Sena SMH-10 Bluetooth Headset
Great communicator, not great for music
I bought two of those to be able to communicate with my lady in a way better than the poke-in-the-rib method. And boy did these sets deliver!
1- Extremely clear voice range. You will not miss a single rant about how badly people in cars drive!
2- Very well designed microphone and DSP which filter out wind, exhause, and road noises almost entirely (people had no clue I was on the bike when they phoned me).
3- Very intuitive design of menu selections and functionality. You will not be concentrating on how to navigate while riding as you do most tasks with the dial alone.
1- Not great for music. Especially if your music lies in the midrange (say heavy metal). It will sound like an extremely loud concert with no musical clarity).
2- Very weak bass frequency reproduction. Guess that is because they are designed to give maximum clarity between 2-4kHz which is where speech lies in the spectrum.
3- This could be due to my helmet design, but the extention pads are too thick to fit, while mounting the speakers without padding puts them a bit far from my ears. Again, this could be due to the cheek pad design of my HJC CL17.
Overall, one of the best purchases I made in the last couple of years. Highly recommended. It even survived a helmet drop unscathed!
January 26, 2016
feel like a fighter pilot
Got the unit for music mostly, hated wearing earbuds and glad to be wireless too. I haven't intercommed and phone calls are possible with an open-face helmet, but not great conversation quality (not unit's fault). if the boom mic was removable, that would be a nice feature.
January 26, 2016
Still learning how to use it....
I got it paired and working without any help, but I'm still learning how to use it...
January 26, 2016
It works but it could be better
First the bad,
It's not that easy to use to change songs or answer calls.
They charge a lot of different accessories like to use with bell helmets, expensive.
The sound quality is really good, the battery life is awesome. I love how it fits in the little compartment for the Bell helmet.
January 19, 2016
Amazing piece of kit...
There isn't a lot to add here that hasn't already been said, but I'm very, very impressed by the SMH-10.
Came in while the wife was out of town so she didn't know I had it yet, and I intentionally didn't tell her I grabbed it until about 1/2 way through our first phone call when I was using it. Voice came through great on my side and she was blown away when I told her I was on my Ducati 821 while we were talking. Actually, she said it sounded better than I do when using a Motorola Hint bluetooth stationary....
Install was a breeze, 10 minutes tops.
Other thing worth mentioning is that the mic / foam mic cover is much narrower than I anticipated (debated between boom and wired before settling on the boom). It doesn't get in the way at all inside of my Arai full face helmet, I have to intentionally try for it to bump my lip inside the helmet.
Speakers are, as expected, lacking bass for music, but plenty of volume and clarity.
I ordered another kit without the module to be able to set it up on my Bell Rogue as well.
Other reviews / hype is true, this kit is pretty outstanding.
January 8, 2016
Be sure to keep your receipt
Initially I loved the units, after about one year the run time started to decline and ended up with about only 4 hours of run time. I contacted SENA and asked how to go about getting the batteries replaced and gave them my two serial numbers. They responded that the units were out of warranty and I needed to contact the place I purchased them. I did that and they stated they were still in the warranty time and to take it back up with SENA. I did so and then got an email stating they were in error on this. They did replace the units, but there customer service is terrible and was a fight through the process, I attempted to complain to customer service and was told I was getting the replacements. I had suggested they use my email string as a training for the CS rep, and they couldn't care less. So , I like the product, hated the SENA customer service. I am an MSF Instructor and use the headsets a lot, and that may be why the batteries didn't last as long as advertised.
December 30, 2015
Very Good Headset
This is a very good headset, I actually have a total of three, and they are very easy to use and set up. I use almost all of the features including playing music from my cell phone while I ride. At high speeds the wind noise makes hearing very difficult, but that is more a helmet issue than a headset issue.
The battery life is excellent and the install is pretty straight forward. Any difficulty with installation will most likely come from helmet design. Installation on my SHOEI airflow max was more difficult than on some of my less expensive helmets due to padding and insert design. Not headset design.
I have use the intercom feature a lot while riding with people on other bikes and we dont have any problems talking to one another.. even at a 1/4 to 1/2 mile apart. Haven't tried it farther away than that yet...
Great headset. Even if a little bulky compared to the newer model SENA, but I don't mind.
December 7, 2015
Absolute BEST Bluetooth Communicator on the market
I bought the SMH-10 when it first came out. I have also purchased SMH-10 headsets for my two additional street helmets and my dirt bike helmet.
Sound quality is excellent, if your helmet is exceptional loud, can't blame SENA. I take 1000+ mile rides several times yearly, usually traveling at least 700 miles daily. My battery charge on my Sena has lasted 12hrs of intercom use & listening to my music from my BT phone.
Installation can be risky if one is not careful, because the speaker wires are thin, so care is a must when pushing the wires down into the side of your helmet. If you hurry or get anxious, you could break the small wires.
Operation: Can be complicated only because this system do so much and everything is operated by only two buttons. So read the manual, if you don't use your Sena often, take the supplied little instruction book with you for reference.
I bought my SMH-10 in 2012, along with the SENA SR-10 because my group of fellow riders use UHF 2-Way radios to communicate further distances. I use my SMH-10 constantly and my battery is still going strong.
I would never be without my Sena. When & if it wears out, I will buy another.
Oh, my wife's two helmets have the SMH-5, mostly because she wants to communicate with me, so she doesn't need the additional features or the extra distance.
To make SENA completely successful, you MUST be familiar with how it operates. This little device offers many features, all controlled with only two buttons.
December 6, 2015