Sena SMH-10 Bluetooth Headset Dual Pack
It's close to being a 10.
I purchased a pair of these for my wife and myself. They work really well with some limitations.If I were looking for improvements, it would be in the wind noise and music sound quality areas, but that said, I'd still purchase the SMH10.
August 25, 2014
Great value and features
Bought a dual set to talk with friends while riding. The Sena's are really expensive in Europe so I picked up a set when I was in the states (about half the price of a european dual set!).
Easy install, easy connect. Sound quality is good, connectivity with phone works fine. Battery-life is really good. The universal intercom feature is great! (requires firmware update) But I'm having a bit of trouble connecting (after pairing) to my friend's Scala G9x sometimes (not quite sure about the connect procedure, usually works after 2 or 3 tries).
August 25, 2014
An excellent product
I finally got tired of all the cables hanging off my old helmet - they were always breaking and/or intermittently disconnecting. So I decided to go Bluetooth and am VERY satisfied with the Sena SMH10 unit. Everything woks well, volume is good and I now have full remote control of my ipod nano on the bike for tunes. One word of advice for anyone having volume issues - the speaker needs to be positioned correctly to your ear. The default ear pockets molded into the helmet may not be the correct place to put the speaker (definitely in my case) and you will have to do a little cutting and material removal to get them in the correct spot.
Durability I left at 4 because it is new - time will tell.
Am 100% happy with this great product so far!
August 23, 2014
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