Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset - Boom Mic
Great basic comm system
Purchased the SMH5 to go on a modular helmet that I've used for years. Because of the thickness of the modular shell on that side, I chose to use the adhesive mount and it went on perfectly... stuck in the speakers and boom mic and off we went. It took less than 5 minutes to install, pair with my cell phone, and program a handful of preset FM stations. Radio reception is fantastic here in the city and I wouldn't ever ride without it.
October 19, 2015
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