Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset
This is not the flashiest or the newest. My wife got a pair of these to help while she learned how to ride. Now, I use the SMH5 every day and have for almost a year and a half. The battery life is good the cost is low, and pairing was easy. fits well on (and in) my Arai RX-Q. Also i can listen to music from my phone including pandora, with the GPS chiming in only when I need to turn. No more tank bag map needed.
My only complaint is that the jog dial is easily hit to intercom function when adjusting the volume on the highway.
July 5, 2016
This is a low price entry into bluetooth bike communication. It covers everything that I need to do for now, at a great price and it is easy to use. I even connected it to my daughters bling headphones. It is easy to use and connect, and to get through the menu, handy large wheel for volume control and other functions.
June 26, 2016
Lot of Static
I bought this product after looking at the other reviews on this site and on Youtube. There was a lot of static as soon as I turned on my music. Disappointed.
June 7, 2016
Great value, great product.
Let me start by saying overall this is a great product. But it is not without it's flaws. It does an amazing job and especially for it's price. However, fitting the speakers into a full face helmet is a little difficult. It's also necessary to get them in just the right spot close to your ears or hearing at highway speeds will be difficult. It does have great, easy to use buttons and controls and once you get use to it, is an amazing product. If you are worried at all about sound though or have bad hearing, it might be better to upgrade to a higher model for a little more.
May 31, 2016
surprising music volume
I've been using this system for about a month now and i absolutely love it. I was hesitant when i first purchased it because i read a couple of reviews saying that the music wouldn't get very loud. I have not had an issue with it. I have a very loud helmet (bell vortex) so i was expecting it to overpower the music. Even doing 70 i can enjoy riding to music with ease. Installation was ridiculously easy! Took me maybe 10 minutes and I've never hooked up a helmet Bluetooth device before. Phone calls can sound a little bit muffled, but its still no struggle to understand what the person you are talking to is saying. Everyone i have talked to while riding says they can't tell im not talking on a normal phone at the house. I definitely recommend this product for someone primarily looking for music and standard phone use.
March 30, 2016
A Big Upgrade From My Goldwing 5-Pin System
Coming off the classic GoldWing 5-pin system, this was quite an upgrade. Installation was VERY easy. My Bell helmet comes with Velcro closure speaker pockets that made the job even simpler. The speakers are thin enough that they don’t “bunch-in” on your ears.
As for the sound quality, the new version of the SMH5 comes with the upgraded, larger speakers, which appear to negate many of the negative comments about sound challenges. I was also able to adjust the sound output via the equalizer on my Smart Phone, and that furthered the feeling that my helmet was a big, surround-sound, concert arena. If commonsense, riding safety, and the future of your hearing is important, you’ll find this plenty loud.
The Phone Knob/Push Dial system is perfect for real-life riding. Thinner, aerodynamic versions of a Bluetooth may look nice, but in my opinion the just aren’t as functional.
If I had to throw in two minor challenges, it would be in the area of the SMH5’s Locking-Type Connector and the micro USB charge port. The Locking-Type Connector works very well at holding the speaker/mic cord to the main unit, so well that it can be a bit persnickety to get off – but not surmountable. Maybe it’s one of those “get-use-to-it-with-time” kind of things.
As for the micro USB charge port, it’s the rubbery closure cover that doesn’t like to snug back into place really well, leaving it vulnerable to weather. Think of the cover on you Otterbox (if you own one). The flap covers, but certainly not to military-grade tightness.
That aside, I love it and strongly recommend the SMH5 as arguably the most motorcycle Bluetooth unit for the money, on the market today.
March 17, 2016
Great product, very easy to use and it is to easy to install. Depends on you type of helmet and the speed you'll ride, the sound clarity will change. I have two intercoms from sena, and the oldest its not working well nowadays, the volume its down and the battery life its too short.
March 1, 2016
Disappointed in sound quality
Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I'm disappointed in this product overall. I think one of the most important aspects of a headset should be the sound quality, at least when one is expecting to listen to music, and I would rate these as fair to poor. The sound is tinny and lacks bass. It would be nice of Sena used jacks that would allow one to switch in better speakers.
The install went okay, but there was information missing with regard to the hook-and-loop attachment. It's unclear how the speakers and microphone actually attach to the helmet. But electronically, things synced up quite readily to my iPhone 6+.
There's a button to connect directly to Siri, which is nice, but at least while riding she can't understand what I say most of the time. I don't have anyone to talk to on this (yet) but I hope when I do that she will be able to understand me on the road.
I will continue to use the SMH5, but I will hope for something better with better sound quality to come out down the road, something to match my cheap in-ear ear buds at least.
December 28, 2015