U Clear HBC 200

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by zazoos, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. zazoos

    zazoos Adventurer

    Mar 2, 2010
    East Texas
    Just got my U Clear HBC 200 (actually 3 of them) and I'm not impressed with my first testing. Here are the issues I ran into.

    1. It only took a few minutes to get 2 paired together, but the 3rd one took 15 minutes. The directions say one thing, but the illustrations show the complete opposite. (Follow the illustrations)
    2. Once turned off, you have to turn the 3 units on in specific order to get them to all link up the next time you use them.
    3. One unit seems to act as the master unit and if that unit in not along for the ride, you have to pair the other two units each time.
    4. The sound is muted/muffled. You have to turn the volume up really high or ask the other riders to repeat themselves frequently. (I even double checked all the ear piece placements)
    5. One rider split from the group and within 300 ft they were out of range. ( We didn't get to try the hop feature by spreading out, maybe next time.) If the unit that acts as the master leaves the group the other two cannot talk.
    6. The only positive is it did great at blocking all the extra noises.

    I am going to give these units one more try and check back here to see if anyone has a different experience, but thus far I am very disappointed, especially when you consider the price for 3 of these things.

    Prior to U Clear, we had Cardo Scala's and they have much better range. The only two issues I have with my Cardo's is wind noise in the earpiece from the boom and you can only full duplex two units. That is why I thought we would try the U Clear so we could all 3 have full duplex.

    Let me know if you have any experience with the U Clear 200.


  2. RocketMoto

    RocketMoto 2 Many Motersikles

    Jun 9, 2008
    New Haamsha, USA
    We'll be interested to hear other comments. One of our suppliers wants us to take these on. We've asked for a pair of eval units to thoroughly test, just as we do everything else we sell.

    The HBC100 we weren't so hot on, so we were hoping the HBC200 was a big improvement.
  3. Simplyred

    Simplyred No longer active on ADVRider.

    May 18, 2011
    Zazoos, there has been an excellent technical discussion on this board about the principles and functioning of the Uclear, and the detected flaws there were never answered to full satisfaction by the vendor. I believe it was indeed in the vendor thread. Some very smart remarks were made there.
    I guess the reason for other noises being filtered out is not that they are blocked, but they simply are not even detected since they origin from without the zone it detects any noises in.
    If you would have read other posts on this forum about the uclear, you would have found that in general, remarks are all the same. The sound does seem muffled, but on the other hand, it's boomless.
    There is no perfect device yet to be purchased although some seem to have less problems, flaws or deficiencies then others. It is just a matter of what deficiency bothers you most, and what feature you like most that drives the decision.
    I have the Scala G4 Powerset, own it for about almost 2 years, and still have no clue whatever I am doing when on the bike trying to operate the damn thing. So what works for John, might not work for Hank. It's personal. One thing do they all have in general: none of them are perfect.
  4. dstock

    dstock Adventurer n00b

    Feb 21, 2008
    Hermosa Beach, CA
  5. Al Goodwin

    Al Goodwin Long timer

    Nov 16, 2007
    Cullman, Alabama
    I'd like more info please.....
  6. Cpl.Steve

    Cpl.Steve swilkins

    Feb 29, 2008
    Graham, NC
    Does anyone know where I might find a replacement headset for the HBC200. (My wife's dog pulled my headset out of my helmet and chewed it up.) I've looked online and found a replacement headset for the HBC100, but I'm not able to tell from the literature if it works with the HBC200. I hear there is an earbud option available for the HBC200 to use in lieu of the helmet speakers, but no one seems to sell them.
  7. Stromtrooper246

    Stromtrooper246 Lost again

    Dec 13, 2002
    Jupiter, Florida
    Did you ever get an answer to this question?
  8. Lissa836

    Lissa836 n00b

    Mar 11, 2013
    South Carolina
    We have a small group of three that have the hbc200 units. We were each able to pair with our individual phones/or music players. We were also able to pair our units together. (It took us a ride or two to realize that you had to turn them on in the order they were paired!)

    However, we have not been able to listen to our music players once we have paired our units together. I tried starting my music first, but then I was unable to pair with the other riders. They are having the same issue.

    Maybe we are doing something out of order- has anyone else run into this problem? I contacted UClear via their website, but have been unable to get an answer.

    So far I do like the system. I am able to hear the intercom very well, and the sound quality of the music streaming from my media player is great too. I just want to be able to do both at the same time! :)
  9. rpeterk

    rpeterk Been here awhile

    Oct 15, 2007
    Cream Ridge,nj
    Call them they will answer the phone. From a business standpoint I hate emails. It is very difficult to make heads or tails of what a person is asking sometimes where if your on the phone the tone of their voice might be all that is needed to realize that they may not understand something and you can deal with it and they are happy. This can sometimes take endless emails to resolve if it ever is. I have the 100 and although it isnt perfect I do like it and dont want the boooom or remote mike for either helmet. Going to go to the 200 and use my existing 100 for my ear protection in the shop. This way I can listen to music while I am doing the dreaded polishing I need to do occasionally and still be able to hear the phone. Yes I may have to pull it off my ear for a mike to work but it is better then what I have now which is dead silence.