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Accessories: Nokia BH-905 – The ultimate headset?

| June 3, 2009 | 11 Replies
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The BH-905 makes a pretty good partner for the N97 which has been said to have stellar voice quality, trumped only by the N91.

When you thing of a good headphone manufacturer, one of the last you may come up with is Nokia. But they maybe creating a new reputation for themselves amongst audiophiles with the upcoming Nokia BH905- which Nokia claim to be the ultimate headset.

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As a headset (and not just headphone) in addition to music, you can also take phone calls – and if it’s anything like previous Nokia headsets, will transition seamlessly from voice call to your songs, and all easily manageable with the host of dedicated controls on this device.

nokia-bh-905-airplane-plugThe first thing I really liked about the BH-905 is in addition to being able to connect to your music via stereo bluetooth, you’ve also got the option to go wired with the provided cable. This means that not only can you hook it up to pretty much anything, particularly since it’s supplied with several adaptors but that with the option to go wired, you can extend usage time (up to 40 hours)- useful on a long haul flight – connect to the airline’s audio system whilst active noise cancelling drowns out the noise of the engines..and/or crying babies.

What’s even better, and came unexpected, is the BH-905’s focus on noise cancelling and audio quality. Check out the video below by Nokia Conversations:

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The BH-905 has active noise cancelling, containing 10 microphones of which 8 are used for extreme noise reduction.

The more common method of noise cancelling is passive, requiring a vacuum tight insulation to prevent sound. (In utmost basic terms) with active noise cancelling, as ambient sound is received through a microphone, a signal is generated to create interference which “cancels” out the ambient noise. Nokia’s previous headsets have had one speaker to do this – the BH-905 has 8 to further reduce the noise.

The other two microphones are for voice calls – which in addition to other 8 microphones for noise cancelling means that the receiver of your call should experience a crystal clear call with a lot of the ambient noise cut out. No more screaming down the phone because the environment around you is too loud.

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Styling wise, it’s like the old BH-604 but not as overtly plastic. The black/chrome/brushed silver combination is always welcome, looking pretty much like much of the Bose headphone line up.

Availability and Price

The BH-905 will be available in August 09. As for price – now here’s where you have to be a serious audiophile  (or just loaded): 285 Euros! Whilst that’s probably just an entry level price for the real elite audiophiles, it’s one of (if not the) most expensive Nokia accessory to date.

Via Nokia Conversations

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Technical Specifications:

Physical Features

Dimensions

  • 180 mm x 155 mm x 59 mm

Weight

  • 175 g

Operating keys

  • Multifunction key for power on/off, answer/end, voice dial, and redial
  • Volume up
  • Volume down
  • Play/pause
  • Next track
  • Previous track
  • Active noise cancelling on/off

Connectors

  • 3.5 mm Nokia AV connector
  • Supporting adapters for:
    – 2.5 mm Nokia AV connector
    – Standard 3.5 mm jack
    – Standard 6.3 mm jack
    – Standard airplane jack

Operating temperature

  • -15°C to +55°C

Power

Operating range (maximum)
  • 10 m (Bluetooth use)
Power supply

  • Rechargeable 600 mAh Li-Ion Polymer battery

Operating time (maximum)

  • Talk (Bluetooth): 24 h
  • Music (Bluetooth): 25 h
  • Talk (Bluetooth, with active noise cancellation): 15 h
  • Music (Bluetooth, with active noise cancellation): 16 h
  • Music (Wired, with active noise cancellation): 40 h
  • Hands-free phone calls and music listening (without active noise cancellation) possible even with empty battery (wired connection)

Standby time (maximum)

  • With Bluetooth: 600 h

Charging time (maximum)

  • 2 h

Sound and Media

Frequency response

  • From 15 Hz to 20 kHz

Additional sound and media information

  • Speaker impedance: 32 ohm
  • Speaker drivers: 32 mm high performance drivers
  • Number of noise cancelling microphones: 8
  • 2 microphones capturing speech and advanced digital signal processing (DSP) for clear communication
  • Active noise cancellation technology: Reduces up to 99% background noise

Via Nokia.com

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