Bose has launched three new models for its Frames line of hybrid sunglasses—slash—headphones devices over a year after it debuted the two original options. The new models are called Tempo, Tenor and Soprano, and the company says they feature better bass response than Alto and Rondo, which had basically no bass when we tested them out. Take note that like their predecessors, they’re sunglasses attached with baby speakers. Their audio components were deliberately designed not to obscure your ears, so you can still hear your surroundings even if you’re listening to music, podcasts or audiobooks.
The new models’ updated microphone system can keep out wind and other ambient noises to make talking on the phone using the devices easier. Also, the new Frames have integrated touch control for volume — simply slide your finger forward or backward on the right temple — so you won’t have to whip out your phone anytime you want to turn it up or down.
The Tempo (pictured above) is a pair of sports sunglasses made of TR90, a thermoplastic material that can withstand extreme temperatures and various conditions. It also has grippy nose pads to prevent the eyewear from slipping down your face while you’re on the move. This model has 22mm speakers embedded in the temples, and they’re supposed to be powerful enough that you can still hear what you’re listening to even while cycling at 25mph.
In addition, the Tempo is USB—C compatible, has eight hours of battery life and has several lenses with different benefits to choose from: the basic polycarbonate one, Road Orange (can reduce glare from reflective surfaces), Trail Blue (can increase contrast under bright sun conditions) and Twilight Yellow (very low light lens for use at dusk).
Meanwhile, both Tenor and Soprano were made for everyday use, with the former having a square style design and the latter having a subtle cat eye shape. They both have 16mm speakers, are scratch- and shatter-resistant and have 5.5 hours of battery life. You also have several lenses to choose from: Mirrored Blue and Silver for Tenor, Rose Gold and Purple-fade for Soprano.
All three models are prescription—ready and are now available for $249.95 from Bose and select resellers.
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