Sena SMH-10 Bluetooth Headset Dual Pack
Best money you will ever spend on a motorcycle accessory. I have never made a better purchase. It has completely changed my riding experiences for the better. Solo rides used to last 1-2 hours, now when I go out my myself it will be 3-5 before I even think about turning home.
August 20, 2014
Not quite perfect, but still pretty cool
This arrives as a complete package, with all sorts of pads, mounts, velcro pieces, etc. Installation is pretty straightforward, but took me a little time, given that I'd never installed one of these things before. I did not use the boom mics, but rather then small mics mounted in the chin bar on two full face helmets. Pairing to both phone and the other headset was simple, as was updating the firmware. In actual use the sound quality of streamed music was decent, but not on par with earbuds or headphones. You gotta' remember, you are still riding a motorcycle and there's only so much they can do to overcome wind noise. Trying to place a call while riding was impossible, as the voice command volume was too low to understand. Answering an incoming call was simple. Once a phone call was in progress call quality and volume were very acceptable, if not stellar. Again, you have to remember that you're riding a motorcycle. One thing threw me until I understood what was going on. I had paired my headset with the other headset and with my phone. I had also set up the intercoms for voice activation. First ride, I went by myself (paired intercom not used) and listened to music via bluetooth connection. The first time I coughed my music stopped and a after a moment a voice said "Intercom not available, please try again later." After about the third time I realized what was happening. Intercom always takes precedence over bluetooth music. By setting the intercoms to voice activation every time I coughed, sneezed, or talked to myself the Sena thought I was trying to initiate an intercom conversation. It would then mute my music, search for a paired intercom that didn't exist at the time, and then not finding a paired intercom, would give me the failure message. After another few seconds my music would resume. Bottom line, everything was working as designed and as I'd set it, it just seemed odd until I understood what was happening. Music sharing is a cool feature and the intercom function works really well. Overall, I would say the technology is not quite perfected, but it's pretty good.
August 18, 2014
It was a little tricky to mount the main unit on my Shoei RF 1200 because of the side cut out, but just keep at it and it clamps on quite well.
Use the little pads behind the speakers to bring the closer to your ears.
The RF has too much low frequency wind noise to hear the speakers at over about 50mph so ear plugs actually make it easier to hear. The foam ones block too much sound (too high a dB rating) so I'm using those silicone flanged units and at full volume, I can hear quite well. Still looking for ear plugs with a lower dB rating to improve this.
The clarity of the phone is what truly amazes. I have yet to have anyone mention any background noise- even at 80mph. My buddy hasn't installed his yet so I haven't worked the intercom but if it is similar to the rest, it will be great.
Other commenters complain of not enough bass to hear their Metallica at head banging volumes, but it occurs to me that that probably isn't a good idea anyway.
Unit appears to be very sturdy, but I've only had it about a month and haven't really put it to the test. Haven't dropped it or ridden in the rain yet. That's why I didn't rate it for durability.
I'm not sure how much better the 20S model could be, but the SMH-10 is now a real bargain.
August 18, 2014
It was easy to install. once in my helmet it was easy to use. No distractions. The clarity even on the phone it great.
August 18, 2014
Great functionality - Great price
My husband and I each ride and like to be able to communicate while on the road. We have used another system before with mixed results for a much higher price.
The Sena SMH-10 was easy to install on both of our half-helmets. The sound clarity and the ease of use is excellent. Although with a half-helmet the wind keeps the mic open all the time on VOX mode, you can use the jog dial and turn the volume down to where it is almost un-noticeable. On our previous system, having the mic open all the time ran the battery down in less than a day and we were unable to charge the system while riding. With the Sena system the battery lasted about 1- 1/2 riding days (usually charging it every night) and we were able to charge it while riding if necessary with the 12v adapter.
All in all, for the price, we are very happy with our Sena SMH-10 dual pack.
August 14, 2014
Clarity, range, ease of use
The main features: voice clarity = very good. Range: on flat, straight road = up 1/2 mile!, on curves and hills = about 200 yd. Battery life: very good...charge every 8-10 hours of use.
Speedy power up/down and other functions w/ voice prompts is very good. Bluetooth 3.0 is far superior to earlier versions.
Surpresses wind and engine noises fair to good...for loud bikes, use ear plugs and install foam spacers to get speaker closer to your ears. A very well thought out product, which is obviously the result of progressive R&D. Wife loves it...helps keep her from getting lonely and zoning out.
August 11, 2014
Functional and convenient
Set up is pretty simple. Follow the directions no worries. The audio quality is better than I expected. I would like to have slightly more amplification. When use in conjunction w/my Shark hemet and ear plugs the audio could use a little more volume. It's still remarkably clear and functional. W/O ear plugs its fine but the wind noise is less than desirable. If you have a quiet helmet, no worries. Haven't used intercom yet but like the idea of being able to sync w/ other brands as well. It will be very useful to link with the tail rider in the group to enhance safety on group rides. I would buy this again. Battery life is good and charges fast. Unit battery outlasts my phone when using music and gps.
August 11, 2014
Worth every penny
I got the SMH10 to communicate with my buddy (he's new to ridding) and this device gave me a way to guide him & give him pointers as we ride. Would have liked to have the earphone jack on this unit instead of having to spend another $54...
August 19, 2014