Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset - Wired Mic
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
Long battery life
I use this everyday during my 20 minute commute to/form work. Bought it primarily for the FM tuner. Works great and I rarely have to recharge the battery. I live on the outskirts of a metropolitan area and all the local stations are crisp and clear. I don't like the navigation between presets, but I understand that with limited buttons to press, it is what it is. It also works great paired with my iPhone, although I don't use it often. The voice recognition features work surprisingly well. It takes a little while to memorize the functions; it can be distracting while riding if you should happen to press the wrong button. Sometimes it's just easier to turn it off and back on again to reset it.
September 8, 2014
Great for flip up helmets
I have a flip up helmet and did not like having to navigate around the boom mike on other units. The basic mike on sena can be place along the side of the helmet away from the hinged front and still has great pickup. I can easily make calls from my phone and the other functions are great.
August 6, 2014
All features are good except the following:
Not much bass sound option from the headphones
The wires from the bluetooth to the headphones are not enough lenghty. It fits properly but with some adjustment. The manufacturer should increase the length so that it can be installed easily. Atleast 3-5 inches of length should be increased.
August 1, 2014