Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset - Wired Mic
FM is fantastic
Bought this unit on the back of borrowing a friends SMH10. The FM is superb and makes commuting 100km a day so much better.
The intercom doesnt seem quite as strong as the 10 but still very useable.
December 7, 2013
great for FM
FM works great to bad it wouldnt pair with my Garmin but with the iphone was no problem.
November 25, 2013
Small and Simple
Ive only tried it about a dozen times, but ive been fairly happy with it. I like the simplicity of the wheel, but sometimes when going to roll it i press it in accidently.
Also speakers are ok but get very distorted about 75% volume and more.
For the price though it works great, phone calls are clear and people hear me very well.
November 11, 2013
Good unit for Pillion
Bought this so Wife could converse while riding. Paired well with my unit. Have yet to see how this will work on longer rides with getting on and off and disconnecting.
Looking forward to using it more come Spring 2014 and warmer temps so she will use it more.
A little extra work to get the bracket onto her Shoei full-face helmet but was eventually successful without breaking anything. :-)
October 21, 2013
Purchased just for FM radio
It is a wonderful experience having tunes in my cycle helmet. I bought this only for the FM radio feature. Sadly, right out of the box sitting on my table, the device could only find a couple radio stations. In the helmet it was not much better:( On the same table a $7 Dollar General radio could find over a dozen radio stations?? A $125 Radio could only find a couple of stations and a $7 radio found over a dozen. So I new it had a reception problem. To solve this problem, I pulled the unit out and wrapped all the wiring in tin foil. Now, on the table it performed almost as well as the cheap radio.
With the tin foil and wires mounted in my helmet, it is now an average radio for reception.
Now the good: Plenty of volume power for any type of riding. I have a hearing deficiency and on my sport bike I am only 3/4 volume while on my touring ride I use only 1/2 volume. For me, using the FM radio function while driving is quite easy to turn off & on as needed. When I am touring and a station starts to get static, it is easy to scan up and down to find a new local station for the area I am in. And the sound quality is very good as well. Having the radio in my helmet makes much more sense than having tunes blasting from the handle bars that disturbs other vehicles when stopped at some traffic lights. The software download is really great. It allows you to put exact radio stations in any order for your preset stations. This makes sure all your favorites are there.
October 15, 2013
Full features + low cost
I purchased the Sena SMH5-FM to replace a damaged boomless headset from another manufacturer. Typically I ride alone so I cannot comment on the intercom features occasionally I will take a phone call while riding (of course I pull over to the side ASAP until the call is finished and I can have 100% focus on the road again…) and the sound quality is good the party calling can understand me clearly.
I thought the FM would a nice addition because you can only listen to playlist so often. To that respect it is nice having FM but quality of the reception is lacking. I live in North Dallas TX where there are plenty of stations and few obstructions to signal, yet some stations will primarily only play through the left speaker the right side is almost muted. I would say 90% of the stations that I listen to have the issue of sound on one side. I did think at first that it must be my speaker placement but when I switch off FM and stream music from my phone it perfectly balanced. One other little issue with The FM is that when listening to that and using GPS from the phone there is enough of a delay when the device mutes the FM for the GPS instructions that you are only hearing the last word. That said I have learned it works best to only stream music from phone when using the GPS and listen to FM when GPS is not required.
Sound quality is quite good, the speakers are small and easy to place in the helmet without issues of ear contact. I usually wear attenuator ear plugs that block loud noises but allow normal volume sounds to pass and that works quite well with the headset.
The controls are easy to use and is why I decided to try the little Sena in the first place. I think the small jog wheel might be hard to use with thick gloves so if I didn’t live in TX I might consider the larger SMH10.
October 7, 2013
Best bang for the buck i've found
Loud, long battery life, with a lot of features, i am just happy with this headset. Previously own Scala, for the same price it was much simplier headset without a2dp profile, quite, with custom charger plug etc.
September 23, 2013
overall its a good device, once you learn how to use the functions it is relatively easy to use, although when i get it out next spring i'll probably have to read the directions again. One microphone failed on the first day's ride, so we switched it for a boom mic, that we had ordered. i think the cables are a little flimsy. Also, the charge stays all day, but what concerns me is that the unit is brand new, and if i fully charge it, and it sits overnight and i put the charge back on it, it will charge again for 5 minutes which makes me believe it is loosing it's charge over night?
August 12, 2013