Audio glasses, which have included micro-speakers and a Bluetooth connection, are proliferating. Bose is at the forefront with the Frames audio sunglasses. Amazon is also in the particular game using its Echo Frames, today on their second era. A host of additional companies, a lot of which are usually no-name Chinese manufacturers, possess released audio glasses within recent months. Some are usually aimed toward everyday use, enabling you to forgo earphones and stealthily pay attention to sound on the go, whilst others are made for joggers and bikers who need to leave their ear open to the globe for safety reasons.

The truth is most sound sunglasses don’t sound great, and many sound absolutely bad, including and specifically the ones that use bone-conduction technology rather than traditional audio motorists. The glasses’ tiny inlayed speakers fire audio in to your ears, and that will audio tends to end up being with a lack of the bass plus clarity department. The audio is normally on par along with what a couple of free wireless earbuds you’d can get on an airplane would produce — plus sometimes it’s worse. They also often leak audio at higher volumes, which usually means people who are usually standing nearby can listen to your audio. 



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That mentioned, in case you listen to a lot more spoken-word audio — regardless of whether that’s podcasts, audiobooks or even talk radio — sound glasses are simply fine mainly because they’re strongest in the particular midrange, where vocals reside. And most of the particular audio glasses on this particular list work effectively for producing phone calls; some function beam-forming microphones. 

Aside from audio quality, another important factor is certainly the glasses’ design. There’s a lot of deviation there as well, along with some models fitting much better and looking more fashionable than others.

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It need to be noted that a person can add prescription lens to most audio shades, and it’s easy sufficient to send your eyeglasses into an online alternative lens site. (Check away our listing of best locations to buy replacement doctor prescribed lenses online in 2021.) However, that provides to the overall price, with replacement lenses usually costing around $100 in order to $200, depending on the particular type of lens you select. 

While I’m only suggesting a few models from this point, I’ll upgrade this list as brand new ones are released. Plenty more are on the way in which and hopefully they’ll enhance. 

Best sound (and best for sports)


Bose Tempo Frames



David Carnoy

Water-resistantYes (IPX4 rating — splashproof).

If you’re searching for the best-sounding set of audio glasses using the best overall performance — which includes call quality plus battery-life — the Bose Frames Tempo would be the one to obtain. It’s ostensibly a sports activities model made for runners plus bikers, even though it’s the little bulky, it remains on your head safely. 

The Tempo offers somewhat better sound and electric battery life compared to more traditional-looking Tenor and Soprano (see below). The Tempo has much better specs all-around, with USB-C charging and larger 22mm drivers. It also provides up to eight hrs of battery life.

Their sound is definitely enhanced from your original Frames. Bose says the Tempo performs “deeper and louder — loud enough for bicycling at 25 mph — while still able in order to hear traffic and your own training partners.” They’re sweat-, weather-, scratch- plus shatter-resistant, according to Bose and fit under many protective helmets. (I acquired no problem using all of them with a few bike head gear.) They also function well for making phone calls, thanks to a brand new dual-microphone system. Optional lens are available for $39 and you can purchase prescription lenses through Lensabl. Read our Bose Tempo Frames review.

$249 at Bose

Best newcomer


Razer Anzu



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Water-resistantYes (IPX4 rating — splashproof).

Razer has made a bg surpise admittance into the audio glasses arena and the result is surprisingly good. The Razer Anzu comes in round and square versions in two different size options and is available now for $200. In terms of sound, it’s arguably just a tad behind the Bose Tenor and Soprano below (like those models, the Anzu has 16mm drivers), but it’s pretty close. It’s a little bass-shy, but it still has more bass than some of the other models on this list. Its $50 lower price tag also gives it a value advantage over the Bose.

They’re also pretty light and comfortable to wear (as you can see from the photo, I tried the square version). The small version weighs 43 grams while the large weighs 48 grams. By comparison, the Echo Frames, the lightest audio glasses on this list, are 31 grams. The glasses include 35% blue light filtering lenses along with a set of polarized sunglass lenses (you can easily swap them in).

They’re IPX4 water-resistant (meaning they’re splashproof) so you can use them for running — audio glasses work well for running and biking, because they leave your ears open so you can hear traffic. Battery life is rated at up to five hours at moderate volume levels and additional polarized lenses are available for $30.

Also worth noting: Since Razer is a “gaming lifestyle” company, it’s highlighting its low-latency Bluetooth technology — it says the “customized Bluetooth 5.1 connection brings industry-leading 60ms latency for smooth, stutter-free sound.”

The Razer Anzu companion app for iOS and Android enables firmware updates, lets you make EQ adjustments (default, enhanced clarity or treble boost), access latency settings and check battery status. You can make calls with them and access your virtual assistant with a button press.

Razer has partnered with Lensabl for prescription lenses, although more online replacement lens sites, including replacerxlenses.com and overnightglasses.com, can fit them with RX lenses. Lensabl is offering a 15% discount to Anzu owners, but you can compare its prices with other sites’ prices.

$200 at Razer

Best everyday audio sunglasses


Bose Tenor and Soprano



David Carnoy

Water-resistantNo (no IPX rating).

Like the Tempo, the Tenor and Soprano are part of Bose’s line of second-generation audio sunglasses, but while the Tempo is more sport-oriented, these models are designed to look like standard sunglasses. (You can still run or bike with them but they’re not rated for water- or sweat-resistance.) They’re slicker-looking than the original Bose Alto and Rondo Frames, and they have a glossy finish. The Tenor fits my face better than the Soprano, which — as its name implies — Bose is aiming at women who like oversized sunglasses. Anecdotally, my daughter likes it.

Bose improved the sound in the Tenor and Soprano and the battery life is better. It’s up to 5.5 hours instead of around 3.5 hours, charging with a pogo-pin cable rather than USB-C. Both pairs of sunglasses play a little louder than the original Frames and the bass response is better, so music sounds fuller and richer. Don’t expect the big bass you get from a standard set of headphones, though, and they can distort at higher volumes. Still, the sound is significantly better than what you get from even the best bone-conduction headphones like those from AfterShokz, which developed a pair of audio sunglasses but never shipped it.

Like the Tempo, Bose has also upgraded the voice-calling capabilities in these models, adding dual beam-forming microphones. Bose offers optional lenses for $39. Since these sunglasses have a more traditional design, more online replacement lens sites — including replacerxlenses.com, Lensabl and overnightglasses.com — can fit them with RX lenses. Read our full review of the Bose Frames Tenor and Soprano.

$249 at Bose

Most comfortable


Amazon Echo Frames



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Water-resistantYes (IPX4 rating — splashproof).

Needless to say, Amazon’s Echo Frames have Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant built into them so you can ask what the weather is, get news and sports scores, skip your music tracks forward and control your Alexa smart home products without touching your glasses. I like their design — they’re lightweight and fit my face comfortably and securely (they fit me better than all the Bose audio glasses). They also work well for making calls, with decent noise reduction outdoors. 

Really, the only strike against them is that they sound pretty middle-of-the-road for audio glasses. They’re OK sound-wise but are lacking in the bass department and fall well short of the Bose Frames in terms of sound. That said, they’re currently a decent option for audio glasses and if you try them and don’t like them, they’re easy enough to return to Amazon. It is worth noting that the included lenses are clear and not tinted, so they are not sunglasses.

They come in a few different color options (the Horizon Blue version is pictured) and battery life is rated at a modest four hours for music playback. Like the Bose Frames (except for the Tempo), they charge with a proprietary pogo-pin cable. A nice carrying case is included.

Online replacement lens sites such as replacerxlenses.com, Lensabl and overnightglasses.com can fit Echo Frames with RX lenses.

$250 at Amazon

Most stylish


Fauna audio glasses



David Carnoy

Water-resistantYes (IPX4 rating — splashproof).

Austria-based Fauna just released its audio glasses, which are available in a few different style options. They have a premium feel to them and are among the most stylish audio glasses out there — I tried the Spiro transparent brown (pictured), which fit my face well and has Carl Zeiss tinted lenses. 

I had a little trouble initially pairing the glasses with my iPhone 12 Pro — I had to reset the glasses — but once I got everything linked up they automatically paired whenever I took them out of the case. These glasses charge in their case, which has a USB-C port integrated into it. 

The Fauna glasses I tried sounded fuller than the Amazon Echo Frames, but they weren’t as good as any of the Bose Frames. They also worked decently for making calls.

Fauna audio eyeglasses are on the expensive side at $300, but they do have a more premium look and feel to them — and that goes for the case as well. The sound quality is better than what you get from most audio glasses, too, but it’s still a little underwhelming compared to what you get from a pair of budget headphones. 

Online replacement lens sites such as replacerxlenses.comLensabl, and overnightglasses.com can fit Fauna audio glasses with RX lenses. 

$300 at Fauna

Decent under $150


Flows audio glasses



David Carnoy

A lot of the better Bluetooth audio glasses start around $200. Flows, which makes ound (Taylor’s) and sq . (Bruno’s) models, sells its audio glasses for $150 and if you apply the code 20 at checkout, you’ll get you 20% off ($30), which puts them at an affordable $120.

I tried the Taylor’s and they fit my face well and were comfortable to wear. They don’t sound great but they also don’t sound bad. They’re kind of middle of the pack as far as sound goes and the same goes for call-quality performance. Battery life can be rated at up to five hours for music listening, which is also middle of the pack.

They come with tinted lenses but you can buy an optional lens pack that includes three lenses (including clear) for $30. The lenses are relatively easy to swap in and out. 

The 20%-off discount code (20) is currently on good on the Flows website, and it’s unclear when it will expire.

$120 at Flows

Best clip-on speaker accessory for glasses


JLab JBuds Frames



David Carnoy

Maybe you’ve had your eye on Bose’s second-gen Frames audio sunglasses (see above), but you looked at the $250 price tag and said no thanks. Well, JLab Audio will be releasing a $49 alternative in late April (they’re available for preorder now). The JBuds Frames are essentially open-ear true-wireless earbuds that clip onto your existing glasses.

It’s an intriguing concept that JLab describes as a bring-your-own-frame design, although it’s clearly a bit kludgy looking and a bit disingenuous to call these earbuds “frames.” That said, I received a review sample and can tell you that these audio almost as good as the Bose Frames plus are also decent enough for making calls. In fact, I’d say they’re the second-best-sounding “audio frames” on this list.

JLab says its JBuds Frames comprise “two independently operating Bluetooth true wireless audio devices, which can be affixed to the temples of sunglasses, eyeglasses, and similarly styled blue light blocking eyewear.” They have 16mm drivers, and JLab says your music can’t be “heard by those people close by,” though from my tests that only applies when you’re listening to audio at more moderate volume levels. 

Battery life is rated at eight hours, and the clip-on devices have an IPX4 water-resistance rating, making them splash-resistant. They charge with the proprietary pogo-pin cable.

$49 at JLab

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