Sena SPH10 Bluetooth Helmetless Headset Intercom
Ok product but poor material quality
While the product functions well for sound, easy of use and controls the weakest part is the headband. The original design band broke shortly after purchase and so did the next one within a month. This was not from hard use but was from normal use and poor quality headband. On the third unit Sena sent the design changed to address the weak band issues but it broke again in the weak spot by the ear pieces within 8 months. Senas warranty wont cover it at this point. Not only my unit but a friends unit as well. Seems Sena made a great idea very poorly. If you use the unit with very delicate hands and use its great for indoor sound and fair for riding uses. the controls are great but if you're a rider dont bother as the quality of sound and materials wont stand up to even light everyday use.
April 28, 2015
What I expected.
The unit is a little expensive but I have bad hearing and the volume goes very loud without distortion. Pairing isn't hard but the first time, or two, it can take a sec. The range is line of sight as with most of the bluetooth communicators. I use my headset for my cell phone when I am in my garage working on stuff and it does very well since there is a lot of noise but the main reason for owning this is intercom on the dirt bikes/snowmobiles.
The battery life is good and has a talk time of many hours.
I gave the headset 4 stars across the board although I haven't had a single problem but the band is known to be a bit delicate.
July 1, 2014
After a short test, this intercom system worked well.
The set up of the Sena SPH10 Bluetooth Headset Intercom was a little complex. However, the manual was well written and easy to understand. After a short test the intercom system worked well. The only possible issue I experienced was a hangup of the voice intercom connection when the units were separated by about 50 feet.
April 28, 2014
Great Choice for a Tandem Bicycle
After trying several wired and wireless setups to use as a rider-to-rider communication system on a tandem bicycle, we tried this system. It accomplished all the things the others didn't: wireless, able to hear clearly - even in a strong headwind, easy to use, and almost magically minimized the breathing noises you hear from your riding partner as you pedal up a steep hill, I suppose success in this application predicts success in motor cycling applications.
One BIG drawback.....the plastic hoop that holds the two ear pieces together are prone to breaking right in the middle, especially when the user spreads the ear pieces apart to put the headset on. We broke one set, and had it replaced under warranty. We are now more careful when putting them on and taking them off, AND we have wrapped the hoop in electrical tape as suggested by a previous reviewer. So far so good. We love this set up and hope to have continued good luck
April 10, 2013
Initial Impression Lacking
A great idea in concept, but lacking in reality. I have a bluetooth set up for my full face helmet and couldn't be happier with it. On those hot days I like to wear a half helmet and this unit looked like it would fit the bill.
Music sound is ok not great and the listening part of a phone call was good. The boom mic pictured with the unit is not what you get in the box. The boom is much shorter and contributes to the problems I experienced. I could not get the mic around in front of my mouth so the call quality was not good.
The other issue was the bulk of the earpieces. They are so large that I had a hard time getting my helmet straps adjusted properly. Annoying, but I got around it.
On the up side it is a bluetooth set up that you can use with a half helmet, The unit is software upgradeable, and it is fairly easy to use.
I'm not giving up on it yet and will reach out to the company about the boom mic and check for any software updates.
September 17, 2012
Very happy with this product, i ride without a windsheild and my friend could hear me just fine on her bike, there is wind noise to put up with but its not that bad. I tested the distence out on a curvy road and got 2 blocks ahead at 65 before it started to break up. Only used the 2way headset to headset so far. The only thing i didnt like was the way they sat on your head, without a fairing or windsheild it felt like they were going to blow off so i used a bandana and that worked great.
August 28, 2012
Easy to use
Make sure your half helmet straps don't cover any part of your ear. The push button for the intercom would push in if I wore the headset under the straps. So make sure the big knob will fit through the straps.
Sound was good. A little more volume would be better for over 70mph.
The plastic seems sturdy. I don't think they will break easy.
They are very easy to use. Large knob makes it easy to change volume. Push button intercom works well. Syncing is easy as well.
Like these a lot.
August 25, 2012
Great device, lousy headband
The device works great electronically, but the headband is made out of glass. A suggestion would be to wrap electrical tape around it when you get it before it breaks. One of mine broke and the other one I ran several layers of black electrical tape around and it seems to be holding up.
I use it with an iPhone and a Zumo 220 GPS. It syncs up perfectly and works great.
August 6, 2012