Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset Wired Mic - Dual Pack
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
Just what the doctor ordered!
Works as advertised. Nice to be able to listen to FM stations; reception excellent. Had a little trouble programming the station presets. Couldn't clamp unit on one of our helmets, but they included a adhesive option that worked great.
June 3, 2014
This product exceeded expectations
I mainly bought the SMH5-FM dual pack so I could talk to passengers but I found myself using it more when I ride with groups and for the ability to utilize my phones GPS. It is a great product and I have had no issues hearing the speakers at faster speeds.
June 2, 2014
Great for helmet to helmet and more
Bought this set for me and the Mrs. to communicate to each other while riding. This set has the added benefit of built-in FM radio, which I can use if she doesn't want to listen to the audio system on the bike. Battery life is excellent, sound quality is what you would expect from small, thin speakers. Installation was easy.
May 27, 2014
Great product at a great price!
I purchased this mainly so I can communicate with my wife while riding together and for music and phone while I ride alone. I can definitely say it does everything I need great!
I decided on these in part because Sena seems to be a popular company with a good warranty and reputation and because of the features, which seem to be able to be upgraded with firmware updates. From the things I've read about them there are only a few differences besides range between these and the SMH-10 none of which were a big deal to me.
I can't speak for the range on these as for my uses my wife rides with me but might change as I think a friend that I occasionally ride with is thinking about buying a set for him and his wife for the exact same situation I use them for. But it would also let us communicate with each other while riding together.
I do wish the bass response of the speakers was better but it is not a deal breaker for me. It also takes some time to get used to using all the features on these. I would definitely recommend spending some time on the couch with the manual in hand learning how to use this before heading out on the road so not to be distracted trying to figure something out with the different features.
I would buy these again for all the same reasons I intended them for.
We use them with full face helmets but also have half shell helmets and I'm probably going to be getting the earpad kit here on Revilla so we can transfer our units to our other helmets easily.
May 26, 2014
Love this product and the service from Revzilla!
Bought these 2 months ago and just used them for the first time and had problems with my microphone. Called Revzilla and they immediately took care of switching out the product. Got the new product in 2 days. Best service ever!! Will continue to buy from them over and over again. Can't say enough good things about them.
May 26, 2014
There's a few things they could have done better but that's probably in the new version. Great in most aspects
May 26, 2014
Fantastic Product, Easy to Use, Clear Communication
I got this (and a bike :) to go riding with my son and it works very well, and cannot conceive of riding without it now that we use it. It's like having a conversation with someone sitting right next to you. We've done ~15 rides so far and have no complaints at all.
Easy to use, one tap on the knob to talk to him, keep it on for the rest of the ride. Have not ever run out of talk time, and have been riding for over 5 hours total on longest ride..
I have used also it with my iPhone 5 and it is very clear, one tap on the phone button to answer it. While riding 25mph through town, I spoke with a friend on it and he could not tell I was on the bike.
We also really like listening to FM radio when not riding together.
Installation: My son has a Nolan N86 helmet and I have a Bell RS1, both full face, so we got the wired mic version.
The Nolan has a small door on the side of their helmet to mount their com gear and this does not fit the Sena so we drilled two very small holes at base of helmet using the standard bracket without the backing plate, works well.
On my Bell RS1 I used the 3M sticky plastic mount to the side of the helmet. Both approaches work well.
I also upgraded the firmware, the last update improved range and added universal comm for other blue tooth manufacturers (have not used this feature yet).
I cannot tell you how nice it is to know that the product you bought is continually being upgraded and won't be feature obsolete-- Kudos Sena on this great policy!
Pairing: Simple to do, they come paired from the factory, after update I paired again.
- Easy install
- Simple to use (especially in intercom and answering phone)
- Long talk time
- Sena upgrades SW regularly- awesome
- Range is less than advertised, I would say line of sight max of around 700 feet vs 700 meters stated is more like it (not a problem at all as we are always closer than that).
- Little bass response as speakers are small, however, this FM version includes the bigger speakers standard (I expect the smaller ones would be much worse).
- Programming FM stations not trivial, I do this off bike with instructions handy, need to seek and store them individually. Somehow one of the stations I programmed is not there anymore.
Overall, I would rate this 9 out of 10. For the $200 spent for the pair, you cannot buy a better com set, very highly recommended.
If you want more range, the other Sena models have better range and features at a higher cost and larger size.
May 19, 2014