FAQs – MC-200

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If you don’t find the answer to your question here, you can check the Installation FAQs ,  download the MC-200 Users Guide or Contact Us and we’ll do our best to answer your question promptly.

What bikes are compatible with the MC-200 system?

What bikes are compatible with the MC-200 system?

The MC-200 system can be installed on any motorcycle or ATV vehicle. It connects to accessory power and turns on and off with the bike.

How many audio devices can I use with the system?

How many audio devices can I use with the system?

There is an FM / Weather band radio built in and connection ports for 3 additional audio devices, one of which can be a phone, and a separate port for a two-way radio.

What music sources can I use?

What music sources can I use?

Any device that uses a standard audio cable (included) will operate with the MC-200 system. This can include and iPod® or other MP3 player, a CD player, satellite radio, GPS unit, radar detector, or any other audio source.

A smart phone (connection cable included) can be used as a music source on any Aux port or with phone functions when connected to Aux 1.

I have an Android® phone. Will that work with the iPhone® interface?

I have an Android® phone. Will that work with the iPhone® interface?

Yes, with the App “Headset Button Controller” by Christoph Kober. You’ll find it in the Music and Audio category (or search on the app name). At present, the cost is $2.99 and users report it works great. The App is responsive to the iPhone button commands for next-previous-pause-play and others.

Can two people on different bikes listen to the same music?

Can two people on different bikes listen to the same music?

No. One rider can have the audio system for music and communicate with a rider on a different bike through the two-way radio, but you cannot “share” music from one audio system with other bikes. Each rider will need their own source.

One suggestion is to have an MC-200 system on the bike you use when you ride 2-up and use the MotoRfPlus on additional bikes to communicate with a two-way radio when you are riding separately.

Why isn't the system wireless?

Why isn’t the system wireless?

Bluetooth technology was originally intended for one-to-one voice communications and is limited in the band width and power required for quality music. Trying to stretch its capabilities can result in delayed communication from switching between channels and lackluster audio in general.

If you plan to occasionally talk to just one or two people close by and aren’t really concerned about listening to music or using a GPS and other devices, you may find these systems will work for you.

Is there any advantage to a wired system?

Is there any advantage to a wired system?

Yes. Wired systems turn on and off with the bike’s power and don’t require carrying chargers or extra batteries. There are no synching issues, “pairing” of devices, “like” equipment requirements or having batteries next to your head (potential issue). With the MC-200, connected devices work together and provide a seamless, stable response.

A huge difference from bluetooth is the audio quality of both music and voice. At MotoChello, we believe music should sound the way it was recorded – in full dynamic stereo, and you should be able to hear it clearly at any speed of travel. We also think talking to someone in a normal voice should have an immediate and clear response. If you’re tired of charging, synching, limitations and poor quality audio, you’ll appreciate the quality difference and simple operation a single wire connection provides.

Does the MC-200 use much power?

Does the MC-200 use much power?

No. The sophisticated electronics in the MC-200 only use 300 milliamps at 12V which is equivalent to a GPS unit.

Is the MC-200 waterproof?

Is the MC-200 waterproof?

While the MC-200 display is weatherproof and rain resistant for outdoor use, we don’t like to use the term “waterproof”. It is resistant in the same way your bike is – it handles the elements but is not intended to be submersed in a lake. The audio control unit will be mounted under the seat, fairing, etc. and protected electrically.

On that note, we recommend you remove the display from your bike before washing it, just as you would your other electronic devices. At the very least, you should cover the display with a plastic bag beforehand and avoid using soap and power spray directly on your electronics.

That said, the system’s 1 year warranty covers riding in the rain.

Do I need to replace the headset I have with yours?

Do I need to replace the headset I have with yours?

MotoChello uses custom headset drivers (the little speakers that go in your helmet) that are comparable in quality to expensive, stereo head phones and take full advantage of the MotoChello firmware in providing amazing sound quality. Several users with hearing issues have told us they are surprised at how much they help. So yes, you should replace your current headsets with the ones made for, and provided with, your MotoChello system.

Can I upgrade a single rider system for 2-riders later?

Can I upgrade a single rider system for 2-riders later?

Yes. The single rider system includes a single headset with microphone, but has all of the features for a 2-up system. You can upgrade later by adding a headset for a passenger (or an additional helmet). However, if you know you are going to want a second helmet installation, ordering the 2-up rider system now will save you money over adding them at a later time.

Can I use my earbuds instead of the headsets?

Can I use my earbuds instead of the headsets?

Yes. MotoChello includes an earphone adapter that lets you switch between headset and earphone speakers at any time with plug-an-play convenience. Just connect the adapter to the headset cable and plug your earphones into it. If you want to change back, disconnect the adapter and connect the headset. It’s that simple.

Can I use my outside speakers with the MC-200?

Can I use my outside speakers with the MC-200?

If you are riding as a single, you can connect the second headset connector to an external amplifier for outside speakers. You will need to use the earphone adapter (supplied with the system) and connect the passenger headset (using the adapter) to the speaker amp. On the system settings, use the passenger balance for the rear headsets as the volume control. To turn off the speakers, set the passenger volume to the bottom level to turn the audio off.

Will I hear noise on my device when my engine is running?

Will I hear noise on my device when my engine is running?

No. While noise can be heard from powered devices like a GPS, Radar detector, or an MP3 player with a USB power connection, the MC-200 system has isolated inputs for your devices and will shield them.

Why use an FRS radio?

Why use an FRS radio?

The new, digital FRS radios are an inexpensive and versatile alternative to CB radios. They can also be used as hand held “walkie-talkies” and have improved reception over conventional CB radios, making them the more popular choice for many. The MC-200 has a dedicated port for an FRS radio and cables are included for Cobra®, Midland® and Motorola® radios.

Some FRS radios also have a USB connection that will charge them automatically while you’re riding. BurnsMoto has some great charging  options  to take advantage of this feature.

What about UHF radios?

What about UHF radios?

Some riders prefer to use a portable UHF radio for their robust range and function. MotoChello offers an available direct-connect Kenwood® radio cable and a UHF interface adapter (with filtering) that lets you connect a Kenwood® compatible UHF radio to the FRS port on the MC-200 system.

Can I use a CB radio with the MC-200 system?

Can I use a CB radio with the MC-200 system?

Yes. The MC-200 is compatible with most portable CB radios. Not all radios are alike, however, and some benefit from an additional interface for best operation. The Midland portable CB Model #75-822 is one of these. For best results, use the available MotoChello Midland CB Adapter with the 75-822 and similiar radios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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