Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset Dual Pack
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
Perfect for My Needs
Just what I was looking for. A reasonably-priced bluetooth system with intercom. I mainly use this to talk with my girl on our rides. We have yet to get our bikes far enough apart that they don't work. I will probably invest in the larger speakers, because the sound is pretty clear but not quite loud enough at high speeds with the helmet vents open or visor cracked. Seems built to last. Install was a cinch. Very happy with this product.
February 4, 2014
Does the job for a reasonable price
works well with my phone. The noise reducing microphone works well. Most people did not even know I was riding. I ride in the winter and rain and it works great. If you are looking for a nice sound with decent lower frequencies for music and such, your going to be disappointed, but the speaker are upgradable.
February 3, 2014
Just what you would expect
The intercom works perfect. The speaker's sound (when talking between intercoms), is a little low for noisy helmets but is not impossible to hear.
January 25, 2014
Worth the investment.
Charge before using. Didn't come with operation instrucrions only assembly instructions but was easy enuf to figure out. Love being able to talk to my husband while we are cruisin. This way if either of us needs to take a break and pull off, point out neat sights or communicate about traffic hazards we can. Sound quality is good. Range seems to be about 400meters which is usually plenty cause we like to ride near eachother. The units seem slightly fragile but we have not broken them yet. I bought the SMH5 because it came as a set of two prelinked units. Definately worth the cost.
January 17, 2014
Really like these headsets!
My wife and I have been using our Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headsets for a couple of months now and really like them. We use them primarily on trips. I use mine to talk w/ people over the phone when needed during the day when on my bike and they work great.
December 2, 2013
Great product for the price. Use it with my wife when we are 2up. Clear communication. Bluetooth music, and simple to use.
December 2, 2013