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Bose® Frames Tenor

Audio sunglasses with square-frame design

Item # 018TENOR

Throw on some shades and stroll around with tunes surrounding your head.

Throw on some shades and stroll around with tunes surrounding your head.

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Item # 018TENOR

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About the Bose® Frames Tenor

Classic-styled shades enhanced with Bose sound

Throw on some shades and stroll around with tunes surrounding your head. The lightweight Bose Frames Tenor are bona fide sunglasses with tinted, scratch-resistant lenses that can block harmful UVA/UVB rays. But they also play music, podcasts, and other audio content wirelessly from your phone via Bluetooth®.
Man wearing Bose Frames Tenor

The Bose Frames deliver open-air sound to keep you aware of your surroundings.

Classic-styled shades enhanced with Bose sound

Throw on some shades and stroll around with tunes surrounding your head. The lightweight Bose Frames Tenor are bona fide sunglasses with tinted, scratch-resistant lenses that can block harmful UVA/UVB rays. But they also play music, podcasts, and other audio content wirelessly from your phone via Bluetooth®.

Bose packed them with super-tiny, yet powerful drivers and special processing to deliver engaging sound from an open-ear design — keeping you aware of your surroundings. Music sounds clear to you, without playing at a volume that disturbs others. (Also available in the cat-eye frame "Soprano" and "Tempo" sports designs.)

Lightweight design with secure fit

I've tried out a previous generation of Bose Frames and found them incredibly easy to wear. Even with the built-in acoustic chamber, the weight was nicely distributed — they felt lighter than my prescription glasses.

"Wow, that sounded way better than I expected."  

That was my first impression wearing Bose Frames. 

These sunglasses deliver a bigger, fuller sound than I figured I'd get from their lightweight frames. Vocals, synths, guitars, and other mid-to-high range sounds fair best, so acoustic tracks really impressed. But there is some actual bass presence — enough to give your music some nuance and detail. (You just obviously shouldn't expect the deep bass you get from real-deal Bose headphones.)

The drivers create a small "bubble" of sound around your head, rather than the between-the-ears experience you get from most earbuds. I found that the extra distance gave podcasts a refreshingly conversational feel. And for music, the imaging and instrument separation is quite good. 

Phone calls sound surprisingly clear — on both ends

At Crutchfield's Central Virginia headquarters, we have U.S. Route 29 running north and south nearby. So I figured what better place to test out call quality than next to eight lanes of traffic? I parked in an adjacent lot, and called my wife. Inside my car, her voice came through the Bose Frames crystal clear and sounded more natural than some in-ear headphones I've used for calls.  

When I stepped out of the car, I expected the traffic noise to completely drown out the call — this is an open-ear design, after all. But not only could I hear her voice just fine, she said that mine sounded just as clear. All the car horns and engine noise stayed in the background, and she had no trouble following what I was saying.  


Product highlights:

  • lightweight sunglasses with discreet built-in speakers
    • nylon frames with durable steel hinges
    • 55mm lens width, 18mm bridge width, 136mm temple length
  • also available in "Soprano" (elegant cat eye frame) or "Tempo" (sweatproof sports sunglasses) styles
  • scratch-resistant mirrored black lenses block up to 99% of UVA/UVB rays
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening and phone calls
  • open-ear design helps keep you aware of your surroundings
  • miniature drivers aimed toward your ears to deliver a personal bubble of sound
    • proprietary digital sound processing limits what others can hear
  • voice prompts provide information on battery life, device connection, and caller ID
  • one-button control for playing/pausing music and accepting phone calls
    • also gives access to your phone's Siri® or Google Assistant voice control
  • built-in microphone for hands-free phone calls
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 5-1/2 hours of wireless music listening
    • frames automatically power off when removed to conserve battery
  • free, optional Bose® Music app
  • proprietary charging cable included
  • cloth bag and carrying case included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 851338-0110

What's in the box:

  • Audio sunglasses (Tenor)
  • 23" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and magnetic 4-pin connector on other end)
  • Hard plastic case
  • Soft cleaning cloth
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Stacey B.

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Overview: Bose Frames audio sunglasses feature the exclusive Bose Open Ear Audio™ technology, with built-in micro speakers on each temple that let you discreetly listen to music while you go about your day. Since there are no ear cups or ear buds to cover or insert into your ears, you can hear and interact with your environment. The gloss black sunglasses feature lightweight TR-90 nylon frames that resist scratches, and stainless steel hinges. The Frames connect to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, so there are no dangling wires. This Bose Frames Tenor model features a refined square frame with a unique keyhole bridge, and polycarbonate polarized lenses. Bose Frames come with a USB charging cable with a soft cleaning cloth, and a hard-shell hinged storage case. The Bose Frames Tenor has the following dimensions:

  • Overall Dimensions: Width 5.71", Height 1.894", Depth 6.0"
  • Temple Length: 6.1" (155mm)
  • Lens Size: 55mm
  • Bridge Width: 18mm
  • Weight: 1.7 ounces

Lenses: The Bose Frames lenses are uniformly tinted to block 99% of UVA and UVB rays. They are made of premium materials to prevent scratches and breakage. Optional replacement lenses are available in Mirrored Silver and Mirrored Blue.

Moisture Resistance: The Bose Frames Tenor has an IPX2 rating for moisture resistance. They are resistant to sweat and water droplets, however, you should not swim or shower with the audio sunglasses on. They should not be submerged in water.

Bluetooth: Bose Frames connect to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth (ver. 5.1) with A2DP and HFP profiles. The wireless connection has a range of up to approximately 30 feet. With the Bose Music App, you can control the frames from any mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet. In addition to listening to your favorite music, you can make and answer incoming phone calls. The audio sunglasses have two beam-forming microphones for clear phone calls. Up to 8 Bluetooth devices can be stored in the Frames device list, however, you can connect and play audio from only one device at a time.

Onboard Controls: The Bose audio sunglasses have a single multi-function button, located on the bottom of the right temple, plus a touch-sensitive surface on the outside of the right temple. The audio sunglasses have the following functions:

  • Power: Power On (press and hold button), Power Off (press and hold button), Flip-to-Off (flip frames upside down for 2 seconds), Auto Power off (using motion detection, frames have not moved for 10 minutes).
  • Volume: Increase volume (forward swipe of touch surface), Decrease volume (backward swipe of touch surface).
  • Music Playback: Play/pause (single button press), Track Forward (double button press), Track Backward (triple button press)
  • Phone Calls: Answer/end call (single button press), Decline call (double button press), Answer 2nd incoming call (single press while on a call), Decline 2nd incoming call (double press while on a call).
  • Voice Assistant: Siri (iOS) or Google Assistant (Android): double tap of touch surface on right temple.

Voice Prompts: Voice prompts provide guidance and status updates through the speakers. When you power on the Frames, a voice prompt gives you the current battery level as a percentage, and identifies the connected device. It will remind you to charge the battery when the reserve power is low. When a call comes in, the voice prompt will announce the incoming caller and the call status. Voice prompts can be enabled or disabled in the Bose Connect app.

Battery: Bose Frames are powered by a built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The battery charges in approximately 1 hour using the included charging cable. The audio sunglasses have a magnetic 4-pin connector on the right temple for charging the battery. On a full charge, Bose Frames provide up to 5.5 hours of music playback. An LED status light indicates the charge level: blinks red (charge needed), blinks white (charging), or solid white (full charge).

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