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Bose Frames Tenor / Soprano / Tempo Sport

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Product Overview

Bose Tempo, Tenor, and Soprano are three new additions to the Bose Frames lineup of premium sunglasses with integrated wireless headphones. The Frames Tempo deliver the best performance and are perfect for outdoor workouts, while the Frames Tenor and Soprano come with improved style and acoustic performance over the original.
They feature Bose's proprietary Open Ear Audio technology and the smallest, virtually-invisible Bose speaker systems. Their polarized lenses block up to 99% of UV rays while look, fit, and perform like other high-end sunglasses. Made from TR90 nylon, the Bose Frames are highly durable, too.
The Frames Tempo feature custom-designed spring hinges and TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) temple tips for comfortable stability around the head. And their nose pads come in three shapes for the right amount of grip to avoid slipping down the face. A 22mm full-range driver is embedded in each temple for clear and powerful sound reproduction even during intense sports sessions.
The Tenor and Soprano feature 16mm drivers. They have better bass response and are designed for long outdoor wearing sessions.
The new dual-beam-forming array microphones replaced the single microphone in the original Bose Frames, making calls clearer. A new Volume-optimized EQ function is added for easier control of the sound output, too.

Ratings

What we found

Pros
  • Crisp, clear sound
  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lack of volume control
  • Mediocre call quality

What external reviewers found

External score 67%
Pros
  • Good sound quality
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Excellent call quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lacks bass depth
  • Lacks precision
  • Touch controls are difficult to use
  • No wireless charging
  • No IPX4 rating
  • No EQ or useful extras

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Specifications

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External Reviews

gizmodo[1]

Reviewer score 57%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found:
Open-ear audio sunglasses definitely aren't something that everyone needs. These are best suited for people who do lots of outdoor activity. For those with bad eyesight, you can get prescription versions of the Tempo or Soprano. No one should have to look chic while working up a sweat anyway.
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good sound quality
Cons
  • Not for everyone

nextpit[2]

Reviewer score 56%
Reviewers from nextpit have found:
There is audio leakage, which means whatever you are listening to can also be heard by others around you. While the voice remains intelligible, there is some crackling and the Bose Frames Tenor simply does not do a good enough job of attenuating ambient noise and isolating voices. The touch-sensitive system is sensitive enough, but it lacks precision.
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Good sound quality
  • Comfortable to wear
Cons
  • Touch controls are difficult to use
  • Lacks precision

pcmag[3]

Reviewer score 64%
Reviewers from pcmag have found:
The Bose Frames Tempo are a sport-focused pair of audio sunglasses. The focus is clearly on the mids and highs, and the vocals and acoustic strums receive excellent clarity. The trade-off here is the lack of bass depth that comes with the open design. Bose estimates battery life to be roughly 8 hours.
Pros
  • Sleek, sport-friendly design
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Dual beam-forming mic array
Cons
  • Lacks bass depth
  • No EQ or useful extras

techradar[4]

Reviewer score 71%
Reviewers from techradar have found:
Bose Frames Tempo and Tenor and Soprano have improved sound quality. All three models have an improved mic system for clearer voice calls. Battery life has gotten a boost as well. Depending on which model you prefer, you can get up to 8 hours of playback from a single charge.
Pros
  • Excellent call quality
  • Water- and sweat-resistant
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No IPX4 rating
  • No wireless charging

theverge[5]

Reviewer score 88%
Reviewers from theverge have found:
Bose includes three sizes of nose tips in the box, and I found the large to be the right match. The controls that Bose came up with are wonderfully foolproof, which is crucial when you're trying to stay focused on other things. There's a surprising amount of separation between vocals and instrumentation.
Pros
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Good sound quality
  • Easy to set up
Cons
  • No EQ controls or EQ controls

References

  1. ^ I Love The New Bose Frames Even If I Look Like an Absolute Jabroni. [gizmodo].
  2. ^ Bose Frames 2.0 review: Cool but non-essential. [nextpit].
  3. ^ Bose Frames Tempo Review. [pcmag].
  4. ^ Bose Frames (Tempo, Tenor and Soprano) review. [techradar].
  5. ^ Bose Frames Tempo review: the specs to beat. [theverge].

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