Sena Bluetooth Audio Back For GoPro With Waterproof Housing
A must have if motovlogging
Bought this to wirelessly record audio for my motovlogging channel. easy to use, great sound quality (while in UHD mode)
to hear a sample of audio clairty, check out my channel:
August 10, 2015
Great for Motovlog's
I wanted to wait to review this item until I had had a chance to really get to use it and put it through a few good uses. So lets start off with some good:
-Easily hooks up to your GoPro.
-Quickly connects to Sena SMH10 when turned on and paired.
-Audio quality in UHD mode is amazing.
-Lightweight so it doesn't bog you down if on your helmet.
-Sleek enough design to not look tacky wherever you put it.
Now, with any item, a few cons:
-First time setup was a bit of a pain.
-Opened a ticket with Sena and they sent me a generic. reply and closed the ticket, not resolving my issue.
-The case is not as tough as the GoPro models. I did drop it from a short height and scuffed it easily. I've dropped my GoPro cases from much higher with no issues. Not sure it would hold up well if the mount failed and it went off on the highway.
-Battery life is somewhat an issue, but not a full blown con
-Does not charge the GoPro as efficiently as just charging the bacpac and battery seperate.
Now into my thoughts. The features this has are nice, but I would love to be able to use the attachment and listen to music at the same time. Not possible from what I have found. The first time setup was a bit of a hassle as I tried to connect the bacpac to my SMH10, via intercom mode and it would not connect. I could pair it as a phone with no issues, but then the audio made me sound like a Storm Trooper. After upgrading firmware, trying again, resetting to factory, upgrading firmware, and doing this numerous times, I finally got the bacpac to connect via intercom mode and got the UHD Audio to work. Thanks to the SMH10, it records my voice perfectly even when going at ridiculous speeds or in high winds.
The battery life is around 2-2.5 hours. It can vary, but thankfully, with the open back case, I can switch off the bacpac with ease and still keep recording with my GoPro. I carry spare batteries and even a battery brick for my phone, so on long rides I can still charge the bacpac as needed. It just takes a bit more time. If I turn off the GoPro and forget about the bacpac it does go into a sleep mode that conserves battery which is a great feature.
I have been using this now for several weeks putting it through some tests. I have dropped it as I mentioned and surprisingly scuffed the case some, from a linoleum floor. I've kicked (on accident), dropped, and had my GoPro go flying off on the highway and the first two had no damage, the other it was scuffed some. So, keep that in mind. It may not be the best case, but it will hopefully hold up if something ever happened.
All in all, I do enjoy using it. The audio quality is a amazing in UHD and the picture of course is great as well. Even with gloves on I can turn the bacpac on and off quickly to record audio if needed. I have tried to charge it while in use, but not sure if it was working properly so haven't bothered. I would like to have music playing while recording, but again, it is easy to turn the bacpac on and off even with gloves on.
I recommend this product for anyone doing motovlogs and look forward to trying it out for other applications.
August 8, 2015
Use this for motovloging in group rides or when I have someone with me, awesome product!
July 20, 2015
I moto-vlog and I wanted to be able to do so at any time without fearing the rain. (being able to make everything water tight was a must) The sound quality was amazing and almost got rid of any wind noise from the videos. It is very easy to use since after your first time using it, all you have to do it turn it on and your Sena will sync to it automatically.
June 5, 2015
Sena for Go Pro Hero 4
This systems is easy to setup and quick to connect once you do it the first time. Next time, just turn on your headset and the Sena pack and it pairs automatically almost instantly. Sound quality is really good and the case is still going strong after several hundred miles and at highway and up speeds. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to record audio inside of a helmet while using a Go Pro camera.
Now if only the Go Pro camera was more user friendly. I have a review of this product I want to put on YouTube but the Go Pro is not being user friendly so I'm still in the editing phase.
May 25, 2015
Works well but could be designed better
The audio back works well but it does not use a standard case that allows you to change out the lens cover. If it gets damaged from a rock you have to replace the entire case.
March 16, 2015
Great for Motovlogging
This is an awesome alternative to the traditional mic setup on a Gopro. It's all wireless so my Gopro is now completely waterproof again. I bought the one with the waterproof housing because it offer the best protection for my gopro. The sound quality is very clear out of the box, it could use a little tweaking, but it still sounds great.
March 2, 2015
plug and say for sure!
the setup was very very simple, literally plug it in and my Sena 20S picked it up and connected right away. Cool feature is that you can chose to use the go-pros mic as well so you can not only hear you praising those cycle ignorant SUV's you can hear the honking war that ensues lol. the only bummer of the whole thing is that you cannot stream your Bluetooth music from MP3 while also recording your narration which was a bummer, now I have to decide if I want to talk about my ride or ride through the twisties to AWOLNATION.
February 2, 2015