Sena SMH-10 Helmet Clamp Kit - For Earbuds
Great idea but designed to fail
Love the fact that i can use ear buds while riding, the noise blocking and music clarity of the buds is a must have for me. There is however an obvious design flaw with this unit that needs to be fixed prior to use if you expect longevity. The 3.5 mm female receiver section of the headset is not molded into the main body and therefore flexes at the attach point. I used ultra black silicone to create this mold for myself. Be sure to make the connection to the main base unit so that the plug cannot flex!
August 7, 2016
Does exactly what it's meant to.
Pretty straightforward here. You clamp it on, you hook up the brain of the Sena, plug in your favorite buds and you're good to go.
I've heard a lot of complaints that the 3.5mm jack is flimsy and tends to break up and eventually fail after use. While I will agree that the construction of the port is a bit lackluster, it is by no means a deal breaker. I slipped 2 zip ties on it (the first down to the base of the jack and the second butted right against it, then cut the extra off) and I have had no problems whatsoever after 3 months of almost daily use. The jack is the only reason I gave 3 stars for durability.
July 5, 2016
Good, while it lasts...
Not sure why Sena would put the speaker jack OUTSIDE the confines of the housing, mounted on a fragile, flexible stalk made of plastic (they could have extended the housing further down easily, and mounted internally and securely). I'm currently looking to replace my 2-year old unit, as the "flex" connection now makes snap crackle noises and pans the speakers left to right when moved slightly. So don't use this in any application where the dangling cords are going to be caught in the breeze (only OK for parking lots, I guess).
Due to the short life, it received an "average rating" overall, and for "bang for the buck" (I should have taken away points for the 2000 miles I had to ride back home in silence when it failed).
Ease of install would have been a 5, except for all the dangly cords and the microphone boom that doesn't play well with modular helmets.
Durability, see above. Sound clarity got a "fair" due to premature failure. Realistically, the sound will depend on what you are plugging into it (I have custom-fit silicone earplugs with internal monitors that sounded excellent, when it was working).
Ease of use - would have been a 5, but there are way too many controls/commands to learn/remember for an old guy... and it seems I have to re-educate myself every time I pull it out for a long trip (prior settings are apparently "volatile" and not saved).
So I'm looking for an ALTERNATIVE to this model - and the only alternative appears to be some goofy thing with a 4-foot adapter wire hanging out (to add to my already 6-foot long earplug cord...). I may just wait until spring to replace, to see if they can come up with something better.
November 7, 2015
Very useful with half helmets
I use this one on my half helmet since speakers aren't an option. Works quite well for that, though granted the ear bud cords are a bit of a pain, that is not fault of this unit itself.
September 29, 2015
Better than expected
I wear safety earbuds, so I can't really speak to whether it had audiophile-type sounds quality. But, I will say that I'm really impressed with how well the microphone works. Even at 75-80 mph on the interstate, people tell me that it's crystal clear and they would never know I was on a bike- they say it's better than the Bluetooth speakerphones in most cars.
August 24, 2015
excellent alternative for shorty helmets.
Sometimes we choose to ride with our shorty helmets and this worked out great to be able to listen to music and communicate. Using the ear buds cuts down on the wind noise and makes is possible to hear both speech and music.
May 18, 2015
Great for summer riding
I bought this for an outside the box experiment. I use an extension cable and plug into my audio input jack on my Electra Glide stereo. Now in the summer heat I can stay cooler in my shorty helmet and get my audio from the bike speakers. nice indeed comfort and communications!
March 26, 2015
This product makes all communications a pleasure
I have tried other products similar to SMH-10 helmet clamp kit. This is the ONLY one that fits my half-helmet perfectly. Most of all.....I am able to hear clearly through the earbuds at travel speeds up to 70MPH. Definitely not true with any other device I have used. A receiver of my cellphone call advises that my voice is clear and audible under similar conditions as stated above. The SMH-10 helmet clamp kit is the ultimate for my half-helmet needs.
December 8, 2014