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cordless or corded?

Finally my wife got herself a Sedici helmet and myself an HJC
We used the standard corded communication system in the previous helmets. Now Im wondering if I should change to wireless.
Quite a few times we ride more than 8-9 hrs at a time while continuously listening to music. The cord doesnt bother me much but NOW my wife mentioned that at times her cord pulls her head down when entangled into the vest.
The inconvenience of the cordless is that I have something else to charge every night and the battery may not last for the duration of the day's trip.
Do some come with spare batteries?
Whats your opinion overall? Did anybody go back to the corded after having cordless system?
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My $.02. My SMH-10 doesn't last 8 hours if I'm listening to continuous music. It will last up to 2 days with the intercom on and providing nav updates and google searches, but I guess the continued audio output of music wears it down quicker.

Unlike some others it will still work while plugged in, so you could use a lightweight battery bank and still be relatively cordless, but it's not as water resistant that way (the little rubber flap has to be open), and if you plug it into the bike it causes a whining noise.

The SMH-10 is quite old technology, so I'm sure the newer units are better albeit more $$$.
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Finally my wife got herself a Sedici helmet and myself an HJC
We used the standard corded communication system in the previous helmets. Now Im wondering if I should change to wireless.
Quite a few times we ride more than 8-9 hrs at a time while continuously listening to music. The cord doesnt bother me much but NOW my wife mentioned that at times her cord pulls her head down when entangled into the vest.

Cords just work.


We've used corded headsets now for near 25 years. Still have our oldest in some helmets, still work too. "Wife Unit" does like the two piece ones on her's, they are longer too. I will drill a 1/8" hole in lower edge of helmet to use a small zip tie to secure the cord with, adding a short piece of tube as a strain relief so as to not strain the plug at helmet end.
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I am staying with the cord.....
never had a battery run down with my helmet comm set.

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I have Sena 20 evos and they last about 8 hours on music. I can get longer if I plug them into a battery pack while we stop to eat. But unlike the energizer bunny, I need recharging sooner.
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I've been running a BT-S2 for a couple of years now and I absolutely LOVE it. It's cheap ($30) and no problems with the battery, , ,HOWEVER, ,it limits connectivity to only two other devices (my iphone & a "buddy" or mama). It connects to all the bluetooth devices of my buddies, , but because I sometimes want to chat with more than one guy, , , I've recently "bit-the-bullet" and sprung for the Sena 20S EVO which will be capable of 8 connected riders/groups. At $219 off eBay, I hope it performs as well as the BT-S2. Time will tell, , ,


My vote is for CORDLESS, , , ,but I might be bias, ,since I didn't have a choice because my Interstate was made without a cord.
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IMO for intercom and music corded works far better than cordless and you don't have to worry about the batteries going dead.

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Like tamathumper, I have a pair of Sena SMH-10s and have been quite happy with them. I've had mine for at least 6-7 years and have never had a problem with them. I have gone for a maximum of 10-11 hours with a combination of music and intercom, which is usually more than I want to ride in one day anyway. When I had my GL1500, I tried to use cords but seemed to have a lot of issues with bad cords and bent pins, so I switched to Bluetooth with Camos headsets. When those played out, I replaced them with the Senas, then continued to use the Senas when I traded for a GL1800. I never even bought any cords for the 1800. Besides not having to have cords in the way, I like the convenience of easily connecting to my phone and easily moving to a different bike without disconnecting/reconnecting anything. Also, cordless has a huge advantage of working bike-to-bike. I have a riding buddy with a Sena and he and I talk bike-to-bike frequently.

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