Sena 20S Bluetooth Headset
20S works great
I got the 20S mainly for using the I-phone 6 to make calls at this point. I must say that the noise cancellation features are superior on this unit. Distant end has no clue I'm riding down the road at cruise speed. Fairly easy to operate once one gets used to the control protocols.
I have played music and the quality is pretty good on media and decent on FM radio.
I haven't paired it yet to my new BMW Nav 5 unit but should get that done next week, to get GPS TBT and caller ID functions and such.
Mounting to an HJC IS-Max 2 was fairly pain free . Used the wired boom under the cheek pad. Did not require additional spacer pad.
I have to say I am VERY pleased with this 20S unit. Got rained on heavily twice so far and apparently no problem with getting it wet.
June 26, 2015
Great product but speakers are lacking
The Sena 20S is widely hailed as a great device, and it really is. A few highlights from my week of use so far:
Install: The install was quick, even upgrading the firmware. The directions provided are almost needless with how obvious the install is. And Sena really makes sure to take care of you by providing velcro pads of multiple thicknesses that can accommodate any helmet. You also get multiple styles of microphone and options for using glue pads instead of the clamp device. You do need to upgrade the firmware, but I had no trouble in doing so. Why they don't just send the product with the latest firmware installed is beyond me, but it wasn't a big deal.
Design and Use: The product looks sleek, and is easy to use while riding thanks to its innovative design. Syncing to your phone is very quick, and every time you turn the device back on it resyncs your phone within ~2s. Talking on the phone while on the highway at 80mph is not an issue and my friends tell me they can hear me no problem. Hearing them on the other hand...well, I'll get to speaker quality later. The jog dial and phone buttons are intuitive and make using the Sena a breeze, whether answering a call or listening to music.
Battery Life: The battery life is great. I haven't charged it yet since the initial charge (I want to see how long it lasts) and it has been a week since purchase. I have a 20 minute commute each day, so I've gotten ~3hrs of use over 7 days.
Sound Quality: I am disappointed. The speakers quickly become distorted when they are over half volume. And I ride an R1, so at highway speeds I need them to be louder. I can barely listen to my podcasts because I can't hear effectively at highway speed. Somehow people on the phone are a bit louder and clearer, but even then I occasionally have a hard time hearing. And music...well, while the speakers have good range and response at low volume, try turning them up and the only thing you can hear of your music is the vocals. Midrange and bass basically disappears. Additionally, the right speaker is clearly louder than the left speaker. I'm going to try and reposition the headphones and see if that helps, and if that doesn't work I may want to try different speakers. For the cost of the Sena, the speaker quality really needs to improve.
Overall: I think I'd recommend a Sena, but it is really a close call considering the price and sound quality.
June 25, 2015
Love it does exactly what I want the sound is amazing I wear ear plugs and can still hear it good .The sterio is louder than my music but not much.I would recommend this product to any one.
June 22, 2015
I thought I would wait until the 10U but discovered it would not work with my bike due to the wonderwheel. There is a bit of a learning curve, but it is very functional and comes with all you need for installation. The phone app with the user manual and the quick start guide is very helpful. I plan on buying another for my pillion.
June 22, 2015
Short battery life when in use.
Short stand-by battery life.
Randomly shuts off.
FM receiver horrible.
Range in open terrain is about ¼ of advertised range.
Randomly drops intercom connection.
Does not play well with Garmin Zumo GPS.
June 20, 2015
User friendly unlike Interphone F5MC
I originally bought the Interphone F5MC. Let me just say that it was one of the most frustrating electronics I have ever owned. After several months I bought the Sena 20S and I love it. The sound quality is great. The user interface is great and I love it! If you are coming from a Interphone you will love it. Also, being able to program it from my smartphone app is AWESOME!
June 15, 2015
Very good product
Unit installed very easily in about 5 minutes on my LS2 FF386 helmet. Paired it quickly with a friends Sena SMH10 and worked very well on our first ride. I then paired it with my Iphone and made voice calls and sent voice texts while riding. Pressed the main button and told Siri to "get me directions to my office" and voice prompts came up after a few seconds and directed me right back. Battery life has been excellent. Only negative is the FM radio reception seems a bit weak. Don't really use that feature though, and I am about 35 miles from the towers.
June 15, 2015
Good for talking to your Smartphone. Not so good as a Communicator
Never found the need for a communicator as I enjoy the "quiet" of riding even in a group. I like to share the adventure during one of our stops and breaks. But with a big off-road trip with others, having a way to communicate sounded like a good idea.
We opted for the SENA 20S as it seemed very versatile. I'm going to cut to the chose;
Pros: Sync's easily to my iPhone 6+ and my Garmin Zumo 550. Sound quality is actually pretty good. Better than I expected and of course not like a good set of headphones, but better than good enough. With the phone app. Set-up is a breeze and sync'ing to other Senas is easy. Works well with Siri. Easy to use.
Cons: Battery life is terrible when sitting. It will go from a full charge to dead in less than a week sitting on a shelf. Better to charge it the night before you ride. It easily lasted a full day of riding with heavy use.
Range is really line of sight. A buddy getting off the highway on an offramp that exits down.. We lost contact as soon as I couldn't see him as he disappeared out of sight and we weren't more than a hundred yards apart.
Tapping the unit to wake it up is very hit and miss. This is more problematic when riding as it keeps your hand off the bar for a prolonged period.
I think its a pretty good unit if you are using it to communicate to your GPS unit or Smartphone. But as a communicator its so-so unless you are close to each other and within line of sight even at close distances which makes its use limited with the trail gets super twisty. And the shelf battery life is disappointing...
June 6, 2015