Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset - Wired Mic
Budget, but good
Got a pair of these units for my wife and I so that we can chat on the long runs.
Need to raise our voices when the speed goes above 140km/h (90 mph), but still fine for basic communications. The noise cancelling seems to be working fine.
Struggled a bit to find the right placement on our helmets (Schuberth S2, Shark S900), but finally settled on using the stick-on brackets, and moved it back on the helmet.
FM radio works surprisingly well, receiving in areas where my car radio is struggling. However, the speakers could be better, with limited dynamic range and sound quality
April 30, 2013
Great Product; Auto GPS Warning
This is an absolutely great product. The rotary dial is great, the ability and flexibility to clip it to either of my helmets with minimal fuss is awesome, it looks great and having FM radio is awesome (since my mobile carrier isn't great and getting internet radio is more suspect than I like it to be).
I would only say that I wish it had a couple of more dedicated buttons (maybe one for the FM feature). Also, it would be nice if the device manager software was more like Garmins' device manager software (aka, more polished, more professional looking, can automatically detect devices, etc). It's weird that I need to tell it the model before it proceeds to identify it. But this is minor quibble.
Right now, I'm using it to pair my phone and to listen to FM radio. I'm currently working on a way to hear my auto GPS' audio (Garmin nuvi 2595LMT).
And that is the warning. The GPS feature on this headset will only work on those GPS that have the AD2P Bluetooth feature, which none of the current Garmin nuvi models have. The Bluetooth on the current Garmin nuvi models only has the HFP feature to pair it with a Bluetooth phone. Some older Garmin nuvi models (like the 765T) did have this AD2P feature and those will work. Otherwise, you have to get their terrible Zumo model for the Sena to pair with a GPS. I'm currently looking at a way to connect a BT AD2P adapter to the speaker wiring on my Garmin nuvi. Once I can get this to work, I will be a VERY happy camper.
BTW, I had purchased this before realizing it wouldn't pair with my GPS (my excitement over being able to hear my auto GPS blinded me). I just assumed that because it said it paired with Bluetooth, that this was all I needed to know. So I've learned that just because something says Bluetooth doesn't mean it will work (since there's also different versions of Bluetooth). It was a hard lesson learned. And RevZilla gave me incredible support when I told them of my story, which is something I've rarely seen anywhere else except mom & pop stores. So RevZilla will have a good portion of my business until they do something to make me change that (which I doubt).
April 18, 2013
This is awesome
It's so easy to install and so easy to use while riding I love it. The call quality is amazing people say they wouldn't even know I was riding if they hadn't asked. Can't wait to buy one for my girl friends helmet. The shipping was pretty fast too
April 15, 2013
MUY BUEN PRODUCTO
SUPREMAMENTE FACIL DE UTILIZAR, EL MANEJO CON LOS GUANTES ES SENCILLO, ALGO ALTO EL VOLUMEN DEL RADIO CUANDO ESTA EN EL MINIMO.
March 4, 2013
Great, low buck bluetooth
My wife just bought this for me for Valetine's Day. I couldn't wait to try it out. It seemlessly pairs with my phone, streams music cleanly and loudly, and makes answering calls easy. I tested the call feature and my wife told me I was clear and she could barely tell I was riding at 60 mph. The controls are simple: just two buttons. Only downside: Some of the features are a little complicated to use because remembering the different combos of those two buttons is a little difficult until I use the SMH-5 more. Hence the slight mark down in ease of use.
February 14, 2013
Good Bluetooth for Bargain Basement price
This is a great unit. I had no need to spend extra for the "bigger brother" in the Sena line. Very easy to use sound is clear and the Jog Dial makes everything very easy to operate. I was very concerned about the install but it was a breeze, taking only 10 minutes for a complete novice to install. the FM sounds great and will come in handy on my commutes to and from work. I am one happy camper!!
I recommend this unit to all.
January 15, 2013