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post #1 of 6 Old Jul 17th, 2011, 3:33 am Thread Starter
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Question Help me choose a helmet intercom/bluetooth system

I just purchased a 2011 BMW R1200RT. It came with the awesome radio system which can pair with two helmets. My wife wants an intercom system and wants to be able to hear music and take cell calls. *She uses a full-face helmet and I use a flip-face (Nolan N102 w/o the radio stuff). *Prior to this bike, I used my Rio Karma and some Shure E4Cs for music, so bonus for being able to use those earphones too..

I've done a bunch of research and have narrowed it down to these three products. I would really like some opinion, especially from people with any of these systems and if anyone has a 2010+ R1200RT with that sirius radio, how do they pair?

The units I'm looking at are:So, opinions?

My needs: Great intercom on-bike. must play well with BMW radio, must pair with a Samsung Vibrant (android). Would be nice to have earbud jacks, would be GREAT to have no boom-mike.
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Re: Help me choose a helmet intercom/bluetooth system

I have a Sena SMH10 installed on both my HJC full face (IS-16) and my wifes HJC Symax II modular. I decided on this particular unit after a lot of research as well. Most of the decision was made easy by the extensive reviews of bluetooth comm systems on my favorite go to website www.webbikeworld.com

This system met all my needs in trying to go completely wireless. I have a 2010 RT but I don't have the radio system. I purchased a Samsung MP3 (bluetooth) player which has a capacity of 16G. It has paired quite well with the Sena. I also have one for my wife since you can't stream music from one device to both headsets. This is nice actually because we can each listen to our own tunes and answer our own calls without interupting each other. BTW, I do not have my phone paired to this system on purpose. I do not talk on the phone while I'm riding.

While this system is not absolutely perfect, it's headed in the right direction. My only complaint so far is the volume. I always wear ear plugs when I ride and at full volume on the Sena and the bluetooth MP3 I find myself wishing for one more notch of volume. This could be solved by either placing a spacer behind the speakers and moving them closer to my ears or just leave the plugs out, which I'm not inclined to do. I think I'll fiddle with the speakers and get them closer to my ears and see how that works. The volume level is also dependent on the volume level of the recorded song, so some songs are sufficiently loud, others a little less. BTW, the Sena is known to be the loudest of all these types of comm systems.

This particular unit has a 3.5 plug port for in ear speakers as well so that might be an option for you.

Before you make a decision, read the reviews at webbikeworld.com

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Re: Help me choose a helmet intercom/bluetooth system

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Love mine! speakers are excellent, upgradeable fimware. Full Face model is not a boom mic but is contersink into chin bar.

I use it with a Zumo 665, for XM and Mp3, Paired with my phone and my wife's unit!

The sound is amazing and tons of volume, excellent customer service.

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Re: Help me choose a helmet intercom/bluetooth system

I was a firm believer of Autocom, having had two different Autocom systems on my 2000LT. When I purchased a used 2008RT it had the J&M CB installed. The J&M far surpasses the sound quality of the Autocom. The intercom works great and I have a xm receiver working through it. I did purchase a boosteroo device to increase the sound of the xm. Before I installed it, I would have to cramp up the volume to hear the xm, now I do not have to adjust the volume at all. The RT does have the radio feature. The only thing that I am trying (not too hard) to figure out is how to connect the Motorola HF820 bluetooth device to the system, and eventually my Valentine 1 radar detector.
Good luck in your decision!

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Re: Help me choose a helmet intercom/bluetooth system

We have the nolan n103 with the bluetooth and like the alot

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Re: Help me choose a helmet intercom/bluetooth system

Forgot to mention, the Sena SMH10 dual pack can be had for less than 300.00 and if the radio system on your RT is a bluetooth system, I see no reason why it wouldn't pair with the Sena SMH10. It paired with everything I have.

There are sorts of accessories for this unit including a fixed mic instead of the boom mic which you're trying to avoid. Quite frankly, I like the boom mic set up. It's very easy to reposition it to fit closer to your mouth while in motion. It is not so sensitive that it has to be right against your mouth like the Autocom...

It's the bargain of the century IMHO...

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