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    Sena 50S

    Has anyone purchased the new Sena 50 series? Just wondering if the audio is improved over my 20s EVO.

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    RPGR90s

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    I received mine a few days ago, but haven't installed it yet. I'm still seeking out more reviews & reports from people who have already installed it. There's some good discussion on bmwsporttouring forum
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    Quote Originally Posted by RPGR90s View Post
    Has anyone purchased the new Sena 50 series? Just wondering if the audio is improved over my 20s EVO.

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    RPGR90s
    No I have not but I had the 20s and now have the 30 and the sound seems the same.

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    I sure hope the 50 is better than the 30. I was very disappointed in my 30.
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    Both my SMH10 and 20S (non-EVO) initially sounded really distorted, especially the navigation instructions from the GPS. Both units became quite clear after I turned down the volume, while the directions were being announced. This can be difficult to do if the instructions are short.

    Sena remembers different volume levels for each source, so adjustments need to be made while that source has the priority. Even though my Zumo provides my music as well as navigation, my Sena units use different volume levels for each.
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    I recently received my Sena 50S, and it's installed in my helmet. I've tried it a few times, but not for extended periods, and I've been solo, so I can't comment on the mesh intercom mode. I moved from a Sena 10S, so I can't comment on the audio quality of the 50S vs. the 20 series. The 50S speakers sound better than my 10S speakers, but then I wear earplugs whenever I ride, so I may not be the best judge.
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    What are the theoretical benefits of the 50 vs the Evo 20S for instance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisinsc View Post
    What are the theoretical benefits of the 50 vs the Evo 20S for instance.
    Theoretical, how about practical? There's a group of 4 of us that ride together often. Just two never had the problem but when 3 or 4 joined up did. We all had the 20s or 20 Evo. In a group of 3 or 4 on intercom we always had some clicking, tapping, or a noise that sounded kind of like a snare drum being tapped. When two of us went to the 50s the group intercom became startling clear with none of the previous background noise. The Mesh technology of the 30 and 50 is supposedly the reason. Another great thing about Mesh is what when one rider drops out of range then catches up Mesh technology seamlessly re-connects that rider to the others, no one has to terminate the group intercom and open it again. The speakers are higher definition and reportedly sound better with less distortion at high volume levels. I was perfectly happy with my 20S but a new 50S arrives tomorrow if UPS is on schedule. One group ride of 4 convinced me. There are some other improvements too, the battery recharges much quicker and if connected to charging with a WiFi signal present the unit automatically updates the software.
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    Used the new 50S all day yesterday with 2 other 50S equipped riders and several without intercom. One of the comm equipped riders always rides in the rear. With our 20S systems there was always static and distortion whenever he got out of range due to distance or terrestrial objects. Yesterday, communications was clear and he rarely dropped out despite there being seven of us. It was much cleaner with the new units. I listened to music from both my phone and my GPS which occasionally dropped out for no reason. Perhaps I need to lower the sensitivity of the audio multi-tasking. Also, I got a low battery warning before we stopped for lunch after about 6 hours. I charged it during lunch and it made it home without any additional charge.

    If you ride by yourself or with only one other comm equipped rider, I can't see any need to upgrade from 20S. If you ride in groups greater than 3, the clarity and operation of the intercoms is greatly enhanced. I never experienced the 30K, but heard horror stories. Hopefully, the new update will make it a better unit. It's supposed to be compatible with the 50S when in "open mesh, channel 1".
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    Quote Originally Posted by dduelin View Post
    Theoretical, how about practical? There's a group of 4 of us that ride together often. Just two never had the problem but when 3 or 4 joined up did. We all had the 20s or 20 Evo. In a group of 3 or 4 on intercom we always had some clicking, tapping, or a noise that sounded kind of like a snare drum being tapped. When two of us went to the 50s the group intercom became startling clear with none of the previous background noise. The Mesh technology of the 30 and 50 is supposedly the reason. Another great thing about Mesh is what when one rider drops out of range then catches up Mesh technology seamlessly re-connects that rider to the others, no one has to terminate the group intercom and open it again. The speakers are higher definition and reportedly sound better with less distortion at high volume levels. I was perfectly happy with my 20S but a new 50S arrives tomorrow if UPS is on schedule. One group ride of 4 convinced me. There are some other improvements too, the battery recharges much quicker and if connected to charging with a WiFi signal present the unit automatically updates the software.
    Thanks Dave. Of course "practical" is better! Appreciate the first hand experience. I have a 20s Evo and just did a ride last Saturday with just one other rider and other than having issues getting the intercom established it worked fine even reconnecting after out of range breaks automatically. However, I really wish it had more speed dial programming available. 3 is not enough. Does the 50 save more speed dials?
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    Sena 50S

    Thanks everyone for the feedback,

    My 20S EVO does everything I need for the moment and since I ride with ear plugs I was hoping for enhanced volume and quality on the 50S. But I mostly ride alone so I probably wouldn't appreciate the improved mesh communications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisinsc View Post
    Thanks Dave. Of course "practical" is better! Appreciate the first hand experience. I have a 20s Evo and just did a ride last Saturday with just one other rider and other than having issues getting the intercom established it worked fine even reconnecting after out of range breaks automatically. However, I really wish it had more speed dial programming available. 3 is not enough. Does the 50 save more speed dials?
    Nope, 3 speed dial slots. However, Siri will dial any number you want with voice command.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vfroger View Post
    Nope, 3 speed dial slots. However, Siri will dial any number you want with voice command.
    Thanks, thats probably why they did not increase the native speed dial qty.
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    50s

    I purchased a new Shoei Neotec 2 and installed the 50s about a week ago. Have ridden several hundred miles and am very pleased. Been using a C4 with an SC1 advanced for 3 years and have been happy with it. The 50s is hands down better. Better speakers, the voice commands work really well. Hey siri allows you to send texts or send and receive calls, start/stop music, obtain directions, weather, etc. without touching anything. Hey sena is also awesome.....Incoming call you can say answer or ignore. I really like being able to do everything with voice commands. You can pair devices, join mesh networks and so much more with only your voice. I commute and tour on my bike and this is a really good upgrade for me. Worth the money IMO.

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