Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset
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
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.
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! 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
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
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