Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset
can't imagine riding without it!
Took about 30 minutes to install because I spent some time to route the wires away from any pressure points inside the helmet and hide them as much as possible. Could do it again in about 15 minutes. Slight learning curve to understand the different button presses to activate different features but after a few rides it becomes second nature. Paired easily with my Droid DNA and works flawlessly with Pandora for streaming music (stop, start, skip, volume control all work). Phone calls work well. Have not tried the intercom feature yet, but no concerns there. Speakers are good but not great. I looked into a few other options for speakers including modifying on ear headphones and using earbuds. Earbuds are the best option if you want really good sound and bass. Sena has a $6 earbud adapter that plugs into their unit (unique 4 pin connector and standard headphone jack on the other end). I liked the sound better with earbuds and it wasn't a comfort issue since I normally wear earplugs but I could not get my helmet on and off easily with the earbuds in place because they caught on the liner. Would definitely buy again!
July 28, 2014
Fantastic - MUST HAVE For all riders!
The SENA is simply put, an amazing product.
Fantastic quality boom mic, I have made dozen's of phone calls on the freeway with the face mask open wind howling and the person on the other line could hardly believe i was on a bike at those speeds.
Fantastic speakers for music with no bass, and for the intercom feature(s).
Install was very easy with durable velcro and 3M adhesive parts. See Cons: for one con.
With some practice, the MANY features of the 3 button system can be learned for safe riding, I do suggest reading the manual regardless of how quickly you think you'll catch on ;) there are dozens of commands and many features. You can d*@# near control your entire device or device(s) singularly or hooked up separately just from the 3 buttons. It's awesome.
The only con I have is that the low profile mic it comes with has a very dainty wire and easily pulls off the contacts within the mouthpiece and is not repairable. HOWEVER: after contacting RZ & a response within 24 hours, they had told me to give SENA a call, i called SENA and they shipped me an entire new low profile mic free of charge within 1 week.
The only other con i would have, more of constructive criticism is that the headphone earpieces/speakers at the size they are should be able to play much more bass in clarity than they do. The musical quality and comm/call quality are fantastic, it just gets a bit distorted with any sort of bass at the loud volumes we all like to listen to music at ;)
OVERALL: FANTASTIC PRODUCT. I have had 4 friends purchase this for our rides and we all connect and chat and resume music play when off comm flawlessly. I definitely recommend this to anyone who rides.
July 28, 2014
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