The Best And Most Affordable Motorcycle Helmet Speakers That You Can Buy Today (Updated for 2018)
Gone are the days of the old AM/FM and CB radios. In today’s age of tablets, smartphones, GPS, and other wireless devices we are more connected than ever. You can now buy a motorcycle helmet speaker to not only listen to music but also make wireless calls, make phone calls and carry on a friendly conversation with other riders via intercom.
We tested a bunch of the best motorcycle helmet speakers and intercoms and settled on the ones in this post as our favorites. Our criteria was focused around the ones with the best sound quality, the most features for the price and the best battery life.
Things to Look for in a Motorcycle Helmet Speaker
Going wireless has a lot of perks. You don’t need to deal with messy and tangled wires, and you don’t need to constantly plug and unplug the jack to multiple devices. With a Bluetooth-powered wireless motorcycle helmet speaker, you can seamlessly switch from one device to the next, and listen to music while taking a call, all without taking off both your hands on the handlebars.
It all sounds rosy and then you realize there are a lot of motorcycle helmet speakers in the market, and they differ in terms of features, sound quality, and price. But before you buy one, here are the things to look for in a good quality motorcycle helmet speaker:
1. Multi-device capability
Thanks to modern Bluetooth technology today’s modern helmet speakers can seamlessly switch between multiple devices. Look for a helmet that supports Bluetooth-powered wireless motorcycle helmet, satellite radio, and GPS device so you don’t need to change speakers when you decide to switch between devices.
2. Sound quality
This is where the best differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack. Top-notch sound quality should be the main thing you look for when choosing a motorcycle helmet speaker.
Nobody wants to listen to a flat tune which is usually a result of using mediocre speakers. And if you’re going to make a call while riding at 65 mph, a clear and distortion-free sound reproduction is a must if you want to clearly discern the person from the other line.
3. Ergonomics and Durability
You need to choose a speaker that is easy to use since you will be using them while you are riding your bike. Remember, you are buying helmet speakers so you can focus on riding your motorcycle instead of fiddling with the controls or the wires of your speaker.
Motorcycle helmet speakers are also exposed to wind, rain, sun, sand, sweat and salt, so it is best to choose a device that can withstand the harmful elements of Mother Nature.
4. Battery life
If you’re planning to a Bluetooth-powered speaker, it pays to get a motorcycle helmet speaker with a long battery life. There are some devices that simply eat too much juice, so you need to pay attention to the estimated battery life of each device. Wireless devices, in particular, have a tendency to lap up a full charge in less than a day, but it really depends on how often you use the device.
5. Loud volume with easy to use volume controls
You need a motorcycle speaker with high-volume capabilities since you’ll be talking or listening to music while riding beside trucks, cars with loud exhausts, and other motorcycles on the road. It is useless if you can’t hear your tunes or the person from the other line, and it would be a waste if you can’t operate the volume controls with one hand/finger.
Top Motorcycle Helmet Speakers Reviewed
The Sena SMH10-10 Bluetooth Motorcycle Headset is designed for long-range music sharing and intercom capabilities of up to 900 meters (980 yards).
The Sena SMH10-10 is powered by Bluetooth 3.0 so you can listen or share your music with other riders, make or take telephone calls with advanced speed dialing functions, or participate in a 4-way intercom conversation with fellow riders on the street or track.
This device makes use of the Universal Intercom Protocol so you can still partake in intercom conversations even if your friend is using a different kind or brand of device.
What I like most about the Sena SMH10-10 is the Advanced Noise Control Technology that dramatically cuts down ambient and background noise for both outgoing and incoming audio signals. It really works when you’re just cruising down the street, but I did pick up a lot of wind noise when traveling at more than 60 mph.
The Sena SMH10-10 Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset also comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that is capable of providing up to 12 hours of talk time and 10 days of standby time on a single full charge.
I also love the user interface courtesy of the brilliant jog dial. This feature makes it easy to change the settings of the device with just one hand.
- Good battery life
- Good sound quality
- Jog dial interface makes it easy to use
- Voice prompt control
- 2-year warranty
- Clear calls but there is more wind noise at speed
- Range is not as advertised
The Sena SMH10R Low Profile Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset has a 4-way conference intercom capability that enables you to allow intercom participants to join in cellular conference calls.
This motorcycle helmet speaker is also incredibly easy to use courtesy of the Bluetooth remote, which should be conveniently located in the handlebar of your bike.
With the Sena SMH10R Low Profile Bluetooth Speaker, you can make hands-free calls on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or telephone, listen to professional-quality music or voice instructions on your GPS, and start intercom conversations with a passenger or other riders.
Powered by the latest Bluetooth v3.0 with advanced digital processing technology, The Sena SMH10R will give you superior sound quality on both incoming and outgoing audio signals. What this simply means is that you will enjoy clear and crisp audio reproduction whether you are listening to your favorite playlist or when making calls.
The Sena SMH10R also has individually adjustable volume profiles. With this feature, you can set different volume levels for music, voice calls, and intercom. Each volume level will be saved by the device, so you don’t need to adjust the volume incessantly when switching between devices and features.
The built-in lithium-polymer battery takes only 3 hours to fully charge, and it provides up to 10 hours of talk time and 9 hours of standby time on a single full charge.
- Low profile design
- Fantastic battery life
- Flexible boom mic comes with the kit
- The wires and cables feels frail
- Mediocre sound quality
- Noticeable wind noise especially in intercom
The UCLEAR Digital Pulse wired helmet speakers are compatible with both Apple and Android devices. You can easily upgrade your motorcycling audio experience with this helmet speaker courtesy of high-fidelity audio and HD-quality sound.
The best thing about wired helmet speakers is that you simply plug the 3.5mm audio jack to any smartphone, helmet communication device, or audio player to enjoy studio quality sound. With crisp highs and extreme bass reproduction in a compact package, it is hard to go wrong the UCLEAR Digital Pulse.
This high-definition motorcycle helmet speaker can easily transfer from one helmet to the next, without the need of using special tools. If you have more than 1 helmet then this is a good feature to have. This product will work on all kinds of motorcycle helmets, including snowmobile brain buckets.
The UCLEAR Digital Pulse Helmet Speaker may not have the convenience of a wireless Bluetooth speaker, but you don’t need to think about running out of power or charging the battery.
- Excellent bass response
- Good sound quality
- Easy to install on any type of helmet
- No batteries to think about
- Distorted sound at high volumes
- Volume levels are a bit on the low side
The problem with most motorcycle helmet speakers is the sound quality. Others may have a more powerful volume, but the sound quality is a bit lacking. The Tork X-Pro Motorcycle Helmet Speaker solves all of that and more.
You can enjoy high-fidelity audio reproduction with a faithful bass response on the Tork X-Pro. This is perhaps one of the most popular helmet speakers in the market, and it is known in the motorcycling circle to provide sterling sound quality at a friendly price.
What I love the most about the Tork X-Pro is that it is thin, flat, and comfortable to wear. Hand –assembled and quality tested in North America, this particular model comes with a volume control knob so you can adjust the volume while you’re on the go.
The full stereo speakers of the Tork X-Pro were engineered to pump out superb sound quality with great bass response and a high volume.
If you’re tired of your old helmet motorcycle speakers and you’re looking for a serious sound upgrade, check out the Tork X-Pro.
- Slim design
- Easy to install
- Good sound quality
- Compatible with most devices using a 3.5mm jack
- Noticeable distortion at high volumes
- Weak volume
The Sena SMH5 Low Profile Bluetooth Motorcycle Speaker features a two—way intercom so you can share your music or have a legible conversation with your passenger or other fellow riders up to 400 meters (430 yards) away.
It is also equipped with Sena’s patented Jog dial button that makes it easy and intuitive to use, even while you’re in motion and using only one hand.
The Sena SMH5-01 utilizes Bluetooth v3.0 technology with advanced noise control to reproduce fantastic audio quality while minimizing ambient background noise. This means you can enjoy clear without needing to shout or raise your voice.
The Sena SMH5-01 can easily pair with other Bluetooth devices that support HSP/HFP (Headset Profile/Hands-Free Profile) and A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile).
This wireless motorcycle helmet speaker also comes with a voice prompt feature that allows you to control GPS, mobile phone calls, and adjusting the volume without taking your hands off the handlebars.
As with all wireless helmet speakers, battery life is crucial. The Sena SMH5-01 is capable of providing up to 8 hours of talk time before needing a recharge.
- Slim profile fits most motorcycle helmets
- Intuitive jog dial knob
- Flexible boom microphone
- Good battery life
- Sufficient volume
- Uninspiring bass response
- Distorted sound at high volumes
You will notice that in my list of the best motorcycle helmet speakers I reviewed both wired and wireless helmet speakers. I wanted to know if Bluetooth helmet speakers are worth the extra dough, since the wireless speakers we tested cost almost twice as much as the wired variety.
If I want a wireless motorcycle helmet speaker, the Sena SMH10-10 Bluetooth Headset with Intercom will be my #1 choice. I simply liked the way how this headset seamlessly integrates music playing functions with voice calls and intercom, while still giving good sound quality across all platforms. the Sena SMH10-10 is probably one of the best Bluetooth helmet speakers in the market today.
When it comes to the wired variety, it’s a toss-up between the Tork X-Pro and the UCLEAR Digital Pulse, although I slightly prefer the former even though it’s a bit more costly than the latter. Both of these helmet speakers have their own respective faults, and both have relatively weak volume levels for a wired headset.
But the Tork X-Pro has the edge when it comes to sound quality. It’s not by any means the best sounding wired helmet speaker, but it did sound better than the UCLEAR Digital Pulse when I tried making a voice call while riding at a steady pace.