Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset Wired Mic - Dual Pack
For reference, I have about 1,500 miles on this while wearing an Arai Vector 2 with NOJ Quite Rider skirt installed and am wearing earplugs. Also, I don't have a lot of wind protection from the front screen.
- Installation was super easy.
- When I use the Bluetooth connectivity for phone calls, everyone comments on how clear my voice comes through.
- Just loud enough to use at reasonably highway speeds.
- Keeps answering calls automatically, so I end up unexpectedly on the phone with people. I have changed some settings around, but it may be resetting itself when the battery dies. I am not sure.
- Sound distortion at high volumes (less noticeable with earplugs in)
I almost exclusively use the SMH5 for listing to Pandora off my phone while I commute, so I cannot comment on the intercom features. The volume taps out against the wind noise at highway speeds, but I don't feel like I would want to turn it up any louder for the sake of my hearing. My only complaint is that I cannot seem to get the thing to stop automatically answering phone calls. It may be my own fault.
December 2, 2014
Wonderful addition to two-up riding.
Have used the smh-5fm's for a full season now, including a 2000 miles tour of the NW and Glacier Park, and rain.
Install: Dual pack, wired mic, installed into our Shoei RF1100's without problem. The Sena's double stick for the base unit is still holding well. No issues with the longish wires or connectors. Did use liquid tape to secure the wire bundle on the helmet exterior rubber base.
1st Use: On first power-up the two units always take a while to 'pair', which can get the newbie into a tail-chasing button pushing exercise. Now a non-issue, as we are used to the delay.
Pairing with my Samsung S3 was easy.
Daily: I ride with foam earplugs and the wife rides without
and is hard of hearing. I set the volume to max, while hers is
mid scale. The max setting results in a noticable hiss and some
distortion from the speakers. With the earplugs I do not hear the
hiss and we both hear the intercom and can communicate quite
The VOX level sometimes hunts in quiet situations
causing some clunking. Battery life exceeds an all day ride with
the intercom always on. No noted degradation in intercom or
battery performance in this 15k mile ride season.
Phone usage has been great in cell rich environments. One
button push and voice dial.
Behind the FJR windscreen, communication was good to all
legal speeds. On low or non-screened bikes, we were good to
60MPH before wind intrudes proportional to speed.
Charging takes hours using our cell phone chargers.
Value: Fantastic for two-up on bike communication.
November 22, 2014
Great for phone and radio, okay for bike to bike.
These work great for radio and phone features and would recommend if that is what you are looking for. They do not work for bike to bike that far apart, if riding in close packs ok, if using in a dual sport setting you will need ones that have more distance. Easy to operate and good battery life, leave plenty of time to charge or can use while charging. Overall better deal for price than others.
September 22, 2014
Worked will on a week long trip.
I used the wired mic unit on a "flip up" Helmet as I did not really want to have the mic on a stick. The supplied lead was long enough to do this and works reasonably well with a few bits of tape to keep the wire in place. The install is easy with the stick on tape but one did get knocked off and then the sticky was not quite as strong. Intercom function worked better than expected and was fairly simple to get going. The iphone hooked up too and was used twice on the trip. There is no group call feature so when a phone call comes on one unit the other unit does not hear it for this you need the SMH10. The radio works better than expected too and gets fairly good reception and the bigger speakers are probably better than the smaller ones. I like the radio for solo trips.
September 8, 2014
Installing a pair of these units on my and my riding buddy's helmets has enhanced the ride, especially for safety, calling out bad patches and gravel. It also allows me to call him back when he makes a wrong turn without having to run him down!
August 25, 2014
Great deal for the price
I love having radio to listen to on the ride, as well as being able to answer my phone while on the road
I have trouble hearing anything but music on the highway. My girlfriend who has the other unit does not so I cannot tell it if is how I installed it or my helmet is too loud or the device has issues. It is quite clear at 90 Km/hr so I think it is a helmet or installation issue though.
Easy to use once you memorize the buttons and hold times. I like the speed dial feature when I remember how to use it.
August 19, 2014
Good bang for the buck
Everything I was looking for:
1) not too big
2) looks good
3) performs well
4) doesn't break the bank
Speakers could be a little better but for the money I wasn't expecting Bose quality. Can't go wrong.
August 18, 2014
I initially loved this set. It was easy to install (Shoei RF1100) and the sound quality is good. It seemed like a great deal but after a few months I'm not so in love with it anymore.
First, I live in North Eastern PA which has a few mountains and the radio can be sparse at times. This headset gets decent range but if you are going for a long ride or traveling the radio setting is pretty useless. They did make a feature where you can reset the stations and everything is good again but when you are riding its not as simple to figure the controls out.
Second, one of the Velcro pieces holding the speaker in place came off quite easily in the first few weeks. Superglue will fix it no problem but I expected it to last a bit longer.
But with those 2 negatives there are a few pros.
The Bluetooth connection works great and I can use Pandora on my phone while I ride which works a lot better than the radio.
The volume is sufficient with ear plugs in and easily adjustable.
The mic works great and you can only slightly tell you are riding if you are on the other end of the conversation.
If I could buy this product again I would skip the SMH-5FM and just get the 10. Bigger speakers and there is no need for the radio setting.
But if you live somewhere more flat (better radio transmission) and are looking for a more affordable headset this is a good one.
I have not tried the P2P connection yet so I cannot comment on that.
June 17, 2014