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Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset The SMH10R is a Bluetooth 3.0 stereo headset with long-range Bluetooth intercom designed specifically for sportbike riders who prefer smaller form factor for maximizing their riding performance, yet maintaining rich features of Bluetooth intercom. With the SMH10R, you can call handsfree on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigation by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have intercom conversations in full duplex with other riders. Thanks to the latest Bluetooth and the advanced digital signal processing technology inherited from the SMH10, the SMH10R offers the best sound quality for both incoming and outgoing sound in its class. Also, its super thin and compact form factor contribute higher performance for sports bike riding and it makes the SMH10R a perfect companion of sports bike riders. Features Universal Intercom Allows allows pairing to other brands of Bluetooth headsets Bluetooth 3.0 Bluetooth intercom up to 900 meters (980 yards) in open terrain Ultra slim feather light Four-way conference intercom Conference phone call with intercom participant Multipoint for mobile phone+GPS Voice prompts Bluetooth stereo headset for Bluetooth audio devices such as MP3 players Bluetooth music playback control by AVRCP Play, pause, track forward and track back Sufficient sound level with integrated audio booster Bluetooth handsfree 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 Can be used while charging on road trip Individual volume control for each audio source Firmware upgradeable Peace of mind - thanks to the two-year warranty General Specifications Talk time 8 hours Stand-by time 7 days Intercom working distance up to 900 meters (980 yards) in open terrain Operating temperature -10C 55C (14F 131F) Dimensions 70.7 mm x 36.6 mm x 15.5 mm (2.8 in x 1.4 in x 0.6 in) Charging time 2.5 hours Type Lithium polymer battery Audio Specifications 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 Noise cancellation Wind noise reduction Wide volume control Sample rate 48kHz (DAC) Bluetooth Specifications Profiles Headset Profile, Hands-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) Bluetooth 3.0 CE, FCC and IC Certificates Includes Headset Main Unit Speakers Attachable Boom Microphone Wired Microphone Replaceable Battery Pack USB Power Data Cable Cigarette Charger Users Guide 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 . SMH10R-01
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent choice for Shoei XR1100 and a rider that wants a small, discreet and robust device
PostedApril 1, 2013
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Louis49
From London
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sound Clarity 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I did a lot of research before buying this product as myself and two other buddies will be off for a trans-Europe burn this summer and I wanted to get it right. I was about to purchase three of the earlier models, the Sena SMH10, when these newer models came onto the market.
I was very impressed with the sturdy little unit straight out of the box but could see that there was going to be quite a wiring job to be done to get it as neat and invisible as I wanted.
I’m fortunate that my helmet, a Shoei XR-1100, has easily removable interior padding held in with poppers, after removing the visor, cheek pads and pulling the head liner up from the back of the neck and exposing the polystyrene liner I set about fitting the kit. The first time I installed one it took about two hours, neatly routing wires into gaps with the blunt end of a teaspoon and working out where the four connecting plugs were going to go. There was also a bit of a trial as to just where I wanted the control unit to be for ease of use and not interfering with how I put the helmet on or take it off as I wanted a permanent bond rather than Velcro. The following day when fitting the same gear into my brother-in-law’s identical lid I did it in about 25 minutes.
One reason I chose this unit rather than the older tried and trusted model was the size. I wanted something permanently fitted but as discreet and robust as possible. One way they have achieved this is to make the battery separate from the unit and unless you can lose the battery inside the helmet I would consider the advantage of this model pretty much null and void. Five minutes with a hot spoon and I managed to fit it into a small recess in the polystyrene liner just above the neck and covered by the plastic band set into head lining. The plugs and sockets fit snugly under the left hand side of the neck collar and, apart from the single wire passing the ¾’’from the collar to the main unit, it’s invisible.
First time out on the road and I was alone, so to test the system I phoned a buddy and then took him on a quick town to town burn. I was astonished at how loud and clear the system was, despite wind noise and quite a loud pipe we were able to communicate at over 130 (never actually found a limit), although chat became just shouting facts when over the ton as concentration levels rendered conversation impossible. The following day with my brother-in-law’s unit newly fitted we went out and did the same route at similar speeds. Reception was not quite as knock out as the previous day’s phone call but I think we were just spoiled there, it is still impressive. Independent volume controls are terrific as you can set all input levels for phone, GPS, media player and intercom and have everything just so. In fact the system is capable of such volume that you could easily hear while wearing ear plugs underneath. We also found that the claimed 900yd range was probably half that before interference set in, a little disappointment here.
A major advantage of this device is its size but that can have a down side too. As it stands you don’t really have to touch it at all as the voice activated VOX control does a good job but the three button system is difficult to feel especially with winter gloves, and you have to remember how many pushes on which button, or for how long, to access the multitude of features. Like I say, a bit tricky.
However, if you’re the sort of person who doesn’t need easy control of your media player but rather just a chat with your buddies on VOX and have GPS butt in every now and again and your phone on VOX control too as you rip along the N230 then you’re fine, you don’t need to touch anything.
To sum up, this unit is more than I expected it would be and suits me just fine, it looks tough, invisibly fitted and out of the way enough to not take knocks easily and has, without doubt, staggering performance. I’ve got mine set up lovely with a helmet that seemed made for it and by not following the rules exactly. If you’re the sort of person who doesn’t enjoy sorting things out and feel loathed to modify your lid, but at the same time you want a neat unit that is very easy to use and is easily removable then maybe this is not for you and, I would suggest, the SMH10 might be more suitable.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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