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Nokia BH905i, Apple gear and final verdict

I conducted the next series of test with the Nokia BH-905i with rather surprising results. First I paired the headset with SWMBO's iMac running Mac OS/X 10.6.4. The Mac recognized both profiles and out-of-the-box played iTunes in admirable quality. When it came to making a Skype call the headset failed. I could switch to the Bluetooth phone profile, so the sound settings would see the microphone, but not a sound. So iMac and microphone don't play together at all.
Next step (after deleting the pairing, not to run foul of competing Bluetooth connections): testing with the iPhone 3GS (with the latest iOS version). Pairing went smoothly and the headset was available as output option in iTunes. The play/pause button works, however: not a sound. Seems that the issue that had been sorted out for the BH905 and iPhone still plagues the 905i. So use with Apple gear stays problematic. As mentioned before the "outgoing" noise cancellation was non-existent, so I ran a comparison with a Jawbone. The Jawbone reduces a blasting radio or a rumbling train to a barly audible background whisper for the person you call, while the Nokia lets your counterpart hear every detail what it filters out for you. On the other hand: the jawbone loosely sitting on our cheek does nothing to dampen your ambient noise.

The verdict: The Nokia BH-905i is an excellent headset when you want to treat ambient noise for crystal clear music indulgence. If you are a frequent traveller it is a must-have. The use with a PC or Mac via Buetooth is problematic unless you only want to listen to music, for VoIP use you better get an AD-77 adapter. This is not the fault of the headset, but the way Bluetooth is implemented on Linux or Mac (sorry no Windows here). Listening to teleconferences (a popular sport in IBM) is a pleasure, regardless of where you are. On the other hand talking on the phone (or VoIP) using the BH-905i is severely limited by the lack of outgoing noise cancellation. While you can enjoy a conversation crystal clear without audible distractions you still transmit all that noise. Now if the BH-905i could be upgraded with the Jawbone noise cancellation technology you would have the perfect communication headset. Lacking that the BH-905i qualifies as "universally connecting outstanding music headset". Here it has to compete with Bose, Sennheiser, Sony and others, which it definitely beats on connectivity and recharge options. It also allow to use it for a call when ambient conditions allow (what the others don't). I wonder if a Pilot headset would fit the bill (it blows any budget anyway)? Anyway, there's room for a BH-906


BH-905i - the good, the bad and the ugly

Round two of testing: I paired the Nokia BH-905i with my Blackberry Bold 9700. Then I hopped onto the MRT to visit a close by mall, especially the game arcade with very loud and noisy games going on.
  • The good: I didn't had to pick any profiles and stuff, it just worked. The accept call button on the right side of the Nokia headset works as advertised, as does the play and volume buttons. Calls are clear and music from the Blackberry player is processed in high quality. The noise in the train was pleasantly quiet only sounds in the human spectrum, like the PA announcements and unfortunately the squeaking of the breaks, were clearly audible. Switching active noise canceling on/off makes a huge audible difference. Especially inside the arcade it was almost quiet, a pleasant walk through a place that usually gives me a headache in less than 30 seconds
  • The bad: Noise cancellation seems to be for the headset user only, not for the person you talk to on the call. Either I haven't worked that out or we have a case of massive #fail. I did a few conference calls today with the kids playing FPS in the back. I didn't hear a thing, but my partners on the other end complained about the background noise. SWMBO called me in the arcade. I heard her crystal clear and she couldn't understand a word of me. In disbelieve we switched phones. She went into the arcade to enjoy the active noise cancellation. When I called her I could hear the full spectrum of the surrounding sound inferno - and barely her voice. I hope that is either a setting mistake (I studied the manual but didn't find anything) or something that can be fixed with a firmware update. I'm actually surprised about this failure. I'll run a test against the Jawbone to see if that one is better in preventing sending noise.
  • The ugly: You can hear yourself walking. With headset on and noise cancellation on every step becomes a pat-pat-pat. Quite irritating. Anyway walking with a headset that mostly covers your ears in my climate here isn't something I plan to do. The other interesting finding: you can actually hear the noise cancellation. Anthony (junior #1) pointed it out: there is a very faint, very deep hum. Seems the sound and anti-sound are a tiny tipsy bit phase-shifted creating a very long and low wave.
That's for now. More testing with iPhone, iPod and iMac coming up, as well as the calling death match with the Jarbone.
Stay tuned

P.S.: The adapter cable I missed yesterday is called AD-77 adapter and just not part of the package (I don't know if that is the package in general or just my demo set)


BH-905i arrived today - first impressions

WOMWorld sent me a Nokia BH-905i headset for testing and review after I bitched about my difficulties to get a unit in Singapore. THe unit arrived today in an unspectacular DHS courier envelope. Inside I found the padded leather (not genuine one) of the size of 1.5 DVD boxes (in case you remember what a DVD is).The headset is cleverly draped around the pouch that contains an assortment of cables, adapters and the charger. My unit came from the UK, so it has the bulky UK style charger which we also use in Singapore. With quite an unique mechanism for the ground pin it was pleasantly small packed. There is a 3.5mm extension cable, a 2.5mm to 3.5mm male/male extension cable - the 2.5mm end plugs into the BH-905i. the 4 adapters are: 3.5mm to 2.5mm 4 pin (= Stereo + Mic), Airline adapter, 3.5mm to 6.3mm 3 pin Headset only and 3.5mm to 3pin 3.5mm. What's missing is a splitter, so one could use a cable connection to a PC which has separate plugs for headsets and microphones. But there is Bluetooth. So I put the headset into pair mode and clicked on the Bluetooth icon on my Ubuntu 10.10 workstation. Pairing was fast and easy. I fired up Banshee to listen to some tunes. It sounded horrible. A quick check revealed, that in the sound preferences the BH-905i provides 2 profiles: "HSP/ HFP Telephony duplex" and "A2DP High Fidelity Playback". HSP/HFP was preselected. Once switched to A2DP the sound became crystal clear, much better than the (cable bound) entry level Philips and Sennheiser headsets I used before. A2DP doesn't provide the microphone profile, so I need to check how things work out when testing Skype, Google Voice or Sametime Voice. I'm curious if that's a limitation of the Ubuntu sound menu or the BH905i Bluetooth capabilities.
A first test of the noise cancelling showed interesting results. The ambient noise (cars from the street, TV from the other room etc.) disappeared 100%. I then had my sons sitting left and right of me playing some obscure FPS game with a lot of gun sounds, dramatic music and Anthony and Ernest screaming updates to each other. Anything not like a human voice was cancelled out and the screaming part reduced to normal conversation strength. So human voice won't get suppressed. I haven't tested it the behaviour changes once I use the microphone for recording (like VoiP for voice memos). So far very promising. The headset is light enough to be worn for a longer period of time. It doesn't cover the ears fully which makes it bearable at 30C room temperature (I don't have Aircon in my study). So far my first impressions. My test plans:
  • Pair with Blackberry 9700 Bold II
  • Cable connection to Grandstream GXV3140
  • Cable connection to 2nd generation iPod mini
  • Bluetooth to SWMBO iPhone 3 on i/OS 4.1
  • Bluetooth to SWMBO iMac
  • Test with VoiP
  • Test with Voice Recorder
  • Music playback
  • Use in office
  • Use in train
  • Use in taxi
  • Use at the beach promenade
  • If time permits: use in plane
Stay tuned


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