Optoma NuForce BE6i Review – Updating an Already Great Headphone

If you’ve already experienced the greatness that is the Optoma NuForce BE6, then chances are you would like the Optoma NuForce BE6i even better. This successor is but a minor refresh since it has a few improvements in-store. However, these updates are where they need to be. For instance, the battery life has been boosted to 8-hours (the original model had 6-hours of battery life), and it now has an IPX5 certification so that it can fight off dust, sweat, and rain. With the IPX5 rating, this might now very well be your personal headphone whenever you go to the gym, that is if you don’t mind the lack in the bass department.

Optoma NuForce BE6i Review - Updating an Already Great Headphone

The Optoma NuForce BE6i is a Well Done Refresh

When taking a look at its physical elements, the Optoma NuForce BE6i is practically the identical twin of its predecessor. It still features an aluminum casing for the drivers, and there’s still that cheap-feeling plastic remote that is found on its tangle-resistant cord. The use of aluminum makes the headphones feel very durable, but this also means it does add a bit of weight to the formula. This added weight makes the fit a bit finicky, and it can take a while before you can find that “perfect fit.” What’s fortunate is that the company includes seven pairs of ear tips within the standard packaging so that you can try and get the right fit.

Once you do get the right fit from the eartips, you will be able to enjoy an audio performance that is made for balance. For those who want to get a lot of kick in the bass, then you might want to look elsewhere. Hence, fitness-centric individuals might find it hard to be attracted to the NuForce BE6i due to its sound profile. However, for the rest, you will be able to get a balanced audio signature that is practically good for all types of music. It is able to retain good clarity even when listening at high, unwise volume levels. The bass levels are also well-controlled as well.

Even though the Optoma NuForce BE6i does perform well, it has its fair share of drawbacks, but these aren’t actual deal-breakers. For instance, there’s that cheap-feeling remote. Furthermore, there’s a plastic microUSB port cover that is quite difficult to open unless you dig into it with your fingernails. So if you’ve just recently cut your fingernails, then you might have to use some other object to pry it open.


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