Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset Dual Pack
Great cost effective communications option!
The Sena SMH5 is a terrific and cost effective solution for Bluetooth communications. Setup of the system on my Icon Airframe helmet took about 1/2 hour and I was able to easily hide the speaker and microphone wiring. I suggest using the "stickyback" mount on the helmet instead of the clamp type mount as I think the final fit and finish comes out a bit cleaner but this is just my preference. I was able to pair my iPhone to the headset with ease but have yet to test the communications ability of the set. As most of the other reviewers have stated the speakers that are shipped with the set are a little weak especially for music but they can be upgraded to the better ones for pretty cheap. All in all if you are looking to save a few bucks and want a good communicator for music / phone pairing and 2 way communications look no further than the Sena SMH5!
May 21, 2013
Still early but I'm really impressed so far
Reviewing items through revzilla is very helpful. Ordering and delivery was a breeze. I received my SMH5's within 4 days. Installation is very intuitive and the second installation went very quickly as the quick start guide is helpful enough to give you an idea.
The sound as others have stated is geared towards speech so music is mostly treble. In testing it out the day after I got it, others could not tell I was on my bike and heard NO wind or engine noise.
Paring was a breeze, individual volume for different functions is nice and the ability to par 4 units at once is cool, just no 4 person conferencing.
So far, ease of use, installation and Anthony says, bang for the buck on this unit has me very happy with it. IF that changes, I'll come back and update but so far, so good.
May 17, 2013
I solid product!
This is a well built, carefully engineered product that simply works and is easy to use. I had no problems getting it them to connect via bluetooth to both a Samsung and an LG smart phone. The the ability to control the volume is a simply turn of the wheel and switching back and forth between intercom and phone is as simple as pushing the jog dial, which is also a button. Answering the phone is also a simple matter of pushing one button. The caller said my voice was clear with both my visor open at low speeds and visor down at higher speeds. I heard the caller clearly as well.
The cons I have with these units is a lack of adapter which would allow the use of in ear headphones. It would be a rather simple thing to make, simply y-splitting the connector and offering a 1/8" stereo jack to feed headphones. The other complaint I have is that playback of music is a bit buggy, even with the phone 2' away in my pocket. Music cuts out once in a while, but quickly resumes. Also, once in a while a song prematurely skips to the next song before finishing. I'm using an Android app called Power Amp for play back and it may be caused by this. I'll try it with the default music player on the phone. I refuse to give away all my rights to privacy so I can't comment on any sort of voice command usage with the units.
I do experience slight distortion when the volume is all the way up when listening to music. These days I ride with foam earplugs in and the volume is loud enough, two notches from the top level, to be able to hear music softly and my riding partner barely, but it is workable. I'll most likely fabricate my own 1/8" female jack connector for these for use with molded ear speakers since I'm handy with a soldering iron.
The range is not much more than 40ft or so, so if you plan on using them bike to bike, you had better upgrade to the SMH10.
All in all, an excellent choice and very usable. They are considerably louder and of higher quality than the cheapo Nady hardwired units I tried first.
Good luck and be safe, there is enough distraction on the road without having to control electronic gadgets.
May 15, 2013
Budget Intercom at a budget price
I am fairly happy with this intercom system. I wasn't ready to shell out the money for the SMH10, so I got this one.
Install was faily straight forward. The hardest part was figuring out how to remove the checkpads on my Arai helmet.
The bluetooth connectivity with my phone is great and very easy to set up. When turning the unit on it automatically connects to the phone. When listening to music, the sound quality is ok.
When using it as an intercom with the other unit, it works ok. When trying to transmit, I sometimes get "intercom failed" and sometimes it works fine. I can't figure out why. Sound quality is also ok. Even when using a full face helmet and the mic muff a fair amount of windnoise comes though the speakers.
I recommend this as an entry level intercom system for someone who is budget concious.
May 7, 2013
Rediculous ease of use
It's hard to add to the glowing reviews for this product. What stands out, for me, is how easy it is to get the units set up and running. I've tried other units (Scala, uClear) but, with only two inputs, the Sena is easy to use with gloved hands.
The key for good sound is getting the speakers in the right place. I use the BBE app on my iPhone to play music and it sounds pretty good with plenty of volume.
April 29, 2013
Bought the dual pack. Installed one and it worked until I plugged it in to charge, then that one wouldn't turn on. I put in a ticket with Sena and called Revzilla the next day. The guy at Revzilla said I'd have to wait until I checked with Sena, but he couldn't have been nicer.
Turned out I just needed to use a paperclip on the reset button and it now works.
I'm commuting 40 miles round trip on my scooter to work now and it was a joy listening to music.
Once I got the second unit working I installed it on a friends helmet and it took a few minutes for them to link up, but it was sorted.
I haven't used the communication yet on the road, so I'll post again once I have.
The speakers fit perfectly in my HJC Symax 3, and weren't an issue in my friends HJC CL Max.
I ordered the upgraded speakers, but I'm sending them back because even at low levels doing 60 on my Vespa the sound was fine. I don't want it to be too loud for safety issues.
Love the Sena and love Revzilla!
April 27, 2013
A great, inexpensive way to get into Bluetooth communication.
I picked these up as an inexpensive way to communicate with my wife when she rides on the back of my bike. Yelling through our helmets at red lights or jabs to the ribs for "speeding" are free, they aren't the best way to converse while riding two-up.
The SENA SMH5 audio works well, however we did get the upgraded speaker kit. Speaker placement is key! For the best audio, try to place them right over your ear canal. The audio streaming, GPS and phone call audio is much better than I expected.
Recently we did a 1000 mile, two day trip and having these made a huge difference.
April 17, 2013
Was considering the smh10. Very glad i stumbled on this unit. Smaller size, lower price, and still excellent sound quality. I tired a model 10 that a friend had first. This unit is much less obtrusive. Don't even know it is there. Have listened to music, taken and made phone calls, and used intercom both passenger and bike to bike. All very easy to use and worked flawlessly.
April 8, 2013