Bose finds that people actually prefer sunglasses with integrated speakers: Today, the company is introducing three newly added frames that run on the first two sets released in 2018. Two are fashion-forward – they are called tenors and soprano – and the third set, Tempo, is more sporty and is specifically designed for outdoor use such as biking, hiking and running. (What we saw in a recent Federal Communications Commission filing. All three are priced at $ 249 and are available from today. Bose says they are all prescriptions ready.
According to Bose, all three have improved sound quality, and Tenor and Soprano have “the tiniest, thinnest, most invisible Bose speaker”. But let’s get this out of the way. You can still tell they’re not enough Everyday sunglasses; Temples / weapons are still seen with new refinements. Here’s what Tanner Frames looks like from behind:
But with bowed heads they certainly look more stylish than their predecessors. All three joints have polarized lenses that prevent 99 percent of UV rays. “Their wafer-thin Bose system is mounted in each hand without additional parts, visible screws, seams, or holes,” Bose said in his press release.
According to the company, the sound quality is “clearer and richer” than previous frames. But the selling point remains the same: Frames give you a private audio bubble for your music, phone calls and Siri / Google Assistant interactions if you can’t stand how earbuds feel or are just after a different experience. Can, while you keep completely. Be aware of everything happening around you. That latter part can also be seen as a downside, by design, your melodies will be mixed with the ambient sound at all times.
Built-out Tempo Sunglasses for Tempo Sunglasses produce the “highest fidelity” of the entire frames lineup, with a 22 millimeter driver in each hand – so good that you can still keep your music up to speed by cycling at 25 mph. Can hear, according to Bose’s claims. They have a TR90 construction, custom spring hinges, and TPE temple tips for comfort and stability. You can also switch between three different sizes of nose pads to prevent the frames tempo from moving.
Since frames are for tempo activities, Bose offers a number of different lenses that you may like depending on how you will use them. Here’s how it moves:
The lenses are polycarbonate with a visible light transmission of 12 percent. And optional lenses are also available: the street orange has a 20 percent VLT medium-light lens to reduce glare from reflective surfaces such as water and ice; The Trail Blue features a 28 percent VLT low-light lens that enhances contrast and definition in bright-sun conditions; Twilight Yellow has a 77 percent VLT very low light lens for use at dusk.
Bose says the Frames Tempo can fit under the “most” helmet. Unlike Tenor and Soprano, which continue to use proprietary Pogo-pin charging connectors, the Tempo gets a standard USB-C port to charge its batteries, which can playback continuously for up to eight hours.
The square tenor (above) and soprano (below) both get smaller 16mm drivers, but Bose claims that the bass response has improved significantly compared to the original frame. Bass seems a daunting thing to get right with this whole concept, so I’ll still keep your expectations far below bass-heavy earbuds. But I am interested to hear what Bose has pulled.
Both tenor and soprano are scratch and break-resistant and will last approximately 5.5 hours on one charge. In addition to the default black lens, you can also opt for colors: the Tenor mirror comes in blue and silver, and the soprano is offered in rose gold and purple. While the Tempo has an IPX4 rating for its resistance to water and sweat, the other two fall on the IPX2.
All three new frames have improved the mic system for voice calls. Bose says it has replaced the previous single mic with dual-beam forming arrays “that shield what you’re saying from wind, noise, and other nearby interactions.” Tempo, Tenor, and Soprano all use what Bose describes as “volume-optimized EQ”, bringing out the entire frequency range at a lower frequency while preventing distortion when you crank things up. (You slide your finger to the right temple to adjust the volume, and the frames also support tap gestures and have a multifunction button.)
I am definitely intrigued by the 2020 Frames lineup. I never bought or spent a lot of time with early versions of Bose, but they fare very well in customer reviews; The people who get things really enjoy them. By expanding the portfolio with a more stylish and sporty selection, Bose is doubling up in an area where it faces relatively little direct competition.