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Old 11-23-2011, 08:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Helmet Bluetooth Systems - Sena vs U-Clear?

I am wanting to a bluetooth helmet system for Christmas. I thought I had it narrowed down to the Sena SMH-10 after reading the reviews and webbikeworld's take on it. However, tonight I just came across the U-Clear HBC100 and it seems it is rated even stronger than the Sena. Webbikeworld said it was the clear favorite to them. Does anybody have experience with one or both of these? I have Scorpion helmets, exo-400, 750 and 1000. I really use the 750 the most and the 400 next. Anybody have any experience with the fir of U-Clear speakers in the exo-750? Or the Sena as well?

I am really leaning towards the U-Clear due to reviews and the fact that it doesn't require a boom or wired mic.

http://www.uclear-digital.com/HBC100moto.html

http://www.senabluetooth.com/product..._menu=overview
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Nobody tried the U-Clear huh? Maybe I will be the first
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've had my mind set on a pair of Sena sets, but after reading about the UClear I may have to rethink that. The biggest thing that scares me off the UClear is the limited range between headsets, which would make using them for bike to bike communication somewhat tricky.
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Just some follow up. I got the UClear for Christmas and installed in my Scorpion EXO-400. I can say that I am NOT disappointed with the performance of the speakers clarity for music and phone. At 60mph, I had to turn the speakers down. I don't know how reviewers said they couldn't hear the speakers at highway speeds, unless they are possibly using an open face helmet. Also, on the other end, my wife could hear me fine at 60mph, even with my visor cracked open a couple of notches. She said I was yelling and it would have sounded better if I just talked normal. That is something that I will have to concentrate about on my end. When I was going slow, or stopped, she said she couldn't tell I was talking on the unit and it sounded just like on a phone. I can understand the concerns with the bike to bike, but I don't really ride with anyone so that is not that important to me at the moment. Uclear does have some bluetooth dongle that supposedly opens up more options for communicating with further distances. Not sure how it works though, as I think it is still fairly new.

My only real gripe with limited use so far is the fact that the buttons are hard to press with gloves on, especially winter gloves. The buttons are flat and dont have much positive movement to let you fell if your pushing down. I quess that is the downside of it's small profile. However, I already modified mine with some small clear rubber bumpers with sticky backs from the hardware store. They are about 3/8" thick, and if stuck to the three buttons on the unit, give a raised knob that you can feel. I tested it out with my winter gloves on and it seems this will work. I think that UClear should implement a change similar to this for the next generation of this unit.

But so far for me, understanding it's only had one road run, I give it a 4.5/5.0. If I decide I like it after some time, I think I will order another set of speakers and mounting hardware for $40 so I can switch the unit between my two favorite helmets.
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I'm running a Sena and have been very happy with it. No experience with any others.
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My concern with any helmet intercom would be speaker size. Tried a chatterbox on a Shoei RF1000 and could never get a good fit, until I went with the Scalarider. Now both my Bell helmet and RF1100 have pretty big speaker pockets, but have really liked the Scala unit (the G4).

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Just some follow up. I got the UClear for Christmas and installed in my Scorpion EXO-400. I can say that I am NOT disappointed with the performance of the speakers clarity for music and phone. At 60mph, I had to turn the speakers down. I don't know how reviewers said they couldn't hear the speakers at highway speeds, unless they are possibly using an open face helmet. Also, on the other end, my wife could hear me fine at 60mph, even with my visor cracked open a couple of notches. She said I was yelling and it would have sounded better if I just talked normal. That is something that I will have to concentrate about on my end. When I was going slow, or stopped, she said she couldn't tell I was talking on the unit and it sounded just like on a phone. I can understand the concerns with the bike to bike, but I don't really ride with anyone so that is not that important to me at the moment. Uclear does have some bluetooth dongle that supposedly opens up more options for communicating with further distances. Not sure how it works though, as I think it is still fairly new.

My only real gripe with limited use so far is the fact that the buttons are hard to press with gloves on, especially winter gloves. The buttons are flat and dont have much positive movement to let you fell if your pushing down. I quess that is the downside of it's small profile. However, I already modified mine with some small clear rubber bumpers with sticky backs from the hardware store. They are about 3/8" thick, and if stuck to the three buttons on the unit, give a raised knob that you can feel. I tested it out with my winter gloves on and it seems this will work. I think that UClear should implement a change similar to this for the next generation of this unit.

But so far for me, understanding it's only had one road run, I give it a 4.5/5.0. If I decide I like it after some time, I think I will order another set of speakers and mounting hardware for $40 so I can switch the unit between my two favorite helmets.
Thanks for your input. I too am looking at these. Any further thoughts of yours would be appreciated.
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Just got a set of the Uclear units. Great product and I found your tip perfect for fixing the one bad thing. We used the little rubber tabs you put on cabinet doors to quiet the slamming. It gives a more pronouced feel and I "hope" stays on.
I emailed, John, the CEO of UClear, and I hope he redesigns the unit accordingly. Otherwise, great product.
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