Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset Dual Pack
Great Bluetooth headset
I purchased this for my wife and myself. It works great, clear speech and great phone com.
Speakers are fair, great for talking but poor for music.
I also purchased the wired mic for my full face helmet, this unit came with a boom mic.
May 26, 2014
Couldn't be happier.
I only gave a rating of average for durability because I have only have the product for 3 months. I spent several months reviewing various products and am glad I decided on this one. Placement of the speakers is important, but they do include pads to get them close to the ears.
May 19, 2014
Excellent for the price
Purchased this to communicate with my brother while we were out on the road. The sound quality is pretty good, though the range is very limited. Any missed lights or extended distance will disconnect the conference, though it does automatically restart once the other headset is within range. They are very easy to use and fairly intuitive so you are not messing with it while riding. It was mildly difficult to install and the instructions are not very clear, but there are videos on youtube to walk you through the process. Finally, they can only intercom with 1 other headset at a time, so if you are looking for a group conversation with 3+ people, buy the upgraded SMH - 10.
May 12, 2014
Not a user friendly device
Purchased a set of Sena duals and could not get them to sync with each other. It appears that only one was functioning.
May 9, 2014
Amazed at how well you can hear one another whether it's a phone call or passenger. During a phone conversation the person on the other end doesn't even know you're on a bike. Crazy.
April 28, 2014
So good I bought another set
For the money I dont believe you will find better. These were bought for my wife and I when we ride the street bike but my son and I wore them while riding ATV's at the Sand Dunes and found that it was so much fun being able to talk to each other while blasting through the sand that I just ordered a second set for the kids. Since they will communicate with up to three other units this will be perfect for our family of four when we ride together. I would highly recommend these for anyone. The sound is what it is. I am sure there is better sounding units but for the price I could hear every word and very little background noise just fine. And if you know Wyoming at all the wind was blowing about 30mph and the background noise was still minimal. These are great units and I dont think you can beat them for the price.
April 19, 2014
Software update 2.0-static is gone-buy them
I have purchased 3 brands Scala, UClear and this one and sent the other 2 running home.
These are the easiest of all to use as basic comms. I would give it all 5 stars but listening to music is not hi fi but I'm one who says you should ride to ride and not listen to music but instead get to a Zen like here and now trance and focus on survival only.
Previous to software firmware update 2.0 there was excessive static but now gone. Yeah.
I had 2 units die and Sena gave me an RMA and sent new units in one day. I was not sure which of the pair was dead but they responded.
Firmware upgrades can go badly for some folks so go slowly and follow the directions. Restart your computer and take off all peripherals. Go to the Sena webpage and log in.
I have friends who have bricked their units on upgrades buy not following directions. If so start pushing the reset button on the back for 1 second, then wait 5 then try a 1.5 second push and wait. Not sure what will do it but soon you will see the dead unit come back to life.
I ride with a very slow rider and I worry a lot less as we can keep in touch about 1/2 mile. Why can't slow riders go first? Because they don't want to.
April 8, 2014
Great entry level communicator
Got this for Christmas as I wanted to be able to communicate with my passenger. Easy to install, great features, and fairly easy to use with a short learning curve. I must not be picky when it comes to sound quality as my music sound pretty dang good. Sure you don't get the booming bass, I let the motorcycle provide that, but I get nice frequency response across the spectrum and it is plenty loud with the standard speakers. I have run into what sounds like skips when listening to music. That is an issue with my phone as a reboot of the phone cleared it up. GPS instructions come across nice and clear.
Receiving phone calls is easy and I have asked the caller if they could tell I was on the bike at interstate speeds - none could tell. That will make my work errands so much more fun.
Communication with the passenger is good - we get a little wind noise but not bad. I wear a Shark Evo ST2 and she wears a Bell Revolver Evo - neither helmet is known for their quietness but we have no issues.
I haven't tried it with another rider yet, so I can't comment on range but I look forward to the opportunity.
In summary, all the features are there for basic comm with some nice extras. If budget allows it I would choose the SMH 10's but I didn't need the extras so I pocketed the cash difference.
April 5, 2014