Both systems now claim to have fixed the problem of communication dropouts when a member leaves the group and the difficulties of reconnecting when they rejoin.
Instead of Bluetooth, it uses mesh networking with each device acting as a node to receive and relay data.
While the Packtalk has range of 1.6km between intercoms and up to 5km with four or more riders/pillions, the Sena 30K has the same theoretical 2km range as the 20S and supports up to 16 riders/pillions.
Sleeker 30K unit
The weather-resistant 30K unit looks a little sleeker than the 20S but with the same “jog dial” which is the easiest in the industry to use.
It has all the other 20S features including built-in FM tuner, voice commands, noise filter, audio multitasking and will work with any other Bluetooth intercom unit.
Battery life is now 13 hours with a 15-minute quick-charge feature to add four more hours of talk time.
There is no word et on price, but the current Sena 20S is $345 for a single unit.
Sena has also updated its RideConnected smartphone app for iOS and Android.
The app allows rider to create a private group and communicate via the headset with up to 16 other people that can be anywhere in the world, as long as they have access to a mobile network.