Sena SMH-10 Helmet Clamp Kit - For Earbuds
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Sena SMH-10 Helmet Clamp Kit - For Earbuds

SMH-A0303

4.3 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.2 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.8 / 5
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Features
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Style
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Ease Of Install
4.8 / 5
Sound Clarity
4.6 / 5
Durability
3.6 / 5
Bang For The Buck
1 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
1 / 5
3.5mm headphone jack is very fragile
I've used this clamp for a total of 3 rides and the 3.5mm jack has already started to break down. The design of the jack is extremely flimsy, and if you are not careful with the routing of the supplied coiled wire, it's almost inevitable that you will tear the flex boot of the 3.5mm jack. I love my SMH10, the battery life is great and the unit itself has added a lot of functionality and entertainment to my rides. However, this product is poorly designed and so I cannot recommend this to anyone.

In the meantime, I've reinforced the jack point with electrical tape and have zip-tied the cord to the flex joint as a means of minimizing strain on the joint. Hopefully this will last me for a while but overall, I'm extremely disappointed with the product.
May 20, 2014
Ride:
1999 Honda VFR800 Interceptor
Bang For The Buck
1 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Great product, but needs revision
I wrote a glowing review of the SENA SMH10, but I am a bit miffed that the consumer is required to purchase an entirely separate base to use the SMH10 with earbuds. The base supplied with the SMH10 has hard-wired speakers and a 1/8" stereo input that, for all intents and purposes, is useless to me. I would like to see the 1/8" stereo input replaced by an earbud output that would allow me to utilize the wired speakers for casual rides and commuting, but allow me to simply plug in earbuds for long rides. Instead, I have to change out the entire base if I want to ride with buds. All said, the SMH10 is an amazing product and it deserves a strong review, but this base seems like an unnecessary expense.
April 1, 2013
Ride:
1995 BMW R1100GS ABS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
With custom molded plugs - Awesome!!
Initially I tried just the standard Sena SMH-10 Dual Paired Headset with Sena's helmet speakers and we were (then) not happy! Since then, we dicovered a PERFECT Set-up. We do a lot of long distance trips on a BMW 1200 GSA and what a stark difference it makes now that we're using custom molded ear-monitors from earinc.com along with Sena's helmet clamp kit for earbuds! An indiscernible amount of wind noise is present at 80mph; if any. We can now clearly hear each other, compared to hardly at all with Sena's "stock" speakers. I suggest Sena and earinc collaborate to combine this awesome setup or Sena should at the very least offer this earbud helmet clamp as an alternate choice to their standard speaker clamp unit. However, saying that; for aprox $34 this Sena earbud headset clamp is a small (additional) price to pay - as long as you have custom molded earplugs to plug into - for near perfect bluetooth communications.
April 23, 2012
Ride:
2011 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
This should be the default clip with a new unit
I much prefer this clip but the ear bud input is a bit on the weak side and the plastic can tear after some use. I have locked mine in place using sugru. just molded it around the input and it makes it a solid piece that wont bend or tear.
April 22, 2013
Ride:
2007 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
3 / 5
Good Product
I'm replacing a previous one that the jack broke on and while this is a good product I wish they'd do a better job with building in the 3.5mm plug-in so the base won't pull off. This is a bit of a redesign so I'll see how it performs.
May 1, 2013
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
2 / 5
Durability
1 / 5
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
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
The clamp was easy to install with only two screws
I got the ear bud adaptor due to poor hearing and the wind noise would cancel out the sound. I now have about 10 hours of riding with the ear buds and it is great. I listen to music plus the intercom feature and do not need the full volume. The only down side is it takes a few secods longer to ensure the buds are in correctly so there are no pressure points.
March 13, 2012
Ride:
2013 BMW F700GS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Perfect for in ear headphones.
I teamed this up with Shure SE315. This combo makes road and wind noise disappear all together. On the lowest setting for volume I can hear music/phone perfectly and I have hard hearing. They do require some creativity, regarding the hiding of the headphones cable. I just tuck it in my shirt. This option is not for around town applications, because of having to put them in your ears and taking them out all the time. I have an appointment for Sensaphonics addition for the Shure SE315 to make this Kit fantastic.
April 26, 2012
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Great product
Awesome mic boom but buy an amplifier if you plan on using larger helmet speakers as i did.
August 12, 2013
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
I like using ear buds for music
Like riding with ear buds to listen to music while riding. This works great.
November 26, 2012
Ride:
2006 BMW R1200RT
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Standard speakers did not work for me, went with earbuds, much better
Brad D on Sep 13, 2016
The original speakers for the head set sounded ok, but at road speed all I could hear is the high end of the music. So i went with a molded ear monitor that sends in the sound and acts like an ear plug. it works great.
Joseph R on Jun 21, 2016
Standard speakers did not work for me, went with earbuds, much better
Brad D on Sep 13, 2016
to give my headset some flexability
Mr. Freeze on Jul 15, 2016
The original speakers for the head set sounded ok, but at road speed all I could hear is the high end of the music. So i went with a molded ear monitor that sends in the sound and acts like an ear plug. it works great.
Joseph R on Jun 21, 2016
I've owned the SENA for about 4 years and really enjoy the helmet clamp with earbud option. mine developed a short so it was a no brainer to replace the clamp
Christopher B on Jun 15, 2016
I have custom earbuds and I wanted to use them instead of speakers. All worked as it should have.
Lee N on Jun 12, 2016
I have my SMH-10 mounted in my full face modular helmet. I want to be able to use it in my half-helmet without moving the mount and speakers. I also want to experience the sound quality difference between the SMH-10 standard speakers and earbuds.
John H on May 9, 2016
I use high-end sensaphonics molded ear plugs so didn't need the speakers in my helmet.
Joe P on May 5, 2016
Good.
Michael N on Apr 2, 2016
I have multiple helmets and the kind of ear plugs that have speakers built in. I just attach this unit to my helmet and move my Sena SMH-10 from helmet to helmet whenever I change helmets. I use Sena because I like them and because that's what most of my friends use. Sena is the easiest brand to link for intercom purposes.
Robert A on Dec 31, 2015
easy, effective way to mount smh10 and use your own earphones. NOTE: the earphone dongle is not very well designed and is prone to failure.
ralevitt on Dec 9, 2015
because I already have a Sena and have a second helmet.
BMWK on Nov 10, 2015
I need to equip 2 friends helmets with my SMH10 headsets
LuAnn P on Jul 20, 2015
To add to my half helmet for the summer months
Christopher L on Jun 22, 2015
Sounds like what I need.
Tim N on Jun 9, 2015
I have a mag 9 unit and want to use it on my half helmet with ear buds.
Paul G on Jun 7, 2015
Need this to hear anything at hwy speeds due to road noise.
David B on May 26, 2015
After 4 years and many trips the plug for ear buds had exposed wires near the clamp base. The wight of the male /female connector plugin pulled down on the plug straining the wire covering eventually exposing the wires and causing a short. the pug needs to be supported to the helmet with a tie wrap or tape, do not let it hang.
Sandman on Apr 27, 2015
I needed this to crank my tunes with the ear buddage !
Brian Y on Mar 28, 2015
Integrate my earbud headphones since I wear noise canceling ear plugs anyway.
richard w on Jan 23, 2015
I bought the SENA SMH-10 for communicating between riders or rider and passenger. I bought the ear bud system so I could use my sound isolating earphones to protect my hearing. The ear phones work great, SHURE SE 215 stage monitors, and really make the ride quiet and I can easily converse with passengers and co riders or phone calls etc. SENA is a great product all around
Howard B on Jan 22, 2015
S-Plug ear plugs are my favorite for noise reduction and comfort. Works well with this option.
JD D on Dec 22, 2014
top quality
Faisal A on Dec 7, 2014
Wanted to be able to use new earbuds with SMH10 set up. Could never get speakers positioned in helmet ear pockets quite to my liking.
Bryan C on Nov 15, 2014
Needed to install on half Helmets.
Isabelle D on Sep 17, 2014
Best purchase for my bike - now I have my half helmet wired and my full face wired - I just switch out the Jog module and roll.
R O on Aug 28, 2014
To be able to utilize my earbuds with the SMH-10.
Chris L on Aug 16, 2014
too much wind noise using speaker system
S E on Aug 15, 2014
My ears don't work nearly as well as they once did in my youth. So, this adapter allows wearing quality in ear monitors with my Sena SMH10 so i can hear.
Dale M on Jul 20, 2014
I need a clamp for my Sena that worked with headphones for my naked bike to combat the wind noise.
Edward B on Jul 8, 2014
I use 2 different helmets, and using earbuds with this clamp is by far a better solution for me than speakers. I'm also ordering one for my wife's helmet to replace her speakers.
Larry on Jun 24, 2014
This is the third one of these I've ordered. I keep one on all the helmets I use so I only have to transfer the SMH-10 from helmet to helmet. Love the SMH-10, but the speakers are rubbish. Earbuds are the only way to go.
02Klausrider on May 20, 2014
to use with my helmit
Thom54 on May 8, 2014
High quality
Dan K on Apr 25, 2014
I bought 2 half-face motorcycle helmets and I already have com's on my full-face helments, so with this item and can move the com's to the half helmets. Very cost affective.
John M on Apr 22, 2014
My new helmet couldn't use the low profile speakers attached to the other base I have so i got this one to be able to use earbuds. It works perfect...
Paul M on Nov 16, 2013
Best price by far out there. Sena products are great.
chris on Oct 18, 2013
When traveling, any speed above 45mph makes it very hard for me to clearly hear/understand the person talking to me on the other end, or hear the directions from my GPS, and the speakers are not loud enough for the music. Being able to use the earbuds will make a significant improvement.
Derek M on Sep 24, 2013
I hope this offers a better sound quality for my XM/mp3 player. If you are going 70+mph, the speakers just don't cut it on this unit, you can hear it, you just can't understand it. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Paul O on Aug 27, 2013
to give my headset some flexability
Mr. Freeze on Jul 15, 2016
I've owned the SENA for about 4 years and really enjoy the helmet clamp with earbud option. mine developed a short so it was a no brainer to replace the clamp
Christopher B on Jun 15, 2016
So, this unit replaces the original clamp so you can use your own ear buds? Which would mean that every time u put in your helmet that you have to put your ear buds into your ears? Sounds like a pain to do this? Are there any companies that simply make better speakers we can use with the smh10?
A shopper on Apr 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: To save your hearing from damage from all the wind noise, you should be wearing hearing protection at all times. Over the years, I've found it easier to keep the noise OUT, and put the sound INSIDE, rather than crank up some external speakers loud enough to be heard THROUGH hearing protection (then getting hearing damage from wind AND music). Custom-fit silicone earplugs with internal monitors are the best way to go - they protect your hearing AND give you better sound quality - and yes, they do take an extra 30 seconds to put on... (but nothing if you're wearing standard earplugs as you should).
Can you plug your earbuds directly into that flexible stump that comes out of the clamp/base? Or do you have to plug your earbuds into the coil cord?
John H on May 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Directly into the little stump. Just make sure that if your ear bud cord is short, to unplug it before you take your helmet off. I use mine with S-Plugs with a short cord, great sound and cuts a lot of road noise.
Can you use your iPhone earbuds with this model or does the mic on the cord interfere with the helmet mic?
A shopper on Sep 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I use mine with an iPod for music which is connected via a wire that goes to the helmet clamp then another plug on the clamp takes the ear buds. My phone is connected with WiFi to the Sena. Non of the wires interfere with the mic.
Is this model different than the previous unit that Reviews indicate breaks off at the male to female plug in on a regular basis ? The older model has the female plug in receptacle leaving the main section almost horizontal. The unit you have pictured goes more vertical and appears to be of a different type.
If this is a new design of the earbud plug in, is it holding up better ? Just about 50 % of the reviewers were complaining that this part soon broke after use.
A shopper on Oct 15, 2012
BEST ANSWER: I have both the old and the new. And believe me, they both break. the old one was rigid and it broke easily. the new one is more flexible, and because of this it breaks due to plastic fatigue. it's flexible but it's still hard plastic. so given enough vibrations (a month of riding on New York City streets) and it broke in half. but it was just the plastic that went. the cable is hard and thick enough that it held together without any problems. and it kept working. then sena replaced it under warranty. I am sure next year they will produce one with a softer plastic to prevent this problem.
Can I use my MP3 player with this product using the MP3 cable?
A shopper on Apr 22, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can sure use your MP3 player with the SMH-10. There is a 3.5mm plug on the back end of the unit. It really does not get any easier than that. Plug in, push play and cruise.......but watch out for squirrels!