Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?


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Re: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?

Post by TheChief » Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:15 pm



Until some one comes up with an inexpensive plug and play solution that maintains the factory sytem functionalities, I'm sticking with wired.

The other day I hit Amzon and snaged a pair of BT-S3's. Got them early this afternoon. Spent some time getting one helmet wired. The testing that followed reinforced my opinion that in all of its incarnations, Bluetooth is crap. The S3's are going back to Amazon first thing in the morning.


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Re: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?

Post by C-dub » Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:08 pm

TheChief wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:15 pm
Until some one comes up with an inexpensive plug and play solution that maintains the factory sytem functionalities, I'm sticking with wired.

The other day I hit Amzon and snaged a pair of BT-S3's. Got them early this afternoon. Spent some time getting one helmet wired. The testing that followed reinforced my opinion that in all of its incarnations, Bluetooth is crap. The S3's are going back to Amazon first thing in the morning.
Maybe it's the BT-S3's. Maybe it's one or both of those sets you received.

Everything I have that is bluetooth works superbly. My hearing aides. My daughter's hearing aides. My Sena SRL in my Neotec-II. My Sena Freewire. And a bluetooth speaker for my phone that I don't remember the brand or model. The bluetooth in our car to either mine or my wife's phone.

I'm sorry you've had bad luck. That kind of experience really sours a person on a thing.
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Re: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?

Post by TheChief » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:49 am

The biggest disappointment was the fact that the BT did not save the FM station. I had to retune the bloody thing after a power cycle. We use the FM to listen to our "road tracks" and hear the GPS. The GPS has an MP3 player and an FM and having this fucntionality is crucial.

What really surprised me in the BT world no one seems to have taken their head out of their backside and taken a look around. If one company would come up with a BT enabled GPS/headset system that has an MP3 player and adapters to tie into the factory CB radio, I'd be all over it like white on rice. But no, their too busy raking in cash and catering to the crotch rocket crowd.

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Re: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?

Post by 89 1500 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:10 pm

All I want is a interface for the factory radio. I just want to use what's already there to a Bluetooth stereo transceiver in my helmets. I could care less about nav or bike to bike. The crew I ride with use our c.b.'s when on the road and are not limited to a quarter mile range. I'd be happy with just losing my cord.

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Re: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?

Post by jbaviera » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:56 pm

89 1500 wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:10 pm
All I want is a interface for the factory radio. I just want to use what's already there to a Bluetooth stereo transceiver in my helmets. I could care less about nav or bike to bike. The crew I ride with use our c.b.'s when on the road and are not limited to a quarter mile range. I'd be happy with just losing my cord.
The only thing I've found to work is the Sena FREEWIRE. It's around $250, and comes with either the Goldwing or Harley adapter. Your headsets MUST be Bluetooth 4.1 compatible from what I've read so far. Thinking of going this route myself to use my newly installed CB, but I'm having trouble justifying spending $500 for it all. I currently have the Sena SMH5-FM, and it's Bluetooth 3.1
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Re: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?

Post by 89 1500 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:41 pm

jbaviera wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:56 pm
89 1500 wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:10 pm
All I want is a interface for the factory radio. I just want to use what's already there to a Bluetooth stereo transceiver in my helmets. I could care less about nav or bike to bike. The crew I ride with use our c.b.'s when on the road and are not limited to a quarter mile range. I'd be happy with just losing my cord.
The only thing I've found to work is the Sena FREEWIRE. It's around $250, and comes with either the Goldwing or Harley adapter. Your headsets MUST be Bluetooth 4.1 compatible from what I've read so far. Thinking of going this route myself to use my newly installed CB, but I'm having trouble justifying spending $500 for it all. I currently have the Sena SMH5-FM, and it's Bluetooth 3.1
I guess I'll stick with cords for now. We only use them on long trips anyway.

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Re: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?

Post by TheChief » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:46 pm

89 1500 wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:10 pm
All I want is a interface for the factory radio. I just want to use what's already there to a Bluetooth stereo transceiver in my helmets. I could care less about nav or bike to bike. The crew I ride with use our c.b.'s when on the road and are not limited to a quarter mile range. I'd be happy with just losing my cord.
I want the same thing too, but the deal breaker has been getting one central bluetooth device that will stream stereo audio to two separate bluetooth receivers. As far as I can tell it ain't gonna happen any time soon.

With the Freewire stuff you need 2 transmitters and 2 recievers and the cost is totally rediculous.
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Re: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?

Post by garwil » Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:14 pm

No matter what you choose to go with, none of it will fulfill every wish. Every choice you make has a cost, and they add up and multiply fast.
I remember when I started riding back in '78, my Arei full face helmet ($50 new) had no vents other than the flip up wind screen, and was the quietest helmet I ever owned. No music, no CB, no intercom.
If you wanted to communicate you used hand signals or pull over to talk. Sometimes I miss that. Now I have wired helmets, Bluetooth helmets, modular with chin, eyebrow and back of the head vents. Not only flip up windscreen, but inner sun screen. They have so much wind noise I have to wear ear plugs, and the Bluetooth unit adds to the wind noise. The cost is three digits before you start adding electronics. Progress?

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Re: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?

Post by TheChief » Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:44 pm

I hear ya.

I'm fixin' to drop some serious coin on a pair of full face helmets so we don't get wind noise through the intercom. The hard part is finding FFs that have a bill/sunshade like my GMAX helmets do. I also have a set of HJCs that don't have a bill and they really suck. Supposedly these helmest had a removeable "bill" but I can't find 'em anywhere.
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Re: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?

Post by garwil » Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:24 pm

The bill seems to help with wind noise as well.

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Re: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?

Post by bluthundr31 » Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:01 pm

The HJC IS-MAX2 is a modular (flip-up) helmet with pin-locks and internal drop-down sunshade (sun-glare is a non-issue now). It has one of the highest, and most reliable "impact-ratings" on the market. When you combine the "decent" neck-roll pad with a chin curtain($15) the wind noise is non-existent in the "full-face" configuration. The cut outs for the speakers are nicely placed so with speakers installed, the pad sits close to the ear. They're low price makes em the best "bang-for-your-buck" helmet IMHO.

THE BEST WAY TO REDUCE WIND NOISE IS GETTING A PROPER FITTING HELMET. The HJC fits my noggin better than any of the other brands I've owned, or tried on. I just wish they still had a Hi-Viz option for this model though.

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Re: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?

Post by C-dub » Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:34 am

bluthundr31 wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:01 pm
The HJC IS-MAX2 is a modular (flip-up) helmet with pin-locks and internal drop-down sunshade (sun-glare is a non-issue now). It has one of the highest, and most reliable "impact-ratings" on the market. When you combine the "decent" neck-roll pad with a chin curtain($15) the wind noise is non-existent in the "full-face" configuration. The cut outs for the speakers are nicely placed so with speakers installed, the pad sits close to the ear. They're low price makes em the best "bang-for-your-buck" helmet IMHO.

THE BEST WAY TO REDUCE WIND NOISE IS GETTING A PROPER FITTING HELMET. The HJC fits my noggin better than any of the other brands I've owned, or tried on. I just wish they still had a Hi-Viz option for this model though.
We have those HJC’s and I thought they were great until I realized they are neutral to slightly round. My slight to moderately oval head didn’t like them.

Other than that they are great helmets for the price.
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Re: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?

Post by bluthundr31 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:40 am

The HJC IS-MAX2 is listed as an "Intermediate Oval" and that's what fits my noggin best. The "round" shape was tight on my forehead and loose at the ears. The "Long Oval" was tight on my ears and loose at the forehead and back.

C-dub, sounds like you might be a candidate for a "long Oval" shell shape to be a good fit.

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