Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset
Great product, excellent capabilities
If you want bluetooth for music, communications or navigation, this is the way to go. The Fit and Finish of the product is top notch and the battery lasts plenty long enough for mulptiple rides on one charge. Buttons are easy to use with gloves and it's voice-activated feature is great for incoming calls. Highly recommend this bluetooth!
October 21, 2014
I only use the Sena to listen to music, so I cannot rate how well it works with bike to bike communication or talking on the phone, but it works great for listening to music. The speakers are plenty loud, even with ear plugs in. It also makes me WANT to wear my helmet just so I have my tunes with no ear buds or wires. Very happy with this purchase!
October 21, 2014
Definately great for the price.
The sound quality is really good and when riding the mic doesn't pick up road noise. The VOX does get to be a little bit of a hassle if you want to ride with your visor open, but if you disable it then it works great. I am very satisfied with this product.
October 21, 2014
Super Crisp Sound!
I would have to say this thing is outstanding! Sounds great, looks awesome and over all does what I need it to do.
Linking/syncing the unit to a phone or other device can get quite tricky and I honestly felt like I got my unit to sync by sheer luck haha.
I mainly use this for entertainment so I do wish that there was more bass but other then that, I would most def buy this again if need be.
October 20, 2014
A Most Excellent Way To Ride
I purchased the Sena SMH 10R in preparation for very long scooter trips in 2015. I will use an iPhone for audio books, music, driving directions and phone calls. All these things the 10R does exceptionally well because it pairs with my iPhone without flaws. I have had my 10R for a couple of weeks with many test rides and can say the quality of sound and ease of use for the above mentioned purposes is simply terrific. The installation into my Shoei J Cruise helmet was a bit of a chore, requiring some very careful thought and execution. Excellent vision is required to read the instructions. This may just be a personal shortcoming but I believe a higher quality set of larger instructions would be preferred and might save SENA some after sale effort. I mounted the main unit on the left side of the helmet exterior as instructed and the separate battery on the center rear exterior. Because my helmet is flat black and those components are too, these very small rectangles are almost invisible on the outside of the helmet. From these mounting locations the wires that run from them must be fed over the "edge" of the helmet and into the interior. This is important for those who have Shoei (and other similar) helmets - - - the flexible plastic portion of the cheek padding which secures the cheek pads into the helmet CANNOT be inserted AFTER the SENA wire is in place. So, I chose to run the main unit wiring harness THROUGH the flexible plastic of the cheek pads taking advantage of the holes which already exist in that plastic. It worked fine and my cheek pads are secure and the wiring is well hidden and secure. I don't believe this is covered in the instructions. Noodling that out required a bit of time, a sandwich and a glass of milk. The speakers are intended to fit into depressions already designed into the helmet. There are stock foams ear pads to be removed from this helmet and they just snap out. But, the speakers on the 10R are ever so slightly larger than the depression in the helmet and do not sit flat inside the ear wells. I'm not suggesting anything here because helmet warranties might be involved for you, but something must be done to get the speakers to sit firmly in place using the Velcro that is supplied by SENA. That fix takes a bit of time, some thought and a cup of PG Tips tea. If you decide to resort to exacto knives, a run to the Home Depot might be in your future. I did not do that but for some, it may be an option. The main unit has a 3 part wire harness running from it into which the speaker and battery wires connect. All these connectors plus the generous lengths of wire to each component must be securely "put" somewhere inside your helmet. Finding the right location is up to you as the instructions do not address the subject. That takes a bit more time and planning. My helmet hard foam interior has air channels designed into it, as many other helmets have also. Unless you want to block fresh air, these channels are not good choices for running the wiring. Installation therefore is problematic. If I were to do this again today, after all I learned, it might take 45 minutes instead of half a day. Once installed the unit charges quickly, pairs with my phone quickly and simply. The very low profile of the main unit is attractive but the controls are very small and require lots of practice with your gloved left hand to operate easily. I'm not good at it yet but getting better with each ride. I can see the wisdom of the older SMH 10's jog dial; a much easier proposition. Voice activated operation seems like the perfect solution to tiny buttons but the "VOX" features are not yet perfected. For example, wind noise can fool the computer into thinking you are trying to say something so at 70 mph on the freeway your music can be interrupted every few seconds by a lady who says, "Intercom pairing failed. Please try again later." The fix for that is to turn off the VOX in the SETTINGS mode and learn how to manually use the tiny buttons on the surface of the main unit. It's not the most elegant solution and I'm sure SENA must be working on better future designs for this. The point is, this experimentation can take some days to figure out; especially if you are into a weekend when customer service is closed. I recommend you do the install and testing on week days when help is more easily contacted - if you can. I found myself wishing for Shoei / Sena dealerships that would install Sena units for me. But, the job does get done and the unit works very well. I was particularly surprised when at 55 mph I could talk to my wife on the phone; hearing her clearly and she hearing me very well. The noise cancelling features must be very good. I have tested "No Country For Old Men" the audio book at 70mph, with cruise control on, I'm very pleased. Lewellyn Moss just died. He was a stand up guy. I don't like to close on negatives but the 10R charges through the main unit, not through the battery housing on the back of the helmet. Practically speaking, that means you put your entire helmet near the wall outlet for recharging. Tolerable. To close on an up note, this design means you will never grab your helmet with having the SENA 10R unit and battery connected. It's a grand product. Allow some time to install it and learn it. Your patience will be rewarded.
October 20, 2014
Terrible for music
Installation wasn't bad considering the nature of the product. It is sleek and not too intrusive, which is nice. The call quality seems ok, no complaints from the other end and I could hear the other person just fine. I'm very disappointed with the quality of music audio, however. It sounds like the type of speaker that comes in a Hallmark card - all treble and static. I can't really make out what I'm listening to most of the time. That's even after experimenting with an equalizer app, bass boost, etc. I rarely make calls, so the music streaming was the main point. A cheap pair of earbuds would have done a better job.
Additionally, the set I received may have been buggy, because it would keep trying to randomly speed dial, and repeat several times in a row. Very frustrating. I'm going try to exchange this junk.
October 16, 2014
After looking at several other headsets on the market, this one appealed to me the most for a few reasons:
1) Every Bluetooth device I've seen for motorcycle helmets requires installation on the left side, but this one can be placed on the right. The SMH10R does say in the manual to install on the left side, but you can, in fact, install on the right side should you choose to. I would imagine left-side placement is to aid with throttle control on motorcycles, but I use my helmet for karting and I have a GoPro mount and decals on the left side that would've been in the way or covered up. This was just a little bonus for me that I'm sure no one else cares for.
2) Its compact size is just too cool. I love how sleek it is, especially compared to the SMH10.
3) It's a very music-friendly device. Playing tunes inside my helmet is the only reason I bought it, and it serves that purpose well. The volume control buttons are fairly large and the fact that you can skip tracks with them is just fantastic.
4) One of the biggest reasons for me choosing the SMH10R is the fact that I don't have to have a boom microphone connected. Not sure if boom mics are removable from most other devices, but the SMH10R comes with a mic connected only by a wire that can be discreetly run inside the helmet, away from your mouth - should you choose to connect it, that is.
That's pretty much it. Installation itself was fairly simple, although a bit time-consuming with having to choose where to place the speakers behind the pads (my choice, considering the helmet is a tight-fit) and concealing wires. My one and only complaint is the sound quality at higher volumes. At first, I chalked it up to my phone, but after reading other reviews, it seems to be the speakers themselves. I'd say Sena could spend a little more R&D on that or team up with a company that could help out in that department.
October 13, 2014
This Sena does everything as advertised! The sound quality is amazing. When on the phone people don't even realize I'm riding. The bluetooth was easy to install and easy to operate. It's durable too. Spent an hour riding in the rain where the mic got soaked but still worked fine.
October 13, 2014