Sena 20S Bluetooth Headset
Great bluetooth device
Great product, easy install easy to use features. Very pleased. Thanks REVZILLA........
January 27, 2015
Good, but could be even better
I've used this headset almost daily since late July. To start, I'll begin with installation. I know that Sena cannot take into account all helmet mounting methods, so I cannot knock them too much for the mount not working with my Nolan N105 (that's more an issue with Nolan, as I believe their purposefully build their helmets to prevent using third-pasty comm systems. Anyway, it took some creative cutting but I was able to mount the unit.
After updating the unit (that also took a while to learn their system and download the necessary updates), I finally got the unit up and running. Ever since, the software has been rock solid. Not issues pairing to my iPhone (5, or 6+).
Sound quality is good. Much better than the Cardo Q2 that I was using previously. Not a whole lot of base, but enough volume that I can hear the music very clearly at 75 mph with very good quality earplugs in.
Volume adjustment is quick (once I learned which direction to spin the wheel!), and selecting the multiple modes are a snap.
Pairing to another unit (SMH10) was good, and the range was decent. My friend didn't get too far away from me, but I'd say 100 yards at most on backroads and we could still hear each other clearly.
One of my biggest gripes has been battery life, as I could use my Q2 for almost 1.5 12-hour days on the bike before I needed to recharge it. The 20S can barely last 8 hours, BUT, you can plug the unit in while riding and it'll not only continue running, but charge as well. That's good for me! I can just plug it in when it gets low and keep riding.
Overall, a good little unit. Could be better, but I'm happy with what it is.
January 23, 2015
this is a great toy/tool, a must have
this sena 20s is is a very great tool,,answer phone, talk to other riders, listen to music, i thing it is great,
January 19, 2015
I love my sena!
I upgraded from SMH 10 to the 20s and I love it. Easily one of the best features is the ability to overlap talking and music. For my friends and I this is perfect since we all go silent heading into the twisties so for the music to get louder when no one is talking is perfect. Also you are able to connect to more then ten other riders if you are going to be riding in formation. This can be done using "the daisy chain" technique.
Initially I had a bit of difficulty figuring out all of the controls so I would recommend playing with it when off the bike so you don't have to sacrifice your safety.
These are the best units you can get for riding and I highly recommend them. It will forever change your riding experience.
January 18, 2015
Better than expected sound quality!
I bought the Sena Bluetooth headset because I got tired of using my noise-isolating in ear headphones. Although they fit well, getting my helmet on over the earphones and keeping them perfectly in place was tricky, and after a few hours they do become somewhat uncomfortable.
If I don't use the noise isolating earphones then I use ear plugs and I wanted a way to still enjoy music. A friend suggested the Sena Bluetooth Headset and it works better than I expected. I can hear the music over the sound of the wind and engine and I can still protect the little hearing I have left. Additionally, I was BLOWN AWAY by the sound quality during phone calls. I've made several phone calls where the person on the other end had no idea that I was riding 70+mph on a naked bike. In fact, when I told them what I was doing they mentioned the sound quality was better than that of other bluetooth headsets I've used in a car.
My only complaint is the interface - the double tapping doesn't work perfectly, and often when I twist the bezel I'll get double tap results. But this is manageable.
January 16, 2015
Have little to compare to but I do like it.
The unit can be tricky to install depending on what brand helmet you have. I had to be patient working with it to fit my modular helmet, but it did fit with no problems. The sound is good but I need to speak loudly when talking to a caller through bluetooth connection - even when I'm in a quiet place. (Why my rating for sound was a 3) I find the controls very easy to use - and figure out. I will be getting another one for my other helmets.
January 15, 2015
I was using Schuberth SRC system, which was not always reliable. Sena 20S is great improvement, easy to operate with gloves on and the mobile app is a great feature.
January 6, 2015
Great idea, lousy implementation
I have a Schuberth SRC, but was looking for a bit more. When I saw the S20, I thought this was it. It has all the features I was looking for, but none of it worked right.
I wanted to use custom fitted in ear monitors, but the electrical noise was unbearable. To Sena's credit, they shipped a replacement unit promptly, though since they knew about the problem, they should have resolved it before shipping the product.
For shorter rides, I just wanted to use foam ear plugs and in helmet speakers. The max volume level was so low that over about 40 mph, that was not possible.
I wanted to use the system with friends, who also had Sena S20 units, but found the effective range so limited, we risked tale gaiting related injuries if we wanted to have a conversation.
The last straw was after about a month or two, the tabs on the intercom were gone and I could no longer attach the unit to the bracket.
Nothing worked right or as advertised on this. I finally ended up enduring a two month refund debacle with Sena. In comparison, the Schuberth system just works. If you have a Schuberth, get the SRC. If you don't, I'd look at the Cardo systems as they're the company that makes the SRC. I have no faith in the products or support from Sena after my S20 experience.
January 1, 2015