How to improve sound quality in E71?

A lot of E71’ users complain about low volume and not very good quality of sound given by original stereo headset (HS-47). Unfortunately I must say that’s true and I was looking for some solution. I don’t know why HS-44 (with AD-44 adaptor) was not fully compatible. The mic was just dead. Have any of you, dear readers, checked it? Anyway, in the meantime Shaun from mailed me about a simple solution. All you need is cheap mini-jack (3.5 mm) connector and you can use your own, favorite headphones with E71. As I was mailed it allows getting loud and good quality sound. It’s not an ideal solution (no microphone), but for music addicted it’s should be fine!

P.S. Shaun, thanks for photo!


36 Responses to “How to improve sound quality in E71?”

  1. 1 rohit August 9, 2008 at 2:28 am

    i was desperately trying to get hold of hs-44 but no luck so far.if i may ask, what do you mean by “not fully compatible’? are there any issues with the wired remote? cause that’s the only reason i am buying this headset. i already have the 3.5-2.5 adapter. sort of gets the job done but i’m looking for a complete solution. may be i’ll get a sony bluetooth stereo headset.

  2. 2 BigCellShop August 9, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Nokia E71 is really not a good choice: big size, QWERTY keyboard, complex operation system etc. 😦

  3. 3 Dexter August 9, 2008 at 7:10 am


    I had problem with getting HS-44 as well so bought one on internet auction. Headset remote worked fine with both player and FM radio, but it was not recognized as headset accessory and during voice call the microphone was just dead. No one hears you. I tried one more and the result was the same. I returned it and I’m wondering if anyone else had the same experience? Was it fake or just issue with those headsets?

    best regards,

  4. 4 Dexter August 9, 2008 at 7:12 am


    QWERTY and complex operating system? Well believe me there are people who like QWERTY keyboards and there are more complex OSs’ than Symbian S60 🙂

  5. 6 Lukasz August 9, 2008 at 7:10 pm


    Its strictly business series phone. you dont have much choice in this category either some of Blackberrys or E71 (not mentioning all other older querty phones). But I think its better choice then Blackberry. Size? Perfectly fits and handles.

  6. 7 Lukasz August 9, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    BTW its right headset that comes with phone gives poor quality sound. I was thinking of getting Nokia WH-600 headset. Anybody used WH-600? Some webpages informs that its also a bluetooth compatible but Im not sure?

  7. 8 IncidentFlux August 15, 2008 at 11:58 am

    I’m also after a fully working adapter to handle calls and listen to audio books. Isn’t the HS-44 (with AD-44 adaptor) only listed compatible adapter at the moment?

    I asked at Nokia forums if the AD-43 might work with the Nokia E71? Apparently its got a 3.5mm connector, and won’t work. Although’s Nokia product page has no info at about that at all.

    Now I’m reading here the compatible AD-44 doesn’t work properly either 😦

  8. 9 Shane September 7, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Can anyone tell me where to get the L shaped 2.5-3.5 mm adapter show in picture at top of this thread. Nokia E71 rocks

  9. 10 Metal E71 September 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    to Shane: the L shaped adater which was mentioned above is the Nokia AD-50 adpater.
    to everybody: I’ve just bought the AD-44 + HS-44 today and it works great for my E71. Every button on the AD-44 adapter is fully functioning (including Volume control, Next, Previous, Play/Pause and Answer button) And the built-in mic also works fine. The HS-44 stereo headset (in-ear) is much better than the HS-47 (with noise canceling and more powerful bass)
    So just buy it, i’m pretty sure it is fully compatitble!

  10. 11 X-man September 15, 2008 at 5:58 am

    I hear the BH-501 BT headsets have good sound quality but break easily.

  11. 12 Ktysai October 3, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Nokia HS-44, AD-44 adapter works fine on my E71. There’s problemes if I want to use voice recognition or another mp3 player. Only the default player I can control with the control pad 😦

  12. 13 haerbert December 11, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    @Metal E71

    does the AD-44 & HS-44 realy support all music functions and the microfone?!
    I´m al little bit insecure about this… because even here in the blog some problems were mentioned.
    Perhaps this depend on the software version of the E71 ?


    Some alternatives to HS-44?
    – no BT headset… (no extra power-consumer!)
    – music-key´s (otherwise i dont need anything else)
    – headset function

    An usefull S60 music-software wich improves soundquality?
    (a free download-link would be perfect 🙂 )

  13. 15 haerbert December 17, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    now i got the AD-44 but how I feared

    The buttons have NO (MUSIC-) funktion!
    Even NO Microfone funktion!
    Up to now ist only possible to hear Music or connect my Nokia to my Amplifier.

    😦 !!!

    So anyone knows something about different AD-44 ?
    Some Sellers declare the seemingly same adapter to use with E71 others don´t… ?!

    To preserve you, I bought mine here:

  14. 16 haerbert December 17, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Perhaps i´ll try to update my Phone! Which firmware is on yours?

    Thx for your haedset suggestion, but for my main use: mountainbiking it seems not so useful. Or am I wrong?

    * by the way, nice BLOG *

  15. 17 nick December 17, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    i will recomand u the sennheiser cx300 headphones…there is a version with a 2.5mm jack…

  16. 18 George December 21, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Try to replace the internal lithium battery (type CR2032), I think that will solve the problem.

  17. 19 Pascal January 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I bought the AD-44 (adapter) [which is the 2.5mm plug + cable + remote control + 3.5mm female jack connector] so I can connect my iPod headset or even my Beatz by Dr.Dre Headphones, but on my brand new E71 the remote buttons do not work, the mic does not work…doh!

    The device is recognized as an Enhancement but I have to select the enhancement type when I plug it in. The only sort-of-useful setting I found is the ‘Headphones’ setting which at least allows me to speak using the E71’s built in mic. I never got the AD-44’s buttons and mic to work, I can’t believe Nokia is recommending it as a standard enhancement… it sucks. Looks nice though 😉

  18. 20 Pascal January 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    PS: I use the latest firmware I could get my hands on:

    Nokia E71-1 (01)

  19. 21 Vijay January 23, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Windows based mobiles (like HTC Touch..) were much better than Nokia E71. Even when moisture enters (some of the Querty board) -some of the keys in E71 not working well.

    I regret purchasing this phone 😦

  20. 22 Phil February 13, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    The 2.5mm adapter to 3.5mm adapter will work but you’ll get hiss because the E71 wants a 2.5mm connecter with 3 bands of a particular size and orientation. In my opinion this doesn’t make it a viable option.

  21. 23 Łutek February 16, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I just got myself this AD-44 thing…none buttons work with my e71! crap!

  22. 24 AVP March 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Stock headphones are total garbage, everything sounded rubbish until I plugged in pair of forty dollar Sony headphones( not the best ones, something comparable to stock iPod earbuds)and since then I have not touched my iPod at all. I know the reviews all over the net claim that E71 outputs decent sound quality but it is not the best and has some weak sides( ). However, I ran a few comparison tests, playing the same music tracks on my E71 and 2nd generation iPod Nano using three different sets of headphones and to be quite hones the differnce in sound was either minimal or would no be detectable at all. More strangely, I have got an impression that some tracks sounded more alive on the Nokia. The sound was more detailed and crisp, however it is just my subjective opinion.
    And Yes, I used AD-50 adapter.

  23. 25 junkeeroo May 30, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    so it seems the solution for the HS-44 + AD-44 is to change the battery…it’s said here (thanks, george) and on another blog:

    “replace the internal lithium battery (type CR2032), I think that will solve the problem.”

    “i think the battery # for AD-44 is 2332 or something like that”

    anyone say for sure? thanks.

  24. 26 Khush June 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Hi, can anyone tell me whether Fring and Nimbuzz work on E71? i have downloaded both but none seem to work!!

    Pls help!!

  25. 28 John July 17, 2009 at 4:22 am

    Does anyone know if I can get a 2.5mm right angle adapter for my Ad-44 as it sticks out too much on my E71. otherwise has anyone hacked the right angle connector from the hs-47 and grafted it on the ad-44.

  26. 29 DAVID July 22, 2009 at 7:13 pm


  27. 30 John August 16, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Has anyone changed the straight 2.5mm plug for the ad-44 with the right angle one from the hs-47? It sticks out too much.

    Also, where does everyone clip the ad-44 for the best mic reception? I find it very awkward to place on my jacket or jumper.

  28. 31 Daniel February 13, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    A good choice for the E71(although you only have hands-free option but no playback controls) is the Nokia Xpress Music AD-56 adaptor. It has 2.5 mm phone jack and you can use the headphones you want. The usual Nokia stock headphones (HS-45) don’t deliver good sound, except for the in-ear ones. Cheers

  29. 32 sz0tyi April 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I have a nokia wh-700. That sounds avesome. I couldn’t belive first if this is just this small stuff alone.
    I got ad-52 adaptor with that. I don’t know what is wrong but the microphone and the buttons are dead on my earphone too. I bought it originaly about the buttons and because i wanted a headset with great sound. I keep now because of the sound but if anyone knows a solve of this problem i am still interested.

  30. 33 Henrik April 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I have the same problem – it doesn’t work with the E71 when you apply the ad-52 adaptor which you have to in order to make it fit in the phone.

    Anyone knows of a solution?

  31. 34 Doch68 June 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I bought a jabra 3030 it solve all the sounds problems and in addition you can use your favorite stereo headsets, actually it has more applications…I am wearing the jabra when I go windsurfing,(my E71 placed in a ziplog…in the pocket) if you plug it to your car stereo it gives you a loud and clear car handsfree

  32. 35 Noaman Bin Sultan February 22, 2011 at 4:42 am

    hi readers,

    i too have a e71 mobile. i just made a solution to it by keeping aside the original headset by buying a china brand headset with a mic. you know what the music is giving a excellent sound and with a bass. and the mic is like that we are in a open hall with no person. means only conversation is heard.

    thank you,
    hope this information helps you.


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