Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset - Wired Mic
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
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