Nokia BH-905i Bluetooth Headset (Black) review: Nokia BH-905i Bluetooth Headset (Black)

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.3
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 9.0

Average User Rating

2 stars 1 user review
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The Good The Nokia BH-905 has a comfortable design, very good noise canceling, excellent audio quality, and it comes with an array of audio connections in case your device does not have stereo Bluetooth.

The Bad The active noise canceling on the Nokia BH-905 can take a second or two to activate. It's also very expensive.

The Bottom Line In terms of audio quality and comfort, the Nokia BH-905 is certainly one of the best stereo Bluetooth headsets out there.

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While we love the idea of cord-free portable music, stereo Bluetooth headsets are often maligned with poor quality audio. Or at least, that's how it was in the past. Nowadays you can find stereo Bluetooth headsets with excellent sound quality, rivaling that of dedicated wired headsets. One such example is the Nokia BH-905, which is one of a few stereo Bluetooth headsets we know to come with multimicrophone active noise canceling. This results in absolutely fantastic audio quality, and the call quality isn't too shabby, either. That, combined with a comfortable fit, makes the Nokia BH-905 one of the best stereo Bluetooth headphones out there. The Nokia BH-905's price is rather hefty however, at $394 retail.

Measuring 7.09 inches long by 6.10 inches wide by 2.32 inches thick, the Nokia BH-905 is an over-the-ears style pair of headphones that is meant for serious audio listening; it's not quite slim or lightweight enough to be used in the gym or on the running trail. The BH-905 has a cushioned leather-clad headband connected to two cushioned earpads via two extendable plastic stems. The earpads can be rotated so that they lie flat, which makes the headphones a bit more compact and portable.

We found the overall fit to be quite comfortable. The plastic stems are curved outward slightly, which looks a little goofy when worn, but they do provide a snug and secure fit. The earpads, though they are a little small, feel soft and comfortable when pressed against our ears. The earpads don't work as well as full-size earcups when it comes to shutting out environmental sound, but they do a pretty good job. Because the earpads are pressed up to your ears all the time, there is also a chance of ear fatigue, especially if you wear the headphones for a long period of time.

Most of the BH-905's controls are housed on the right earpad. Above the Nokia branding is the multifunction call button, while the play/pause control is underneath it. The track shuttle controls are on either side. The control labels are etched into the metal surface, so you can find them by feel. They're quite easy to press as well.

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Nokia BH-905i Bluetooth Headset (Black)

Part Number: BH905 Released: Jun. 5, 2009
MSRP: $299.95 Low Price: $299.95 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jun. 5, 2009
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Weight 6.2 oz
  • Additional Features answer/end button
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-cup
About The Author

Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.