New Sena 20S Intercom announced at AIMExpo

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by El Gato, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. El Gato

    El Gato Been here awhile

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  2. KoolBreeze

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    hmmm... nice. even shown on my current helmet. :evil
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  3. Mike Ryder

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    Have the Sena SMH10 and it's been great. This offers improvement in my opinion and I need it.
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  4. Simplyred

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    This device blows the competition right out of the water. It's looking MUCH better then the competing Cardo G9 product, and combine that with Sena's already much better customer services and customer approach....

    The only question left is what is going to be the price tag. They will place it above the SMH10, so I guess you'd better be prepared for a significant higher price tag as well.

    I do think their website may need an overhaul though. It's difficult to get a comparison between their products and the product choice module does a bad job since it involves only a few features to choose. They need to improve that, and they also need to publish extensive feature lists comparing their products so you can see exactly what you get on product X that you do not get on product Y.

    Sena is doing a great job !
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  5. Avispao

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    Why all of them make the devices so huge?
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  6. Cataract2

    Cataract2 Where to?

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    A nice update. Although I don't think I will be upgrading anytime soon. Will wait until my current SMH10 no longer does the job.
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  7. Simplyred

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    My only beef with all of those devices is the fiddling around on the side of your head (plus wearing gloves). That isn't the most optimal way of controlling stuff.

    I would like to actually SEE what I am doing. So I would be all in favor of a bluetooth device that has a remote touchscreen instead of buttons on the helmet part. Makes much more sense.

    I know there is already 1 bluetooth device that has a knob-type remote available as an option, but it needs one more step to the touchscreen.
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  8. scootertrog

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    I don't know ..... this newest Sena unit looks like it is larger than the original. These things need to be getting miniaturized, unlike the pick-up truck industry. :lol3
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  9. El Gato

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    Specs are up on Revzilla now. Nice little nugget hidden in there... Universal intercom - intercom with other brand headsets :clap


    http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sena-20s-bluetooth-headset


    Features:

    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • World’s first dual Bluetooth module communication system
    • Advanced audio management of intercom, phone, music and FM radio
    • Advanced wind noise cancellation
    • Versatile bike-to-bike conference intercom
    • Intercom working distance up to 2km (1.5 miles) in open terrain
    • Universal intercom - intercom with other brand headsets
    • Built-in FM radio tuner with station scan and save function
    • All-in-one helmet clamp kit
    • Crystal clear and natural sound quality
    • Quick Bluetooth Pairing
    • Intuitive voice prompts and commands
    • Water resistant for use in inclement weather
    • Optional handlebar remote control (sold separately)
    • Bluetooth protocol support: HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP, PBAP
    • Firmware upgradeable
    • Peace of mind - thanks to the two-year warranty
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  10. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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  11. Albie

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    Not bad, it's around the same price as the crappy Cardo Scala G9.
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  12. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I wonder if they will finally release the firmware to give the SMH10's the ability to synch with other headsets like they said they would a while back or if they are only going to offer it with this new unit.
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  13. El Gato

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    Sena initially announced on their forum that they were working on this as an improvement for the SMH10 but they've gone completely silent on it despite many questions about its status in recent months. I'm guessing that they either 1) determined that they couldn't do it with the hardware set of the SMH10, or more likely 2) decided they'd rather keep it as a Marketing differentiator for the 20S.
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  14. Albie

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    I'm the complete opposite. I don't want to have to take my both my hand off the bars and then my eyes off the road as well. That's why I like the Sena so much. The jog dial makes it so easy to manipulate. The last thing I want to do is have to screw around looking down at a display to figure out what to press and end up head first in a friggen tree.

    That's why I love the Contour vid cams. 1 simple switch to operate and I never have to take my eyes off the road/trail.
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  15. KoolBreeze

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    I agree with the preceding gentleman... don't "see" a need for touchscreen. a single hand reaching up to perform various basic functions at the most is fine. it's same as raising a visor, opening a vent, whatever. I don't need to look at something and fart around with buttons and menus. nor taking up more room in the pit.

    exercise: can you touch your nose with your eyes closed?

    now use your smart phone.
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  16. KoolBreeze

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    this part sucks. hope you're wrong.
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  17. El Gato

    El Gato Been here awhile

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    More details about it are now up on Sena's site:

    http://senabluetooth.com/product/intercoms/20s/

    Some other interesting tidbits about the new unit:

    - NFC used for quicker pairing
    - built-in earbud plug, so more stupid dongle to break off :clap
    - Longer claimed battery life (13 hours talk time)
    - Slimmer than SMH10
    - HD-quality audio
    - New voice-command user interface
    - Longer range (1.5 miles in open terrain)
    - Built-in FM radio
    - Optional available remote control unit

    Sounds like Sena has moved the bar forward in a pretty big way with the new unit.
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  18. BMW-K

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    The FM and earbud jack are the biggest deals to me. FM would be nice, especially if there is a way to do presets on it.

    What I am concerned about are how the Sena handles both voice commands and Siri Commands (IPhone). I use the IPhone extensively and have had GREAT success with Siri on the bike.
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  19. Nwrider206

    Nwrider206 2012 Triumph Bonnie

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    This is a huge leap forward I think. Finally compatibility with other brands. This might shatter the idea that units are only compatible with same brands. (stupid). Why get anything else? Get the one that can work with them all (if it does, they haven't exactly confirmed what it will work with).
    Longer range, though it now uses a fold our antenna which looks a little ugly.
    Just a whole bunch of new features.

    I had read somewhere recently that many of those features will come to the SMH10, like the multi compatibility. But not sure about that.

    To me these are all enough for me to upgrade. Especially if I can get a decent price for the SMH10. Which if it will talk to other brands, I am sure there will be a lot of people looking to switch to Sena.
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  20. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    ==The Most Interoperable Communication System

    Due to Sena’s expertise in the Bluetooth technology industry, Sena has developed units that are highly compatible with other Bluetooth devices in the market, including smartphones, MP3 players, GPS, as well as additional Bluetooth communication systems using Universal Intercom™. Providing units with the ability to easily pair and function seamlessly with other Bluetooth devices expands the users experience and reduces any limitations due to technological complications
    ==
    From the website.

    Sounds like other brands must be using "Universal Intercom" to play...

    SA
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