Winsur4
 
 
 
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    May 23, 2012
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Sena SMH-10 Bluetooth Headset The SMH10 is a Bluetooth v3.0+EDR Class 1 Stereo Headset with long-range Bluetooth Intercom designed specifically for motorcycles. With the SMH10, you can call hands-free on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigations by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have intercom conversations in full duplex with a passenger or other motorcycle riders. Thanks to the latest Bluetooth v3.0+EDR and the advanced digital processing technology, the Sena SMH10 bluetooth 3.0 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 SMH10 a perfect companion for motorcycles. Features Universal Intercom allows pairing to another brands of Bluetooth headsets Ultra HD Voice Recording compatible with the Sena GP10 Bluetooth Back for GoPro and Sena Prism Bluetooth Action Camera Audio Booster Individual Volume Control Versatile Jog Dial Use while charging Upgradable firmware General Talk time 12 hours Standby time 10 days Working Distance (Intercom) up to 900 meters (980 yards) in open terrain 4-way conference intercom Dimensions Headset 84.1 mm x 56.5 mm x 38.6 mm (3.3 in x 2.2 in x 1.5 in) Clamp unit 223.8 mm x 85.5 mm x 30.6mm (8.8 in x 3.4 in x 1.2 in) Headset weight 60g (2.11 oz) Clamp unit 84g (2.96 oz) Bluetooth Profiles Headset Profile, Hand-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) Bluetooth v3.0+EDR Audio Advanced Noise Control Improved wind and engine noise reduction Sidetone Now you can hear yourself talk similar to a Goldwing or Harley Davidson intercom Built-in SBC Codec Voice prompts Conference phone call with intercom participant Noise cancellation Wind noise reduction Wide volume control Sample rate 48kHz (DAC) Auxiliary audio-in connection via 3.5mm jack Battery Charging time 2.5 hours Type Lithium polymer battery In the Box Headset Main Unit Speaker-Microphone Clamp Unit USB Power and Data Cable (Micro USB) Cigarette Lighter Charger (Micro USB) 3.5mm Stereo Audio Cable Glued Surface Mounting Adaptor Microphone Sponge Velcro Pads for Speakers Allen Wrench Speaker Pads Microphone Cap Please Note Some of the above features require updating the firmware to the latest v5.0. The firmware is a free download from Sena Technologies . SMH10-10
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good features, and worth buying
PostedMay 12, 2014
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Winsur4
From Odessa, Tx
State:TX
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Sound Clarity 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I also own a Cardo G9. I purchased the SMH-10 because several of my riding buddies have bought the SMH-5 or the SMH-10 and a Cardo will not communicate with them. The Cardo has the appearance of being better built, and I like the lower profile. The controls on the SMH-10 are easier to use. I have not owned the SMH-10 long enough to test its durability but the overall look and feel seems cheaper. Cardo Wins on build quality, while SMH-10 wins on ease of use.
Charging - The Cardo connection with the charger is very positive and will not come out. The SMH-10 connection is rather tenuous, and the weight of the wire can dislodge the connection. The SMH-10 touts its ability to charge while in use. I do not see how the connection could stay during use since it is so loose on the bench that I have to carefully place it to insure it does not fall out.
Speakers (Size) - The Cardo is thinner, and leaves much more room inside the helmet. The SMH-10 speakers are thick and could be troublesome if the well around the ears is not deep. I barely have room to straighten out my ears once I put on my HJC helmet that is made for use with speakers. The helmet I use with my Cardo has almost no room, and the thin speakers fit fine.
Speakers (Sound quality) - The Cardo does not have noise cancelling on the speakers, and can be a bit difficult to hear if the wind noise or road noise is elevated even with good wind protection. I do not have this problem with the SMH-10. SMH-10 wins.
Noise cancelling mike – Both are excellent. The Cardo comes both with the Boom mike and a fixed mike – I use both. The SMH-10 only came with a boom mike. Slight edge for Cardo, but the fixed mike is not “free”.
I have also owned the Cardo Scala rider G2. They were finicky and when they died there was no repair. The G9 can be a bit hard to use, and I assume there will be no repair solution once they die. A bit disconcerting since they are premium priced. Pricing goes to the SMH-10.
I have not yet used the multi-rider features of either unit, so no comment there. The SMH-5 is for two connections only, and is very reasonably priced. From the literature I am not sure if it has noise cancelling speakers.
In the long run, It may be that I will get what I pay for. I got only 3 years out of the G2, and at nearly twice the price I hope to do better with the G9. At least if I have to throw away my unit after failure, the SMH-10 wont cost as much to replace. Future replacement pricing goes to the SMH-10.
Rides: 1971 BMW R75/5
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Cardo Scala Rider G9 Powerset
Cardo Scala Rider G9 Powerset
Cardo Scala Rider G9 Powerset The newest addition to the Cardo headset lineup and touting major upgrades over the G4 system, the brand new Cardo Systems Scala Rider G9 powerset is utilizing the most advanced technology and represents one of the most innovative bluetooth communicators we've seen to date. Some of the new features are as follows One + 8 Pairing Communicate with up to eight other riders in full-duplex toggling mode Voice Recognition Allows communication with all eight riders by simply speaking their names Full Duplex Full Duplex communication with up to 4 riders Group Signaling Allows you to send a signal to everyone in your group at once as an alert Social Networking Set up a social group based on physical location, riding groups and find other G9 users Flash Pairing Quick pairing of devices, simply touch the two G9 units and in less than 1 second they are paired Mobile Phone Conference Calls Full duplex telephone calls between a caller and both the rider and passenger Larger Buttons Easier to navigate the device with gloves Two microphone options Includes both boom mic and wired microphone The G9 headset retains all the features of the very popular G4 including A2DP and MP3 connectivity to stream stereo music Built in FM radio with RDS smart scan Noise cancelling microphone Weather and dust resistant design Up to 1.6km range in ideal terrain Upgradeable firmware Download the latest version Cardo G9 firmware here .
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Improvement on Q2
PostedMay 23, 2012
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Winsur4
From Odessa, Tx
State:TX
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sound Clarity 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I have used the Q2 for 3 years and was very satisfied. One of the pair broke, so I decided to upgrade to the G9, primarily for the Stereo capability. I did not rate durability, but my Q2 lasted 2-3 years. Apparently there is no repair on the Q2. I would like an exchange program, but as far as I can tell once the warranty has expired, it is a throw-away
I especially like:
1. Sound quality
2. Quick Pairing (Much easier to pair than the Q2)
3. Voice activation
4. MP3 Stereo
5. Choice of microphones
6. Noise cancelling is outstanding.
7. Voice calling works much better than the Q2
8. Better button layout than Q2
9 Installation on the helmet was straightforward.
Did not like:
1. 1 microphone failed, but I was using the boom on one helmet and the wired on the other so I had a spare.
2. Installation manual a bit complex, but so is the G9
3. While listening to my mp3 the first time I coughed and it switched to the radio. I hope there is a fix for this.
The Q2 gave outstanding battery life and the G9 advertises even better. The antenna should improve the distance, though I have not tried it, yet with another motorcycle. I was happy with the Q2 so I think I will be happy the touted improvements of the G9.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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