In this article, you will find all the information you need regarding the 10S intercom from the California-based company Sena. I will cover its price and the opinions of those who have tested it, and compare it with its predecessor, the Sena SMH10.
Sena 10S: Full review, opinions, instructions, and audio test
This device fills the role of Sena’s mid/high-end intercom. An attractively designed product with excellent audio quality and ease of use, it is designed to help you communicate while riding your bike.
Why choose Sena 10S
The Sena 10S is the successor to the revolutionary and highly popular Sena SMH10 intercom, first produced in 2010.
Sena has released a variety of intercoms since then (in addition to other Bluetooth devices), and this one is (in my opinion) one of the best they have ever designed.
Good news, SMH10 fans! The 10S is better in every way, from build quality to performance.
The SMH10 featured a revolutionary design (when it was released), with its “jog dial” to control volume and functions.
It was simple, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive.
SMH10 quickly morphed into SMH10B, which also included a firmware upgrade capability, an innovative feature for Bluetooth intercoms at the time.
SMH10 and the Sena brand easily won over the American market, which saw the brand as a travel companion that solved all communication problems and made the crossing more comfortable with its beautiful and user-friendly devices.
As time passed, other intercom manufacturers adapted and rode the wave, taking a cue from Sena’s innovations.
If most of today’s intercoms are so beautiful, intuitive, and easy to use, it’s a bit to Sena‘s credit.
The 10S has the same shape as the SMH10, with a large jog dial (i.e., the large central rotary button that doubles as a button) and a secondary phone button on the back.
Only 20 mm thick, the 10S is also about 12 mm thinner than the SMH10 – a nice feature because it reduces bulk and weight on the helmet.
The 10S can connect with three other 10S users (for a total of 4 users) and also has “Universal Intercom” functionality, which allows it to communicate with three other Bluetooth phones that are not Sena (for a total of 4).
The 10S has excellent sound quality, very high volume, and large 39 mm diameter speakers.
It should be noted, however, that the Sena SMH10 is an excellent communication system, and there is no considerable difference in sound quality between the SMH10 and 10S.
Sena finally claims a range of 1.6 km (compared to 900m for his predecessor).
What you will find in the box
Inside the package of the Sena 10S (double) you will find:
- Two 10S modules
- 2 headphone clamp attachments
- 2 wand and wired microphones
- Several foam pads for the microphone and speakers.
- Micro-USB power and data cable.
Range of action
The range for this device is about 1,600m. As always, theoretically, without obstacles between them and in good weather conditions.
We tested it, and if the range is very close to 1.6km, because the signal started to fade once we reached that distance.
The sound quality is excellent, up to about 80 mph.
After reaching this speed, communication tends to be more difficult.
This is a common feature: most of the intercoms we tested, once they reach about 120/130km/h, tend to become difficult to use.
However, the difference between the Sena 10s and its main competitors is that, at lower speeds, the audio quality is awesome and above average.
Factors that can significantly affect you are your vehicle’s aerodynamic protection and your helmet’s soundproofing capabilities. The better these are, the smoother your communications will be.
What about music?
Don’t worry, the earbuds have a very high maximum volume and will allow you to enjoy your favorite playlists on your runs.
As I have stated before, compared to its competitors, Sena 10S is one of the intercoms with the best audio quality on the market.
Well done, Sena!
Firmware update 2018
A new release for the Sena 10S was showcased at EICMA 2018: the real novelty is the addition of an audio overlay, which is the ability to listen to GPS directions and music at the same time.
Unlike multitasking audio (in which the music volume decreases when there’s active communication), in the case of audio overlay, the volume remains the same for both channels.
The Sena 10S has 12 hours of use and 10 days of standby time.
Charging times are about 3 hours.
Main features and functions
- Audio quality: very good up to 120-130 km/h
- Communication distance: 1600m
- Number of connected users: 4
- Communication type: one-to-one intercom for up to 4 people and conference mode
- Battery life: up to 12 hours of use
- Charging time: 3 hours
- Universal intercom: yes
- Music sharing: yes
- Automatic volume adjustment: yes
- Voice messages: yes
- Helmet compatibility: Universal
- Waterproof: yes
- FM radio: yes with RDS AF, 10 station slots and an automatic scan feature (78-106 Hz).
- Bluetooth: 4.1.
- Connection: can be connected with up to 2 cell phones, one GPS.
- Compatibility with TFT systems: KTM MyRide (more info here) and BMW (more info here)
- Wind Noise Suppression: Yes (Advanced Noise Control), SBC Codec, extensive volume control and 48 kHz sampling rate (DAC).
- Other features: The 10S can be paired with action cams (such as GoPro) and record audio via the Sena Bluetooth Audio Pack.
The Sena 10S can also be controlled by the Sena handlebar remote.
Voice prompts, firmware update and two-year warranty.
Pros and Cons
- Communications with 4 users
- Music sharing
- Excellent audio quality
- Not very cheap
To whom it is addressed
I would recommend Sena 10S if you want an aesthetically elegant, unobtrusive, and quite intuitive device.
The audio quality is very impressive, as is its ease of use.
I have tried many, and I must admit that the Sena 10S is one of my favorites.
Sena 10S instructions
The Sena 10S comes with a sturdy installation plate that slips between the EPS and the helmet shell.
The plate is quite large (about twice the size it should be), making it difficult to install on some helmet models.
Maybe someday the manufacturers will get together and create a standard for intercom mounting… but, until then, sleep tight 🙂
This is the only downside of the 10s: it will take you a while to install, but once it is installed, you will only be able to do with it.
How to mount intercom on a helmet
Find out how to install Sena 10S on your helmet.
Sena 10S manual
Click on the button below to download a free instruction manual for the Sena 10S Bluetooth intercom.