Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: A Texan, living in Franklin, WI
Let's talk intercom/Bluetooth enabled headsets for a bit.
After some research over a year ago, I went with a name brand Sena. Because I rarely get to ride with others that use a headset, I opted for the less expensive SMH5 - Amazon had them just under 1 bill shipped. It will link to 3 other headsets- but you have to push the button to toggle between the them- a feature I"ve never used- yet. I have used it to talk with one other multiple times and it works well.
It is line of sight however, so if your on opposite sides of a big hill/mountain- or too far away >400 meters- it doesn't pick up till it gets back in range, so problem.
It's nice to use it to hands free make and receive calls if you want to, get the voice commands for GPS, etc. Talk to Siri- which will open apps for you- all voice command, etc. Siri will read a text message for you too. Siri will make a call or send a text message if it's on your contact list also. Really nice when you';re going to meet people for a ride, etc.
I know you can get helmets with them installed, but with NO modifications to the helmet AT ALL, I easily installed mine in minutes!
Fast forward until recently, when my stick on microphone in side the lower front part became 'un-stuck' Brilliant me tried to super glue it back in place- and from that point on, the microphone quit working. I took it off- still didn't work anymore.
So I go online, watch some product comparison YouTube, etc. There are 1-2 other name brand quality bluetooth headsets out there now. While these name brand ones may be made in China, the quality is different.
And there is all the cheaper, lower quality Chi-com stuff.
So, I was about to get a higher watt- longer distance intercom one- for 3 x what I paid.
Funny how when you're on the market for another job, product purchase priorities change a bit.
So, I also found the Sena product stick on- (not the boom/bar kind) online for this Sena headset.
Less than $10 shipped- 2 day Prime.
I put it as a gift form Santa to me under our tree ;-)
So instead of a product that will link to more intercoms at once- which so far I wouldn't be able to use anyways for ~$2-300, I'm fixing what I got for less than $10.
I don't listen to music with mine, rare phone call, rare intercom linking (which is so nice to be able to talk to your friend while riding, about terrain, poppo, a tight corner, and it's great for GPS.
Are any of you using intercom links on your rides regularly?
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