Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset
Gets the job done
Installs easy. Is very stream line and out of the way. Calls are clear and quiet (no road noise). As for sound quality with music, not so great. No bass what so ever. The speakers sound like old Walkman head phones from the 80s. The battery stays charged for long rides. The controls are a pain and hard to use when wearing gloves. I recommend this product based only if you wish to have a slim out of the way unit. If you're looking for quality sound and ease of use keep looking.
July 28, 2015
Easy to install and you can have several friends connected.
The product is easy to install and use but, if you get too far away from the other rider you can't hear what they are saying. The battery life is different from unit to unit. I can fully charge my unit and a friend's also fully charged we turn them off at the same time to save battery life. But mine always stops working before his, which is irritating when you need to communicate. This is why I give the product an average rating.
July 27, 2015
Worth the price
Great product. I use it on long rides so I bought the extra battery. Just finished a ten hour day on one battery. Unlike other units I have used I did not ever turn it off. I listened to music all day with intercom. Music sharing is a great feature. Sound quality for the speakers could be better. However, if you really care about that you need to find a better road. Your mind is on the wrong thing. People who have called me did not realize I was on the motorcycle riding 60+ mph. I will recommend this for everyone I ride with.
July 27, 2015
Takes the whole riding experience to a higher level
Buy this. Don't hesitate, just buy it. Oh, you don't have the cash? Go sell stuff so you can buy this. Dead serious.
A friend bought me one and immediately I knew I would never have a helmet without a SENA from then on. We go on rides with friends all the time, and the ability to talk to each other without pulling up beside the other and shouting ourselves hoarse was incredible. Now we could just chat and ramble on, sing (i know, we're dorks), and warn each other of danger. There have been many times when one or the other spotted a road hazard or a problem with the others bike that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.
The group pairing is cumbersome, but worth it. Honestly, it's not that bad once you get used to it, but the first few times trying to navigate menus is frustrating. Still haven't quite figured out the music sharing, but I also haven't just sat down and carved out time with my friend to play with them until we get it working.
Listening to NPR over iheartradio on my phone with GPS navigation on top of that combined with NavMe on my pebble watch and then taking a call and responding to text all at the same time SAFELY changes the game. Obviously I don't recommend taking your eyes off the road and on devices, nor dividing your attention too much. But I have certain weeks out of the year I have to have high availability (24/7 on-call) and now I don't have to park the bike for those weeks.
Rode the three sisters last year with some friends, and got a little frustrated with the ability for the signal to penetrate rocks. Changed them up to full charge that night and rode again, apparently the signal strength goes waaaay down when the batt is lower than half full. Mild complaint and not a big deal but thought I'd mention it. If you are going on a trip, make sure you have a 12v cigarette lighter outlet on your bike to keep your SENA charged.
The best thing about this particular one over other solutions is this: MODULAR. I can purchase another battery, earbud adapters or more speakers and microphones and just move the SENA itself to other helmets. I can now have 4 helmets and never be without my SENA.
In closing, quit reading and just BUY THIS PRODUCT.
July 22, 2015
Good bluetooth device
I have not been able to test this out fully yet because there is a problem with it working on my Indian Roadmaster (trying to listen to the bike's radio through the helmet via BT) which is supposedly being looked into. It does work great paired with my Garmin 590lm GPS so I can hear voice prompts just fine. I don't have a 2nd unit to test with my passenger yet so I can't comment on that. Only other problem was trying to mount the boom mike with my Arai 3/4 helmet as I could not find a good spot to place the sticky pad.
July 20, 2015
Poor Vox Phone implementation
I've purchased my SMH10R a couple of months ago to replace my old Cardo G4 and my decision was based on the Sena reputation and on the thin shape of the SMH10R.
I use my SMH10R connected to my bmw nav V, that is paired to an IPhone 6. That topology is commonly used, having the GPS as a primary media device and acting as a bridge between the phone and the headset, allowing me to make/answer calls from the GPS and also see who is calling before answering.
Sena advertises the SMH10R as having a "Vox Phone" feature, similar to the one I have on my G4, but unfortunately that doesn't work when the Sena is paired to the GPS, what is a big deception for me, as my old communicator supported that.
I´m also facing some connection drops between the Sena and the Nav V and some times I need to turn off/on the Sena to establish the multmedia connection.
July 15, 2015
Great unit, full of features, easy to use, but....
The SMH10R is a nice compact/low-profile helmet BT headset.
My primary reason for buying it was to listen to music wirelessly while riding, and for future intercom capability when riding in groups should I ever run into anyone else with a helmet headset. I am currently using it on my Scorpion EXO-710 matte-black helmet in size medium.
Installation was kind of a P.I.T.A., not due to lack of clear instructions or difficulty, but just due to trying to wedge everything into the right spot. It took me maybe 1.5 hours total, and I'm kind of a tech-geek. Removing the helmet liner and moving the impact foam out of the way for the wiring while trying to avoid scratching up the exterior was tricky as everything is very tight in the helmet. I just used a couple of folded microfiber towels to pad the working surface.
My helmet has recessed speaker pockets which are a bit small in diameter for the speakers that come with the Sena to fit into, so I cut the speaker spacer pads down to size and used them to fill the pockets. This mounts the speakers flush against the rest of the impact foam and puts the speakers almost in full contact with my ears inside the helmet. Due to the helmet liner having speaker/ear covers, this is not uncomfortable at all.
Once I settled on positioning and mounting, I plugged the unit into my computer and installed the free Sena software to ensure the unit had the latest firmware, which it did. The operation of the unit itself is pretty easy, though probably a bit more convoluted than the larger headsets with jog dials(press, press-and-hold, multi-key press, etc). I use the headset with my iPhone 6 and it works very well for calls, music, and nav directions, with easy controls for answering/hanging up, track selection, volume control, play/pause functionality.
My one gripe with this product is the lack of speaker quality/sound quality. I'll be pretty harsh on this topic as I am a hobbyist musician/audiophile. The sound quality on these speakers is less than the standard iPhone/iPod white earbud headphones. They can get ear-splittingly loud, but there is essentially no bass response at any volume. You will need to move them around on their velcro mounts to get them seated/angled on your ears to get the best sound out of them. Without adjustment, you might not hear anything(I thought one was dead out of the box until I moved it). But even in their optimal positions for me, they're not good for any modern music. Phone calls are pretty clear, voice prompts are pretty clear, navigation is pretty clear, but anything with bass and its right out the window. I will be ordering the Sena SMH10R Earbud Adapter Cable and using some sound isolating earbuds with this very soon. I had previously just been using earbuds with a wire tethering me to my RAM-Mounted phone, but its not very safe and pretty annoying to move around with.
Overall, I am happy with the purchase. I recommend the unit, but caution that if you are into bass-heavy music(even modern metal and any electronic music is dependent on bass), you'll certainly share my opinion and should order the earbud adapter cable with the unit. I will point out, that with some earplugs and the volume cranked up some, it kind of works out. Still light on bass, but at least you're not wrecking your hearing with all the top end sizzle.
July 14, 2015
Great bang for the buck
I've been using this headset for a couple months now, and absolutely love it!! I feel that placement really helps when riding. I put my helmet on and practiced where my fingers naturally went as if i had the bluetooth set installed. (Practice with your jacket on) With in no time i had no difficulty in finding the button's while wearing MX or leather gloves. I haven't been able to try out all the functions of the set. I mostly use it for music and answering phone calls. Both of which are veeery simple to do. The sound quality isn't amazing but is pretty good. And i have no problem hearing anything while out riding my DRZ400SM. My buddies say that while on a phone call they cant tell if im riding or just sitting at home on the couch. I am actually amazed at how long the battery lasts. Especially where i live because it can get over 100*f very often. All in all i love it and would recommend it to anyone in the market for a bluetooth set!!!
July 13, 2015