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Nokia BH-601 Stereo Bluetooth Headset Review

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Just like other devices based on the Bluetooth technology, BH-601 must be paired with your telephone before starting to work. This pairing is done in a familiar way, through an algorithm used on a big percentage of the Bluetooth earphones on the market, and namely: in a switched off position the Power button has to be pushed, kept pushed and after the earphones are switched on, up to several seconds the one LED starts to blink in blue-red, then you have to search the earphones on your telephone (or another device, to which you are going to connect them) and after entering the code (0000) you are ready.

Nokia have provided also an opportunity, if your phone cannot deliver stereo music signal via Bluetooth (does not support A2DP profile) you can connect the device to it, in order to use it as a headset and additionally to an external music player. In order to do that, after you have paired it with the telephone, switch it off, switch off the Bluetooth of the phone too (or the entire telephone) and put in the earphones in pairing regime again (hold for about 10 seconds the multi-functional / power button pushed) and then connect them to the music player.

Nokia BH-601 Stereo Bluetooth Headset Review

The buttons are for the music functions, and a little bit strange combinations are used for phone calls. Upon phone call received usually with one push of the Call button is responded, and with two pushes it is refused but:

In order to dial the last number used you have to push simultaneously the multifunctional (calling) button and the Volume Down.

The multifunctional button + Volume Up will activate the voice commands of your telephone.
In order to deaden the microphone during conversation, just push the Volume Up + Volume Down simultaneously.

Battery Performance - Nokia BH-601 Stereo Bluetooth Headset Review

Battery Performance

Range - Nokia BH-601 Stereo Bluetooth Headset Review


As these are stereo earphones for music listening, we will assess them not only by how they are heart during conversation but also by how the music that you listen through them is heart. Naturally, the assessment for sound is subjective to a certain extent here again, but we will compare them with competitive models, as well as with standard (wired) earphones of higher class.

Listening of music:

The intensity of sound is at a quite high level, when you intensify it to the end (this is indexed through Beep sound) – you can without a problem listen to your music even in the noisy environment of the street or the bus. Comparatively tight, the earphones stand closely to your ears. Unfortunately the quality of the sound is not at such a high level: no clearness at the high frequencies, which are comparatively weak in intensity too, the medium frequencies are flat and sharp and even though they sound hard they are not clear. There is no dynamics at the low frequencies, but they are quite well expressed in comparison with the other sounds from the earphones.

During a conversation:

Here we stay with relatively mixed feelings: as these are earphones for listening of music, it is expected the sound to be very good but during a conversation it is very clearly felt that the sound is not very good, because the human voice has very complicated sound arsenal – the voices sound hollow, flat and monotonous. The sound intensity in both directions is medial, but the person who you have the conversation with hears you even worse, with a permanent noise (cracking), while you are talking, and your voice sounds deeper than it is.

Although 601 does not have DSP, it is relatively usable in a medium-noisy environment and on the street remained usable, when the street is not very noisy zone; the fact that the microphone is behind helped for decrease of the influence of the wind while walking.

The Battery Test of the BH-601 gave very pleasing results with total of 530 minutes of battery life, which is almost 9 hours.

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