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post #1 of 7 Old Sep 1st, 2014, 10:57 am Thread Starter
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Comm Units: Sena vs. Cardo

Hello All,

I have an '09 RT without radio and 95% of my riding is solo. I would like to use my iPhone, iPod and Maps feature of iPhone.

Looks like the comm units that will work for me are Sena SMH5-FM and Cardo Scala Qz units.

I am leaning toward the Sena (based upon reviews) but I like the ability yo use earbuds as well as helmet speakers in the Cardo unit. Does anyone have experience with both/either of these units and can offer some advise?

Also, the iMaps feature on the iPhone does not have Bluetooth capability -- must be cabled or use phone speaker. Does any one know if the Sena or Cardo Bluetooth sets can have Bluetooth iMaps capability or must I use Mapquest?

TIA for your help.

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I thought I too would like to switch between speakers and earbuds and that was one of the only downsides to the Sena unit I bought (SHM-10). After shelling out the extra $25 or so for the earbud clamp, I have never looked back. The speakers were horrendous and had to be turned up so high in order to be heard that my ears got really fatigued after about 20 minutes. This was even with good quality earplugs.

Not an issue at all with a decent set of earbuds. I can ride all day, listening to music, turn-by-turns from the GPS, and the occasional check-in call from Mrs. Spice.

So, in the spirit of not answering your question at all (compro between the Sena and Cardo), I'd not put a ton of stock in the merits of having helmet speakers vs. earbuds. Others will have a different opinion, I'm sure, but I've been extremely happy with my Sena, Shure SE215s, iPhone, and Nav IV set-up for a couple of years.

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The Sena is fantastic, I have tried several others and would highly recommend.

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+1 on the Sena. Started out with a Schuberth SRC (Cardo). I switched to the SMH-10 and went to a modular plate (for earbuds and wired mic). Works great.
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Sena 10 with standard speakers works great for me. I wear earplugs to keep wind noise down and I turn both the iPhone and the Sena to max volume and it's perfect for me.
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Re: Comm Units: Sena vs. Cardo

I've used both the Scala G4 & G9. Both work OK but have limits. They also do NOT have the ability to use ear buds. The new Scala G9X does have removable speakers to use earbuds but it too has some limits. After my 10 day trip last week I have decided to go with the Sena 20s. It was my wife & myself along with a good friend & his wife. Both my G9 & his G9 would just shut off for no reason. They did it multiple times Plus while in intercom mode we lost all GPS voice prompts. The new Sena 20s will allow you to hear music and GPS plus keep the intercom open to have a normal conversation just like we were all in the same room not on bikes. The 20s is priced a little high but I think it is worth the cost.

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Re: Comm Units: Sena vs. Cardo

I've been using the SMH5 for over 2 years and believe that it is Sena's simplest but best design. The SMH10 has several better features for group communication but the SMH5 is great for solo or rider/passenger intercom/GPS/music. I tried the new 20s and sent it back. It did not even last one ride before the mount failed and several of the "new" features just plain do not work in the real world. I may buy the20s again but I'll wait for v2 when the thing actually works.

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