Op­toma Nuforce BE6i

DURABLE, BAL­ANCED, AND CON­VE­NIENT, THESE IN-EARS HELP CLOSE THE GAP BE­TWEEN WIRED AND WIRE­LESS HEAD­PHONES.

TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [LEWIS LEONG]

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

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