NuForce BE Sport3 review: Solid in-ear sport headphones

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Battery life of 10 hours is a marquee feature of the NuForce BE Sport3 and we saw just over 10 hours.

Headphones are certainly plentiful these days and they come in a wide variety of prices, styles, and qualities. We try and review a mixture of price points here and today we have a pretty affordable pair of in-ear sport headphones to take a look at. The NuForce BE Sport3 in-ear headphones have plenty of features for a not so heavy price, read on for the full NuForce BE Sport3 review.

Specifications

The NuForce BE Sport3 have the following specifications and features:

  • Maximum sampling rate – 44.1/16
  • Bit resolution – 16
  • Frequency response – 20Hz-20kHz
  • Sensitivity – 94dB +/-3dB/mW
  • Connector type – Wireless
  • Cable length – 22in
  • Driver unit – 6mm
  • Impedance – 16 Ohm
  • Volume control – In-line remote
  • Connections input – Bluetooth V 4.1
  • Driver type – Dynamic
  • Number of driver(s) – 2
  • Inline remote – Sync, Play, Pause, Mute, Prev. Track, Next Track, answer, hange up, activat/de activate voice prompts
  • Battery life – up to 10 hours
  • Wireless type – Bluetooth V 4.1
  • Supported codecs – HSP 1.2, HFP 1.6, A2DP 1.2, AVRCP 1.4 , aptX, AAC SBC, aptX,
  • Wireless frequency – 2.4Ghz
  • Operating range – 10m (30ft.)

Design

Made from durable metals and plastics including magnets on the ends to better store them in the included carrying pouch, the NuForce BE Sport3 headphones have a very nice build quality. These certainly don’t feel like an affordable pair of in-ear headphones. They have a nice heft to them that make them feel substantial and like you’re getting your money’s worth. The NuForce headphones also include a wide array of ear tips and wings allowing you to find just the right fit for your ears. They’ve also included their own take on ear tips called “Spin-Fit” which are supposed to fit into your ears much easier and snugger.

The inline remote and mic are located along the flat cable and have the following features: Volume up/track forward, power/play/pause/call button, volume down/track reverse, led indicator, MicroUSB charging port, and inline microphone. The buttons are raised giving you a better feel for where things are which is a plus. The NuForce headphones are also sweat and water resistant making them ideal and marketed to runners and those who workout. Overall the design is nice, simple, straight forward, and nothing over the top.

Ease of Use

Pairing is as simple as powering the NuForce BE Sport3’s up then holding the power button for a few seconds until you’re in pairing mode. Once in pairing mode just head over to your device’s Bluetooth settings and find the NuForce headphones in the list and you’re connected. The included ear wings are a great feature but these particular ear wings are a bit of a hassle to get on. That being said, once you have them on, they are among some of the best ear wings I’ve tried in terms staying put.

Sound

Sound here is very balanced, there is no favoring to the low end and the highs and mids all sound pretty equal. Once you have the headphones snug in your ear the sound does come alive. It takes some fiddling and twisting to get a nice secure fit so don’t write the sound off until you’ve seated these into your ears properly. The sound is really good. It’s not the best I’ve ever heard but they’re certainly worth the $79.99USD asking price.

Reception/Call Quality

Call quality is great as is reception, I had no issues hearing callers nor callers me. I don’t often use headphones for calls anyway, but these should serve you well should you use the feature.

Battery Life

The advertised battery life for these is 10 hours and your mileage will vary dependent on volume. We did see just over 10 hours of battery life with volume sitting at just about 60%. Battery life is excellent.

Price/Value

Really well priced at $79.99USD, these really have great value considering what you’re getting.

Wrap Up

A really decent set of affordable wireless in-ear sport headphones you should really consider.

NuForce BE Sport3
4.5 Out of 5
Nailed it
Sweat and water-resistant, 10 hour battery life, price, decent fit.
Needs Work
Wings can be hard to get on, ear tips fit OK but could be better (though I do have funky ears).
Bottom Line
Seriously a great set of in-ear headphones for runners and fitness freaks at a seriously great price.
Design4.50
Ease of Use4.75
Sound4.25
Reception/Call Quality4.25
Battery Life4.50
Price/Value4.50
*We were sent a sample of the NuForce BE Sport3 headphones for the purposes of this review.
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