NuForce BT-860 Stereo Bluetooth Headset Review

Posted: Oct 24 2011, 1:53pm CDT | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews


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Clean clear sound with no wires


The NuForce BT-860 supports A2DP and AVCRP profiles. The audio format is 16-bit 44.1kHz CD quality sound. The frequency response is 20Hz to 22Khz. The headset measures 155mm L x 157mm H x 38mm D and weigh 103g. The headphones have controls on them for volume and track and are available now for $79.

In Use

The NuForce BT-860 is a nice looking set of headphones that have no wires. They are comfortable to wear but may put more pressure than some like on their ears. The headphones paired easily to my iPhone 4 and the controls on them for track and phone calls work just as expected.

The headphones have an integrated mic so you can use them for making and receiving phone calls. The Bluetooth support also allows the headphones to be paired with a computer for voice IM and VoIP services as well. The headphones have a wireless range of about 33 feet. In my testing that range was almost right on. The further you get from the audio source, the more static is introduced until finally the music skips and stops.

If you are looking for headphones to wear when working out, these might work. It depends on how hard you work out. The NuForce BT-860 don’t fit tight enough for those that move a lot when exercising. The wireless range is enough that you can leave your smartphone of MP3 player in a bag beside you and still hear with perfect clearly.

The sound quality isn't bad at all with the NuForce BT-860. The bass isn’t as deep as I like, but wireless headsets rarely have deep thumping bass. The overall sound is balanced and very nice. The battery inside the headset is good for nine hours of use for hands free calls and eight for music. I was able to use the headset for several days of random use on a single charge.



  • Wireless
  • Integrated mic


  • Lacks bass
  • May not fit snugly enough for robust activity


The NuForce BT-860 headphones are a nice choice for a wire free Bluetooth headset for multiple uses.


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