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!
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:
- 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.
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.
Lookatbowen – update: 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.
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