Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset - Boom Mic
A must have for my hour daily commute.
I was rocking earbuds for a short time and that just was awful so I picked up my Sena. I went with the SMH5-FM for the radio and I must say it is a wonderful addition to my gear.
Install: Was not too eventful, (I would suggest looking on Youtube to see someone do it before you do it, directions were not all that great) I have a Modular helmet with a Sun shade button (LS2 FF386) and the placement was messing with the slide so I had to adjust. It was very forgiving on adjusting.
Sound Quality: At first I thought the speakers were terrible for my first few rides until I noticed that the pre-cut speaker holes in my helmet didn't match up with my ear canals at all. I adjusted their position to hit my ear canal and they are much better. Base could be better, but by all means not terrible.
Function: Jog shuttle is very easy to use to turn, down, track select, etc. It syncs flawlessly to my Nexus 6 every time I turn it on. Battery life is good, last for about 6 hours of constant music play before I have to recharge. I haven't synced it with another rider so I can't speak on that, but the FM function is great. I would suggest practicing with it before you jump on for a ride, to perform the functions takes some button push combos, not quite Mortal Kombat complicated, but enough to practice so you aren't distracted by it while riding.
Build Quality: It is high quality and durable. You can take it off and on again without where. It's tactile when pushed so you feel all the button presses. You get a nice "hello" and "goodbye" when you turn on and off. It does stick out a little bit so I can't fit My helmet in my frunk with it on :( but the trade off is I know where it is if I need to go to it to change channels.
September 25, 2015
product works well
I use it to listen to music when I ride. I have a modular helmet (NOLAN) and there is a lot of wind noise. Sometimes it drowns out the music. I would like the volume to be louder.
I cleaned surface with laquer thinner before using the included tape to attach to helmet. after 2 weeks, it came loose. backing on tape separated. It is now on with Velcro.
August 3, 2015
Product was exactly what I was looking for
Product seems to be very good quality. This is my first headset so really cannot compare with any other. Installation instructions leave a little bit to be desired, but not hard to install despite them. A little tricky learning all of the functions, but will get them.
August 3, 2015
I use the sena smh 5 fm in my speed and strength ss1700. The sound quality is superb. The phone feature is also amazing quality. I highly recommend the the fm versions of these units over the other. You won't be disappointed!
June 15, 2015
Excellent solution - good price
The install setup works really well, once I took the time to figure out pieces and connection points. The install instructions are not so helpful. Have not yet used the phone or intercom features - only music and radio access. The sound quality for music is good, and volume is decent considering road noise at highway speeds (using only a small to mid-size sport-touring windscreen). Bought the boom mic version for my modular Shoei; the boom post had the tendency to uncomfortably press up against the side of my chin at speed (not a lot of room in the helmet - could be the helmet). Since I wasn't using it for communication I took it out and eliminated the discomfort. I would consider trying to configure a wired mic instead of boom for communication in the future. Need to listen to music on road trips, and for that, this product is a great and high quality solution. Used the fm receiver a bit in cities and it worked fine. The jog dial can be a bit touchy to operate with gloves - skipping tracks when I was trying to turn the volume up - but generally is a good solution most of the time. Very happy with this purchase.
June 1, 2015
Great communicator, does everything I want it to. I was surprised but I can hear people clearly with it and in my closed faced helmet my wife says it is clearer than when I'm driving my truck. The only think I would change is that it would notify you sooner before it dies, within 2 minutes of notification the communicator dies.
May 4, 2015
Inexpensive multifunction product. I'm still learning the controls, not complicated just don't need everything yet. Plenty loud but could use a little more bass.
April 20, 2015
Excellent for FM Radio and Phone Calls
If you ride a non-fairing bike and you're interested in FM radio and receiving phone calls via Bluetooth then this is the headset for you.
Don't want FM radio? Step down one level and buy the non-FM model. Want to chat with riding buddies a half-mile away on the road? Step up a level for more communication distance.
Sound quality with helmet speakers will never be the same as ear buds, but in many states it's illegal to ride with both ear buds anyway...so go with this, ride safe and legal.
January 19, 2015