The technology is evolving briskly and we’ve been seeing a lot of new innovations over the past few decades. While most of our reviews are about typical products such as laptops, mobiles and tablets, we feel now it is high time for us to touch some new gadgets as well.
So today, we will be talking about a completely different gadget that goes by the name of audio sunglasses or audio glasses. If you’re fed up with headphones, audio sunglasses can be a perfect alternative for you.
You can simply get rid of your headphones and use a pair of sunglasses instead to listen to your favorite music. It also allows you to take calls and you can tap into your smart assistants without feeling the need of your mobile phone.
The main channel behind connecting your sunglasses to your phone is Bluetooth and it produces sound from the internal mechanism of the device that goes straight into your ears.
You can opt for both sunglasses and your own personal glasses if you’re looking to wear them all day long. Let’s not waste anymore time check out the best audio glasses and sunglasses. The below reviewed audio sunglasses are some of the best you can buy in 2021.
Top 5 Best Audio Sunglasses and Glasses
Bose Frames Tenor, Soprano and Tempo
Price: $249 USD
The first few frames launched by Bose were only giving augmented reality. However, the company is now much more focused on audio sunglasses and glasses. The two frames produced by Bose known as Tempo and Soprano are perhaps the best example of an audio frame.
These second generation specs are available in three options that also include its Tempo glasses aimed at athletes and runners in particular. The sweat proof IPX4 rating is another huge luxury for people who tend to exercise with their shades on. The standard frames are only using the IPX2 rating.
The plastic lenses according to the manufacturer are scratch and shatter resistant and they’re also pretty prescription frame friendly.
You’d also get a case to pack them away. The Open Ear Audio Technology will allow you to take calls and it also reduces the wind and ambient sound to make sure you are heard clearly at the other end.
These frames will also give you an extremely good sound quality and will offer richer audio with good boost. The battery life is expected to last around 5-6 hours.
The Tempo on the other hand gives you around 8 hours and they’re certainly not the most expensive option available on the market currently. We’d say that these frames are more than useful to be used as audio sunglasses and you can bet on it for sure.
• IPX rating
• Good battery life
• Great sound quality
• Suitable for athletes
• A little expensive
Price: $249.99 USD
Moving on in our list of best audio sunglasses and glasses, we’ve got the Amazon Echo frames 2nd generation audio glasses that are now available in the US market.
There are four directional speakers and microphones being used inside a pair of glasses and the customers will get to listen to their favorite music, make audio calls and control other smart devices at home.
Talk to Alexa:
Talking to Alexa is another additional luxury in this device besides reading out your notifications loudly. The volume level of is automatically adjustable to your surroundings and when it gets really noisy, you can expect its level to go down.
While this is just an assumption and not practically tried thing, we can safely say that this is one of the best audio frames you can get right now.
IPX 4 water & dust resistant:
Besides its strong carbon and fiber titanium frames, it also packs an IPX4 water and dust resistant that makes it comfortable against a sudden splash of water. You also get the luxury of fitting with prescription lenses but, it makes it extremely vulnerable and you need to be proactive in that case.
These amazing frames are promising are a battery life of more than 14 hours that includes an hour of music, 30 minutes of calling and approximately 120 incoming notifications.
These are 2nd generation specs and you can also check out the Amazon Echo Frames 1st generation frame in order to get the overall idea of what to expect from its latest version.
The overall quality and performance of these frames is not ignorable and we’d definitely recommend you to consider these specs if you’re interested in buying a pair of audio glasses.
• IPX water & dust resistant
• Music, phone calls, notifications
• 14-hour battery life
• Lenses fitting option
• A little bulky
• Not comfortable for everyone
Bose is perhaps leading the way as far as audio glasses and sunglasses are concerned. If you think the aforementioned frames of Bose were a little too expensive for you, you can still consider buying its 1st generation pair that will more or less give you a similar experience.
Casual shades look:
These specs are more popular among people that like to have a more traditional and casual shade look. All the models are available in small/medium and medium/large sizes along with UVA/UVB protection. These frames are also scratch and shatter resistant and it weighs around 45 grams.
The Bose speakers will allow you to listen to everything clearly and you can take the incoming calls with a single button press. It also allows you to listen to your favorite music and summon your smart assistant through an Android or an iOS device.
One of the biggest talking points of this device is its ability to support gesture control. For example, you can turn the volume up and down by turning your head and holding the physical button at the same time.
The sound quality is more or less the same as you’d find in other audio sunglasses however; the leakage of audio is not as it is on some other models. The battery life of 2 hours is just not up to the modern standards and there’s no charging case either to get things going.
Overall, we’d recommend it to all the customers looking to buy a less expensive option and can live with a battery life of around two hours. A lot of people still don’t what is the price for a good pair of sunglasses. Therefore, this particular frame becomes a great option for all those not wanting to spend their hard earned cash on a frame that doesn’t suit them much.
• Bose speakers
• Smart assistant
• Calls, music, notifications
• Low 2-hour battery life
Price: £310.00 GBP
Just like you, we were also surprised to know that Huawei also makes these audio sunglasses and glasses besides their normal gadgets. However, they don’t entirely belong to Huawei as they’ve teamed up with a designer glasses brand Gentle Monster to help makes their own eyewear shades.
These are particularly 2nd generation frame that is not available in the US market for obvious reasons.
You can either get a glasses or a sunglasses version and the glasses version also supports the ability to add in prescription glasses. However, you will have to do that by yourself. There’s a large charging case along with this traditional Gentle Monster design.
Semi-open speakers & microphones:
Huawei is giving you semi-open speakers and microphones that are built into the main temple and gives you sound from your music, calls and smart assistant directly.
These specs are also compatible with Android and iOS devices however; iPhone users cannot have the luxury to access the additional eyewear and life applications that are useful in adjusting the onboard controls.
The audio quality is not as good as some of the above-mentioned devices and you can expect a little bit of leakage as well. The battery life goes around for 5 hours when you play music and gives you around 3-4 hours for calling.
If you’re looking for an audio frame of specs that appeals with its looks and produces great performance at the same time, then you need to check this creation of Huawei. The design and looks are great but at the end, you may end up compromising a little bit of sound quality.
• Prescription glasses
• Semi-open speakers & microphones
• Decent battery life
• Calls, music, notifications
• Limited features for iPhone users
• Audio leakage problem
Price: $299.99 USD
This is one of our favorite frames as far as audio glasses & sunglasses are concerned. This brilliant company called USound from Austria has produced these Android and iOS-friendly Fauna glasses and sunglasses that look too good and stylish.
If we talk particularly about glasses option, you’d get two looks to pick from. There’s a Bluelight filter lenses option that makes you stare at a computer and read properly without any disturbance. On the other hand, you can also opt for prescription lenses if you want to.
You’d get a set of micro-speakers along with a couple of beam-forming and echo-cancelling microphones. It also packs a touchpad to give you extra control. The overall design of the speaker is developed in such a way that it protects against audio leakage and gives you maximum sound quality possible.
There are many incredible things to learn from this device such as its handling of audio. Just like the other options on the list, it allows you to listen to your favorite music, take calls and make use of the voice assistant.
The overall battery life is close to 4 hours on a single charge and you’d also get a nice charging case. The charging case will maximize your battery life and both versions are IP52 water and dust resistant.
This particular feature makes them one of the most suitable frames for exercise, running and hiking. You can disagree with the overall chunky design but you can complain about its overall performance and user-friendly nature.
• IP52 water & dust resistant
• Calls, notifications, music,
• Decent battery life
• A little old fashioned look
Our top 3 picks:
Only a couple of days ago, we were not qualified to even talk about the top best audio sunglasses and glasses. We must say that after a little bit of research, we were able to find out the top 5 best audio glasses and sunglasses.
Therefore, we always advise our readers to make use of their brains and not heart when buying a gadget. Firstly, we couldn’t figure out the top 5 best audio sunglasses or glasses but, the above-reviewed devices don’t need any recommendation because they’re already some of the top-rated devices in this category.
If you ask us to pick the top 3 devices out of these five, we’d perhaps think for a little while before picking the final 3. But before we do that, let us make it clear that this list is in no specific order and every single device is worth trying once.
As far as our top 3 are concerned, we’d keep the Fauna Spiro and Havana Memor at the first spot because of its traditional design and IP52 water & dust resistant. The second spot goes to the Amazon Echo Frames (2nd Gen) because of its directional speakers and microphones. The third spot in our humble opinion goes to the Bose Frames Tenor, Soprano and Tempo.
The conclusion is pretty simple. With each and every single passing second, there are new products coming up with a lot of complicated details. Therefore, it becomes mandatory for buyers to collect information before they buy a device they don’t even wanted in the first place.
Finding the best audio sunglasses or glasses may be a little confusing right now but, a little bit of research and steady reading of this guide can help you find the best option.
We’ve tried to include some of the best modern day devices to this list to make sure you don’t take any of them for granted.
Alright folks, that brings us to the end of our today’s piece. Write it down in the comments below if you have queries. We shall see you soon in our next analytical piece. Until then, goodbye and good luck with whatever you choose.