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Helmet intercom system. Suggestions?

Looking for a helmet intercom system for passenger and driver, plus the ability to communicate with a second biker. Any suggestions? Oh, for pit boss half helmet.
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I prefer the Sena smh-5 FM for It's simplicity, reliability and affordability.
FM radio is a bonus that I appreciate being able to tune in to local media outlets when needed. It does everything you need.

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wife bought us the sena smh-10 system a few years back at Cycle Gear...had the Scala system before that but system eventually spent more time going off than staying on. Sena has worked very well...did have a slight malfunction with one of the speakers, had the extended warranty(not big on these warrantys but for $14 that extended the coverage) this time it was worth the $$...brought the system in to Cycle Gear, told him the issue I was having, he verified I had purchased the extended warranty, then opened up a new box, replaced the piece I was having problems with and told me if I had any more problems, come back and will make it right. Would recommend Sena...

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The Cardo ScalaRider used to be great, but they borked mine with a firmware update and their support has been useless. I'm looking at switching to Sena myself now.

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The Cardo ScalaRider used to be great, but they borked mine with a firmware update and their support has been useless. I'm looking at switching to Sena myself now.
One of the nice things that a lot of people don't know about the sena units is they communicate not only with other sena units but they communicate with alot of other models made by other companies, It was in a firmware update they made a couple years ago.

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I also have the Sena unit.

I found the sound sucks.

But then got to thinking about it.

The speaker just lays flat against the inside of the helmet.
Have you ever taken a speaker out of a cabinet and hooked it up?
It sounds like crap. It needs to be enclosed with some space behind it to work.

So I pulled my helmet apart, and carefully hollowed out the foam behind the speaker, then hot glued the speaker above it, but not down into it.
I think it sounds much better now.

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My G9 sounds fine, but I had to do a lot of repositioning of the speakers to get them in the right spot. If they aren't positioned to fire directly into your ear you can barely hear them. Even when they're positioned just right the sound kind of tinny, but they're small and thin, so they sound about as good as I would expect.

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My buddies and I have been using Interphone radios for almost 10 years. We started with the Interphone (also branded Blueant) F4 units. They worked well but then we upgraded to the F5 as it can connect up to four riders. We typically have three of us riding, and we can all communicate well. The F5 will also connect to the older F4 units. Interphone has new models out now, I think three different versions, but I don't have any experience with those. The sound quality is good and battery life is good, usually lasting most of the day if leaving it on for an all-day ride.

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I just picked up the Sena 10UPad on Amazon for $150... It's the one built into the cheekpads of my HJC helmet. Unfortunately it's been too dammed cold to any testing but I wanted something that didn't hang off the side.

The installation, Bluetooth pairing and configuration were all painless.

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