Cut the cord.
If you read some of the online rumors, there is word that most smartphones in the future will ditch the 3.5 mm audio jack in favor of their proprietary connectors. So as a way to future-proof audio devices, most headphones now support wireless connectivity through Bluetooth.
The only problem is that music streamed through Bluetooth degrades in quality that’s why new features were introduced that make it sound as good as a wired headphones can offer.
One of the new wireless headphones to be introduced in this mix is Optoma’s NuForce BE6i, a successor to its original BE6 wireless headphones. Looks-wise, the BE6i has an aluminum enclosure and a flat-shaped wire that connect the two ear cups together. It also features a remote control for controlling playback. The BE6i is also IPX5 certified, meaning it can withstand various weather conditions so you can safely use them on any situation.
Optoma has also loaded the BE6i with various accessories to help you get the right fit. Included are seven pairs of ear tips plus the new Comply tips that is a favorite of mine. The memory foam-like tip allows for a better fit and does not put any strain even when worn on long periods.
Performance-wise, the BE6i does deliver a crisp-sounding experience that offers clarity across all tones. Bass isn’t too overpowering which can be both a pro and a con depending on how deep you want your LFE to sound. For me, the BE6i strikes a good balance on treble and bass and I enjoyed every song I fed though the headphones.
Sound is also improved thanks to the AptX and AAC support provided by the BE6i that enhances sound when streamed on Bluetooth. The BE6i charges via a microUSB port cleverly hidden on the playback remote and it managed to give me about 8 hours of continuous usage.
Overall, Optoma’s NuForce BE6i improves upon its predecessor in every way, and stands as one of our favorite wireless headphones.