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Test Intercom Cellular Line intercom Tower


It's been a while since I secretly dreamed that my family would give me a intercom. It's not for lack of stretching poles left and right, but it never bit. It must be said that this accessory is quite expensive, and I was not yet sufficiently convinced of its daily usefulness. I was scared at the idea of ​​ending up with a gadget that wasn't that useful and would stay in its box after a few tries. So when the team Motoblouz offered me to test the Intercom Cellular Line, I jumped to the ceiling! Installed on my helmet, theintercom Tower Cellular Line was my traveling companion for a good month. Have I become an intercom enthusiast? This is what you will discover…

Intercom: easy assembly but delicate choice

I thought twice before attaching the Cellular Line Intercom box to my shark Spartan Carbon helmet. I did not want to distort the qualities of this helmet, very light and designed to perfectly cut the air. After taking a deep breath, I still started gluing the support. I positioned it to the left of the helmet so that I could operate it with my left hand while riding.

THE assembly of the kit is done in 15 minutes flat. The assembly guide is just as clear as it is essential for someone like me, who is not used to the maneuver. Installation is done in 3 steps.

First of all, it is recommended toremove internal foam of the headset so that you can attach the headphones and associated cables more easily. This step is the most tedious. I had to do several simulations before finding the right axis so that the headphones were best aligned with my ears. Although my headset has dedicated slots, the 5 centimeters in diameter of the earphones seemed a little too wide to me. We had to shoehorn them in to get them in. Note that the headphones can be taken off since they are associated with scratches. This makes it easy to remove them or adjust their position.

Phase 2: install the microphone at chin level, while trying to hide the cables so that the final result is as clean as possible. Depending on your headset model, this step may be more or less simple. For my part, the wiring will have found its place between the foam and the shell at the back of the helmet.

Finally, the final step consists of attaching the support which will accommodate the case. The latter clips onto it. This allows you to easily remove it either to recharge (via USB cable) or because you don't need it. The support sticks using 3M adhesive, so be careful to position it correctly right away. Here again, some tests are necessary before validating its final place.

If you are afraid of incorrectly mounting your intercom, or that Ikea guide-style manuals scare you, the brand has thought of everything. She actually offers video tutorials on her site. interphone.com.

Intercom Cellular Line : 8 buttons to control everything

The housing consists of 4 large buttons which allow you to control the main functions: On/Off, Telephone, Music (via buetooth) and FM radio. You quickly understand which button corresponds to which function. Each location is delimited by a small border, which makes it easy to find the one you want to press. Good point for getting started!

With some summer gloves, the handling is very instinctive. This is less obvious if you ride with thick gloves. It's difficult to know if you've pressed the buttons correctly, and sometimes you have to try several times. I therefore recommend that youlearn to use it with thin gloves, time to get used to handling the intercom, and memorize the functions associated with each button.

The downside is located at the On/Off button. When starting or stopping, a gentle voice tells us the remaining battery level. Practical, but it's not always easy to understand while driving if the intercom is indeed stopped or if you continue to use your battery for nothing.

In addition, there are 4 other buttons on the edges to control the volume, and switch to another music/radio station. It's childish. It's easy to get caught up in the game of testing all these functions on boring journeys, such as the highway for example.

4 intuitive functions: radio, bluetooth, telephone and pairing

The functions are simple, and you can switch from one to the other very easily. The radio is the one I tested premier .

Practical for long, sleepy journeys, for example I used the radio on the 2 hours of motorway which separated me from the Bugatti circuit before enjoying Zarco's 2nd place at the last Le Mans GP. You can easily find your station, and even on the highway, the sound remains acceptable. The downside with FM is that you quickly find yourself with your hand glued to the intercom to find the right station. The radio, on the other hand, is a much more practical option for short urban trips: you tune into a station and ride away!

There music function allows you to enjoy a sound environment more peacefully, especially if you have a Deezer or Spotify account. The audio quality is much better than with the radio. And this avoids the zappette effect since you decide before leaving which playlist you will listen to once in the saddle. It is also this function which allows you to activate audio GPS guidance (Google Map, Waze or other). If you don't have a sense of direction, and your motorcycle doesn't have phone/GPS support, that's great!

If you are called while en route, a beep will sound and pressing the dedicated button will allow you to take the call. I was amazed to discover that my interlocutor could clearly hear the sound of my voice, while my motorcycle was roaring. No need to shout into the microphone, you can have a normal conversation while making turns. No more having to stop to pick up. Provided of course that you have remembered to activate the bluetooth mode of your phone when leaving.

Finally, the Cellular Line intercom can be paired with 4 other intercoms. Moreover, it is compatible with the majority of models on the market such as the Dexter D-1. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to test this function.

Material aspect: good finish, but fragile accessories

The case has a very good finish. Protections help protect the connection areas. And so far, the Cellular Line intercom has held up well to all the torture sessions I put it through: rain, heat, excessive handling, etc. Good stuff!

However, I was disappointed with the quality of the internal materials, especially the microphone. Indeed, after around ten sessions, the microphone foam who was supposed to rub against my beard has gone away. While this didn't hamper the sound quality, I didn't find it a very good sign.

The Cellular Line Tower intercom comes with a wide range of accessories to adapt it to all kinds of helmets. The microphone can, for example, adapt to a jet helmet. Battery life is very good: allow 20 hours of non-stop use. Despite this, it is supplied with a cylindrical external charger which will easily find its place in your jacket.

Since its mounting on my helmet, thecellular Line intercom didn't leave me. Even if I don't always turn it on, it is a practical and fun companion that adapts to many needs. The intercom has much better battery life than my phone. So when I use my GPS, I use the external battery to prevent my phone from draining too quickly. Clever!

Autonomy5
Ease of assembly4.5
Features4.5
Sound quality4.3
Ergonomics3.8
Quality/Finish3.8

My opinion: you quickly become addicted to the intercom!

With very good autonomy, the Intercom CellularLine intercom Tour will quickly become your best friend, both on long journeys and when going to work while listening to the radio. Easy to use, it is very functional with very good sound reproduction even with headphones that poorly filter external noise. Note that this model is delivered for a single headset and that it can be paired via Bluetooth to all references on the market.
4.3

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meuhsli

Creator in 2013 of the blog The handle in the corner, I got on my first motorcycle a good ten years ago, from the 50cm³ to the big cube. Today I ride an S1000R, whether for motorcycle-work-sleep trips or long Sunday rides, alone or in a duo. Enjoy the ride!

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  1. Loic june 12, 2017 at 9:47 p.m. Answer

    Thank you for this nice little test to get an idea of ​​what the product is worth. An indication of the price would be a plus to have a better idea of ​​the quality/price ratio or quite simply how much to pay for this precious

    • Loic june 13, 2017 at 09:53 Answer

      Hello Loïc,
      We ask testers not to specifically mention the price of the products in their tests because it is a variable: the latter will change over the weeks, for example if it is the subject of a promotion. So, we have put together a box indicating the current Motoblouz price. It appears in the right column of this page, in the “Product Info” box. It may happen that it takes a few seconds to load and you may have missed it if you devoured Sébastien's essay 🙂 In any case, you'll know for next time!
      V – Another Loïc 😀

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