Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset
Good sound, but low quality parts
I bought this headset thinking it would be perfect for connecting it to my phone and being able to make phone calls while riding and also being able to listen to music. After installing it and riding with it I can say that it does exactly what I wanted it for. My issue though is with the quality of the parts.
The speakers sit in a plastic circle that protects them and their wires. While I was installing mine the wires fell out on one of the speakers. Being that I know my way around electronics I was able to solder the wires back on and the speaker works fine. The issue is that now the speaker occasionally will pop out of its plastic circle, resetting it while not hard can be annoying.
I also have issues with the battery. I was hoping that I would be able to charge the battery by removing it from the helmet, but they way I had to work the wires in my Shoei RF-1200 there is no easy way to do that. This is because the micro USB plug for charging is on the control unit rather than the battery, meaning that to charge it off the helmet I would have to remove both the control unit and the battery. To remove the control unit I need to unplug it from the speakers and the mic, as I hid these wire under the cheek pad I have to remove the cheek pad if I want to remove the control unit from the helmet. It would have been much nicer if the USB plug for charging was on the battery itself and not the control unit. Additionally the battery slides into the holder you place at the back of your helmet. I have found that it tends to rattle a little and that rattle is easily audible in the helmet. The wire that connects the battery to the control unit has also started to show signs of ware where it is making contact with the helmet and I think I will soon have to reinforce it with electrical tape.
As I said at the start I like the quality of the sound produce and I find the unit very easy to use and operate even using large winter gloves. I just wish that for the price the quality of the individual parts would be better, and I really wish that I could charge the battery without the need for it to be connected to the control unit.
April 23, 2015
Great product and good price
The Sena is pretty easy to set up. Only difficulty is wire management. Works very well and the buttons are easy to press; even with thicker gloves. Recommend deactivating the "vox intercom" function if you're going to ride at high speeds, as the wind noise can c ok nfuse the mic into thinking that you're trying to intercom someone.
April 20, 2015
The smh10r is awesome
I paid 160 for it and it has changed riding for me. Pretty easy to install if you take your pads out and the quality of the speakers is great. The best part is my friend who I link up with says my voice comes through clear and dosnt sound like my heads in a five gallon bucket.
April 20, 2015
Very Nice Product!!! You gotta figure out how to install but overall this product worth every dollar!!!
April 10, 2015
Great Low Profile Design, But I HATE the Battery Pack!
This is my first Bluetooth so I don't have much to compare to. I am a self-proclaimed audiophile so I feel I can judge the sound quality with some experience.
I like the low profile design. I like that there's only two buttons and they're fairly easy to find.
I don't like how the battery pack has to be installed either on the exterior of the helmet or somewhere inside--potentially making the helmet more dangerous!
If Sena just made the main unit just a bit thicker, they could have built the battery inside and there would not be a need for an external battery pack.
If you just slap it in the helmet, installation should take about 5 minutes. But I'm a bit of a stickler with wires so I removed all of the interior padding in my new helmet (Arai Defiant Pro-Cruise# and took about 20 minutes just thinking about how to run the wires.
At first, I tried to keep the battery pack inside the neck-roll. But the sticky tape and/or the Velcro did not secure it well inside the fabric and I feared it may dangle out at the most in opportune moment #e.g. going 100 MPH!#.
Anywhere else inside the helmet, I felt that the battery pack--albeit compact--would cause a pressure point or detract from the helmet's ability to disburse trauma evenly. I even tried to mount it inside the chin bar to no avail.
Finally, I ended up using the double-sided tape and mounting it--with the slide mount--to the back of the helmet's exterior, just under the Snell rating stamp. The wires are barely visible.
The sound is above average given the thinness of the speakers. They, however, do not produce much bass. So if you want to THUMP inside your helmet, you may want to look at speakers with a thicker magnet.
I've made calls and so far the noise cancellation works well. The callers do not report any static, wind noise, or even the rumble of my Harley #with aftermarket exhaust!).
I do not ride with other people so I have not tried out the intercom but I may purchase another unit for riding two-up and see how well it works talking to my passenger.
All in all, the price is not bad and the unit is compact and simple to use. I also like that the firmware is upgradable--unlike the Sharktooth!
If I were to purchase another Bluetooth unit however, I may just go with the Sena 20S because it doesn't have the stupid battery pack and has an iPhone app.
April 3, 2015
Awesome sound for such small hardware
I installed the Sena SMH 10-R on my Scorpion EXO 400 helmet, and have used it every time I ride since. The sound quality is awesome for such tiny speakers, even at highway speeds with earplugs in. I have no problem hearing phone calls, music, and my GPS directions at 70+MPH. When I talk to other people, they tell me that, if it weren't for my super-loud exhaust, they wouldn't be able to tell I was on the bike. The voice recognition works perfectly with my phone so I can use my phone hands-free, and after you get used to it, the buttons are easy to find and manipulate even with bulky winter gloves on. Definitely recommended for someone who is looking for a great product for a great price!
March 30, 2015
Your helmet may be your biggest complication when installing. Depending on your helmet type, shape, and removal of liner all determines how easy your install may be. I personally had to take a knife and slice a opening just to slide the speakers in my helmet.
March 30, 2015
I chose these over the more bulkier ones...so far so good...I managed to sit the speakers in a nice way that the helmet doesnt feel any different...streaming spotify is nice for my commute daily commute so I'm very pleased with these and glad I made the purchase....like most of the commenters, I may never use all the functions but for what I need it's perfect!
March 25, 2015