Sena vs UClear?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by mightys4, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. mightys4

    mightys4 Adventurer

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    I'm in the market for a set of Bluetooth communicators. I'd like to be able to listen to music, but mostly for communicating with my pillion.

    Has anyone had a chance to try both units?

    I really like the boomless design of the UClear, but I like the solid reputation of Sena as well. I see some info here and there on UClear, but nothing as widespread as Sena, just wondering if there are more UClear folks out there.

    I think others would be interested as well... Thanks for any insight!
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  2. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    The Uclear technology is VERY impressive.
    However most systems with booms are very small and work pretty well.
    I just got the new Scala QZ and have had conversations at 70 mph and 7K RPMs and they thought I was using a regular blue took headset.

    Overall the technology has advanced tremendously in the past six years when I got my first Cardo G2.

    Q~
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  3. Performance Cycle

    Performance Cycle 303-744-2011

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    The Uclear HBC200 works fantastic in most situations. I have experienced that at really fast highway speeds, you do seem to get some wind noise, and the music quality can be a bit flat, but overall I am happy with mine (I use on my bike and while snowboarding). The huge benefit of course is the boomless feature which works great in an open face helmet. In a fullface it doesn't seem to matter. The Sena SMH10 universal definitely gets the best reviews for a couple reasons; it has the best music quality, easiest controls, and its the only unit that can communicate with other brands. Overall, unless you have an open face helmet I would just use the Sena.
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  4. nscmj3

    nscmj3 Adventurer

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    Returned my Uclear. Unimpressed. Sounded flat and tinny, with a hissing background.
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  5. dvmweb

    dvmweb Adventurer

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    Just bought a sena unit. I like it overall. Only con so far is the headphones are eq'd for speech. There are no bass frquencies. Easy to link up with blue tooth. Very clear mic and speakers.
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  6. klinquist

    klinquist ├╝bergeek

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    For me, what it comes down to is compatibility.

    Take a look at the forthcoming (May) Sena 20S. Based on specs, it'll be hard to beat. Based on Sena's reputation for products and support, I'll trust the specs.
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  7. zeeede

    zeeede Long timer

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    I've been using Sena since they first came out in the US (2008, I think it was?) Been very happy with their headsets and their customer service. If you're considering a purchase, make sure you check out the vendor thread for Rocketmoto's group buy in the Vendors forum here for a great discount (no affiliation).
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  8. mightys4

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    Thank you all for your thoughts and experiences, I really think I'm just going Sena, just seems like a solid product with good support that is listening to their users.

    ADV is a great resource, love reading here.

    mightys4
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  9. jknight3679

    jknight3679 n00b

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    I just bought a UClear 200 and i am completely unimpressed with the music quality. at 80 mpg in a shoei hornet you can barely hear it and the right speaker distorts with any bass.
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  10. bicyclebradley

    bicyclebradley V-Twin

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    The feature of "Jog Dial" and that it only has 2 easily to differentiate buttons sold me on the Sena SMH5-FM.

    I LOVE it - new firmware allows it to pair with any bluetooth device now, not just Sena... good call.

    EDIT
    The SMH-5FM comes with the upgraded speakers and they fit perfectly into the Shoei helmet recesses.
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  11. WilCon76

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    The U-Clear speakers are so big they don't fit in all helmets and were crushing my ears. I sent mine back as well.
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  12. cug

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    There are two things that need to be considered for this:

    1) Senas service is unbelievable. I have three year old SMH10 systems and still get the newest software from Sena on them, adding features and making them better.

    2) The jog dial is the best way of handling the systems with gloves. It's just so incredibly easy to use, no searching for buttons, no fiddling, no nothing. It's plain a perfect example of a user interface done right.

    I'm happy with my Sena system and I'm going to buy another one to be able to do three way conversations soon.
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  13. effensteve

    effensteve Enjoying the ride

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    I went with the u-clear and the earbud speakers. they fit comfortably and sound pretty good. The stock speakers are big and I did have to trim the helmet just a smidge to get them to fit. Overall I'm pretty happy with them
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  14. kag

    kag Wander Lust

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    Just bought the Uclear set up.....will know more when I finish a long trip planned next week
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  15. HillbillyfromAL

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    I had the uclear it worked for about 2 days, then the microphone went out. I didn't like how you had to hold down the button so long to activate Siri. With the Sena just one quick press of the button is all it takes. I've used the Sena now for almost a year riding 5 days a week in everything except ice and it's held up perfect. I will say that the uclear had better noise cancelation while it worked, my wife and mom couldn't even tell I was on the bike. The Sena is still great for that too though.


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  16. mikeheel

    mikeheel Not cool enough

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    FWIW, the UClear 200 has a software update that now allows it to pair with BT units from other manufacturers.

    I know this post was a few months old, but it had a good discussion, and the lack of universal BT was one of the issues mentioned.
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  17. blown7.3lps

    blown7.3lps Brian

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    picked up UClear today, the sound does not sound natural, very tinny and couldn't get them to work with the new Bilt Explorer helmet I just got which ill be returning as well. Just no room for the big speakers and my ears inside the helmet.

    All the guys at the local store were telling me how great the UClear is, also at cycle gear they said they would sound great as well. I never tried them while riding the bike but just was not impressed with the sound.
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  18. mwood7800

    mwood7800 Banned

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    Sena is tried and true it just works, the speakers suck as do any speaker at highway speeds. If u want any quality of sound it's earbuds or nothing. Plain and simple. I have military noise canceling ear pods in a shoei. That really works great but it's home made and another 400$ without the helmet. Forget any other noise canceling earbuds as they bounce, especially the Bose.
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  19. kag

    kag Wander Lust

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    I like my Uclear
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  20. Rgconner

    Rgconner Long timer

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    I like mine too.

    Granted I use it for HAM radio while riding, but everyone likes the sound quality from it. Sound quality for me is great from the radio, and is plenty loud, something I had problems with the Sena 10.

    And no more crushed booms on the modular helmet.
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