Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset - Universal Mic
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Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset - Universal Mic

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 other motorcycle riders.

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 (430 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
  • Includes both wired and boom microphones
  • 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 400 meters (430 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
  • Wired 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-UNIV

4.5 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.8 / 5
Features
3.8 / 5
Style
4.3 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.6 / 5
Sound Clarity
4.2 / 5
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
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4.5 / 5.0
12 Reviews
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Bang For The Buck
4.8 / 5
Features
3.8 / 5
Style
4.3 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.6 / 5
Sound Clarity
4.2 / 5
Durability
4.0 / 5
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Sena SMH5 helmet bluetooth comms system
Helmet - LS2 Strobe Modular w/ integrated sunscreen, purchased here at RevZilla

My helmet has a built-in sunscreen with a control slider on the bottom edge of the left side, I had wanted to use the clamp system (supplied) for the SMH5 main unit mount, but because of this slider, I went with the included stick-on mount instead (for now).
Cable length for the speakers and mic were plenty long enough, but my helmet has a spring-steel mounted padded neck roll, so I ended up having to punch a small hole thru the leather of the neck roll to get the wiring inside the helmet. It looks good, so I'm happy.
I took the SMH5 out of the box, played with it, hooked it up to my PC, and downloaded the latest firmware from Sena, really easy process. AFter doing factory reset of the unit after updating it, it connected via Bluetooth to my Android phone on the first try! Hurrah!
As a lifelong musician, I know that the most life-like bass is provided by large speakers - 18" woofers are best, so I knew going in that the bass would be weak - but I have an EQ app on my phone, and made a preset EQ setting to crank me up some bass.
While riding both city and highway, the sound was good, even though the volume faded a bit at hiway speeds - most of that I attributed to wind noise in this helmet. At max volume, the speakers just reached the edge of distortion. I wish it had more volume, but as an electrical engineer, and knowing how small the speakers are, I know there's a limit on this (both available power in the unit, and the specs of the speakers), so I'm ok with it.
Before riding, I walked around my yard and out to the street wearing the helmet while my phone was on my coffee table, and it never once lost comms, and sounded great.
The package included both a boom mic and a wired mic, but because my helmet face flips up, I didn't want to use the wired mic, with half it's cable hanging with the face up, so I used the boom mic, and got it placed perfectly.
I called a buddy on my Android phone, and he never knew I was talking thru my helmet system, he thought I was just talking out my *ss as normal - LOL.
People have asked how many riders can be paired with this intercom system - per the manual, you (the rider) plus 3 friends, total of 4 people.So if you rode 2 up, and a friend also rode 2 up, all 4 of you can chat while riding.
See my photos above for some install pix, and how it looks.
August 2, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Ride:
2001 Yamaha XVS650A V Star Classic
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Features
3 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Perfect Budget Comms
I ordered this headpiece to cover me until I could move up to the Sena 10C Evo in the spring. I am a brand new rider and didn't realize just how important it would be to hear my GPS directions or take that call from my wife when she is wondering where I have run off to. This does the job perfectly.

I am super impressed with how easy setup and navigation is with this little device. I made a few calls without telling anyone where I was calling from and not a single person knew. It must be super clear and quiet because my friends would certainly say something if anything was amiss. For less than $100 you can finally be in the communications market.

I wish this had been my first purchase.
December 23, 2016
Purchased
8 months ago
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Works great with Iphone6
I have this system on my HJC IS-33 and Fulmer AF62B helmet, no problems mounting them.

Using it for phone calls, I have yet to talk to someone who could tell I was on a motorcycle. I can hear them clearly as well.

The controls are simple however, sometimes when I turn my head I will accidentally pressing the round button activating my intercom.

The only issue is that sometimes I have to stain to hear some podcasts, though that might be more of a podcast issue than a speaker issue.
August 8, 2016
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Features
3 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
A solid purchase for the price!
I got the Sena 20s at the same time as this and installed them on separate helmets. The installation process was fairly straightforward for both products. In contrasting the two, this unit is actually more aesthetically pleasing to me than the 20s. The mic works very well, and the sound quality is very similar to the more high-end 20s. It is missing a few features that the 20s has, but I would say that if the 20s isn't in your price range, this is a very solidly built and functional unit.
February 22, 2017
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Buy it!
His device was talked down a lot. I dont regret buying it at all. Its a fantastic device i spent 20 min installing it. On my evo 1000 helmet. The features are easy to use. Now music sounds great. Talking on the phone is stupid clear. Light wind noise on other peaples phones. But iv had to turn the volume down cause it will hurt your ears. For the money its the best. Charge time is great. Easy to use. Pick it up and dont look back. Iv already got a few buddys buying it as well.
March 1, 2017
Purchased
6 months ago
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
4 / 5
Buy It
You wont find anything better at this price. Great for Navigation, phone calls & intercom. good but not great for music. ive had no issues with battery life, but I don't ride for more than 2 hours at a time.
January 31, 2017
Purchased
8 months ago
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Super Satisfied/Great For Entry Level
I must have received that one best SMH5 unit made! I purchased the SMH5 to give Sena a test run before going with a Bell Qualifier DLX/Sena 10s combo and I have to say, I'm pretty impressed. In my Biltwell Gringo, I have no problems with hearing anything on my sportster. I also wasn't expecting a lot of bass, which it doesn't have but, I don't have any complaints either. Even as a tester, it's really improved my riding experience. I'm going to upgrade for sure but, I'm also in no rush! It's only been a week but, I ride daily so...

I have the Hazard Orange helmet with bubbled shields and slapping on the SMH5 & bonus white Revzilla stickers really added character! IJS/LOL
March 25, 2017
Purchased
5 months ago
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
5 / 5
Great budget bluetooth, functions like a high dollar system
I will continue to recommend and have recommended this to some people in a matter of days. Great bang for the buck system with little to no downsides. Looks good, easy to install, easy top pair and figure out its operation, great sound quality. Previously had a Sena 2.0 and the basic Bluetooth features for music and phone are the same or unnoticeable. Haven't paired with another user yet but am sure its fine, and haven't ridden long enough to comment on battery life. For $96.00 this is a steal.
April 17, 2017
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Style
3 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Sound Clarity
3 / 5
Good headset for the money. When not listening to anything there is some static that gets a little annoying. I wish some of the controls were better designed. I accidentally keep activating the paring mode by barely hitting the button. But other than that it is a great investment.
December 29, 2016
Purchased
8 months ago
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Features
3 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Sound Clarity
3 / 5
Way better then ear buds
Im glad I bought this. So much better(safer) then earbuds. I like being able to put my phone in my backpack and not have to worry about it falling out of my pocket. It's also nice to change the volume and song when I want instead of needing to wait until I'm stopped Crazy easy to install. 20mins or so. If I could change one thing I would like it to be lower profile. My only complain is no that in not wearing earbuds I can hear how noisy my helmet is.(shark skwal)
July 10, 2017
Purchased
2 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
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Actually sold it quality wasn't great and bought another Sena 10C
Jeffrey M on Aug 17, 2017
I own a sena SMH10, but for every day commuting I believed the smh5 would be more than enough
Rodrigo D on Jul 6, 2017
Actually sold it quality wasn't great and bought another Sena 10C
Jeffrey M on Aug 17, 2017
Choose this because of the video review and because it fit my needs
Chad S on Jul 12, 2017
I own a sena SMH10, but for every day commuting I believed the smh5 would be more than enough
Rodrigo D on Jul 6, 2017
Low price and works great for what I needed which was listing to audio books and GPS announcements.
Dale A on Jun 23, 2017
So I could use my phone hands free if needed.
Robert W on Jun 23, 2017
Economic for kid's helmet and compatible with my SMH10R. However, be aware that the SMH5 can only intercom one-on-one. It can be paired with three additional Sena communicators, but can only speak with one of them at a time.
David G on Jun 20, 2017
Son wanted it.
Mark Y on May 30, 2017
I was tired of using earbuds while riding. and i can easily make or take phone calls if needed.
M R on May 29, 2017
upgrade to bluetooth over the Sena 3S-W Bluetooth Headset - Wired Microphone. worth it!
Derek F on May 23, 2017
Mount on Bell Pit BossHelmet
Alan S on May 12, 2017
Price and reviews.
Charles M on May 8, 2017
Listen to music and GPS directions while riding.
Karthik R on Apr 4, 2017
I need to communicate by phone during working hours. ...and I like music. If it's for me, I'll be upgrading to the 10s and Bell Qualifier DLX.
Edward B on Mar 18, 2017
Blue Tooth that connects to the iPhone. Basic Model will work just as well as the most expensive.
Scott M on Feb 28, 2017
i dont ride in large groups
Matthew P on Jan 27, 2017
This should be a good system for my pillion to use with my SENA 10S
Ron H on Jan 5, 2017
I needed a bluetooth headset to mount to my Bell Revolver modular helmet, which I love and don't want to change helmets. I'm hoping it will work (mounting) with this helmet. I want to be able to connect my iPhone 7 so I can have access to phone functions on my daily (long) commutes.
kyle i on Dec 21, 2016
my first try into Bluetooth com units , let see how it goes and then i will go for a better one on a new helmet as well
michel l on Aug 22, 2016
Clarity of sound depicted in reviews.
Jon D on Aug 7, 2016
low price point, has alot of functionality. great value
Donald C on May 10, 2016
Choose this because of the video review and because it fit my needs
Chad S on Jul 12, 2017
Low price and works great for what I needed which was listing to audio books and GPS announcements.
Dale A on Jun 23, 2017
How many riders can be paired on the intercom?
William C on May 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The SMH5 can be "paired" with up to three other Sena Products (Universal pairing only supports one at a time). However, paired only means that it remembers them. The SMH5 can only establish an active intercom conversation with one other device at a time.

In theory, if at least 2 people in your group are using more sophisticated Sena products (e.g SMH10R) , it should be possible to activate intercoms between an SMH5 and an SMH10R, then intercom another SMH5 and the other SMH10R, then conference the two SMH10R units together to get up to 4 people into the conference. (Haven't tried yet to confirm). But an SMH10R cannot conference directly with two SMH5 units simultaneously.
Is this Waterproof?
A shopper on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes
Is the intercom function for rider to rider push to talk or an open channel like a phone call?
Trevis M on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is an open channel, but you cannot listen to music and talk on the intercom at the same time. The only Sena unit with this feature currently is the 20s.
is the boom mic included as shown in the pic?
Bronco'sBilly D on Aug 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, kit includes both microphones shown.
Could i use this headset on my half helmet?
A C on Mar 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: As long as your helmet covers your ears you should be able to use the hearing functions of the Sena. As fo the voice communications, you should be able to still use it but you would have more of a tunnel sound when you talk
Is the wired mic long enough to run in a modular helmet with enough slack that the mic can be mounted in mouth area of the helmet?
Alvin F on Jan 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If you mount the mic on the same side as the unit, yes. I mounted my unit on the left side of my full face Bell and routed the wired mic around the back up to the mouth opening on the right side of the helmet.
can it pair to both my motorcycle Bluetooth audio and iphone at the same time?
A C on Aug 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes I am pretty sure it will. If you go to Sena's web site you can down load the user manual and it tells you how to pair to multiple sources. I have paired mine to the BMW1200RT radio a Nexus 7 tablet and a NTE cell phone.
I am riding with harley riders that have cb can i connect with them?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It does not connect with the harley cb.
Will it pair with sena 10c?
Travis S on May 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: i expect so, since it will pair with other makes, but I have not tried to pair with the send 10c
Does this allow me to connect other speakers?
A C on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes