Let me just start by saying I love my Sena SMH10, it has been with me through rain and shine and has never failed. It is simple to use and more streamlined than the other options out there. They came out with the SMH10R which was more streamlined and flat but the battery pack had to be adhered to your helmet which kind of defeated the purpose of being slim and I felt wasn’t a great option for most riders. However, they totally got it right with the 20S, it is more low profile than the SMH10 and has way more features and functions, which comes with the price tag of around $270 vs. $165 for the SMH10. The SMH10 can be paired with up to three other headsets, has voice activated calling, an MP3 jack for listening to music, bluetooth music from your phone, GPS Nav pairing and can transfer when you have another incoming call. The 20S does all that and more including FM radio, pairing an additional phone, an external antenna to extend the intercom distance, sharing music with an intercom friend, can be paired with up to nine other headsets as long as it is the Sena SMH10 or SMH5 and an ambient noise button, should you choose to listen to the noise around you.
I’ve been riding with it for a few weeks now and just love the sound quality of the Sena, its crystal clear whether it’s a phone call or intercoming with a friend. The range is approximately 1.2 miles on the 20S and is 980 yards for the SMH10. For people who are riding two up and just want to be able to talk without yelling, the SMH10 is perfect. For those that love playing with gadgets and want all the bells and whistles, the 20S is amazing! There is still so much to figure out on the headset, but the fact I can pair two phones and have one give me turn by turn directions is truly amazing. Here’s an example of how the 20S operates in the following order of priority: Highest to the lowest…Ambient mode, Mobile phone, Voice command mode, Intercom, Stereo music by audio cable, Music sharing by Bluetooth, FM radio, Bluetooth stereo music. A lower priority function is always interrupted by the higher priority function. For example, stereo music is interrupted by an intercom call and intercom conversation is interrupted by an incoming phone call. Pretty cool huh? It does it all on its own and with literally only two buttons controlling the whole unit. Sena sends out updates to firmware occasionally so when you purchase your unit be sure to register it as it is the only way you can get the update. While I am partial to this brand and it’s products there are many out there to choose from, so do some research know what you want out of the unit you want to purchase and happy hunting! From our website check out Revzilla, they carry different brands and hopefully you find one that suits your needs!