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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:

  • 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 400 meters (437 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:

  • 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



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Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset 4.5 5 72 72
Great for the price The first unit came DOA. Revzilla's awesome customer service paid for the return shipping on the exchange and I got the new one within a few days. The sound clarity is not bad below max volume. At max it starts to break up a little but that is to be expected. Volume is alright, I can hear music up to about 85 mph before the wind really takes over so it should be fine 99% of the time. The controls are extremely intuitive, great design there. The install is also super simple. The intercom works great with only minimal wind noise at 50+ mph. Everyone says my voice is loud and clear though. Phone calls work but are really quiet, atleast from my iphone 4. I can't hear the person above 35-40 mph. Overall great product for the money, I've recommended it to all of my riding buddies. April 14, 2014
Works great, but you still have to press a button for Siri This works great for what I do; I listen to a lot of music and internet radio via my iPhone, occasionally take calls and use Google maps. The biggest drawback is that you have to take your hands off the bars and reach up to press a button to initiate with the iPhone, except taking a call, which you can answer by VOX. April 9, 2014
Great set up I've been riding with this unit for a year now and it's been a good unit. My only complaint is the sound volume. This is most likely my fault though after putting a full exhaust on my R6. If you have or plan to have an exhaust put on,you may have trouble hearing anything. Aside from that it's a great way to have you phone calls and talk with others on. April 7, 2014
Handy little gadget I have this mounted on an Arai XD4, I can't tell that it's even there while riding. I haven't used it as an intercom, so I can't speak to those features, but I have had several phone conversations using it and I can say that sound quality is excellent, even at interstate speeds. The people I've talked to couldn't tell that I was talking to them from a motorcycle while going down the highway, and on my end, I could hear them perfectly. If you are inclined to listen to music while riding, ( I'm not, but I had to test that feature anyway) it works very well for that also. Very easy to start or stop play, adjust volume, or skip or replay a song. Sound quality is as good as your average ear buds. April 7, 2014
one guy's review Gear used: Sena SMH5 with boom mic, model number SMH5-01 HJC SyMax helmet, size XL Samsung Note 3 and S4 Hi there! I know little to nothing about these things: smartphones, bluetooth, and helmet comms so I suppose this is a review from a relic. After using earbuds plugged into an audio source, then putting earbuds in, putting helmet on, and if the earbuds don't get knocked loose/pulled out, stowing away the wire and trying to keep the volume control accessible enough to blindly fumble at it later seemed like a giant pain in the butt. It was a pain in the butt just reading that mess, wasn't it? Since bluetooth stereo earbuds are $50-$100 already, I thought I would try this. I called revzilla since I had never tried a helmet system before, and the gentleman I spoke to was very patient, even with my stupid questions like "it talks to my phone, right?". he even advised me that since he had never tried it in a Symax, if I didn't feel that it would fit, I shouldn't buy it. I like that kind of honesty, where they would rather have lost a sale on one item than have a disappointed customer. Well, feeling daring I bought it anyway, if I goof it's on me. next day it showed up, and took a whopping 5 minutes to install, after which I read the installation guide. it was that easy. In my case, I could run the right speaker wire across the top, under the mesh lining in the helmet. Later I tried running it behind the neckpad as they suggest just to see if that presented any problems, that worked fine as well. Installation is simply a breeze. Wires are long enough to reach where you want to go no matter how you route it, and everything left over fits neatly under the left cheekpad with the boom mic holder. The clamp is very solid, put your helmet on, pick a comfortable spot on the left to mount it where you can easily reach it with your hand, and tighten it down with the supplied allen wrench. It mounts on the helmet closer than a teenage couple at the mall, no giant unsightly gap. clip the main unit in place, and plug in the wire harness. It takes longer to describe it than do it. Both the clamp to helmet and main unit to clamp connections are very very solid, and the wire harness plug has a pretty decent retaining clip that holds the plug in place with a little pressure to help seal the plug The main unit has a light rubber texture like some water resistant phones or phone cases. if you want thin shiny plastic that creaks, buy one of the no-name units on ebay from china. The buttons have a tactile click, even when wearing gloves, and the jog feature works accurately. Of course money has to be saved somewhere, and it is on the parts that go inside the helmet. For instance the connector for the mic to plug in with the speakers looks like it would be more at home indoors and may die horribly if it was dumped in water or stepped on. The good news is after installation it's protected between the helmet and the cheekpad. The bad news is, you can't toss your helmet into a lake. Well you could, but you'd have a very wet head going home. The bits exposed to the elements seem to be very sturdy and immune to rain. Sound is pretty good considering all factors. The SMH5 now comes with the speakers from the SMH5FM and the SMH10. I have no firsthand experience with the smaller original SMH5 speakers, however common sense will tell you that with tiny speakers, a small increase in size will make a large improvement. Nonetheless speaker adjustment is most definitely the key to getting the most out of this system. experimenting with speaker placement, even just a little, can lead to wildly different results. I tried removing the velcro'd earpads in the helmet, mounting the speakers to the shell directly, but that allowed too much road noise, and the Symax is already too noisy. Placing the speakers under the pads returned what little quiet the helmet has and took off some harshness of the sound. It does however drop the audio volume a little, so you have to turn it up, getting the harshness back a bit at higher speeds, 70-80 mph. what I decided on was sticking the speakers on top of the pad. it brings the speaker closer, but without touching your ear/head at all either wearing the helmet or taking it off/putting it on. Having them closer also allows a lower volume and therefore better sound Moving the speaker placement just a little left/right up/down changes things dramatically. Don't be disappointed when you take your best guess at placement and it sounds weak or awful. move the speakers around. With the helmet on, buckled, ready to ride, take a dry erase marker and mark on the outside of the helmet where you think your ear cavity is. take the helmet off and use that as a starting position. if you get it right on the first try you are one lucky bugger and I resent you. hah! so, for the rest of us mortals, move the speakers around, even a little change in location, a few mm, makes a difference. find what works best for you. Adjusting the boom mic is faster, place the mic at the 12 o'clock in front of your lips, almost if not touching, hold it there and bend the end with the holder to the left side. stick it in place under the cheekpad, put the extra wire length for the speakers and connector in there with it, snap the left cheekpad back on, done. The mic is designed to be as close to your lips as possible to help pick up only your voice and make it's job of filtering out ambient noise easier. You will not sound like you're eating the mic or yelling on the other end of a call, even though it seems like you would with the mic that close. noise cancelling does work on this product, so does the auto-volume adjust stuff. both are pretty transparent, nobody has known I was on my bike calling so far, and my bike is anything but quiet. The automatic volume adjust with road/wind noise is almost seamless, it's unnoticeable until you suddenly close the throttle after cruising and there's a split second before the volume turns itself down. Intercom I have not tried because I don't know anyone with one. for what it's worth, in the box is literature that says the SMH5 can now communicate with other brands after the firmware update. The firmware update is simple as well, the website will guide you through few clicks on the computer and done Ease of use, well, all I did was turn on the SMH5, select it on the phone's screen, and bam it was done. Controls! a bit confusing at first if you haven't used this sort of device before, probably around ride #2 I had it down instinctively. Phone button is a bit misnamed, it's more accurately your general "hey phone, wake up I have something for you to do" button. Push it, say "call xxxx" or "play music", whatever you would normally say when using your phone's voice command and it does your bidding. I've even sent/recieved texts while riding. Jog control for moving between tracks and volume control are both easily controlled manually with the jog wheel/button, and I find that easier than waking up the phone with voice command every time I want to change it. spin turn it to change volume, press and turn it to move between tracks. I've tried the SMH5 with Samsung's Note 3 and S4. I'm assuming most if not all "droid" phones would work the same. Sorry, I have no apple products. what I would change: 1: add a 3.5mm input on the harness for people who have earbuds that work well under the helmet already. personally I prefer the speakers for simplicity, especially taking the helmet on/off, but the option would be nice. 2: I'd pay the $22.50 for the FM model. Sure most FM radio stations pretty much sucks these days, but where else are you going to find a FM radio that fits in your existing system for 20 bucks. I didn't think that one through. I'm taking one star off for ease of use because I'm a guy who loves manuals on paper, but I have to admit putting it online must be a lot cheaper than printing thousands of manuals, and I'll take the savings. Taking one star for sound, because while my helmet is noisy, it also turned out to have room for a deeper speaker and better sound all other factors being the same. Your helmet may not. Speakers measure 1.68" in diameter (including molded nipple for the wire) and 0.29" deep. Taking one star off durability simply because I've only had it a few days. It seems very sturdy, but only time gives a solid 100% answer. and lastly, I wish I could give it MORE stars in Bang for the Buck Overall, I'm a happy camper. It not only delivered what I expected, but more. I'd recommend this to anyone getting a first comm system, or anyone replacing a unit that's getting a bit long in the tooth. It's not often you find something at a bargain price that actually works as you hoped, and better. Is it perfect, no. You'll never mistake this for your home theater dolby surround 5.1, 1000 watt twin turbo flame breathing system at home. But I would hate to see what a comm system that completely eliminates road and wind noise costs. If you're content with listening to the radio in your dad's old pick-up truck like when you were a kid, it's for you. That's about where the sound quality is at, and that's enough for me. I'd upload some pictures, but the website isn't accepting any right now. Hope this helps, have fun and keep the shiny side up! April 4, 2014
Excellent bluetooth headset! This is the third bluetooth headset I have purchased, and the first by Sena. It has been great! The sound quality is adequate and the battery life is amazing! I commute on a scooter 5 days a week and use this to listen to music. The old headset I had needed to be recharged every two days, with the Sena I have managed to go two weeks! The boom mic is a little large, but works very well, when people call me the don't even know I'm on my scooter! March 31, 2014
simple and easy Installed into an ICON Alliance 2 helmet. Very easy to install and use. Speakers are a little weak and could be a little louder. March 24, 2014
Probably my favorite accessory Being beyond directionally challenged, I use GPS on a regular basis...plus I typically like to toss in some ear buds for music on longer rides. The SMH5 was a game changer for me. With an iPhone, now I just toss my phone in my jacket and let Siri do the rest. I can make and take calls, read and respond to txt's (IF I want to), set up driving directions, and open Pandora all with my voice. I've never had anyone know I was riding while talking. In fact I find myself questioning callers all the time simply because I can't believe it's that quite on the other end! It's been rained on, dropped, had the battery completely drained, in the heat, in the cold...I've never had a single issue with it. The volume is enough for me at highway speeds on my Monster (my loudest bike), although just like driving a car it's more in the background rather than the only thing I can hear...the obvious safety issue I had with using earbuds. The sound quality isn't going to knock your socks off, but again it's more than acceptable. I would guess that your helmet will play a major factor in how well the speakers work for you. Battery life is so good I often forget to charge it during my daily commutes. It gives a warning beep before it's dead which has always been enough to make it the 30 min commute I have before I can recharge. I have several helmets that I have installed speakers in, so now I just swap the actual control unit back and forth rather than buying multiple SHM5's. If the feature set on the SMH10 fits your needs better I'm sure it's worth the extra $...but for me, the 5 was everything I needed and then some. March 23, 2014
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Brian F: Great product. Does everything without hesitation. Apr 8, 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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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: 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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Product Style RevZilla SKU ID Manufacturer Product # Availability
Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset 818723 SMH5-01 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours