Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset
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
Great! Superb easiness of use
Super easy to use, unique interface as they say.
Sound quality could be better, but it is understandable for the size of the speakers.
December 7, 2015
Great value-even better with a replaceable battery
Owned these a year and they are super easy to use and pair up. Best unit I've tried out of UClean, Cardo and one other I can't remember. Only gripe was after about a year the charge would not hold after 4 hours....these things are worth it. Now a quick google search and I find some replacement batteries with 50% more capacity, a pair for under 10 bucks shipped. They just work great for bike to bike comms, talking on the phone and listening to music. I now wear my Shoei to mow the lawn as I get face protection and a way to listen to music when I mow the lawn. Get a pair. If you don't like them Reveilla will take them back. Love buying from them
To change the battery use a T7 torque screwdriver and open the unit.
Take real good care to gently pry out the old battery and snap in a new one
bingo your done.
November 4, 2015
Horrible sound quality
Usually I do not give negative reviews to the products I use but for this one I just had to because this is one big marketing trick.
They selling unit with very very very bad speakers and then they are selling upgrade to the same??????????? Why just don't put better one with the unit in the first place. I would cost them probably extra 1 buck to do that. Then they are selling only boom mic so you can buy wired mic for extra. I am really upset
June 14, 2015
This headset connected easily to my phone and the mounting options made putting it into my Arai helmet easy enough, but the sound quality was terrible. Any time audio was playing through the ear pieces, static played over the top. I tried wiggling the wires around to see if there was a short but nothing changed. This had the potential to be a great bargain, but mine went right back to RevZilla.
May 29, 2015
Easy install and does the job.
Overall the SMH5 is a great product. Phone calls are clear and loud as well as turn directions used from the Maps app on my iPhone 6. The only downside is that the speakers cause discomfort after about an hour of riding. I am on the larger side of the measurements for my helmet size so I may look into the next size up; to see if that helps. but overall a great item.
May 26, 2015
I wondered if this would work since it was less expensive. ...
so far it's great, even face shield up I'm able to make calls and listen to tunes. Freinds and coworkers were shocked when they found out I was on the bike talking to them
May 18, 2015
I USED THIS SNOWMOBILING. I AM AN AGGRESSIVE RIDER AND NEVER HAD A HARD TIME HEARING MY FAVORITE MUSIC....EVEN AT 80 MPG.
April 13, 2015