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    IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    For high speed conversations?

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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    No. AutoCom is better, but more expensive too.

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    Never tried Autocom but Collett Electronic's work great. VOX that works, even at speed.

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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    Can these be used together or are they only capable of talking to similar units from the same company?

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    Baketech
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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    Collett and AutoComm outperform the Chatterbox.....but Chatterbox is the most widely used setup...

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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    Quote Originally Posted by EatnAsphalt
    Never tried Autocom but Collett Electronic's work great. VOX that works, even at speed.


    Good success with the Collett radios. A bit pricey (I think I paid around $260 per unit) but they work well.

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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    Quote Originally Posted by TGZ13
    Can these be used together or are they only capable of talking to similar units from the same company?
    The Collett's have their own frequency and can only be used with other Collett radio's. Not sure about the others.

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    AsianImage
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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    Chatterbox here for me....

    Maybe not the best...but they have kind of become an industry "standard."

    Mine works fine...plug in the MP3 player and I am good to go. I find I used my chatterbox for music then yapping with my buddies on a ride...

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    Baketech
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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    Yes....my Chatterbox works acceptable enough, but I plan to upgrade to an AutoComm one of these days....

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    cbr99xx
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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    Haven't had much luck with my Chatterbox(GMRS X1), I have trouble with wind noise continually breaking open the mic. Adjusting the sensitivity only makes screaming necessary and the first word of any sentence is usually lost. I may need to adjust mic placement in my helmet, but I haven't fooled with it yet.

    Personally I find the unit to be quite distracting. I suppose it would be fine for touring with someone but I find that a spirited run through my favorite stretch of pavement requires no narration. Who knows, if the VOX worked better my opinion might be different.

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    Baketech
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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    Quote Originally Posted by cbr99xx
    Haven't had much luck with my Chatterbox(GMRS X1), I have trouble with wind noise continually breaking open the mic. Adjusting the sensitivity only makes screaming necessary and the first word of any sentence is usually lost. I may need to adjust mic placement in my helmet, but I haven't fooled with it yet.

    Personally I find the unit to be quite distracting. I suppose it would be fine for touring with someone but I find that a spirited run through my favorite stretch of pavement requires no narration. Who knows, if the VOX worked better my opinion might be different.
    In a classic example of you get what you pay for, Vox only works well on the higher end stuff like A/C......ymmv.

    For your Chatterbox, toss the fooking vox, get a PTT switch and be happy...

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    cbr99xx
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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baketech
    For your Chatterbox, toss the fooking vox, get a PTT switch and be happy...
    Yep... That's what I figured. I have a PTT switch that came with the unit just need to mount the darn thing.

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    Baketech
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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    Quote Originally Posted by cbr99xx
    Yep... That's what I figured. I have a PTT switch that came with the unit just need to mount the darn thing.
    You won't be sorry.....takes all the hassle out of it....plus you can sing in your helmet without setting the vox off....

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    Baketech
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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    Quote Originally Posted by ConqSoft
    No. AutoCom is better, but more expensive too.
    FWIW....there is an AutoComm American site as well....
    http://www.autocomamerica.com

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    HondaGalToo
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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    The exclusive importers of Autocom in the US are located in NY...Topgear Accessories.
    1-888-851-4327

    They also used to sell some demo units for less $$$. I use an Autocom with the Kenwood family radios and it works well. You can also plug other things into it, like a tapeplayer, or XM radio.

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    TGZ13
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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    I like the autocom but I think I would stick to the chatterbox simply b/c thats what most of the guys I ride with have. As for the VOX... screw it I dont want every noise heard by everyone. PTT would work fine to be able to communicate when needed

    Anyone use the passenger adapters for the chatterbox? How does it work out?

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    Baketech
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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    Quote Originally Posted by TGZ13
    I like the autocom but I think I would stick to the chatterbox simply b/c thats what most of the guys I ride with have. As for the VOX... screw it I dont want every noise heard by everyone. PTT would work fine to be able to communicate when needed

    Anyone use the passenger adapters for the chatterbox? How does it work out?
    I use my Chatterbox for B2B (bike to bike) and intercom for 2-up riding....it works fine for both. The only limitation is that it defaults to Vox when connected as an intercom. This means you must fiddle with mic position and sensitivity as mentioned before. Still, it works reasonably well, and I highly recommend it for adding to the enjoyment of 2-up riding....

    Since I have the FRS version, I can talk with other riders that have either the Chatterbox, or the AutoComm/Kenwood type combo. But while I can talk, the range and clarity does not compare to those top shelf units.
    Last edited by Baketech; 03-05-2004 at 10:28 PM.

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    CBR629
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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    Is the PTT good at high speeds? How clear is it?

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    PrplHaz4
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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    I'm curious to hear about the Motorola Talkabout/Noise Terminator combo....anyone used it?

    i know the noise terminator works great for cell phones, and the talkabouts are great two way radios...
    so it would follow that the combo would be very effective for its price....

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    Big Kahuna
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    Re: IS CHATTERBOX REALLY THE BEST?

    All my friends us the Multi-sport Plus FRS Chatterbox as it seems to work better than even the ore expensive models.

    I have had very little problems with the unit and it works well at speeds up to 90+. I don't have any problems with their VOX system either, you just have to teach yourself to raise your voice enough to trigger the mic.

    http://www.streetbikereview.com/sbr_...c_msplus.shtml

    My review is at the bottom.

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