Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset
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
Easy, solid unit (mic broke but customer service replaced A++)
My unit came with the boom mic even though I ordered the full-face version (not Sena's fault) and after a couple months the boom mic stopped working on BOTH units I ordered. I also experienced a software issue that rendered one unit useless, so I contacted customer service about that and the mic issues and they immediately sent me a replacement unit and two new mics (for the full-face helmet). Just installed the replacement mic on my main helmet and it works great.
Customer service was excellent.
All in all this is a very simple and easy device to use. It's excellent for use with gloves, even at highway speeds when your hands are getting buffeted around a bit. The software for updating and programming the finer functions is very simple to follow. The battery life seems pretty good. I charge it about once a week or 5 days if I'm using it every day to commute around NYC, where I work.
The mic clarity seems good. I haven't really used it much; I mainly listen to music. The sound quality is what you'd expect from an item in its price range, and it's not intended to drown out the ambient noise for safety reasons, I imagine. It's a little tinny and there's little to no bass response. Maybe if I had the speakers pressed up against my ears a little more... It's loud enough, though. I like to put in ear plugs when I ride anyway, and when I do, it really levels out the sound and thins the treble, bringing out the midrange and making the music sound more like it was intended to, although there's still hardly any bass. With wind noise muted out by my earplugs, the music is a lot more clear and enjoyable, and I can still hear approaching cars and horns.
It syncs up quickly when I turn it on. I had an iPhone 5--now a 6--and it doesn't require any tinkering each time to pair, you just do it once and you're good from then on. GPS guidance in your helmet is nice... The voice prompt (SIRI) on my phone works as it should with the push of a button on the back of the unit. Solid, seamless operation, overall.
I'm very happy with it, especially for the price, and I would definitely recommend it.
I don't do group chat. For driver-to-passenger it works fine.
April 10, 2015
The Sena SMH5 was a great value. I use it for listening to music mostly. It fits my HJC CLMAX2 modular helmet nicely. It also takes calls very clearly at local road speed (35-40 mph) not sure about interstate. My phone never has any trouble connecting to the device and it has never dropped out.
April 6, 2015
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