Sena 20S Bluetooth Headset - Dual Pack
Better sound than ever
I bought this product just in time to do a 2800 mile adventure ride with my buddies. Three of us have the new 20, and the other two had model 10's. My old headset was a Scala Q2, so I was looking forward to better sound and being able to bluetooth music and GPS routings from my phone. The 20 didn't disappoint. It did this perfectly. The FM signal reception wasn't much better than my old headset. I guess these things just don't have a very good antenna, because I would lose signal not far from town.
Our group was really looking forward to being able to talk to each other as we rode. Getting all the headsets linked up proved to be a royal PITA. And, that's with two engineers in the group! Once we were successful, it was hard to keep everyone in the loop. If a guy got a phone call or dropped off for any reason, it seemed to muck up the whole works. Not only would we lose him, we lost others too. And, if we all wanted to get everyone back together, it was a regimented process at best - and frustrating at worst.
If you are only going to talk to one other person, that's easy and reliable. And the clarity and distance was good. Line of sight is imperative though. If I could see the guy, I was capable of 1/4-1/2 mile clear speech. If I couldn't see him, I could lose him in 100 yards.
Other good features - great battery life. We rode 6-8 hour days. I could go all day, and there were a few times I forgot to charge it and still almost made the second day before it conked out. However, when it tells you that you have a low battery (a little voice will tell you), you have less than 5 minutes until it is dead. Happened to me on a couple of occasions.
I also like the controls. Much better than the old Scala. The voice control was really nice, too. I could start and stop my music without taking my hands off the bars.
I've still got lots to learn about this thing, and I would recommend it to others. I just wish a few things worked smoother and didn't require me to get the manual out as often for help.
October 21, 2014
This product has great features
Love the product but Little hard to figure out how to use all features.
October 20, 2014
For reference, I upgraded from Scala Rider Q2.
Love the features on the Sena 20S. To be brief I'll use bullet points!
Excellent noise/volume level
All mounting options included
Got rid of all of the wires for all audio - music/gps/phone/radio
Jog wheel is awesome
Bluetooth 4.0 and multi-tasking are a must have
An actual usable built in FM radio - good reception - easy to tune
Smart phone app is fantastic
Voice responses are a nice feature
Sometimes volume adjustments don't save - minor
'Tap' for voice command seldom works - don't need it anyway
Voice commands don't work
Not cheap, but I spent same on inferior technology 5 yrs ago
Just used it on a 1500 mile trip. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat
October 14, 2014
Sena 20S compared to Cardo G9
I have had 2 years of frustration with 3 Cardo G9’s. I decided to get 2 Sena 20S to start with.
I am on Firmware 1.2
I only have about 4 hours of riding with the 20S.
It is much easier to understand the other rider with the 20S than the G9.
The G9 would disconnect for 5 or 10 minutes then the other rider would be back. The 20S we could talk to each other the whole ride.
When my Zumo 660 would talk it would cut out talking to the other rider for sometimes 10 minutes. Cardo tech support said it is a Garmin GPS issue. With the 20S I can talk to the other rider while the GPS is talking.
I was connected to the GPS and the other rider all day. The other rider was listening to Pandora and talking to me for the whole ride.
After owning the G9 for 2 years we are impressed with the 20S.
Sena tech support was worthless on some questions I had setting them up. 7 days to get any response. Then the response was no help.
Revzilla support was great.
October 14, 2014
Is slowly getting better with new releases of the firmware
I'm mostly using the sena for music, find it challenging to pair and connect with older versions the 10 etc.
The firmware has been updated a few times since purchase and with each release things seem to be getting better. They seem committed to addressing issues and working on making the product the best it can be.
October 13, 2014
This product has great bluetooth features.
Have used Sena 20 for 3 months. Very impressed with bluetooth clarity with cell phone calls, and bike-to-bike intercom features. Connected bike-to-bike intercom feature with a Sena SMH10, adn worked great. Required an SR10 bluetooth module to also connect a V1 radar detector when using intercom. Bike-to-bike range is about 3/4 mile, and battery life is about 8 hours when using bike-to-bike. Great product with lots of features. Very satisfied.
October 13, 2014
My buddy and I bought these and immediately noticed a few bugs with it. The range is not what they advertise even with a direct line of sight (1/8th of a mile at best). The sound quality of the speakers degrade rapidly after 40mph, and we have done enough research online and through Sena specialists to say that this does not connect to other brands of communication devices. The phone app (iPhone) is a step in the right direction, but still needs a lot of ironing out. Other than that, the quality of the build is superb, the job dial is effortless and simple to operate, and the fact that you can change the speakers to ear buds and the fact that Sena gives you multiple options of microphones for you to do your own R&D for your own helmet usage, it makes it a phenomenal product that I would still recommend.
October 6, 2014
Good Sound, simple to install
The only challenge was to sync 2 phones at the same time. This did not work for me.
October 6, 2014