Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset
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
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