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Parrot SK4000

Hands-free Bluetooth® kit for motorcycles

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by Ken Nail
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Parrot's SK4000 Bluetooth kit for motorcycles keeps you in touch while you enjoy your ride. Talk through the included microphone and listen with the built-in speaker, while leaving your phone safely in your bag or pocket.

You can attach the microphone and speaker easily to virtually any helmet, and you can set up the wireless system without running any cables. You control the SK4000 with a combination of voice commands and a wireless remote control you clip onto the handlebars, so it's easy to keep your attention on the road.

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Parrot's experience with Bluetooth ensures the best possible performance, audio quality, and convenience. Noise reduction and echo cancellation circuitry ensure crisp sound quality when using your phone. Headset volume adjusts automatically to external noise levels, so you don't have to make changes as you speed up or slow down. The phone book features voice recognition and speech-synthesized names so you can make a call or scroll through your contacts without having to look at the phone.

The SK4000 also offers entertainment options with its built-in FM tuner with RDS, minijack auxiliary input, and Bluetooth stereo A2DP music streaming. Parrot's SuperBass and Stereo Widening effects improve the bass response and stereo separation of your music.

Highlights:

  • wireless Bluetooth motorcycle kit includes helmet-mounted headset, microphone, and wireless remote
  • compatible with all Bluetooth phones and A2DP stereo devices
  • hands-free phone calls and streaming music
  • FM radio tuner with speech synthesis of RDS radio station names
  • minijack auxiliary input
  • 6-button, remote-control keypad controls all phone menu and music functions
  • voice-recognition software stores up to 150 names for hands-free dialing (only works with certain phones)
  • noise reduction and echo cancellation technology for clear voice transmission
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Parrot SK4000 main unit
  • Helmet microphone and speaker assembly
  • Handle-bar RF remote control
  • AC battery charger with attached 59" DC cord terminated by a mini-USB type-B connector
  • mini-USB type-B to male 3.5mm cable (coiled)
  • CR2025 3V Lithium battery
  • Rubber pad
  • 2 Self-adhesive felt-pads
  • Hex-wrench
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Registration Card
  • Warning note

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Overview: The Parrot SK4000 is a full-featured Bluetooth hands-free kit designed expressly for motorcycles. The Parrot SK4000 allows you to make and take calls from your Bluetooth enabled mobile-phone, listen to FM radio, or play your favorite digital music from your Bluetooth enabled digital audio player, all while riding your motorcycle. Completely wireless, the SK4000 fits on your helmet and motorcycle's handlebars while automatically linking to a Bluetooth enabled cell phone in your pocket or saddlebags.

Bluetooth Wireless Technology: Bluetooth wireless technology enables voice and data to be sent via a short distance radio link. It connects a wide range of electronic equipment without requiring additional cables. It extends the communication possibilities for cell phones and a large number of devices. The Bluetooth Stereo (A2DP) profile uses the same frequencies and can be used to send music tracks from one device to another. Bluetooth wireless technology offers a range of 33 feet (10 meters). The Parrot SK4000 supports the following Bluetooth v2.0 profiles.

  • HFP (Hands-Free Profile)
  • HSP Headset Profile)
  • A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
  • AVRCP (Advanced Video Remote Control Profile)
  • OPP (Object Push Profile)
  • PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile)

Phone & Device Compatibility: The Parrot SK4000 is 100% Bluetooth compatible, and work with most every Bluetooth cell phone, including Asus, Audiovox, BenQ, Blackberry, Eten, Grunding, HP, HTC, I-Mate, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Palm Treo, Panasonic, Qtek, Sagem, Samsung, Sendo, Sharp, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, SPV, Telital, VK mobile. Refer to www.parrot.com for complete list of compatible phones and devices. You can pair up to 10 Bluetooth enabled devices to the SK4000.

Helmet Microphone and Speaker: The SK4000 features a Microphone and Speaker assembly which attaches to your motorcycle helmet. The full duplex omni-directional microphone with built-in wind-guard is mounted on a flexible coupling designed to fit most any helmet size and configuration. The headset speakers are positioned inside the helmet with hook and loop and adhesive strip fasteners. The Helmet Microphone and Speaker assembly also features integrated controls including 4 buttons (answer, hang up, volume up/down). The SK4000 kit can be fitted to your motorcycle helmet in minutes.

Note: Even though the SK4000 features stereo speakers, you should set the unit to Mono mode while driving.

Handlebar RF Remote: The Parrot SK4000 features an innovative wireless RF remote control that mounts on your motorcycle's handlebars. All phone and music functions can be accessed intuitively so you can keep your hands on the handlebars and eyes on the road for maximum control. And, the controls are large enough to be easily used when wearing gloves. The RF remote features 5 buttons (answer, hang up, select audio source, browse menus, radio search, next, back, stop). The RF remote is powered by a 3V CR2025 Lithium battery (included).

Text-To-Speech: The SK4000 features user independent voice recognition and voice synthesis (text-to-speech). To access your phonebook and make a call, simply press the green button to start the user-independent voice recognition. The SK4000 recognize your voice and the name you are saying without any prior teaching process. When you speak the name or the contact you want to dial, the call is automatically dialed (your phone must also support this feature).

Note: In a case where the SK4000 does not recognize a name from your Phonebook, you can manually add voice-tags.

Phonebook: The SK4000 allows you to upload your phonebook from your Bluetooth enabled phone. Each time you add a contact name, the SK4000 automatically synchronizes your cell phonebook. You can use the handlebar remote to browse your phonebook. While you browse the phonebook, its listings will be spoken to you out loud through your vehicle's speakers. The SK4000 can support up to 8,000 total contacts (6 phone numbers for each contact).

Wireless Music: In addition to hands-free calling, you can listen to FM/RDS radio using its built-in tuner, or stream digital music from your Bluetooth A2DP-enabled cell phone or digital music player. The SK4000 also features a mini-USB type-B input which can be used to connect any portable audio device using the included mini-USB to 3.5mm male connector cable. The SK4000 also boasts two sound effects: Stereo Widening and Virtual Super Bass, to bring your playlist alive.

Automatic Volume Adjustment: The volume of the SK4000 adjusts automatically to compensate for road and wind noise as you ride so your phone calls, music and your favorite ball game or motorsports events are crystal clear.

AC Battery Charger: The SK4000's built-in, rechargeable battery provides up to ten hours of use and recharges via a mini-USB jack using the supplied 110-240 Volt AC/DC battery charger.

Software Updates: The software in the SK4000 can be updated from the Parrot website via a USB or Bluetooth connection.

Dimensions

Helmet Component: Width = 2.5", Height = 2.625", Depth = 1.25"

RF Remote Control: Width = 1.0", Height = 3.5", Depth = 1.75"

 
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Cool Product: Parrot SK4000

Written By V-Strom_Rider, Colorado Springs, CO on Wednesday, April 01, 2009
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Pairing the unit with my cell phone (Motorola Z9) was easy. The stored phone numbers in my phone were automatically downloaded into the Parrot unit. Stereo MP3 sound quality is very good. The SK4000 remote control can also skip forward and backward MP3 music tracks stored on the phone. There is no other helmet unit, that I know of, that can do this.
The stereo radio picks up most of the stations in my town, but not all. The radio reception is not as good as a car radio. The radio sound quality is pretty good but again, not as good as a car radio.
After installing the speakers, the volume was not very loud. I then moved the speakers down more so they were better centered over my ears and it made a dramatic increase in volume. The automatic volume control does not work very well. It does not seem to be consistent. The volume can be at a good level at a stop, then it will increase the faster I go as wind noise increases. But when I return to a stop, the volume goes way too low and I have to manually turn it back up.
Phone sound quality is good. I have not tested the phone at high speeds. All calls have been done below 45mph.
The buttons on SK4000 handlebar remote don't always work. Sometimes I press a button (any button) and nothing happens. The problem is intermittent - the buttons work correctly about 80% of the time. Because of this, I am returning the unit for a replacement. This unit has the new version 1.14 software.
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