Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset
Can't ride without it
Sometimes I just want to hear the sound of my engine, but 99.9% of the time I put music on and/or have GPS on. Phone calls on the go are awesome too. You can do voice texts but it depends on the phone you have... it paired better with my Windows 8 phone than my iPhone 5s (which I'm learning the latter doesn't pair well with a lot of stuff). In hindsight I would get one step above for the better sound quality, but it is fine as is. 2 thumbs up for me.
November 7, 2014
Greate Product, greate price
excellent price-quality relation. Very simple to install, and the fidelity of the speakers is very good. Very good for the helmet every day. Compatible with many brands
October 20, 2014
Bought this headset to listen to my music through Slacker Radio. At first was upset I couldn't skip songs using the headset but found if I change the settings in Slacker for Ford Sync they would work. I love this headset.
October 13, 2014
Great low budget option;
I picked up the SMH5 after trying save money with the *real* budget bluetooth headsets that are just a waste of time and money, and I am mostly happy with it.
Installation in my Shoei RF-1100 was pretty straightforward. The main device attached securely and easily with the screw-on clip. Wiring to it is a little screwy, as it comes around the bottom of the helmet. This is due to the way the pads in the helmet don't really have a good path for the wires -- a fault of the helmet and not the Sena. Installation of the speakers was easy enough, but getting them in the right spot is tricky and I can't get them in the optimal spot over my ears. Again, this is a helmet problem and not the Sena's. I need the speakers to be a bit further back to align with my ears better. OK so maybe it's my ears that are misaligned. grumble...
I purchased the wired mic separately and it was easy, though *after* rides, even in the cool indoors, the mic will fall off the velcro attachment. I will need new sticky for that.
As many others have said, here's the lowdown on the audio quality. Others can hear me perfectly, even at high speeds. For me, that's 70-75 MPH on a 2014 Honda NC700X with a Madstad windscreen.
Speaker quality is so-so. There is NO BASS, and the high frequencies are clear, but too loud. The sibilance is extremely loud and sometimes ear-piercing. Listening to music is below mediocre; podcasts/books/speech is OK but not wonderful.
I use the "Universal Intercom" with my son's Bilt bluetooth helmet. This works pretty well overall, though the volume is not always loud enough. This is unusual, as the volume tends to be strong enough, and the speakers never distort. Perhaps the cause is on the Bilt side. (I'm aware Bilt is not a premium brand.)
Battery life is OK for listening to audio, but is very short for two-way communication -- phone or (especially) Universal Intercom. The latter is a clever solution, with the SMH5 acting as a device that any other hands-free device can pair with. Since you can plug in the device to USB and have it charge while you use it, the short battery life is not a deal killer. Still, if you do not have a USB source or otherwise need a longer battery life, this is not the device for you. Maybe the SMH10 or 20 is the one to consider.
September 29, 2014
amazing product! also very easy to install the service Revzilla shipping and excellent care! Thank you
September 1, 2014
Perfect Introduction to Sena
This is a great entry level product in the Sena family - it sacrifices very little to bring the basic Sena feature set to a much more affordable price range.
Sound and mic quality are amazing, even at freeway speeds, but they take a slight dip compared to other Sena models. The full face mic is strongly recommended, so make sure to add that to your order as needed.
If you need a basic solution to pair with for music, GPS and phone calls, this is a fantastic choice.
August 7, 2014
It is everything I was looking for in bluetooth easy to use with gloves on !
I use it with my 3/4 face helmet was easy to install and setup .
July 21, 2014
It's just the nature of the product...
I've selected 3/5 stars overall simply because it's good but it's not great.
The sound quality is definitely lacking, although it works. Turn it up past 85% volume and the speakers start clipping.
The installation is fairly straight forward but lots of mounting variability make it annoying to get perfect.
Lastly, it's quite an expensive piece for something used only occasionally.
Overall I wasn't stoked to pay this much for a set of comms, but it's something that had to be done. It does make the ride with passengers a bit more engaging. Everything about these comms is fair to middling, but I think that's just the nature of the product.
July 21, 2014