Sena SMH10 Universal Bluetooth Headset Dual Pack
I bought this headset pair for my girlfriend and I to use on the bike. She rides passenger on a 2012 Yamaha R1. We both utilize Icon Airframe helmets.
This is our first headset ever, so we really have nothing else to compare it to. This being said, here goes my review of the system.
Install: The kit came with both a wired "slim" microphone and a boom microphone. We actually ended up installing the "boom" mics in our helmets. They handle the wind noise a lot better and now there's hardly any unless you tilt your head awkwardly and the wind comes in from underneath the helmet chin area. Voice is crisp. I probably spent about two hours total toying and playing around with the system to make it as perfect as can be.
I do recommend using the supplied speaker spacers to get the speakers closer to your ears in these Airframe helmets. Both of us needed the speakers closer to our ears for maximum sound. Also, just because the cutouts for your ears are in the helmets doesn't necessarily mean that's where the ears on your head are located. We had to adjust our speakers closer to the straps. Doing this does make a significant difference without interfering with the straps.
Furthermore, the boom mic has plenty of room in these helmets. We both have room to move the mic closer to our lips, but it's not really required.
Phone Calls: Both my girlfriend and I have made phone calls on the bike in motion. The people had no idea we were going 80mph on a motorcycle! Great props there!
Wind noise while listening to music: With the supplied speakers that don't go in your ears, there's a lot of wind noise at highway speeds. I'm a big fan of clean sound and good bass. I'm actually thinking of purchasing the ear bud system for $30.00. Right now it's ok. I can deal with it, but I will reach my breaking point and end up buying it. The reviews have said that the mount breaks like once a year but you can use your own ear buds. It'd be worth it to me not to have to listen to the wind.
July 25, 2014
It's almost too easy to install into the Shark Speed-R!
The Shark Speed-R has indents for the speakers and all the lining that the Velcro sticks to already in it, all you have to do is make sure the wires aren't all dangly and hanging out all over the place.
I put the second one into my Dads Arai Vector 2, this is probably easier again as the lining in that helmet comes out and goes back in sooo much easier! You have to place the sticky Velcro that comes with the Headsets for the speaker and microphone.
Pairing is quite easy between the two units and can be done within 10 seconds.
I spent about 20 minutes all up to mount both headsets into both helmets.
Uses a standard Micro USB port, the standard plug found on most android phones, so if you are an android user, you most likely have a charger or two in convenient places around your living area.
Just a bit fidgety to turn on with cold weather gloves, so turn on before you put on your thicker warmer gloves ;)
July 24, 2014
Could not believe how great the Sena SMH10 is
At interstate plus speeds I can still listen to music, talk to my girlfriend, or my riding buddy. Easy to install.
July 22, 2014
WHY DID I WAIT THIS LONG
I commute 90 miles daily and can not live without this thing.
Turn on my blue tooth, select a station on Pandora, hit the highway with jams in my helmet...just don't get better....oh wait, incoming call. Hit button 2 and tell the office your running late. I always ask how I sound, nobody can tell I'm on my bike "obeying" the speed limit. Hang up, tunes are back.
Road trip to a new location, NO PROBLEM. Navigation chick interrupts MEGADEATH tune to inform me that a destination turn off is coming up. And out in the twisties. Point man in constant communication informing you there"s gravel, road kill, or a car in the next sharp turn.
1st used these on roadtrip to "The Rattler" in N Carolina. Got caught up in a bad rain squall. Our Senna HEadsets made all the difference when it came to decision making during a dangerous situation. FYI: Get the SMH 10's. The rotary knob is so much easier to use than their new product and if it's an aesthetic issue, it look just fine on the side of my RXQ helmet.
JUST BUY THE THING, you will not be disjointed.
July 21, 2014
I use the SMH10 to talk with my wife riding two up and it works great. Easy to use and reliable. I also got the earbud helmet clamp kit so when i am solo I can listen to music with no wind noise and better fidelity. Pretty Easy to switch back and forth from earbuds to speakers.
July 21, 2014
This BT headset is great. Only one I've had so not much to compare to. With that it is difficult to hear over the wind at high speeds (I ride a sport bike hehe). Like I said this may be the case with all headsets because of wind noise. I have started riding with ear plugs to reduce the damage of wind noise on my hearing, as well as my exhaust! For those that are skeptical about ear plugs and riding, do your research. You'll appreciate it when you're 50 and on a cruiser and the only one in your group of friends that can hear properly. Anyway you can hear the music better with earplugs because all other noise is blocked. You can also still hear your bikes because of the frequency that the plugs block. Look it up and try it. It can't hurt you.
July 2, 2014
These have been great. Really changes the ride experience and allows me and a new to riding partner to talk on rides. Now we can discuss the merits of upcoming ice cream stands and sing along to the tunes in each others heads or music from itunes collections in our phones or gps instructions. Install was pretty simple and the units sound good (as long as you are careful to position the boom mic close to your mouth before closing a modular helmet) and the jog dial is easy to control with gloves on. The range bike to bike is pretty impressive and the batteries have held up to long day rides in talk mode, they also recharge quick- takes about 2 hrs.
June 30, 2014
One of the best purchases I've made for my bike.
I love to listen to music while I ride but dealing with a helmet and ear buds is never fun. The ear buds move while you put your helmet on then there's the wire hanging around just an overall pain. This headset fixes all those issues, and on top of that the intercom works great! Now when I ride two up talking to my passenger is just a button push away. If you are familiar with linking up devices via Bluetooth set up is a snap. But do make sure you upgrade the firmware before you use it. The sound quality isn't the best but speaker placement has a huge impact on how loud it can get you may have to experiment a little.
June 26, 2014