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Bluetooth stereo headsets are still a small part of Nokia's long list of Bluetooth accessories that include mono headsets, speakers and car kits. The Nokia BH-503 is one of them and the only one with an over the ear design.
Measuring 5.9 x 2.95 x 6.1 inches, the Nokia BH-503 has a sleek finish design that gives the headset a smooth look. Despite the larger body, the headset feels good over the ears and is just slightly heavy. All the controls including phone calls, music play/pause, fast-forward, rewind, volume and the charging port are located on the right earmuff. The buttons are large and easy to use, and the volume rocker on the edge of the earmuff is raised for easy touch control. The Nokia BH-503 has soft foam covers over the ears instead of soft leather. Though soft, the foam covers aren't as padded as the leather covers, but they can be replaced with ease
The Nokia headset supports stereo audio streaming and player control over Blue tooth A2DP, AVRCP and an inline microphone with built-in DSP for making and receiving phone calls. The Nokia BH-503 has Blue tooth 2.0 + EDR, supports both Headset and Hands free.
To pair the headset, press and hold the multifunction key (the phone symbol) until the LED flashes blue, use your phone to find the headset and pair with default pass code "0000". The headset can also store previously paired devices so that you don't have to go through pairing process again, you only need to reconnect the headset. To clear pairing info, press and hold the multifunction button and the volume-up key together until the LED flashes red, green and blue three times. If the headset is plugged in to AC while you do this, it will reset itself, which comes in handy if the headset ever seizes.
Audio Quality and Range
The Nokia BH-503 has excellent audio quality for phone calls and music playback with superb bass and treble. It is difficult to find stereo Blue tooth headsets that have great in-call voice quality, but the Nokia BH503 surprised us with excellent in-call voice and very loud volume when tested on my LG Viewty phone. The DSP functioned very well when working with most phones and the range was about 15 feet which is average for a Blue tooth 2.0 headset.
Excellent battery life on the Nokia especially when listened to continuously. The headset comes with rechargeable battery and you can charge it with the included charger or most recent phone chargers (like the Nokia N95 and more). To fully recharge it takes around 1 hour. The expected for talk time and music playback is 11 hours with 8 days standby. The headset will go to sleep after long period of inactivity to conserve the battery.
The Nokia BH-503 is a joy to use for both phone calls and music playback. Sound quality is excellent. Voice calls have great sound, very loud volume and good range. The clean and sleek design also raises its standards. The price was slightly expensive for around $80 US.