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post #1 of 16 Old 04-26-2019, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Bluetooth helmets & setups

Iím in the market for either a dedicated Bluetooth helmet or a system that can be installed. Primary use is for communication between my wife and I while riding together and cell phone use. Since my wife and I are both due for replacement helmets I can go either route. I would be interested in hearing from people who own them. Thanks!
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-26-2019, 11:57 AM
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I'm considering a system for myself as well, so I am watching this. I would suggest you add your budget as well.

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I just bought the Sena 10s Duo and installed it in my modular helmet, and my wife's standard helmet. Easy-ish to install (depends on just how slick you want to be with running the wires), super clear audio between helmets and through the Bluetooth (music and phone calls).

Easy to use, but still getting used to the features. It seemed at the right price point, but still not cheap.

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I bought the Sena SMH5-FM a few weeks ago. I mounted it with the included adhesive mount because the clamp would not have worked with the neck seal ring of my Schuberth C3 helmet. The unit is very lightweight and so far works good with my Zumo GPS and iPhone. Still trying to memorize the various button combinations. The FM radio is a neat feature and easy to use. Have not paired it with any other headset yet. The boom microphone works ok with the modular helmet feature.
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I got a Cardo Backtalk Bold. I realize that one of the lower line Cardo's would have been adequate, as I don't ride in groups- at least not yet. But the sound quality is quite good, and the voice actuation works pretty well. The Cardo Connect app is quite good as well. Some good deals to be had on these units at the moment. I have a Shoei Neotech II, but elected not to use the specific Sena unit, though it would be the most compact install.

I will say that the overall quality of materials and sound is much better than a cheapie $60.00 Buyee bluetooth unit I had previously.

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Sena SMH10 user here. Works great.

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Subscribed. I have a sport/waterproof bluetooth wireless headset that I use for music. Works great, but I would like something integrated into the helmet and that provides crystal clear (as much as possible when riding) phone calls.

What are the phone call experiences like with your headsets?

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I'm using the Sena SMH10R (this is the low profile model with remote battery). If you don't like the giant wheel on the side of you helmet, check this one out. I believe that the SMH10R is the older model and that they have released a newer one, the 10R maybe? I am using the speakers in my helmet and they are adequate even when wearing foam earplugs. Sena also offers an adapter cable to connect earbuds instead of the speakers if you prefer that route.

Also, Sena has released a smartphone app (that is compatible with most of their communicator models) that allows you to use VoIP to speak with other party members through the internet (they must also be using the app). This is great for meeting up since it is not limited to Bluetooth radio coverage; however it is dependent on internet access for all parties.
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Subscribed. I have a sport/waterproof bluetooth wireless headset that I use for music. Works great, but I would like something integrated into the helmet and that provides crystal clear (as much as possible when riding) phone calls.

What are the phone call experiences like with your headsets?
The noise cancelling on the Sena units is fantastic. I have had conversations with my wife from my helmet while traveling on the interstate with my visor OPEN. I specifically ask her how it sounds while pushing the limits and she has always said nice and clear with no (or minimal) wind noise.

Although I did have an intercom conversation once where it seemed that the noise cancelling algorithm got confused and was cancelling out our voices and transmitting the wind noise only. Hang-up and reconnect and it was all good from there.

Edit: I should clarify that I'm using a full face (RF-1200) helmet and the installed microphone (not the boom mic). The Sena's typically come with both so you can choose which to use. I assume that the boom mic is intended for half face or modular type helmets.
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