Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset Wired Mic - Dual Pack
Really changes the riding experience!
This is my first communication device. I had been using earbuds to my iPhone and that worked fine. This takes it to another level.
First let me say that I am hearing impaired and don't wear my hearing aids in the helmet because they don't fit. Point is that I need something with a lot of volume if I'm going to hear it. This works great! The GPS instructions from my iPhone are perfectly audible at any speed. However the built in FM radio is oddly quieter. I can hear fine when I'm on surface streets but not good on the highway. If I stream music from my phone the volume is great. If you have normal hearing you will not have any problem.
Cannot use built in FM radio and iPhone navigation at the same time. Either listen to the radio or listen to the iPhone. Also one person to person conversation at a time. If there are more than 2 riders in your group you have to toggle to each person. The higher models do multiple inputs at the same time but at twice the price. This is a good product to start with if you are not sure if you need all the bells and whistles. If I purchase the flagship model in a year it will pair with this one so you really can't go wrong.
This is my second purchase from Revzilla. Packages arrived two days after I ordered both times. Well packed. Driver left packages behind my gate for safety and I signed up for an email when they arrived so I knew exactly when to go collect my goodies.
Basically a flawless transaction.
March 31, 2016
Wish I Bought One Sooner
buy it now...you wont regret it
best thing ive ever bought for motorcycling...i wont ever ride without one...i can hear great at 70mph and the intercom/phone can be heard great as well with very little win noise..
i also plan on buying the bluetooth go pro adapter some day for dual motovlogs
10/10 stars no complaints at all!
March 7, 2016
I purchased a set of these for my brother and me. They make our riding time much better. We have allot more fun riding now. Easy to use and The FM radio is nice for commuting to and from work, and also works very well with blue tooth. Sound quality (closed face) helmet is very good, plenty loud in all settings. In some cases i have to turn it down! I am very pleased with this purchase
February 14, 2016
Good product recomended for traveling comfortably 140kph
January 28, 2016
Great deal headset!
The Sena SMH5-FM works great for me! The sound is a awesome at low speeds but gets a little tinny at higher speeds where you need to crank up the volume. But surprisingly, if you wear foam earplugs to quiet the wind noise, the sound from the speakers seems to improve. Seven to eight hours of phone calls, FM radio and listening to music from my GPS are the best I can get before Sena needs to be re-charged. And it seems to work very well paired with the BMW Navigator V.
October 5, 2015
Probably the best value of all the Sena lineup
Purchased the two-pack with wired microphones to install into my Scorpion EXO-500 and my girlfriend's Shoei Qwest helmets. Installation was generally easier on my Scorpion, but the Shoei wasn't bad, just had some extra trouble routing the wires cleanly.
Units are very sturdy and are paired right out of the box. I immediately updated the firmware to the most recent (2.1.1 at this time), which was very easy to do.
There's a lot of functionality of these units for having 2 'buttons' and a knob to handle, so there's a learning curve and you'll also likely forget how to do functions that you don't often use.
To answer some common questions about these:
You can only intercom one-on-one with one other person at a time, but can have 4 people total (including yourself) that you can 'jump' to an intercom conversation with.
You can share music (streamed over a phone) to the person you're on the intercom call with, but cannot talk with that person at the same time as the music (more on this later).
GPS commands from a phone (I have an Android device) will play through the speakers, but I'm fairly sure that it's only while you're streaming music from the phone. If you're sharing said music, then the GPS instructions get shared as well.
The upgraded speakers on these are generally loud enough to hear, even with earplugs in, up to around 70mph.
Installation was generally easy and offers good options to get the speakers nice and close to your ears.
Buttons and knob are easy to find/operate even with gloves on.
Offers good functionality for individual riders (phone calls, music streaming, FM radio, GPS instructions)
Intercom functions very well within about 75 yards. After around 100 yards, it will drop out, but automatically reconnect when you're within range.
Phone call quality is very clear. People generally can't tell that I'm riding a motorcycle at all and will ask me why I seem to be shouting.
Battery life is generally good, probably around 10-12 hours of constant use.
Units don't have to be removed from the helmet to be re-charged, which reduces wear on the headset connector. We almost never remove them from the helmets.
Not as fully functional as the higher models, but for the money, you do get a lot.
Re-charging is generally a bit slow (6-8 hours), but perfect if you do a day's ride and then charge overnight.
Volume goes pretty loud, although it will distort fairly bad up at the top when the little speakers try and reproduce bass that they're not capable of. I solved this by downloading a free app on my Android device called 'Music Volume EQ" that I launch when I mount my phone to the bike. I created an equalizer profile that cuts out the bass and allows the speakers to play just as loud without distortion (I also boosted the very high-end to counter-act the high frequency absorption of my earplugs). The result is much better clarity without any tradeoff in volume. Something else cool about this is that since it's being done on the phone, if I'm sharing music with another rider, they experience the boost in quality as well.
This leads me to the biggest problem we've had with these units so far, which is that the music-sharing function is somewhat spotty and will drop out fairly frequently. I've experimented and it has nothing to do with the sound equalizer and will do it whether I'm streaming music or playing an MP3 file from my phone.... nor is it specific to my phone. The two helmets, sitting 5 feet apart in my living room will experience an eventual lag and drop out of any shared music within about 15-30 minutes. It's not the end of the world, but on a longer ride, it's irritating to have to re-start the sharing function every 20 minutes, even if we're riding within arm's length of each other. If there's more distance between us, it's much more likely to drop out. Again, not a deal breaker at all, but annoying.
Overall, we're quite happy with the purchase, and hopeful that maybe in upcoming firmware updates, the music drop-out will be improved. If you consistently have a pillion or a riding buddy, the intercom function alone is worth the dough.
October 1, 2015
Very clear, very easy to use
I have the Cardo Scala, The Sena SMH5 and 10. My favorite is the SMH5. It's about 75% of the size of the 10 and while not removable like the 10, it is still my favorite. Just as clear as the others and very easy to use.
July 20, 2015
Works as advertised
Not much to say about sena SMH5-FM set, except that it works well. Communication between sets is clear, pairing with Zumo 390 was easy, and GPS driving instructions are clearly heard. The FM works, but is of limited functionality. It gets good signal only close to big Cities, out in the country it is mostly only noise, and it interrupts the intercom, so we seldom use this function.
June 6, 2015