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  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Design, Ease of use
    Cons mentioned:
    Wiring

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply Amazing

    Posted .

    I’m always looking for different ways of hearing assistance since I have hearing difficulties and don’t like wearing my hearing aids all the time and when I saw the new Bose Frames “Tenor” I had to try them out. Unboxing and setting up: Thee come in a simple Bose labeled box, and inside is a very sturdy case with the Tenors inside. Along with them is a proprietary USB charging cable, cleaning cloth and literature. After taking them out of the case I hooked up the charging cable to my universal multiport charger and let them charge. The charging cable has a simple magnetically attached end, so there’s no worry about wear and tear on a USB port. There’s also a small LED next to the charging pins showing charging status. Once the light quit blinking and the Frames were charged up I installed the Bose Music app from the Google app store and went through the on screen setup instructions. There’s a single button on the bottom of the right bow that is multifunctional and is used for turning on/off, pairing, answering / disconnecting calls. They connected to my S20 Ultras bluetooth without a hitch, and were ready to test out. Use: All I can say is WOW, I‘ve never seen or had anything like these. Playing music was nice and clear, much better than I expected. I could easily hear the lyrics even with my hearing difficulties and not wearing my hearing aids. There’s plenty of volume and didn’t need to turn them all the way up either. I also figured that if I can hear this clearly anyone around me could hear it too, wrong; my wife didn’t even know there was sound until she put them on and she was completely blown away how clear they sounded. The sound is actually coming out of the bows, when you look close there are two small grilled slots on the bottom of each bow at the bottom of the bulge, all the sound comes out of there and is directed directly into your ears, no one could hear what I was listening to so it’s very directional and only the user will be the one listening. Now as for weight, these weigh 48.4g “on my scale”, they are a good bit heavier than my normal sunglasses that have glass lenses and they come in at 31g and my wife’s big designer type come in at 35g. While wearing them I really didn’t notice the weight difference though and got use to the extra bulk very quickly. The extra weight is in the bows and not on the front fortunately and is easy to handle without putting extra weight on your nose. Thoughts: I really like these new Bose Frames “Tenors” they remind me or Ray Bans and are very comfortable to wear. I did end up putting some stick on silicone nose pads on them as the nose piece “for me” is very slippery, but no issues after putting on the nose pads. The included USB charging cable is only 22” long, way too short to me, I’ve since attached a 3’ USB extension cable , it would have been better if it were 3-4’ already, but easily remedied with an extension cable. I also tried charging them with a portable battery pack and that worked flawlessly and the short cable was handy using that method. For functionality as sunglasses they work quite well, the dark grey lenses block out plenty of light, while they aren’t as dark as my regular sunglasses they are plenty dark for daily use in full sun. These also have polarized lenses and really help cut down on glare. I know the lenses are replaceable and I hope they make some computer viewing lenses for these, as I’d happily use them indoors while sitting at my computer. It would be interesting to try some computer gaming with these, although while the mid and low ranges sound great there’s really not much for base, “understandable due to the design”. You can actually feel the bows vibrate from base, but it doesn’t come across that good into the sides of your head. And a set of computer viewing lenses would be great. I’ve also used them a few times to take calls; it’s almost strange being able to hear/talk to someone without something being stuck in or over my ears. Calls are all clear and everyone on the other end could hear me perfectly. A quick press on the multifunction button answers and disconnects calls with ease. The Bluetooth range is really good, I easily walked 20-25’ away from my phone without any distortion or disconnects, I did try it a lot further, around 50’ going outside and leaving my phone indoors and they started breaking up during a call but never disconnected so I’m plenty happy with the range. Battery life has been good so far, I’ve had them running for 2 hours playing music without a problem. I haven’t tested how long a full charge will last but a couple hours is more than I usually listen to music anyway and these are very simple to charge up in between use. Overall if you are looking for a great way to protect your eyes and listen to music and take calls with an all in one solution these are great. While they are pretty large and a little heavier than regular sunglasses you are only dealing with one thing. And the sound quality coming out of these well make them worth having, “they are just amazing”.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Design, Ease of use
    Cons mentioned:
    Volume

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Loud Style!

    Posted .

    The Bose Frames Tenor (Square Style) Audio Sunglasses are currently the most stylish piece of audio tech I own. I was initially a skeptic about the concept until I used them. Contents of my box are as listed below: • Bose Frames Tenor Style • Charging cable • Hard case (with magnetic clasp) • Wipe cloth • Quick setup guide • Safety instruction booklet The frames are very trendy with a glossy black finish. The polarized lenses offer UV protection and can be changed out with the purchase of additional colors. Aside from the Bose branding close to the hinges, these will pass off as a regular pair of sunglasses. The right temple has a button for turning on, answering/ending calls and music control (advance or previous track). I really like these frames for all the tech that you receive in the unassuming package. Both temples sport the speakers for a truly stereo experience. The right temple, however, is the star of the show. For volume control, a forward swipe on the temple will increase the sound while a swipe in the opposite direction decreases it. A double tap will invoke an enabled voice assistant (Google Assistant in my case). The touch control is one of the most responsive I have used and the area is fairly large so you do not need to hone in on an exact location for the gestures to be accepted. Finally, the right temple also houses the charging/connector port; the charging cable magnetically snaps into place when it is in close proximity. An LED confirms operation and charging. You have the option to turn off the frames using the power button or simply flipping them upside down for 2 seconds. By default, the fames will automatically shut off after 10 minutes of inactivity. Through this clever energy conservation tactic and the use of Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth 5 is at play here), the frames are able to hold charge for impressive extended periods. Bose claims up to 5.5 hours of streaming is possible and I have no doubt their estimate may not be that far off from reality. An hour is all the time required for a full charge. Setup is very simple: the quick setup guide has a QR code that takes you to the appropriate app store to download the Bose Music app. The app requires enabling your location to help discover your device. There are options to pick as names for your device or like me, create a custom one. The app layout is clean and delivers battery and speaker levels at a glance. The frames also announce the battery level once turned on and pronounce the name of the last connected device; it initially announces it is looking for them and confirms once connected. Names of callers are also announced when calls come through. Not only will these make you look clever, they are very clever themselves! While these will not replace an in-ear experience, the sound output is a marvel! On the highest volume setting, people close to you will hear some sound albeit not being able to decipher actual content; I usually keep it less than 50 percent which keeps the sound discrete. Phone calls can be carried out at your normal voice level and will be heard clearly by the other party. While wearing these, you are not totally tuned out from the environment and can thus pick on ambient sounds which are a big plus for safety in my opinion (i.e. walking, riding bikes, driving etc.) If I could change these, I would add a longer charge cable. It is workable but more length would be ideal. It is also proprietary so you will need to reach out back to Bose for a replacement should you lose it. An additional cable and a set of lenses would have also been nice. Finally, I wish these were more rugged. Sunglasses typically get exposed to sweat and dust and I hope the frames can withstand the elements with use. I cannot help but “baby” them given the price point and all the tech contained within. In the end, the pros for the Bose Frames Tenor Audio Sunglasses, outweigh my improvement wish list and I highly recommend them. Who said tech and style couldn’t coexist?

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Design, Ease of use
    Cons mentioned:
    Noise cancellation, Wiring

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Stylish multi-function accessory for on-the-goers.

    Posted .

    Bose - Frames Soprano Audio Sunglasses with Bluetooth Connectivity Summary: A surprisingly functional pair of sunglasses with built-in audio. Pros: * Music quality is surprisingly good. * Build feels solid. * Frames are bold. Two styles (Tenor and Soprano) available. * A few lens alternatives available separately. * Support prescription lenses (available separately). * Svelte size. These sunglasses aren't as bulky as I thought they might be. They are comfortable to wear. I don't think most people would even notice they aren't *just* sunglasses^. * Easy to use - the touch controls, buttons, and configuration options available via iOS/Android apps are impressive. From auto off/on to controlling volume to answering calls. * You can take calls! These function better for taking calls than my Apple Airpods and Airpod Pros. * Snug fit. You could go to a mosh pit and be fine. Probably. * Easy to charge with provided magnetic ^quick-release USB cable (no charger included). * Battery lasts a long while while listening on low-to-mid volume, taking off of the glasses, putting them back on, etc. Cons: * Charging cable is proprietary. If you fray or break the cable, you will need a new one from Bose. ^On the other hand, the quick release means if you grab your glasses and forget you were charging them, no problemo! They release easily. I've done this at least once. Use: I use them when I want to listen to music and I'm outdoors and need protection from the sun. This means bike riding, walking the dogs, or hiking. They fit snugly and I have no concerns wearing them. These are particularly great because while passing on narrow trails you need to hear incoming/passing people. This applies to those on bikes as well. With AirPods, noise cancellation, and all - I usually miss all of the important cues placing myself and others in danger. I only wear these and play music when I don't expect to bother others as using them at mid to maximum volume will guarantee others will hear what you do (they don't pump music directly into your ears, they project audio at them). Note: If you're itching for something like this, the price point is worth it. After more extensive use, research on available accessories, and also the enjoying the fit of an appropriate style (I mistakenly ordered Soprano before receiving the Tenor), these really are a great multi-function accessory for people on the go.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Ease of use, Listening to music

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great innovation

    Posted .

    This is my first pair of audio sunglasses and I'm really impressed with them. Although, there are similar glasses available from other brands but Bose is Bose and you cannot beat them. I received them about a week ago and immediately opened the box because I couldn't resist. I mainly got these to wear while walking. We live in Arizona and sunglasses are "a must" before stepping out. What more would you want if you can get bluetooth speakers already built in the sunglasses that you don't have to worry about a separate pair of speakers. One less thing to carry along. With that being said, something you need to know right off the bat is that these will not replace your headphones. They aren't designed to do that. What they are designed for, however, they do an absolutely amazing job at: giving you crisp, clear audio while still allowing you to hear your surroundings. If you are walking around during the daylight by yourself, these are a beautifully simple, elegant way to listen to audio on your phone. They sound excellent and work with the phone beautifully. I adore using them for that single, narrow use case, several times a week. BOX CONTENTS: It comes beautifully packed in the box with a carrying case containing the sunglasses, magnetic USB charging cable and a cleaning cloth. Although the carrying case is nicely made, even the packaging it came in is strong enough that it can act as a second carrying case. It's that impressive. SETUP: Setup was pretty simple. They come pre-charged enough to get started and use for a while. As soon as I turned them on and wore them, a voice came through the speakers and I was instructed to download "Bose Music" app. I already own Bose Soundtouch 300 and have an app for it. I was expecting to use the same app but it's a different app. That was a weird assumption, oh well. I downloaded the app and followed the instructions. I proceeded with adding my new sunglasses to the app. I was little confused first as there was no option for the sunglasses. So I just decided to ride along and tapped on headphones option in hope to get the sunglasses recognized. I was right and the app detected the sunglasses. After that, it was just a walk in the park. Other than setting up, I haven't used the app again. SOUND: Bose doesn't need an introduction. Everyone knows how good their sound quality is. These sunglasses are no different. Same build quality and same sound quality. I always keep a particular song (my all time favorite) in my playlist that I use for testing sound quality of any speakers. Needless to say, I tested these sunglasses with the same song. I was very much impressed with it. I just loved it. The only thing that I wish is it had little bit more bass to them. That's my personal preference, it may be good enough for others. I didn't expect to get great bass anyways since there is only so much you can do with speakers that aren't covering or are in your ears, but I am very happy with the sound. The sound is loud enough for the other person to hear if you have them on full blast. My wife was more than 15 feet away from me and was able to clearly hear the song I was playing. The other thing that really impressed me was the bluetooth range. I left my phone in another room to test the connection which was about 25 yards or more away from my room with no loss of connection. Now that's impressive. There's a pause/play button on underside of right temple which is conveniently placed for ease of use. Volume can be controlled by sliding the finger on side of right temple back and forth. How innovative is that? You can also make phone calls on these glasses as well, which is always nice. You can simply turn these off by flipping them upside down. They will shut off after a few seconds. That is also a great feature. BATTERY LIFE: Bose claims to get up to 5.5 hours of battery life out of these on full 1 hour charge and up to 2.5 hours from a short 30 mins charge. While I haven't pushed them to their limits yet but I can see them living up to the expectations. When I received them, they were about 60% charged. I turned them on, set them up & used them for a while (the very first time) and the battery was still hovering around 50%. I put them on charge and they were fully charged in about 30 mins (give or take). SUNGLASSES QUALITY: I have a long face and I always like bigger sunglasses. That's the reason for choosing Tenor over Tempo or Soprano. To me, it made sense to go with Tenor. As mentioned above, these sunglasses are expected to be of a great quality since they are made by Bose. The quality of the lens seems very good and provides a clear, shape image on par. These seem to be decent at blocking the sun. Overall, I'm very much impressed and satisfied with these sunglasses. I agree they are a bit on the expensive side but they are worth it. I would definitely recommend them.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Ease of use, Listening to music
    Cons mentioned:
    Bass, Volume

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Audio from the Name you know

    Posted .

    First off and most important. These sound fantastic and everyone I handed these to was wowed by the technology of how these work and sound. And when was the last time you let someone use your in-ear headphones...nope that's gross. And if you wear a hoodie while wearing, even better sound. Nice touch interface on the right arm gives you volume and assistant access and a small button for track advance or previous song are very easy to use. It's a different approach to personal audio that I really enjoy. Audio is very clean and clear. It lacks bass and you might miss that compared to some in-ear or over ear headphones. Yet, I enjoy how you can have music(audio book/podcast) and still with volume low enough, still hear what's happening around you. Bose quality for audio is definitely here! Note that at higher volumes, people near you will hear your music, so that might be a negative if you want to wear these in a normally quiet location. The problem I had and it won't be the same for everyone. Is how the glasses fit your head and face. Luckily there are few different sizes and styles that will help here. Specifically the Tenor frames I have that have that Ray B. look about them. Are a bit off for my Charlie Brown head. The arms sit decently on my ears and aim the speakers directly towards my ears, but the lens/frame sit a touch off/above my nose. This could easily be changed if Bose included silicone nose pieces for the bridge of the frames. Various heads and faces like mine will need a set of nose pads to help keep glasses from falling down your nose (easily rectified, I found my solution from fellow members of the Bose forum with similar situation {search "Frames Nose Slippage"} ). But at this price, Bose should put a set or 2 in the box. Every in ear headphones includes extra tips for comfort. This would be 5 Star if Bose did the same. Certainly if they keep perfecting the Frames lineup there will be a perfect Bose Frames for each head and face out there. One more niggle I noticed. They are not waterproof. It shows IPX2 on the left arm. Guess to keep the audio clear and crisp they couldn't get an IPX rating any higher. So, sweating/light rain shouldn't kill them, but I wanted to use these while kayaking. Lake paddling maybe, but not creeks and rivers. I wanted to mention this so others with watersports in mind have an idea of how wet you can get while wearing these. Long story short. You won't be disappointed by audio quality and they can get loud. It's Bose and they sound great. Bass starved rockers might have less enthusiasm for these. Definitely try them on your face if possible before you buy. Sunglasses really need to be tried on before hand for a proper fit. The Tenors can fit a big head, but really need nose pads to assist in staying put while wearing. Bose, Please include nose pads or offer a factory branded accessories kit that maybe includes neck strap to hang them off your neck.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    My husband and his Bose Sunglasses

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    My husband loves his Tenor Bose Sunglasses. I purchased them as a gift for him and he was very excited. He wears his sunglasses everyday and we just recently went to the beach and he raved about listening to the sounds as he walked on the beach.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Listening to music, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Bass, Volume

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Pure Excitement & Innovation: Bose Frames Tenor

    Posted .

    I’d like to start this review by complimenting Bose for one of their most innovative and delightful products: The Bose Frames Tenor. Premium sunglasses meet with an integrated speaker system that sits at the temples directing the sound out into your ears so that folks around you barely hear what you are listening to. You can listen to quality music and also answer phone calls (and make phone calls through Siri; more on this later in the review) as a microphone is included as well. Pairing the Bluetooth-enabled Frames with your iPhone is super-easy thanks to a very intuitive Bose Music app you’d install on your smartphone from the App Store prior to setting up your Frames. Create an account with Bose, then turn on the Frames, select “Speakers & Soundbars”, and the Bose Frames Tenor are automatically found for you. Select “Add”, and confirm connecting to the Frames. You’ll be presented with informational screens that confirm your product is being activated followed by a screen where you can name your Frames. The last screen provides you with product tips, from playing back music to answering phone calls to touch controls. That’s all there’s to it setting up the Frames. You’re all set. Turning on the Frames is through pressing a button on the bottom of the right temple. The LED indicator light informs you when the pairing was completed switching from a white blinking light to a blue blinking light followed by a voice prompt that announces the battery level (how cool is that!). Pairing takes about 2-3 seconds. On my iPhone 8, I’ll see the Frame's battery level displayed near the upper right corner of the screen (see the two Apple Music app screen captures). By default, the Frames turn off by placing them upside down, which you can disable if so desired. Controlling the volume is done through swiping forward (or backward) on the right temple. Double-tapping on the right temple loads Siri where one of your commands could be “Call home” to place a call. When you wear the frames, you will find yourself submerged in a wide stereo spectrum where you enjoy hearing all details the musicians wanted you to hear. I copied some CD (44.1 kHz, 16-bit) and Hi-Res (192 kHz, 24-bit) Apple lossless audio titles over to my iPhone 8 and just couldn’t stop listening to my music. A truly awesome listening experience. The Bose Music app allows you to add music services, such as Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRADIO, SiriusXM (added through the “authorize” function), etc. The TuneIn service comes preloaded, which enables you to listen to worldwide radio stations and podcasts. Please note that the Frames do not come with noise-canceling technology, and bass reproduction is quite limited. You can replace the lenses with prescription sunglasses. I found the Frames are best enjoyed in not-so-loud, quieter environments, like, riding the train and subways, in a car during daytime (when you don’t want to disturb your passengers), in the house/backyard, and outside hiking. You can crank up the volume quite a bit if you wanted to, but the louder the volume the less music enjoyment you’ll have. That said, if you make or receive phone calls, you’ll be able to increase the volume as much as you need. Make sure, though, your iPhone’s volume is set high enough. I am giving the Bose Frames Tenor a well-deserved 5 stars. I love them and can highly recommend them. They look awesome, they feel awesome when wearing and holding them, and they sound awesome (Remember: don’t expect great bass reproduction), and I definitely prefer wearing the Bose Frames Tenor over headphones, as I find the Frames a lot more practical than carrying around headphones, and, you are not secluding yourself from folks around you. Very well done, Bose!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    LOVE my Bose shades!!

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    I absolutely LOVE these shades!! Best purchase! Super happy with both pair.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Wow these are great

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I think these are great ,so far my favorite speaker sunglasses,good job bose....

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design, Listening to music, Sound quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice pair of glasses from Bose

    Posted .

    Pros- Style Construction Sound Customization of the lenses (sold separately) Cons- Sound (more details below) Fit/Comfort One Size (does NOT mean one size fits all) First of all, I love the style of the Tenors over the others Bose has to offer in their line up. Looks sleek, stylish and nice. The build quality is surprisingly great. They are light-weight but also not too heavy at all when resting on your head because the arms conceal the electronics. Pairing the glasses are easy and very straightforward using the Bose Music app. Just turn on the glasses and your BT device and they should connect with no issues at all. With the app, other than pairing, you can rename the glasses and check battery life and see what you're listening to. That's it. Pretty basic app. The sound quality is what surprised me the most. Coming from a pair of sunglasses, the music and podcasts that I was listening too sounded really great and clear, albeit there is barely any bass at all. For those that are curious, depending on your surroundings, people in close range of you CAN hear what you hear if your volume is loud enough. Note that the glasses are One Size. That's it. Just. One. Size. So if they are too big or too small, there is nothing you can do. The arms offer very little to no wiggle room so wearing them for a long period of time (for people with a round head like me), you might need to remove them from time to time. Also I noticed the glasses liked to ride up on my face and never wanted to stay put on my nose. Function of the glasses themselves are great. Wearing them in the sun offer great utility and works really well. I like that the lenses are removable and you can get (for an extra cost) polarized Mirror or Blue (at the time of this review) colors to change them out to. Charging is quick and according to Bose, offers up to 6 hrs per charge. I used these while making deliveries and received a fair bit of compliments. I love how I could still listen to my music but still hear all my surroundings. I'd definitely recommend these to all that are curious, but just make sure they fit.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Design, Sound quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound and Look, Cheap Feel

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    The Bose Frames sound great! They sound like good headphones that actually cover your ears but they don't cover your ears! Little speakers around the ears provide the crisp, clean sound that you'd expect from Bose. If you crank these up really loud, then others will be able to hear them. If you keep it at a more modest level, nobody will even know you're listening to music unless it is an absolute quiet environment; like a library environment. That makes these good for safety if you're out on the streets so you aren't completely isolated from your surroundings. I really like the look of these glasses. They have a classic style and provide UVA/UVB eye protection with their polarized lenses. They are a bit wide on the sides by the ears in order to house the electronics, but they don't hurt the look too much. These are one-size-fits-all, but they actually don't fit all sizes. Because of the way the electronics are built into the sides of the frames, there is a definite cutout area for your ears. If you have a smaller sized head, you won't be able to push the frames all the way up to your face and they'll bounce around by the end of your nose. They were too big for my wife and my 10-year-old son, but they fit me just fine. One issue I had with the Bose Frames is the feel of them. The plastic feels really cheap. Kind of like the plastic on a toddler toy. Not only do they feel cheap, but they have rough seams where the plastic pieces fit together. One such seam is on the nose rest of all places! It doesn't feel that good on the nose because of the seam. It could feel worse, but I wish they would have designed that part better. The Frames are lightweight and weigh about the same as any other pair of plastic frames. They come with their own USB charger that pops onto the side of the frames magnetically. They came with a 60% charge and the battery life has been very good. You can also get these with your prescription in them which is a bonus. They also have a built-in microphone so you can take calls with them, which I love. Calls sound natural but will pick up some wind sound. No big deal. Overall, I really like these Bose Frames. I wish they spent a little more time on the seam issue and maybe upgraded the plastic, but for me, I'll definitely be wearing them.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Price

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Kind of Different, Kind of Great, Room to Improv

    Posted .

    I got these more out of curiosity than a strong desire to own sunglasses that are also headphones. I was a bit underwhelmed when I first started using them and questioned the logic of using these instead of just regular sunglasses and headphones, but the more I’ve used them the more I’m beginning to appreciate what Bose is doing here and genuinely enjoy using them. If I were to rate each element (the headphones and the sunglasses) individually I’d call them average, but the combination actually works pretty good. Overall I’d consider these a niche product, but if Bose could improve the bass and maybe collaborate with some other brands on design I think there’s a lot of potential here. The sunglasses disguise their electronic guts pretty well besides the bigger arms and they’re extremely lightweight; only a tiny bit heavier than my Wayfarer sunglasses I normally wear. Speaking of Wayfarer, that’s probably the closest style I would equate with the Tenor frames, which Bose calls a ‘square’ style. They fit my face well and don’t move around a lot, but I also have a pretty big head, so I would try them on first just like any pair of sunglasses. Overall I think they look pretty good and they feel pretty sturdy, but as sunglasses they don’t really exude an expensive quality and that's a little disappointing. If Bose could do some kind of collaboration with Ray-Ban or use slightly higher quality materials I think that would do a lot for them. The lenses do appear to be polarized and are easy to pop out if you want to use them indoors or at night. I don’t know if the option exists to replace lens with a prescription variety, but that would be a plus if true. You set the Frames up on the Bose app and that’s straightforward enough. There’s a few options you can adjust in the app, but not a whole lot of customization besides that. It would be nice to have an EQ to maybe help with the bass. Volume on the headphones is adjusted via a touch surface on the arm that is very intuitive - I actually adjusted volume that way before I even knew it was there. You double tap on that same surface to activate Google Assistant or Siri. Further back on the arm is a small button near where it meets your ear that handles power, play/pause, and skip functions. It’s easy enough to locate by feel, but I wish the voice assistant trigger could be remapped to play/pause/skip functions instead. As of writing this the app does not allow you to reconfigure that, but I’m hopeful a future update could change that. The sound from the Frames is… interesting. I was initially very disappointed by it. The bass is almost non-existent, even compared to some cheap earbuds I have. They also don’t get particularly loud and I typically had them at 75-100% volume in almost every scenario I used them. That being said the sound that does come through is extremely clear and detailed, especially for voices and simple acoustic tracks. The way the sound reached my ears felt so much more natural than other headphones I’ve used. The sound feels more like I’m right next to it and not something that’s being piped directly into my ears like it would be with regular headphones. It’s difficult to describe, but going to the beach the other day and wearing them felt so much better than my earbuds because I still felt like I was present in my environment and I really didn’t notice the lack of bass as much anymore once I got used to them. I still think Bose could have done a better job on tuning the low end though. I did made a couple test calls and both my ability to hear the caller and my voice quality on the other end was excellent; having my wife talk through them and listening to her I could hardly tell she was speaking through a Bluetooth headset. I didn’t see a water/sweat resistance rating on these Frames. I know the previous generation was IPX2 and I’m guessing that is the case here, which means they have some water resistance, but don’t go jumping into the lake with them. Battery life is rated at 5.5 hours and I haven’t fully ran mine down yet, but so far they seem to be on track to meet that. So overall I’m more impressed than I thought I would be. If you’re somebody who’s out and about and does a lot of outdoor activities I think there’s a lot to like here. There’s also the argument for just having a good pair of sunglasses and a good pair of headphones. If you’re interested though I think they’re definitely worth a try. I like the direction Bose is going with these; these address a few of the shortcomings of the last generation of Frames and if there's a generation after this one I’m excited to see it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Listening to music, Sound quality

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Rx-able & Bose Quality

    Posted .

    One of the most exciting qualities of the new Bose - Frames Tenor Audio Sunglasses with Bluetooth Connectivity frames is that they can be used with prescription lenses easily and without modification. What a godsend! Of course this would have little value if the Bose - Frames Tenor Audio Sunglasses with Bluetooth Connectivity didn't meet or exceed expectations, and let me tell you this offering from Bose has exceeded those expectations. The glasses join to the app in nothing flat. From there you can control volume, FF, Rev, Pause, and see battery usage and access any number of streaming services or your own libruary. Let's take a look at 4 areas, battery life, original lens quality, Rx usage and last but never least. Sound quality. Bose claims up to 5 hours battery life with constant use. My Tenor's gave me closer to 5 hours and 30 minutes of uninterrupted musical bliss. The original lenses are the same excellent quality as RayBan and Oakley. Unlike past years, these are polarized. Of course they are interchangeable, but I found the greenish grey comparable to the RayBan R15, which is a very nice touch. The frames are Rx-able for sure, but if you wear anything other than a light prescription I highly recommend high index lenses as the frames would be understandably a little heavy otherwise. Last but never least SOUND. I love that the Bose - Frames Tenor Audio Sunglasses with Bluetooth Connectivity are open so ambient sounds can be heard. With the excellent sound quality one could easily get list in the music. The sound is clear and balanced. It will take a minute to get used to the side arm buttons but after a few minutes no worries. I really enjoy wearing the Bose - Frames Tenor Audio Sunglasses with Bluetooth Connectivity whether I'm golfing, riding my bike on trails, fishing or at the beach. However these frames are NOT waterproof so use with care. Bose has addressed the issues of previous models and have exceeded my expectations. I love mine and I think you would enjoy a pair yourself. Cheers!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Noise cancellation

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic sunglasses with good sound

    Posted .

    Bose tenor are classic sunglasses with really good sound. I have had them for over a week and they are my favorite for outdoor activities as there is nothing to go in or over your ears. Initially I was a bit skeptical about other people hearing the sound but if you keep the volume between 30-60% range, no one will be able to hear anything until unless they are standing right next to you. In terms of the sound, they sound really good. The controls are really cool. There is one single button which can be used for switching them on/off, skipping the tracks (double click for forward, three clicks for backwards), receiving/declining the calls. There are touch controls on the right arm to control the volume as well as a double tap that activates the voice assistant on your phone. The battery life is decent. Even though the arms are bigger than usual sunglasses as they hide the speakers and all the other electronics, they are not very heavy and are easier to wear for longer time frames. I have used them for 3 to 4 hours on a stretch without any bother. The package contains a case, charging cable, cleaning cloth and of course the sun glasses. The case is a standard case and doesn't provide charging. The lenses are removable and there are other color available but I haven't tried this yet. These do not cancel out any outside noise so if you are in a very noisy setting, you won't be able to hear the music/podcasts well.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Listening to music, Sound quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for sun

    Posted .

    Great pair of men’s sunglasses with the ability to listen to music without ear buds without disrupting people around you. The speakers are located right in front of your ears when the sunglasses are on your head. Allowing for a comfortable listening experience. The sound is really good just maybe some more bass. It’s kind of crazy cool how I can take the sunglasses off while music is playing and not here the music but then place them back on my head and have immersive sound (placing the volume to high will make it so a person next to you can hear the music. I did try a few phone calls and I noticed it was hard to hear the person on the other line even though that other person could hear me clearly. I will have to say if your head is larger it might be tight. My head is on the larger side, it’s comfortable but any larger and I think i would have been uncomfortable.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Sound quality

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Execellent

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    very ergonomic, good sound and good design, excellent product.!!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Sound quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Ghozzztt

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Sounds great! Could use some improvement on design but over all it really sounds so clear!!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Design, Listening to music
    Cons mentioned:
    Noise cancellation, Volume

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Bose Audio Sunglasses!

    Posted .

    Wow, these new Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses are super cool! The new technology is awesome! My wife calls them my James Bond sunglasses, haha! These will be great for a variety of activities. I am especially excited at how well they work while biking. I don't like to use ear buds while biking, as then I can't hear traffic or other people coming up from behind. However, these Bose Sunglasses have an open-ear design, so there is nothing inserted in your ear. You can hear the music playing, but can still hear any loud noises around you, or if someone wants to talk to you, it is easy to turn down the volume with one hand and then you can hear without having to take off the glasses. It's also cool because I can hear the music and even crank up the volume, but people around me can barely hear it at all, even at full volume. At lower volumes, people around you can't hear them at all. These will work great for biking, walking, a day at the beach and lots of other activities. I think it could also work for a day at a ballpark, watching the game, while listening to another game on my phone through the sunglasses. The sunglasses are very easy to set up and use. There is really no set up other than downloading the Bose App. You then open the App and it allows you to set up a Bose account, finds your sunglasses and easily pairs them to your phone via Bluetooth and you are ready to go! The App also contains the instructions for the controls. Basically, you have one button that turns them on/off, allows you to answer and hang up a phone call, and start or pause the music or skip forward or backwards to other tracks. You can also just swipe your finger forward or backward on your right temple piece to turn the volume up and down. As I said, very cool technology! It takes about one hour to fully charge the sunglasses, which gives you 5.5 hours of use, and you can get up to 2.5 hours of use from a quick 30 minute charge. The sunglasses tell you the amount of battery left whenever you turn them on, or you can see the exact battery percent left on the App. I have the Tenor model. I think they are good looking sunglasses. They are black and to me they look a lot like the Ray Ban Wayfarers, but maybe a little more square. Obviously, the ear pieces are thicker than normal sunglasses, as that is where the speakers are, but they did a good job of making them look like a regular stylish, modern pair of sunglasses. They fit snug to my head, which makes them great for activities, but they are not too tight to cause any discomfort. More importantly than the look though, is the sound. I think they sound great. I am impressed with how good such small speakers inside the ear pieces of a pair of sunglasses can sound! Obviously, you aren't going to get a big bass punch like you would from a set of over-the-ear cans, but I find the sound very comparable to a good set of ear buds, even though you have nothing in your ear. I use an iPhone, and I can also use the equalizer on the phone to make adjustments to the sound for different kinds of music, spoken word, etc. These sunglasses are also typical of everything I have owned from Bose. They are very well-designed and well-made with top of the line materials. Even the case they came in is a very nice hard shell case with a magnetic closure and soft inside material. You also get a charging cord that plugs into any USB charging block and a Bose glass cleaner cloth. I am very happy with these Bose Frames Sunglasses! I highly recommend them!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great frames - careful buying lenses from Lensabl

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    The frames are fantastic good sound battery everything. BUT if you plan on replacing the lenses think twice about getting them from LENSABL as recommended by BOSE. Apparently LENSABL believes that once they ship the lenses to you they consider them delivered whether you get them or not. They were misplaced/ lost in transit and I got mine almost one month late after a lot of follow up with USPS. LENSABL refused to acknowledge any responsibility whatsoever. I hate to think of what would have happened if they had actually been lost in transit.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Ease of use, Listening to music
    Cons mentioned:
    Bass

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool glasses, good sound!

    Posted .

    Okay so these are my first pair of audio sunglasses and I must say the wow factor kicked in as soon as I put them on. First you need to understand that these glasses are very good for a lot of things but like everything there are some things that you need to be aware of when purchasing. First and foremost, they are sunglasses, and I must say that they do an excellent job at protecting your eyes even in the most demanding situations. I wore these at work in various environments which included super sunny to cloudy overcast and one thing I noticed was that when your wearing them, even though from the front they look very dark, when your wearing them they are not that dark to look through. Which means you can technically wear them in various lighting conditions. The Audio: When I first put them on and listened to the first song I immediately thought to myself WOW! They sounded great in all aspects besides one major area. BASS These have absolutely no bass or low end to them so I would say they are great for podcasts, audiobooks, classical or melody based music but once you put on something that has a lot of bass, you quickly realize that these just don’t deliver on that front. Now that’s not to say that they are bad in anyway. But if your someone who listens to a lot of EDM or other kinds of bass heavy music you will find these glasses a disappointment in that area. Call Quality: Using these glasses over the last week I have come to enjoy the phone call quality. There’s just something magical of receiving a phone call with these glasses and talking hands free. The quality is great and never once had any distortion or connection issues. People I have talked to said I sound loud and clear and with no background noise.m, so they do a great job in that department. The App: The app was super easy to use and very fast when First setting up the glasses. Your greeted with step by step guidance to get you up and running very quickly and it also has a built in tips section that can teach you how to use your new glasses as well as how to change out the lens for a different pair. Great job Bose!! Connection: From first setting up to every time I pushed the power button they always connected instantly and while using to listen to music or phone calls I never once had a connection issue or sound quality degradation. They maintained perfectly and so I have to give them another check mark for this. The Battery Life: Now I never owned the first generation of Bose audio glasses but I did hear from multiple sources that battery life was not very good and after testing out the new Bose Tenor glasses they never once died on me and I have been using them steadily at about 50-70% volume every day for over a week. So while I can not confirm or deny the first gen problems, these new glasses seem to have definitely addressed everyone’s concerns. Usability: These have been super easy to use. From the one click power on to the double click on the right side arm to activate Siri and even sliding your finger along the arm to control volume. Everything is very easy and just works. It’s really amazing how much tech they put into these glasses. Comfortability: So these are very comfortable to wear, I have used them all day everyday and never once did I think, these are heavy or not comfortable. I forgot I was wearing audio glasses. With that being said they are heavier than regular sunglasses but I didn’t really notice or even gave it a second thought. Charging times seemed very fast maybe an hour and using them honestly has been a joy. The only con is the extreme lack of bass. If you can get over that then I think you might actually love them and find many uses in where they can shine in your day to day.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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