1. Sena 20S-01 Motorcycle Bluetooth 4.1 Communication System
Sena 20S-01 is one of the most popular motorcycle Bluetooth communication systems available in the market today. Bluetooth 4.1 technology with dual Bluetooth communication modules enhances the headset’s performance, reliability and HD audio quality for up to 2.0 km (1.2 miles).
With its state-of-the-art technology and a sleek and aerodynamic design, a versatile jog dial provides crystal clear voice quality and a great experience.
The product’s audio multitasking technology is something to vouch for all users. It allows you to have an intercom conversation while you listen to music, FM radio, or use GPS, simultaneously.
With Sena’s motion sensor technology, the incredible user interface makes the whole set-up and pairing process a breeze. You can pair the 20s with your Bluetooth devices with just a shake.
The voice prompts feature allows you to operate hands-free, providing an essential safety feature while riding on the road.
Its technological advance features come with a downloadable app called the Sena Smartphone App. Connecting your Android or iPhone with the Sena smartphone app is quite easy through an interactive quick start guide that helps you configure device settings and set groups of intercom friends. It also offers the ability to pair with two mobile phones for convenient hands-free calling.
Although the product reviews and acceptance by customers has been tremendous, the only factor that they note is the hefty price tag that comes along with it. However, some customers also reiterated how communication has always been a problem for them, especially with their budget headsets.
You might face issues of non-acceptance of the spoken command, which will improve with new firmware updates from Sena.
2. Sena SMH5-01 Low-Profile Motorcycle and Scooter Bluetooth Headset / Intercom (Single)
Designed specifically for bikes and scooters, the SMH5 series offers the both-way intercom feature which always connects you to motorcycle riders for conversations. It offers sharing of music through the Bluetooth® stereo headset for a crystal-clear sound.
A simple and intuitive user interface helps you ride hands-free, helping you focus on the road. With the Jog Dial, you can cycle through all device functions with ease.
The Bluetooth 3.0 technology helps you stay in conversation with your buddies while enjoying the ride at the same time.
The hands-free call feature aids in a one to one person intercom communication with a riding partner within 400 meters (430 yards), while receiving GPS navigation.
You can keep enjoying listening and even sharing music while paired with an MP3 player or smartphone.
The Advanced Noise Control™ technology with independent volume controls and automatic boost cuts off all outside noises for a crystal clear voice calls.
This product also gives you up to eight hours of talk time and seven days of standby on a single charge.
Cross-brand intercom compatibility via the Universal Intercom™ capability allows your gear to work even if your companions don’t have the Sena gear. All registered Sena users get free access to the firmware upgrades, ensuring smooth functioning of the product with the latest software updates.
The product has tremendously new age features, but minor details may confuse you. The voice calls are transferrable via the intercom to the cell phone only by pressing and holding the phone button.
In case the SMH5 is still on your helmet connected with your phone, whenever you get a call, you may not hear it, and makes it difficult to talk unless you grab the helmet and transfer the call.
The boom mic utilized in the SMH5 is somewhat sensitive to where it is placed. You can get good sound quality only by placing it closer to your lips. The optimal setup for your helmets with the speakers and microphone may take some experimentation to be discovered.
3. Sena SMH10-10 Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset / Intercom
SMH10 has a unique feature that is designed keeping in mind the range of connectivity which extends up to 900 meters (980 yards) while riding with your biker buddies. When paired with a Bluetooth®-enabled phone, it allows hands-free calls and music sharing.
The product features a Helmet Clamp Kit and Boom Microphone with a Jog Dial feature, making it an intelligent user interface with ease of control while riding. The Jog Dial has a default volume control and pushing the integrated button lets you cycle through all device functions with minimal fuss, which means you’ll ride safer.
SMH10 is powered by Bluetooth 3.0 technology that allows you to listen to and share music and make phone calls with speed dialing. It offers a four-way intercom conversation with your rider buddies for up to 900 meters (980 yards). It also provides an outstanding sound quality with advanced noise control™ for both incoming and outgoing audio.
The stereo Bluetooth® headset gets an automatic enhancement in loud environments. Advanced Noise Control™ technology eliminates all the background noise in case of both incoming and outgoing communication, delivering a crystal-clear, natural sound.
Free firmware upgrades to ensure a glitch-free functioning of the device with the latest software updates is freely available to registered Sena users.
SMH10 offers up to 12 hours of talk time and ten days of standby time on a single charge. It comes with excellent device compatibility – the Universal Intercom™ protocol – which allows your gear to work with your rider buddy device, regardless of the brand, even if they don’t have a Sena gear.
The cost factor makes you think twice. But eventually, such a great performing product will come with a price tag.
Sometimes the device adhesive pads do not stick well to the helmet. It tends to get messy and less secure, but they held up on our trip fine. Perhaps that could be the helmet surface issue which caused the problem.
It’s specially designed to reduce wind and road noise, so you get crystal clear sound when riding.
The multipoint connects two Bluetooth devices at the same time, or if you prefer, connect one Bluetooth device and one as the intercom for the rider and passenger. It offers clarity of voice while riding and aids in communicating, via the intercom function, with a fellow rider up to a distance of 100 meters.
It provides multipoint Bluetooth connection between two Bluetooth enabled devices and A2DP allows Bluetooth music and GPS navigation.
Because of its all-weather, waterproof design (IPX6 certified), it works great in all type of weather conditions.
Avantree can switch between voice calls from different mobiles and also swap between one mobile call and one intercom. It can automatically connect and reconnects to your phone.
The Intercom works well with a vehicle speed of up to 90km/h, and 70km/h for a phone call. Special Noise Control feature reduces all outside noises for crystal clear communication.
Avantree compatibility with other smartphones and tablets with built-in Bluetooth connectivity is excellent. The Bluetooth audio speakers offer a multi-point system that connects two Bluetooth operated gadgets at the same time. This feature makes it possible to use your mobile phone while using your particular GPS unit.
It works great with brands like the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Note series, Sony Xperia, Nexus, Moto, HTC, and much more.
Apparently, some reviews suggest that the volume and sound quality is not as promising as mentioned. Few riders specifically complained of inability to hear voice calls or music while riding. But then that’s about it!
The accessories include a set of long earbuds designed for half helmet use and a set of pro microphones for use in any ¾ or full-face helmets. It also offers a unique dual boom-free microphone for great outgoing communication without any hindrance.
The product also includes an incredible, full duplex intercom system engineered to broaden the range and quality of group communications (10+ Riders) by up to 700 meters (0.43 miles). The product also offers voice control functioning for a hands-free operation.
Another incredible feature this product is the “Adaptive Beam Forming” technology that forms the crux of the device systems, also used for the military communications systems. The HBC200 intercoms come with an improved connectivity range that can communicate in full duplex for distances up to 700 meters. The UClear “Multi-Hop Technology” is also new that allows multiple HBC200 intercoms to communicate in full duplex up to 2 kilometers (claimed) range.
The product users feel the ease of use with the new and advanced system and have excellent quality speakers and good volume levels. UClear now provides a free firmware upgrade for their intercoms that allows cross-brand interoperability with different brands of Bluetooth-enabled headsets.
The headset speaker is 7 mm thick and 50 mm across at the widest point (diagonal across to the mic tip), and are considerably bigger speakers. The outer surface seems to be made with a metal sort of object and feels hard, and the presence of a relatively strong magnet that can be felt inside.
The speakers may not be suitable for all types of helmets. It can be a problem to fit them in narrow or small ear pockets. It is best to check it with your helmet before purchasing.
The Bluetooth 3.0 technology allows you to listen and share music and offers multipoint Bluetooth technology for dual mobile phone usage. Its Bluetooth 3.0 stereo headset features a simple ear pad design that works great with half helmets while delivering high quality from your music/FM player, GPS navigation, hands-free calling, and four-way intercom conversations to over a 700-meter (760 yards) range.
The nifty Jog Dial makes it easy for riders to control all the functions and settings of the device, especially during your long rides. The product gives you a great sound experience of audio with an automatic boost of volume in noisy environments, while the Advanced Noise Control™ technology dissolves all unnecessary background noise.
The SPH10H-FM uses the Universal Intercom™ protocol which allows your gear to work with other equipment, regardless of brand. The SPH10H-FM is water resistant for use in any condition, and you’ll get up to seven hours of talk time and eight days of standby on a single charge.
Some users do complain about issues of sound distribution in the speakers, especially when using the built in FM Stereo. It may seem like an internal firmware/programming issue.
Few of the riders using the product have experienced problems connecting the product with the type of helmets which are not DOT passed. You may try to put them forcibly, but it tends to get clunky.
Sometimes the intercom mode picks up all the wind noise, and the rider always hears the crackling of the other person’s mic. To solve this problem you have to turn the intercom on or off manually.
Some users also feel there’s way too much noise when you’re on a bike wearing a half-helmet which the noise sensing technology cannot shut out.
Many functions appear to rely on a firmware upgrade for which you need to wait. Also, some features can be turned on or off only via your computer. So if you’re on a trip and you don’t have your laptop with you, you’re out of luck until you get back home.
The brilliant noise-cancelling ABF technology virtually eliminates all background noises, giving an outstanding sound experience.
You can connect with as many fellow riders utilizing the AMP Pro’s full duplex intercom feature. You can enjoy having conversations and listening to your favorite music while being on the road.
The microphones are specifically designed for both full-face helmets and the modular ones that are not acoustic enabled and require a higher quality communication. The microphones come with an extended microphone and you are sure to love the sound quality.
The Pulse Pro speakers do not come with built-in Adaptive Beam Forming mics which sometimes make it difficult while installing it on the helmet with the standard UClear speaker system. Installation of the microphones is slightly more time-consuming than usual but once done, then it’s a smooth ride all the way.
It would take some effort to experiment to get the right mounting locations for the microphone to find the best solution for optimal performance.
The 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System with compact speakers brings together the greatest features of the Sena 20S Headset with slim speakers.
The Sena 20S comes with an enhanced 1.5-mile range, high-tech Bluetooth 4.1 and a built-in FM radio. You can stay connected with your buddies via a hands-free calling option on your Bluetooth enabled phone. It allows you to enjoy music and listen to voice instructions of GPS navigators by Bluetooth wirelessly, while having conversations in full duplex with your fellow riders.
Bluetooth 4.1 technology equipped with double Bluetooth communication modules increases the performance and reliability of the headset while allowing high definition audio quality.
The advanced Audio Multitasking allows for a seamless blend of incoming and outgoing voice calls along with creating a mixed audio experience versus the traditional interruption based audio technology of other Bluetooth devices. The audio multitasking feature brings about the most natural audio sound while carrying out a number of audio functions intuitively at the same time.
The riders can connect with each other hands-free with their Bluetooth mobile phone, enjoy music, or listen to voice notifications of GPS navigation by Bluetooth seamlessly, and conduct intercom communication in full duplex with accompanying riders. The slim speaker fits even better into helmets that provide smaller speaker pockets.
The speakers can’t handle much bass so that might be a problem for some. However, at highway speeds, it’s hard to hear the bass anyway.
The spoken status announcement voice is barely audible and often changes according to the task you are doing. Also, the FM radio reception with the device isn’t that great, and apparently Sena is working on a firmware upgrade for this.
9. Sena SMH10R Low Profile Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset and Intercom
Sena SMH10R, although a Low profile gadget, has some rich, high-performance features. It is an ultra slim, lightweight product and is an excellent choice for riders who want to focus on their riding with minimum fuss.
The product has remarkable assets, as it allows you to make hands-free voice calls, listen to music, get GPS directions, and have full-duplex intercom conversations with fellow riders in crystal-clear audio quality through the stereo Bluetooth® headset. SMH10R allows you to keep the conversation going, share a playlist with up to four buddy riders, or even patch in another phone call.
The product is equipped with Bluetooth 3.0 technology that allows crystal-clear sound quality at ranges up to 900 meters (0.5 miles), and the Advanced Noise Control™ technology boosts audio, reducing all external noises.
In case your buddy riders don’t possess any Sena Bluetooth® intercom accessories, Sena’s Universal Intercom™ firmware equips the SMH10R to support all other Bluetooth® communications systems. You can pair it across different brands without any problem.
The Jog dial is amiss in this product. Also, the SMH10R does not feature the auxiliary input port that is common on other Sena devices.
The battery lead might need some additional protection by simply tucking it under the soft molding at the bottom of the helmet. The battery lead would have been better if exiting the bottom.
Although there is no complexity about sensitivity and input, sometimes finding the right button at the right time becomes a task.
You would love the voice prompt feature, and you could start voice calls from just about any smart device you own. You can get access to the GPS voice instructions easily, and also listen to songs whenever you want.
It gives you high-class sound quality at great speeds even when there are wind and exhaust noise. It has DSP echo cancellation. You also have the noise suppression technology that ensures you do not have to worry about outside noise – you are sure to get the best audio quality with this device.
One issue which the users face is mounting the gadget securely onto the helmet. The users have shared that the double-sided tape adhered to the helmet sometimes barely holds the Velcro to the unit itself, even after sitting overnight.
Few riders using SCS ETC have complained about the poor quality of calls/music, which is barely audible while riding.