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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 another 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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4 / 5
4 / 5
Excellent feature set for the money, very low profile.
PostedJune 18, 2013
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Syndil
From Jeffersonville
State:IN
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sound Clarity 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Friend of mine purchased a Scala G9 for his helmet, so I thought I might buy one too, until I saw the price. Also it looked rather clunky on his helmet, and I am very sensitive to noise. I was worried something that large hanging off the side of my helmet would create wind noise. So I started looking around, and the low-profile Sena seemed like a natural choice. Doesn't conference with as many riders as the Scala, but I rarely ride with large groups.
Installation was very easy. I decided to permanently mount the control unit with the provided double-sided tape. They give you the option of using that or a hook-and-loop option. The battery is hook-and-loop only, which is because eventually (after 2 years or so) it will wear out and need to be replaced, just like any other Li-Ion battery. There are also multiple options for mounting the microphone (they provide a boom mic as well as a stick-on mic) and earphones. The various wires were easy to tuck behind my helmet's padding.
It is very low profile--doesn't add any wind noise that I can detect.
The buttons are large--very easy to find and operate with gloves on.
The biggest complaint I have with it is remembering how to operate it.
Most everything is done by tapping, double-tapping or holding down one of the three buttons on the control unit for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 seconds, followed by a low, mid, high or multiple beeps and/or a voice prompt. If that sounds confusing it's because it truly is, especially with so many functions to remember. I plan to drill the one or two main features that I will use into my head, and hopefully I will remember them when I need them.
Have not had a chance to use the intercom function with anyone yet, but I have used it to listen to music, navigation and receive phone calls. Works well for that. Once I am confident I can learn to operate the thing proficiently, I will probably get another for my passenger. Or I may get one of the regular SMH10 units instead, if it is easier to operate. Don't want to have to give a lecture on how to use it to my passenger. But I haven't looked into that yet.
Had no difficulty pairing it to my HTC One V.
If I were to nitpick, I wish I could remove the battery from the helmet and charge it separately. Instead, the battery has a proprietary connector which connects to the control unit, and the USB port for charging the battery is on the control unit. Which, since I have the control unit permanently attached to the helmet, this means I must bring the entire helmet to the charger rather than just the battery. I think they could have done that a bit smarter, but I guess they wanted only a single USB port on the device, and putting it on the control unit was necessary in order to upgrade its firmware.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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