Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset
Great Product, Good features.
Works just like it's suppose to, easy setup.
Bluetooth has a decent range not quite a mile but maybe a half a mile range in a straight line.
Would buy it again for sure on my next helmet if they don't have an upgraded one. Chose this over the SMH20 for the deal they had at the time - don't regret anything about this purchase.
November 17, 2014
Pretty Cool, Pretty Convenient!
Not too much to say. Install takes a while, but if you take your time its not bad at all. The only thing external is the actual control on the left side. The battery pack is inside the helmet, in the back and can't even tell it's there. I wanted very little attached to the outside. I used the wired mic instead of the boom so I wouldn't have to worry about it getting in the way when putting the helmet on or taking it off. Placing the ear pieces with the wiring was a tad tricky and getting it all to mesh with the liner was annoying at best.
Sound quality is okay, not great. Taking phone calls is easy so long as you are not wearing thick gloves, but listening to people talk while riding......maybe I just need an equalizer for my phone conversations as it sound a tad tinny, add to that any road/wind noise and the conversation may be difficult to hear. Outside of that it's fine. Those on the other side of the conversation either don't know I'm on my bike or they say it sounds fine.
I've listened to pandora at low volume on one occasion. and it sounds okay, while not high fidelity, you are on a bike and wouldn't expect it to be like listening to music in a vehicle.
Though I imagine that company will further improve the audio quality in future versions. As it stands, it works as expected.
The BT continued to work with my phone outside on the bike while I ran inside the house for something, through multiple walls and maybe 70-ish feet.
Installed in a Shoei GT Air.
November 10, 2014
Good little system for the price
Let me first say that this product works as intended and for the price, the unit is good. It also has a very small profile which is stylish if your sporting a cool helmet on your sport bike.
There is a major problem I did have though and its no fault to Sena. INSTALL IS DIFFICULT!. This could be easy to setup in most helmets. I hear its easy to install in Bell helmets since Bell works with Sena on some of their products, However. I own a Shoei RF-1200 Helmet and installing this unit took a few hours and even then, a few days to really get it to all work acceptably.
First off if you own the RF-1200 the speaker pockets are a millimeter too small for the speakers to fit, causing you to have to alter the padding in the helmet. Second, you have to cut a hole in the neck roll to route the units cables into the helmet. Then once you do this, tucking the wire away is almost impossible given there is no room to do so, especially if you wear a snug helmet. After reading up on the web on how to get around these issues I finally got everything setup decently without neck roll pads popping out on me and my head feeling rough spots of cables.
Now the system itself
The unit works flawlessly with my iphone 6 after the firmware update. I can answer calls with the unit and listen to music just fine and the noise cancellation and wind reduction are beyond amazing at low speeds or traffic commute. My friend thought I was chilling from home when they heard me talking during a downtown ride. However, I dont think it will work all that well at highway speeds considering the amount of wind noise with this helmet. The speakers are also ok, not amazing but ok. During city commute you can hear decent quality sound come in, but dont expect that at highway speeds. Although you can raise the volume extremely high, it will only sound distorted and hurt your ears. The other thing that is a bit of a worry is the wires. They are so thin that you feel you have to be very careful not to break them.
All in all, Im happy with this unit. It does what it claims and its reasonably priced. If your a commuter and want to listen to music on those rides to work. This is for you, but dont expect to use this on the highway at least with the Shoei RF-1200 helmet.
Now if we could only get more helmet companies to get with the communications company's when developing the helmets.
November 10, 2014
Solid product - easy install
Would recommend this product to anyone - sound is great, install very easy.
Basically, all I need it for is verbal navigation input, so can't necessarily speak to the quality of the mic for calls, etc, but so far, all excellent for what I needed.
It would have been useful to have more (spare) velcro pads in the box, but I guess you can always go get some and cut it to fit.
Great service from Revzilla too.
November 10, 2014
Slick but can improve ergonomics
I like the slim design. No turbulence at speed. Reliable and easy to use.
Nitpicks: 1) Hard to feel which button to press. Those little +/- marks and ridges aren't always obvious in gloved hands. 2) Needs a more positive click when pushing buttons. There's zero tactile feedback. 3) Most riders, most of the time, use these devices to listen to maps/directions and music. Or to make phone calls. Way less often for actual group/intercom use. So it boggles my mind that I need to press and hold the center button for supposedly 3 seconds but actually more like 5, before I can pull up my iPhone's Siri to get directions or make a call, or play some tunes. The first click is intercom, then if you hold for 2 seconds you get the play/pause, and hold longer for Siri or voice command. I wish I can re-program Sena to reverse the order so that I can bring up my voice command in one click without having to hold. Firmware update please. Sena, you listening? probably not.
November 9, 2014
Old Versus New. SMH10R or S20?
* Just to note I have not owned the S20, but have a friend who has bought one. But I have owned the G9 and the similarities are on par.
Having owned a G9 and the amount of frustration that came with all the bells and whistles not working 100% came to an end. The most frustrating part was the price paid for something that wasn't more streamlined. Sold it.
But I realized I did miss my com and communicating with my group members.
After reading more reviews of the S20 and it being a new to market product, I came to the conclusion that I would end up being back in the same situation with my G9. Frustrated.
The SMH10R has been around for a bit and had some pretty good reviews. I finally decided to get it and for the price I couldn't really complain.
I have had it for a few days and I realize I made the right choice.
In general the VOX command prompt I disabled as its more of a nuisance that a benefit. The system gets lost/confused and you end up just turning it off and on again to reset. And the center button will get you to VOX command to access your phone. Pretty easy.
The speakers are average, but that is ok. They work well, but if you are looking for bass, get some aftermarket ones. But I could hear the rider with the S20 with great clarity, even after he was out of line of sight.
The unit is nice and minimal, but will take some practice to get the muscle memory down.
It was easy to install as most are, but I'm sure it depends on your helmet.
Pairing has a minor issue. Items pair without a problem. But there is a sequence I have to follow. When I start the unit, I have to make sure I sync the mp3 player first and then my phone. Because if I have my phone sync first, the mp3 player will not sync.
In comparing my SMH10R with my friends S20, he even said he was only really using the functions my unit has. That the multitasking functions of the S20 became a bit trying. But he has only had for a week.
I would say, if you need the latest and greatest, get the S20. But in the end, the SMH10R is a comparable unit for less the money.
And as always, the Revilla crew were great.
November 9, 2014
Really user friendly
User friendly, has multiple features like intercom, voice command of your phone...
I can take calls or call people while riding my bike and the sound clarity is really good. People can hear me very well and the battery life is also good.
You just need to keep your bluetooth device close to your helmet for best results. (Jacket pocket)
November 4, 2014
Just what I was looking for!
This headset is just what I was looking for! First time installation was slightly tricky, but its perfect on the first "reinstall". Music is clear and easy to adjust volume and track even with gloves on. Phone works fine with a shout out of "Hello". I expect the direct comm link would work fine if I got a second on to talk to!
November 3, 2014