Optoma Nuforce BE6i
DURABLE, BALANCED, AND CONVENIENT, THESE IN-EARS HELP CLOSE THE GAP BETWEEN WIRED AND WIRELESS HEADPHONES.
ONE OF OUR favourite sets of Bluetooth headphones are the Optoma NuForce BE6i, which feature an aluminium build and great sound for the price. Its successor, the NuForce BE6i, is a minor refresh that bumps battery life to 8 hours (where, previously, it was 6) and adds IPX5 certification to better fight against sweat and rain.
Physically, the NuForce BE6i is identical to its predecessor. The headphones’ aluminium driver enclosures makes them feel bulletproof, but also add weight, making their fit and keeping them in-ear a bit finicky. Luckily, Optoma includes seven pairs of ear tips for you to try and get the best fit.
Once you do find a good set, the NuForce BE6i deliver balanced sound. Bass lovers will want to look elsewhere, but the balanced sound signature means the BE6i does sound good with all types of music — retaining good clarity up top and well-controlled bass.
There are a few downsides to the NuForce BE6i, but they aren’t deal-breakers in our book. We found the plastic in-line remote a bit cheap feeling, and its micro-USB port cover is difficult to open without digging in your fingernails. The headphones are also a bit heavier than we’d like, but that’s a tradeoff we’re willing to make for this durable, aluminium build.
The Optoma Nuforce BE6i remain one of our favourite in-ear wireless sets for this $150 price. They offer good sound, build quality and battery life in their segment, and they’re an improvement over the already-excellent BE6.
OPTOMA NUFORCE BE6I $149 www.optoma.com CRITICAL SPECS 10mm dynamic drivers; 20–20KHz frequency response; 95dB sensitivity; 20Ohms impedence; built-in 8 hour Li-ion battery; IPX5 splash, dust and sweat resistance; 4 sets of silicone ear tips; 2 sets of Comply foam tips; 1 set of hook tips; carry case; 20g