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    Best Bluetooth Headset / Comms System
    on: Aug 24, 2021, 04.25 pm
    Aug 24, 2021, 04.25 pm
    Thinking of getting a BT headset for my HJC IS MAX II helmet.

    Mostly for use with my Garmin XT, bike, and phone.
    So looking for a device that:
    can hookup to at least 2 devices as a headset
    Can work logically with 3 devices: I'd like to be able to hear music from the phone or GPS as well as GPS directions. also capability to work with Android Auto ( phone cabled into bike ) as my ATwin has that capability.
    Absolutely waterproof.
    Works dependably; no dropouts / disconnects / infuriations..
    Normally I 'listen to the wind' but seeing as this tech is possible thinking I should buy in.
    Don't need to talk to a 'group' but one other rider would be a plus.

    So... looking for recommendations.  Reviews of all brands/models seem to be negative as reviews tend to be.
    So... what works????

    Thanks!
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    Re: Best BT headset
    Reply #1 on: Aug 24, 2021, 06.15 pm
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    The Sena SMH10 will do what you want and being as it's one of the first units Sena produced it should be very reasonable in price.  Good battery life and one of the ONLY 2 units on the market I know of that can be used while charging, so a portable power source in the jacket pocket plugged into the charge port gives you unlimited time in the saddle without "low battery" warnings.  That warning BTW will still allow about 3-5 minutes of use to make an emergency call by turning it back on after the unit shuts down for lack of battery life.  It is still a bit pricey, but not as much as the 20S EVO, and if you want to use earbud instead of speakers you will need a specific adapter or a mount with the 3.5 mm port and if you also want speakers you will need speakers with a plug like the Tork.  If the charge while using feature is unimportant to you then there are several options that will all do what you want, you just need 2 bluetooth channels.
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    Re: Best BT headset
    Reply #2 on: Aug 25, 2021, 08.13 am
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    I use a Sena and they are pretty good.  However,  my previous Interphone system was better sound quality.
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    Re: Best BT headset
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    Re: Best BT headset
    Reply #4 on: Aug 26, 2021, 01.53 pm
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    I did quite a bit of research when I got a new helmet early this season.  I decided on the Cardo FREECOM 4 Plus and have not been disappointed.  I actually got the best deal on ebay.  I do not use it on a Trophy.  I run everything through my GPS (Garmin XT), phone, GPS, and recorded music on the GPS.  The sound quality is better than other Nolan N-Com sets I have had and is easy to use.

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    Re: Best BT headset
    Reply #5 on: Aug 26, 2021, 02.05 pm
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    I have been using SENA headsets for many years now, and they perform well as a communication device. Their sound quality leaves much to be desired, however.

    When riding solo, I have recently switched to noise canceling earbuds, with excellent results.  :028:

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    Re: Best BT headset
    Reply #6 on: Aug 26, 2021, 07.38 pm
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    Thanks for the info so far.

    I've read some bad reports on the Sena for not being waterproof and being ruined by rain??
    In some of their user guides they mention 'water-resistant', nowhere is 'waterproof' where Cardo does say 'waterproof'.

    Have any of you had that experience. 

    I ride in the rain a LOT, matter of fact, that is when I'd use the device the most, listening to music on the slab in the rain... (:>

    Seems the other choice is a Cardo unit of some sort??
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    Re: Best BT headset
    Reply #7 on: Aug 26, 2021, 07.49 pm
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    My 20S has come through multiple horrendous downpours and never missed a beat.  If the "water resistant" cya wording frightens you, buy the Cardo.
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