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  1. Alphageek_UK's Avatar
    The packaging states Bluetooth 3.0 and the Accessories app shows 6 hours music play back. It has just arrived so I cannot say if that 6 hour estimate figure is correct.

    I don't know anything about the Sony sbh 20, sorry.
    01-17-2014 05:36 AM
  2. Alphageek_UK's Avatar
    The play/pause and skip forward/back buttons control the Spotify App fine.

    First impressions of the sound quality is very good. A surprisingly deep base response using the bundled earbuds. I also have some Shure SE310s and while they sound better, it's not that much of a difference. Of course, this is probably down to the bluetooth and the quality of the music in Spotify (even though I sync in high quality). The supplied earbuds are on a different planet when you compare with the usual rubbish bundled with phones.

    [WARN]NB: I am by no stretch of the imagination what you'd call an audiophile. So, if you are, please get some ears-on time with these if you're considering buying a set.[/WARN]
    01-17-2014 06:02 AM
  3. Sebsweden's Avatar
    Thanks a lot Mr. Geek
    01-17-2014 02:45 PM
  4. sejgiul's Avatar
    Have you got a link as to where you bought it? That might be useful...

    Also, is it possible to use music + videos to play music? What happens when you start playing music through that app when the headset is connected through Bluetooth? - Thanks
    01-20-2014 10:40 AM
  5. Alphageek_UK's Avatar
    I bought it from this eBay seller - GENUINE NOKIA BH-121 BLACK NFC STEREO BLUETOOTH HEADSET HEADPHONES - NOKBH-121BK | eBay

    Not bought from that seller before, but they were spot on.

    It has just announced to me 'Battery low' and then about 10 mins later it switched itself off. I didn't time my listening sessions, but I will have easily got 6 hours out of it. So, the quoted times seem spot on.

    I'm timing the charging time at the moment. Will report back when fully charged.

    I'll also try Music + Video later, but I cannot see any reason why any app producing audio will not play over blutooth to the earphones.
    01-21-2014 06:58 AM
  6. Alphageek_UK's Avatar
    It took 40 mins to charge.

    Music + Video plays audio over the blutooth for both music and video.As does Audible. I'm guess all apps & games will as I don't think it's up to the individual apps.
    TruPlaya187 likes this.
    01-21-2014 07:34 AM
  7. Alphageek_UK's Avatar
    One last thing. Pinning the BH-121 from within Accessories, gives you a nice live tile showing the battery level and also if the headset is connected or not. As soon as I switch off the headset, the live tile changes, so it's not subject to the 30mins max update schedule like other apps.
    TruPlaya187 and animalkracker like this.
    01-21-2014 07:46 AM
  8. animalkracker's Avatar
    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences as an early adopter. Have you tried watching any videos with it? Is the sound delayed any? I've heard troubles of lips not syncing with audio when using a Bluetooth headset to watch video.

    The only real option I can find for the U.S. is $70 via ebay, so I'd like to either learn a bit more before taking the leap, or wait till it's available locally and the reviews are more plentiful. Who knows if that will happen. Seems it's hard to get Nokia accessories here sometimes. You'll hear the announcement, but they'll never really show up.
    01-27-2014 11:01 PM
  9. Alphageek_UK's Avatar
    I have just watched a few YouTube clips after searching for Sound Sync Test and they seem to match up ok. I next watched a few other random clips of nothing in particular and they, too, seemed ok.

    I then transferred a 25fps @ 1505kbps video file to the phone's SD card (details below) and played it in both native player and MoliPlayer Pro and things seemed in sync ok.

    [CODE]General
    Complete name : ABC.mp4
    Format : MPEG-4
    Format profile : Base Media
    Codec ID : isom
    File size : 670 MiB
    Duration : 57mn 11s
    Overall bit rate mode : Variable
    Overall bit rate : 1 638 Kbps
    Encoded date : UTC 2013-09-09 11:43:22
    Tagged date : UTC 2013-09-09 11:43:22
    Writing application : Lavf51.12.1

    Video
    ID : 1
    Format : AVC
    Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
    Format profile : High@L3.0
    Format settings, CABAC : No
    Format settings, ReFrames : 1 frame
    Format settings, GOP : M=1, N=12
    Codec ID : avc1
    Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding
    Duration : 57mn 11s
    Bit rate : 1 506 Kbps
    Width : 832 pixels
    Height : 468 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 16:9
    Frame rate mode : Constant
    Frame rate : 25.000 fps
    Color space : YUV
    Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
    Bit depth : 8 bits
    Scan type : Progressive
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.155
    Stream size : 616 MiB (92%)
    Encoded date : UTC 2013-09-09 11:43:22
    Tagged date : UTC 2013-09-09 11:43:22

    Audio
    ID : 2
    Format : AAC
    Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
    Format profile : LC
    Codec ID : 40
    Duration : 57mn 11s
    Bit rate mode : Variable
    Bit rate : 128 Kbps
    Channel(s) : 2 channels
    Channel positions : Front: L R
    Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Stream size : 52.4 MiB (8%)
    Encoded date : UTC 2013-09-09 11:43:22
    Tagged date : UTC 2013-09-09 11:43:22[/CODE]

    Lastly, a .MKV file with DTS audio was transferred to the SD Card (details below) and played via MoilPlayer Pro using the Software Decoder and there were no sync issues.

    As a bonus, the subtitles were in sync as well.

    [CODE]General
    Complete name : XYZ.mkv
    Format : Matroska
    Format version : Version 2
    File size : 4.36 GiB
    Duration : 1h 38mn
    Overall bit rate : 6 350 Kbps
    Writing application : mkvmerge v4.1.1 ('Bouncin' Back') built on Jul 3 2010 22:54:08
    Writing library : libebml v1.0.0 + libmatroska v1.0

    Video
    ID : 1
    Format : AVC
    Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
    Format profile : High@L4.1
    Format settings, CABAC : Yes
    Format settings, ReFrames : 5 frames
    Codec ID : V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC
    Duration : 1h 38mn
    Bit rate : 4 839 Kbps
    Width : 1 280 pixels
    Height : 536 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 2.40:1
    Frame rate mode : Constant
    Frame rate : 23.976 fps
    Color space : YUV
    Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
    Bit depth : 8 bits
    Scan type : Progressive
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.294
    Stream size : 3.24 GiB (74%)
    Writing library : x264 core 130 r2273 b3065e6
    Encoding settings : <snip>
    Language : English
    Default : Yes
    Forced : No

    Audio
    ID : 2
    Format : DTS
    Format/Info : Digital Theater Systems
    Mode : 16
    Format settings, Endianness : Big
    Codec ID : A_DTS
    Duration : 1h 38mn
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Bit rate : 1 509 Kbps
    Channel(s) : 6 channels
    Channel positions : Front: L C R, Side: L R, LFE
    Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
    Bit depth : 24 bits
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Stream size : 1.04 GiB (24%)
    Language : English
    Default : Yes
    Forced : No

    Text
    ID : 3
    Format : UTF-8
    Codec ID : S_TEXT/UTF8
    Codec ID/Info : UTF-8 Plain Text
    Language : English
    Default : No
    Forced : No[/CODE]
    01-28-2014 07:45 AM
  10. animalkracker's Avatar
    You're a saint. Thank you.
    01-28-2014 09:44 AM
  11. Shredcow's Avatar
    Hi there, could you comment on the audio quality difference between going wired and then using the BH-121?

    I had an earlier version of this, the BH-111 - there was noticeable drop in quality when plugging my earphones direct and then plugging into the BH-111.
    01-28-2014 08:26 PM
  12. Alphageek_UK's Avatar
    I did comment a little on this in post #27, but also see the warning I posted too.

    I can hear a difference if I plug my SE310s into the phone directly but, to my ears, it's hardly noticeable. Again, this is probably down to the source material I am listening to and/or the age of my ears!

    I think if you are generally the type that only listens to FLAC and use high-end in-ear monitors, then obviously you will be disappointed listening over Bluetooth.
    01-29-2014 06:42 AM
  13. Shredcow's Avatar
    Ah, thanks!

    In the case of the older BH-111, things like reverb trails, just disappeared. I wonder if the 121 performs better...
    01-29-2014 06:08 PM
  14. Alphageek_UK's Avatar
    things like reverb trails, just disappeared. I wonder if the 121 performs better...
    If you let me know a specif track and what a 'reverb trail' is, i'll have a listen for you.
    01-30-2014 04:53 AM
  15. kpulak's Avatar
    Anyone know, when is it launching in India?
    03-09-2014 09:02 AM
  16. LikeLumia's Avatar
    Got one of these as well. So far really like it, good sound, battery capacity, live tile is nice, NFC pairing and switching ON an absolute breeze.
    (your bluetooth and headset can be switched off, just grab the headset, tap it and both headset and bluetooth on your phone switch on and connect)

    Thats the good part. One thing i just do not understand about this thing, why the loooooong headset wire ????!!!!
    I mean 95% of the users of this thing will clip the headset to a shirt, collar, or jacket and then you can sure miss at least 50% of the wire !!
    even in shorts on the beach you will not gonna put this in your pockets, clipping it on your ear would be easier.

    So, I will look for a short wired headset, 3,5mm jack and HF mic in the wire. Any ideas anyone ??
    04-11-2014 05:59 AM
  17. Penecho's Avatar
    Where did you get yours from? also from ebay?
    04-15-2014 02:00 PM
  18. LikeLumia's Avatar
    Got mine from Expansys (UK)

    Have played with it a few days now, still satisfied.
    Sound is wonderful, bluetooth connection stable.

    Live tile works perfect as well as the real time battery indication on the tile, it's spot on.

    Only VERY negative point is the long wire, I just do not understand that !!
    04-16-2014 03:28 AM
  19. LikeLumia's Avatar
    something tricky about this BH-121. With the headset comes no charger, but the charge port is a micro USB one, so it is pretty tempting to charge it with your phone's charger. However, according to the manual this is not allowed !! The capacity of the battery is only 110mah and the max charge input allowed is 200mah where your average Lumia charger provides 1200mah or even 1500mah with the Lumia 1520. So charging the BH-121 with a Lumia charger will deteoriate your bh-121's battery ver fast since charging li-ion batteries (way) too fast pretty much kills them!
    Or am i missing something here ???
    04-24-2014 04:58 AM
  20. Alphageek_UK's Avatar
    Won't it just draw whatever current it needs? I have one of those 'smart' metres and can try it, but I am not at home for a couple of days.
    05-04-2014 02:02 AM
  21. Alphageek_UK's Avatar
    The BH-121 draws 0.5 watts from the charger that is supposed to charge up a Tegra Note tablet. If I plug my 1520 into the same wire, it draws 6.5 watts. So, it doesn't look like there is any danger of over charging the BH-121.
    05-06-2014 06:17 AM
  22. LikeLumia's Avatar
    The BH-121 draws 0.5 watts from the charger that is supposed to charge up a Tegra Note tablet. If I plug my 1520 into the same wire, it draws 6.5 watts. So, it doesn't look like there is any danger of over charging the BH-121.
    Thanks for sharing this !

    Why would the manual clearly state 200mah is the maximum charge current then?

    When I use my Lumia 1520 charger for the charge of the Bh121, the battery is full in 25 minutes, isn't that just way too fast for any Li-ion battery?
    All my phones and other Li-ion powered gadgets take at least 1.5 - 2 hours for a full charge.

    On top of that my experience after about ten charge cycles with the BH-121 is the battery indicator already becomes a little unreliable. The live tile app gives both battery percentage as well as remaining playing time. But once under 40%/2hours playing this info is not reliable anymore.
    Sometimes it gives empty battery warning and switches automaticly off already at 30 percent, sometimes 6 percent.

    This seems like an indication of a damaged (charged too fast, overcharged) battery ?
    05-07-2014 04:50 AM
  23. Jakoh's Avatar
    Does it have a Microphone in the Base?
    This is a must have as I would like to use it in my car with the car stereo and still answer calls without using headphones.
    06-23-2014 04:13 PM
  24. gatisnolv's Avatar
    Could somebody please confirm wether it can be charged while in use (playing music)? I plan to mostly use it as a bluetooth receiver in my car, so that would be essential for longer rides. Thanks.
    07-06-2014 06:45 AM
  25. MTWIZARD7's Avatar
    Yes it can be charged while listening to music.

    MTWIZARD7

    Hope this helps
    07-09-2014 01:14 PM
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