Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset
product fits well and looks good installed
easy install works well so all and all good product
August 16, 2016
Mostly great product
I really wanted a bluetooth setup that also offered FM radio, and this was not only one of the few options on the market, but it was so highly rated that I figured i'd give it a shot. Installation was straight forward, but as many people have noted, figuring out all the button presses for the various functions can take a while. I still don't know how to do a lot of the functions, but I can get to the functions I normally use. I wouldn't say it's intuitive, but it starts to make sense. The main issue I have with this system is the sound quality from the speakers. It's a very tinny, high-pitched sound with absolutely no bass. I did read other reviews which said the same thing, but I guess I was hoping they were wrong. The first few times I used it, the tinny sound hurt my ears, but since then I've grown accustomed to it. That's really the only negative I have though. The FM quality is crystal clear and I've never had an issue with reception. Bluetooth is also clear, although when I have my phone in my right-side pocket, the connection sometimes drops out briefly. Putting my phone in my left pocket (same side as the SENA on my helmet) fixes that. Bluetooth calling is crystal clear and everyone I talked to was shocked that I was not only on a bluetooth connection, but that I was wearing my full-face helmet while riding my scooter. The downside to talking on bluetooth, and this has nothing to do with this SENA product, is that my voice echo's throughout my helmet and it actually hurts my ears a little to hear myself talk. I had never talked inside my helmet so I didn't know this until hooking up bluetooth. It's something to think about. If i could change anything, I would like SENA to offer either upgraded speakers for this particular model, or a headphone adapter so that I could just plug in headphones while still using all the features of the SMH5-FM. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase.
July 27, 2016
I can finally hear my GPS
This is a great product. Next week I am leaving for a trip across Canada and back and needed a way to hear the instructions on my GPS. Solution found!! The GPS instructions are crystal clear. The bonus is I can listen to FM radio as I ride which will be especially useful for getting weather forecasts. I can also talk on my phone while riding now too although I won't be using that feature much. It took me about an hour to install this system in my helmet with the help of the online instructions. After 49 years of riding a motorcycle with no sound in my helmet, being able to listen to FM radio while I ride was amazing. This is a great product for someone like me that doesn't need all the bells and whistles. Highly recommended!!
July 26, 2016
solid quality, very clear and loud
I have no issues hearing this while riding. The speakers fit in the cutouts of my helmet perfectly and routing the wiring was very easy. Pairing the device with my smartphone worked well and I can hear directions / take calls easily.
The FM stations come in clearly and I like that the station number is spoken before it starts playing.
I'm sure I'll learn the controls eventually but trying to remember all the functions of the device in the context of two buttons makes things very complicated. Pressing each button for various lengths of time, tapping the buttons a specific number of times or using both buttons all do different things. Being able to customize the radio stations and speed dial settings through the computer interface is very useful but it would be nice to also be able to customize the functions. I'm sure I'll get used to it either way.
Overall, a very nice product and considerably cheaper than getting a stand-alone gps unit.
June 7, 2016
Affordable and does the job great
Wanted to pair this unit to my existing SMH10, so it was the obvious choice. Sena has better performance and durability than Cardo in my experience. The only con is the quality of the speakers sound, that could be better with minor effort.
June 3, 2016
Perfect for basic use
There's a bit of a learning curve involved for installation and day to day use. After reading a bit of the instructions and tinkering with it, though, I couldn't be more pleased. Inbound audio is good, better in phone calls than music, but even when listening to music, it's more than passable. (Also projects though a balaclava.) As for outbound audio, anyone on the other end doesn't even know i'm on the bike. After about a week of steady use, the functions became muscle memory for my left hand. Battery life is absolutely fantastic.
Overall a great entry-level piece of kit, or perfect for someone who doesn't need a lot of bells and whistles.
February 22, 2016
Great entry level bluetooth headset
I have nothing bad to say about the headset. I wish it had more battery life but it lasts as advertised. I really like how the lights blink when you turn it on to indicate % of charge so I know when to charge it.
November 16, 2015
Good bang for the buck!
Works great for what its supposed to do. Had to update right away; left speaker and mic didn't work out of the box. After the update everything worked great. Sound quality is good as is ability to use (make sure to read the instructions though).
October 19, 2015