Sena SMH10: Full review, instructions, and audio test

    Sena SMH10

    In this article, you will find all the information you need about the Sena SMH10 and Sena SMH10R intercoms from the California-based company Sena, which are the evolutions of their predecessors SMH5, SMH5 FM, and SMH5 Multicom.

    Sena SMH10 and SMH10R: Full review, instructions, and audio test

    These two devices fill the mid-range intercoms’ role in Sena’s product portfolio. They are designed to facilitate your communication while riding your bike.

    Why Choose SMH10 and SMH10R

    Although the look of these two intercoms is entirely different, they are almost identical from the technical and performance point of view. SMH10 has a design reminiscent of previous models that are part of the SMH5 family. At the same time, with the SMH10R, Sena wanted to reduce the footprint and weight to minimize the aerodynamic impact of its intercom (weight, which, for the control unit alone, drops to 21g compared to 59 in SMH10, making it one of the smallest and lightest devices on the market).

    The features are almost identical on both models, except for battery life, where logically, thanks to a size reduction, SMH10R finds itself slightly penalized, and the presence of an AUX input only for the version without R.

    Both allow:

    • communication with 4 users
    • the management of incoming and outgoing calls
    • pairing with your navigation system, whether GPS or smartphone and the option to play your favorite songs via phone or Bluetooth Mp3 player (also via AUX in the case of the SMH10, as mentioned before)
    • You can share your music with your passenger or another rider
    • Finally, you can share an external call with another user.

    Both are universal devices, so they can be paired with different brands‘ intercoms or other Sena‘s models.

    Both benefit from noise suppression technology to make conversations clearer and more pleasant.

    Finally, they are waterproof, can be mounted on any helmet, and you can use them even while charging.

    What you will find in the box

    Inside the package of the Sena SMH10 you will find:

    • 1 SMH10 control unit
    • 1 clamp-on helmet mount kit, with boom microphone and dual headset.
    • 1 USB charging and upgrade cable
    • 1 Aux 3.5mm cable
    • 1 adhesive helmet mount
    • 2 earphone pads
    • 2 Velcro straps for earphones
    • 2 microphone sponges
    • 1 Allen wrench

    Inside the package of the Sena SMH10R you will find:

    • 1 SMH10R control unit
    • 1 Velcro helmet attachment
    • 1 adhesive helmet mount
    • 1 arm microphone
    • 1 wired microphone
    • 1 microphone stand
    • 1 velcro for microphone support
    • 1 Velcro for wire microphone
    • 2 earphones
    • 2 earphone pads
    • 1 USB charging and upgrade cable
    • 1 micro USB charger
    • 2 Velcro straps for earphones
    • 2 microphone sponges
    • 1 battery pack
    • 1 support for battery pack
    • 1 bi-adhesive battery pack attachment


    The range for these two devices reaches 900m. As always, theoretically, without obstacles between them and in good weather conditions.


    Their audio quality is excellent, up to 120 to 130 km/h. After reaching this speed, communication tends to be more difficult.

    Factors that can significantly affect you are your vehicle’s aerodynamic protection and your helmet’s soundproofing capabilities. The better these are, the easier you will be able to communicate.

    What about music?

    Don’t worry. The earbuds are loud and clear, and you can enjoy your playlists on your rides.

    Battery life

    Regarding the battery, there is a small difference between the two intercoms, probably due to the reduction in size on the SMH10R.

    The SMH10 model has 12 hours of use and 10 days of standby time, while the SMH10R version stops at 10 hours and 7 days.

    Charging times are for both models about 2.5 hours.

    Main features and functions

    • Audio quality: very good up to 120-130 km/h
    • Communication distance: 900m
    • Number of connected users: 4
    • Communication type: one-to-one intercom for up to 4 people
    • Battery life: up to 12 hours of use (SMH10) and 10 hours (SMH10R)
    • Charging time: 2.5 hours
    • Universal intercom: yes
    • FM radio: no
    • Music sharing: yes
    • Automatic volume adjustment: yes
    • Voice messages: yes
    • Helmet compatibility: Universal
    • Compatibility with BMW TFT system: partial (more info here)
    • Waterproof: yes

    Pros and Cons


    • Option to communicate with 4 users
    • Music sharing
    • Audio quality
    • Dimensions and weight (SMH10R)


    • Lack of conference mode
    • lack of FM radio reception
    • quite costly

    To whom it is addressed

    The Sena SMH10R version, we recommend if you want to reduce the weight and bulk on the helmet and optimize aerodynamics to the maximum.

    That is precisely the purpose for which this model was designed.

    The Sena SMH10 is a good device for daily city and weekend trips, giving a good range, even for some travel.

    We do not recommend it if you ride in large groups or want to talk in conference mode with more than a few people besides your passenger.

    SMH10 audio test

    SMH10R Audio Test


    Instruction manuals

    Click on one of the buttons below to download a free instruction manual for the Sena SMH10 and SMH10r Bluetooth intercoms

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