An integrated unit is also neater as it doesn’t have messy wires that constantly need to be tucked away nor speakers that move out of place or rub annoyingly against your ears.
Loud and clear
I’ve tried helmets with integrated intercoms before and found that the speakers are never in the right position. They are usually too far back and the sound is too quiet and weak.
As anyone who has used an intercom in a helmet will know, you have to place the speakers in just the right position to get the maximum sound quality and volume.
The speakers in this Sena Momentum Lite helmet are much larger than normal to disperse the sound over a bigger area so they don’t have to sit right against your ear canal.
In fact, your ears don’t touch the speakers at all just a nice soft material, so it is very comfortable for all-day riding and listening to music.
I always wear Alpine Motosafe earplugs when I’m riding to filter out wind noise and the volume from these speakers is loud enough to clearly hear music and voices.
The top-of-the-range Momentum INC with noise-cancelling is not yet available here, but when it does, it should mean I won’t have to wear earplugs.
While the sound from these speakers is loud and clear, there is not a lot of bass. Perhaps their more expensive models have better speakers.
Anyway, I just pumped up the bass on my iPhone’s EQ. You can also get apps that boost the bass.
As for microphone quality, people who have spoken to me on the phone said they couldn’t tell I was riding a motorcycle at the time!
I’ve used a lot of different Bluetooth intercoms over the years but keep going back to Sena as the most reliable.
The 10s on which this is based uses Bluetooth 4.0+. It simply works and does everything it is claimed to do. Pairing is easy, faultless and works every time.
It features four-way Bluetooth Intercom, line-of-sight range up to 1.6km, FM radio, universal pairing and is firmware upgradeable. There is also a Sena phone app to easily change settings on the fly.
The Momentum has 20S technology which adds eight-way Bluetooth Intercom, voice commands and audio multi-tasking (background music while taking on the intercom).
Controls are via three big raised buttons on the left side of the helmet.
I miss the SMH10 and 20S jog buttons which are really easy to use, but these buttons are also easy to find and use, even when wearing thick winter gloves.
They allow you to access every function provided. Otherwise, you can access your phone’s voice activation for hands-free operation. It is also compatible with Sena’s optional handlebar and wristband remote controls.
The right side of the helmet has a very discreet weatherproof plug to charge the unit.
Charging is quick and it lasts longer than a full days’ riding. Sena claims 27 hours of standby operation and 20 hours of talk/music time. That’s a lot of talk!
The full User Guide for all Sena models can be downloaded here.
This isn’t just a review of the intercom, but also the helmet.