Sena 20S Bluetooth Headset
Great Product for New Riders
My husband has the Sena 10C with camera. We decided to get this 20S for me, so we could communicate. The sound quality is very good and pairing this device to his is easy. It does take some time to install it in the helmet, but you don't even know it's there if you do it correctly. Everything stays in place and there isn't a bunch of added weight. They give you almost every option for the mic that you can imagine. Make your choice for your current setup and hold on to the extras. You can always change it up later.
I'm a new rider and being able to communicate is a big deal for me. There are many things that you are working on when you're a beginner and there's lots going on. It's really great to have someone whisper that your blinker is still on, warn you of obstacles and answer your multitude of questions. It's a pretty big investment, but worth every penny to have an experienced rider giving you hints and encouragement along the way.
October 5, 2015
I'm really happy with the Sena 20s, works well. It was a little confusing to use at first, once you memorize the controls it's easy enough.
FM radio, reception...it an't like in your cage, but it picks up my SiriusXM receiver, saves my "unlimited" data.
Phone works great, even at 70mph.
October 5, 2015
Easy to install and convenient to use. Decent sound quality
I bought the 20S for my C3 Pro. I was looking for a versatile sound system that allowed me to play music, talk on the phone and talk with other riders. This has it all. Touch response does not work that well, but the manual commands are easy to use with gloves on. FM radio antennae could be stronger. I am very happy with the 20S
October 5, 2015
Bluetooth is not compatable with BMW Audio
Purchased on recommendation of other riders who have been using unit for Cell Phone and 2 Way Communication between each other.That part works great but if you sinc with Bluetooth on BMW Audio is is highly distorted.The ability to listen to my new XM Radio Wirelessly is the reason I purchased.Have since found out that I am not the only one It doesn't work with.In my opinion I believe that BMW has proprietary software that overides the units audio and distorts it.I have had the unit checked and it is working within specifications.I do not recommend if you are using with BMW Audio.
September 28, 2015
Well designed BlueTooth headset that works hand-in-glove with the PRISM camera. A great combination!
September 14, 2015
Sena 20S Initial Impressions
I'm a previous owner of a Sena SMH-10 and SMH5-FM. I upgraded to use the BMW audio system on a 2014 RT. I read pros/cons on forums and reviews posted throughout the internet.
I used a 20S / NAV 5 / iPhone / BMW audio paired following the recommended pairing sequence of devices within the owners manual for the Sena 20S and BMW RT.
Pros: I'm using the BMW audio system aboard the RT. I source audio via Sirius, FM, or USB. The iPhone is operated via the NAV V for incoming and out going calls.
Cons: No Siri due to pairing the iPhone through the NAV V. Although, you can still make a phone call through the NAV V when your phone signal may not have been strong enough to use Siri/voice commands.
So, in the end, you pick and choose how you want it to work, either using the bikes audio through the Sena 20S, phone through NAV V to Sena or just pair your NAV V and phone to the Sena and use the Sena's FM with no Sirius.
The biggest Con is the BMW audi system overpowering the Sena speakers. I tweaked the bikes audio (loudness, treble/base) and the Sena (bass boost, loudness) and had notable improvement.
September 1, 2015
Terrible sound quality
I bought this to put on my Icon dark alliance so I can listen to music and talk with friends. Installation was not too hard once i figured out how since the instructions are not very detailed. All i can say is i am very disappointed in the product. The sound quality is about the same as a pair of 10 dollar earbuds. Even with the volume turned all the way up, I can barely hear anything when riding. Maybe its because the helmet is a loud one, im not sure. Its also a huge pain to get the voice command function started. I have to practically slap the thing to activate it. For $270 I would rather have just gotten a nice pair of earbuds.
August 31, 2015
Very impressive sound!
I was concerned about the size of this device compared to other offerings, however it is not obstructive at all, and the weight is so negligible that it is not particularly noticeable while riding.
Controls are easy to reach and manipulate. Only complaint is that the control patterns can be a bit tedious and require significant memorization/practice. But controlling so many functions from a limited number of buttons/dials requires a little magic, so this complaint is minimal.
Speakers are much better than any helmet bluetooth that I've used in the past. Plenty of volume to handle earplugs and road noise, but also quiet enough to work without earplugs at low speeds. Pair with a nice quiet helmet and you're on your way.
Very well-recommended product!
August 31, 2015