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Bose Frames Tenor & Soprano Sunglasses and Tempo Sport Sunglasses w/ Integrated Wireless Headphones (2020)

MSRP 250 USDNEX score 67%

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.

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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***

NEX score: 67% (not directly comparable across industries)
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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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Soprano
Tempo
Tenor

Connectivity

TempoPorts
USB-C
TenorPorts
Pogo pin
SopranoPorts
Pogo pin
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Colors
Black
TempoDrivers
22 mm
TenorDrivers
16 mm
SopranoDrivers
16 mm
Material
TR-90 nylon
Microphone
2 total beam-forming microphones

Dimensions

TempoFrame | Bridge
17 mm
TenorFrame | Bridge
18 mm
SopranoFrame | Bridge
17 mm
TempoFrame | Lens
65 mm
TenorFrame | Lens
55 mm
SopranoFrame | Lens
55 mm
TempoFrame | Temple
136 mm
TenorFrame | Temple
136 mm
SopranoFrame | Temple
136 mm
Weight
50 g

Function

TempoWeather Resistance
IPX4
TenorWeather Resistance
IPX2
SopranoWeather Resistance
IPX2

Performance

TempoBattery Life
Up to 8 h
TenorBattery Life
Up to 5.5 h
SopranoBattery Life
Up to 5.5 h
Charging Time
Up to 1 h

Production

Accessory
Lenses | Soprano: Purple Face (non-polarized), Mirrored Rose Gold (polarized) | Lenses | Tempo: Trail Blue (28% VLT, polarized), Road Orange (20% VLT, polarized), or Twilight Yellow (77% VLT, polarized) | Lenses | Tenor: Mirrored Blue (polarized), Mirr...
Debut
2020-09-10

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External Reviews

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score 57%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following***:
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good sound quality
Cons
  • Not for everyone

nextpit[2]

Sentiment Score 56%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following***:
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Good sound quality
  • Comfortable to wear
Cons
  • Touch controls are difficult to use
  • Lacks precision

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, sport-friendly design
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Dual beam-forming mic array
Cons
  • Lacks bass depth
  • No EQ or useful extras

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent call quality
  • Water- and sweat-resistant
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No IPX4 rating
  • No wireless charging

theverge[5]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Good sound quality
  • Easy to set up
Cons
  • No EQ controls or EQ controls

User Reviews

References

1. ^ I Love The New Bose Frames Even If I Look Like an Absolute Jabroni. [gizmodo]. https://gizmodo.com/i-love-the-new-bose-frames-even-if-i-look-like-an-absol-1846132980. 2021-01-27. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Bose Frames 2.0 review: Cool but non-essential. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/bose-frames-tenor-review. 2021-06-14. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
3. ^ Bose Frames Tempo Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/bose-frames-tempo. 2020-09-30. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Bose Frames (Tempo, Tenor and Soprano) review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/bose-frames-tempo-tenor-and-soprano. 2021-02-08. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Bose Frames Tempo review: the specs to beat. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22351451/bose-frames-tempo-audio-sunglasses-review-features. 2021-03-27. Retrieved 2021-05-11.

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