Interphone F 4 Intercom Review

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by owrstrich, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    Yep. Apple really slays me with their refusal to fully implement the industry standard AVRCP protocol on the iPhone (come on Steve, INDUSTRY STANDARDS is what you quote for not supporting FLASH so get with it!).

    In any case, on my 3GS (and on Thursday iPhone 4!) I use a double tap of the main button on the F4 to start/stop music if it happens to drop out. Also, voice control works to start/stop and to skip tracks so it's not all bad.

    One thing I don't like is that streaming audio from Wunderadio doesn't mute correctly when a phone call comes in. The volume drops down but not enough. Perhaps that will get better once they re-compile with the new iOS 4 APIs for background audio.

    BTW - the new Pandora for iOS4 released today kicks but. Backgrounds correctly and mutes/restarts on phone call. :clap :clap :clap
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  2. eanth

    eanth Adventurer

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    Hi all. Many thanks for the great info re. this device. I'm looking to purchase soon. MrHit will have them on sale at $149 for the "next several months" according to their customer service rep.

    Quick question: I wear an Arai XD3 w/ some, but not too much, room between my mouth and the front of the helmet. I'd think the flat mic may fit best, but C.S. at MrHit.com says these may be discontinued (though another site i visited recently said it was included in the kit at no additional cost).

    Any issues w/ the standard mic among full face riders? Anyone use the flat mic and care to share their thoughts about it?

    thanks in advance.
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  3. Wheresmurph

    Wheresmurph SEEKER OF PEACE

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    Had a similar issur to owrstrich,sound in the left side is out.
    Well,not cpmpletly out its about 80 right 20 left.
    Called the company and waiting for them to let me kmow.Hope it happens soon,i`m off to OR and Prudhoe in a week.

    UPDATE:Just got off the phone with the company.They`re mailing me out a new headset,no paperwork to submit or nuthin.Good show.
    For others who have this issue the guy I spoke with at BlueAnt was Brendan Bertolini.Very helpfull.
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  4. imintman

    imintman FL_atlander

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    Okay, I just installed a pair of Interphone F4s, one in a Shoei Syncrotec and the other in a Nolan N102. Up to this point I’ve been using a J&M NAV-MP/3 system connected to Garmin Zumo 550. Audio was routed to my helmet via one of their best wired headsets. The motorcycle is a 2007 F650GS single with stock fly screen. My wife and I finally decided that these Bluetooth gizmos had evolved to the point of being useful for bike to bike comms so we purchased a set. Our primary use will be intercom, GPS and cellular. I just installed the unit and have ridden with it only twice so don’t expect a lot of information. I’m contributing here because I got a lot of useful data from this thread and figured my info might help somebody else.
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    First off, the webbikeworld dude said you could not install the F4 in a Shoei Syncrotec. Mine is installed and working fine. I guess it helps to be of a certain age and well beyond the fear of tearing things apart. I did have to remove some foam in order to make a channel for the left speaker/mic assembly. I would much rather have these things separated and deal with them one at a time. Having the boom attached to the left speaker is the F4&#8217;s Achilles heel when installing in some helmets, particularly the Shoei Syncrotec. Speaker location and angle is critical. The boom may cause attached speaker to tilt in the same axis as boom travel. Other manufacturer&#8217;s units have the boom attached to the helmet bracket which surely must be a better solution. Installing the unit in my wife&#8217;s Nolan 102 was easy.

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    The only comparison I can make right now is to my MIL spec-like J&M system. Compared to J&M, the F4 is a toy until you turn it on. Believe it or not, F4 volume is on par if not better than J&M&#8217;s massive speaker endowed unit. How is this possible? The Interphone has speed or ambient noise compensation as good as anything I&#8217;ve ever experienced. During the test ride travelling at 70 mph I initiated a couple of phone calls using the Zumo. The recipient had no idea I was on my motorcycle. I also called my answering machine so I could hear for myself. I had done this before with the J&M and was amazed with the results. The F4 is light years ahead of J&M when it comes to audio processing. During my test loop I also listened to a radio podcast. Volume and intelligibility were as good if not better than my wired system.
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    If it wasn&#8217;t for my distaste of the left speaker boom microphone design, this thing would be da bomb.
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  5. kelseyu

    kelseyu Thumper Chick

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    Excellent review, and my thoughts exactly. The good news is, they do make a flat-mic kit which is available here. The better news is it's only $30. Lots of systems charge $30 for a simple cable.
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  6. steinVT

    steinVT Just a rider

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    Thanks to everyone for contributing to this thread, great info here.

    Still would like to know if anyone has used the flat-mic and also if anyone has received their order from MrHit? That price seems almost too good.
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  7. thetable

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    I have a tracking number, not that it means much yet, but...
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  8. bsquarewi

    bsquarewi wee-nie

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    I've had the flat-mic installed in my Shoei RF1000 with this kit since I bought it. The sound of the mic is great (according to the people on the other end of the phone when I talk to them). While it's not really "flat" it does come with a mic that's probably only 1/4 to 1/2" deep mounted on a flat black adhesive strip with the mic wire adhered to for easy running under the front cheek pads. Mounted the mic dead-center of my chin bar so my lips just touch when talknig.

    Bought mine at WirelessRiders.com, while not as low price as the Mr.Kit deal, he did offer to swap out the boom mic for a flat mic for me at no charge.
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  9. imintman

    imintman FL_atlander

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    I ordered my set from MrHit.com. Had the units at my door in three days via USPS Priority mail. :thumb
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  10. steinVT

    steinVT Just a rider

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    Good enough for me, mine are on order too. Looking forward to conversing with my wife more often than stop signs.:wink:
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  11. RichardU

    RichardU Let's Ride

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    I've used the flat mic. What do you want to know? As I recall, the left speaker still has a big plastic "tail" where the boom would have plugged in.
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  12. thetable

    thetable Long timer

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    From MrHit, I ordered mine June 30th at ~2300, it got here this morning July 3rd. I paid for the priority mail.

    Now if only it would finish charging!!!
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  13. owrstrich

    owrstrich F O T G

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  14. thetable

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    Got mine charged and paired, and it's nowhere near as loud as I was expecting with my iPhone and the volume turned all the way up. Now it doesn't seem to want to talk to my phone and GPS at the same time, time for some tweaking.
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  15. owrstrich

    owrstrich F O T G

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    greetings thetable...

    i had to mess around with the speaker placement before i could get loud volume...

    the key for us was to get the speakers absolutely lined up with the ear canals...

    it took some fussing with... but once they were in the sweet spot it was like front row for double live gonzo...

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    j o
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  16. steinVT

    steinVT Just a rider

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    Answering my own question, I ordered the set on Friday and it was delivered on Tuesday and don't forget Monday was a federal holiday.

    I installed both sets in about an hour. The Shoei was easy and the Arai was more difficult. They charged quickly and paired easily. Can't wait to try them on the road.:D
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  17. Dustball

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    Thanks for the reviews and comments on the Interphone F4. The information posted here along with the web bike review solidified my decision to buy the F4. After installation and a test ride I am extremely pleased with the unit. The clarity of the audio in reception or music playback is outstanding, and the digital processing for the microphone's noise cancellation is quite impressive. My Road King is pretty loud, and with my modular helmet's chin bar down the people I spoke with though I was on a land line. With the chin bar up and the microphone exposed to the wind (albeit behind a windscreen), the callers on the other end could hear some background exhaust noise only when I really jumped on it.

    Can't say enough about the quality of posts here!!!

    -Dusty
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  18. themobb

    themobb Is this thing on???

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    Had mine for a few weeks now. No installation problems in the Aria XD3. Paired with the Sprint Android with no drama and plays flawlessly.

    My problems involve speaker placement. Initially, I used a piece of hard Styrofoam to position the speakers closer to my ears. Too close, in fact... It was painful to take on and off... :norton

    So now I removed the Styrofoam and put the speakers against the helmet shell. The sound level is not as good.

    Does anyone have any ideas on how to attach the speakers so they can "float"? You know, push back into the ear cups when you put on the helmet then spring back out against the ear...

    Not trying to high-jack. It is F4 related!

    Overall, highly recommended. Got mine from mrhit for $150...


    Lance
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  19. Kieth

    Kieth Been here awhile

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    We have Speaker Spacers available in 1/4" and 1/2" thicknesss' they have a soft velcro side and a sticky velcro side, they allow one to space the speakers so they float. After you get the speakers close with some give you might need to purchase a Slick (a doo rag with a cotton exterior and a silk inner liner. This keeps one from folding their ears down when putting the helmet on. Kieth
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  20. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    FYI - For the iPhone crowd: iOS 4.1 Beta includes full AVRCP implementation which means this headset (and many more) can now change tracks as well as control volume and start/stop songs. About time!
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