Bose Frames Tempo could be exactly what Bose’s audio glasses need. The original Bose Frames, which debuted in 2018, were cool, but hadn’t exactly caught on to mainstream.
The Bose Frames Tempo model announced today (September 10th) and two other new Bose Frames models (tenor and soprano) are turning glasses towards sports and fitness. This is a reminder that the Apple Watch didn’t really become a hot item until Apple readjusted the health and exercise wearable.
I loved the original Bose Frames because they were headphones with no real headphones that allowed you (and only you) to be enveloped in a small sound bubble from the arms of the glasses.
All three new Bose frames also have improved voice recording. Bose replaced one microphone system with an array that can block noise, including wind and other people̵
Each of the new frames also has a new EQ system for volume-optimized sound for quality without distortion. Bose also added an overdue gesture control that lets you flip it up and down by sliding your finger back or forth on the right temple.
The only downside is that they’re all more expensive, at $ 250, an increase of $ 50 over the $ 199 Bose frames. Bose has yet to introduce its own prescription lens option, which third parties have tried (but always failed in my tests).
Don’t expect any more promotion of the audio-only Bose AR apps as it looks like Bose is done with it. A Bose spokesperson told Protocol, “Bose AR didn’t become what we wanted it to be.”
Bose Frames pace
The Bose Frames pace is driving things forward by using a more durable material, TR90, that “can withstand extreme temperatures and extreme training.” Bose also added its own spring hinges, as well as temple tips and nose pads for added stability. The company markets the Frames Tempo for runners who stand on all types of terrain, both smooth and rocky.
Don’t worry about listening to your music even in hectic environments as the Frames Tempo has 22mm full-range drivers for deeper and louder music. Bose claims it is loud enough to “cycle at 25 mph” but not loud enough to block out important noises like traffic and those around you.
Bose Frames Tempo come with polycarbonate lenses with a visible light transmission (VLT) of 12%. Three other optional lenses from Bose include Road Orange (20% VLT for reducing glare from water and snow and other reflective surfaces), Trail Blue (28% VLT for bright sun conditions when contrast and definition need to be increased) and Twilight Yellow (77%) VLT for use at dusk in poor light conditions).
Bose rates the Frames Tempo for a battery life of up to 8 hours and charges it via a USB-C cable.
Bose Frames tenor and soprano
Then we have the more stylish Bose Frames tenor and soprano that aren’t as sporty. They feature Bose’s proprietary Open Ear Audio technology for enhanced sound, and Bose claims that the bass response in these models has been enhanced for “more depth and detail”.
When I was writing my Bose Frames review, I was wondering how I could hear my favorite songs and podcasts while ordering lunch and the clerk who took my order had no idea. I didn’t think of the Bose frames required better or stronger bass, but I’m pretty excited to try this new version to see how much better they are.
Tenor and soprano frames are designed for a battery life of 5.5 hours and are charged (like the original Bose frames) via a special pogo pin charger. These glasses have their own durability with scratch and shatter resistant designs. You get two lens options each: with mirrored blue or silver for frames tenor and rose gold or purple-fade for frames soprano.