Anyone out there have the Sena SMH10?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by sixsevenfive, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. StriderTB

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    Thankfully the Sena rep got back to me and everything is sorted out. No complaints about their service from me. :)
  2. jprovence

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    Whats the difference between the SMH10 and the SM5? I don't need fancy intercom or any of that jazz. Just bluetooth phone and music from same phone. I have a Shoei Neotec.
  3. Downs

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    I have the same helmet. Greatest helmet I have ever worn :freaky

    Anyway on to the SENA. IIRC the SM5 has a shorter intercom range and shorter battery life.

    12 hours of talk time on the 10 vs 8 on the 5, and 10 days of standby time on the 10 vs 7 on the 5.

    Range is 900 yards on the 10 vs 430 yards on the 5.

    Sounds like the SMH5 will work fine for you as long as you don't mind the shorter battery life. The 5 is also about an ounce and a half lighter than the 10.

    http://www.senabluetooth.com/products/smh10.php?tab_menu=spec

    http://www.senabluetooth.com/products/smh5.php?tab_menu=spec
  4. jprovence

    jprovence Adventurer

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    Thanks for that.

    looks like the 5 has a wire for the speakers and mic, and the 10 "docks". Much like other units in the same price point of around $100.
  5. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    The 5 also doesn't have the option of changing out the base that allows you to use your own ear buds instead of the speakers if thats important.
  6. RocketMoto

    RocketMoto 2 Many Motersikles

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  7. danham

    danham Been here awhile

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    It would be very helpful to know what they advised you to do, in case we encounter the same problem.

    Thanks,

    -dan
  8. StriderTB

    StriderTB Strudel

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    Here's her instructions:

    1. Re-install Sena Device Manager from our website.
    2. Make sure to download correct version for your operating system found at the bottom of this page:
    http://senabluetooth.com/support/download_document.php
    3. Do not run the file right away, rather save it to the desktop. Then, Right click on the file to "Run As Administrator" from the drop-down menu.
    4. Disable/disconnect any internal/external bluetooth hardware connected to PC like wireless mouse or keyboard - VERY important. For embedded Bluetooth module, you will need to disable from device manager.
    5. Make sure to try different micro-USB cable as well as the one that came with SMH10.
  9. danham

    danham Been here awhile

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    Thank you, StriderTB.

    -dan
  10. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    Just my opinion, but unless you NEED the extra range of the SMH10, I would go with the SMH5.
    The SMH5 is going to be more resistant to damage and does not use the spring-loaded contact <--> baseplate design...
  11. danham

    danham Been here awhile

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    I agree, but to help others evaluate the difference, keep in mind that "range" is not just a matter of feet (or meters) between bikes. I have the SMH-10 and a pal has the SMH-5. If he and I get separated by an 18-wheel truck or two on the highway, he's gone. In the same situations, my SMH-10 riding pals stay on the air.

    I still think my 5 friend made the right choice for him, and the occasional disconnect is not a deal killer, but for some the 5 might not have enough "range."

    -dan
  12. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    yeah... what you said!! :clap
  13. Perkio

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    I was looking for reviews of the new SMH10R on the web and noticed that at revzilla, it's gone from their web site.
    I'm waiting to buy (after reading some user reviews) mine from Adam.

    Adam, have you heard if anything is up, was the product pulled?

    I know that you got your stock in. Were you able to work with them at all (when will we see your review)?

    Perk
  14. RocketMoto

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    Hey Perk:

    Crazy weekend, so I am going to aim for this evening, to do some fiddling.

    Not sure what's up with any other dealer, Could be that they didn't have any to start with; many online retailers drop ship from distributors. The initial supply was very limited. For us, if it's on RocketMoto.com, we have it in stock at our facility. No games. :deal
  15. Brisco

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    Installed it last week. I've used it for about 20 hours so far with no issues.
    I really like the increased music volume from my iPod.

    BTW, Shoei Neotech helmet and I use a Blackberry for phone and an iPod Nano Gen 7 that had built in Bluetooth. Both work flawlessly.
  16. SF_Hooligan

    SF_Hooligan Deadwood Original

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    I've been using it for a couple days now. The additional volume is very welcome - I can hear music now at 70-80 MPH, rather than just get an idea that there's music there. For reference, I wear a Shoei Qwest with foam earplugs (the 30+ dB ones) or sometimes Etymotic ER20s. I'm on an R1200R with the "touring" windshield, so there's some wind noise, but not tons.

    The only issue I've encountered so far is that with the higher volume, those li'l speakers get overloaded pretty easily. If I get it up to max with some higher gain music (say, the new Bad Religion album) the speakers just can't handle it and the music distorts pretty badly. I'm waiting on a set of Tork speakers I recently ordered - hoping that will help with the fidelity issues. Of course, I'm not expecting hi-fi, and I really shouldn't have it that loud anyway, I suppose. :D
  17. slartidbartfast

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  18. Perkio

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    Does anyone have any time with the SMH10R?

    I'm wanting to buy 4 of them but was hoping to find an early user with a review or advice.

    Bueller, Bueller,Bueller,

    Perk
  19. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Anyone have an issue with their SMH10 draining the battery while not in use?

    My wife's unit seems to be killing its battery even if not powered on for a week or so. My unit in the same time frame has no issues. Even if I use mine and don't charge it, it still has juice and her's just completely dies without being used. It is winter time, so we aren't using them as much, but this is the 2nd time we've noticed her unit completely dead when we went to use them.

    My wife's SMH10 unit did get rather wet to the point it stopped working last year (Sept time period) during a full day of heavy rain and I thought it was dead, but with the help of Sena and doing a reset, I was able to bring it back to life and its worked fine since then other than just noticing this battery drain issue here recently. I'm starting to wonder if there is any corrosion or something inside the unit or some other damage from the water? Other than that, the unit actually works fine. We haven't been on any long trips or even used them all day in awhile to know if it still lasts all day, but I might have to try that and see.

    Is there a way to measure across certain pins while the unit is off if there is a measurable drain of power to give myself a starting point to look at?
  20. bkwags

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    I have a pair going into their third season. Battery life has been good. Need to make sure you shut it off manually between rides.

    I had some issues with volume fluctuations and an occasional cross talk where my radio plays in my partners ear piece during a conversation. Short tem fix for each issue was to re-boot. Eventually these were both taken care of by Sena under warranty. They are a little hard to get a hold of. But once I got a communication going it was only a matter of a week to 10 days before I had TWO replacement modules.

    Regarding bike to bike, they work great as well. I am guestimating but about 200+ yards between riders. But you must have a clear line of sight for the longer distances.

    I do not use the blue tooth phone or gps, but a buddy does and they seem to work well for him.

    Overall, I rate them very good to excellent and Sena has been very good about taking care of any issues.