Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset - Wired Mic
Okay so far
I bought this to listen to the radio on my way to and from work. So far the FM radio is hit and miss. Streaming from my iPhone 5 works without a problem.
The install was easy once I figured out that I could not use the clip and had to use the stick on (Schuberth C3).
The controls are hard to learn but once you do easy to use with gloves on.
April 10, 2014
So far so good...
I ride a Honda VFR800 with a Shoei RF-1100 helmet. For the price, I'm very impressed. I have the device paired with my iphone 5s. Phone calls sound good. When I'm going 75MPH plus, I'm told that it sounds like I'm talking on a bad car Bluetooth mic, but it's still totally usable. I'm not going to be carrying on extended conversations at over 75MPH anyway. Below 75MPH, people make the comment "I can't even tell you are on the bike".
For music, it works fine. Like everyone else has mentioned, not a lot of bass, but it's fine. It's way better than no music at all. I did use the speaker pads to get the speakers right up to my ears.
I'm very impressed with the functionality of the product. It can do a lot for a low price device.
I would recommend getting really familiar with the controls before you go on the road with it. My wife looked at me kind of funny, but every night for a week I sat on the couch with my helmet on learning the controls...
April 7, 2014
Works as advertised.
Everything works per specs. Only disappointment is programming FM stations via computer requires a PC system, but as I wrote, works per specs. The only wish I had was the speakers could be a bit louder, but I can still hear them without difficulty, even with earplugs.
I bought them for mostly music, and it pairs no problem, and it recognizes voice commands to play music list without failure.
As far as phone calls, my wife can't tell the difference between an ordinary iPhone call and one via the Sena.
March 31, 2014
The best answer for those wanting FM radio and no wires!
I have the SMH 10 and then my Son bought the SMH 5. These were the first communication devices I had found that had good volume and helmet speakers that were at least acceptable. I bought the SMH 5 FM because I wanted FM stereo. Bluetooth from the Zumo was not stereo and in fact XM had to be hard wired to the SMH 10. FM reception is quite good and the sound quality is better than expected. Very easy to use the FM and change/seek stations. Rather surprised at how easy that is. But, there are two negatives. I don't believe the battery life is as long as the SMH 10 and for sure the range it has for bluetooth to the other Sena is MUCH less than the SMH 10. Both noted in the product description by Sena. I don't use the SMH 10 any longer and would highly recommend the new SMH 5 FM.
March 24, 2014
Excellent Bluetooth system
I installed it in about 30 minutes. The instructions are clear and easy to understand. The hardest part was finding the exact spot for the speakers to be perfectly lined up with my ears because my helmet has big ear openings. I charged it, used it, and absolutely love the set up. At 80 on the freeway I could talk, be heard clearly, and hear clearly. I had to turn the volume down on my music because it was so loud! I took calls easily and listened to music all while riding around in LA. I highly recommend this product.
March 11, 2014
Good Bluetooth for the Buck
Bought this to install on an Icon Airmada helmet. Despite the high noise level of the Airmada, the Sena sounds great on both ends of a phone call. Easy to install on the helmet. Easy to update firmware with it hooked up to my computer. My only complaint is that the jog-dial button press is way too sensitive. It will barely brush up against something and try to turn the intercom on. Not a huge issue though.
February 23, 2014
Sounds a bit trebly but awesome in every other way
I went with the FM version because it's nice to be able to listen to traffic radio or sports, or scan for stations when I ride into a different city. I installed it in a Bell Vortex helmet, which I wish had removable neck roll so I can make the wires completely disappear... the SMH5-FM is otherwise almost flawless.
Only 2 gripes: excess treble, distortion at 9/10 volume. When playing music, treble was easily addressed by adjusting my iPhone EQ to "treble reducer" - for calls, it helps to clarify the other person's voice when I'm on highways. As for distortion, not an issue because I don't think I would play it past 7/10 volume, it's plenty loud.
Good things: plenty loud (goes well with frequency-neutral earplugs), reliable, easy to operate with gloved fingers, low-profile, costs no more than a Jawbone bluetooth thingy. Battery life is more than I need for any run. Pairing with iPhone 5s was easy and quick.
February 11, 2014
Listen to music while you ride
Great unit even though this is my first of this kind. Noise cancellation is excellent. Speakers are loud enough to be heard with earplugs on and freeway speeds and your other party's end is still clear enough to hear you. This unit was installed in a shoei rf-1000. I had to cut out the plastic area where your ear may be positioned and remove some styrofoam from the helmet to make this unit fit. Great item and great price.
January 13, 2014