Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Iowa City, IA, USA
Re: Comm Units: Sena vs. Cardo
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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