Sena SMH10-11 Universal Bluetooth Headset
A great motorcycle headset
So I was originally unsure as to which Bluetooth headset to purchase for my HJC Symax III helmet until I spoke to a few friends of mine. All recommended the SMH10, specifically the -11 model by Sena. The sound quality is actually quite nice. The volume on the set gets quite loud making it easy to hear even going 80 down the highway. I would say that it isn't a difficult system to install but you'll probably want to load up a video off of youtube or something similar to make it a little easier to follow. All in all I couldn't be happier.
March 3, 2014
An Important Buy for each Rider!
Excellent communicator, works like a charm - easy to install and Supreme Sound Quality / Clarity.
The voice clarity is amazing, Speeds less than 100 KMPH the caller would not even know you are riding on a bike. Speeds above 140 KMPH - The Sound clarity reduces a bit but It is not advisable to speak on the Phone at such speeds.
In all, a Must Buy equipment for every rider. A boon on the city as well as high, helps me stay in touch with work and family all the time.
March 3, 2014
Awesome Sound and Quality!!!!
Easy to install on Shoei Qwest and love the loudness!!!
March 3, 2014
LOVE IT! What took me so long to but the SMH-10???
I've researched numerous devices and when I received the SMH-10 I and wasn't disappointed. Easy install, easy connection to iPhone and Garmin Zumo.
The sound on phone calls is excellent. The sound on streaming music is sub-par. There is very little bass. Not a problem as you don't want to be to lost in the music while riding!
I haven't connected to another unit yet but I'll be buying another set for the wife soon.
My recommendation is to purchase the dual pack system. I didn't think i would need it but I do......
February 22, 2014
Incredible listening, terrific interface - acceptable microphone
Mounting on a Shoei RF-1100 was a piece of cake. Others have complained that helmets like the RF-1100, that have a flange on the bottom sides, cause the clamp to flare and bend. While others have suggested a variety of fillers to deal with this, I took a difference approach - I simply mounted it more towards the rear of the helmet so I didn't have to deal with the flange. Since this is the SMH-10 model that has a choice of separately mounted microphones from the base unit that may be an option that the integrated models don't allow for.
Initially I used the mountable mic - seemed reasonable since I was mounting the unit. However, I wasn't impressed with the noise reported by remote listeners. Based on recommendations by others - including Sena - I mounted the boom mic and there is indeed a difference. There's probably quite a bit to do with the helmet - and the RF-1100 is a noisy one - but people have been able to understand me and that's good enough.
But the speaker side - unbelievable. I won't say they're monitor-grade speakers - but extremely clear for both communications and music. Totally changes the ride. And you'll blow your ears out before you exceed the max volume level - I'll be checking out some earplugs soon for road noise and I'm confident I won't have any issues hearing these speakers through whatever plugs I wind up with.
The control is brilliant - nearly everything is done with one giant knob that's easy to use through thick winter gloves. Otherwise there's a separate button that's still easily operated via thumb. Add in some minimum voice control and this is about as easy as it can be for something not built-in to your bike and/or phone.
Haven't used the intercom mode yet - don't ride with anyone else.
Unless there's a specific feature provided elsewhere I see no reason to spend any more money for a bluetooth headset.
February 17, 2014
Installs rather quickly. Let's you chat with your mates/listen to music/make & receive calls/get directions from your BT enabled GPS. What more could you possibly ask for? Highly recommended.
February 11, 2014
Installed on a Nolan N104
After doing the usual reviews I was drawn to this unit for its features, but was worried about installing it on a Nolan N104 helmet due to the wide bottom trim ring. I contacted customer service and they pointed me toward online photos from other customers that installed this same combination. I decided to try it and I was able to do the installation in about 1 hour total (taking my time). Be careful pressing the speakers into the openings in the helmet. I managed to crack one side, because I didn't put my finger under the foam. The weather has been rotten here, so I've only been out twice with the unit and just listened to music both times. The sound is great, but once I get above 65, I can't hear much due to wind noise (basically a naked bike). The wife still doesn't know that I bought this yet, so I haven't been using the phone ; ) I did test it out after the installation and it works fine with my Motorola DROID Max HD, including voice commands. I generally ride alone, so I can't say how it will work as a bike to bike intercom. If I were going to do this over, I would check the length of the fixed boom mic and go with it, instead of the universal kit with the mic that mounts inside the helmet. No particular reason except that I think it would hold up better over time. I made the slot in the bottom of the helmet different than the other customers I saw online that had used a Dremmel tool. I just used a small drill press and bit. After I set the location with scratch marks on the trim ring, I drilled a hole at each end and then used a block of wood to push the trim ring from one hole to the next with the bit locked down so it would rout out the plastic (see photo). You can't even see the slot when everything is mounted.
February 3, 2014
A must have for Iphone 5S User and/or Garmin Zumo User
I purchased this bluetooth product about a month ago, after figuring out that my Iphone 5s and Zumo 350 wouldn't pair together w/out a mediator.
The Sena SMH 10-11 allows you to pair both devices and toggle between them effortlessly.
Installation to my helmet took approx. 30 or less minutes.
Sound quality is satisfactory.
I would definitely recommend it to a fellow rider.
January 20, 2014