Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset Wired Mic - Dual Pack
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
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