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xxnfree Sena 50S Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset with Jog Dial Communication Harman Kardon Integrated Mesh Intercom System gift for mom
xxnfree Sena 50S Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset with Jog Dial Communication Harman Kardon Integrated Mesh Intercom System gift for mom
xxnfree Sena 50S Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset with Jog Dial Communication Harman Kardon Integrated Mesh Intercom System gift for mom
xxnfree Sena 50S Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset with Jog Dial Communication Harman Kardon Integrated Mesh Intercom System gift for mom
xxnfree Sena 50S Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset with Jog Dial Communication Harman Kardon Integrated Mesh Intercom System gift for mom
xxnfree Sena 50S Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset with Jog Dial Communication Harman Kardon Integrated Mesh Intercom System gift for mom

xxnfree Sena 50S Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset with Jog Dial Communication Harman Kardon Integrated Mesh Intercom System gift for mom

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What is xxnfree Sena 50S Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset with Jog Dial Communication Harman Kardon Integrated Mesh Intercom System gift for mom?


      A tried-and-true xxnfree glove-friendly jog dial designFast Charging, xxnfree 20 minutes of xxnfree charging equals xxnfree up to 2 hours Mesh or Bluetooth intercomAutomatic xxnfree firmware updates xxnfree via the included WiFi AdapterI bought this to xxnfree replace my 20S. A big selling point for xxnfree me was the xxnfree mesh technology and the fact that xxnfree it fit xxnfree on the same base unit as the 20S. I have xxnfree two helmets that I go between, xxnfree so I put the xxnfree newer xxnfree base unit xxnfree on the helmet xxnfree I xxnfree use more often and the base unit xxnfree from the 20S on the other.I can't give an xxnfree opinion on xxnfree the HD speakers because I use earbuds xxnfree with mine. That way I think xxnfree I get better sound, and I get the benefit of noise reduction. The xxnfree speakers on the xxnfree 20S were xxnfree crap.I gave the Sena 50S 3 stars overall mostly because of the "bugginess"...Pros:The mesh intercom sound quality is great. The bluetooth xxnfree intercom is pretty xxnfree good, too.The iPhone app has a cool setting xxnfree called "Smart Intercom Pairing" that allows you to quickly pair to another 50S or 20S.The iPhone app overall is better than xxnfree the app for the 20S because it is more xxnfree intuitive, though I would prefer that Sena create a xxnfree single app that works for both. xxnfree I would recommend using the app to set up the configuration of the 50S; you xxnfree can xxnfree do it on xxnfree the device itself, but it's more difficult. For xxnfree sure don't try to change xxnfree the configuration while xxnfree you're xxnfree riding.The battery life in bluetooth intercom mode xxnfree is said xxnfree to be xxnfree 24 hours. I've xxnfree had mine powered on and connected xxnfree for over 12 hours before xxnfree with xxnfree no problem.The flexible mic that comes installed on the base unit has pretty good noise reduction, but I thought the mic on the 20S base unit xxnfree was good xxnfree as xxnfree well. xxnfree However, it can only do so xxnfree much noise reduction when someone is xxnfree riding with xxnfree an open face helmet with no windscreen xxnfree at 75 mph.Cons:In mesh mode when xxnfree you're xxnfree trying xxnfree to listen to xxnfree your own xxnfree music, the mic sensitivity is too xxnfree high even when it's set to xxnfree the xxnfree lowest sensitivity. I was riding xxnfree with two other people who have the xxnfree 50S and xxnfree I couldn't hear more that about xxnfree 20 seconds of music xxnfree before someone breathed too xxnfree heavy and muted the music. There is a setting that you can turn xxnfree on xxnfree that will prevent xxnfree the music from muting, but then you end xxnfree up having a hard time hearing what someone is saying xxnfree over xxnfree the intercom when your music is playing.Setting up xxnfree group mesh xxnfree is a little confusing so read the instructions thoroughly. I would xxnfree recommend setting up your group in advance of your xxnfree ride. Its more difficult trying to xxnfree figure it out xxnfree while you and your buddies xxnfree are sitting on your bikes and xxnfree yelling xxnfree back and forth under your xxnfree full-face xxnfree helmets.The button on xxnfree the 50S that turns mesh intercom on/off xxnfree (press and xxnfree release) xxnfree is also the button xxnfree that mutes the mic (press and xxnfree hold for 1 sec) and it's on top of the 50S right next xxnfree to the antenna. It is xxnfree almost xxnfree impossible xxnfree to xxnfree find and xxnfree manipulate the button when you're xxnfree riding xxnfree and wearing thicker gloves. I think it mesh mode, especially in group xxnfree mesh, it xxnfree would be MUCH easier xxnfree to press xxnfree and release the jog xxnfree dial to mute/unmute the mic, similar to how you start an bluetooth intercom xxnfree conversation.The battery life is cut by xxnfree a 2/3 when you're in mesh intercom mode, so after 8 hours, its time for a xxnfree recharge.The music-sharing xxnfree function when xxnfree in xxnfree mesh mode xxnfree is xxnfree a cool idea, but in reality I found xxnfree the xxnfree sound quality subpar xxnfree and it xxnfree kept cutting in xxnfree and xxnfree out.The firmware is still fairly buggy. xxnfree I always have the most recent Sena configuration program on my iMac as well xxnfree as the most xxnfree recent xxnfree app on my iPhone and I have the latest xxnfree firmware on the 50S. xxnfree And xxnfree I always have my iPhone OS xxnfree up-to-date. xxnfree Sometimes I will randomly lose xxnfree the bluetooth connection to my phone. When I checked my OS bluetooth settings, it says its xxnfree disconnected and it the Sena app also says Im disconnected. xxnfree It's a pain in xxnfree the @$$ when it xxnfree happens while riding. Some xxnfree people may point to xxnfree the iPhone as the root cause, but xxnfree I have a number of bluetooth xxnfree devices connected to my iPhone xxnfree and the Sena 50S is the xxnfree only one that gives me problems.Overall my recommendation would be thisif you xxnfree and xxnfree your riding buddies have xxnfree Sena 20Ss and 10Ss, and you find that everything works to your xxnfree liking, stay with what you got. I had no xxnfree issues connecting my 50S to 20Ss xxnfree and 10Ss xxnfree via bluetooth.Update - 05/19/2021:Ive been using the Sena 50S now for xxnfree a few months. I stand by my original review with a xxnfree few updates1) When youre in Mesh mode and listening xxnfree to music, the mic is always xxnfree on. xxnfree Even at the lowest sensitivity, wind noise xxnfree or xxnfree heavy xxnfree breathing xxnfree will still trigger the muting xxnfree of my xxnfree music. The setting that prevents the music from muting is nice, but xxnfree you then you constantly hear wind noise, etc. while listening to music. xxnfree It is xxnfree a bit difficult to have a conversation with people while xxnfree music is xxnfree playing at the same time.2) Connecting to the other people xxnfree in my group in Mesh mode is xxnfree easy. Just xxnfree turn on Mesh mode, xxnfree and xxnfree within a matter of seconds everyone is connected to each other. Thats very convenient.3) The speakersmy bike xxnfree is loud, so combined xxnfree with wind noise while riding, I need to wear xxnfree hearing protection. If I xxnfree wear the cheap foam earplugs, then I have xxnfree to crank the volume to 11 to xxnfree hear xxnfree my music and the intercom. I found a company that makes xxnfree special foam tips xxnfree from my earbuds xxnfree that does a pretty good job with lessening the noise when riding, but then I have to contend with cords, earbuds falling xxnfree out xxnfree when putting on my helmet, etc.4) Battery Life: In Mesh mode, you xxnfree have 8 xxnfree hours, period. In xxnfree regular bluetooth intercom, xxnfree you have 24 xxnfree hoursunless youre xxnfree listening xxnfree to music, then xxnfree youre down to 12 xxnfree hours.5) Bluetooth Intercom VS Mesh Intercom: xxnfree If youre in xxnfree a group of more xxnfree than 2 people, xxnfree then I think Mesh intercom is the way to go, even with the xxnfree drawbacks I mentioned earlier. If xxnfree its just you xxnfree and xxnfree a buddy, bluetooth intercom is fine. You dont have to worry about single-clicking to talk xxnfree to person A, xxnfree double-clicking to talk to person B, triple-clicking to talk to person C. (Read the directions if you dont know what Im talking xxnfree about).6) xxnfree The firmware xxnfree seems to xxnfree be better. xxnfree Ive updated mine a couple times xxnfree since my original review, xxnfree and I havent had the xxnfree issue with my Sena disconnecting xxnfree suddenly while riding.7) xxnfree If you are new to Sena intercom devices, I recommend practicing xxnfree how xxnfree to use it xxnfree while riding. In xxnfree the safety xxnfree of your xxnfree home, put on your helmet and riding gloves (if you wear them) and get a sense of xxnfree how to xxnfree use your Sena.I'm using this xxnfree in a Schuberth S2 Sport helmet. I used the included stick-on mount to xxnfree mount to the xxnfree side of xxnfree the helmet as xxnfree the xxnfree helmet xxnfree has a wide lip xxnfree at the bottom which precludes using xxnfree the xxnfree clamp-mounted installation xxnfree approach.At first I installed xxnfree the speakers in the existing xxnfree indents in my helmet. I was quite disappointed xxnfree with the xxnfree low volume and poor sound quality -- that is xxnfree when I realize that my hears do not line up xxnfree with the existing speaker indents. To find the xxnfree right spot, xxnfree I put the helmet on and gently slid a cable tie up into the helmet until I could xxnfree feel it on my ear. I xxnfree carefully xxnfree pulled the helmet xxnfree off xxnfree and used the cable xxnfree tie tip as an xxnfree indication of where xxnfree to xxnfree position the speakers. xxnfree This made a HUGE difference. Instead of quiet muffled xxnfree audio, I xxnfree was now getting high quality, loud audio.The headset xxnfree integrates well with xxnfree my BMW xxnfree 750gs xxnfree and I can control things with the dial wheel on the bike.The Sena Android xxnfree app is not very good; I xxnfree was unable to configure xxnfree the xxnfree helmet xxnfree using the Android app as it could never find the xxnfree headset. In the end I used the xxnfree USB xxnfree cable xxnfree with xxnfree my computer to configure the helmet.Some of xxnfree the controls are a xxnfree bit un-intuitive. xxnfree Activating xxnfree the xxnfree FM radio, for example, requires a long press on xxnfree the jog dial. I xxnfree tried recalling stations I had programmed using the windows app, but ended up just re-programming xxnfree static into those slots.Please understand, xxnfree I xxnfree am a Sena fan. So xxnfree I am predisposed to want them to succeed. xxnfree I love xxnfree my SMH-10, and my Sena xxnfree GoPro bluetooth xxnfree backpack. I have had tens of thousands of trouble free miles with xxnfree my riding buddy (separate bikes), with xxnfree my xxnfree wife (pillion), and solo with the SMH-10, and the GoPro backpack. But the 50S is absolute garbage. I am a xxnfree complete gadget xxnfree head, a techie, xxnfree and a computer nerd. Call me what you like, but everyone I know calls me for tech support. I can make stuff work. xxnfree This xxnfree thing does not xxnfree work. I swear this xxnfree is xxnfree the thing that they make in the Dilbert comics.PROS:-Extra bass in speakers xxnfree makes podcasts easier to hear at xxnfree slightly higher speeds xxnfree than SMH-10 (Sadly, this makes music muddy and inaudible xxnfree at significantly lower speeds than the xxnfree SMH-10).-Extra bass in speakers makes xxnfree Bluetooth intercom easier to hear xxnfree than SMH-10-Can listen to music while in Mesh Mode, xxnfree sort of.-Has xxnfree mesh xxnfree mode (if you're willing to give up Bluetooth intercom with other Sena devices).-It looks pretty (too xxnfree bad they chose xxnfree form over function).CONS that might possibly be fixed with future firmware updates:-Ambient mode DOES xxnfree NOT WORK AT ALL. All it picks up xxnfree is your head xxnfree moving xxnfree LOUDLY inside your helmet. you xxnfree can barely xxnfree hear people shouting right next xxnfree to you, and xxnfree only if they are xxnfree on xxnfree your left xxnfree (where xxnfree the mic xxnfree allegedly xxnfree is).-Listening to music while xxnfree connected xxnfree via Bluetooth xxnfree intercom xxnfree (Sena calls xxnfree this xxnfree Bluetooth Intercom Audio Multitasking) DOES NOT WORK xxnfree AT ALL. You xxnfree just xxnfree get extremely xxnfree choppy music.-Smart volume control xxnfree DOES NOT WORK AT ALL. I have xxnfree no further detail on xxnfree this, xxnfree it just doesn't do anything. Maybe it will do something after a firmware update xxnfree or xxnfree something-Listening to music while Mesh is enabled (Sena calls this Mesh Intercom Audio Multitasking) only sort of works, but not how xxnfree you would want it to. When you transmit or receive, you can chose for xxnfree it to duck (turn xxnfree down) or xxnfree not duck your music, but you can not xxnfree chose how much it xxnfree ducks. You xxnfree can only chose the sensitivity of xxnfree its decision to duck. It's full blast, or imperceptible, but nothing in xxnfree between.-Bluetooth xxnfree intercom connections become very xxnfree poor, and are extremely short xxnfree range when xxnfree Mesh is xxnfree enabled. You also get the "Popcorn" sound that the 20 series is so infamous for, even at xxnfree very short range.-App xxnfree is garbage. It fails xxnfree to connect to the xxnfree headset most xxnfree of the time, xxnfree even though the headset xxnfree is connected to xxnfree the phone, xxnfree and playing music. Much xxnfree of the xxnfree terminology makes no xxnfree sense, so xxnfree it's hard to get anything xxnfree done, and even harder to xxnfree undo.-The xxnfree EQ is an OUTRIGHT LIE. There are xxnfree three xxnfree presets (Bass boost, Mid boost xxnfree & xxnfree Treble boost) xxnfree and off. That's xxnfree barely xxnfree tone xxnfree preference, it is absolutely not an equalizer.-The xxnfree "WiFi" charge cord is almost impossible to xxnfree set xxnfree up, and when it finally succeeds at xxnfree connecting to your WiFi, it tells xxnfree you that it failed. It took me at least 10 attempts to connect the xxnfree app to the cord. After xxnfree that, it took at xxnfree least xxnfree 30 xxnfree attempts before I finally xxnfree got it connected to my xxnfree home xxnfree WiFi.-Bluetooth xxnfree intercom distance while mesh xxnfree was enabled xxnfree was about xxnfree 250-300 meters (or yards if you like, they are about the same xxnfree at that range) on xxnfree a straight road with uninterrupted xxnfree line of xxnfree sight, xxnfree it xxnfree was about xxnfree 400m with xxnfree Mesh turned off. Sena's claim of 1600m is an absolute LIE. xxnfree Even at 200m, xxnfree the instant I saw my friend's head go beyond the crest xxnfree of a hill, we lost intercom connection. xxnfree The xxnfree SMH-10 works much, much xxnfree better xxnfree than that.-Battery life is terrible. From full charge, while xxnfree listening to music, and xxnfree while mesh was enabled, xxnfree I was xxnfree down to xxnfree 64% in about xxnfree an hour xxnfree and 15 minutes (~30 miles).-Voice control is xxnfree a sadistic joke. At best, it replaces some xxnfree (not all) of xxnfree the simple single button press functions. xxnfree Anything you would really xxnfree want voice control for is xxnfree several xxnfree menus xxnfree deep in the Sena 50 App.CONS that can not even be fixed xxnfree with a xxnfree firmware xxnfree update:-Ergonomics of this thing SUCK!!!!!!!!!!! I wear liner-less deerskin gloves, and this thing is almost impossible to use. xxnfree God help xxnfree you if you ride a xxnfree Snowmobile.-You xxnfree can't xxnfree even find the jog wheel, let alone use xxnfree it. If you manage xxnfree to find it by accident, then you've already turned it or pressed it. The only thing I xxnfree could do reliably and predictably was slide my xxnfree thumb on xxnfree the edge of it, xxnfree but that feels like the reverse xxnfree of manipulating xxnfree the jog wheel of an xxnfree SMH-10, because you roll xxnfree it down xxnfree to xxnfree turn the volume up, and up to turn xxnfree it down.-The xxnfree phone button is lower compared to the SMH-10, so you have to rotate your xxnfree hand xxnfree uncomfortably far to use it. This was a REAL PITA, since I found xxnfree myself power cycling the thing almost every time I needed to xxnfree connect to xxnfree the app to access a setting that should have been available with xxnfree a voice command.-The xxnfree "Ambient xxnfree Mode" button is impossible to xxnfree find. This xxnfree may be xxnfree a moot xxnfree point since, xxnfree as I stated earlier, "Ambient Mode" xxnfree does not work at all.-The "Mesh" button is difficult, but not impossible to xxnfree find. You can't xxnfree actually feel it, xxnfree but you xxnfree can feel the xxnfree ridge xxnfree behind it, and you know xxnfree it's right xxnfree there in front of the xxnfree ridge, xxnfree so you can make it work faster than xxnfree the xxnfree rest of the buttons.-The Mesh antenna is impossible to raise with gloves on.CONCLUSION:Dear xxnfree Sena,I really, xxnfree really xxnfree wanted you to win the intercom xxnfree war.Motorcycling is xxnfree the reward for our work-a-day xxnfree lives. It's what xxnfree we work for. It's what we live for. But it's not easy. It's not even safe. xxnfree The SMH-10 did something that is almost impossible. It xxnfree made motorcycling better. It added convenience without adding complication. xxnfree It xxnfree added xxnfree fun xxnfree without adding danger. It simplified communication. It minimized our time with xxnfree our hands xxnfree off the bars, xxnfree and it xxnfree never xxnfree required us to take our eyes off the road.The Sena xxnfree 20 was crap, xxnfree and xxnfree you knew that. xxnfree I xxnfree was xxnfree willing to xxnfree give you a pass, because I thought it must just xxnfree be growing pains, xxnfree a xxnfree sophomore misstep. xxnfree An attempt xxnfree to add features xxnfree that xxnfree sort of xxnfree fell fell flat, and xxnfree sounded like popcorn.Then you made xxnfree the 30 series. An answer to the Cardo devices xxnfree that was pushed out the door much too soon. I xxnfree gave that a pass too, because Mesh networking blindsided us xxnfree both, and you had to answer with xxnfree something. xxnfree As xxnfree we all know xxnfree now, xxnfree Mesh 2.0 on the 30 series would probably xxnfree have killed xxnfree Cardo xxnfree three xxnfree years ago. Today, its barely worth mentioning to an xxnfree entire "Pack" of talkers.But now, in your xxnfree senior year, xxnfree you give us the 50 series, which is obviously just the 30 series with speakers that xxnfree are almost as xxnfree good as the xxnfree 10 series and a firmware upgrade that we should have had two years xxnfree ago. xxnfree You xxnfree made it hard xxnfree to use, xxnfree and you crippled the functions we xxnfree actually xxnfree appreciate.The SMH-10 xxnfree was so good, that xxnfree it convinced me of xxnfree four things. It convinced me that you cared about motorcycling. It convinced me that you cared what your customers wanted. It convinced me xxnfree that you wanted to make a xxnfree product that worked. And it convinced me xxnfree that you might even be motorcyclists. The Sena 50S has only convinced me of only two things. It xxnfree has convinced me that xxnfree the SMH-10 was a fluke, and it convinced me xxnfree that not only are you not motorcyclists, but xxnfree that you don't even know any motorcyclists xxnfree whom you could ask to try this thing before sending xxnfree it to market.Bluetooth 5 enabledVoice-activated digital xxnfree assistant access xxnfree ("Hey Google"/"Hey Siri")Premium xxnfree Speakers & xxnfree Microphone with SOUND BY Harman KardonOne-Click-to-Connect Mesh Intercom, Robust Reliability


      Sena 50S Motorcycle Jog Dial Communication Bluetooth Headset w/Sound by Harman Kardon Integrated Mesh Intercom System Premium Microphone & SpeakersPremium Speakers xxnfree & Microphone with xxnfree SOUND BY Harman KardonOne-Click-to-Connect Mesh xxnfree Intercom, Robust ReliabilityBluetooth 5 enabledVoice-activated digital assistant access ("Hey xxnfree Google"/"Hey Siri")Fast Charging, xxnfree 20 minutes of charging equals up to xxnfree 2 hours Mesh xxnfree or xxnfree Bluetooth intercomAutomatic firmware xxnfree updates via the included WiFi xxnfree AdapterA tried-and-true xxnfree glove-friendly jog dial design



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      xxnfree Sena 50S Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset with Jog Dial Communication Harman Kardon Integrated Mesh Intercom System gift for mom



Buyer's experience:


      1: I bought this to replace my 20S. A big selling point for me was the mesh technology and the fact that it fit on the same base unit as the 20S. I have two helmets that I go between, so I put the newer base unit on the helmet I use more often and the base unit from the 20S on the other.I can't give an opinion on the HD speakers because I use earbuds with mine. That way I think I get better sound, and I get the benefit of noise reduction. The speakers on the 20S were crap.I gave the Sena 50S 3 stars overall mostly because of the "bugginess"...Pros:The mesh intercom sound quality is great. The bluetooth intercom is pretty good, too.The iPhone app has a cool setting called "Smart Intercom Pairing" that allows you to quickly pair to another 50S or 20S.The iPhone app overall is better than the app for the 20S because it is more intuitive, though I would prefer that Sena create a single app that works for both. I would recommend using the app to set up the configuration of the 50S; you can do it on the device itself, but it's more difficult. For sure don't try to change the configuration while you're riding.The battery life in bluetooth intercom mode is said to be 24 hours. I've had mine powered on and connected for over 12 hours before with no problem.The flexible mic that comes installed on the base unit has pretty good noise reduction, but I thought the mic on the 20S base unit was good as well. However, it can only do so much noise reduction when someone is riding with an open face helmet with no windscreen at 75 mph.Cons:In mesh mode when you're trying to listen to your own music, the mic sensitivity is too high even when it's set to the lowest sensitivity. I was riding with two other people who have the 50S and I couldn't hear more that about 20 seconds of music before someone breathed too heavy and muted the music. There is a setting that you can turn on that will prevent the music from muting, but then you end up having a hard time hearing what someone is saying over the intercom when your music is playing.Setting up group mesh is a little confusing so read the instructions thoroughly. I would recommend setting up your group in advance of your ride. Its more difficult trying to figure it out while you and your buddies are sitting on your bikes and yelling back and forth under your full-face helmets.The button on the 50S that turns mesh intercom on/off (press and release) is also the button that mutes the mic (press and hold for 1 sec) and it's on top of the 50S right next to the antenna. It is almost impossible to find and manipulate the button when you're riding and wearing thicker gloves. I think it mesh mode, especially in group mesh, it would be MUCH easier to press and release the jog dial to mute/unmute the mic, similar to how you start an bluetooth intercom conversation.The battery life is cut by a 2/3 when you're in mesh intercom mode, so after 8 hours, its time for a recharge.The music-sharing function when in mesh mode is a cool idea, but in reality I found the sound quality subpar and it kept cutting in and out.The firmware is still fairly buggy. I always have the most recent Sena configuration program on my iMac as well as the most recent app on my iPhone and I have the latest firmware on the 50S. And I always have my iPhone OS up-to-date. Sometimes I will randomly lose the bluetooth connection to my phone. When I checked my OS bluetooth settings, it says its disconnected and it the Sena app also says Im disconnected. It's a pain in the @$$ when it happens while riding. Some people may point to the iPhone as the root cause, but I have a number of bluetooth devices connected to my iPhone and the Sena 50S is the only one that gives me problems.Overall my recommendation would be thisif you and your riding buddies have Sena 20Ss and 10Ss, and you find that everything works to your liking, stay with what you got. I had no issues connecting my 50S to 20Ss and 10Ss via bluetooth.Update - 05/19/2021:Ive been using the Sena 50S now for a few months. I stand by my original review with a few updates1) When youre in Mesh mode and listening to music, the mic is always on. Even at the lowest sensitivity, wind noise or heavy breathing will still trigger the muting of my music. The setting that prevents the music from muting is nice, but you then you constantly hear wind noise, etc. while listening to music. It is a bit difficult to have a conversation with people while music is playing at the same time.2) Connecting to the other people in my group in Mesh mode is easy. Just turn on Mesh mode, and within a matter of seconds everyone is connected to each other. Thats very convenient.3) The speakersmy bike is loud, so combined with wind noise while riding, I need to wear hearing protection. If I wear the cheap foam earplugs, then I have to crank the volume to 11 to hear my music and the intercom. I found a company that makes special foam tips from my earbuds that does a pretty good job with lessening the noise when riding, but then I have to contend with cords, earbuds falling out when putting on my helmet, etc.4) Battery Life: In Mesh mode, you have 8 hours, period. In regular bluetooth intercom, you have 24 hoursunless youre listening to music, then youre down to 12 hours.5) Bluetooth Intercom VS Mesh Intercom: If youre in a group of more than 2 people, then I think Mesh intercom is the way to go, even with the drawbacks I mentioned earlier. If its just you and a buddy, bluetooth intercom is fine. You dont have to worry about single-clicking to talk to person A, double-clicking to talk to person B, triple-clicking to talk to person C. (Read the directions if you dont know what Im talking about).6) The firmware seems to be better. Ive updated mine a couple times since my original review, and I havent had the issue with my Sena disconnecting suddenly while riding.7) If you are new to Sena intercom devices, I recommend practicing how to use it while riding. In the safety of your home, put on your helmet and riding gloves (if you wear them) and get a sense of how to use your Sena.


      2: Please understand, I am a Sena fan. So I am predisposed to want them to succeed. I love my SMH-10, and my Sena GoPro bluetooth backpack. I have had tens of thousands of trouble free miles with my riding buddy (separate bikes), with my wife (pillion), and solo with the SMH-10, and the GoPro backpack. But the 50S is absolute garbage. I am a complete gadget head, a techie, and a computer nerd. Call me what you like, but everyone I know calls me for tech support. I can make stuff work. This thing does not work. I swear this is the thing that they make in the Dilbert comics.PROS:-Extra bass in speakers makes podcasts easier to hear at slightly higher speeds than SMH-10 (Sadly, this makes music muddy and inaudible at significantly lower speeds than the SMH-10).-Extra bass in speakers makes Bluetooth intercom easier to hear than SMH-10-Can listen to music while in Mesh Mode, sort of.-Has mesh mode (if you're willing to give up Bluetooth intercom with other Sena devices).-It looks pretty (too bad they chose form over function).CONS that might possibly be fixed with future firmware updates:-Ambient mode DOES NOT WORK AT ALL. All it picks up is your head moving LOUDLY inside your helmet. you can barely hear people shouting right next to you, and only if they are on your left (where the mic allegedly is).-Listening to music while connected via Bluetooth intercom (Sena calls this Bluetooth Intercom Audio Multitasking) DOES NOT WORK AT ALL. You just get extremely choppy music.-Smart volume control DOES NOT WORK AT ALL. I have no further detail on this, it just doesn't do anything. Maybe it will do something after a firmware update or something-Listening to music while Mesh is enabled (Sena calls this Mesh Intercom Audio Multitasking) only sort of works, but not how you would want it to. When you transmit or receive, you can chose for it to duck (turn down) or not duck your music, but you can not chose how much it ducks. You can only chose the sensitivity of its decision to duck. It's full blast, or imperceptible, but nothing in between.-Bluetooth intercom connections become very poor, and are extremely short range when Mesh is enabled. You also get the "Popcorn" sound that the 20 series is so infamous for, even at very short range.-App is garbage. It fails to connect to the headset most of the time, even though the headset is connected to the phone, and playing music. Much of the terminology makes no sense, so it's hard to get anything done, and even harder to undo.-The EQ is an OUTRIGHT LIE. There are three presets (Bass boost, Mid boost & Treble boost) and off. That's barely tone preference, it is absolutely not an equalizer.-The "WiFi" charge cord is almost impossible to set up, and when it finally succeeds at connecting to your WiFi, it tells you that it failed. It took me at least 10 attempts to connect the app to the cord. After that, it took at least 30 attempts before I finally got it connected to my home WiFi.-Bluetooth intercom distance while mesh was enabled was about 250-300 meters (or yards if you like, they are about the same at that range) on a straight road with uninterrupted line of sight, it was about 400m with Mesh turned off. Sena's claim of 1600m is an absolute LIE. Even at 200m, the instant I saw my friend's head go beyond the crest of a hill, we lost intercom connection. The SMH-10 works much, much better than that.-Battery life is terrible. From full charge, while listening to music, and while mesh was enabled, I was down to 64% in about an hour and 15 minutes (~30 miles).-Voice control is a sadistic joke. At best, it replaces some (not all) of the simple single button press functions. Anything you would really want voice control for is several menus deep in the Sena 50 App.CONS that can not even be fixed with a firmware update:-Ergonomics of this thing SUCK!!!!!!!!!!! I wear liner-less deerskin gloves, and this thing is almost impossible to use. God help you if you ride a Snowmobile.-You can't even find the jog wheel, let alone use it. If you manage to find it by accident, then you've already turned it or pressed it. The only thing I could do reliably and predictably was slide my thumb on the edge of it, but that feels like the reverse of manipulating the jog wheel of an SMH-10, because you roll it down to turn the volume up, and up to turn it down.-The phone button is lower compared to the SMH-10, so you have to rotate your hand uncomfortably far to use it. This was a REAL PITA, since I found myself power cycling the thing almost every time I needed to connect to the app to access a setting that should have been available with a voice command.-The "Ambient Mode" button is impossible to find. This may be a moot point since, as I stated earlier, "Ambient Mode" does not work at all.-The "Mesh" button is difficult, but not impossible to find. You can't actually feel it, but you can feel the ridge behind it, and you know it's right there in front of the ridge, so you can make it work faster than the rest of the buttons.-The Mesh antenna is impossible to raise with gloves on.CONCLUSION:Dear Sena,I really, really wanted you to win the intercom war.Motorcycling is the reward for our work-a-day lives. It's what we work for. It's what we live for. But it's not easy. It's not even safe. The SMH-10 did something that is almost impossible. It made motorcycling better. It added convenience without adding complication. It added fun without adding danger. It simplified communication. It minimized our time with our hands off the bars, and it never required us to take our eyes off the road.The Sena 20 was crap, and you knew that. I was willing to give you a pass, because I thought it must just be growing pains, a sophomore misstep. An attempt to add features that sort of fell fell flat, and sounded like popcorn.Then you made the 30 series. An answer to the Cardo devices that was pushed out the door much too soon. I gave that a pass too, because Mesh networking blindsided us both, and you had to answer with something. As we all know now, Mesh 2.0 on the 30 series would probably have killed Cardo three years ago. Today, its barely worth mentioning to an entire "Pack" of talkers.But now, in your senior year, you give us the 50 series, which is obviously just the 30 series with speakers that are almost as good as the 10 series and a firmware upgrade that we should have had two years ago. You made it hard to use, and you crippled the functions we actually appreciate.The SMH-10 was so good, that it convinced me of four things. It convinced me that you cared about motorcycling. It convinced me that you cared what your customers wanted. It convinced me that you wanted to make a product that worked. And it convinced me that you might even be motorcyclists. The Sena 50S has only convinced me of only two things. It has convinced me that the SMH-10 was a fluke, and it convinced me that not only are you not motorcyclists, but that you don't even know any motorcyclists whom you could ask to try this thing before sending it to market.


      3: I'm using this in a Schuberth S2 Sport helmet. I used the included stick-on mount to mount to the side of the helmet as the helmet has a wide lip at the bottom which precludes using the clamp-mounted installation approach.At first I installed the speakers in the existing indents in my helmet. I was quite disappointed with the low volume and poor sound quality -- that is when I realize that my hears do not line up with the existing speaker indents. To find the right spot, I put the helmet on and gently slid a cable tie up into the helmet until I could feel it on my ear. I carefully pulled the helmet off and used the cable tie tip as an indication of where to position the speakers. This made a HUGE difference. Instead of quiet muffled audio, I was now getting high quality, loud audio.The headset integrates well with my BMW 750gs and I can control things with the dial wheel on the bike.The Sena Android app is not very good; I was unable to configure the helmet using the Android app as it could never find the headset. In the end I used the USB cable with my computer to configure the helmet.Some of the controls are a bit un-intuitive. Activating the FM radio, for example, requires a long press on the jog dial. I tried recalling stations I had programmed using the windows app, but ended up just re-programming static into those slots.



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Bob
This is a beautiful stuff.
2021.03.06 12:00
Bob
This is a beautiful stuff.
2021.03.06 12:00
Bob
This is a beautiful stuff.
2021.03.06 12:00