You’ll find that each brand has its own benefits and disadvantages depending on what you’re looking for.
Our focus here will be to compare Cardo and Sena on these essential features:
- Sound quality
- The mesh technology
- Easy to Setup
- User-friendly design
- Mobile app
- Power life
Cardo vs. Sena (Comparison)
Let us consider what makes them different.
Cardo has a slight edge over Sena in terms of audio quality because it partners with JBL, the world’s leading speaker brand.
Stream music in Spotify and tune into your favorite FM radio station, answer calls, and block out wind and noise with the high-quality sound of PackTalk Bold and Scala Freecom Rider.
Sena, by contrast, uses its own HD speakers. Its audio will still sound decent although it won’t be as crystal clear as Cardo.
The mesh technology
The mesh technology allows riders to easily connect to the group intercom network and reconnect when they are within range.
The Cardo and Sena products both have mesh intercoms. Sena’s Mesh Intercom Antenna and Cardo’s Dynamic Mesh Communication System are both of superb quality and are competitive with each other.
Is there any difference? Sena intercoms are the only ones that support limitless pairings. Within an 8 km range, you can talk with unlimited users.
In comparison, Cardo’s mesh technology supports only 15 riders within 1.6 km.
When it comes to mesh technology, Sena is the better option if you tend to travel in packs.
Easy to Setup
Neither Sena nor Cardo is difficult to install on your helmet. Installation takes less than five minutes.
It takes just a few seconds to secure them to your gear. With both products, clamps are available, so the device remains secure throughout the ride.
Sena is known for its compact design. There is no confusion when using the interface. Behind the jog dial is the power button, which is easily accessible. You can prop up the antenna behind it to activate the intercom system.
Also true of Cardo, though the buttons aren’t as easy to access as Sena’s are. Additionally, its Bluetooth connection is often lost, so you have to pair it frequently.
You can pair your Sena Bluetooth headset with your smartphone using the Sena Utility App (available both for Android and Apple). The same applies to Cardo Connect, the brand’s own smartphone app.
It is a remote control that you can use to control your own paired device. Pairing is made much easier by smartphone assistance.
Using Cardo, you can talk for 13 hours and be on standby for 18 hours. From group calls to phone calls, it’s perfect for long-distance travel.
Cardo’s charging time is the only disappointment. Compared with Sena products that feature fast charging, the headset takes around 3 to 4 hours to fully charge. Yet, what’re three hours when you consider how much time you can utilize it? With such long battery life, a small price is worth paying.
There’s no denying that both Cardo and Sena are expensive. Expect to spend more if you buy either brand’s high-end intercom system.
However, you shouldn’t be worried about the cost. The cost of these intercom systems may be high, but they’re definitely worth every cent.
IP waterproof certification is available on all Cardo intercom devices. Dust-proofing is another quality that Cardo headsets share with waterproofing.
Together, these two features make Cardo safe for use during heavy rain and winds, which gives it an edge over Sena.
- JBL speakers
- DMC mesh intercom mode
- Natural voice operation
- DMC and Bluetooth
- Extended battery timings
- Charge and ride at the same time
- Waterproof and dustproof
- Built-in FM radio
- 3.0 Bluetooth
- Crystal-clear sound through stereo Bluetooth headset
- Features Advanced noise control
- Jog dial
- Universal Intercom protocol
- Can pair up with four riders (range 900 meters)
- 3.0 Bluetooth version
- Intercom with two riders at a time
- Supports A2DP, HSP, and HFP profiles
- DPS echo cancellation
- Built-in FM Radio
- Noise suppression technology
- Audio multitasking technology
By comparing the two brands above, it is clear that both Cardo and Sena produce Bluetooth intercom systems that are of the highest quality.
The bottom line is:
- They both feature a user-friendly interface and are easy to install.
- Both have advanced mesh technology.
- Many features make both useful ( voice commands, apps, multitasking, etc.).
Cardo, however, outshined Sena despite similarities. With its dust-proof and waterproof qualities, long battery life, and excellent sound quality the brand strikes all the right notes.