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View Poll Results: Which bluetooth communication system would you buy?
Scala Rider G9 6 17.14%
Interphone F5 3 8.57%
Sena SMH10 22 62.86%
None of the above. 4 11.43%
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post #1 of 17 Old 02-22-2013, 06:03 AM Thread Starter
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Question Scalarider G9 vs. Interphone F5 vs. Sena SMH10..?

Until now I've used a cable to connect my GPS (Zumo 660) to the built-in speakers in my helmet.

To get rid of the cable I'm considering to get one of the bluetooth intercoms mentioned in the title.

I will primarily use the device to get audio (directions and music) from GPS to helmet - and I might connect my phone to the system.
I don't plan to use it for bike to bike communication.

Do any of you who have real life experience with one or more of the mentioned units - if so I would love to get some feedback and recommendations to help me to deside which one to get.

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I bought the Scala G9 last August. I was looking for the same features you are. For the most part, it works pretty well. It has it's quirks. But i'm learning how to deal with them. The bike to bike communication works really well. I have a Zumo 550, and the bluetooth only works in mono. I wound up getting an I-pod. It works much better for music.
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Scalarider G9 vs. Interphone F5 vs. Sena SMH10..?

I've been using a Sena SMH10 for a couple of years now. I don't pair it with my GPS very often nor push music though my GPS. What I can tell you is that the unit does everything it is supposed to well, is easily updated through software, has a simple to use interface, and has a customer service oriented company standing behind their product.



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I and many of my riding buds have Sena's, and I think it's simply the best unit out there for the $$$......super easy to use with the jog dial, true ALL DAY battery life with intercom, good speakers, flexibility to use your own earbuds/speakers (at a cost), and well priced.

That all said, it can be quirky if you are trying to connect a phone and a Zumo, and want music and GPS directions, and phone.......I've actually given up on it. I've had it working before, and I'm somewhat tech savvy, but it never seems to all work together for long. It's all about what pairs to what, in what order, and how.....just gave up after realizing (accepting) how unimportant it really was.

The "idea" of voice instructions from my GPS was really a much more important concept than it was a useful feature. Unless you are riding your bike in a busy unknown city, I now understand what little value that feature is....for me.

What I do love.....intercom and phone connectivity (phone + music through cell), both features I have used a lot, and both work almost flawlessly on the Sena.

Last summer was my first season with the Senas and I probably used them for over 120 hours total. Many 8-10 ride days, with intercom on the entire time, total game changer when riding with buds, absolutely love the system.

FYI - I ride with foam earplugs and the stock helmet speakers, and can hear both intercom and music just fine at any speeds.

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I agree with FireFox and CHIA.

I have my SENA connected to my GPS (TomTom Rider) via bluetooth but no necesarily for directions, but mainly because my phone is connected to the GPS and when someone calls, I see the caller ID on the GPS screen.

I use my ipod touch hooked up via bluetooth to my SENA and it works great. Perfect sound and I find that I actually have to turn down the volume using only the supplied helment speakers.

Rode out to big bend with 3 other buddies last year and we all had SENA's. Made the trip much more enjoyable. You'd be amazed of the st2ped conversations and the many laughs you can have with your friends while riding hundreds of miles in a day. I do however, switch to my music when I hit the twisties in order to get my groove on

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Haven't got any Bluetooth system yet but am looking to buy one. From what I have seen I am down to either the Scala Rider G9 or SENA SMH10. Both seem to have features I like but neither seems to do it all.

I do have a few questions that maybe some of you can answer!!!

1) I see the SMH10 comes with a cigarette type charger and can be charged while using. Can you get one for the G9 and if so can it be used while charging.

2) The G9 comes with both a boom an wired (button) type mic. Is there such an option with the SMH10? Also what do you prefer as your mic choice, boom or wired (button) type?

3) If I have a SMH10 and a friend (other bike or passenger) has a G9 or other Scala Rider set can we still communicate or does the intercom functions only work with sets from the same range?
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I can answer 2 of the 3 questions.

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Haven't got any Bluetooth system yet but am looking to buy one. From what I have seen I am down to either the Scala Rider G9 or SENA SMH10. Both seem to have features I like but neither seems to do it all.

I do have a few questions that maybe some of you can answer!!!

1) I see the SMH10 comes with a cigarette type charger and can be charged while using. Can you get one for the G9 and if so can it be used while charging.

I don't know..?

2) The G9 comes with both a boom an wired (button) type mic. Is there such an option with the SMH10? Also what do you prefer as your mic choice, boom or wired (button) type?

Yes, it's also an option with the Sena.
Boom gives the best sound but takes up more space in the helmet - I would go for the button speaker.


3) If I have a SMH10 and a friend (other bike or passenger) has a G9 or other Scala Rider set can we still communicate or does the intercom functions only work with sets from the same range?

No, only intercom from the same manufacturer can communicate.

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My brother and I bought sena smh10 last year and we love them. I did end up buying they different helmet mount to plug my skull candy in to. The helmet speakers worked well but I had to have them so loud once I was up to speed that I was afraid I would wreck my hearing. I did have trouble though switching between my phone and I pod though.
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I just started reading about the Sena SMH10. Wouldn't it be nice to have everything you need (GPS, Music, Cell, two/four way bluetooth) in one package. Sounds like this devise does most pretty well. My question is does anyone use their smart phone to do 3 of the 4 above already?

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There's a huge thread on the smh10 on adv rider. Lot's of tips and even some mods in that thread...

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