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Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset

The SMH5 is a Bluetooth v3.0 Stereo Headset with Bluetooth Intercom designed specifically for motorcycles. With the SMH5, you can call hands-free on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigation by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have two-way intercom conversations in full duplex with a passenger or another motorcycle rider.

Thanks to the latest Bluetooth v3.0 and the advanced digital processing technology, the SMH5 offers the best sound quality for both incoming and outgoing sound in its class. Also, the easy-to-access and intuitive button operations make the SMH5 a perfect companion for motorcycles.

General Features:

  • Universal Intercom: Allows allows pairing to another brands of Bluetooth headsets
  • Bluetooth Specification v3.0 
  • Bluetooth Intercom up to 400 meters (437 yards) (in open terrain)
  • Multi-Pair Bluetooth intercom 
  • Bluetooth stereo headset by A2DP 
  • Bluetooth music playback control by AVRCP: play, pause, track forward and track back
  • Easy operation by versatile Jog Dial 
  • Sufficient sound level with integrated audio booster 
  • Bluetooth hands-free for Bluetooth mobile phones
  • Bluetooth headset or stereo headset for Bluetooth 
  • Includes SMH5 Upgraded Speakers With Locking-Type Connector
  • GPS navigation
  • Water resistant for use in inclement weather 
  • Crystal clear and natural sound quality 
  • Up to 8 hours talk time, 7 days stand-by time 
  • Can be used while charging on road trips 
  • Individual volume control for each audio source 
  • CE, FCC, TELEC and IC Certified
  • Firmware Upgradeable 
  • Peace of mind - thanks to the 2-year warranty


  • Talk time: 8 hours
  • Standby time: 7 days
  • Working distance (Intercom): up to 700 meters (760 yards) in open terrain
  • Operating temperature: -10°C ~ 55°
  • Headset Dimensions: 69.9 mm x 45.0 mm x 30.6 mm
  • Clamp unit Dimensions: 49.2 mm x 38.9 mm x 22.1 mm

Bluetooth Specifications:

  • Profiles: Headset Profile, Hand-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
  • Bluetooth v3.0

Audio Specifications:

  • Advanced Noise Control: Improved wind and engine noise reduction
  • Sidetone: Now you can hear yourself talk similar to a Goldwing or Harley Davidson intercom
  • Built-in SBC Codec
  • Noise cancellation
  • Wind noise reduction
  • Wide volume control
  • Sample rate: 48kHz (DAC)

Battery Specifications:

  • Lithium polymer battery
  • Charging time: 2.5 hours

Package Contents:

  • Communication unit
  • Clamp mount
  • Surface mount
  • Boom microphone
  • USB power cable
  • Microphone sponge
  • Velcro pads for speakers
  • Velcro pad for boom mic
  • Hex key
  • Spacer

Please Note: Some of the above features require updating to the latest firmware version. The firmware is a free download from Sena Technologies.



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Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset 4.5 5 98 98
Great product!!! Wow!! If you're on a budget or just don't want to spend 200 bucks for Bluetooth this is the one for you. You can hear everything crystal clear even at freeway speeds, which for me is about 80. March 30, 2015
Works well for my purposes Important to note that I am primarily a commuter and don't often ride with others. So the helmet to helmet communication isn't very important to me. If you need that you should go with the 10. The music sounds great, it is PLENTY loud (if it isn't it's probably your helmet not the Sena), readily syncs up with an iPhone. Call volume was good and I could understand the other person. No small task bc my hearing is not great. That takes care of what I need it for so I'm pretty happy with it. March 30, 2015
Great headset, somewhat tinny sound. I occasionally ride with some friends who all had SMH10's. They loved them. I saved a bit of money by going with the SMH5. The install was easy on my Shoei RF1100 helmet. It paired up very easily with my phone (android) and the intercom feature worked better than expected. Battery life was fantastic. I consider it to be pretty rugged because I'd honestly just leave it on when I'd ride in moderate rain and it's seemed to handle that just fine. My only complaint is in the music department. The included speakers were pretty lacking in bass. I don't expect them to sound like I have a full sound system in my helmet, but by the time music is loud enough to hear, it's kind of ear splittingly high pitched. This isn't a problem when I listen to news radio or use it for the intercom. You can buy a set of speakers for it that are the same ones that come with the SMH10 unit, and that seemed to improve things quite a bit. Oh, another thing that is a limiting consideration on the SMH5, if you have a handful of friends on the SMH10's you can only intercom connect to one of them at a time, dropping them out of their other conversations. If you're a solo-rider, or only ride with a passenger and not a group this isn't a problem. I've since upgraded to an SMH10, and passed my SMH5 along to a friend who recently started riding. He commented how awesome the SHM5 is and I too feel that if you're going on rides with friends it's a lot nicer to be able to talk while you're riding. Every now and then my wife will call me while I'm commuting home. Answering is easy, just hit the jog dial with your hand. Even if I'm travelling at freeway speeds she says it doesn't sound like I'm on a motorcycle. March 18, 2015
Finally... I'm restricting this review to the music function as the last place I want to have a cell phone conversation - or be interrupted in general - is when I'm riding!!! Installation and pairing were a complete snap. The large exterior dial is easy to operate with gloves. I have had to adjust my own finger sensitivity as initially I was pressing vs. turning but I quickly developed the muscle memory. The sound quality is more than adequate for my full face helmet. I had battled with a Boosteroo, hard wires and my iPad for a while and got nothing but frustration in return. Once I moved to the Sena, my riding enjoyment blossomed! While I'm ignoring or postponing my use as an intercom, it's nice to know that the capability is there, and can be used in conjunction with other riders with competing brands. March 17, 2015
Awesome Product. Great for starters and chill music 1st off, Revzilla you guys are awesome AF!! Ordered mines yesterday 10hrs later , its at my doorstep. You guys never dissapoint! Smh5 is cool, got it on close out price so theres no complain there and I got another $10 off for upon checking out. Fits good Works perfectly Very low key Controls are very easy to use Installation took about 10-15mins. I just wish the sound was a little louder, but its fine. Ill give it an A- March 11, 2015
Great Product Great product! took about 15 minutes to install, comes with everything you need to install. Easy to use, even with your gloves on. Sound is great at low speed, can get drown out by the wind at speeds above 50 mph. overall great product! March 2, 2015
Awesome start If you, Like me are just trying Bluetooth for the first time, This happens to be a great product. I have no passenger and just wanted music and phone. Works like a champ. February 28, 2015
EXCELLENT!!! Love it!!! Very clear and easy to use!! Been wanting one of these for a while then Zilla made the price right as always. February 23, 2015
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Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset
Already Asked: 23 Questions, 109 Answers
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
KEITH N: Want an intercom arrangement with riders on my bike. Mar 19, 2015
Alexandria N: I was looking to listen to music while riding without disturbing my neighbors or residents. Mar 14, 2015
Moe L: Listening to music while riding and taking calls. Feb 23, 2015
sebastian d: it's work's great. the best . Feb 19, 2015
Larry p: Phone and music is a Must Feb 16, 2015
Kerry F: Looking for Bluetooth rather than using my earphones that are big hassle and tend to come out when I put my helmet on really liked the features I ride alone so the features matched my lifestyle Feb 5, 2015
Ethan K: bought this as a gift for my dad so we can talk while we ride. I've had one for a year before this, and I've loved it! sound gets distorted as you near max volume, but I've never had a reason to get it up there besides to see what happens. very clear, very nice! easy pairing. Jan 22, 2015
Laura B: To communicate with friends who also have SENAS. Makes for better group rides Jan 10, 2015
Dugan G: Bought to work with other Sena SMH5 I have. Great product! Jan 10, 2015
Rich R: Wanted to listen to music on my ride. I got this more for an interface with my phone than as an intercom. I did have the opportunity to use it as an intercom on a recent ride and found it very useful. The range is not that far but good enough for my needs. Dec 19, 2014
N E: I have the SM-10 and bought this one as a gift for a friend since it hasn't failed me yet Dec 11, 2014
C A: Best deal I have seen. Dec 2, 2014
Jan P: Can use it with phone, gps and talking with others. Nov 29, 2014
Linn A: So my wife can talk to me on our rides. Nov 27, 2014
Tommaso G: I chose this particular set because of the cost and because I ride alone most of the time I don't need something with extreme long range nor with a crazy battery life. The sound quality is not bad. The pairing was fairly easy following the instructions. The use of it while I ride makes the ride incalculably better. I recommend this product. Oct 17, 2014
Jim L: Needed a simple, easy-to-use, inexpensive headset. Based on your reviews, this one should meet my needs. Sep 15, 2014
chance s: great deal Sep 15, 2014
Michael P: I have one on my helmet so the obvious next step was to add a headset to my wife's helmet. We both got tired of yelling at each other. Can't wait to try it out. Sep 9, 2014
Yashim G: Super sweet headset rock star item. Jul 21, 2014
Charles H: Based on reviews and video Jul 21, 2014
Kenneth H: With ear plugs this unit sounds great with really good full range sound. Without earplugs it lacks in bass. Highly recommended. Jul 9, 2014
Michael S: I called customer service and they were very knowledgeable on all the bluetooth headsets on the market; I did a little research myself and found myself torn between two headsets. After talking to the customer rep., he was able to help me decide on this headset. Hopefully it is everything he said it is to be! Jun 19, 2014
James J: Wanted to try Bluetooth and the price was right. Received quickly. Unit works very well. May 9, 2014
D J: I already have one and there's just no greater value when it comes to the SMH5. Apr 21, 2014
Brian F: Great product. Does everything without hesitation. Apr 8, 2014
Jacob L: Good product review, great customer service. Apr 7, 2014
Joe R: I read alot of reviews and this unit appears to be the best bang for the buck. You are the only place that also offers the upgraded speakers which seemed to be one of the gripes people had with the product. I will see how it goes... Mar 20, 2014
robert p: reviews and what others say about it...I dont need all the gingerbread...just a bluetooth for music and gps Mar 13, 2014
Bill J: Great price, speaker upgrade! Mar 13, 2014
Rafael G: Low price and good reviews Feb 23, 2014
K W: Nice to have the ability to take a call without taking off your helmet. Dec 2, 2013
Kevin L: Was looking for a quality bluetooth head set with stereo speakers. Sena had very good reviews. Oct 28, 2013
Daniely R: Had a blueparrott B250-XT truck driving bluetooth taken apart and placed in my old helmet.
Neat less to say. I got tired of synchronizing my Smart phone to play music on it. At lease it worked for 3 yrs.
Plus, I wanted the ability to talk to my friends while riding. so the SMH5 looks like a good pick.
Oct 20, 2013
V I: Great reviews!! better price!! ENUFF SAID!! Oct 12, 2013
Abosede A: i just want to listen to music on my really long rides! Oct 8, 2013
Doug J: Got this because my brother and his wife had this setup. It's been great, and when they're not around I link it to my phone to listen to music. Only problem is when someone calls me; I don't like talking on the phone when I'm riding... Oct 3, 2013
Morris B: Small, compact, works a treat and let's me get GPS directions direct to the helmet. Also means the wife can call me on the road but no product is ever perfect (jk darling) Oct 1, 2013
Wylie G: i ride alone and only want to connect to my phone for calls/music/gps functionality Sep 23, 2013
Mitchel K: Great.. Got it for my passenger. No complaints. Quick easy install. Sep 10, 2013
Hugo G: Based in the comments i think this item is perfect to me

Basado en los comentarios pienso que este producto es excelente para mi
Aug 31, 2013
ROMAN P: Needed something easy to use and useful Aug 16, 2013
Karim A: Heard a lot of good things about the Sena SMH5 and SMH10. The SMH5 was more in line with my budget. Aug 16, 2013
A shopper asked: Does this package include the microphone for full face helmets? Jun 10, 2012
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WCS4th: I hope this helps - the question you posted didn't list what product you were asking about.

The Sena SMH5 did not come with a wired mic for full face helmets; instead, it came with a boom mic. I found while challenging, I was still able to route the boom mic around the padding and over by my mouth. The Sena website offers a full face helmet kit and also provides the wired mic seperately available for purchase.
Jun 29, 2012
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Lee F: The SMH5 DOES NOT come with both microphones, however the boom microphone can be routed into a full face helmets. If you prefer the wired microphone (I do), the wonderful revzilla sells it for an additional $6. Aug 10, 2013
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Tarabull: Just like it shows in the picture. But you can order and change it out with a flat microphone if the boom(small) mic doesn't work for you. I have the one it comes with in my full face and like it. Jun 18, 2012
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braindead0: Yes, includes both boom and wire type mics. the 2-pack includes 2 mic/speakers for each unit. Jun 11, 2012
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Wizechatmgr: It includes the boom mic, which can be used for either. Sep 24, 2012
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rciao: Yes. Plus there's a clip to keep it in place. Jun 18, 2012
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david51: Yes and comes with 2 foam mic covers Jun 11, 2012
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Nighthunter: It includes both Jun 11, 2012
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A shopper asked: Will this work on a half helmet? Just looking for bluetooth unit to communicate between only 2 riders, any suggestions Aug 8, 2013
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Joe S: Probably not. My brother uses it on his flip-face. When he's at low speeds with the chin piece open, it's hard for me to hear him. I'd recommend going full-face...and then it's brilliant. I talk with both of my brothers as we ride. It's nice to warn them when I'm leading about cops, gravel, bears, deer, etc. We also talk music, politics, and other things ;)

But I can't see how a half-helmet user could hear.
Aug 9, 2013
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Lee F: I don't think that it will but I'm not positive. There would be nowhere to mount the boom microphone. Sena does make a unit just for half helmets, as well as one with fm capabilities and one for if you choose not to wear a helmet. Unfortunately, it's a bit pricier than this small unit.
Aug 10, 2013
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kyle p: it should fit a half helmet, it has a expandable plastic piece that either glues on with a piece of double sided tape that is included or it can tighten with a screw. the only problem with having it on a half helmet i can see would be mounting the speakers so your ears can hear them so a 3/4 open face would be better Aug 9, 2013
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Joe S: Also, specifically--my answer is about the SMH-10. I've used an SMH-5 paired with my SMH-10, and it's also flawless...but it also wouldn't be usable due to wind noise with half helmet.s Aug 9, 2013
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A s: The boom mic will work with a half helmet. I'm not sure about the shorty, minimal skull buckets, though. If the sides of the helmet cover the ears, then it should be good to go. Aug 9, 2013
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John C: Could be hard to use with a half helmet since the speakers are designed to fit in ear cups. They are about 1.5-2 in diameter. Aug 9, 2013
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Stan G: No, there is no place to mount the speakers . Aug 9, 2013
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A shopper asked: Will these units, SMH5 or SMH10, work on 3/4 helmets with flip up face shields and how is the sound at 70 mph. ?
Also does Bluetooth mean they will only work if they are connected to a cell phone ?
Nov 19, 2013
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A s: Yes, they will work with 3/4 helmets if you use the boom mike. But I would be concerned about wind noise with this configuration. I have a Shoei flip helment and use the boom with it closed. I have not tried it with the helmet open.
The Bluetooth will connect with cellphones, GPS, or ipod/mp3 players that support bluetooth. They also connect to other Sena headsets so you can use them as an intercom. And I believe the newest firmware update will allow the intercom feature to work with non-Sena headsets (in a limited way).
I have called my wife from the highway at 70 mph many times, and she says she can't tell I'm on a moving bike. They are great product. I have the SMH5 and the SMH10R.
Nov 20, 2013
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Randall C: I have the SMH5 and it appears that it would work with either helmet. The mount would be below your ear and back a bit. I have to slow down to freeway speeds to hear a telephone conversation clearly. The person on the other line can barely notice that I'm on my bike since I wear a full face helmet. The sound is quite clear for the other person. I use my SMH5 connected to my smart phone to listen to music mostly. I am also able to listen to music and take phone calls as well as my GPS from my phone cut in with directions. I highly recommend the SMH5. Nov 21, 2013
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Robert Roy c/o L: Can't help with the 3/4 helmet question, but the bluetooth DOESN'T require a cell phone connection. They use Bluetooth as the "radio" for the rider-to-pillion and and bike-to-bike intercoms. Connection to a cell phone is an optional extra. Nov 27, 2013
Jeff W: Very good sound at low speeds. No point bothering with it at highway speeds. Easily connects to my phone via Bluetooth. Again, not useful at speeds over 50 mph. Nov 19, 2013
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wei l: 70mph in a full face helmet is okay, 80+mph you can barely hear.

Bluetooth means a wireless connection with your cellphone or GPS.
Nov 19, 2013
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A shopper asked: Or will it have to wait until the 10 is upgraded to Bluetooth 3.0? Feb 24, 2012
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Wizechatmgr: I believe this to be 4 units and that it can pair with the SMG-10. I believe there are several forums where owners can be verified to have tried this. All else fails, SENA's tech support is pretty responsive. Sep 24, 2012
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RevZilla: Sena's SMH-5 Bluetooth headset is compatible with the SMH-10, however, when paired with an SMH-10, the range of the SMH-10 will be decreased to that of the SMH-5. May 2, 2012
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Wabutter: I have made the connection seamlessly from the SMH5 to the SMH10, Very easy process. My SMH 10 has been upgraded to the Bluetooth 3.0 Jun 27, 2012
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MosesSV: SMH5 and SMH10 can pair together. This is the configuration that I currently use. Jul 16, 2012
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Nighthunter: Yes it will, just did memorial weekend and it worked nice. Jun 11, 2012
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A shopper asked: what is the difference between this and the Sena Smh-10 other than teh blue tooh difference? Jan 21, 2012
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Walter F.: The differences between the SMH-10 and the SMH 5 are mainly the version of Bluetooth (v2.0 for SMH10 and v3.0 for SMH¬?5) That being said, software versions that are higher in number usually are more improved overall than earlier versions (i.e v2.0 vs v3.0) The other difference I see is the range for the SMH-5 is shorter than the SMH-10. So if you are using this to communicate with a friend on another bike, they cannot be as far away as with an SMH-10. All distances are usually calculated as line of sight (no obstructions like buildings or hills, etc.). I also see the price for the SMH-5 is very attractive! I have a pair of SMH-10's an enjoy them very much.Talk time is less 8 hrs vs 10 hrs(SMH-5 vs SMH-10) and standby time is less 7 days vs 10 days(SMH-5 vs SMH-10)) Jan 21, 2012
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Dahveed: It also appears that the wires are not part of the base as on the SMH10, but instead plug into the unit. Perhaps the unit doesn't detach from the helmet as on the SMH10.

I have more questions about this unit (like is it compatible with an SMH10?). Hopefully, Revzilla will be producing an video about this product. Their vids really answer these questions well.
Jan 23, 2012
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Moschetto: The SMH-10 has an auxiliary input, 3.5mm audio jack. The SMH-5 does not. There are more accessories available for the SMH-10, currently. The SMH-10 has better communication range and battery life. The SMH-5 is less expensive and utilizes Bluetooth 3.0, which could enable you to have more control over the latest electronic devices. Jan 31, 2012
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lawspud: Per the Sena website forums, the main difference seems to be range. All of Sena's products will talk to each other, so you can mix SMH10's and 5's, with an SPH10 in a support car, for example. I don't know if the -5 is detachable from the helmet base like the 10 is, but that should be answered by the time the product ships. Feb 12, 2012
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Wizechatmgr: SMH 10 has longer battery life and a better pc management console. You can also do a bit more customization of it with troublesome devices to get them working. Sep 24, 2012
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Mark D asked: Do these speakers fit in the HJC-CL17? If so, can you describe for me where they go, or is there a video of the helmet showing speaker cutout locations? Jan 29, 2015
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A s: The set up pretty much allows you to install in any helmet Jan 29, 2015
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Yendis B: Im not totally sure I have a slightly older HJC helmet (two years) HJC RPS-10 Mugello. If your helmet is anything like that one, it was a lil difficult to install. There really isn't a "standard" way to install them......I think each helmet will have its own unique way to get them installed just right......I have two other helmets from different manufacturers and I essentially had the same issue. You have to line up the ear pieces using the Velcro to get in between the helmet liner. Then "hiding" the wires were kind of tricky and of course fitting the microphone underneath the chin guard/wind screen was a lil tricky too.....I ripped mine a little getting it in. you will spend a lil time getting it right. Feb 18, 2015
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Daniel R: Speakers do fit a HJC-CL17, the placement can be moved around as the speakers have a double sided Velcro which allow you to see where you're ear placement is in the helmet then detach speakers and place in the appropriate spot Jan 29, 2015
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Mark D: Thanks Daniel. Just received them and installation was as you described and relatively painless. Feb 2, 2015
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A shopper asked: So if I just want to be able to communicate with my passenger, will this do it or do I need to buy 2 of these in order to talk to my passenger? Thanks Apr 20, 2014
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Shavkat A: Well, you will need to have two of these - one for each helmet. If you need to just talk to your passenger these units are the best inexpensive solutions. + extremely easy to use, compare to other brands/models Apr 25, 2014
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CORNELIA M: Each Headset works in 1 helmet.. You would need one for each helmet. Apr 25, 2014
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Paul H: Yes you
will need two sets.
Apr 25, 2014
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Yendis B: Buy the package deal and get two. Its well worth the money. I have the SMH-10 on my helmet and the SMH-5 on my girlfriends helmet, and love them both. I bought the SMH-10 as a pair, and bought a single SMH-5. I should have just gotten the 5's as a pair as well. Love this product. Apr 25, 2014
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A shopper asked: How does the music and intercom work together? Do you have to reach up and hit a button to switch from music to intercom or can you be listening to music and just start talking and it lowers the music volume so you can hear the other person? Apr 19, 2014
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A s: Great question. When you are listening to music, and someone calls you on the phone or the intercom, the music is automatically paused and muted. When you finish the call or intercom, the music starts back. If you are listening to music and want to start an intercom event, you push the intercom button once. And wait for the other party to answer. It is really very simple. Apr 19, 2014
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Boris L: Hi there,
I haven't use the intercom option yet.
No , you don't have to hit the button to switch between music and phone calls. If you receive a phone call it stops the music and you stat talking. But if you are on the frwy , can't h??? anything. The volume it's not very loud.
Apr 20, 2014
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Yendis B: Yes you do. If your listening to music, you will hear a beep, and that is indicating you are recieving a phone call. You tap it once and it will switch you over. The music will pause while you are using the phone, and once the call has ended the music will resume. Apr 25, 2014
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Joe S: You reach up with your left hand and tap the intercom button once -- works like a charm. I love this unit. Best Bluetooth thang I've ever used Iona bike Apr 19, 2014
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A shopper asked: I understand that the 5 can connect to the 10, but I read somewhere that the SMH5 is for the single rider. No where in the description did it say that it has the capability to connect to other Sena headsets (SMH10 or SMH5). I'm just wondering if this is a good buy. A few friends of mine and I considering purchasing, but its not worth the money if it only connects to one other headset or none at all. Feb 24, 2012
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WCS4th: According to the instruction manual, the Sena SMH5 can connect up to 3 other units (4 total).

The manual is available for download here:

I have the Sena SMH5 and love it, but I have not connected it to any other Senas yet.

Hope this helps.
Jun 29, 2012
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joeytheputz: The SMH-5 will pair to the -10 just fine, and you can pair up to three friends. However, you can only talk to one person at a time, it does not support a three-way conversation like the -10. You tap the button to start a conversation. Mar 22, 2012
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Tarabull: I haven't tried it but the install paper work specifically for the Sena SMH5 shows that it can be paired with 3 others. You plus 3 friends/riders Jun 18, 2012
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Wizechatmgr: I believe it to be 4 units including the one your using,

Sep 24, 2012
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A shopper asked: Hey the circle areas on the inside of my SS2200 helmet are a little larger then an inch. Can you tell me the diameter measurement of the speakers? The Blinc M2 set I bought, the speakers wouldn't fit in the area and had to be placed on top of the ear cut outs making it harder to place on or off. I want something with speakers that fit in the cut outs flush.

Jan 6, 2014
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Wayne B: I know the diameter of the speakers are a larger than in inch in diameter, Not by a lot, The SMH5 that I have, has them mounted in such a way to make it difficult to meaure. Have you contacted Sena Bluetooth directly?

I prefer the SMH10, it has a mounting system that offers more versatility than the SMH5 and has more range when being used as an intercom system. I have both the SMH5 for my wife's helmet for intercom, while I use the SMH 10 with custom made in ear buds. They provide sound dampening from wind and fit under any helmet even when the aren't speaker cup openings.

Jan 6, 2014
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Randall C: Joey,

The speakers measure about 1 3/16" in diameter. It will be a tight squeeze. Good luck.

Jan 6, 2014
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Bob L: The speakers to the Sena are 1 1/2 inch diameter. Jan 6, 2014
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A shopper asked: There's no intercom VOX, I assume you tap the jog dial to open a connection? Feb 29, 2012
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WCS4th: I haven't paired my Sena SMH5 headset, but the instruction manual seems to indicate that's exactly what you do (once you pair the headsets).

You can get the manual here:

I have also noticed while riding that if I just tap the jog dial once, it will tell me that my intercom failed since I don't have any other Senas paired.

Hope this helps.
Jun 29, 2012
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RevZilla: That is correct, the Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset does not offer VOX activation. As you mentioned, in order to open a connection you will need to tap the jog dial button. May 2, 2012
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joeytheputz: Yes, tap to initiate a conversation. It does support vox to answer phone calls. Mar 22, 2012
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A shopper asked: If the battery dies can it be replaced or would I be forced to buy a new unit. Feb 23, 2012
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Walter F.: The battery cannot be replaced by the end user. If the battery fails during the warranty period then you can get it replaced under warranty. The battery is designed to last several years. Mar 15, 2012
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RevZilla: The Sena SMH-5 Bluetooth Headset does not offer a replaceable battery. In the event of your battery dying, you will have to either use the warranty or purchase a new product. May 2, 2012
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Wizechatmgr: The unit is not user-serviceable. You would have to ship it back for replacement. Sep 24, 2012
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A shopper asked: Can this device connect to two or more devices at once, and prioritize them? Example can I listen to music from my phone and have my on bike Gps unit interrupt the music to give me directions ?

If two riders are using this for communication and separate beyond blue tooth range will the two devices reconnect with each other without ANY hassle?
Dec 23, 2013
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Gerald B: I think it will work just the way you described with the GPS, I know it will reconnect after being way out of range with the other units and also after a few weeks as I just did a ride with some friends and was able to reconnect with two different units, one was the SMH5 and the other was the newer and smaller SMH10. Dec 23, 2013
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Doug J: Reconnecting with my brother when we get too spaced out is as simple as hitting the button again. I wouldn't call it a hassle, but it won't automatically reconnect once you're back in range...

Can't speak to the multiple devices, though. I use my phone for my music and GPS!
Dec 24, 2013
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A shopper asked: I recently purchased a AFX FX-100 Skull helmet and would like to outfit it with a Bluetooth comm. setup like the SMH-10. Helmet specs say it's ready for one, so I'm wondering if this will be a compatible product. If it isn't, maybe you can recommend an alternative option? Oct 5, 2013
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Timothy K: Yup, it should work fine. The Sena SMH10 or SMH5 would be good options. I'm not sure how some of the others mount up, but I've got one of each (SMH10 on my helmet, SMH5 on the wife's.) Oct 6, 2013
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Kevin L: Should work just fine and Sena has some great instructional videos, free updates, & tech support. Oct 5, 2013
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A shopper asked: Can you use the smh5 with ear bud headphones? Feb 1, 2013
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RevZilla: There is currently no option to use the SMH5 with headphones. The SMH-10 does allow for headphones with the purchase of either the Sena SMH-10 Helmet Clamp Kit - For Earbuds or Sena SMH-10 Helmet Clamp Kit - Earbuds with Boom and Wired Microphone. Feb 4, 2013
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Dan05r6: Not with the smh5, I believe that is a feature of the smh10 Feb 11, 2013
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A shopper asked: Can this product connect with the gopro as well? Dec 24, 2014
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Jesus B: I have a GoPro 3 black and have no issues, so Yes it works with a GoPro. Feb 12, 2015
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William U asked: I have two phones that I carry all the time. (work and personal) Will this allow me to connect and answer calls on both these phones? Sep 17, 2014
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Daniel R: No the Sena SMH5 with only sync with one device at a time. So you will only be able to answer calls from the phone you are synced with. Sep 17, 2014
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A shopper asked: I own a 2014 Victory Cross Country Tour. The bike is Bluetooth without any wired connectors for the radio.Can anyone advise if this
SMH.5 will connect with this particular radio? Or will I have to purchase any additional equipment eg a dongle!!! to ensure that the SMH 5 will work.
Aug 26, 2014
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Edgar P: My headset connects perfectly to my iphone 5. I'm sure as long as your radio is Bluetooth ready, you should have no problems connecting! As long as your radio can link up and list the SMH5 as a readable device, you should be good to go! Aug 27, 2014
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A shopper asked: I have the new system 6 Evo from bmw. The problem i have is that the sun visor lever is in the position that i would need to mount the smh5. Is there an option to mount the unit flush on the helmet in a different position without using a clamp? If so, is there a housing that allows the unit to still be removed or would it be fixed (double sided tape). I have the scala q2 pro and the problem is the auto volume control. I moved the scala to the back of the helmet away from the visor lever and now the volume is too low. Will this smh5 solve my problem or does it also have a auto volume control?

Sep 24, 2013
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Charles R: The SMH5 that I have also came with an additional surface mounting plate that attached with double sided tape. So, yes, the unit can still be removed. I used the clamp so I don't know how well the mounting plate holds up. And SENA does recommend the clamp unit over the surface mounting plate. The volume is adjusted with the jog dial and maintained at that level for each audio source even after the unit is turned off. Set it and forget it. Sep 25, 2013
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A shopper asked: how do you connect intercom systems with other brands like Cardo? is it compatible with all? May 12, 2013
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RevZilla: At this time communication systems will only inter-comm with other units from the same brand. There is no way to allow for cross compatibility between brands for the inter-comm features on these units. Sena units will inter-comm with Sena units, Cardo works with Cardo, Nolan with Nolan, etc. May 17, 2013
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A shopper asked: Can it be paired, for intercom, with the Blue Ant Interphone F4? Feb 17, 2013
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RevZilla: For all the current inter-comm systems that we sell, they will only work with other communication devices within their own brand. Thus all Sena inter-comm units will only work with other Sena units. Cardo units will only work with Cardo or the Schuberth SRC units (which are made by Cardo). Interphone devices will only work with other Interphone inter-comm units, and U-Clear units will only work with other U-Clear units, Nolan with Nolan, Shark with Shark, etc. As of right now all inter-comm functionality is brand specific. Feb 19, 2013
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Sean F asked: Will I be able to pair my Schuberth SRC (C3Pro) with this? Thanks. Dec 6, 2014
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