is important for a motorcycle communications system, so some helmets with deep ear pockets may actually not be the best solution for mounting speakers.
The Interphone F4 can also remotely control the MP3 player, depending upon capabilities of the player itself. The Interphone F4 is sold as either an individual unit or a twin pack. We have two individual units, and of course two units are required for rider-to-passenger or bike-to-bike communications. The package includes the F4 intercom module; the headset microphone and two speakers ; two different mounting clips, a screwdriver and a couple of spare parts. Also includes is an extra foam microphone anti-wind cover a pair of extra helmet speaker mounts; a small battery charger V in North America with a dual connector to charge two F4 modules at once with a single wall plug; and the instruction manual with a separate pocket guide.
The page manual is divided into 12 sections of roughly 10 pages each.
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The first thing a new intercom owner must do is to give the system its initial charge. The V dual connector outlet provided in each single unit box is a compact unit and it took about two hours to charge the pair. But the head is so small it fits d4 other electrical outlets in a surge strip, rather than taking up the space of two or three outlets on the surge strip, which often happens with electronic gear.
The LED on the module glows steady red when charging and then turns green when the charge is complete corrected from original version which stated there was no green light. The Interphone F4 pairs with what is now manhal much the standard procedure: Do the same for the other Bluetooth device and when that device is in pairing mode, simply wait until the quick flashing lights go out and the systems are paired.
It does take about 35 seconds to f pair the two F4 units manyal, so be patient! Various pairings are illustrated in the video below.
A tone will be heard in the speakers illustrated in the video and then full-duplex communications are enabled. The minus and plus buttons are pushed to raise or lower the volume or to control the MP3 player. Whether paired with another unit or not, the F4 is turned on by pressing and holding the main button for about three seconds. The same pairing procedure as described above is used to pair the F4 with a cell phone. If paired with an active cell phone, a cell phone call ring tone will take priority same when listening to music.
MP3 device can be remotely controlled if available on the player. It can hold up to 8 Bluetooth pairing connections in memory. This is described in Section 3. This g4 also true for a cell phone and an MP3 player. This is a drawback of the A2DP protocol. If any F4 owners can enlighten us on this, it would be appreciated.
Both intercom systems were set at their maximum volume. The microphones were then set at the same distance from the Zoom H2 stereo recorder we use for our video voiceovers. I then stood at the same distance away from the recorder to speak into the intercom for each recording. At that level, the Scala system can barely be heard. The F4 can produce a very loud volume mznual to Bluetooth motorcycle intercom systems and the sound quality is actually better than is heard on the. MP3 file when interphlne volume is set lower.
By the way, at about 15 feet away, the Scala system lost its Bluetooth connection, while the Interphone F4 still worked at a much greater distance without any loss in volume or sound quality, as can be seen in the video below. Bluetooth f44 technology mabual evolved to a point where attaching the devices to the helmet is the most time-consuming part of the process — which is actually good news.
It used to interphond that deciphering the instruction manuals and actually getting the systems to pair with each other or anything else took hours! The mounting system used on the F4 is similar to the system used in previous versions of the Interphone. Two bases are supplied with each module; one has double-sided tape and can be mounted directly on the helmet, while the other has an expandable clip that can be slipped inside the helmet, between the liner and the shell.
Some helmets, like the Arai Quantum II we used for part of the evaluation, have a gap between the liner and the shell, so the clip can be used. Other helmets, like the AGV K3, have the liner attached to the shell in a way that will not allow the clip to slide up between the two, so the stick-on module must be used instead. Care should be taken to make sure the adhesive sticks to the surface of the helmet and that the helmet has a curvature that will support the F4 module for its entire length.
Depending upon the helmet and the liner, the microphone and left ear speaker can be located under the liner or cheek pads. By the way, for Bluetooth intercom newbies, the microphone and module are usually mounted on the left to allow the left hand to operate the controls whilst riding. The right speaker of the F4 is attached to a long thin wire, which can usually be threaded up through the helmet liner and to the right ear.
Each helmet is different and owners may want to or need to cut a small hole in the lining to feed the speaker or wires through, depending upon their preference.
But if you plan on keeping the F4 installed on a helmet, we suggest taking the time to get all the wires nicely hidden and secured. The range and the sound quality are excellent; better than any interphon intercom communications system that Burn, Bill and I have used so far.
Update on battery life: I fully charged one battery and left the other as it was, partially discharged after using it in our evaluations. Remember that this may not at all be an indication of the battery life you will receive under different conditions. So we included a brief clip in the video that we used during an experiment that shows me walking away from the video camera while talking on the Interphoe.
OK, so the Bluetooth intercom manufacturers have pretty much met all of our previous requests for improving these devices. Here are some ideas to take it to the next level: Rather than having various tones and beeps and flashing lights to indicate the different modes, how about a voice on a chip that speaks real words?
Different sound chips could be sold in different languages that would plug intfrphone the intercom. Then, of course, the next step after that would be for the rider to control the device hands-free, by voice. I have this feature in my car, why not in an intercom system? Something else that many webBikeWorld readers have asked for is a separate battery, to allow longer usage when on a tour. The distances in Europe may not require something like this, but in North America, you can ride for 8 hours and not even cross into the next state or province, so longer-lasting batteries are always desirable.
But we have since found out that only 2 F4 can pair, I was wondering if we bought an F5 could we pair 2 F4 units to that so we could have 3 units paired and talk to each other. With the F5MC these two units can be also be other brands of intercoms but not capable of conference communication.
So in the case of two F4 units, these have to be connected both in the same time to the F5. In this way all riders can communicate together. I am sure many a rider has gained very good decision making information from the site. One thing that I do notice it longer term performance. It is great for the makers to get an excellent review of a well developed product. What is not so great is that after some use a minor failure occurs that renders the equipment non functional.
Now with an Interphone F4, we are three years down the line and onto the third set of headsets mike and speakers.
The last day I spent some time to find out why the VOX had stopped on one set and one speaker was intermittent on another. I finally conclude that the conductors are broken where they enter the moulding, i.
These have not been subject to a hard life as we are aware of how fragile they are. Perhaps a longer term interphonee review would be good. I have not intetphone the materials used, but as an Engineer my guessing is that Copper is used, but it soon work hardens and breaks.
I would think that steel conductors would last longer, but are not so conductive. They may not break so easily either, due to the higher initial strength and the lower fatigue limit.