Out with the Sony BT50 and in with the Nokia BH-905!

It was just over two years ago when I purchased my SONY BT50 Bluetooth headphones and they have served me well for almost every single working day since.   I wish I had captured the puzzled look on peoples faces when they looked over to me and saw me watching or listening to a video or music on my phone without any wired headphones plugged in. I would just chuckle to myself.  I also chuckled at all the sheep with their white, black or pink “wired headphones” stuck deep into their ear drums, some of which were blearing out music to irate others around them and others to damage their own hearing. If only they knew?

But that was yesterday and I will definitely miss them a bit, that is because my new Nokia BH-905 bluetooth headphones arrived today from Play.com. What makes them very special you may ask? They are noise-cancelling headphones which reduce unwanted ambient sounds (i.e., acoustic noise) by means of active noise control (ANC).  Essentially, this involves using 8 tiny microphones placed near the ear and electronic circuitry which generates an “anti noise” sound wave with the opposite polarity of the sound wave arriving at the microphone. This results in destructive interference, which cancels out the noise within the enclosed volume of the headphone.

Noise cancellation makes it possible to enjoy music without raising the volume excessively and it can also help a passenger sleep in a noisy vehicle such as an airliner or bus or to have a quiet environment if you want to meditate.

To start off,  I tested them in my office where the constant buzz or hum of the computer or air conditioner could be heard. With the ANC on these sounds were not heard at all. It is amazing to hear silence.

Initial Testing: I must say when I started to play my music, the office sounds disappeared completely and all I could hear was my sweet music. It sounded crisp and loud with ample base and treble. The true test will be on the train tomorrow morning and I shall update this post then.

Update: I travelled part way home on the tube from Bank station to London Bridge to North Greenwich on the Jubilee and it certainly was a pleasure to listen to music without having to turn it up loud to hear over the tunnel and train noise. Outside the station I walked to my car with the ANC switched on, but with no music playing and it was incredibly silent. I then switched it off briefly and I could hear the busses driving past, the seagulls flying over the dome, and an aeroplane taking off from London City Airport. I flicked the ANC back on and it was as if the surrounding sound was turned off. Truly magical!

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Above you can see the carry case. A bit to large for my liking, although ideal for when travelling on holiday or on a plane. It came with a whole bunch of headphone connectors, a UK charging plug, even an extension cable (CA-144U) and a wired cable (CA-143U) and a cleaning cloth. There is also a booklet with instructions in multiple languages. The diferent adapters one can see are AD-63, AD-52, AD-70 and AD-71.

For now the pros and cons for me are:

Pros:

  • 8 Noise Cancelling microphones.
  • A switch to flick between Noise Cancelling or not.
  • Supports A2DP, Bluetooth devices such as mobile phones (Tested on Nokia N95, N97, 5800XM, Dell Latitude D630).
  • Fast FWD/Rewinds, Play, Pause buttons on the phone.
  • Music is paused when a voice calls are received or when you activate your voice mail via the multi-function button.
  • Adjustable, fits any size head.
  • Comfortable, small and have brushed metal on the outside making them look worthy.
  • Can be used wirelessly or wired (3.5mm & 2.5mm & 6.3mm wires).
  • Comes with about 6 adapters for connecting into various devices.
  • Comes with a sturdy carry case.
  • Peace and quiet when you want to relax and not listen to anything.

Cons: (I am comparing them to my old Sony BT50 headphones although I shouldn’t).

  • They don’t fold into a simple form for carrying, however the headphones can swivel. They will fit into a bag without trouble.
  • Expensive if bought anywhere other than play.com at the moment.
  • Carry case is a bit bulky, but will fit in a bag without much trouble.

Don’t take my word or blog for it, why not read what other websites are saying? See below for some reviews.

Related Links:

CNET Australia – In terms of audio quality and comfort, the Nokia BH-905 is certainly one of the best stereo Bluetooth headsets out there.

ElectricPig – Let’s face it, wires suck. They get tangled, look stupid and cause you to trip over. Praise be then, for Bluetooth headphones.

Noknok – The Nokia BH-905 Stereo Bluetooth Headset is very much a state-of-the-art headset that manages to deliver noise cancellation technology and Bluetooth connectivity in one handsome package.

Lookatbowenupdate: I am on my second pair od Nokia BH-905 headphones, as the ones I blogged about turned out to be faulty. I think some of the microphones were not working correctly because after a few days I could hear noise even when the ANC was turned on. I spoke to a few people about them online and their experience of the headphones and concluded that there was a problem with mine. I sent the back to Play.com who gladly exchanged them, paid for my postage and were overall incredible. Brilliant service from Play.com – I can’t fault them in anyway. I got my replacement pair a couple of days later and these are definitely working and I will re-iterate my feeling about these awesome headphones. They are totally incredible. Worth every penny.

England were terrific!!!

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Wow! did you watch the cricket match between England and Sri Lanka on Sky Sports HD? A total different team that has been losing to Australia recently. What is going on?

There were terrific odds on England winning 🙂 because everyone thought they would lose and even the online betting headlines had the wrong idea.

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Heroes of England: Morgan not out on 62, Collingwood 46, Shah on 44.

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I can’t wait for the match between England and South Africa.

Romain Grosjean crashes into the same wall at turn 17.

Sorry guys, I lost the car in Turn 17,” says Romain Grosjean. Yes, we saw that. Disbelieving looks in the Renault paddock that scream “seriously, that corner??

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Roman Grosjean crashed his renault in the exact spot Nelson Piquet Jnr crashed last year.

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I guess he wanted to show Renault that he could crash there without instruction from the team.  That section of the wall must have a renault magnet inside it attracting their cars.

Octoberfest beer babes!

I was over at Forgetfoo.com and Guinnessping.net and couldn’t help but notice the beautiful Octoberfest beer girls and festival photos they had on their sites. Yes folks its that time of the year again. Damn man! I need to go to the Octoberfest in Munich. (Next year).

There is nothing more satisfying for a man seeing beautiful ladies dressed in tradional dirndl dresses and drinking big jugs of beer…. well actually drinking the beer as well would do it for me. Anyway, thanks to Foo for giving me the idea of putting some photos on my site. I didn’t have to search long as I found some photos on The Boston Globe website.

OctoberFest Girls

The photo above was taken by OLIVER LANG/AFP/Getty Images. The man should be given a medal for this photo. It’s truly beautiful.

OctoberFest Upside down

I wonder how many of these lovely ladies were worried about gravity? The photo was taken by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images.

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Quite a stunning photograph of a gorgeous waitress carrying 6 large jugs of beer. The Photo was taken by REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch.

New Bon Jovi album “The Circle” out in November.

I was lucky enough to turn on Absolute Radio right in the middle of an interview with Bon Jovi.  It appears they have a new single out called “We weren’t born to follow” and a new album out in November called “The Circle“.

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I have been a fan on Bon Jovi ever since their third album, and have all the CD’s and loads more bootleg concerts that I could throw a stick at. Been to three Bon Jovi concerts and have a few on DVD. – They are the best rock band in the world, up there with Bruce Springsteen, U2, Rolling Stones etc. For me “New Jersey” and “Slippery when wet” were there best ever albums, with “Blood on blood” from New Jersey being my favourite song of all time. I must have about 25 different versions of that song. It’s a brilliant song.

So it’s with much anticipation that I await the eleventh studio album of Bon Jovi. There are definitely not many bands that have lasted the test of time than these guys.

The new song can be bought from Amazon and Itunes and can be downloaded from various well known torrent sites.

Happy birthday Scottie!

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Graeme_drunk1Jo and Mike want to wish Graeme (Scottie) Killorn a very happy birthday. We hope your family and friends are spoiling you rotten today. We shall raise a glass for you matey.

Just please don’t end up like this poor sole on the side of the road. That would be embarrassing.

Google Fast Flip.

Google seem to have a knack of producing software or tools that are so very useful, and Fast Flip is yet another web application that works really well. Google describe it as follows:

Google Fast Flip lets users discover and share news articles. It combines qualities of print and the Web, with the ability to “flip” through pages online as quickly as flipping through a magazine. It also enables users to follow friends and topics, discover new content and create their own custom magazines around searches.

Google Fast Flip

How does it work?
Google capture images of the articles on their partners’ websites and then display them in an easy-to-read way. The stories are grouped by categories, such as Entertainment, Business, Opinion, Politics and Most Viewed. Readers can flip through stories quickly by simply pressing the left- and right-arrow keys until they find one that catches their interest. Clicking on the story takes them directly to the publisher’s website.

How are the Topics selected? Can I choose my own?
The Topics are generated automatically by rising stories in the news. Users can also search for any subjects they want and basically create their own topics, almost like a custom magazine, on the fly.

How are stories recommended in the Recommended section?
The stories in this section are recommended by users of Google Fast Flip in direct and indirect ways. We take cues from how often they read stories, e-mail stories and register a public vote for stories by clicking on the “Like” button on each article.

Can I recommend stories that I like to other people?
Google Fast Flip allows readers to vote on an article to tell the world they liked it. Clicking on the “Like” button on a story page lodges a public vote for that story, which is one of the factors in whether Fast Flip includes stories the “Recommended” section. At the bottom of the home page, Fast Flip users who are signed in to their Google Account can see which stories friends in their Gmail contact list have “liked.”

Source: Google Fast Flip

searchmeUp until recently there was a very similar web application called searchme:, but unfortunately they were seeking over $100 million dollars to stay afloat.  CEO Randy Adams knew when they started the company that to compete with the likes of Microsoft, Google and Yahoo, it was going to take at least $100 million, half to build the back end across thousands of servers and half to get distribution (maybe more with Microsoft spending $100 million on Bing advertising alone). What they didn’t plan on was the terrible downturn in the economy which made it impossible to raise another $50 million to get distribution (mainly through toolbar deals). So they were fucked by ED!