If you are running or cycling on a shared path where other pedestrians (or worse ̵1; vehicles) may be, you need to hear what is happening around you. And the latest frames from Bose do exactly that by pairing a pair of descending speakers with sunglasses. They are super cool.
To be clear, this is not Bose’s first foray into the world sunglasses with main speakers– in fact, the company has had a couple of pairs since 2018 in the Alto and Rondo frames. But for 2020, things went bigger and better with three new pairs: good-looking Tenor and Soprano, together with the sporty Tempo.
All three pairs provide more bass response and are more comfortable to wear than their predecessors – they also cost $ 50 more and come to $ 250. But for a decent pair of sunglasses and a good set of “headphones”, it’s not a bad deal.
The two stylish pairs, Tenor and Soprano, have 16 mm drivers and offer five and a half hours of battery life. They charge with the same proprietary cable as the originals, so they are a great upgrade option for anyone who has OG and is ready for something new.
The pace, on the other hand, is more sport-oriented in every way. They have 22 mm drivers for louder sound, 8 hours of battery life for all day sessions and are charged via USB-C. They are also sweat, water, rope and crush resistant. It sounds like you can kill them and they still will not die. At the same price as Alto and Rondo, they seem like the clear winners in the gang, provided you do not mind the sporty aesthetics.
All three new pairs support integration with Siri and Google Assistant, dual microphones for phone calls and volume point controls on the page. Bose says that each new frame supports a dynamic EQ that will also be adjusted with the volume to reduce distortion at higher volumes. Separate lenses are also available as an option.
All three new devices (along with both existing models) are now available from various retailers.