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I’m 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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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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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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Some drawbacks to the slim design...

While it is removable, it is not as convenient as the other models. You have to disconnect the wires manually. The mount kit comes with either direct double sided tape or the Velcro option... I used the Velcro option, but I never take it off the helmet. I charge it in place with the micro USB.


Also, some may have trouble with the buttons (there are three: +, -, and center) when using winter gloves. I can still feel the bumps that divide the buttons with my winter gloves on, but one could argue that it isn't as obvious / quick as the giant wheel.

Big advantage is that it produces zero drag and is subtle. And you can buy replacement batteries (it snaps into a holder that is taped to the helmet).

I would recommend mounting the control box rotated about 45 degrees counter-clockwise from what I have. My wife did that with hers so that the buttons line up more naturally to her fingers without having to rotate her wrist.

Also, be sure to check the microphone wire length after fishing it through and before attaching. Mine is right at the limit. You don't want any tension on that wire or it can come un-plugged when donning or removing the helmet, ask me how I know...
 

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@Grimmer: That is the unit I have. I will say it is good as long as it works. I had one side go completely out when I had it about 6 months and I was able to verify it was not the wiring or any physical damage. Sena customer service was a nightmare to deal with. It took me about a dozen emails and phone calls and six months to get a warranty replacement. Add to that, I think Sena's computer software and firmware updates are really poor. Even on the new unit, the little flap that makes the mini-usb charging port broke off after about a month, so my unit is no longer really waterproof.

Finally, I didn't find the speakers to be loud enough to be heard in my supposedly low-noise Shoei helmet. I had get the earbud adapter use to buds. I finally wound up with MEE Audio M6 Pro earbuds with the memory foam ear seals, which was the top recommendation from Ryan on the Fortnine channel. They rock!

So I still use the Sena and it works OK, but if it goes out, I will never purchase from Sena again.
 

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Schuberth C4

I have a Schuberth Modular C4 helmet with integrated bluetooth. The helmet came with speakers installed and the Sena Bluetooth was purchased separately. As far as quality of sound, I have no issue and my wife says the phone conversation is very clear. However, the battery housing allows the integrated battery to loosen, which required stopping to push battery back in place. I put a small sponge material inside the battery cover and that seems to close the gap and allows the battery to remain seated. The other issue is the controls. Not really usable with a gloved hand and while riding. Control buttons are small and positioned on the left near the back of the head and the buttons themselves are difficult to push. As a result of poor control placement, it required an additional investment in a Sena handlebar controller. The helmet itself is fantastic and comfortable. Just thought you should know if you are looking at something like this. Helmet construction does not conform to use of a standard exterior Sena 10/20 attachment because of its edge shape.
 

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@jmf552 bummer that it gave you so much trouble. I've been using mine for 3 and a half years with no problems. I've update the firmware a couple of times and can hear music and conversations (phone or intercom) even when wearing Howard Leight MAX1 (NRR 33) foam ear plugs. Although when blasting it at max volume the battery only last 7.5-8 hours. And if I forget to put my earplugs back in after a stop it is startlingly loud when it turns back on.

Without the ear plugs I run it at about 50-60% volume and it will last more than 10 hours, maybe 12 or so.

I have dealt with Sena's warranty and customer service on another product (Prism Tube). They made it right but it did take quite a while to get it sorted. The final replacement unit has been going strong for almost 2 years now.
 

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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.
I know this is an old thread and the Cardo Packtalk Bold is overkill for what the OP wanted but wanted to give some feedback on the unit.

I received my Backpack Bold Tuesday at work. I rode Tuesday (and Weds) so have been able to play with it a bit and start to get used to it. (Snow since so might be a few days before I get to ride again.)

I'm really impressed with how good the sound quality is! On my way home last night had a phone call with a friend for over half an hour with speeds running from dead stop to 120 kmh (75 mph.) We had no issue communicating at all and that is really good since I have earplugs on when riding and hearing aids when not riding and could understand everything clearly. The FM radio works very well and I was getting great reception 70 to 80 km from the radio stations.

Streaming music from my phone (mp3s) worked well and sounds surprisingly good. GPS directions and traffic alerts were very clear. I did manage to accidentally stop the voice controls from working but I suspect it was me hitting some of the wrong buttons when playing around.

I don't normally ride with others (plus I don't know anyone else local riding this time of year) so can't speak to communicating with others. I am actually excited to find out how well mesh mode works.

How do you feel about the unit now that you have had it for a while? Any tips?

..Tom
 

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I don't normally ride with others (plus I don't know anyone else local riding this time of year) so can't speak to communicating with others. I am actually excited to find out how well mesh mode works.

How do you feel about the unit now that you have had it for a while? Any tips?

..Tom
Hi Tom,
I didn't realize that I posted on this thread so long ago. Another year of my dwindling youth, flying away. Alas.
The unit works well. Like you, I find the radio function very good, the non-JBL sound quite decent and the sound quality at the other end is reported to be acceptable.

I did ride with another Cardo user here and the mesh is quite cool. Sound quality and responsivness impressive. Also, we became separated in traffic and the link was dropped. When in sight of each other, a long block away, the connection came back automatically; we were both pleased with the system. Though another time, we had difficult getting the group re-established. Could have been pilot error.

The buttons are small, but the voice commands mean that I don't usually fuss with the unit once I turn it on. My only real complaint is the volume of the beep at start up. It is very loud to me. I hoped this would be addressed in the last firmware update, but no luck there. Overall, the sound, the app, Siri and phone pairing, and the voice commands make it easy to use.
 

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@Umbrianissimo

I agree with the small buttons but they stick out a bit and that makes it easy for me to find. Mine has the JBL sound and I am very impressed with the sound quality at my end.

I know the app can change some sound levels (I think including System Sounds) so that might help with the beep (just guessing.)

..Tom
 
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