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Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset

The SMH5 is a Bluetooth v3.0 Stereo Headset with Bluetooth Intercom designed specifically for motorcycles. With the SMH5, you can call hands-free on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigation by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have two-way intercom conversations in full duplex with a passenger or another motorcycle rider.

Thanks to the latest Bluetooth v3.0 and the advanced digital processing technology, the SMH5 offers the best sound quality for both incoming and outgoing sound in its class. Also, the easy-to-access and intuitive button operations make the SMH5 a perfect companion for motorcycles.

General Features:

  • Universal Intercom: Allows allows pairing to another brands of Bluetooth headsets
  • Bluetooth Specification v3.0 
  • Bluetooth Intercom up to 400 meters (437 yards) (in open terrain)
  • Multi-Pair Bluetooth intercom 
  • Bluetooth stereo headset by A2DP 
  • Bluetooth music playback control by AVRCP: play, pause, track forward and track back
  • Easy operation by versatile Jog Dial 
  • Sufficient sound level with integrated audio booster 
  • Bluetooth hands-free for Bluetooth mobile phones
  • Bluetooth headset or stereo headset for Bluetooth 
  • Includes SMH5 Upgraded Speakers With Locking-Type Connector
  • GPS navigation
  • Water resistant for use in inclement weather 
  • Crystal clear and natural sound quality 
  • Up to 8 hours talk time, 7 days stand-by time 
  • Can be used while charging on road trips 
  • Individual volume control for each audio source 
  • CE, FCC, TELEC and IC Certified
  • Firmware Upgradeable 
  • Peace of mind - thanks to the 2-year warranty

Specifications:

  • Talk time: 8 hours
  • Standby time: 7 days
  • Working distance (Intercom): up to 700 meters (760 yards) in open terrain
  • Operating temperature: -10°C ~ 55°
  • Headset Dimensions: 69.9 mm x 45.0 mm x 30.6 mm
  • Clamp unit Dimensions: 49.2 mm x 38.9 mm x 22.1 mm

Bluetooth Specifications:

  • Profiles: Headset Profile, Hand-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
  • Bluetooth v3.0

Audio Specifications:

  • Advanced Noise Control: Improved wind and engine noise reduction
  • Sidetone: Now you can hear yourself talk similar to a Goldwing or Harley Davidson intercom
  • Built-in SBC Codec
  • Noise cancellation
  • Wind noise reduction
  • Wide volume control
  • Sample rate: 48kHz (DAC)

Battery Specifications:

  • Lithium polymer battery
  • Charging time: 2.5 hours

Package Contents:

  • Communication unit
  • Clamp mount
  • Surface mount
  • Boom microphone
  • USB power cable
  • Microphone sponge
  • VELCRO® brand closures pads for speakers
  • VELCRO® brand closures pad for boom mic
  • Hex key
  • Spacer

Please Note: Some of the above features require updating to the latest firmware version. The firmware is a free download from Sena Technologies.

SMH5-01

Bang For The Buck
4.6 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.5 / 5
Sound Clarity
3.9 / 5
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset 818723 SMH5-01 Out of Stock

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4.6 / 5
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4 / 5
one guy's review
Gear used:<br>Sena SMH5 with boom mic, model number SMH5-01<br>HJC SyMax helmet, size XL<br>Samsung Note 3 and S4<br><br>Hi there!<br><br>I know little to nothing about these things: smartphones, bluetooth, and helmet comms so I suppose this is a review from a relic.<br>After using earbuds plugged into an audio source, then putting earbuds in, putting helmet on, and if the earbuds don't get knocked loose/pulled out, stowing away the wire and trying to keep the volume control accessible enough to blindly fumble at it later seemed like a giant pain in the butt.<br>It was a pain in the butt just reading that mess, wasn't it? Since bluetooth stereo earbuds are $50-$100 already, I thought I would try this.<br><br>I called revzilla since I had never tried a helmet system before, and the gentleman I spoke to was very patient, even with my stupid questions like "it talks to my phone, right?". he even advised me that since he had never tried it in a Symax, if I didn't feel that it would fit, I shouldn't buy it. I like that kind of honesty, where they would rather have lost a sale on one item than have a disappointed customer. Well, feeling daring I bought it anyway, if I goof it's on me.<br><br>next day it showed up, and took a whopping 5 minutes to install, after which I read the installation guide. it was that easy. In my case, I could run the right speaker wire across the top, under the mesh lining in the helmet. Later I tried running it behind the neckpad as they suggest just to see if that presented any problems, that worked fine as well.<br>Installation is simply a breeze. Wires are long enough to reach where you want to go no matter how you route it, and everything left over fits neatly under the left cheekpad with the boom mic holder. The clamp is very solid, put your helmet on, pick a comfortable spot on the left to mount it where you can easily reach it with your hand, and tighten it down with the supplied allen wrench. It mounts on the helmet closer than a teenage couple at the mall, no giant unsightly gap. clip the main unit in place, and plug in the wire harness. It takes longer to describe it than do it. Both the clamp to helmet and main unit to clamp connections are very very solid, and the wire harness plug has a pretty decent retaining clip that holds the plug in place with a little pressure to help seal the plug<br><br>The main unit has a light rubber texture like some water resistant phones or phone cases. if you want thin shiny plastic that creaks, buy one of the no-name units on ebay from china.<br>The buttons have a tactile click, even when wearing gloves, and the jog feature works accurately. Of course money has to be saved somewhere, and it is on the parts that go inside the helmet. For instance the connector for the mic to plug in with the speakers looks like it would be more at home indoors and may die horribly if it was dumped in water or stepped on. The good news is after installation it's protected between the helmet and the cheekpad. The bad news is, you can't toss your helmet into a lake. Well you could, but you'd have a very wet head going home. The bits exposed to the elements seem to be very sturdy and immune to rain.<br><br>Sound is pretty good considering all factors. The SMH5 now comes with the speakers from the SMH5FM and the SMH10. I have no firsthand experience with the smaller original SMH5 speakers, however common sense will tell you that with tiny speakers, a small increase in size will make a large improvement. Nonetheless speaker adjustment is most definitely the key to getting the most out of this system. experimenting with speaker placement, even just a little, can lead to wildly different results. I tried removing the velcro'd earpads in the helmet, mounting the speakers to the shell directly, but that allowed too much road noise, and the Symax is already too noisy. Placing the speakers under the pads returned what little quiet the helmet has and took off some harshness of the sound. It does however drop the audio volume a little, so you have to turn it up, getting the harshness back a bit at higher speeds, 70-80 mph. what I decided on was sticking the speakers on top of the pad. it brings the speaker closer, but without touching your ear/head at all either wearing the helmet or taking it off/putting it on. Having them closer also allows a lower volume and therefore better sound<br>Moving the speaker placement just a little left/right up/down changes things dramatically. Don't be disappointed when you take your best guess at placement and it sounds weak or awful. move the speakers around. With the helmet on, buckled, ready to ride, take a dry erase marker and mark on the outside of the helmet where you think your ear cavity is. take the helmet off and use that as a starting position. if you get it right on the first try you are one lucky bugger and I resent you. hah! so, for the rest of us mortals, move the speakers around, even a little change in location, a few mm, makes a difference. find what works best for you.<br>Adjusting the boom mic is faster, place the mic at the 12 o'clock in front of your lips, almost if not touching, hold it there and bend the end with the holder to the left side. stick it in place under the cheekpad, put the extra wire length for the speakers and connector in there with it, snap the left cheekpad back on, done.<br>The mic is designed to be as close to your lips as possible to help pick up only your voice and make it's job of filtering out ambient noise easier. You will not sound like you're eating the mic or yelling on the other end of a call, even though it seems like you would with the mic that close. noise cancelling does work on this product, so does the auto-volume adjust stuff. both are pretty transparent, nobody<br>has known I was on my bike calling so far, and my bike is anything but quiet. The automatic volume adjust with road/wind noise is almost seamless, it's unnoticeable until you suddenly close the throttle after cruising and there's a split second before the volume turns itself down.<br><br>Intercom I have not tried because I don't know anyone with one. for what it's worth, in the box is literature that says the SMH5 can now communicate with other brands after the firmware update. The firmware update is simple as well, the website will guide you through few clicks on the computer and done<br><br>Ease of use, well, all I did was turn on the SMH5, select it on the phone's screen, and bam it was done.<br>Controls! a bit confusing at first if you haven't used this sort of device before, probably around ride #2 I had it down instinctively. Phone button is a bit misnamed, it's more accurately your general "hey phone, wake up I have something for you to do" button. Push it, say "call xxxx" or "play music", whatever you would normally say when using your phone's voice command and it does your bidding. I've even sent/recieved texts while riding. Jog control for moving between tracks and volume control are both easily controlled manually with the jog wheel/button, and I find that easier than waking up the phone with voice command every time I want to change it.<br>spin turn it to change volume, press and turn it to move between tracks. I've tried the SMH5 with Samsung's Note 3 and S4. I'm assuming most if not all "droid" phones would work the same. Sorry, I have no apple products.<br><br>what I would change:<br>1: add a 3.5mm input on the harness for people who have earbuds that work well under the helmet already. personally I prefer the speakers for simplicity, especially taking the helmet on/off, but the option would be nice.<br>2: I'd pay the $22.50 for the FM model. Sure most FM radio stations pretty much sucks these days, but where else are you going to find a FM radio that fits in your existing system for 20 bucks. I didn't think that one through.<br><br>I'm taking one star off for ease of use because I'm a guy who loves manuals on paper, but I have to admit putting it online must be a lot cheaper than printing thousands of manuals, and I'll take the savings.<br><br>Taking one star for sound, because while my helmet is noisy, it also turned out to have room for a deeper speaker and better sound all other factors being the same. Your helmet may not. Speakers measure 1.68" in diameter (including molded nipple for the wire) and 0.29" deep.<br><br>Taking one star off durability simply because I've only had it a few days. It seems very sturdy, but only time gives a solid 100% answer.<br><br>and lastly, I wish I could give it MORE stars in Bang for the Buck<br><br>Overall, I'm a happy camper. It not only delivered what I expected, but more. I'd recommend this to anyone getting a first comm system, or anyone replacing a unit that's getting a bit long in the tooth. It's not often you find something at a bargain price that actually works as you hoped, and better. Is it perfect, no. You'll never mistake this for your home theater dolby surround 5.1, 1000 watt twin turbo flame breathing system at home. But I would hate to see what a comm system that completely eliminates road and wind noise costs. If you're content with listening to the radio in your dad's old pick-up truck like when you were a kid, it's for you. That's about where the sound quality is at, and that's enough for me.<br>I'd upload some pictures, but the website isn't accepting any right now.<br><br>Hope this helps, have fun and keep the shiny side up!
April 4, 2014
Ride:
2004 Honda VTX1300S
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Great low budget option;
I picked up the SMH5 after trying save money with the *real* budget bluetooth headsets that are just a waste of time and money, and I am mostly happy with it.<br><br>Installation in my Shoei RF-1100 was pretty straightforward. The main device attached securely and easily with the screw-on clip. Wiring to it is a little screwy, as it comes around the bottom of the helmet. This is due to the way the pads in the helmet don't really have a good path for the wires -- a fault of the helmet and not the Sena. Installation of the speakers was easy enough, but getting them in the right spot is tricky and I can't get them in the optimal spot over my ears. Again, this is a helmet problem and not the Sena's. I need the speakers to be a bit further back to align with my ears better. OK so maybe it's my ears that are misaligned. grumble...<br><br>I purchased the wired mic separately and it was easy, though *after* rides, even in the cool indoors, the mic will fall off the velcro attachment. I will need new sticky for that.<br><br>As many others have said, here's the lowdown on the audio quality. Others can hear me perfectly, even at high speeds. For me, that's 70-75 MPH on a 2014 Honda NC700X with a Madstad windscreen.<br><br>Speaker quality is so-so. There is NO BASS, and the high frequencies are clear, but too loud. The sibilance is extremely loud and sometimes ear-piercing. Listening to music is below mediocre; podcasts/books/speech is OK but not wonderful.<br><br>I use the "Universal Intercom" with my son's Bilt bluetooth helmet. This works pretty well overall, though the volume is not always loud enough. This is unusual, as the volume tends to be strong enough, and the speakers never distort. Perhaps the cause is on the Bilt side. (I'm aware Bilt is not a premium brand.)<br><br>Battery life is OK for listening to audio, but is very short for two-way communication -- phone or (especially) Universal Intercom. The latter is a clever solution, with the SMH5 acting as a device that any other hands-free device can pair with. Since you can plug in the device to USB and have it charge while you use it, the short battery life is not a deal killer. Still, if you do not have a USB source or otherwise need a longer battery life, this is not the device for you. Maybe the SMH10 or 20 is the one to consider.
September 29, 2014
Ride:
2014 Honda NC700X
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Sena SMH5
This is my first ever Bluetooth helmet setup. I was saving my pennies for a SMH10 after doing hours of research. When Sena announced the SMH5 for a bit over $100, I jumped immediately. The lack of reviews due to the fact it was so new, worried me some. I soon put those worries to rest!<br><br>I ride a Honda CBR600RR almost 65 miles daily to work and back. Mostly interstate at speeds from 60-80mph (yes, super sport!). It was irritating to feel my phone vibrating in my pocket and having to stop to see who might be calling. I also listen to daily podcasts, my car is nice for that, but in the summer I had to put my podcasts on the back burner while riding missing information and entertainment.<br><br>I bought the Sena SMH5 a few weeks ago. Installed it on my Scorpion EXO750. Installation instructions that came with the unit were not exactly clear and assume you know everything about how the unit mounts to the helmet. Little did I know, the actual detailed instructions are online, I found this out AFTER I installed it. However, messing it up is rather difficult. I paired it to my Samsung Galaxy S2, which was as simple as paring any device.<br><br>The first thing I did was go for a ride while talking to my wife on the phone, to test it. I accelerated to 70mph on the freeway and the call got dropped rather quickly. She could not hear me over the wind and I could not hear her at all. I contacted Sena about this and they instructed me to update the firmware. After going to v1.1, I tested it again, this time all the way to work. Never dropped the call. With my head up in the wind I could hear her just fine. I didnt even have the volume cranked. She could hear some wind, but not enough to be annoying or overbearing. My podcasts are clear and crisp and I enjoy listening to them as I cruse down the road. The battery life is AMAZING! I only need to charge it once a week! The controls are a bit touchy, as in, wearing gloves when adjusting the volume, I might accidently fast forward or rewind due to pushing the dial while turning it. Other than that... flawless!<br><br>About Revzilla: Lowest price I could find. Free fast shipping with tracking via UPS, and $5 onsite cash. Not bad! I will do my first looking at revzilla from now on.<br><br>I could not be happier with this product. I plan on convincing my riding buddies to invest in them and then I will say something about the intercom feature. If I recommend this product to my buddies, I would recommend it to anyone.
May 15, 2012
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Perfect for what most will need
This thing installs easy, links up to my Bluetooth source easily, sounds fine for what I need it for (communications and GPS turn by turn directions).<br><br>Basically it does exactly what I need. Music sounds fine as long as you aren't looking for ultra high quality audio (in which case you should be buying the SMH10) but for most of us it is fine.<br><br>Obviously it has a few built in limits like talking to only one other person at a time, range and battery life ... But, the battery does last for hours so for most rides for most people, it fills the bill.<br><br>It should suffice fine for most situations. If the bulk of your use is 8-10 hour days with a group than the SMH10 is more appropriate (if not required) ... But for me (And I am a lot like many people), I rode under 8 hours 99% of the time and I seldom (if ever) have the need to talk to more than one other person.<br><br>For this application it is perfect. Especially for the GPS turn by turn. It is crystal clear, more than loud enough and doesn't skip a beat ...<br><br>If you're like me, you will not be disappointed.
July 2, 2012
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Perfect Introduction to Sena
This is a great entry level product in the Sena family - it sacrifices very little to bring the basic Sena feature set to a much more affordable price range.<br><br>Sound and mic quality are amazing, even at freeway speeds, but they take a slight dip compared to other Sena models. The full face mic is strongly recommended, so make sure to add that to your order as needed.<br><br>If you need a basic solution to pair with for music, GPS and phone calls, this is a fantastic choice.
August 7, 2014
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
AWESOME!
The SMH5 is GREAT so far! Very easy to install, looks and seems to function great. Volume is better than I thought it would be. bluetooth link/intercom works flawless!<br>The only slight drawback is with just 2 buttons, there is a learing curve to figure out what to push and for how long to hold, there are MANY functions, but I'm sure that will come with time.<br>Overall I could not be more happy!<br>AND... Revzilla had the best price of anywhere I could find!!!<br>Photo is of the MHS5 installed on my AFX MAGNUS
March 22, 2012
Ride:
2004 Suzuki VL800 Intruder Volusia
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
3 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
3 / 5
Works well for my purposes
Important to note that I am primarily a commuter and don't often ride with others. So the helmet to helmet communication isn't very important to me. If you need that you should go with the 10.<br><br>The music sounds great, it is PLENTY loud (if it isn't it's probably your helmet not the Sena), readily syncs up with an iPhone. Call volume was good and I could understand the other person. No small task bc my hearing is not great. That takes care of what I need it for so I'm pretty happy with it.
March 30, 2015
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
3 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Great value-even better with a replaceable battery
Owned these a year and they are super easy to use and pair up. Best unit I've tried out of UClean, Cardo and one other I can't remember. Only gripe was after about a year the charge would not hold after 4 hours....these things are worth it. Now a quick google search and I find some replacement batteries with 50% more capacity, a pair for under 10 bucks shipped. They just work great for bike to bike comms, talking on the phone and listening to music. I now wear my Shoei to mow the lawn as I get face protection and a way to listen to music when I mow the lawn. Get a pair. If you don't like them Reveilla will take them back. Love buying from them<br><br>To change the battery use a T7 torque screwdriver and open the unit.<br>Take real good care to gently pry out the old battery and snap in a new one<br>bingo your done.
November 4, 2015
Ride:
2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
3 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Great bluetooth
Great bluetooth i got one for both of my helmets. does get alittle choppy or hard to hear on the freeway but overall good product
October 18, 2012
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
3 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
On The Road Again
Definitely a must have product if you are on the road as much as I am! Functionality could use a bit o work, particularly the voice activation. But I love the availability & cost of replacement pieces, and as usually Revzilla totally takes the prize as far as price!<br><br>Don't hold back if you ride in teams, go on long trips or for business!
April 29, 2013
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