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Nokia Purity In-Ear - Sound Quality, Noise Isolation and Accessories

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams


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Review Price £67.21

Noise isolation and accessories

With a good seal, the Nokia Purity in-ear headphones provide decent noise isolation, although due to the way they tend to wriggle their way out of your ear canals, they need fairly regular re-seating. Five pairs of rubber tips are included, which helps to mitigate for the picky fit of these earphones a bit (many pairs only include three). The tips match the colour of the earbuds too.

A fabric carry case is included. Nokia calls it a "Hard Shell" carrying case, but it's not really - being only very slightly reinforced. A big deal? Hardly.

Nokia Purity case

Sound Quality

The Nokia WH-920 Purity In-ear headphones have what we'd class as an enjoyable but not particularly high-end sound. They have an immediately obvious focus on low-end swell and low-mid warmth that's easy on the ear. Given this signature, it's good to hear that the bass isn't lumpy. And while it can be nudged into boominess given the right track, the low-end emphasis isn't destructive, as it is in some style-focused bassy sets.

It's a sound that's easily to live with, but ultimately not one that can compete with the best at £70, or even £50. Although the top-end isn't muffled, it does lack refinement and detail, sounding a little veiled or rolled-off. Smooth and balanced to an extent, but compromised overall.

The soundstage isn't impressive either, with a fairly narrow stereo image compared with most sets at this price. Bassheads may enjoy the low-end focus, but then bass performance isn't entirely remarkable either. It's reasonably well-controlled, but doesn't seem to go all that deep or offer slamming impact. Nokia Purity

The result is that the Nokia Purity in-ears end up seeming like good low-end earphones rather than good mid-range ones. When the excellent Phonak PFE 012 (admittedly, sans microphone) are available for £10 more and the Jays one series offers comparable sound quality for a less cash, they're not all that compelling.

Of course, it's tricky to get around that few headsets offer optimisation for Windows Phones. Earphone manufacturers may tell you the market isn't there, but we bet there are many of you out there wanting to control your Nokia Lumia 800s using an in-line remote. We like the idea of the Nokia Purity in-ears, but they're simply a little bit too expensive to be classed a great buy.


The Nokia WH-920 Purity In Ear headphones come from the same Monster stable as the Beats by Dr. Dre range, but they have a slightly more mature sound. They also use a remote control housing that it - unusually - fully compatible with the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone mobiles. They're novel, but ultimately the level of fidelity on offer doesn't quite match-up with the price.

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February 8, 2013, 4:20 pm

I just bought this one today, because I had an issue with my previous in ear headphones (I drop it into water though), I see that they're cutting down the price for the black one to around $ 48/49 so I just want try it.

As I experience it, this isn't quite Monster earphone quality that I expected (I'm comparing it with Monster Turbine that my friend bought for $47 from the manufacturer). The bass is little bit more comfort than my Philips SHE8000 that I bought for $ 27/28 (My previous earphone, which is a bit tubby) even tough I don't feel any 'WOW' effect that I expected from Monster earphones. This Purity lack of detail compared with my SHE8000. I notice that some treble 'sparkle' like chimes are missing. This earphones is for one who look for bass oriented earphone I think. I found it that the sound is pretty common and for that price class, it isn't quite the competitive one.

I used it on my Ipod Shuffle, and it comes that it is better than my SHE8000, it produced a nice smooth bass though still missing some treble. I used it on my PC, the sound isn't quite distinct.

For the comfort, the Purity really doesn't like to 'sit' in my ear for too long. I notice that after around an hour or some heavy move, the buds will eventually slide away from my ear so I have to re-seat it (exactly as I just read here). Fitting it doesn't quite smooth thing to do compared with my SHE8000. The dangling cable also an issue when you touch the cable or when they hit my shirt (though the same thing happen with my Philips SHE8000, which in SHE8000 case even worse because the cable is a rubber made that sticky with other thing) For the comfort in ear, I rate that my Philips is the winner (it doesn't move around so easy and they sit very easy in my ear) This earphone definitely not for a person which is like to running around or use in in the gym.

The cable a little bit too long, plus the extend for my Nokia 701, it's not quite hassle free for me.

The volume and music control doesn't work with my Nokia 701 (which is using Symbian Belle platform running) thought the middle button still working for voice recognition, which you can make a call by touching it.

Overall, it is a good product but the price is not very competitive for the market.


October 2, 2013, 7:01 pm

bought them year ago......using on samsung galaxy s3, fortunately media keys do a good job(which i dint expect to be as they are specifically made for nokia lumia) but with the passage of time one of its ear stops working. have to send to claim warranty every 2months....for me its waste of money should get different pair of earphones if you are not a nokia user...

Lestat de Lioncourt

March 31, 2014, 7:07 am

did not even reached six months and one of its ear stop working what a piece of shet!

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