Sena 20S Bluetooth Headset - Dual Pack
Changes the riding experience completely around
I don't know why it took me this long to look into getting communicators. I guess I felt it was just hype. I won't talk about how great sounding this set is or how multifunctional this is... and it definitely is multifunctional. You can get that information from the tons of reviews on this site and others.
I'll just speak of the install of this set on a helmet that does not have a lip that will fit the base clamp. I use a Nolan N44, this has a very thick base that would not accommodate the clamp. The Sena 20S will happily install via double-sided tape. So far, I haven't had any issues with this type of install. I'm glad this worked out because I knew the clamp would not fit.
So grateful to Sena for including so many accessories with the unit. The different mics, car charger and extra foam pads are all welcome and appreciated.
I look forward to using this as much as possible, even when not in a group ride, the FM radio functions are awesome.
January 19, 2015
Will recommend to others ! There products are top of the line . There tec . people are quit helpful
January 5, 2015
Installation not very flexible
Of three helmets we've tried, it has only installed easily on one. The others were more cumbersome. Clarity is good. Dial can hit the collar on your jacket and turn it off or volume down.
December 28, 2014
Great product and improvements welcomed
This was a replacement for the Sena 10 and i have only used twice. Better and clear sound, installed easy. Having some communication breaks and may need to reinstall the software. Works with my BMW bluetooth radio and GPS.
December 22, 2014
I like having more choices to operate the unit
Having problems with speak commands, but works very well with buttons just get tired of it saying "say command" and it not hearing me. Installation was very fast and very easy I mounted it to three different helmets with no problems. Works very well with my Indian roadmaster Bluetooth.
December 22, 2014
Exceeded my expectations
Below are some of my thoughts after using the Sena 20S for the last 4 months. Also for those in a similar situation of owning a BMW I will outline why I chose Sena over BMW bluetooth.
For me helmet speakers are only useful under 30mph and for that reason I use (etymotic) earbuds for most rides. This combination produces excellent sound quality that is nearly identical to earbuds directly plugged into my iPhone. Earbuds are essential and this is a big strike against other systems (like BMW) when compared to Sena. Some argue against wearing earbuds in city traffic, but Sena has the answer with an ‘ambient sound’ button on the 20S. The unit can feed ambient sound directly to your earbuds whenever you want. This feature is very handy for quick stops at drive-throughs, toll booths, and gas stations.
I like the way the BMW and Schuberth systems are concealed, but the Schuberth helmet just doesn’t fit my head and neck. Also the BMW system and helmet combination was about 5 times more expensive than Sena 20S. Add to that a difficult BMW/Schubert installation versus a very simple 15 minute install for the Sena and the 20S was an easy winner for me.
I rarely use the FM radio on the Sena since my BMW has one and to my delight I found that the Sena links with the onboard bluetooth. The sound from the BMW radio and GPS are good, but there is no volume control and the volume is set at the upper limit of what I can listen too. On the highway it’s about right, but in town it’s a bit much. If there were one thing that I would like improved it would be volume control for the BMW link, but considering all that this unit does so well it’s a minor limitation given that it ‘kinda’ works as is.
Battery life on the 20S is nothing less than phenomenal in my experience. After one 16 hour ride the unit still had plenty of battery life to spare. Also I commute daily and only seem to charge once a month or so. All of this with constant music through bluetooth, phone use and GPS directions. The phone battery on the other hand is a different story due to the battery drain from bluetooth, occasional GPS navigation, etc, but I have an accessory plugin on my bike so this is generally not an issue.
I have used the telephone more than I imagined and it works very well. Like others have said, the person on the other end has no idea that I am riding a motorcycle even at highway speeds.
The number of features on the 20S might seem a little overwhelming for some, but on a solo 2000 mile trip last September I easily ran the 20S through all of its paces with the exception of group intercom. If you don’t know the voice commands you only need to remember one ‘what can I say?’ and the Sena will remind you of all of the voice commands that are available. Voice commands work flawlessly and I use these more than the hand controls.
I’ve only tried intercom on one trip and it works ok, but trying to get everything connected and working sometimes takes 2 or 3 tries. Another useful upgrade would be to allow the passenger to link to their own phone and music source. We also experienced intermittent clicking and cutouts when music sharing, something I expect Sena will eliminate over time.
Overall, I am very pleased with the Sena 20S.
December 1, 2014
Simplicity - Easy to upgrade to 1.3 just off website in a couple of minutes. App to smartphone, and GPS in seconds. The clarity on the 20S is excellent. The FM radio volume adjusts while you are utilizing the intercom. Voice control is a nice feature and appears to works well. You do have the option to ignore that phone call coming in, unless it's one of your kids that keeps calling and calling and calling. Can't comment on the durability yet as have only used this product for couple of weeks. Battery longevity holding well. One of the top of the line communicators at this time.
December 1, 2014
All the good things you read are true.
Really, blown away by how great this thing is. All the good things you read are true. Not going to repeat every review saying the same things. One happy surprise: It is even able to let me is my phone's voice command (Samsung Note 2). Can't speak to durability yet, only ridden with it a couple times, but seems sturdy. Haven't had a even a bit of buyers remorse.
November 27, 2014