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I don't know why guys but I hear a hissing sound over the headphones when I play songs or during notifications and calls. I use creative ep-630. what could be the reason or is it common.

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  • 2015-01-22 04:50
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the only reason i am still using this, jst coz of its music player..otherwise everything is outdated.. even better than reputed standalone music players, dn knw why nokia stopped putting in audio chips, n91 is very loud while maintaining audio quality, bass is superb audio hiss is 0%. such quality is rare now a days, todays phones hardly lasts for a year or two but my n91 is working perfectly fine since its very 1st day almost 9 years now, in 2005 i used to protect it as a mother cares her baby lol may b that is y its still with me n working.

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  • 2014-12-18 02:17
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I just recently got it around $40 (Rp.400.000)for 2 UNIT from 2nd hand store in Indonesia. They need tweak here and there but now they work enough for daily used. AND THE SOUND JUST STUNNING. I compare with my iphone 4, 3gs, ibasso dx50, sansa clip+, N8,N9,N900,fiio x3,.. all paired with cx300II...(yeah..i owned them all) my opinion.. The sound completely different...better and different. I listen to 192kbps-320kbps and they sound prefect, warm, crips, beeffy...The feel and The soul just macth. I know i only used entry level equipment...but even for a novice i can tell that N91 is The real celebrity for mp3 player.

#this is my first post,and sorry for my bad english..#

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  • 2014-12-16 09:59
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> In reply to Tarek @ 2014-06-17 09:14 from NhJv - click to readNot used still using
Im listening to lose yourself on my n91 which I just recharged
Nokia works like it is the first day I brought

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  • 2014-11-29 04:19
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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-10-19 09:24 from uuZh - click to readI want it can u say me were it s available

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  • 2014-11-02 08:36
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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-09-05 14:52 from Mfx5 - click to readyea i no a place wr nokia n91 s still available contact me if any1 wants

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  • 2014-10-19 09:24
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> In reply to Kiran @ 2014-08-25 09:15 from t}Uk - click to readmine had a similer problem, connected it with computer format the entire hard drive now everything works smooth.

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  • 2014-10-15 14:29
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does it still (N91 available at the market?

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  • 2014-09-05 14:52
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My n91 saying hd corrupted format hdd to continue but when i formating at last it saying that battery low hdd not formated.i tested with chargr also.also when the back cover put on the set is not opening,but when the back cover is put of the set is running like normal except the music playr nd hdd.frnds i luv my n91 very very ....much.pls suggest me what to do

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  • 2014-08-25 09:15
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It was a good comparision- n91 vs m8.. I hav purchased a used n91-1(8 Gb) few days back, totally abused condtion & i hav given it for complete restoration.. I own sony walkman z-764 & nokia 808. I doubt n91 could be restored as the spares in india is a problem and not received any progress abt the n91. I want to know the second best phone which is capable of reproducing upto 90% of audio quality which n91 does and comparision with n91(only symbian), detailed as ur previous review.
Also I want to know if there r any difference in terms of audio quality of two phones N91 vs n91-1(8Gb) & comparision of nokia n82 vs n91.. Because n82 is readily available at my place..

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  • 2014-07-19 14:17
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To all those who think HTC M8 (One) or other earthly gadgets come near the N91 in terms of audio quality, here's some food for thought.

HTC M8 has an integrated audio-amplifier support along with few razzmatazz in form of software tweaks and gimmicks to give you a placebo that the sound quality is improved.

With a brand name of Harmann-Kardon, it's easy to trap customers in believing your words. Reality remains, M8 is hardware-limited to go any further down the beautiful sound alley that leads to salvation.

That Harmon-Kardon thing you keep hearing about is plainly limited on embedded player that HTC comes loaded with. Root/disable/uninstall that, and HTC will sound like any other run of the mill phone.

Now iPhones are distinguishable from the current gens mainly because the audio renderings in them are better than the Samsungs but not better than HTC flagships. Apple’s audio library has some exclusive dlls that make it possible to add a distinct ting to the sound they produce. The original beats on the m8 is just an algorithm designed to extract the best out of whatever audio it may produces.

But then, put all these phones at one side and put N91 on the other - strictly for audio observations.

I have a classy-chrome N91 with me for last 6 years or so. I have a Sennheiser CX300II, Sony XB90EX and BrainWavz R1 Dual Dynamic Earphones. During one fine Saturday, I went to nearest store to try out the M8 One as I was sick of ‘audiofools’ going gaga over its oh-so-orgasmic audio output.

The song I tried was Massive Attack - Angel on stock audio setting on both the phones.

Part 1:

M8 coupled with CX300II - Above average sound. Distinct mid-range but passable low and upper range with obvious muddled sound noticable. Sound quality at full volume is awfully shrill.

M8 coupled with XB90EX - Same as above. Sony’s IEM are overrated like nothing else, barring a good built quality. Sound at full is quite OK, nothing to boast about.

M8 coupled with Brainwavz R1 - Awesome! Low range was flattering, Mid was astoundingly wide in terms of sound spectrum but who listens to Angels on low and mids? Highs were good but indeed not loud! Yup I mean it!

Part: II

N91 with CX300II: Extremely bassy and yet so subtly vivid with sound produced. Though I could sense Sennheiser wasn’t happy when I jacked up the volume beyond 85%. The earphones were vibrating on even smallest of the beats!! That doesn’t imply a bad headphone just that, I used a 128 kbps mp3, whirr noise and static accompanies the song throughout. Or maybe a loose connection

N91 with XB90EX: I take back my statements regarding Sony. They were astounding with ranges. You could hear the picks hitting the guitar at the very same time when intense bass blasting was flooding out of the spectrum. That was jaw dropping performance. Again, I couldn’t withstand beyond 90% of sound levels...

N91 with Brainwavz R1: Just the perfect companion to the legendary N91. The very first beat of the song sent the shivers pumping down my spine, hair on my back stood up for the most versatile performance I’ve ever heard, I was immersed into the song beyond comprehension and at 85% of volume level, that electric guitar strumming which hits the song at the highest tempo, was masterfully rendered making it one of the most beautiful things I had ever heard. I recall hearing a song where I heard the singer whispering, before actually starting the song.

My affinity with M8 one was long gone.

The dedicated Toshiba DAC 33 DCH audio chipset, which was then not regulated by EU laws, led to the most beautiful thing in the audio arena ever, the world has witnessed. Even though N81 carries the same chipset, it is softer and more towards generic sound thanks to limited hardware prowess of the otherwise legendary chip.

HTC M8 isn’t even remotely close to sound quality produced by even the N81. Yup I had that one as well. Software tweaks, good algorithms cannot replace even a real yet poor hardware. It’s like installing the best graphic driver for inbuilt graphic unit of motherboard will replace the need of an external graphics card.

HTC One M8 is great but N91 great? Sorry to disappoint you guys, grab both and test it out yourself.

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  • 2014-07-16 17:13
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I oncce owned this beautiful phone. Where can I get it now?

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  • 2014-07-03 15:08
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The Nokia N91 uses a special DSP-33 chip set made by Toshiba and a powerful in-built Harman Kardon amplifier to boost up its volume while maintaining acoustics, resulting in louder, deep bass and rich sound with perfect low, mid range & a slightly damped high range frequency which has not been achieved by any iPod or Sony Walkmans. that's what wiki says!!!!wow.

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  • 2014-06-17 09:14
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> In reply to Samarth N8 808 user @ 2014-05-10 20:24 from t}m8 - click to readhi samarth...
I hav listened to samsung S4 & S3 and i can clearly say that the stock mp3 player of s4(stock firmware) in the audio department is not as gud as nokia 808..
The instrument separation in s4 might be a bit better, but 808 is very accurate sounding compared to s4(with dolby turned off)..

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  • 2014-05-21 18:50
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> In reply to bharathnel @ 2014-04-26 19:37 from uu3@ - click to readBharat, I have heard N91, Nokia 808 and Galaxy S4 in headphones.

Nokia 808's audio is clean, clear, good enough if you love music. I have it, and I listen to it.

Galaxy S4's audio is actually better than 808. Its audio is something you would call "spacious, crystal clear" with all elements being perfectly audible... There is a feeling of evolution in it.

N91? Well, its the incomparable legend.
Its sound is clear enough with all elements being precise and audible, but its enhanced bass, music processing and very high volume levels make listening music so damn exciting that nothing in mobile phones quite matches it.

Today, you could attach a N91 to some serious amplifiers and it still has best fidelity among phones. And that audio quality.... it sounds "exciting" like nothing other can.

No matter what you listen to, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Indie, Country..... N91 makes any music "better", such matured and lovely music processing it has. Seriously.

You will have to listen it to know....

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  • 2014-05-10 20:24
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> In reply to bharathnel @ 2014-04-26 19:37 from uu3@ - click to readthis phone is audio output much better than S5 & htc one m8. Find your fren that is having one and you tell me..

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  • 2014-04-27 18:13
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can any one comment on audio quality through headphones with modern smartphones such as nokia 808, samsung S4 & HTC one.

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  • 2014-04-26 19:37
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i want my n91 back meh :'(

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  • 2014-03-08 15:15
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sound quality is's veryy loud with superb base..i beleive best mp3 player till now. m lovin it.

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  • 2014-02-15 21:44
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What a phone..... have been using for 8 yrs still working like brand new....

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  • 2014-02-05 09:17
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