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It has an uncanny ability to filter out background noise while sending clear voice signals to the pillion or other riders. The intercom module is water resistant to IP67 and it is manufactured in an ISO certified facility. There — you pretty much have a review of the new Interphone F5 intercom in a nutshell, just by reading the Summary! The F5 beats it in several key ways, but I have to say, even after using the F5 for a couple of months, the F4 is still a valid solution.
But, time marches on, and the F5 does things that no one even knew existed back when the F4 was released. Like Bluetooth 3. And lower power consumption for longer battery life. Motorcycle intercoms have become much more user-friendly since we first started reviewing them about 6 years ago. If you did somehow stumble into a connection, it was quickly lost.
Especially if you wandered more than a couple of meters from your pillion! Then came Bluetooth 2. Although the buttons or dials may be placed differently on the intercom module, depending on the brand, those button presses pretty much do the same things, no matter which module you own. Next steps? This might consist of a slot at the lower rear of the helmet, where an intercom module of a certain size would be plugged in.
Then the intercom manufacturers could concentrate on improving features, functions, battery life and the rest, knowing that their systems would fit any new motorcycle helmet. But now, since most of the functionality is standard operating procedure e. In the meantime, if you have any questions about a feature or function of the Interphone F5 not covered here, feel free to send me an email at the address in the Owner Comments section below.
The F5 was the first motorcycle intercom to hit the streets with Bluetooth 3. Our use of the Interphone F5 over the last couple of months involves use of the intercom function, of course. The single or dual kits come with a charger with a locally appropriate electric plug. It takes about 3 hours for the initial charge. The module clips on to the sturdy Interphone helmet mount that slips between the shell and liner on most helmets.
Interphone provides both a boom microphone with speakers unit and a wired mic with speakers, so the system can be used right out of the box on either an open-face, full-face or flip-up helmet.
There are no pins or special connectors on the intercom module or the helmet mount; everything is self-contained in the module, which is then attached to the mount. The Interphone F5 functions are easy to access and use, with a single large central main function button MFB surrounded by four smaller buttons.
Two LED lights to the front of the button array serve as the indicators. The F5 very quickly paired with other F5 modules, Interphone F4 modules, cell phones and any other Bluetooth device we tried. It will store up to 8 different pairings; when if the 9th is connected, the first will drop out of the list.
Again, this standardization is a good thing and quite different from the first intercoms we reviewed, each of which had strange series of button pushes that had to be memorized to get it to do anything. The F5 easily pairs with every Bluetooth device we have handy. The F5 will pair with the fancy modern GPS units that have Bluetooth music streaming, but how that actually works will have to wait until H.
Each F5 will pair to its own cell phone s , if desired. But, it also demonstrates once more how easy it now is to use a standardized Bluetooth intercom system — everything works as expected and pretty much just like any other modern Bluetooth device.
Note that all of the webBikeWorld reviewers wear ear plugs when riding, and that includes when evaluating intercom systems. We had no trouble hearing the intercom when riding at speeds up to around 60 MPH when wearing ear plugs. Of course, this will vary, depending upon your individual hearing ability and the noise levels of your helmet or bike.
According to the Interphone product developer, the F5 uses a heavily researched DSP Digital Signal Processing algorithm to cancel out the background noise. Another thing you may have noticed is that there is no traditional static when you are at the edge of the intercom range. This is in contrast to other intercom brands , which will shut off the intercom to avoid static.
Also, the intercom will remain open for as long as the battery will permit no timeout. On a side note, we powered up the submerged F5 we had at the show , and it still functions as new, so I think the F5 has unmatched waterproofing.
Note that as in all motorcycle intercom systems, placing the speakers as close to the ear as possible is important for volume and sound quality. This means that some helmets with deep ear pockets may need to have foam spacers for mounting speakers. This is a problem frequently reported by webBikeWorld intercom users, but the F5 is almost spooky in the way it sends only the voice and discards all the other background clutter.
The voice communication is there in real time, no waiting for a VOX to kick in. This is supposed to be true also for up to 6 intercoms, where everyone can talk in real time, just like you were all on a conference call. Of course, once you hit a certain speed on the open road, the wind and engine noise in the helmet will overwhelm the ability to hear the speakers especially when wearing ear plugs. Also, the addition of the two types of microphone headsets — both the boom and the wired mic — is a very nice bonus.
Part 2 which will be available within the next several weeks after H. But I have no hesitation in recommending the Interphone F5 based on our experience. I will say that the connection to my iPhone seems much more solid than what it is when using the F4, however the menu system makes using the system for anything other than intercom purposes a pain. I cant even find the key commands I use every day. I primarily use my Bluetooth for listening to music and GPS instructions from my phone which the F4 would do simultaneously.
Also, taking calls or making calls to update my partner where I am; i. I believe it would even type texts for me. How can I get to Siri with the F5?
My primary goal was to listen to music from my iPhone and also to here that an incoming call was happening. Knowing that I missed the call as opposed to remembering to check the phone every time I stopped the bike, which I would never remember to do. Then I got a new Bike. Is this right? I had assumed I should be able to connect the GPS and the iPhone separately so that the functions would be independent. I could not get my question answered, or likely understood in many forums, etc.
The intercom function worked great for my wife. She could hear me perfectly. I however could not hear her clearly. I want to use the system primarily for intercom on a cross country trip, but I also want to receive GPS instructions from my iPhone 4S running Navigon.
I now see this is not possible with the F5. And even when an informed decision is made regarding a specific system, there is no guarantee that it will be the answer to requirements especially when it comes to the riding environment. Its primary and secondary pairing channels let audio sources like wired music, GPS or an incoming call via a phone paired with the secondary channel come in and remain in the background, without disrupting an active intercom session.
So in theory, if your phone was paired to the secondary channel, audio like the Navigon instructions would come in as background audio or at normal volume if nothing else is active, like the intercom. On a related note, Bluetooth 3. But unless a system can be tailored via specific pairing procedures and multi-channel services, the limitation you have remains, except as noted above and, below. With the phone or other audio devices connected to the SR10, which is then paired to the headset, audio via the SR10 is streamed in mono to the headset.
And if the SR10 is paired properly using the correct profile procedure, that audio is in the background and the intercom is not interrupted. Note, however, that a phone or GPS paired directly to the headset will still typically interrupt anything else, unless the Selective Pairing process has been completed. This combination of hardware and software selective pairing abilities provides options not available to other headsets except the BT NeXt.
I have the latest R96 firmware even exchanged the unit with motohaus and the phone and sat nav are up to date with software. From my experience, the volume is way too low, even in a quiet, well fitting Shoei to hear the sat nav at speeds above 45 mph.
Music played fluctuates between just bearable and nothing more than an indecipherable tick tick noise as it feels. I only really want a wireless sat nav connection; phone and music would have been a bonus; intercom no use to me as I ride solo most of the time.
And following my experiences, none of my riding friends are keen to spend a large amount of cash on a hit and miss item. Also, there are so many different electronic devices available today that it would be impossible for each manufacturer to test all of the different connections and combinations. I have used intercoms and more particularly Autocom and Scala products extensively over the last few years so feel quite qualified in commenting on the new Interphone F5.
They have got the curvature of the product right so that it seamlessly integrates with the shell of the helmet, the positioning of the buttons is very good and easy to learn and it just generally looks better in my opinion than the Scala, Sena etc…products. Although this connector has to be placed carefully in some helmets to avoid it becoming a pressure point when the helmet is in use.
I purchased the slimline speakers for full face helmet as an optional extra for easier fitment and they are way better quality than my original Scala G4 speakers. They were. I managed to switch the function so that less prompts are given but still they are intrusive and sloooooww…. Any speaker is going to suffer at higher speeds but the absolute best bit of advice I can give anyone with any system is to position the earpieces directly against your ears. Not necessarily in the little cutouts some helmet manufacturers provide — they will usually be too far away from your ears.
You need speakers absolutely right against your ears. The volume and quality of sound is night and day if you do this on any system. Spend time getting the positioning right, go for test rides etc.. The hard work will pay off trust me! Instead we bought a pair of auxiliary headphones and followed the YouTube vid easy to find and replaced the headphones on our G4s and the volume and sound quality is absolutely awesome with these installed.
The voice sounded noticeably computer filtered, not at all clear like the G4. Perhaps it would improve on the road, we thought, maybe this is a result of the noise cancelling technology. It takes so long on the F5 to connect to your other rider it really was a let down.
Compared with the Scala G4 in either Vox mode say something loudly to open the connection or a single push of the A button, and connection would take place in around 5 seconds I used to count!
Interphone F5MC User Manual
I tried pairing my Interphone F5s headset to the Sena 20s headset of my friend. We used the Universal intercom feature of the 20s, but no success. Both units enter the searching mode successfully and appear to have 'found' each othe. But then the process stops and no connection is made. Is this a known problem? Is there a solution. Any tips to get a successful pairing of these two devices?
Cellular Line interphone F5 Instruction Manual
Manual zz. Note: You must have two Interphone Headsets to use the Intercom feature. This headset is compatible with Bluetooth cellular phones and can be suited to any sort of helmet for motorcyclists. Multi-function Button MFB 5. Charger and Headset Socket 2.