Comparative review of stereo Bluetooth headsets Nokia BH905 and Nokia BH905i

The Nokia BH905 and its updated version with the i index are, according to a considerable number of people, one of the highest quality A2DP headsets on the market.

Personally, I rarely manage to join this class of devices, the last attempt was not that successful. Sennheiser headsets did not impress with anything in terms of sound quality, but the price inspired respect. Well, it happens.

It was all the more interesting to try out the “best” A2DP thing and, of course, compare it with the previous model.

Since both headsets, indicated in the title of the article, have already been reviewed on the site, I think it would be wise to read all the main points when using headsets for speech transmission in the corresponding articles.

This material will discuss the nuances that are directly related to listening to music. After all, it’s not just that an accessory costs about ten thousand rubles - that kind of money is given for something.

Ergonomics

Actually, it's worth starting with the landing of the headset. Both models feel about the same on the head, there is no feeling of strong pressure on the ears due to the soft pressure of the headband and equally soft ear cushions. At first, there is a feeling as if the headset is about to fly off, but it quickly passes. When walking fast, sometimes the ear cups move, but this is not critical.

The difference in the shape of the headband (in the usual 905th model it is slightly curved) is not subjectively felt, but from the outside it is, unfortunately, noticeable. Here, in my opinion, the updated model, BH905i, definitely wins. As a bonus (for the cold seasons), it is worth noting that the hat pulled over the 905 headset looks extremely comical, which cannot be said about the updated model.

As for the rest, I repeat, there are no differences - both headsets sit comfortably, do not put pressure on the ears. In the summer, your ears will probably sweat - but this is a standard problem for headphones of this form factor.

Controls

Both models have player control buttons - start / stop playback and rewind. I tested the performance of these functions with the iPhone 4 (firmware 4.3), no problems arose. So in this case - parity.

Background noise

A lot of A2DP headsets experience background noise due to audio interference, which can be clearly heard when playback is stopped. In the case of the BH905, this is a squeak in the right earpiece, in the case of the BH905i, only very quiet interference is heard, and even then - at home. So the updated version is free from an unpleasant drawback, and this is frankly pleasing.

Noise isolation

Since both models are equipped with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), it makes sense to use it when listening to music in noisy places. Here 2012 Hyundai Tucson I must say that the activation of the noise reduction function was done conveniently - by switching to left cup, before the “noise canceler” starts working, it takes 1-2 seconds. The updated version is the clear winner - of course, it does not completely drown out the noise of the metro, but you can listen to music, although not without discomfort. But the "regular" 905th model, unfortunately, does not strike the imagination - the noise background is reduced, but not much. Subjectively, the 905i gives the impression of more “stuffed ears” with active noise cancellation enabled – but this is offset by the quality of implementation. The noise reduction hiss is quite quiet, low-frequency noise is filtered very well.

If you do not use ANC, there is no difference as such, you can listen to music at home or at work, but when you leave a quiet room, you will have to significantly increase the volume level.

Listening to music via Bluetooth

Honestly, in both cases, the sound quality is quite good - but there are some differences, perhaps they will be important. However, first things first.

The frequency balance of Nokia BH905 is shifted towards medium and high frequencies, there is no incredible transparency, but the music sounds in detail. In terms of low frequencies, everything is not so bad - they just have a low level, which makes it difficult to listen to dynamic music in noisy places. Let's just say, if you don't force the headset to play frankly "heavy" genres, then it will not "dump" the instruments into a mess. By the way, the stereo panorama is quite wide, there is a depth effect - in short, like "large" headphones.

As for the "updated" Nokia BH905i, the emphasis is rather on low frequencies. The function of expanding the stereo panorama and boosting the bass, rather, adds a little level of low frequencies, but I did not notice the expansion of the stereo panorama. Otherwise, the headsets are similar, but for outdoor listening, I would choose the 905i.

Listening to music over the wire

You can connect the bundled cable to both headsets, and it, in turn, to some phone or player - while the noise reduction system works.

Since this headset is unlikely to be used with high-quality players, I limited myself to comparing on the iPhone 4. What can I say - there is practically no difference between the headsets, except that the 905i has a slightly higher level of bass - but only a little. From here I would like to draw a simple conclusion - the difference described a little earlier may well be determined by software "improvements", but the dynamics are about the same. If we compare the sound "by wire" and via Bluetooth, then the "wired" version does not sound so interesting, although, I must say, more natural. Again - a stone in the garden "improvers".

In my opinion, it is quite possible to use the BH905(i) "over the wire", the sound quality is quite high, especially since the active noise cancellation function works independently. It's a pity that you can't use the BH905(i) as a headset for talking - but it would be quite convenient to listen to music "over the wire" from the player and answer calls coming to the phone. But, of course, this is a very peculiar use case.

Output

In my humble opinion, the update was quite successful. For ten thousand rubles (there are even offers for 9 thousand already), Nokia BH905i is, perhaps, not the worst option for listening to music “without wires”. But the previous iteration, perhaps, deserves a lower rating. Considering that it can be found on the secondary market for about 7 thousand rubles, I don’t think the BH905 is the best choice - it’s better to pay extra and get an updated version.

Since I don't see any competitors as such in the BH905i, there's no point in scolding for the price. Yes, for the "top ten" you can take good on-ear headphones that sound much better, but it will still be a completely different story.

My impression is purely positive, finally an adequate Bluetooth headset with good "noise reduction" appeared on the market.

Comparative review of stereo Bluetooth headsets Nokia BH905 and Nokia BH905i

The Nokia BH905 and its updated version with the i index are, according to a considerable number of people, one of the highest quality A2DP headsets on the market.

Personally, I rarely manage to join this class of devices, the last attempt was not that successful. Sennheiser headsets did not impress with anything in terms of sound quality, but the price inspired respect. Well, it happens.

It was all the more interesting to try out the "best" A2DP thing and, of course, compare it with the previous model.

Since both headsets, indicated in the title of the article, have already been reviewed on the site, I think it would be wise to read all the main points when using headsets for speech transmission in the corresponding articles.

This material will discuss the nuances that are directly related to listening to music. After all, it’s not just that an accessory costs about ten thousand rubles - that kind of money is given for something.

Ergonomics

Actually, it's worth starting with the landing of the headset. Both models feel about the same on the head, there is no feeling of strong pressure on the ears due to the soft pressure of the headband and equally soft ear cushions. At first, there is a feeling as if the headset is about to fly off, but it quickly passes. When walking fast, sometimes the ear cups move, but this is not critical.

The difference in the shape of the headband (in the usual 905th model it is slightly curved) is not subjectively felt, but from the outside it is, unfortunately, noticeable. Here, in my opinion, the updated model, BH905i, definitely wins. As a bonus (for the cold seasons), it is worth noting that the hat pulled over the 905 headset looks extremely comical, which cannot be said about the updated model.

As for the rest, I repeat, there are no differences - both headsets sit comfortably, do not put pressure on the ears. In the summer, your ears will probably sweat - but this is a standard problem for headphones of this form factor.

Controls

Both models have player control buttons - start / stop playback and rewind. I tested the performance of these functions with the iPhone 4 (firmware 4.3), no problems arose. So in this case - parity.

Background noise

A lot of A2DP headsets experience background noise due to audio interference, which can be clearly heard when playback is stopped. In the case of the BH905, this is a squeak in the right earpiece, in the case of the BH905i, only very quiet interference is heard, and even then - at home. So the updated version is free from an unpleasant drawback, and this is frankly pleasing.

Noise isolation

Since both models are equipped with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), it makes sense to use it when listening to music in noisy places. Here 2012 Hyundai Tucson I must say that the activation of the noise reduction function was done conveniently - by switching to left cup, before the “noise canceler” starts to work, it takes 1-2 seconds. The updated version is the clear winner - of course, it does not completely drown out the noise of the metro, but you can listen to music, although not without discomfort. But the "regular" 905th model, unfortunately, does not strike the imagination - the noise background is reduced, but not much. Subjectively, the 905i gives the impression of more “stuffed ears” with active noise cancellation enabled – but this is offset by the quality of implementation. The noise reduction hiss is quite quiet, low-frequency noise is filtered very well.

If you do not use ANC, there is no difference as such, you can listen to music at home or at work, but when you leave a quiet room, you will have to significantly increase the volume level.

Listening to music via Bluetooth

Honestly, in both cases, the sound quality is quite good - but there are some differences, perhaps they will be important. However, first things first.

The frequency balance of Nokia BH905 is shifted towards medium and high frequencies, there is no incredible transparency, but the music sounds in detail. In terms of low frequencies, everything is not so bad - they just have a low level, which makes it difficult to listen to dynamic music in noisy places. Let's just say, if you don't force the headset to play frankly "heavy" genres, then it will not "dump" the instruments into a mess. By the way, the stereo panorama is quite wide, there is a depth effect - in short, like "large" headphones.

As for the "updated" Nokia BH905i, the emphasis is rather on low frequencies. The function of expanding the stereo panorama and boosting the bass, rather, adds a little level of low frequencies, but I did not notice the expansion of the stereo panorama. Otherwise, the headsets are similar, but for outdoor listening, I would choose the 905i.

Listening to music over the wire

You can connect the bundled cable to both headsets, and it, in turn, to some phone or player - while the noise reduction system works.

Since this headset is unlikely to be used with high-quality players, I limited myself to comparing on the iPhone 4. What can I say - there is practically no difference between the headsets, except that the 905i has a slightly higher level of bass - but only a little. From here I would like to draw a simple conclusion - the difference described a little earlier may well be determined by software "improvements", but the dynamics are about the same. If we compare the sound "by wire" and via Bluetooth, then the "wired" version does not sound so interesting, although, I must say, more natural. Again - a stone in the garden "improvers".

In my opinion, it is quite possible to use the BH905(i) "over the wire", the sound quality is quite high, especially since the active noise cancellation function works independently. It's a pity that you can't use the BH905(i) as a headset for talking - but it would be quite convenient to listen to music "over the wire" from the player and answer calls coming to the phone. But, of course, this is a very peculiar use case.

Output

In my humble opinion, the update was quite successful. For ten thousand rubles (there are even offers for 9 thousand already), Nokia BH905i is, perhaps, not the worst option for listening to music “without wires”. But the previous iteration, perhaps, deserves a lower rating. Considering that it can be found on the secondary market for about 7 thousand rubles, I don’t think the BH905 is the best choice - it’s better to pay extra and get an updated version.

Since I don't see any competitors as such in the BH905i, there's no point in scolding for the price. Yes, for the "top ten" you can take good on-ear headphones that sound much better, but it will still be a completely different story.

My impression is purely positive, finally an adequate Bluetooth headset with good "noise reduction" appeared on the market.

Comparative review of stereo Bluetooth headsets Nokia BH905 and Nokia BH905i

The Nokia BH905 and its updated version with the i index are, according to a considerable number of people, one of the highest quality A2DP headsets on the market.

Personally, I rarely manage to join this class of devices, the last attempt was not that successful. Sennheiser headsets did not impress with anything in terms of sound quality, but the price inspired respect. Well, it happens.

It was all the more interesting to try out the "best" A2DP thing and, of course, compare it with the previous model.

Since both headsets, indicated in the title of the article, have already been reviewed on the site, I think it would be wise to read all the main points when using headsets for speech transmission in the corresponding articles.

This material will discuss the nuances that are directly related to listening to music. After all, it’s not just that an accessory costs about ten thousand rubles - that kind of money is given for something.

Ergonomics

Actually, it's worth starting with the landing of the headset. Both models feel about the same on the head, there is no feeling of strong pressure on the ears due to the soft pressure of the headband and equally soft ear cushions. At first, there is a feeling as if the headset is about to fly off, but it quickly passes. When walking fast, sometimes the ear cups move, but this is not critical.

The difference in the shape of the headband (in the usual 905th model it is slightly curved) is not subjectively felt, but from the outside it is, unfortunately, noticeable. Here, in my opinion, the updated model, BH905i, definitely wins. As a bonus (for the cold seasons), it is worth noting that the hat pulled over the 905 headset looks extremely comical, which cannot be said about the updated model.

As for the rest, I repeat, there are no differences - both headsets sit comfortably, do not put pressure on the ears. In the summer, your ears will probably sweat - but this is a standard problem for headphones of this form factor.

Controls

Both models have player control buttons - start / stop playback and rewind. I tested the performance of these functions with the iPhone 4 (firmware 4.3), no problems arose. So in this case - parity.

Background noise

A lot of A2DP headsets experience background noise due to audio interference, which can be clearly heard when playback is stopped. In the case of the BH905, this is a squeak in the right earpiece, in the case of the BH905i, only very quiet interference is heard, and even then - at home. So the updated version is free from an unpleasant drawback, and this is frankly pleasing.

Noise isolation

Since both models are equipped with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), it makes sense to use it when listening to music in noisy places. Here 2012 Hyundai Tucson I must say that the activation of the noise reduction function was done conveniently - by switching to left cup, before the “noise canceler” starts working, it takes 1-2 seconds. The updated version is the clear winner - of course, it does not completely drown out the noise of the metro, but you can listen to music, although not without discomfort. But the "regular" 905th model, unfortunately, does not strike the imagination - the noise background is reduced, but not much. Subjectively, the 905i gives the impression of more “stuffed ears” with active noise cancellation enabled – but this is offset by the quality of implementation. The noise reduction hiss is quite quiet, low-frequency noise is filtered very well.

If you do not use ANC, there is no difference as such, you can listen to music at home or at work, but when you leave a quiet room, you will have to significantly increase the volume level.

Listening to music via Bluetooth

Honestly, in both cases, the sound quality is quite good - but there are some differences, perhaps they will be important. However, first things first.

The frequency balance of Nokia BH905 is shifted towards medium and high frequencies, there is no incredible transparency, but the music sounds in detail. In terms of low frequencies, everything is not so bad - they just have a low level, which makes it difficult to listen to dynamic music in noisy places. Let's just say, if you don't force the headset to play frankly "heavy" genres, then it will not "dump" the instruments into a mess. By the way, the stereo panorama is quite wide, there is a depth effect - in short, like "large" headphones.

As for the "updated" Nokia BH905i, the emphasis is rather on low frequencies. The function of expanding the stereo panorama and boosting the bass, rather, adds a little level of low frequencies, but I did not notice the expansion of the stereo panorama. Otherwise, the headsets are similar, but for outdoor listening, I would choose the 905i.

Listening to music over the wire

You can connect the bundled cable to both headsets, and it, in turn, to some phone or player - while the noise reduction system works.

Since this headset is unlikely to be used with high-quality players, I limited myself to comparing on the iPhone 4. What can I say - there is practically no difference between the headsets, except that the 905i has a slightly higher level of bass - but only a little. From here I would like to draw a simple conclusion - the difference described a little earlier may well be determined by software "improvements", but the dynamics are about the same. If we compare the sound "by wire" and via Bluetooth, then the "wired" version does not sound so interesting, although, I must say, more natural. Again - a stone in the garden "improvers".

In my opinion, it is quite possible to use the BH905(i) "over the wire", the sound quality is quite high, especially since the active noise cancellation function works independently. It's a pity that you can't use the BH905(i) as a headset for talking - but it would be quite convenient to listen to music "over the wire" from the player and answer calls coming to the phone. But, of course, this is a very peculiar use case.

Output

In my humble opinion, the update was quite successful. For ten thousand rubles (there are even offers for 9 thousand already), Nokia BH905i is, perhaps, not the worst option for listening to music “without wires”. But the previous iteration, perhaps, deserves a lower rating. Considering that it can be found on the secondary market for about 7 thousand rubles, I don’t think the BH905 is the best choice - it’s better to pay extra and get an updated version.

Since I don't see any competitors as such in the BH905i, there's no point in scolding for the price. Yes, for the "top ten" you can take good on-ear headphones that sound much better, but it will still be a completely different story.

My impression is purely positive, finally an adequate Bluetooth headset with good "noise reduction" appeared on the market.

Comparative review of stereo Bluetooth headsets Nokia BH905 and Nokia BH905i

The Nokia BH905 and its updated version with the i index are, according to a considerable number of people, one of the highest quality A2DP headsets on the market.

Personally, I rarely manage to join this class of devices, the last attempt was not that successful. Sennheiser headsets did not impress with anything in terms of sound quality, but the price inspired respect. Well, it happens.

It was all the more interesting to try out the "best" A2DP thing and, of course, compare it with the previous model.

Since both headsets, indicated in the title of the article, have already been reviewed on the site, I think it would be wise to read all the main points when using headsets for speech transmission in the corresponding articles.

This material will discuss the nuances that are directly related to listening to music. After all, it’s not just that an accessory costs about ten thousand rubles - that kind of money is given for something.

Ergonomics

Actually, it's worth starting with the landing of the headset. Both models feel about the same on the head, there is no feeling of strong pressure on the ears due to the soft pressure of the headband and equally soft ear cushions. At first, there is a feeling as if the headset is about to fly off, but it quickly passes. When walking fast, sometimes the ear cups move, but this is not critical.

The difference in the shape of the headband (in the usual 905th model it is slightly curved) is not subjectively felt, but from the outside it is, unfortunately, noticeable. Here, in my opinion, the updated model, BH905i, definitely wins. As a bonus (for the cold seasons), it is worth noting that the hat pulled over the 905 headset looks extremely comical, which cannot be said about the updated model.

As for the rest, I repeat, there are no differences - both headsets sit comfortably, do not put pressure on the ears. In the summer, your ears will probably sweat - but this is a standard problem for headphones of this form factor.

Controls

Both models have player control buttons - start / stop playback and rewind. I tested the performance of these functions with the iPhone 4 (firmware 4.3), no problems arose. So in this case - parity.

Background noise

A lot of A2DP headsets experience background noise due to audio interference, which can be clearly heard when playback is stopped. In the case of the BH905, this is a squeak in the right earpiece, in the case of the BH905i, only very quiet interference is heard, and even then - at home. So the updated version is free from an unpleasant drawback, and this is frankly pleasing.

Noise isolation

Since both models are equipped with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), it makes sense to use it when listening to music in noisy places. Here 2012 Hyundai Tucson, it must be said that the activation of the noise reduction function is done conveniently - with a switch on the left cup, it takes 1-2 seconds before the "noise reduction" starts to work. The updated version is the clear winner - of course, it does not completely drown out the noise of the metro, but you can listen to music, although not without discomfort. But the "regular" 905th model, unfortunately, does not strike the imagination - the noise background is reduced, but not much. Subjectively, the 905i gives the impression of more “stuffed ears” with active noise cancellation enabled – but this is offset by the quality of implementation. The noise reduction hiss is quite quiet, low-frequency noise is filtered very well.

Since both models are equipped with active noise cancellation (ANC), it makes sense to use it when listening to music in noisy places. Here 2012 Hyundai Tucson 2012 Hyundai Tucson I must say that the activation of the noise reduction function is done conveniently - with a switch on the left cup, it takes 1-2 seconds before the "noise reduction" starts to work. The updated version is the clear winner - of course, it does not completely drown out the noise of the metro, but you can listen to music, although not without discomfort. But the "regular" 905th model, unfortunately, does not strike the imagination - the noise background is reduced, but not much. Subjectively, the 905i gives the impression of more “stuffed ears” with active noise cancellation enabled – but this is offset by the quality of implementation. The hissing of the “noise reduction” is quite quiet, low-frequency noise is filtered very well.

If you do not use ANC, there is no difference as such, you can listen to music at home or at work, but when you leave a quiet room, you will have to significantly increase the volume level.

Listening to music via Bluetooth

Honestly, in both cases, the sound quality is quite good - but there are some differences, perhaps they will be important. However, first things first.

The frequency balance of Nokia BH905 is shifted towards medium and high frequencies, there is no incredible transparency, but the music sounds in detail. In terms of low frequencies, everything is not so bad - they just have a low level, which makes it difficult to listen to dynamic music in noisy places. Let's just say, if you don't force the headset to play frankly "heavy" genres, then it will not "dump" the instruments into a mess. By the way, the stereo panorama is quite wide, there is a depth effect - in short, like "large" headphones.

As for the "updated" Nokia BH905i, the emphasis is rather on low frequencies. The function of expanding the stereo panorama and boosting the bass, rather, adds a little level of low frequencies, but I did not notice the expansion of the stereo panorama. Otherwise, the headsets are similar, but for outdoor listening, I would choose the 905i.

Listening to music over the wire

You can connect the bundled cable to both headsets, and it, in turn, to some phone or player - while the noise reduction system works.

Since this headset is unlikely to be used with high-quality players, I limited myself to comparing on the iPhone 4. What can I say - there is practically no difference between the headsets, except that the 905i has a slightly higher level of bass - but only a little. From here I would like to draw a simple conclusion - the difference described a little earlier may well be determined by software "improvements", but the dynamics are about the same. If we compare the sound "by wire" and via Bluetooth, then the "wired" version does not sound so interesting, although, I must say, more natural. Again - a stone in the garden "improvers".

In my opinion, it is quite possible to use the BH905(i) "over the wire", the sound quality is quite high, especially since the active noise cancellation function works independently. It's a pity that you can't use the BH905(i) as a headset for talking - but it would be quite convenient to listen to music "over the wire" from the player and answer calls coming to the phone. But, of course, this is a very peculiar use case.

Output

In my humble opinion, the update was quite successful. For ten thousand rubles (there are even offers for 9 thousand already), Nokia BH905i is, perhaps, not the worst option for listening to music “without wires”. But the previous iteration, perhaps, deserves a lower rating. Considering that it can be found on the secondary market for about 7 thousand rubles, I don’t think the BH905 is the best choice - it’s better to pay extra and get an updated version.

Since I don't see any competitors as such in the BH905i, there's no point in scolding for the price. Yes, for the "top ten" you can take good on-ear headphones that sound much better, but it will still be a completely different story.

My impression is purely positive, finally an adequate Bluetooth headset with good "noise reduction" appeared on the market.