February 21, 2012 – Sena formally announced the new SMH5 intercom system at the 2012 Dealer Expo.
The SMH5 has a slightly smaller form factor than the Sena SMH-10 intercom (review) and although it uses the new Bluetooth 3.0 standard, it is more comparable in features to the original SMH10.
Sena has also given the SMH5 an aggressive price; a single unit will have a list price of $129.00 and a pair of SMH5 intercoms will cost $249.00. That’s less than most single intercoms!
The SMH5 should be available by the end of March, 2012.
The SMH5 has all the features most riders need, including Bluetooth 3.0, which provides longer battery life (uses power more efficiently); a rider-to-rider wireless range of up to 400 meters; multi-pairing capability; voice prompts in the system to let you know which buttons to push; stereo A2DP; playback control for your music player using AVRCP; the classic Sena “Jog Dial” control interface and more.
Talk time is claimed at 8 hours with a 7 day standby time and the SMH5 can also be used while it is being charged. Sena has a two year warranty on the SMH5.
What’s the difference between the SMH5 and SMH10? Besides the size, the SMH10 is now the “Pro” version, with the following features that are not included on the SMH5:
Longer (12 hour) talk time.
10 day standby time.
Built-in AUX port.
Phone conferencing and three- and four-way conferencing.
Power adapter included.
Regarding the difference between the SMH5 and SMH10, Sena says that the “SMH10 is targeted towards more professional riders, such as group riding or touring, while the SMH5 is more for everyday-use riders who require must-have features at affordable price. We believe SMH5 will contribute considerably to the popularity of motorcycle Bluetooth, and add more fun and safety during riding as well.”
We have a pair of SMH5 intercoms and I’ll get them into the evaluation schedule as soon as possible, so stay tuned.