Sena 10U Bluetooth Headset For Arai Full Face Helmets
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  • Sena 10U Bluetooth Headset For Arai Full Face Helmets
  • Sena 10U Bluetooth Headset For Arai Full Face Helmets
  • Sena 10U Bluetooth Headset For Arai Full Face Helmets
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$299.00
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Sena 10U Bluetooth Headset For Arai Full Face Helmets

With Bluetooth 4.1 technology, the 10U is a unibody communicator that fits into the helmet ear pockets allowing for easy and versatile use. The Sena 10U features four-way intercom communication up to 1 mile in open terrain with Universal Intercom and Group Intercom technology, as well as intuitive voice prompts and voice commands. Through the use of innovative technology the 10U offers safe and easy operation with an included wireless remote control as well as a two-button control pad for emergency control. Additional key features include music sharing, built-in FM radio tuner, Advanced Noise Control, external wired antenna for in-helmet with installation, up to 10 hours talk time, and an exclusive smartphone app for iPhone and Android all while being firmware upgradeable.

Features:

  • Bluetooth 4.1 technology
  • Unibody design is built specifically for your helmet and fits into the helmet ear pockets
  • Includes a wireless remote control as well as a two-button control pad
  • Four-way intercom communication up to 1 mile in open terrain
  • Universal Intercom to communicate with other brand headsets
  • Group Intercom
  • Voice prompts
  • Music sharing between rider and passenger
  • Built-in FM radio tuner
  • Up to 10 hours talk time
  • Firmware upgradeable
  • Smartphone app for iPhone and Android
  • Does not fit the XD-4 Helmet

Specifications:

  • Talk time: 10 hours
  • Dimensions (main module)
    • Microphone with control unit: 77 mm x 68 mm x 58 mm (3.0 in x 2.7 in x 2.3 in)

Bluetooth:

  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Profile: Headset Profile, Hands-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)

Intercom:

  • Working distance (intercom): up to 1.6 kilometers (1.0 mile) in open terrain

Audio:

  • Built-in SBC Codec
    • Advanced Noise Control
    • Wide volume control
    • Sample rate: 48kHz (DAC)
  • Built-in wide band Codec (HFP)
    • Sample rate: max 16 kHz

FM Radio:

  • Built-in FM radio with RDS AF (Radio Data System Alternate Frequencies)
  • Radio region: worldwide
  • Radio frequency specifications: 64 ~ 108MHz
  • 10 preset station memory with automatic scan function
  • Radio on time: 8 ~ 10 hours

Battery:

  • Charging time: 3 hours
  • Type: Lithium polymer battery

Certificates: CE, FCC, IC

In The Box:

  • 10U Headset
  • Handlebar Remote
  • Foam Speaker Snap Holders
  • Handlebar Rubber Band
  • USB Power and Data Cable (Micro USB Type)

Note: Contrary to video review annotation, the Sena 10U Bluetooth Headset For Arai Full Face Helmets includes a handlebar remote.

10U-AR-01

3.3 / 5
Bang For The Buck
3.4 / 5
Features
3.3 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
3.2 / 5
Sound Clarity
3.1 / 5
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3.3 / 5.0
12 Reviews
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Bang For The Buck
3.4 / 5
Features
3.3 / 5
Style
5.0 / 5
Ease Of Install
3.2 / 5
Sound Clarity
3.1 / 5
Durability
3.9 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
3 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Great integration, less than great sound
So I picked this up for my new Arai Defiant helmet, as I loved the theory of having it fully up and in the helmet, with no big device hanging off the side.

Install was fairly easy, and the lads (lasses) over at Sena did their job, it fits in there perfectly, and you can barley notice the volume control on the side of my helmet. It also comes with the handlebar remote...which for me, takes up too much of my grip, so I tend not to use it, thus losing functionality.

I should call out, I also have a Sena 20s for my Shoei helmet. I'll say this, there's no comparison for sound quality and overall fullness. If enjoying your music is key, buy the 20s. Also, with the jog dial it's just easier to control.

I would still reco the 10u to people, but under the assumption that intercom is important, and looks and aesthetic are more important (and less drag obviously)

Both units are incredibly well made, just depends on what's important to you.
February 20, 2016
Ride:
2015 Ducati Monster 821
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Ease Of Install
3 / 5
Sound Clarity
3 / 5
Durability
3 / 5
Sleek look but comprimised ease-of-use
Sena’s products seem to fall into two categories: full-featured and bulky (20S) or bare-bones but sleek (10R). The Sena 10U falls into the latter category. In this case it was designed specifically for Arai helmets and other than a thin on-off/volume switch on the side, you would hardly know the helmet was equipped with a Bluetooth communicator.

Everything attaches to the battery which fits in the space behind your neck between the neckroll and the liner: two built-in speakers that attach to the cheekpads (under the removable cheekpad covers), a microphone, two antennas, and an on-off/volume switch. Ideally you will have an Arai helmet with a removable neckroll otherwise you’ll have to partially remove (and reattach) a portion of it to fit the on-off/volume switch, which on the Arai version attached so the outside of the helmet. You will also need to remove the cheekpads and headliner to complete the install.

Included with the 10U is the Sena handlebar remote which clamps to your left grip allowing control of the unit with your left thumb and index finger. The headset can be used to listen to music and answer calls without the remote, though access to the phone is needed to skip tracks. You can theoretically use the on-off/volume switch to activate speed dialing (press ‘-‘ for five seconds) or voice dialing (press ‘+’ for three seconds), but that’s a lot to remember if you’re not a frequent user.

The handlebar remote control performs the same functions as the on-off/volume switch. In addition it’s used to activate intercom calls, skip tracks, and tune the built-in FM radio. Depending on how much you need to squeeze your clutch lever to disengage the transmission, the remote could partially block your lever, preventing the transmission from fully disengaging.

Other than the round joystick/button, the functions of the other buttons are not obvious. To perform functions, the buttons require a various amount of tapping, double-tapping, and tapping + holding for differing amounts of time. This makes for a clunky interface. Hopefully you have a good memory. The remote does not permanently attach to your bike and must be removed periodically to charge the built-in battery. This also means it could get stolen if you forget to take it with you.

The sound quality is acceptable for most music. It does get quite loud. Tip: If your smartphone music app allows you to limit the maximum playback volume, use it to prevent your eardrums from being blown out. I don’t think the quality is that great for voice though to be fair, I haven’t used it a lot for voice.

All-in-all if you’re worried a bulky Bluetooth communicator will make you look like a dork and you’re looking for a low profile system to listen to music playlists and receiving the occasional phone call, this is a great solution. I use it every day for that purpose during my commute. If you want access to more features and don’t want to be dependent on the remote, there are probably better options in the Sena family.
February 16, 2016
Ride:
2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200S
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
3 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Perfect if you want the stealth look
I am a fan of Sena products ever since the SMH10 came out and have a number of helmets with SMH10, a 20S and now the 10u so I can provide some comparison on how the 10u fares against its cheaper and more expensive alternatives.

Compared to the SMH10 it has better features such as the remote control, better noise cancellation, range, standby time, etc and of course is nearly completely hidden and looks great in my matt black arai.

Compared to the the 20s, it's not so good for touring in groups as it cannot take part in larger group intercoms (4+), it doesn't have the really cool blended audio capability (ability to listen to music at the same time as being in an intercom) but otherwise has the same feature set as its running the V4.1 bluetooth OS.

Another negative is that is doesn't support earbuds.

I've seen some review of people complaining about the remote but I think it's great to use and it very handy if you have multiple sena units and it can be paired to multiple intercoms so you only need to buy one, only negative is that you need to re pair the intercom each time you switch helmets.

Overall I am impressed with the 10u and would buy another if it had the following features;

Option for better quality speakers (20s)
Support for multiple audio sources (see above)
Support for other helmets such as the Shoei RF1200
Support for earbuds
May 4, 2016
Ride:
2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
2 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Sena 10U w/ 2006 Arai Profile (Aoyama) Helmet
The Sena 10U's ease of use is really nice. However, the installation wasn't as smooth as the directions would have me initially believe. I have a 2006 Arai Profile helmet and I believe that the Sena 10U is designed to be installed in more recent versions of the Arai helmet lineup. It all boiled down to problems I had installing the battery and the placement/functionality of the "snap holders". The interior design of the helmet and the "snap holders" did not match. I've since looked at the interior design of late-model versions of Arai helmets and realized that the interior design has changed a bit, allowing for easier installation of the Sena 10U. I use 30dB reduction earplugs to preserve my hearing, because I'm in the Navy and fly for a living, and use the Sena 10U paired with an iPhone 5s. That being said, the speakers/iPhone pairing aren't "great" for hearing directions/music/phone calls when traveling at high speeds. I'm hoping that a future version of the Sena 10U will include speakers similar to the ones that come with the Sena 20S. in the end, though, the 10U isn't bad at all - and I would definitely recommend it. However, I need to purchase a new(er) helmet - maybe something that helps reduce more of the wind noise than the one I currently have. I love Arai helmets, though. So, there's no switching to another helmet manufacturer.
February 23, 2016
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
2 / 5
Good, not great
I bought the Arai version which fits perfectly. If I could change the design it would be more of a rocker switch for the helmet. The two pads are difficult to feel especially wearing my new
REV'IT! Sirius H2O Gloves (which are awesome). With forward and back rocker switch, changing the volume would be much easier. It could have a 3rd detent for on and off. The speakers are adequate. It's hard to listen to talk radio for clarity and volume reasons, but they are good enough for music.
March 25, 2016
Ride:
2008 Kawasaki ZG1400 Concours
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
2 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Not designed for the XD4 helmet, but...
I purchased the Sena 10u for use in an Arai XD4 helmet. I contacted Sena before purchasing and they weren't aware that Arai made a helmet called the XD4. In fact, I'm not sure the customer service rep I spoke with was aware Arai made helmets!

Anyway, I was able to install the 10u in the XD4 by switching the left and right plastic pieces which restrain the main unit, and then forcing them between the neck roll and outer shell. Because the neck roll in this helmet is not removable forcing the retaining pieces into the helmet cut the glue or styrofoam. And the restraining pieces do not lie exactly flush with the neck roll, see the picture, although I think with a little more work I can get them to. The rest of the installation is pretty straight forward. Once installed I can feel the main unit on my neck as I put the helmet on but I don't notice it while riding. If I am forward on the bike in an aggressive offroad stance and tip my head up I am pretty sure it is resting against my neck. But as I'm not 100% sure so I guess it's nothing to complain about.

I've used the unit one weekend of offroad riding on a KTM 500EXC so far. I rated the ease of use as "not stellar" which may be unfair. I don't want to use the remote and I know there is only so much you can do with the 2 volume buttons. The KTM is quite loud and the Arai XD4 has much more airflow than a typical road helmet so the sound and volume is more challenging, but the 10u sounded pretty good and was loud enough to hear almost always. My friend commented that he couldn't hear my bike and could understand me fine, so apparently the noise cancellation is excellent. Also the FM reception was surprisingly good, on par with the reception in my car. We rode for about 8 hours and the battery was still going.

Bottom line - Sena could improve their understanding of exactly which helmets these things fit in. But I was able to get it installed in the XD4. The remote seems pretty cool but not something I want to use on an offroad bike. And the unit works quite well. If I had it to do again I would still buy the 10u.
March 15, 2016
Ride:
2015 KTM 500 EXC
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
3 / 5
Great idea, ho-hum execution...
I initially had the 10u installed in an Arai XD4, which was most likely not one of the helmets Sena had in mind when they made it. It will still install, it's just a little iffy how the two rings at the rear base of the helmet hold the unit in place. It never budged in the two months I had it there, so I wouldn't hesitate to mount it again if need be.
I recently bought a Corsair X for touring use, and that helmet is a perfect match for the 10u, installation wise.
As far as the 10u goes, the sound is much better than my old G9X, and it doesn't seem to have the playback issues the G9X had with the BMW NavV, although I do get intermittent interference during navigation prompts, most likely due to Bluetooth updates going from the phone to the NavV.
The install is very stealth, the only thing giving away the fact that the helmet has comms is the volume button on the left side.
The one HUGE let down, however, is the remote. While it looks cool, in use it is...well, a huge pile of s#*t. Who ever designed and cleared this garbage for production, should summarily be shot. It's that bad.
First off, the battery lasts a week, even when turned off in between rides. Not the several months claimed by Sena.
The buttons are tiny, and provide little to no feedback through motorcycle gloves.
The LED status light is barely visible in daylight.
It randomly tells me "remote disconnected - remote connected - remote disconnected". And then randomly works or doesn't work.
And worst of all, the various button combinations are impossible to learn unless you make it your life's work to memorize them all. Like I said: great idea, ho-hum execution.

A side note for BMW GS owners with the wonderwheel: If you mount the remote on the left handlebar, you wont be able to pull the clutch in all the way. The bike will still shift, but I don't like that fact that it may not be completely disengaging. Also, it takes up so much room on the bar, that in conjunction with the wonderwheel, the reach to the LH switchgear is dangerously far. Because of this I mount the remote in the center of the bars. It may be further away, but heck, I reach out to the NavV all the time, so not big deal.

So in summary, I like the comms unit and how well it's hidden in the helmet, but I HATE the remote - it's JUNK.
So if you want stealth, it can't be beat, just understand that it comes with the most idiotic remote in the history of remotes.
February 27, 2016
Ride:
2014 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Bang For The Buck
1 / 5
Features
1 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
3 / 5
Sound Clarity
1 / 5
If you use Apple no firmware or support
Was initially very happy to find this product. But when I went to do firmware updates their software for Mac computers does not work. When I contacted tech support I eventually got them to admit that it hardly ever works. It has literally been years and there's no support their app doesn't even work. Their advice to me was to get a PC just so I could update their product. If you have a Mac don't buy.
March 22, 2017
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
3 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Works great, could be better.
I put the 10U in my older Arai Profile, I knew going in that it isn't supposed to work with older platforms however the only real issue was the loops at the back. They are not even close to lining up, however, the neck roll holds the unit in place just fine and I have had zero issues with the placement. My single complaint is the audio quality is lacking bass, bad. They speakers have zero mid to low range sound at all, if they can come up with a way to fit better speakers it will be flawless. The unit looks fantastic as you hardly know its there at all, not some huge piece of plastic hanging off your $600+ helmet. Overall I really love the ease of install, the look and the quality of the unit, I just wish the speakers were better. If you want a sleek looking comm setup with acceptable speakers for music this is for you, if you want hifi audio then look elsewhere.
July 29, 2016
Ride:
2011 BMW S1000RR
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
3 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Great for connecting to phone but a non-starter for connecting to Triumph Trophy radio.
The Sena headset worked perfectly for a long trip I recently took across the Adirondacks, the Green Mountains, and the White Mountains, getting directions in my ear from my phone's Googlemaps app. The battery life was superb, and the audio was clear.
On the downside, I could never get the headset to work properly with my Triumph Trophy's radio. All I was able to hear after pairing the headset to the bike were three-second bursts of audio separated by longer periods of silence. Sena customer service was prompt in giving me suggestions for correcting the problem, but the suggestions were never successful.
July 12, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
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