Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset
Looks Awesome, Works Great.
So I Just purchased me a new helmet (Shoei RF-1200 Beacon) and this nifty blutooth unit from Sena to go with it and get rid of the earbud hassle. I have had the unit for a bit now and I really enjoy using it over the old put my earbuds in and hope they stay. This unit works as advertised and I have yet to have any problems with it. It automatically connects to my phone (iPhone 5S) as soon as I turn it on no need for continuous pairing. Using the music play pause forward and back functions is strait forward and easy not a very big learning curve if you can work an iPod or a smart phone you should have no problem figuring this unit out. Answering a phone call also very easy either by voice or the control it just has a great user interface. It also has held up very well in bad weather. I live in Hawaii and it has been raining almost daily and we just recently had some horrible rain from Hurricane Wali. But Sena held its own I didn't have any problems with water getting into my unity even at high speed with rain pelting me monsoon status on my 30 one way commute. Installation was extremely simple each piece i.e mic, speakers, battery, has its own unique plug that fits only to its counterpart on the main unit no way to mess it up. Only thing to do is figure out where you want to place your main control unit and your battery. the wires are either flat or very thin and easy to tuck away inside your liner. I have attached some pix of how the unit looks installed, I did this install myself, took me all of maybe 5-10 minutes after I figured out placement for everything.
Now the only reason i didn't give this unit 5 star perfect rating... The speakers.... In my personal opinion they flat out suck. They are too high pitched and have no bass at all they just sound cheap and the louder they are the worse they sound and actually hurt my ears at a certain volume. They will get pretty loud so you can hear even on a Harley with short pipes but you wouldn't want to turn the volume up that high anyway you would be doing yourself and your music a great disservice. also the plastic rings that hold the speakers doesn't hold the speakers very well at all mine fell out as soon as I placed them in my helmets speaker cut outs. anyway I'm hoping to find a good pair of speakers possibly some Beats and try to find a way to splice them into this unit if all work then this will be the best Blutooth on the market for sport bike riders. Its very low profile and sleek looking and it works. Great product overall. Easy install, easy use, lots of features for its size, not so good speakers. hope this review was helpful.
July 23, 2014
Great product by sena. Small and aerodynamic. Can't even tell it's on. Great sound. Could use more bass but other than that. No problems.
July 21, 2014
Very slim profile but not simple to use
Simply put i love the size but hate the navigating the menu options . I consider my self a very knowledgeable tech savy consumer but this product is very unintuitive to use , and perhaps dangerous considering your on a motorcycle .
July 14, 2014
Great product, easy to use.
I've had this about 3 months and haven't run into any issues. Not difficult to install, just a little time consuming but worth it. Buttons are not as difficult to press with your gloves on as you would think. Battery life is great! Clarity is great, both through the speakers and the mic! Lots of menu options but honestly I only use mine for playing music and receiving calls.
Unit was installed on a 2014 Icon Airmada Chantilly helmet(dark).
July 14, 2014
Overall excellent product.
This is my first communication device, so I don't have a frame of reference to give it highest marks in all categories. I installed it into a Shark Speed R, and with a little very careful excavation of the pocket designed for the Sharktooth (just about 2mm on either side), the battery fits perfectly leaving just the control unit on the outside of the helmet.
Sound quality is very good for conversations. I don't listen to music while I ride, so I cannot comment on whether or not it delivers concert hall quality sound. It's easy to use and links with other Senas well, but despite the new firmware, I was unable to connect to a different brand the one time I tried. However, since I had forgotten to take the manual with me, and we were in an area with no cell/internet, that was my fault, not the units.
I would highly recommend this unit to anyone who doesn't have a shelf full of helmets and likes to swap them out, due to the semi-permanent installation.
July 14, 2014
Exactly whats needed and low profile for style points
Kind of a pain to install (says my lazy friend who also just bought one) but i personally didnt mind at all. Took about 20 minutes. Max volume is perfect as any more would blow your drums out, though sound quality decreases in two highest clicks, especially with hard snares or high treble for music. Other than that - easy to use, good sound for open faced speakers. Looks good especially on matte black helmets like mine. Cant even hear wind on the freeway when talking on the phone. 10/10 would buy again.
July 7, 2014
Speakers are not comfortable around the ear.
One of the sticker was missing for the battery in the box. Speakers are bothering my ear. Pads for the speakers could have been thinner more comfortable results. Maybe a bit more would increase the sound quality.
July 7, 2014
1 month of abuse, all is well!
I have been using the SMH10R for just over 30 days. I took a vacation, rode all over Oregon in 90° weather, 8 hours of rain, 2 miles of snow and 15 minutes of hail. I listened to music the whole time. I charged it every 3 days and had a good 3 hours a day of ride time. I HAD to upgrade the firmware for the unit to work properly with my Google Nexus phone but it is flawless with my iPod touch. I can make and receive calls, people on the other end only hear my Ducati when I shift through the gears. It got wet but never quit! I am using a Shoei RF-1100 helmet and everything fits well but I don't like how I ran the wires the first time and will be redoing that. Another big plus to this kit, EVERY piece can be purchased separately if you break or lose something! I will not upgrade until this model comes in Bluetooth v4.0 for the extra features. Thanks to Sena for the great support you gave me after my purchase!
July 3, 2014