Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset - Wired Mic
Loved the SMH5, the SMH5-FM is even better
I own the Sena SMH5; SMH10; and now the SMH5-FM.
The Sena SMH5, that I've had for a couple of years, has worked flawlessly. Battery power was never a problem (never ran out of juice, despite some 7 hour riding days). Sound (with the larger speakers) was very good (not quite Klipsch quality, but very good), and, once you got used to the controls, very easy to manipulate. It's been through rainstorms, gotten knocked around, and is often switched between helmets. No issues.
The SMH5-FM is *everything* the SMH5 is, but the addition of FM is fabulous. You wouldn't think the reception would be so good with no visible antenna, in such a small device. It's as good as I get in my cage...
If I ever want to v-log, I might consider the 20S and Prism, or 10C, but the SMH5-FM does everything I want right now, and does it very well...
March 23, 2015
Simple to use easy to install overall a great product
March 16, 2015
Great for couples that ride together!
I'll just write everything in bullets
-Great range: It advertises 700m (if there's no obstacles). I've found that on a straight road in the city I can clearly talk to my girlfriend though the intercom from ~1-2 blocks away, while on the highway she can be but a speck in the distance and we can still hold a conversation (albeit with static)
-Great Battery Life: I commute to and from work with the music playing form my bluetooth and I would typically charge it after 4-5 hours of commuting.
-Clear Voice over Phone and Intercom: The updated firmware cut out almost all of the wind noise.
-Durable: I've used it though long 100+ degree rides, rain, and have knocked it into walls numerous times. Nothing but a few scratches
-Easy to use: with just two buttons it's pretty easy to use the main functions of answering calls and changing music. Scrolling though stations on the radio is a hassle, but all of the other functions are pretty straight forward. I mainly bought the FM version due to the longer intercom range.
February 17, 2015
SMH5 Good Product
At highway speeds WITH earplugs in, the FM radio can be heard clearly although it's not very loud at maximum volume. Without earplugs, maximum volume is a bit too loud and you will need to turn it down so you can be aware of your surroundings.
Telephone sound quality is better than expected and clearly audible at highway speeds. Also, I am told that the sound of my voice on the other end is extremely clear at all speeds.
The buttons are big and easy to manipulate with thin/summer gloves.
Installation is straight forward and extra spacers are provided for helmets that have speaker recesses. This is to bring the speakers closer to your ear.
The mounting bracket did not fit on my helmet so I needed to use the adhesive mounting plate, and because of the shape, I had to put it farther back on the helmet than I wanted in order for it to fit flush.
The radio reception is not as strong as a car stereo but acceptable for the size of the unit.
It's complicated to use all the features because you are controlling several features with just two buttons. You will have to keep the instruction manual handy until you memorize all the different controls.
Not so easy to control when wearing thick winter gloves.
Overall this is a good product, especially considering the price. It's nice not to be isolated while riding and to be able to handle work and personal calls while on the road. The radio feature is really nice to have for when traffic gets heavy. The Bluetooth connection is strong whether you keep your phone in a handlebar mount or deep inside your saddlebags or backpack.
Not sure how this compares to other units, but it's good enough that I'm not interested in trying any others. I'm going to get the speaker/mic kits for all my helmets and take this unit with me whenever I ride.
November 25, 2014
VERY CLEAR SOUND. PANDORA IS VERY ENJOYABLE AT 65 MPH..IT IS REALLY EASY TO TAP AND CONNECT TO A CALL. PEOPLE CAN'T BELIEVE i AM ON MY NINJA TALKING.
EASY TO USE. EASY TO ACTIVATE A CALL. SPEAKERS ARE OK FOR LISTENING TO PANDORA. I WILL NEVER RIDE WITHOUT IT.
November 11, 2014
Took A Spill...
...and the headset kept working. Went down and hit my helmet on the pavement, and I can see the mark on the jogwheel where the Sena impacted as well. No issues a week later, so I'll give it a thumb's up for durability.
Operation is pretty simple. I use it mainly for music, and bluetooth pairing w the iPhone 5s is a no-brainer. It's easy to switch to FM mode which is a big feature for me. I took a picture of the instructions so if I'm on the road and forget a function I can look at the image on my phone.
October 16, 2014
Why did I wait to do this?!
It's nice to be able to take a call on the bike. It's even better when the equipment you use to do it operates beyond your expectations.
Call clarity is great. I wear very good fitting ear plugs, as every rider should, and it helps to tune out the din of traffic and wind. The first time I used it, I had to turn the volume down. This isn't for cranking Van Halen, it's for communication and in that respect it works flawlessly. You only need to remember a couple of different button presses to run the whole show.
I like that while you're on a call and you want to take your helmet off to talk on the phone, you can transfer with a button press. To go back, you have to re-connect with your phone, though. Not a problem.
The FM Radio section is nice. Sound quality for music is light on bass but still nice and clear. You can plug into a PC and program stations (up to ten), and set other options. If you're far from home and you want to listen to local stations, just hit a button and it scans the channels to set up a temporary station list. You're original list is still intact.
If you'd like to be able to take or make a call on the bike, it is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.
October 13, 2014
Solid product for Bluetooth and FM radio
I was hunting around for a Bluetooth headset with FM radio built in and took a shot at this one. This is my 1st headset.
Man was I pleasantly surprised! Easy to use once you memorize the button combos (which aren't hard). FM radio is clear. Call quality is also good. I was told that it "just sounds like you're in a car" at 70 mph.
Being able to use Siri through my helmet is also nice- having texts read to me and actually being able to reply when I'm on the bike, firing up voice-guided navigation. It's real handy.
I installed this unit in an AVG Evo Naked helmet. It took around 30 mins to get everything where I wanted it in the helmet. I didn't have to cut any padding or permanently modify any part of my helmet to get it in- always a plus.
October 13, 2014