Bose are not only adding three new styles to their wearable Frames range, but the company has made some improvements which should make meaningful differences to the audio sunglasses.
The eyewear-headphone hybrid device was first released on the market in 2018, kicking off a new category for the reputable audio brand with Alto and Roundo styles. In our review we were surprised at just how clean-sounding they were despite the company’s decision not to go with bone conduction.
For the new prescription-ready range, Bose has designed three Frames styles across Tempo, Tenor and Soprano, all with polarized lenses which block up to 99% of UV rays. Wafer-thin Bose systems take care of the audio part of it all, adding less than 50g of weight to the sunnies to keep them light and ideal for the outdoors.
The highest fidelity has been packed into the sports-friendly Tempo style, which features a 22mm full-range driver embedded in each temple for deeper and louder sound while maintaining situational awareness. Bose promise that this is loud enough for cycling at 25MPH while still enjoying great sound and being able to hear traffic, warnings and teammates.
In a further nod to cyclists, the Tempo has been designed to fit under most protective helmets and is resistant to scratches, weather, sweat and shattering. A promised 8 hours of battery life should easily take cyclists through a day’s use.
Geared more towards lifestyle users, Tenor and Soprano are new takes on the original Frames, and sport 16mm speakers with an alleged better bass response for depth and detail. The battery life on these two styles drops down to a promised 5.5 hours.
All three styles now replace the one-microphone system with a dual beam forming array that should be much more precise when it comes to separating the user’s voice from external noise like wind and nearby conversations. New digital signal processing will help maintain this performance which should make voice communication much easier.
Bose Frames Tempo, Tenor and Soprano are prescription-ready and available from select Australian resellers from October 5th. They will retail for A$399.95.