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I recently purchased 2 xbi2 open face systems. I use 3/4 or modular style helmets so the open face was the way to go.
I have also used the Cardo FM solo Bluetooth system, so I will do some comparing between the two systems.
The 2 main upgrades over the Cardo System is Rider to Rider pairing and Stereo Bluetooth.
Over all size Cardo unit is alittle smaller. However I have found lining up the unit to slide onto mounted bracket the Chatterbox is much easier. But the Chatterbox requires you to insert the speaker cable into the unit, where as the Cardo system has uses connection plates that once it is slid into place connection to speakers are ready to go.
The Chatterbox mic and speakers are larger than the Cardo system. I can't imagin how you would place the fullface mic into a helmet. The Cardo system has builtin sound control which raises / lowers sound as it picks up air movement. I am not sure if The Chatterbox has this type tool.
The chatterbox stereo is what I was looking for. I use my cellphone as a MP3 player - bluetooth. The Cardo would alows this - but it was not stereo, so Chatterbox rules here. I must inform you to make sure the speaker cable / headset is inserted into the chatterbox unit. I have had several problem with the sound intercom & music due to the cable not fully inserted.
Using the intercom works good - on the open face I get wind sound coming thru. I'm sure the fullface helmet works even better. Streaming music sounds really good.
I am happy with the choice - I went with Chatterbox due to its long history in Motorcycle products. Cardo now has out a new system that pushes bluetooth stereo.
BMS in Cincinnati
Purchased the XBI2 for use with Garmin Zumo 660 and iPhone 3G through the Zumo. The unit is installed on a Arai Quantum II full-face helmet. My ride is a 2008 Kawasaki Concours.
My primary purpose for this headset was to hear GPS instructions and use with mP3's, the phone functionality was an afterthought for me. I've been very happy with this unit, the volume is sufficient at extra-legal highway speeds windscreen up or down and the bluetooth connection with the Zumo is reliable and easy once its setup.
Positives: No wires, easy communication with GPS and ability to listen to music. Unit will stream music from Zumo for all but the longest rides without dying. Average 6 hours with constant tunes. I had thought that having this hanging off the side of my helmet would be a pain, but its not noticible once the helmet is on. The buttons are easy to use with leather or textile gloves. Customer service guys at Chatterbox were very helpful with resolving speaker placement issues.
Negatives: Setup instructions were fuzzy at best...including the video on Chatterbox's website showing proper installation. Speaker placement should be more throughly explained. The little bluetooth icon goes nuts when the thing is turned on, flashing from red to blue. I could do without this as it really draws attention at night. The microphone has really been a pain for me. I can't put my helmet on with the mic in place, I have to remove it to put it on or take it off.
Speaker placement was an inital negative because I didn't know where to put 'em. the instructions weren't clear but the tech support at Chatterbox helped a lot. The trick is to put your helmet on, then use post-it's or somthing similar to mark where your ears are in the helmet. Then try to mount the speakers there, TO THE PADS and not behind them. I ended up mounting these on the cheek pad inset for my Arai Quantum II. They're mounted to the hard plastic just aft of the foam pads. Once they were mounted I put the cloth covering for the cheek pads back in place and they've worked great ever since. The sound is great in that location and there's no extra pressure when putting the helmet on/off or while its in use.
I would recommed this product, just make sure that there's a suitable place on your helmet to mount the speakers so that they're safely behind the liner of your helmet, but above the impact foam.