In a week or two I’ll go into the goods and bads of this earphone. For now, let’s give a macro look at the Nuforce BE6i.
Watching it come:
It’s right/left logos remind me of the reverse/forward positions on a pneumatic drill - an aesthetic the BE6i wears on its sleeve.
Its grill is mostly blemish free, and precisely bent into the sound tube.
Below it is a small breathing port. Note the sound tube's clean, precise edges.
And cheap-looking plastic.
Above, its barrel meets its ass in a minimally canted seam.
The BE6i’s bold lines break through an otherwise uninspired design. It’s a fun and easy to use earphone. It’s not a looker. But it is put together well, and stamped by generally precise machining.
Watching it leave:
Nuforce’s logo is symmetry distilled. Simple, bold, and classically penned, it looks good today and will look good tomorrow. The BE6i’s milling quality doesn’t approach the care Campfire Audio took in creating Orion, but it’s the singular credit to the BE6i design.
Its plastic necks are large, ugly, and overly complicated. They are criss-crossed with seams and edges ungainly even to the naked eye.
That said, the BE6i's chassis is well machined, smooth, and made of two solid pieces of aluminium. Above is forward glance at its sound tube, which is part of its barrel assembly.
Fissures between the two pieces are somewhat imprecise, opening more to port than to bow, and vice versa.
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