SWEDE
 
 
 
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Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset The SMH5 is a Bluetooth v3.0 Stereo Headset with Bluetooth Intercom designed specically for motorcycles. With the SMH5, you can call hands-free on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigation by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have two-way intercom conversations in full duplex with a passenger or another motorcycle rider. Thanks to the latest Bluetooth v3.0 and the advanced digital processing technology, the SMH5 offers the best sound quality for both incoming and outgoing sound in its class. Also, the easy-to-access and intuitive button operations make the SMH5 a perfect companion for motorcycles. General Features Bluetooth Specification v3.0 Bluetooth Intercom up to 400 meters (437 yards) (in open terrain) Multi-Pair Bluetooth intercom Bluetooth stereo headset by A2DP Bluetooth music playback control by AVRCP play, pause, track forward and track back Easy operation by versatile Jog Dial Sufficient sound level with integrated audio booster Bluetooth hands-free for Bluetooth mobile phones Bluetooth headset or stereo headset for Bluetooth GPS navigation Water resistant for use in inclement weather Crystal clear and natural sound quality Up to 8 hours talk time, 7 days stand-by time Can be used while charging on road trips Individual volume control for each audio source CE, FCC, TELEC and IC Certified Firmware Upgradeable Peace of mind - thanks to the 2-year warranty Specifications Talk time 8 hours Standby time 7 days Working distance (Intercom) up to 400 meters (437 yards) in open terrain Operating temperature -10C 55 Headset Dimensions 69.9 mm x 45.0 mm x 30.6 mm Clamp unit Dimensions 49.2 mm x 38.9 mm x 22.1 mm Bluetooth Specifications Profiles Headset Profile, Hand-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) Bluetooth v3.0 Audio Specifications Built-in SBC Codec Noise cancellation Wind noise reduction Wide volume control Sample rate 48kHz (DAC) Battery Specifications Lithium polymer battery Charging time 2.5 hours Package Contents Communication unit Clamp mount Surface mount Boom microphone USB power cable Microphone sponge Velcro pads for speakers Velcro pad for boom mic Hex key Spacer
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
6 month after purchase
PostedSeptember 13, 2012
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SWEDE
From Philly
State:PA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Sound Clarity 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good part:
Ordered headset on 03/06/2012, and received headset from Revzilla the next day. Installation was easy and straight forward. Connection, and functionality with my iPhone was just what I wanted/expected.
Bad part:
After about 3-4 weeks of usage, the microphone stopped working. I tracked the issue down to the cord being damaged just below where it connects to the main unit, and wraps around the bottom edge of the helmet. This is an exposed part of the cord and may be damaged if helmet is dropped just right (or wrong). However, to my recollection, I did not drop my helmet, nor handle it in a careless manner. I solved the issue by ordering the larger speakers, which includes the damaged cord part. Larger speakers did not effect sound quality, and volume much.
4 months after install; the dial fell off during travel, leaving only a small metal pin to operate the unit with. Again, the dial may have been damaged by rough handling, but I don't think I handle my helmet rougher than the average motorcyclist.
3 weeks ago: Emailed Sena support, asking about how to replace dial, and damaged speakers. Took 10 days to get reply, pointing me towards their on-line warranty replacement form.
2 weeks ago: main unit dead. Charging light comes on, but won't start up even after charging over night.
Today: submitted on-line form to have unit replaced under warranty.
Conclusion: For the price this is not a bad purchase but you may want to handle with care. For most parts it performs as advertised, and I love that you can charge it while using it. Heavy usage probably did contribute to the headsets demise. I used it nearly daily, and did about 8K miles of riding in all kinds of weather before it went dead. Despite the issues, I give the product three stars, and would still recommend it for less heavy use by riders on a limited budget. You get what you pay for.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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