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Jan 24th 2016, 04:40 PM   #1
 ItsLunchBOX's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton, OR

  '15 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec
Bluetooth Headset

OK, So I have it narrowed down to three choices. This will be my first headset ever. Anyone have experience with any of these? Am I missing an option I should be looking at?

A) Sena 20s
B) Interphone F5MC
C) Cardo Scala Rider G9x

Input greatly appreciated.
Jan 24th 2016, 04:52 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Des Moines

  XR650R, M1200S, VFR800, & GSXR750
I like my Sena so far. I had to do some MacGyvering to improve the FM reception, but the intercom feature is great and callers haven't known I was on a bike when I was talking to them. I haven't had any issues with rain either (some people have reported issues). I think their speakers sound the best loud while wearing earplugs.
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Jan 24th 2016, 05:47 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
i have cheap china specials, can only link via bluetooth to phone or another one via bluetooth, works well for listening to music , gps, and talking to my husband or other passanger
Jan 24th 2016, 05:57 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Bot Hell, WA

  Honda RC51, BMW S1000RR, BMW R1200RT, Suzuki DR650SE
I bought a Sena U-10 and love it.
If you have the right brand helmet you might want to consider that model, and it has all the functions of every other current Sena - plus more.

It's completely self contained within the helmet with nothing to break off or die of drowning in the wet like some of the external units (including other Sena models).

Only two buttons on the helmet and they are inside the face shield for turning it on and off. Once you do that no need to blindly try and find them while riding.

Comes with a wireless Bluetooth joystick remote control that fits over your handlebar to run all the functions so you don't have to touch the helmet buttons at all. The remote can be easily removed from the bike each time you get off so it doesn't get lifted by thieves, (and the remote is only $100 to replace if it does). That's a whole lot cheaper than a self-contained unit that might get stolen or damaged if your helmet is dropped.

I can't comment on the FM, I Bluetooth to music on my phone for tunes, and the voice commands and phone work really well.
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Jan 24th 2016, 06:04 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  West Richland, WA

I dont know how well it works trying to talk with a helmet on, but I use an older LG Tone headset paired to my phone. It has absolutely outstanding battery life (several days worth of phone calls etc), tucks under your collar, and does a good job of filtering background noise. The earbuds are comfortable and should fit inside a helmet just fine.
Jan 24th 2016, 06:54 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Beaverton, OR

  '15 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rainman
If you have the right brand helmet you might want to consider that model, and it has all the functions of every other current Sena - plus more.
It seems like this is only compatible with Shoei GT-Air, Neotec and J-Cruise, Schuberth C3/C3 Pro, and Arai full-face helmets. I have a Scorpion EXO-GT3000.

Edited by ItsLunchBOX on Jan 24th 2016 at 07:00 PM Reason: Added compatible helmets.
Jan 24th 2016, 06:55 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Beaverton, OR

  '15 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wrench
I dont know how well it works trying to talk with a helmet on, but I use an older LG Tone headset paired to my phone. It has absolutely outstanding battery life (several days worth of phone calls etc), tucks under your collar, and does a good job of filtering background noise. The earbuds are comfortable and should fit inside a helmet just fine.
Not a bad idea but I am also looking for intercom features as well so I can talk directly with the people I ride with.
Jan 24th 2016, 11:35 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Vancouver WA

  15 Aprilia Tuono V4R
I have a uClear and it works pretty well. Audio is clear. Chat feature is good. Only issue I have is the microphone is attached to the speakers so if you're talking you have to speak a bit louder and anunciate your words. They came out with a newer version that the speakers are supposed to have a bit more low end. But if I buy another unit it will have a flat mic I can put closer to my mouth.
Jan 25th 2016, 12:12 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Portland, Oregon

  2013 ZX636R
I like my Sena. Like Paradox said, the speakers are best loud with ear plugs. But you can still detect traffic and road noise. I had to be going well over 80 before my wife noticed any wind noise while talking.
Jan 25th 2016, 09:51 AM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Beaverton, OR

  '15 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec
So it sounds like Sena is the way to go, especially if I still want to wear ear plugs while riding. Is that the general consensus?
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Jan 25th 2016, 10:00 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
I love my Sena 10R. I've had it for almost four months, and it rarely needs to be charged - maybe once a week from every day riding/commuting (~1.5 hours on the bike per day). The remote has NEVER been charged since I first turned it on. Pretty amazing.

I also recommend wearing earplugs underneath the speakers - sound quality will still be good, you can still hear road noise and cars around you, and you can crank the sound if you're really diggin' it at the moment.

However, I do think I blew the right speaker a bit somewhere along the way, so that's a bummer - it cuts in and out occasionally.
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Jan 25th 2016, 10:54 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wrench
I dont know how well it works trying to talk with a helmet on, but I use an older LG Tone headset paired to my phone. It has absolutely outstanding battery life (several days worth of phone calls etc), tucks under your collar, and does a good job of filtering background noise. The earbuds are comfortable and should fit inside a helmet just fine.
I had one of these for a while. They work fine but you cannot do intercom with them while on a bike - there will be way too much wind noise. Also, you cannot wear ear plugs when you wear these, which means you're only getting the passive protection provided by the earbuds themselves (minimal). Finally, it's an extra step you have to do before putting your helmet on, instead of just having it built into the helmet.

I also felt like a moron walking around with a plastic band around my neck... YMMV.
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Jan 25th 2016, 11:48 AM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Pasco, WA

  nothing anymore =(
i'll add another vote for SENA. i have the 20S. it's awesome!
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Jan 25th 2016, 01:07 PM   #14
 
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
Sena 10R here as well. Wear NRR 30 earplugs 99% of the time.

Phone at 70mph: I can hear it just fine, folks on the other end can't tell I'm on the bike.

Bluetooth music: I actually like it better with the ear plugs in, the plugs take the tinny quality away. Volume can be set from complete background to a pretty good for rock'in out. No bass at all, but still good for directions, phone calls and background music.
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Edited by skjeflo on Jan 25th 2016 at 02:46 PM
Jan 25th 2016, 02:43 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

I've been using a Sena SMH10R for about two years.




I'm totally happy with it. It even works great on the track when I've used it instructing.
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