Optoma NuForce BE2 review: Well-balanced quality sound at a great price

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NuForce BE2

The Optoma NuForce BE2 headphones soundstage is well balanced giving you true natural sound.

Here we go again, yet another solid pair of headphones have shown up on my desk. The Optoma NuForce BE2 headphones are Optoma’s latest offering and they’re so nicely priced for what you get! We’ve reviewed Optoma’s NuForce line in the past and walked away impressed. Things aren’t much different this time around except that the third time’s the charm for NuForce as the Optoma NuForce BE2 headphones earn a 2017 Techaeris Top Pick Award! Read on for the full review of these really perfectly priced headphones.

Specifications

The Optoma NuForce BE2 headphones have the following features and specifications:

  • Impedance: 16 ohm
  • Bluetooth type: V4.1
  • Bluetooth profile/Codec: HSP 1.2, HFP 1.6, A2DP 1.2, AVRCP 1.4, AAC, SBC
  • Cable length: 22.8 inches
  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Standby time: 150 hours
  • Charging time: 2 hours
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz
  • Bluetooth Range: 33feet
  • Weight: 0.49oz
  • Sweat proof
  • IPX5 rated

What’s In The Box

  • Optoma NuForce BE2 headphones
  • 3 pairs of extra ear tips
  • SpinFit TwinBlade ear tips
  • Cable tie
  • Charging cable
  • Instructions and Documentation
NuForce BE2

The NuForce BE2 come fitted with the SpinFit ear tips which I did not like very much.

Design

The NuForce BE2 headphones design isn’t ground breaking by any means, it’s simple. There is nothing flashy here, just nice solid feeling housings that look clean and can be held together by magnets. The cable is a nice flat design and that’s a welcome addition. The inline remote is nice and substantial, not small and hard to operate, playback controls and, as one would expect, the MicroUSB port are located here. The cable is a decent length, though I think most all wireless headphones could use a slightly longer cable.

The headphones come with 3 pairs of traditional round ear tips and 1 pair of Optoma’s SpinFit tips. These special ear tips are supposed to give you a really great fit but I found I preferred the traditional tips instead. This is most likely personal preference and you’ll just have to test them all out to find your preferred fit. The headphones fit nicely in my ears and I never felt they would fall out. Overall the design is nice, understated, not flashy, just functional.

NuForce BE2

Simple design, nothing flashy. Nice magnetic ends so they won’t slip off your neck.

Ease of Use

The pairing process is a super easy that works great on both Android and iOS. Just hold the power button for 4 seconds and pairing mode is activated. Find the NuForce BE2 headphones in your Bluetooth list and connect. Your device should remember the headphones anytime you power them back up and it should auto-connect. The inline remote is basically universal controlling track forward/back, volume up/down, play/pause, and Bluetooth/power. These are very easy to use.

Sound

The NuForce BE2 headphones have a very balanced soundstage, which is what I prefer. The low end is certainly there though, it’s not overdone but you can hear it jump out every so often. Clean is another descriptor I would use for the sound. Nothing is muddy here and even at high volumes, I found no distortion and the drivers held up well.  Overall the sound is just clean, pure, and surprising coming from $49USD headphones.

Reception/Call Quality

Typical Bluetooth reception here, 35-40 feet and you’ll start losing connectivity. Call quality is good as well, especially when you get the proper fit from whatever tips work best for you.

NuForce BE2

Balanced sound and a $49USD price point make these a great choice.

Battery Life

Battery life is advertised at 10 hours and that will, of course, vary on volume. I found I got an average of 9 and a half hours with the volume set to around 60% most of the time.

Price/Value

The Optoma NuForce BE2 headphones are priced at $49USD and that’s really a great price for what you get here. Yes, there are more expensive headphones that sound a bit better but these are really top notch for what you pay.

Wrap Up

If you’re looking for a pair of Bluetooth headphones that are sweat proof, are built well, are priced right, and sound really good for the price. Then the NuForce Be2’s are worth your time.

*We were sent a sample of the Optoma NuForce BE2 headphones for the purposes of this review.

Optoma NuForce BE2

$49.00USD
Optoma NuForce BE2
10

Design

10/10

    Ease of Use

    10/10

      Sound

      10/10

        Reception/Call Quality

        10/10

          Battery Life

          10/10

            Price/Value

            10/10

              Nailed it

              • Sound is well balanced.
              • Nice simple design
              • Long battery life
              • Price is affordable and well worth it
              • Sweat proof/water resistant

              Needs work

              • Didn't care for the SpinFit TwinBlade ear tips
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