Sena 20S Bluetooth Headset
Taken the Sena 20s on a few rides now. This is an amazing piece of engineering. I've installed it on a HJC IS-MAX II with the wired boom mic.
Pros: Insane amount of options, capabilities, and flexibilities. Very nice instructions (installation youtube videos as well). The controls are highly intuitive.
Cons: Pricey and minor reduction in FM reception while moving. While the controls are highly intuitive there are just soooo many options, it takes some practice to get used to using this device.
Recommended for anyone who can afford it as this beast is a beast!
April 15, 2015
Great addition to your ride.
Went on a ride with a friend and was able to communicate during the ride - which is a big deal. Even at 80 mph I could hear what he was saying. Great for daily commute as well. Take phone call, operate Siri etc
April 13, 2015
From SMH-5 to 20s
I had the smh5 before the 20s and I love Sena products. The sound is sometimes to be desired, but your not looking for Dolby 5.1 here. Usually if I don't have a lot of wind noise in my helmet, then I can understand things quite easily. The only thing I have started to dislike is the device manager, on my Mac it is be a pain connecting to software. I have tried different cables, but it seems that the new version 2.2 has some kinks... hopefully they will get worked out. However, the system works great with intercom, playing music, sending texts, and making calls. I have ordered the GP10 and hopefully take my motovloging to a new level of ease.
April 12, 2015
Works well, but expensive, bad sound
I use this product for rider-passenger communication. It's easy to use, and I don't have to speak loudly into it at all. Sometimes I just mumble and I'm heard by my passenger. It was easy to install, on an AVG K3-SV and a Shoei GT-AIR.
The speakers are awful. I don't know how some people are impressed with them. For their size they look like they should provide at least some bass, but there isn't. I've played with the equalizer on my devices to try to get better sound, even some bass sound, but it simply distorts into a tinny crackle. Any music, by the way. From The Beatles to Jay-Z songs. Despite the sound quality, the clarity of the bluetooth connection is quite good and clear.
Either way, easy to use, and maybe just about enough value to justify the cost. It's a close one, because this unit is expensive. Yes, I'd recommend it, but just barely.
April 6, 2015
I mostly commute, so I purchased this to make phone calls, listen to and dictate text messages, listen to the radio, and listen to music/podcast on my smart phone. It works great. In my Shoei Air helmet the sound quality is good (just don't expect Bose Quiet Comfort experience) and the microphone is good (spouse says my phone calls are as clear as anywhere else). Bluetooth setup was a breeze on my iPhone 5s. Physical install was straightforward, although I did make a bunch of small extra pieces of black duct-tape to route the wires inside the helmet. I'm using the wired microphone, not the boom microphones, in my full face helmet.
April 6, 2015
I got what I expected.
I bought the 20s for music and hands free calling. It does those two things very well. Sound quality is pretty good for the speakers being so small, and the installation isn't too bad.
April 6, 2015
Expensive but worth the price
So this is my first Bluetooth, and it was replacing my bose in ear headphones I was using to play music. I first want to say that I was overwelmed by the instructions, but after playing with the bluetooth for awhile I figured things out.
Just like others have said, it would be best to update the firmware before even mounting device to your helmet (update only takes about 15 minutes).
As for speaker quality, there is very little bass when playing music, but after 20 minutes you'll get used to it and it won't bother you anymore. And speakers can easily drown out wind noise.
Fit and finish- it is bulky on the side of my helmet, like sometimes I wear a back pack and when I go to glance over my left shoulder when changing lanes it contacts the backpack strap on my left shoulder, but that is something that I will get used to. I absolutely love the jog dial, it is easy to turn the volume up and down, even with huge winter gloves on.
March 19, 2015
I've had the Sena 20S for about a month, but I feel like I've had enough experience to rave like a madman.
BANG FOR THE BUCK: Yeah, you'll drop some coin, but this device significantly changes the mental atmosphere of motorcycle riding.
During this past month, I've taken two rides with other Sena owners; one was a 600-mile, ten hour conversation. We talked about everything: "next turn in 2 miles, left on Woodyard Road"; "yeah my daughter-in-law is such a sweetheart ..."; "I'll need to stop for gas sometime in the next 15 miles". The other was terse ("Moving left two lanes. Ya'll cool?") but an effective way to lead a group through downtown Atlanta interstates.
Other rides have been full of music, college baseball on the radio, and my sexy GPS voice reminding me that I need to turn in ¼ mile.
EASE OF INSTALL: Screwed on the plate (piece of cake) and stuffed connecting wires under my helmet liner. Done. I elected to use the boom mike in my full-face hat, and installed two "lifts" under the speakers to ensure they're flush against my ears.
DURABILITY: Had it a month. Don't know. Can't adjust the rating to zero once I've touched the slider scale.
SOUND CLARITY: Varies a bit with speed, road surface. audio source, and surrounding traffic. I'm sure it varies with how much wind noise is generated by your helmet. On country roads, I get music loud enough to be painful, while the 70-mph run through the city produces ambient sound levels loud enough to almost overwhelm the Sena.
Seems that the music from my iPhone is louder when controlling it directly through the phone, rather than initiating music via the Sena.
EASE OF USE: Gave it a 5 because the controls are easily manipulated. Caveat is that there are so many control sequences ("push this once, twist two spots, and press-and-hold for 3 seconds ...") that I can't remember them all. Fully confident that I'll commit to memory the ones I use often, however.
To mate with another Sena, you press and hold for 12 seconds, then press once again for one second. How easy is that?
Haven't tried it with other brand headsets.
SUMMARY: After only a month, the Sena has become essential gear. While technically not a piece of ATGATT, I cannot imagine a buddy or group ride without it. Ever again.
Yes, I recommend the Sena 20S very highly.
March 19, 2015