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post #1 of 27 Old 04-19-2013, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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SENA SMH10 review

So a little history,
I have been riding some form of motorcycle most of my 34 yr life. For the last 19 I have always had a street legal bike and for atleast the last 10 have listened to music or had earplugs in. I have always toyed with the idea of not running with the horrible painful earbuds. But could never find the right product. I few friends and I are taking a 1400 mile Northern Cali trip over 4 days in a few weeks so my good friend turned me on to the SENA.

So today i did about 100 miles of blacktop, over freeway speeds. Lots of wind etc. Made a call to the wife, listened to Pandora.

This set up is great. With earplugs in I could still have a conversation and hear music. Easy to set up and easy to bluetooth with the iphone. I was really surprised as I wear glasses and because of that can only wear certain lids. My older Shoei which is a little beat and doesnt have the same tight stream fitment of some of the new lids didnt affect the sound quality. Cant wait for tomorrow. Doing a dreaded 350 mile run to LALA land and back.
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I've had an SMH10 for 2 years now. One of the best farkles I've EVER bought. IMO probably the best bluetooth helmet headset out there right now. :beatnik:
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So a little history,
I have been riding some form of motorcycle most of my 34 yr life. For the last 19 I have always had a street legal bike and for atleast the last 10 have listened to music or had earplugs in. I have always toyed with the idea of not running with the horrible painful earbuds. But could never find the right product. I few friends and I are taking a 1400 mile Northern Cali trip over 4 days in a few weeks so my good friend turned me on to the SENA.

So today i did about 100 miles of blacktop, over freeway speeds. Lots of wind etc. Made a call to the wife, listened to Pandora.

This set up is great. With earplugs in I could still have a conversation and hear music. Easy to set up and easy to bluetooth with the iphone. I was really surprised as I wear glasses and because of that can only wear certain lids. My older Shoei which is a little beat and doesnt have the same tight stream fitment of some of the new lids didnt affect the sound quality. Cant wait for tomorrow. Doing a dreaded 350 mile run to LALA land and back.
Nice to hear that it's working well for you. I still have to get my mic placement dialed in so that I can make voice-activated calls, but it's been great for music streaming so far. I'm hoping that the intercom works as well as I've heard for our Nor-Cal trip in a couple of weeks

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My dad and me used ours for over 5000 miles during a trip and they worked great line if sight. If you get terrain between you the signal will breakup but the connection will still be there.


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The SENA will definitely be added to the future farkle list. Like the fact that the kit comes with two other mic head sets for your buddies.

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I use the SMH5 for streaming music and calls from my phone. I ride solo so don't need any intercom functions, and the SMH5 is under $100.
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My son and I just installed and used the SMH10 sets this weekend on a 250 mile shakedown ride through the North West section of NC, South West section of VA and North East section of TN. Anyone that knows this area knows these roads are extremely twisty and have lots of elevation changes. Intercom worked GREAT! We could continue to speak with each other even when out of line of site although there was some static. Install was extremely easy. After installing in the first helmet the second one took less than 15 mins. Phone calls with my iphone were a bit more problematic. Had good deal of wind noise, but my wife said she could hear me fine. I am going to work with the mic positioning a bit more to see if that clears it up and if not I will look into connecting ear buds. These are head and shoulders above the wired Autocomm system my wife and I used about 10yrs ago and cost less. We bought the dual set from Motorcycle Gear. FYI we were able to hear and speak to each other via intercom clearly up to 90mph+
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We've had our SENA for just about a year now ... LOVE IT! So nice to converse with my gal and other similarly equiped riders when out on a ride. Now I'm searching for a bluetooth GPS that doesn't cost a small fortune and will successfully pair with the SENA. Suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Dan
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Does anyone know if this unit will allow you to stream music and at the same time allow for intercom? Or, stop the music to allow intercom and after resume music?

I am searching for some unit that will allow this, but none of the reviews say anything.
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Does anyone know if this unit will allow you to stream music and at the same time allow for intercom? Or, stop the music to allow intercom and after resume music?

I am searching for some unit that will allow this, but none of the reviews say anything.
No, you cannot listen to music an talk to other riders via intercom at the same time. Probably the only downside of this unit.
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