Nokia BH-500 Review5.5
Nokia developers offer their own BH-500 as a solution to the dilemma mentioned above. The device is a combination of a splashproof Bluetooth hands-free on one hand, and stereo headphones, on the other. Listen to music without missing a call from a friend, relative, parent, or maybe the boss, phoning to notify you that you have been promoted, even while working out in the park early in the morning.
You will find the following items in the package:
- Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-500
- Nokia Wireless Audio Adapter AD-47W
- Nokia Compact Charger AC-3
- Three sizes of rubber pads for earphones
- User guides
It is quite likely that you mistake BH-500 for a compact MP3 player at first sight - its overall design makes it look like one: it is a device with dimensions of 47 x 35 x 19 mm (1.85 x 1.4 x 0.75 inches), plus the indispensable headphones. The material is matte black plastic with a silver edge on the sides; according to data, supplied by Nokia, the unit’s weight is only 40 grams (1.41 oz.). However, what is interesting is its water-resistance, enabling the outdoor use when it rains, but you should be aware that it would not withstand submerging into water.
All control buttons, as well as the green-red-and-blue lit LED indicator, are placed on the front panel. There are seven buttons: On/Off; Volume Up/Down; Rewind; Fast Forward; Call key; /Pause Key. The easiest to make out are the Call Key and the Play/Pause key, made of shiny silvery plastic. Pressing the control buttons is fairly difficult, requiring the use of your finger tips; most ladies with long manicure will have some hard time trying to do so, and not only them. Both the Call and the Pause keys are an exception – they are easy to press, even by using the soft part of a finger. From the rest of the buttons surround those two the „+” and „-” protrude the most . Still, the user should make some efforts to remember their exact location, for they are hard to locate by touch only. When the sound volume has reached maximum, a short signal will be heard in the headphones – one that is likely to leave the impression of a transmission breakdown at the other end of the line.
There is a standard 3.5 mm stereo jack socket on the right side, which enables you to choose among different types of headphones.
microphone on the upper side and the charging connector, protected against atmospheric contamination by a rubber cap, is just below. The device is equipped with a large clasp for attaching it to the piece of clothing you are wearing – normally to the lapel, the collar, or wherever you might find it most appropriate to do so. It is manufactured in a way that will not leave room for feeling uneasy about losing the unit – it will be secured steadily enough.
The set contains headphones with earplugs along with three differently sized earpads. The users are able to select the most comfortable ones depending on their cochlear duct size.
It is comparatively easy to place the headphones, but it takes both hands to do so. They are manufactured in such a way to strongly reduce the external noise; this will allow for full enjoyment of the music.
BH-500 can be connected to a PC through the Wireless Audio Adapter AD-47W, included in the set. This will enable you to enjoy listening to all the music stored on your computer.
1. Devin (unregistered)
Ofcourse the included earphone wil sound like crap, they are just a bonus thrown in, the idea is to use high-end earphones instead of the included ones.
2. MarkR (unregistered)
I had the tinny sound problem even with top end Shure headphones. Couldnt hear dialogue properly / mono/ tinnny. Then I noticed that the headphone socket stops the jack from going in all the way. I added a short extension lead with a different plug and the sound is very good. I cant tell the difference really between wired and bluetooth. I can only assume that was your problem too. Hope it helps.
4. morphix (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Dec 2008)
Can anyone else confirm this is correct? I currently have a few pairs of Sennheiser earphones & headphones that sound awesome via the wired connection and am hoping the quality/sound is replicated via this device also? Can someone confirm this?
3. Doogal (unregistered)
When I get a call it rings on the headset, but does it ring on the phone, too??
5. abubasim (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Apr 2010)
I still this headset occasionally. One feature it has that when you answer or make a call, you can hear your own voice in the earphones as picked up by the microphone, very useful if you're using noise-isolating earbuds and you can't hear your own voice and therefore may be shouting during the call.