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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-27-2020, 10:27 PM
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My local dealer pitched me on the Sena brand but despite his assertions, I went with a Cardo PackTalk Slim. Actually, my riding friend and I split a two-pack. I like the PackTalk Slim a lot. Works well with my Motorola Android phone and is great with music; those JBL speakers...WOW! It's easy to operate (mostly) with gloves on and makes hearing the nav over the tunes and wind noise a breeze (pardon the pun). My complaints: the operation of pairing with other riders is painful, the voice command has never worked for me and my buddy has issues with it staying paired with his iPhone. The battery life is awesome. I've been on trips lasting 6 hours or better and haven't lost battery power yet. It ain't perfect but it's pretty dang good.

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My complaints: the operation of pairing with other riders is painful, the voice command has never worked for me and my buddy has issues with it staying paired with his iPhone. The battery life is awesome. I've been on trips lasting 6 hours or better and haven't lost battery power yet. It ain't perfect but it's pretty dang good.
Sena 20s and 30K also had connection problems. Link with another Sena was often scrambled and sounded like Donald Duck. Solution was to reboot.

Would not always connect with Garmin, iPhone, or Android. Seems to matter the order the devices are powered up. Same problem with Cardo. I blame Bluetooth. In 1994 I evaluated the options for using Bluetooth on a project and was not pleased at the costs or difficulties. At the time support libraries were 500k bytes of complied code. And ultimately rejected because Bluetooth just didn't seem to work well. At major version 4 or 5 today, its still a mess. Needs someone like Apple to promote a replacement.

Cardo has a mic sensitivity setting for speech recognition. Use the Cardo app on your smartphone to set.

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