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post #1 of 9 Old 07-12-2012, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Sena SMH10 firmware update 4.1

I see that Sena has released another firmware update for the SMH10:

Version 4.1

Has anyone downloaded / installed it yet?

Just thought I'd check with the group before I ran the update, in case anyone had any good/bad/unusual experiences...
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-12-2012, 12:11 PM
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I just downloaded it and hoping it fixes the volume issue. I will let you know if it helps planning on the upgrade today
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Thx....ordered Senas this week, lookin forward to new toy + fw upgrade.
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Well, I just did it. I had to download a new version of their Bluetooth Device Manager (v1.4 for Mac), but after that it went about as easily as the previous upgrade.

As before, the process isn't particularly intuitive. There are the same Bluetooth warnings as before, but at least it didn't deactivate my Mac's Bluetooth system this time (it did the first time). The onscreen instructions are pretty straightforward; plug in, switch on, and go thru the steps. You'll get to a point where it asks for the upgrade file - click "Download" and you'll get the 4.1 file. I almost clicked past this screen before I noticed the "Update" button. As before, you need to babysit the process and hit certain buttons when asked. Once the update is finished, you can click thru to the "Device Setting" screen (I think that's what it was called) where you can select various options (a couple of new ones in there).

Quit the program, unplugged, snapped it back onto the helmet and re-started the SMH10. As with the last firmware update, you have to re-do all your pairings and volume settings. I cleared the old pairings from my iPhone 4S and zümo 660, then followed the instructions for pairing the phone first, then "multipoint" paired the zümo.

It all worked! I had to re-set the volume level (on the Sena) for each of the devices (with earplugs in) but after that, it remembers them. It did start all the way turned down, so don't panic if you don't hear anything at first. Just turn it up. And Siri seems to work about as well as before.

One difference from before: When I switch on the SMH10 with my phone in my pocket, I now hear two beeps and "phone connected," and that's all. It used to add "device connected." Works the same in any case - music and telephony from the iPhone, directions from the GPS. Haven't really played with it too much yet, but so far, so good.
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How do these sound when listening to music with your earplugs in? Any way you can describe it? I realize it's not gonna be like a nice set of studio monitors, but I'm just trying to get an idea before I jump in and take the plunge.

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How do these sound when listening to music with your earplugs in? Any way you can describe it? I realize it's not gonna be like a nice set of studio monitors, but I'm just trying to get an idea before I jump in and take the plunge.

Definitely not a pair of studio monitors, but not bad. I wear the blue Hearos earplugs, and generally run the volume all the way up for music, and I've never detected any distortion in the music. I have the Sena installed in a Shoei TZ-R helmet, and can hear pretty well up to around 75mph or so.
You don't get a lot of bass (the speakers are only about 38mm across); it's not unlike listening to the stereo in your car at a low-to-medium volume. I can hear the music clearly, but it's not at head-banging levels.
Cell phone calls and GPS announcements are clear (again, up to around 75-80mph).

I've only had one other Bluetooth helmet unit (the Chatterbox XBi2 ) and the Sena is much better IMO. I've been very happy with it, but if you're a serious audiophile, you'd probably be happier with some good earbuds or even the custom-fitted earplug-style monitors. But I don't think the Sena supports earbuds.
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I don't think the Sena supports earbuds.
Sure does, or so it seems anyway.

Just got back from a 2up, 9 day 4900km trip and they worked really well. I agree that volume has to be turned up to 100% with (foam) earplugs in but is decent up to about 80 mph even more with the windshield raised up (ST1300). Certainly much clearer at any speed compared to the Starcom1 and Autocom I have used in the past.

Battery life is super, lasting 2 full days of riding, listening to music and chatting every so often. Prior to the trip we once tried leaving the connection open and talking on and off, battery only lasted several hours.

In ear monitors are something we're considering, mainly as my wife can not find a set of earplugs comfortable enough. I'm also thinking I'd be able to turn the volume down quite a bit and it would improve the sound significantly and potentially add to the battery life. However the cost is somewhat prohibitive.

Back on topic though…I did not know there was an update, thanks for posting.
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Sure does, or so it seems anyway.
I sit corrected! I'd heard that the SMH10 supported earbuds, but after examining my unit and the manual, I didn't see anything (aside from the 3.5mm audio INput). Thanks for finding that link.
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SMH10 over SMH5

I found the FW upgrade to be very easy. The software held my hand at each step. This was a new unit so I don't what was improved.

I previously tried the SMH5, the newer pared down version of the SMH10. Maybe I just got a lemon, but the audio was horrible. At highway speeds I had to choose between terribly distorted overdriven audio and volume too low to hear. I returned it and ordered the SMH10 instead. Tried it today, big improvement. I had no problem conversing at 70mph. The SMH10 is better and more versatile in other ways as well.

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