Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset - Boom Mic
Best Bluetooth Headset with FM
This is absolutely the best BT headset I've ever used. It does everything you need from a BT headset and it even has an FM radio. I'm a commuting rider so the FM is priceless, you can download the free software form the SENA website and it's really simple to use. The software lets you change the voice language, update the firmware, change a few settings and you can enter up to 10 FM frequencies and save them all at once. This way you can avoid manually scanning for stations and storing them one at the time. FM reception is clear and the radio is easy to use. The Jog Dial is another great feature because it's wide enough to handle it with gloves on. The SMH5 lets you pair up to three SENA headsets and you can talk to one rider at the time but other may call via intercom while you're speaking to someone else so the headset makes a signal telling the rider someone's trying to communicate.
Installation is easy, it does come with everything you need to do it. It does come with upgraded speakers, so the sound clarity is very good. It also controls music stored in the phone.
I would recommend this headset for the every day commuter or riders who don't really want to talk to a large group at the same time. If you're one of the previous, don't waste extra money on the SMH10. Being able to listen to radio or music while riding is really awesome.
October 25, 2013
FM Radio comes to Sena
I appreciate having the FM radio option in the headset when my iPhone is unreachable in my jacket. Two second hold on the phone button turns on the radio quickly. The sound is good quality even while wearing ear plugs.
The Sena connects with my iPhone to receive calls easily but getting to make calls takes some effort. Siri works when she can understand you.
Connecting the Sena to the helmet is straightforward. Taking the device on and off to charge it is greatly better than other devices that have non-locking connectors. The Sena clips on the speaker cord and makes a secure connection. Other brands use a friction fit that wears out over time and goes loosey-goosey on your favorite tunes.
My two cents...
September 30, 2013
Good FM and Bluetooth connectivity. Easy install
I bought this mostly for the fm radio and bluetooth for my ipod touch. It works great. I can hear the speakers fine considering that I am riding with a 3/4 helmet and ear plugs.
The controls are good, but it is a little hard to change volume without pushing in on the control too with gloves on, but I am used to it now. No problems pairing with my phone or Ipod. I haven't tried it with other riders' headsets yet though.
August 6, 2013
Great communicator for the price
This is the only motorcycle headset I've ever used, so I can't compare it to others. That said, it's a great unit. The addition of FM radio is a bonus, but I was really only after the ability to connect to my phone and to talk with other Sena users. Phone pairing is easy and straightforward, and I've never had a problem having the headset pair to my phone. Audio quality is clear and strong (even loud sometimes). Since my old helmet is noisy, it makes it hard to hear, but the new helmet I'm using is much quieter and makes for easier listening. Make sure you have a good, modern helmet that's quieter and you'll have no problems with this unit.
August 6, 2013
Excellent device and superb customer service!
I was mainly looking for an intercom system so my wife and I could talk to each other on rides. Didn't think I really needed "bluetooth" as I wasn't planning on talking on the phone and I hated the sound of other people when they talked on bluetooth headsets (you got that echo or "repeat" of what you said a second or so later, really annoying). So I cheaped out and got a Tork Ridemate with the wires and all. Well, i guess you get what you pay for as the fidelity even in our living room was like a transistor radio, if anybody remembers what those sounded like, and after you got up above 40 mph the sound was so distorted you couldn't understand what the person behind you was saying. Playing an MP3 player was useless. So I sent it back and wasted $25.00 in freight and after MUCH research and reading reviews I decided on this and am quite happy. I AM glad I opted for the FM with the speaker upgrade rather than the regular SMH5. These speakers are a LOT better than the TORK, but fall a little short of the audio tune-ups in my Giro ski Helmet. That is the only reason I didn't give the sound 5 stars. I think I would have been disappointed in the smaller speakers. I didn't really need the extra distance or talk time of the SMH10 (or want the larger unit sticking on my helmet) but did want the larger speakers of the SMH10 and this fit the bill perfectly. We went on a long ride yesterday and even at 65mph he could hear each other fine. Some wind noise but we rarely had to repeat ourselves. I think the secret is to get the speakers as CLOSE to your ears as possible. I used the extra spacers and mounted them on the outside of the ear pockets in the helmet rather than in the pockets to get them as close to my ears as possible. I also got the boom mic set-up because while I have FF, my wife has a modular helmet and we bought the dual set rather than the independent ones. Also, I read you don't want more than an inch between your lips and the mic and if I got the FF mic I think it may have been too far from my lips. The boom mic is much more versatile and doesn't get in the way at all. While I didn't initially think I would use the phone feature or even the radio, I find I use both and the bluetooth does not give the "echo" that some earlier bluetooths did according to the people who have talked to me. As a side note: I accidentally hit a button combination that shut off the sexy voice that tells you "Hello", "Goodbye", "Radio station preset #" etc. I sent an e-mail to SENA HOPING I would get a reply in a couple of days. I got an e-mail in 15 minutes with instructions on how to fix it, OUTSTANDING customer service!
July 22, 2013
Money well spent
Very pleased. Glad I made the purchase. Love the FM radio during my commute!
May 2, 2013
Best Bang for the Buck
Super audio confirmations of menus means easy to use. With earplugs in ears with my Nolan, I need to crank the volume up to max, but its perfect. Any more volume and you're back to degrading your ears. I customized mine into the Nolan N43e Trilogy by cutting a slot in the removable tab area and clamping the unit rather than sticking it to the shell. A 4mm short screw holds the mic in place with the Nolan mic holder.
April 15, 2013
great product, one problem
as usual revzilla shipping is amazing. took me 30 minutes to install the headset into my helmet, not because it was hard. it is very easy to install, i was just being picky about how the wires are ran. Durability is average since only time will tell how it holds up
-call quality: amazing, ive had many calls while ridding and my helmet is far from quiet and no one i was talking to even knew i was out ridding.
-simple to use: i wear gloves constantly while ridding and it took a little getting use to as far as using the device with gloves on, but it is very easy to operate.
-FM radio: love this feature, a little weaker than my cars antenna and it sounds great. FM radio was the only thing i missed about my car. with this on my helmet i may never drive my car again!
the only issue i have with mine is that the right speaker seams to be a lot weaker than my left. i tested the speakers to see if it was just the way i had them positioned, and even out of the helmet my right speaker was still a lot weaker than the left. might just be the set i received. i have not contacted revzilla or the manufacture over this issue, figured it wasn't worth the time to deal with it.
overall this is a great product for the price, even though i am having an issue with the right speaker i would still recommend this product
April 15, 2013