Last May, we tested the Scala Rider Q2 Bluetooth Headset from Cardo systems and came away impressed. Easy to use and with excellent audio quality, we couldn’t find much wrong with it. Cardo has just announced an updated version, the Q2 Multiset, featuring MP3 jacks and pre-paired for immediate use.
With the Multiset you’re buying a pair of headsets. That’s usually what you’re going to want anyway, right? So it makes sense for Cardo to package two units together. And the fact they’re pre-paired should make it that much easier to start talking. Just charge the headset and you’re ready to go. Plus, the addition of an MP3 jack will likely appeal to a large number of touring-minded riders, although to this day I have reservations about listening to music when you should be riding. Regardless, we know it’s a bonus many people will enjoy.
This might not seem like a big step, but it is a rational and desirable evolution of Cardo’s excellent bike-to-bike communications system. Our earlier review impressed us with how well the Scala Rider Q2 works, and as the system remains otherwise the same, we expect the new Multiset to be even more appealing to riders looking for easy rider-to-passenger or bike-to-bike communication with Bluetooth technology, with the added benefit of cell phone connectivity and in-helmet GPS voice instruction.
Better yet, the new Multiset is actually cheaper than the previous single units. Last May, those listed for $219.99 each. The new Multiset lists for $395.95. Go here to read our full review of the Q2. — Richard Backus