The BE6i is the next evolution of the award-winning BE6 – which achieved numerous awards and accolades, including a ‘Recommended’ award from techradar.com, 4 stars from The Daily Mirror and GadgetSpeak.com. Digitaltrends.com also featured the BE6 in their list of the ‘10 best Bluetooth headphones’.
The BE6i takes the same stylish design as the BE6 but offers an incredible battery life of up to 8 hours. They are also IPX5 certified for greater protection from rain and sweat. The BE6i are the only Bluetooth® in-ear headphones to be fully crafted from aluminium, which provides crystal-clear sound and elegant design in a lightweight form-factor, making them durable and attractive for all lifestyles. In addition, the headphones feature Bluetooth with aptX® and AAC compatibility, for the ultimate quality in audio streaming.
The BE6i can play music and take phone calls continuously for up to eight hours and are equipped with an in-line remote control that can skip tracks, engage Siri or Google Voice and activate Bluetooth pairing mode. And with a 30 meter range you can even leave your phone or tablet on the floor whilst you focus on your workout.
With a rating of IPX5, the BE6i in-ear headphones are weather resistant, ensuring protection from rain and sweat – making them ideal for any active lifestyle.
For ultimate comfort and a secure fit during outdoor activities or sports, a wrap-around neckband, clip and silicone ear wings are included with the BE6i. Bluetooth® means you won’t need to worry about wires getting in the way as you move.
This large driver eliminates unwanted reverberations for distortion-free sound even at high volume levels.
Available in grey and gold, the BE6i in-ear headphones are matched with Apple and other leading smart devices.
The BE6i benefit from a host of new parts designed to make them an even more complete in-ear headphone both in and out of the home. An IPX5 certified in-line remote has been added. This means it is dust proof and water resistant to enhance protection while used outdoors. The extra capacity has allowed for a larger battery with an increase of 25% to play time.
The BE6i contains a large driver to eliminate unwanted reverberations by using a high-grade titanium, magnesium and inert metal that is used to form a thin nano-layer over its surface. This precise mixture, along with the help of a circumferential copper ring, allows the driver to maintain optimal structural integrity for distortion-free sound even at high volume levels.
The patented driver selected for the BE6i is designed to maintain a constantly accurate impedance curve, resulting in improved sound quality from any source. This has the added benefit of extending battery life.
The latest Bluetooth technology offers faster connection and superior bandwidth. aptX will transfer content at up to CD quality sound between source and BE6i resulting in greater separation between channels, improved imaging and the elimination of transmission error. aptX is fully compatible with all other previous Bluetooth versions.
To further enhance the sound quality AAC processing is used to increase the sound quality of lower resolution audio tracks from the likes of iTunes, YouTube, DAB radio transmission and online streaming services.
Mobile Tech Talk awarded the BE6i
“So sound wise, how are they? Honestly, I was blown away.”
“I could hear everything, and the amount of stereo separation and instrumental separation in these was just so much better than I could have ever expected.”
“My ears weren’t fatigued, they didn’t have an uncomfortable level of heat or sweat, and there wasn’t a weird vacuum type effect when eventually pulling them out after hours of use, so bravo Optoma”
“Headphones like the OPTOMA NuForce BE6i Wireless Bluetooth Noise-Cancelling Headphones deliver excellent sound, with a real crisp clear range and great bass notes.”
“Decent sound quality, rich of equipment and a beautiful design, make the NuForce BE6i a must-have purchase.”
"You won’t find better at this price"
“They offer a deep and responsive sound that’s hard to find at this price, have an excellent build quality and are shipped with 7 sets of earbuds which means you can adjust them for a comfortable long listen session at home or so they don’t fall out in the gym.”
“To our ears, they deliver excellent performance for all types of music – a rarity for Bluetooth headphones in this price range!”
"Overall, these IEMs have hit all the right notes. They offer a very strong performing wireless experience without dropouts, or difficulty of setting up. They are comfortable and can be used for hours without a hint of fatigue. They offer outstanding noise isolation and are built like little tanks and sound really, really good! And best yet, the come in at only $129.99."
Lansare Info awarded the BE6i 5 out of 5 stars. It said: “From my point of view, these headphones are a good investment for people who are very active and want to be able to listen to their favourite music all day.”
“Sound quality is flawless, I think the best headphones In-Ear we've tested so far. Simply, I have not found any defects to mention in this article.”
"You get a great sound in your ears with the NuForce BE6i Bluetooth in-ear headphones, made of full aluminum by Optoma. The NuForce BE6i does not only convince with its attractive design and functionality, a truly stunning sound can also not be denied with these headphones. A strong bass accompanied by clear and clean mid and high tones, the sound quality is clean and pleasant in every moment…”
“The NuForce BE6i provide a good and clear sound.”
“Once you select the right earbuds the NuForce BE6i provide a pleasant listening-experience.”
"If you’ve struggled to find a good wireless Bluetooth earbud for your workout (they’re waterproof!), your commute, or for streaming Netflix while your partner is passed out next to you in bed or the baby is sleeping, I wholeheartedly recommend them, for both men and women."
"Whatever size your ears, the silicone wings keep them in, or you can try out the various sizes of Comply Soft Foam covers that are included, which can help you get a good fit too."
“The BE6i is my wireless wakeup call. It sounds good, works nearly flawlessly, comes with a great accessory set. It proves that wireless earphones can be painless and good sounding.”
“If you fell for the iPhone 7 and are looking to break up your Apple-only suite of accessories, the grey BE6i should look great next to the space grey model. The other one should look brilliant with just about anything.”
The first pair of in-ear headphones on this list, these were presumably designed with running in mind, given that they're very very light (just 19g), and IPX5 resistant to water. However, they are also good enough to use as everyday headphones, thanks to sterling audio, with Apt-X and AAC compatibility.
"There's enough bass and clarity to keep most listeners more than happy, especially given the compact size, light weight and reasonable (for Bluetooth earphones) price."
T3 rating 4/5
“The NuForce BE6i are a very good quality and enjoyable sounding pair of earphones. They offer an appealing, stylish design, excellent build quality and a sonic signature that is quite admirable for the $129.00 MSRP. The fact that they are wireless, have an above average signal range and battery life, and are comfortable and easy to use is a remarkable level of icing to be having on this cake. These earbuds actually realigned my expectations for a product of this class. If you are in the market for new earbuds and the thought of going wireless is an interesting proposition, I suggest that you do yourself a favor and try out the NuForce BE6i. You may come away as surprised as I was.”
I strongly believe this is a cleverly thought-out and designed product, that I even bought one. For £100 this is an extremely good value product and sounds very natural, with nothing sounding out of place. Considering the technology limitations and having heard a number of Bluetooth® IEMs in recent years, this is a good buy from a company with a heritage of excellent earphones that go a lot more expensive.
These were exceptionally comfortable for long periods, the lightweight unit of remote/battery/microphone, not pulling at all when moving at high speed.
At £100 these are good quality IEMs in terms of sound quality, and adding to this their Bluetooth® capability make them highly recommended in terms of value for money
T3 Middle East gave the BE6i in-ear headphones 4 stars and said:
“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.”
“Overall, Optoma’s NuForce BE6i improves upon its predecessor in every way, and stands as one of our favourite wireless headphones.”
“Optoma NuForce BE6i Bluetooth in-ears with long battery runtime and good sound quality.”
“The battery ran for almost nine hours during our test, which is one hour longer than the specifications. A plus point for the BE6i is that the battery status/ level is shown on the display of the smartphone via Bluetooth protocol. Not all Bluetooth devices support this function!”
“The sound quality is crystal clear and the bass has an exceptionally good effect. Whether classical or heavy metal music the in-ears hold very tight and the ambient noise level is almost completely silent once you have selected the right earbuds. Also, speaking on the phone works without any problems over longer distances."
“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.”
“…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.”
“…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.”
“The Optoma Nuforce BE6i remain one of our favorite in-ear wireless headphones for the price. It offers good sound, build quality and battery life in its segment, and is an improvement over the already excellent BE6.”
“If you're looking for a pair of wireless in-ear headphones that can survive a strenuous work out, the NuForce BE6i should be on the top of your list of headphones to try.”
“The balanced sound signature means the BE6i sounds good with all types of music, retaining good clarity up top and controlled bass.”
BE6i named “Best For: Outdoor Recreation” in a round-up by Askmen.com on the “Best Workout Headphones".
“A notable upgrade from its well-received predecessor…”
“Improved audio is spearheaded by the brand’s Comply soft foam ear tips that bring superior isolation to block ambient noise…”
“Optoma’s housed the earphones in an attractive aluminum housing with water-resistant properties to maintain its gorgeous appearance even after several accounts of rain or sweat abuse.”
“The new NuForce BE6i Wireless Headphones take what was well-liked about the BE6s and don’t mess much with a good thing. Instead, they’ve added to the battery life, now featuring eight hours compared with the previous sixish and also boast a new IPX5 water-resistance rating meaning they’re sweat-proof rather than just splash-proof.”
“The BE6is also utilize Bluetooth version 4.1, which means full support for both aptX and AAC and thus high-resolution audio.”
“Available in either a two-tone gray design or a classy white and gold color scheme, either way you’re looking at some of the sleeker wireless earbuds that are IPX rated.”
"Optoma’s custom drivers and their superior build quality add a lot of value, and make me feel like these are rare Bluetooth in-ears that would last me for a solid two to three years, or more. I think $130 is an excellent price, and I’d put the BE6i up near the top of the list of Bluetooth in-ears with confidence because of it."
"The BE6i are a really well-built pair of in-ears. Despite the relatively low price, Optoma went all-out and used aluminum for the casings. They’re tough, durable, and splash-resistant, making them great for exercise."
“I was perfectly happy with the sound quality and I tested it with a range of music styles from my carefully gathered set of files."
"There was good stereo separation and even hard to discern female voices had clarity.”
“I left my phone on my desk and moved a couple of rooms – solid walls – away before the signal started to breakup. Most people’s phones never get further away from them than their desk. I liked the buds and the ease of linking to my Smartphone was a big plus. Of course on subsequent occasions just start your music and the buds start receiving with no additional pairing required.”
"The freshly launched NuForce BE6i wireless earbuds are another solid pick with metal build, top-notch sound quality, and great battery life. The earbuds can magnetically attach to each other, thus allowing users to not worry about losing them when they are not jamming."
“They’re the first wireless in-ear headphones I’ve used with sound that’s comparable to wired headphones.”
“The fully aluminum headphones are both sturdy and water-resistant, so they’re capable of handling repeated trips to the gym.”
“These are the best workout headphones I’ve ever used. They sound as good as any gym-worthy models that plugged into a phone, but the wireless Bluetooth capabilities make a huge difference when you’re on the treadmill or the weight machines. If you work out or run more than a couple of times a week, the BE6i would be a great investment.”
“The NuForce BE6i uses aptX, currently the best way to transmit via Bluetooth, and that’s already going to improve the sound. If you need to connect wirelessly, make sure your playback device supports aptX, and consider the BE6i for good bass and a solid build.”
“The BE6i doesn’t just look impressive, it features an IPX5 water and dust resistance rating, making it perfect company for your sweaty, high-impact workouts.”
"I’ll spare you my waxing poetic about how great Bluetooth 4+ paired with aptX compression is...But the fact that the BE6i has it is truly state of the art."
"The battery life on the BE6i is also impressive, rated at a full 8 hours."
“after spending significant time with the BE6i, I can fully recommend it to any who is interested in a quality affordable IEM. The aluminum earpieces make rugged armor for the relatively large drivers inside. The unit is clearly built to last, and should provide years of faithful service.”
“I tested them on runs, workouts, and even on my daily commute. The battery life and sound driver quality add up to a listening experience that accomplishes what it set out to do: provide high-quality sound in an active, capable package at a relatively affordable price point."
“Not only did I find my annoyances of running with corded headphones alleviated, I actually found pleasure in using the BE6i’s...The battery lasted as promised, and the audio quality was up there with some of the best wireless buds I’ve tested. In other words, I was satisfied. An active life that can be lived cord free? It’s reality, and it’s music to my ears.”
“Banging Bluetooth earbuds lose the wires without sacrificing sound”
“they’re fantastic-sounding, good-looking in-ear headphones without the cord issue.”
“These Bluetooth earbuds also sound surprisingly good.”
“They faithfully reproduce rock and EDM music equally well, and have enough bass and mid- to high-range that I never felt like I had to mess with the EQ settings on my iPhone or Mac.”
"These headphones are durable as hell! I put them through some pretty aggressive tests while using them ranging from dropping them on concrete multiple times and taking a few steps on them to simulate ‘accidentally’ stepping on them if they fell off while running. I even wore them into the shower to test the water resistance..."
"If you want a pair of Bluetooth in-ear headphones and you want to use them for working out, I absolutely suggest this pair. Especially when paired with the Comply foam eartips, they stayed in my ears well and only required a few adjustments during especially long and impact heavy exercises. These could also be great for hiking and camping because of their water resistance."
“With the right ear tips, the sound is accurate and crisp. Even when there was a knock on a door during a scene, I would turn around to make sure it’s not actually happening in real life.”
“The Bluetooth range was also pretty impressive.”
“Overall, these BE6i in-ear headphones sound like the real deal. It could be because this is a second generation version of a good pair of wireless earphones.”
“Optoma NuForce BE6i wireless in-ear headphones review: You won't believe they're Bluetooth “
“I was very pleased with the BE6i’s performance as a Bluetooth headset”
“I was even more satisfied with their musical performance, considering the price. Those single 10mm drivers did a remarkable job of presenting the full spectrum of sound.”
“If you’re in the market for wireless in-ear headphones that can pull double duty for listening to music and handling phone calls, the NuForce BE6i are a very good choice, delivering plenty of value and performance for the money.”
“…they deliver very good performance for $129. Part of that can be attributed to their support for the AptX codec.”
“The BE6i are probably more water resistant than they need to be, with an ingress protection rating of IPX5. That means they’re protected from water jets, so they’d probably survive if you forgot to take them out before you hit the shower after a workout.”
“I was very pleased with the BE6i’s performance as a Bluetooth headset. People on the other end of the line said my voice came across clearly… Music paused quickly when incoming calls came in, and the buttons for answering and terminating calls worked quickly and reliably.”
"This catchy tune is an insider tip."
"The Bluetooth-enabled NuForce BE6i in-ear headphones inspires with a superb and balanced sound quality. The NuForce model is not just a nice-sounding catchy tune, but it also looks chic."
"It impresses in connection with an iPhone6 or iMAC with a fantastic sound quality. Thereby benefiting that the Nuforce BE6i supports AAC-Codec which is the favorite audio codec of iTunes."
"…in total, it affords no significant weaknesses and taking the moderate selling price of around 130 €, for me it is definitely an insider tip under the Bluetooth headphones…"