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CARDO SYSTEMS INC. SCALA 500 Bluetooth Headset

  • Talk Time Up to 9 hour(s)
  • Standby Time Up to 168 hours
  • Rechargeable Li-Po
  • Bluetooth version 1.2 Class2
  • 0.58 oz
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Model

Brand
CARDO SYSTEMS INC.
Model
SCALA 500

Spec

Type
Bluetooth Headset
Talk Time
Up to 9 hour(s)
Standby Time
Up to 168 hours
Charge Time
2 - 4 hours
Battery
Rechargeable Li-Po
Specifications
Option for ear-loop and eye/sunglasses clip
Functions and Supported Features
Handsfree and Headset Profiles
Voice Dial
Call Reject
Toggling between Headset and Handset
Volume up and down: 13 levels, 20 db
Audio Features
Echo canceling technology
Directional Microphone
WindGuard Technology
Speaker Booster
Chip and Battery
BT Chip: Cambridge Silicone Radio, Cambridge, UK, (CSR)
Environmental Specs
Temperature range: -5 C to +50 C
Drop Test: unit will survive drop test from 6 ft. / 1.85m on hard solid surface
Charger
110/240V 50/60Hz Universal Travel Charger
Certificates
FCC, CE, Bluetooth
Compatibility
Bluetooth version 1.2 Class2
Weight
0.58 oz

Features

Features
The scala-500 is engineered to serve as the perfect compliment for your mobile phone, no matter where you are. Whether you are walking the sidewalks of a busy city, or biking or hiking on a windy day, you will appreciate our Wind Guard solution: Cardo's proprietary wind blocking technology overcomes wind interference significantly better than any other BT headset on the market.
Naturally, the scala-500 comes equipped with all high end features and functionalities you would expect from a leading headset: At only 0.58 oz (16.8 g), the sleek and stylish scala-500 is one of the smallest and lightest devices available and still offers up to 9 hours of talk time.
We also added a speaker booster to provide substantially higher volume capacity than otherwise available. Give the scala-500 a try and you will see why more than any other wireless headset; this is the perfect complement for your mobile phone.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/18/2006 11:15:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood - for the price

Pros: This headset is lightweight, and fits nicely. I was able to adjust the ear hook to fit so that I hardly know it is on. It is very comfortable to wear.

The controls are intuitive, and I like the jog wheel versus other types of BT headsets I have tried. I found control to be very intuitive and easy to pick up.

Reception and audio quality are better than I expected, and the unit puts out very decent SPL. I find myself having to turn it down frequently after answering a call.

Standby and talk time seem to be on par with what is advertised amd it pairs great with my T-Mobile MDA and voice dialing works well. The range is not bad, though I believe 30 feet is stretching it.

Cons: The LED is too bright. It slows down traffic at night when I am wearing it in the car. I can't understand why such a bright LED was needed. It spoils an otherwise no-frills design.

I have had some complaints regarding clarity from people I am calling. I know it is not a weak cell signal, but I have not been able to determine if it is the BT radio in my phone, or the headset, or, if it is a problem with the noise cancelling mic. It works fine most of the time, and only seems to break up on longer calls. However, the audio never breaks up for me, which leads me to think it is a problem with the mic.

Other Thoughts: Other than the occassional problems with the other party hearing me, and the LED, this has been a surprise for the price. Had it been more expensive, I would have ranked it lower, however, it far exceeded my expectations. For the budget-minded, or for someone who won't be using it all the time, this is a great headset.

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  • Dennis A.
  • 8/30/2006 11:28:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWORKS GREAT

Pros: EASY PAIRING WITH MY NOKIA 6630 AND MAC IBOOK G4
WORKS WELL

Cons: none so far

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/25/2006 12:27:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNice. Inexpensive too!

Pros: Easy to set up. Has many features. Very little static considering it's price. Overall a very good value. I am able to move a decent distance from the phone with little noticeable affect on the sound quality.

Cons: The beltclip doesn't hold on to your belt very well, although would be fine for hooking it to your shirt somewhere.

Other Thoughts: It continues to remain "on" if you connect it to the charger Doesn't come with a USB power cord, which would be really nice for use with laptops.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/14/2006 9:51:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery nice headset

Pros: The price. The sound quality on both ends (especially the headset's end) is great. It works great with voice dial. It pairs extremely fast and is ready practically the second you turn it on. The windblocking technology works pretty well. The style of this headset is much better than the others I've seen; you don't look like a cyborg when wearing it. It's very light and comfortable to the point I forget I'm wearing it. Battery life is good.

Cons: Two problems I ran in to was that I was unable to mute the headset or reject a call (without my phone being open). I confirmed this as a problem with the phone because I tested it with an LG CU500 and it worked. There is a light that flashes constantly no matter what, but it's not really bright unless you're in a dark room. Also, people on the other end can hear the beep when you turn the volume up or down on the headset. The fit could be a little tighter. It feels kind of loose. The lightness makes me afraid to drop it.

Other Thoughts: I was nervous about buying this. Yeah the price is very good, but there were mixed reviews and I wasn't sure it would work with my phone (Samsung MM-A940). I was surprised that this headset had such a high rating considering its price. I decided to go for it. I put this headset through several tests to see how it would perform. I drove with it, I stood outside in a slight wind, I talked in a room with a really loud airconditioner and a room with several other people talking. The only time anyone's ever complained at all was with the airconditioner. The person I was talking to said that they could hear me fine but the noise in the background was really loud. The microphone picks up a lot. I could practically whisper and people could still hear what I was saying. I found could get about 25 feet away from my phone before the static was overwhelming, but I think this has more to do with the phone. Anyways, this is a very good headset and I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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  • Daville L.
  • 8/13/2006 2:01:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for the price

Pros: I bought this for my Motoralla L2, the pairing was easy enough. The sound quality is excellent depending on the distance you are from your phone. I dont have a problem with battery life with it. Fits comfortably.

Cons: I cant go very far from my phone and get good reception but with what its cost thats to be expected. Rather than that its a good buy.

Other Thoughts: This is my first blue-tooth. Cant really compare performance to others but it works good for me at the moment.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/9/2006 7:13:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Really Good!

Pros: The price is real good for the quality. It is also capable of redialing, holding, voice dial, reject, etc just from the headset.

Cons: Nothing, I am absolutely satisfied with my purchase!

Other Thoughts: I have no static or poor quality at all. People that I have called or people that have called me don't notice any sound quality difference with or withoutthe headset.

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  • Matthew F.
  • 7/26/2006 3:43:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks with My Treo 650

Pros: Price, ways to store (belt or lanyard)

Cons: Reception. I had the same problem with another bluetooth headset, but its decent.

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  • Michael S.
  • 7/26/2006 7:47:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't use with a Treo 650

Pros: Price, size, weight

Cons: Doesn't work with the Treo 650 despite them saying it did.

Other Thoughts: It sets up fine, it says it connects when you press the button but it won't pick-up a call. Their TS had me do numerous delete and soft resets adds on my phone and the same result - so now I have to RMA through them at my shipping expense.

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  • benjamin p.
  • 6/28/2006 5:23:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGOOD BUY

Pros: THIS IS THE BEST ONE I EVER TRIED. better than the plantronic explorer 320. ok one is that its all reliant on one button. the sound button is located on the top. whats also cool is that its led tells you when the battery is dying. its very clear.. wished it had a add on that makes the speaker go in ear.

Cons: ok the part that hangs on your ears is not heavy duty. it can break. the light on it tends to be bright. no biggie

Other Thoughts: unlike the plantronics explorer 320 this had a stronger frequency. its microphone is more open. 15ft is its max from your phone. no bluetooth yet proved to be 30ft. ITS A HELLA OF A GOOD BUY.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/23/2006 1:08:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It is cheap, it feels nice to wear, and is a wireless headset (much like all bluetooth headsets).

Cons: I had moderate (not excessive) static when using it. The recipient had significantly more static (very obvious, but not un-understandable).

Other Thoughts: This has been the only BT headset I have used, so am not sure if the product is bay, or I had incorrect expectations. Also I was surprised that I coludn't listen to music via the bluetooth handset (although this seems to be a problem with all BT headsets, not just this one).

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