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Old 04-09-2014, 09:34 AM   #21
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D-Man. I'm glad you got it from one of the sponsors. I got my Scala G9 from Wild West Honda and Bill gave me a great MotoHouston discount that actually beat any internet price. i am a big believer in buying local, and specially using the sponsors.

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Why have Bluetooth in the helmet if you still have to put earbuds in? Seems annoying.

Personal preference either way. I feel like a jog dial would be tricky without a screen to look at. But that's me.
I can't speak for anyone else, but I use the Etymotic Research sound isolating ear buds whenever I ride, whether listening to music or not. I can't stand listening to wind noise. Honestly, the biggest reason I've never been interested in one of these bluetooth modules is because in my research so far I'd only ever seen one option that would let you use your own speakers (ear buds). Granted, I didn't do a lot of searching, but after reading about the success people have had with the SMH10, and now that they're going to a more open bluetooth pairing, I'll probably look at picking one up.



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I can't speak for anyone else, but I use the Etymotic Research sound isolating ear buds whenever I ride, whether listening to music or not. I can't stand listening to wind noise. Honestly, the biggest reason I've never been interested in one of these bluetooth modules is because in my research so far I'd only ever seen one option that would let you use your own speakers (ear buds). Granted, I didn't do a lot of searching, but after reading about the success people have had with the SMH10, and now that they're going to a more open bluetooth pairing, I'll probably look at picking one up.

Amazon.com: Etymotic Research MC5 Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones (Black): [email]Electronics

Understood.

I can't wear in-ear earbuds and have issues with the pressure the helmet puts on an earbud(although the skullcandy FixBud are the best I've found in that department).

And yes I know what it's doing from a hearing standpoint.
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:25 AM   #24
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Understood.

I can't wear in-ear earbuds and have issues with the pressure the helmet puts on an earbud(although the skullcandy FixBud are the best I've found in that department).

And yes I know what it's doing from a hearing standpoint.
I had that same problem till I tried the JVC Marshmallows. With those I didn't notice it AT ALL. However, I currently use the Samsung HS130's and while I "feel" them a little more, there is no pain and its very comfy. I put the foam tips on them though.
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I just bought the smh10 for $80 bucks new and it's amazing. It's TOO LOUD on its highest setting and everyone says the call quality is super clear. I've only had it for 2 days and I'm going to return my $150 Bose sport headphones. Go with the sena I have no complaints. It also works flawlessly with my iPhone 5s.
Where'd you find it for that price? I think I'm about to call around to some of our sponsors and see what they will do on pricing.

Either way (SMH10 or 10R), I'm going to have to get the headphone adapter.

FWIW, rather than buying the full SMH10 kit for ~$155, it looks like one could simply buy the replacement bluetooth module for around $110 and then the headphone/boom mic helmet mount for $35 and come out ahead.

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So what is better than smh10 ?
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I have this fun trick i do.. kinda mean. But, I ordered the 10r. I like to wait until it says order within the next 30 minutes, or 1 hour or something, then order it, then change my CC details.
It won't process, then it will charge you for overnight, and then push it to two days. Call them up, complain, and they waive all shipping, plus they usually knock 25% off if you can get an american.

i did that, and ended up paying 123 for the 10r from amazon! Seems to have excellent reviews.
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So what is better than smh10 ?
Well, there is the Uclear, chatterbox, interphone, Nolan, bell ... but I haven't tried em.

Im sure other will flood the market soon too.
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I have this fun trick i do.. kinda mean. But, I ordered the 10r. I like to wait until it says order within the next 30 minutes, or 1 hour or something, then order it, then change my CC details.
It won't process, then it will charge you for overnight, and then push it to two days. Call them up, complain, and they waive all shipping, plus they usually knock 25% off if you can get an american.

i did that, and ended up paying 123 for the 10r from amazon! Seems to have excellent reviews.
Man, that's too much work to save a few bucks lol
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So what is better than smh10 ?
It seems like everyone likes the Sena's best... between the SMH10 and SMH10R about the only real difference I see is in the profile, functionally they're about the same. SMH10 has a longer battery life (12 hrs vs. 8 hrs) and a dial interface, SMH10R is much smaller, with only 3 buttons.

Both appear to have upgrade-able firmware, bluetooth 3.0, pair with two devices simultaneously, connect with up to three other headsets for intercom, similar range, adapters to use ear buds, negligible price difference...

Looking at amazon, in the "helmet communication" category your 4 top sellers are Sena sets, followed by a Scala set in 5th.

http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=dp_brw_l...ode=3271084011
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I can't speak for anyone else, but I use the Etymotic Research sound isolating ear buds whenever I ride, whether listening to music or not. I can't stand listening to wind noise. Honestly, the biggest reason I've never been interested in one of these bluetooth modules is because in my research so far I'd only ever seen one option that would let you use your own speakers (ear buds). Granted, I didn't do a lot of searching, but after reading about the success people have had with the SMH10, and now that they're going to a more open bluetooth pairing, I'll probably look at picking one up.

Amazon.com: Etymotic Research MC5 Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones (Black): Electronics

Yeah, I had the same opinion about Bluetooth units- I have a a pair of Shure SE535s with foam tips- similar to the Etymotics in terms of noise isolation- that I absolutely love. I have the top-of-the-line (or what used to be top-of-the line) triple-driver model- but I'm a bit of an audiophile, I admit. I owned sets from Bose, Klipsch before these. Sound from them is better than any of the other audio equipment I own- the Pioneer/Alpine system in my car, my Bose computer speakers-anything, and on par with the Klipsch home theater set-up at my parents' house- a $$$$ system I put together for them. Shure now has models ranging from a $100 pair up to a $1000 pair- good thing about these is they all have the same noise isolation- like the Etymotics- and they all have replaceable cords which I really like. I'm on my second cord in about 3 years with this set- much cheaper to replace the cord ($30) than the whole earphones, since that's the part that almost always goes out first. More and more companies (Ultimate Ears, Beats, maybe more) are going with replaceable cords nowadays, so that's good.




So far, the interface on the Sena alone is worth it. I can leave my phone in my bag, even, and pair the phone, start playing music, fast-forward, rewind, change the volume, talk to Siri, make a phone call, all with the jog dial, without ever touching the phone. It's pretty cool.
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Well, there is the Uclear, chatterbox, interphone, Nolan, bell ... but I haven't tried em.

Im sure other will flood the market soon too.
I've been pretty happy with the UClear. The lack of a boom mic is a great feature in my opinion. Of course, I have no friends, so I don't get many calls on it but at least I look the part.
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they all have replaceable cords which I really like.
sounds like I'll have to give these a try. I always kill cords.
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I've been pretty happy with the UClear. The lack of a boom mic is a great feature in my opinion. Of course, I have no friends, so I don't get many calls on it but at least I look the part.
Hehe... I thought I was the only one.
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I looked real hard at the uclear. It seems pretty nice as well.
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I got my 10r today. I ordered a new helmet and it won't be in until tomorrow..but putting it in the old hjc I had the sound was epic. Excellent buy. Although.i have not used the non R version so I can't compare but the r version is extremely light and the battery pack is like twice as small as I was expecting totally feather weight on both the actual receiver and the battery.
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I have the 10R and while the sound quality isn't good enough for my liking, it will do.

If you plan on making calls with it, I suggest using the boom mic. Just put the end of it inside the nose cover in your helmet and it's out of the way. I have made and received calls at 80+mph and the other person couldn't even tell I was on the bike until I stopped and took off again.

Also, update yours. The new firmware came out in the last week and it supposedly allows you to intercom with other brands. Haven't tried it yet though.
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My Scala G9 speaker blew out after three months. The sound quality was not that great and it didn't get loud enough. Cardo systems, the maker of scala rider has horrible customer service. I'll never buy any of their products again. I have the regular SMH10 with the dial now.
I have a G9 and love it. I had one speaker go out also, but sent it in and got a new one for free. The only problem I have had is the wind noise will activate the voice command at 100mph+ but there is a way to turn that feature off.
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Where'd you find it for that price? I think I'm about to call around to some of our sponsors and see what they will do on pricing.
I bought it from another rider in Austin, TX it was brand new in the box and I couldn't walk away from such a great deal.
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D-Man. I'm glad you got it from one of the sponsors. I got my Scala G9 from Wild West Honda and Bill gave me a great MotoHouston discount that actually beat any internet price. i am a big believer in buying local, and specially using the sponsors.

BTW. No issues with my Scala after over two years.
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