US Audio Giant developed a pair of sunglasses called Bose Frames, which have a unique speaker tech in them so you can listen to your favorite tunes without having to bother with earphones. Let’s get into its details.
Specifications of Bose Frames
|Battery||3.7 V 110 mAh|
|Speaker||Miniaturized, 16 Ohm|
|Charging time||Upto 2 hour|
|Charging Cable||Exclusive Cable|
|Bluetooth range||9 m (30 ft)|
|Distance between lenses||18 mm|
|Dimensions of Frames Alto||Larger fit: 52 mm lens width|
- Bose Frames Alto
- Carry case
- Charging cable
- Cloth bag
About Bose Frames
The glasses sound amazingly good for what they are. Two small speakers sit in the frame just in front of your ears with the music is directed straight to your ear through small speaker grilles, while canceling sound is projected out into the world.
Design and Fit
The Frames come in two styles: Rondo – round-ish frames that are a bit more retro in style, and Alto – square-ish frames that are similar to Ray-Ban’s Wayfarer sunglasses.
In terms of the overall design, they look pretty much the same as any other pair of sunnies, except for one thing: they have some charging pins on the right arm which power up the built-in speakers. As a result of these special audio capabilities, you’ll notice the Frames are a tad bulkier than your typical sunglasses, especially at the arms where the speakers sit. However, this is a necessary compromise considering all the stuff going on inside; it’s where the batteries, motion sensors, microphone, speakers and Bluetooth circuitry are stored.
The good thing is, even with all this tech, the Frames don’t look out of place on your face, nor do they feel too heavy at 45g. This is the truly impressive thing about them; you’d expect them to not look or feel like conventional shades, but they do. They look the part and they feel super comfortable, and so the bonus audio feature really does give them the wow feature.
There is a mic so you can take calls and speak to your mates without pulling your phone out of your pocket. This can be activated through a tap of a small gold button located underneath the Frames’ right arm.
This button can also be used to pause and play audio. There is also an AR feature which lets you hear Google Maps insights through a simple double tap on the arms, but more about that in the Features section.
Controls and Connectivity
The USA Audio Gant production Bose Frames support standard Bluetooth audio (SBC) as well as the higher quality AAC audio and had rock-solid connectivity with both Android phones and the iPhone. No noticeable lipsync issues were present either, which made the Frames great for watching video.
The microphone was surprisingly good, picking up my voice clearly for the other end of the call (or Google Assistant/Siri). Be warned though: with no earbuds visible people think you’re talking to yourself.
Turning on the Frames is as easy as pressing the single discreet button under the right arm. The button also serves to pause/play or accepting a call. Double press to skip forward, triple for back. Anyone who has used wireless earbuds before will be familiar with this.
To switch them off just turn them upside down for a second or so. It all works great.
The Bose Frames produce a satisfying, brightly articulated, 3D-ish sound field, an airy presentation and works well with the light and medium density pop, jazz, and classical music. The glasses sound amazingly good for what they are. Two small speakers sit in the frame just in front of your ears. In it, the music is directed straight to your ear through small speaker grilles, while canceling sound is projected out into the world. The result is a sound leakage of about 1%, according to Bose.
Talking about the sound quality, the Frames sound like a very open set of quality earbuds. They lack deep bass, but give them something complex and they shine with energy and warmth, with excellent separation and clarity.
You get just over three hours of continuous listening out of the Frames before the battery runs dry, which is normally enough. Charging is fairly slow and needs a proprietary magnetic USB cable that snaps on to the inside of the right arm.
The Frames come with a traditional sunglasses case, which is a missed opportunity. Most true wireless earbuds last about three hours, but are charged multiple times by their case. The Frames could really do with a battery in the case.
- There’s a surprisingly good entertainer hiding out in these shades
- Users stay engaged and safe, with their ears and eyes open
- Significant potential for interactive augmented-reality applications
- Only 3.5 hours of battery life, and recharging requires a proprietary cable.
- On an iPhone, the only music apps you can control with voice commands are Apple’s own
- These shades won’t hide in the pocket of your skinny jeans
The price for Bose Frames in Nepal is Rs 31,500 and in India, it is estimated to be at Rs. 21,000.
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