Fully wireless headphones are taking the world by storm, and in my opinion – it is for a good reason. They’re more compact, very portable, and pretty convenient. They’re also getting better at staying comfortable while being in your ear for hours. One of the newest brands to enter the true wireless game is Optoma, which has its NuForce lineup of headphones — including the true wireless Optoma NuForce Be Free8 headphones, that we’re about to discuss now.
Similar to other true wireless headphones out there, the buds are not really cheap. Are they actually worth spending $150 on? Probably, but it is up to your own preference to say whether they are good for the money, or not at all. Let me know in the comment section!
Comfort and design
From the time when earbuds were made of plastic and were causing ear damage if you used them for more than 1 hour, I have to say that until now things have changed a lot. Those times were like 6 years ago, which is not that much, so I admire how much technology has changed over the course of only a decade, since the very first Apple phone has been released.True wireless headphones take on a number of different designs. There is the classic bud-style design, similar to the Apple AirPods, and there are slightly more ergonomic takes, which are clearly designed to fit better in your ears. Optoma seems to have taken the second route here, and you’ll see that the overall design of the headphones is aimed at sitting in your outer ear. Theoretically, that should keep them a little more safely in your ears, which is better if you decide to use them for sports and activities that require extensive movement.
The buds themselves are in a shiny black colour, and each features a lone button, which you’ll simply use to turn the headphones on and off. They’re mainly of plastic, but that doesn’t mean that they are not durable. The case is also nice and smooth and is little bigger than the ones that come with other wireless earbuds – it is really light as well! Optoma followed the trend and added battery charging in the case as well – it’ll give your headphones up to 12 extra hours, or 3 full charges. On the bottom of the case, you’ll find a battery capacity indicator, which is really convenient.
In terms of additional comfort, they come with a pretty huge range of ear tips, and as usual, I recommend you going through the ear tips to find the most comfortable fit for your ears.
To connect to your listening device, the headphones connect with Bluetooth, so theoretically you’ll get 10 meters, or 33 feet, of connection range. They tend to work well even between plenty of obstacles in that 10-meter range, so you won’t experience any sound distortion.
When it comes to sound quality, the headphones fall somewhere in between – I am not sure that they are perfect for the money amount that you have to spend. The frequency response is fine, to be sure, but there are some issues that make the overall experience a little bumpy.The Midrange is also pretty well-tuned, according to users, while the low mids are generally pretty warm. There seems to be a slight dip in the high-mids, contributing to a slightly soft sound profile.