Best Audio Glasses and Sunglasses

Best Audio Glasses and Sunglasses 2021

If you find carrying headphones and earphones everywhere you go is a little inconvenient, and sometimes don’t feel like dragging a bag along just to put your headgears in. I feel you, I truly understand, as I used to carry a bag full of compact discs and a Discman, with my earphones dangling on my neck. Yes, I am that old. Or probably you are out on a date, and you want to wear something stylish and fashionable but still want to listen to some music during your commute. This is where Audio Glasses / Sunglasses come in, finally a way to look cool while listening to your favorite songs.

By ditching the headphones/earphones and their carriers, you have more options on what you want to wear whether to look trendy and fashionable or just presentable. The audio sunglasses can be an added touch to complete your streetwear simultaneously providing you with your favorite tunes as you stride on the street. So it looks good but does it sound good? Honestly speaking, you can’t expect much from them.

The embedded speakers are usually very small as they need to fit in nicely onto the glasses/sunglasses frame. If they are not hidden nicely, it would have beat the purpose and it would look downright ugly too. Since the speakers are so tiny, they will be lacking in clarity and bass but for dialogues/vocals, they are still fine. Audio glasses are rather more about their functionality than sound quality, even so, there are still some exceptional ones with better audio quality than the rest.

We will be listing 9 of the best audio glasses/sunglasses of 2021, come take a look and see which ones suit your style.

9 Best Audio Glasses and Sunglasses

1. Bose Frames Tenor Audio Sunglasses

Bose really knows how to makes their products look stylishly good, just check out Bose Frames Tenor, whether is mirrored silver or mirrored blue lens, both will look amazingly good with Bose Frames Tenor. It doesn’t just look good with its high gloss black finish and curves, using Bose Open Ear Audio technology, this pair of audio sunglasses is able to deliver higher sound quality than most audio glasses/sunglasses. You will still be able to hear what’s going on in the outside world while listening to your favorite tunes. The overall sound quality is fuller and the bass extension goes deeper when compared to the original Bose Frames which means the bass is just a tad better.

Bose Frames Tenor can be fully recharged in just 1 hour, once full, it could last up to 5½ hours of continuous listening. There’s Bluetooth connectivity with a wireless range of up to 30ft and with the advanced mic system, you can take crystal-clear calls without much disturbance from wind noise. It has an IPX2 rating, the polarized lenses block up to 99% of UV rays, furthermore, they are shatter-resistant and scratch-resistant.

The wafer-thin acoustic hidden away in the temples delivers great sound quality for an audio sunglasses, with amazing vocals clarity and decent bass output from such a small speaker.

Features

  • Lens options: Mirrored Silver, Mirrored Blue
  • Color options: Black
  • Weight: 49.89g
  • Better sound quality than the original Bose frames.
  • Bose Open Ear Audio technology – able to hear the outside world even when listening to music.
  • IPX2 rating
  • Polarized lenses are shatter-resistant and scratch-resistant
  • The battery lasts up to 5½ hours of continuous listening.
  • Bluetooth connectivity – wireless range of up to 30ft

2. OhO Audio Sunglasses

Oho Audio Sunglasses are one of the more affordable ones out in the market and with decent audio quality using Open Ear Speaker, enabling you to listen to your music and hear surroundings at the same time. Simplistic design but still classy looking, if you want a bolder look, you can always go for Turtle-Blue. Not only it has Bluetooth 5.0 (up to 30ft range), there is also Smart Assistant Voice Command for hands-free calling and answering, as well as communicating with Siri/Cortana/Google Now to connect to iTunes, Spotify, and more.

It is lightweight and comfortable to wear which is surprising as it doesn’t look that way. Oho Audio Sunglasses are sweatproof and more importantly, the lenses are impact-resistant and protect you from UV rays. Battery life is up to 5 hours of music listening but the recharging is kind of slow.

Oho audio sunglasses are also loud enough for good music listening, the sound quality at this price point I would say is good enough. Not to mention that it is loaded with features and is light in weight.

  • Lens options: Black, Blue
  • Color options: Black, Blue, Turtle, Turtle-Blue
  • Weight: 37g
  • Open Ear Speaker – listen to your music and hear your surroundings at the same time.
  • Bluetooth 5.0 – up to 30ft range
  • Smart Assistant Voice Command
  • 5 hours of music listening
  • Lenses are impact-resistant and protect you from UV rays.

3. Amazon Echo Frames (2nd Gen) Smart glasses

Amazon Echo Frames looks absolutely stunning and modern, love the Horizon Blue the most. These sleek-looking smart glasses use 4 micro speakers that beamforming audio toward your ears and has good sound leakage control. It can also measure the noise level of the environment you are in then automatically adjusts the volume before the sound is been played, making these smart glasses really ‘smart’. The VIP filter is amazing as well, as you can pre-select the notifications that you want to hear. The access to Alexa voice control allows you to call your friends and control other compatible smart devices hands-free.

The sound quality is definitely one of the best and is better than the first generation of Amazon Echo Frames. It also uses Open-Ear audio concept that allows you to hear your surroundings. It is very comfortable to wear and is lightweight. Other than Alexa, you can also access Google Assistant and Siri. Another cool feature will be the specially designed microphones made to respond to your voice or the user wearing the frames. Uses the latest Bluetooth technology with A2DP support for audio streaming.

Echo Frames are tough, made with carbon fiber, and titanium. It is also IPX4 rated, you can wear them out without any worries. Amazon has outdone themselves this time with this 2nd generation Echo Frames, with the stunning colors and superior audio quality.

Features

  • Lens options: N/A
  • Color options: Classic Black, Horizon Blue, Modern Tortoise
  • Weight: 31g
  • Measure environment noise level automatically adjusts the volume accordingly.
  • VIP Filter
  • Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri
  • Bluetooth 5.0 technology with A2DP support
  • Open-Ear audio – hear your surroundings
  • IPX4 rated
  • Battery Life – up to 4 hours of continuous listening.

4. Razer Anzu Smart Glasses

Razer Anzu Smart Glasses give you two options for frame design, select either the Round or Rectangle design. The round design has a bolder look and the rectangle design looks safer and classy, both are uniquely stylish. This is also great as different shape designs may look cooler on different people. Razer Anzu also comes with a pair of blue light filter lenses and another pair of replacement lenses that shield your eyes from the sun (99% UVA/UVB protection).

The 60ms low latency Bluetooth connection improves the audio quality and delivers smooth sound. Razer Anzu smart glasses is one of the top few best-sounding audio quality in the list but with slightly better bass. There’s even an app that you can use to adjust the EQ such as default, enhanced clarity, and treble boost. They are IPX4 rated, so you can bring them out for a casual walk, jogging, and even biking without worries.

If you are planning to get replacement prescription lenses for your Razer Anzu, you can get 15% OFF at Lensabl, thanks to the Razer partnership with them. You can also use the connected smartphone voice assistant via the touch controls. Razer Anzu smart glasses provide a lot of options for its users, such as the frame design, sizing option, etc., but if I were to nitpick, they should also provide color options for the frames.

Features

  • Lens options: Blue light filter lenses and Polarized replacement lenses
  • Color options: Black
  • Frames options: Round or Rectangle Designs
  • Weight: Round Design 44g (S/M) and 48g (L), Rectangle Design 43g (S/M) and 46g (L)
  • 60ms low latency Bluetooth (v5.1) connection
  • IPX4 rated
  • EQ Adjustments: Default, Enhanced Clarity, and Treble Boost
  • 15% OFF at Lensabl for Razer Anzu owners.
  • Open-ear audio glasses

5. Bose Frames Tempo Audio Sunglasses

Bose Frames Tempo is designed to provide high sound quality and to look stylish wearing them while you are doing your daily workouts. Comparing it with Tenor, Bose Frames Tempo does look more sleek and lean, in a matter of fact I’ve found it better looking. In terms of sound quality, Tempo is louder and has slightly more clarity than Tenor, and also lacking some bass weight. What makes it really better than Tenor, is that Tempo has higher battery life, up to 8 hours of playtime, and is IPX4 rated. With this IPX rating, I feel much safer wearing these audio sunglasses out in an open environment.

The lenses are different as well, Tempo has Road Orange, Trail Blue, and Twilight Yellow, each has its own merits and is suitable for various sports or outdoor adventures. Like all Bose Sunglasses, it is prescription (Rx) ready and you can just visit Lensabl.com but I don’t see any exclusive discounts though. The remaining features are almost similar, such as Bluetooth connectivity, Bose Music app, Bose Open Ear Audio, and more.

If it’s me, I would pick Tempo over Tenor, since it looks better and sounds better, furthermore suitable for outdoor activities with its long battery life and IPX4 rating. It does feel more comfortable too.

Features

  • Lens options: Road Orange, Trail Blue, Twilight Yellow
  • Color options: Black
  • Weight: 49.9g
  • Better sound quality than the original Bose frames and Tenor.
  • Bose Open Ear Audio technology – able to hear the outside world even when listening to music.
  • IPX4 rating – water-resistant sport sunglasses
  • Polycarbonate polarized lenses are shatter-resistant and scratch-resistant
  • The battery lasts up to 8 hours of playtime.
  • Bluetooth version 5.1 connectivity – range up to 30ft

6. Fauna Levia Black Audio Glasses

Fauna Levia Black is specially designed for women, with its ‘cat-eyes’ shape brings out a professional feminine look, suitable for all occasions. It is IP52 rated which means it is water and dust resistant. For the high price point, it comes with premium protection such as Zeiss DuraVision BlueProtect lenses which is great if you work in front of the monitor screen a lot as it protects your eyes from blue light.

The battery life is lesser (up to 4 hours) than the other audio glasses listed here but Fauna Levia Black comes with a portable charging case where you can recharge your audio glasses up to 4 times. It has a built-in 2 way sound system that consists of USound MEMS micro-speakers and electrodynamic woofers. Delivering high clarity sound with clear vocals, but lacks the bass weight and scale. It has Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and is an Open Ear Audio design as well. Ladies should definitely consider checking out Fauna Levia Black audio glasses.

Features

  • Lens options: Blue Light Lenses, Sun Lenses
  • Color options: Black
  • Weight: 48.1g
  • IP52 rated – water and dust resistant
  • Zeiss DuraVision BlueProtect lenses
  • Portable charging case – recharge your audio glasses up to 4 times.
  • 2 way sound system that consists of USound MEMS micro-speakers and electrodynamic woofers.
  • The battery lasts up to 4 hours of playtime.
  • Bluetooth version 5.0 connectivity and access to Voice Assistant.

7. GELETE Smart Glasses

GELETE Smart Glasses are one of the more affordable audio glasses on the list and with all the necessary features, you’ll need. For instance, it uses the Open-Ear speaker concept and has Bluetooth (v5.0) connectivity as well. Up to 30 feet of stable Bluetooth wireless connection. Surprisingly at this price point, it is actually IPX4 rated, highly resistant to sweat and rain. With this IPX rating, you can use GELETE smart glasses for outdoor sports without any worries.

The battery life is good, with up to 6 hours of playtime. The design looks pretty simple and straightforward, nothing impressive or bad about it, but there are quite a few lens color options to choose from. Even though it states that there is 3D surround sound or stereo surround, the sound quality is actually one of the least performing on the list. If your budget is really tight and you are just looking for entry-level audio glasses, GELETE Smart Glasses can be a good choice.

Features

  • Lens options: Blue, Red, Silver, Black, Transparent
  • Color options: Black
  • Weight: 32g
  • Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
  • IPX4 rated
  • Battery life – up to 6 hours of playtime.
  • Open-Ear speaker design
  • Very Affordable

8. Huawei X Gentle Monster Eyewear II Sunglasses

Huawei X may have the word ‘Gentle’ in its name but the speaker size is monstrous for audio sunglasses standard. It has a 128 mm² large diaphragm on each side that delivers loud and clear sound quality. It has very good sound leakage control as well. Huawei X Gentle Monster Eyewear II has a slightly better bass weight than the others but still lightweight when compared to headphones.

There’s a cool feature for vloggers where you can record at a frequency range of up to 20kHz via your Huawei X Gentle Monster which transmits the audio data to your mobile phone. The Huawei AI Life App is also very useful when you want to find your glasses, it will show you a map of its location. You can even set your audio glasses to emit a beeping sound when it is near your mobile phone. The App can do a lot more than just finding your lost audio glasses, you can also personalize shortcuts, check for updates, and more. It is incredibly sturdy too with a rating of IP67, it is highly resistant to water and dust.

Huawei X Gentle Monster Eyewear II has surprisingly a lot of features, it even has NFC wireless charging via the case and impressive audio quality with automatic optimization to minimize audio latency. It also comes with two glasses width range for a more comfortable fit. The only drawback is the price point, this is the most expensive audio glasses on the list.

Features

  • Lens options: N/A
  • Color options: Black
  • Glasses Width Range: 143–154mm (SMART MYMA-01), 150–161 mm (SMART LANG-01)
  • Weight: 47.9g (SMART MYMA-01), 44g (SMART LANG-01)
  • IP67, highly resistant to water and dust.
  • NFC wireless charging via the glasses case
  • Bluetooth v5.2
  • 128 mm² large-diaphragm speakers
  • Huawei AI Life App – “Find Glasses” feature and more.
  • High-Quality Wireless Recording.

9. Fauna Spiro Transparent Brown Audio Sunglasses

Fauna Spiro Transparent Brown is a pair of audio glasses that is suitable for most face shapes. It has the same Fauna stylish modern design that stands out among the crowd with the partial transparent frame. This pair of audio sunglasses use Carl Zeiss Vision lenses which protect your eyes from UV rays. Other than that, it has practically the same features as Levia Black like using Bluetooth 5.0, IP52 rated, charging case, cleaning cloth, and others.

Using the same speaker drivers with the same frequency range, there’s no difference in sound quality as well. If you are looking for audio sunglasses with a fashion statement or just want to look good then Fauna Spiro Transparent Brown will be an amazing choice.

  • Lens options: Carl Zeiss Vision Sun Lenses
  • Color options: Transparent Brown
  • Weight: 48.2g
  • IP52 rated
  • Carl Zeiss Vision lenses
  • Stylish charging case – recharge your audio glasses up to 4 times and the battery lasts up to 4 hours of playtime when fully charged.
  • Supports Voice Assistant
  • Bluetooth version 5.0 connectivity

Overall Best Audio Glasses / Sunglasses

The 2nd generation Amazon Echo Frames smart glasses are no doubt the overall best, it is one of the best sounding audio glasses on the list and also packed with all the features you’ll ever need. The price for Amazon Echo Frames is on point as well, not expensive and just right. It has the looks as well, suitable for all occasions, and resilient against outdoor environments.

Most Stylish Audio Glasses / Sunglasses

Bose Frames Tempo is absolutely stylish, doing sports or just casual strolling, you will look good in doing them. Anyway, this is just my pick and doesn’t mean the rest don’t look cool. For instance, Fauna audio glasses look stunning too. Just pick the one you really like, and that choice will be your most stylish audio glasses/sunglasses.

Most Stylish Audio Glasses Sunglasses

Audio Glasses / Sunglasses with the Most Features

Huawei X Gentle Monster Eyewear II really has a lot of features which some of them doesn’t exist in other audio glasses/sunglasses. The sound quality is impressive as well. If only the price point is more affordable, then it would have been the top pick for the best overall category.

Best Budget Audio Glasses / Sunglasses

Oho Audio Sunglasses will be the best budget audio glasses/sunglasses, it has decent audio quality and all the features you’ll need. If you are planning look for an entry level audio glasses, you should check this out as they are under $100 currently.

In Conclusion

You can’t really expect good sound quality from audio glasses, and they will always be lacking in bass. If sound quality is your main requirement, probably audio glasses would not be suitable for you and might as well just get a headphone. But if you need the features that audio glasses/sunglasses provide and are not concern about audio quality, then you should consider purchasing them. It does serve other functions other than just playing music and audio sunglasses can be a fashion accessory too. You might want to check out bone conduction glasses which totally use vibrations instead of actual sound for music listening.

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