Audio company iASUS is about to release its classy Rekon intercom that promises top audio quality, long battery life and the ability to connect up to 6000 riders on one channel.
We have tested their audiophile-quality XSound auxiliary helmet speakers and they are the best we have come across with clear highs and deep bass.
So we have high expectations for their “Rekon wireless smartphone interface”.
Rekon is more than just another intercom
It works with push-to-talk mobile/cellular networks to connect users and is compatible with WhatsApp, Line, Kaokao, WeChat and other voice communication platforms.
That means potentially up to 6000 users can be networked into a riding group. Now that’s an interesting concept on a ride!
The Rekon is expected to be available in the next couple of months, depending on the current unpredictable pandemic ramifications.
It will cost $US349 (about $A580) and will connect with any aftermarket speakers.
Or you can buy the Rekon with their XSound 2.1 speakers for $US399 (about $A665) or with the updated XSound 3 speakers for $US499 (about $A830).
Classy style and function
So they are not cheap, but they are crafted more like a luxury watch with steel, glass and polished aluminium rather than plastic like most intercoms.
The thin, light and minimalist unit features a three-way control with tempered glass face for ease of use.
Its glass face exposes the details of the mechanical movement and, as a showstopper, it’s backlit!
Rekon uses Hi-def aptX and ADP2 wireless audio formats for high-fidelity sound and operates on Bluetooth 5.0 low-energy power management system, which delivers 250 hours of standby with 10 hours of operation time.
The units slides and locks into position on a special mounting bracket which can be easily detached.
Quick-release mounting bracket
Each Rekon comes with two mounting bracket kits.
Interestingly, it attaches at the front of the hemet, rather than on the side, which may affect aerodynamics and head rotation in a crash.