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Sena 10C Review

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Before I start....it's a Two Brothers exhaust with Dobek EJK...sorry @cruizin, I NEVER knew I would post this video :( :( 
 
So, I watched a few videos on the Sena 10C as I wanted a camera, but also wanted other capabilities as well. So, I broke down and got the Sena 10C
 
Pros:
- All in one, so you get Bluetooth, FM Radio, Communications, Microphone, Video, and still camera
- Lightweight
- Easy install
- Trusted company
 
Cons:
- Can be confusing (twist the wheel, hold this button, hold the wheel and twist it...etc.)
- Sena voice does not cut out audio/music when it talks
- Pricey(to some, but not to me since you get all the above in one package)
- "Fuzzy" audio, probably just me being a noob and not installing the mic in a good spot
 
First some people have mentioned the wiring position, and it hitting a backpack strap, I wear a backpack all the time, no issues at all.
So, the cons were not many, but to me they could be confusing as this was my 1st device. In order to operate Sena 10C you have to use the same buttons for different functions, now the issues start when at home, with the directions, you are an expert, but 10min into your ride, you forget how to __________(fill in the blank)
The voice cutoff, should be an easy fix for them, as she talks so low when music is playing, you never hear her.
 
For me the pros, far outweigh the cons, being somewhat anal, and ADD...having multiple things hanging off my headset would drive me crazy. So, having the Sena 10C with all the items I need in a compact package was a HUGE win for me. It's VERY easy to install, and the ability to hide wires under helmet sections make this a piece of cake, also the velcro pad for the ear pieces that Sena includes are fantastic, and fit in a perfect spot inside my Shoei Neotec. Also Sena is trusted, their comm devices with radio and bluetooth pairing are top notch and easy to use, and riders love them. 
 
Below is a video I did, it's short, and me rambling, and a picture I took (by accident :) :) )
 
[video src=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBQdaEetJjY]
 
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so1102

hint: you can add a shoutout to the group in the video description even post-upload ;)

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so1102

@thestache -- I'm pretty sure you can rotate the camera as well, unless you love those 60's-era-Batman dutch angles. :)

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@thestache -- I'm pretty sure you can rotate the camera as well, unless you love those 60's-era-Batman dutch angles. :)
LOL, yeah I learned that too...hey maybe next video I can throw in some KAPOW, BLAM...etc. :) :) 
 
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fooschnickens

The Sena voice volume has to do with the fiddly nature of how their volume settings work. Basically, every aspect of the Sena has its own dedicated volume: System Volume (Sena voice, notification tones, etc.), Connected device volume (phone, GPS, bluetooth, etc.), FM Radio volume, and so on. If your system volume is too low or too high, you will either not be able to hear the Sena voice or be deafened by it.
 
To set it, turn your Sena on but do not connect it to any other device. Adjust the volume to where you can hear the voice clearly when the device powers on but not so loud that it's painful. I had to power cycle mine a couple times before I found a good place for it. Once you've done that, do the same for the other features you plan to use. It will remember the last volume setting for each feature, so remember to turn it down a bit if you were on the highway so you don't kill yourself while sitting in your garage getting ready to go.
 
The other thing to look at is the Audio Multitasking settings. Make sure it's set to on and the sensitivity is set to around 5-6. This sufficiently ducks everything else out of the way when I get a notification or a phone call so I know what's going on. You can get to these settings through the phone app or desktop config utility.
 
Oh yeah, and the fuzzy recorded audio could be from you talking too loud. You really don't need to shout at all when using it, talking at a normal conversation level is often more than enough for it to pick things up, even at highway speeds. My friends are always amazed at the sound quality in calls, they can't even tell I'm on the bike.
 

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@fooschnickens thanks for all that info, VERY helpful

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fz07fanboy

I have the Sena 10C as well. what i just did was switched out the microphone. I had the little small round mic but heard that the boom microphone has better audio quality. I would switch it out and use the boom microphone inside the helmet. I have the Shoe RF1200. One thing I'm waiting for is my external Sena SMH10 battery pack that I plan on mounting on the back of the helmet and connect to the 10C to extend the battery life on it so I never have to worry about battery life and I can record all day and use the bluetooth. I've been doing some searching and haven't been able to find out if anyone has thought about connecting external batteries to it to do this. I guess I'll be finding out soon. The battery should arrive this week. Another thing is that the specs say it can support up to a 32gig card but I installed a 64gig card so i can always record in 1080p without filling it up. No issues using the card, I just don't know if it will record on the entire card or not. Maybe someone else knows more than me.

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@fooschnickens thanks for all that info, VERY helpful
Sure thing d('_'d) 

I have the Sena 10C as well. what i just did was switched out the microphone. I had the little small round mic but heard that the boom microphone has better audio quality. I would switch it out and use the boom microphone inside the helmet. I have the Shoe RF1200. One thing I'm waiting for is my external Sena SMH10 battery pack that I plan on mounting on the back of the helmet and connect to the 10C to extend the battery life on it so I never have to worry about battery life and I can record all day and use the bluetooth. I've been doing some searching and haven't been able to find out if anyone has thought about connecting external batteries to it to do this. I guess I'll be finding out soon. The battery should arrive this week. Another thing is that the specs say it can support up to a 32gig card but I installed a 64gig card so i can always record in 1080p without filling it up. No issues using the card, I just don't know if it will record on the entire card or not. Maybe someone else knows more than me.
I never tested with the boom mics but that makes sense. I didn't really have room for it in my GT-Air because of where the cheekpads fit in and how the internal shell was molded, but the little "button" mic seems to be working great so far for me. I should try recording something through it sometime to see what it sounds like.
 
Battery life is one thing I'm interested in seeing with the 10c and any iterations past that. I've only drained my 20S once or twice in the many months I've owned it, and that's with about an hour's worth of riding a day with bluetooth music/GPS playing the entire time. I usually plug it in every couple weeks just because I figure I should haha. I wish it had a better battery indicator or a way to view it's charge on the phone app.
 

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I have the Sena 10C as well. what i just did was switched out the microphone. I had the little small round mic but heard that the boom microphone has better audio quality. I would switch it out and use the boom microphone inside the helmet. I have the Shoe RF1200. One thing I'm waiting for is my external Sena SMH10 battery pack that I plan on mounting on the back of the helmet and connect to the 10C to extend the battery life on it so I never have to worry about battery life and I can record all day and use the bluetooth. I've been doing some searching and haven't been able to find out if anyone has thought about connecting external batteries to it to do this. I guess I'll be finding out soon. The battery should arrive this week. Another thing is that the specs say it can support up to a 32gig card but I installed a 64gig card so i can always record in 1080p without filling it up. No issues using the card, I just don't know if it will record on the entire card or not. Maybe someone else knows more than me.
@fzo7fanboy I will try the new mic, might be a good idea, a shame though because the small mic we perfect and easily integrated into my helmet. I have an Anker Portable charger that @tylerjane turned me onto, thing works like a charm, just put it in my chest pocket in my jacket and run the wire up the collar...works great

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fz07fanboy

I got the Sena SMH external battery and connected it up. Haven't tried it yet but maybe soon. Its not a straight connection. I had to use OTG USB cable with a USB cord to connect it the SENA 10C. I'd rather have something connected to my helmet so i can put the helmet on and take it off without worrying about trying to connect the cable after getting the helmet on. I want it to be seamless because I always want the camera rolling when I ride.

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update on external battery. I knew this could be a far reach but it doesn't seem like the external sena battery works. When plugged into the SENA 10C the charging light doesn't even come on so that tells me it doesnt work. I will look for an alternative. I know it comes with a cigarette lighter charger but i want everything on the helmet. Plus i don't want to get a cigarette plug to put on the bike

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fooschnickens

It looks like people are getting between 1.5-2 hours of constant video usage which is on par with a gopro without the extended battery back.
 
Have you tried using a third-party battery pack to see if the SMH battery just isn't putting out enough juice? With a power-hungry device like the 10C (in comparison with the SMH-10) the smaller battery pack might not have enough output to trigger the charging state of the 10C.

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That's what the problem is. The SENA battery back only outputs 150 mah. Not enough power. I have confirmed a 3rd party battery pack will work. I tried my IOGEAR battery pack and it charged the SENA 10C. I just want to find a small one to attach to the back of the helmet.

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Allan

I just bought one of these. Can't wait to get it.

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I just bought one of these. Can't wait to get it.
I think you will really like it. I thing the video quality is excellent. This is a sample video i just posted yesterday. I'm just wanting a little extra battery life out of it. I realize I have bluetooth and video recording going on everyday during my commute but I'd still like to get at least 3 hrs recording time. I'm looking for a very small usb battery pack that I can attach to the back of my helmet like the sena smr10. If anyone knows of some good small battery packs, please let me know. 
 

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Allan
I just bought one of these. Can't wait to get it.
I think you will really like it. I thing the video quality is excellent. This is a sample video i just posted yesterday. I'm just wanting a little extra battery life out of it. I realize I have bluetooth and video recording going on everyday during my commute but I'd still like to get at least 3 hrs recording time. I'm looking for a very small usb battery pack that I can attach to the back of my helmet like the sena smr10. If anyone knows of some good small battery packs, please let me know. 
 

Video looks great! Is that audio from the mic or the camera? (Does the camera itself even have its own audio source or do you need to have the mic plugged in to record sound?)

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dizzid1320

Impromptu police escort. Nice! I assume drivers typically don't make a ton of room for you like this video demonstrates.

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fz07fanboy

The Sena comes with 2 microphones. A little tab mic and a boom mic. For the best audio quality use the boom mic. Its like having mono sound vs stereo sound quality. Big night and day difference. The sound comes from the microphone thats plugged into the unit.

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thestache

Just learned that the boom mic will plug in both the correct way, and incorrect way. Make sure to check the arrows that are on the plugs, or it will plug in, but not record audio.

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Impromptu police escort. Nice! I assume drivers typically don't make a ton of room for you like this video demonstrates.
Haha, for the most part. I love following moto cops.  
Looks good @fz07fanboy!
 
I recently watched the 10C review from chaseontwowheels yesterday. A few points he's made seem like good assessments. I definitely see the 10C as a "just in case" camera, like how I use my current camera's now. 
 
[video src=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cCmj4PLtNE]
 

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Thank you @motomeek. I do like to use this as a security camera but for me its not bad for a all around camera as well. I do have the gopro but then i have to remember to remove the gopro if i stop somewhere. If I can get a small battery pack to extend the life of the sena a little more ill be happy with it. it still doesn't hurt to have 2 video cameras running. one for straight view and the other one recording what i'm looking at.

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Allan

I just got the camera yesterday and I was messing around getting it to work and learning what it can do. I really like it a lot. I haven't been able to record any video yet but will soon. From what I've seen so far, the build quality is superb and it fits in my helmet very well. I have an HJC IS-MAX BT. I will update when I get some videos, but I am very happy so far.

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fromthecage

I like the idea of the 10C, but it seems slightly too complicated for me to outright purchase one. When I pick up an action cam, I'll probably go with the Sena Prism as it is easily compatible with my smh10 unit and offers a display screen, better video quality, and can be moved around if desired. However, if you dont already have a Sena unit and want a "just-in-case" camera the 10C is absolutely perfect for that.

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To each his or her own. The whole point of the 10C is to have an all in one unit. I wasn't there to be the top of line camera but to me the quality is great and i don't have to fumble with another camera trying to figure out where i want to mount it today or forget to take it with me if i get off my bike. I have a GoPro as well but I do like that Sena made something innovative that I'm sure a lot of people thought about. Its really not complicated at all once you've played with it for a little while and had some rides with it. I find it fairly easy to use now. Needing a view screen isn't necessary because it has an indicator to show what level the camera is at and once it's there it's there.

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