Ever imagine that you can one day hear music without sound? Me neither but now you can though. With the introduction of Bone Conduction Glasses, you can now listen to your favorite songs and jam with the beat without any sound at all. This is probably the coolest way of listening to music and can be an amazing conversational topic among your peers.
What are Bone Conduction Glasses?
There are your standard-looking glasses but with special vibrational devices or bone conduction speakers attached to the temple. Bone conduction glasses will decode the sound waves, converting them into vibrations which will then be sent directly to your Cochlea through the bones of your skull, bypassing your eardrums.
Hearing sounds using vibrations is actually happening on a daily basis, as this is one of the ways that we can hear our own voice. Just a fun fact, Beethoven also uses vibrations to help him hear sounds from his piano by attaching a rod to it while clenching it with his teeth. Fortunately for us, we don’t need to do that, as long we have Bone Conduction Glasses at our disposal.
I will be listing the 4 Best Bone Conduction Glasses on the market, and without further ado, they are:
1. VocalSkull Alien 5 Bone Conduction Sunglasses
As the name suggests, it uses your skull to transmit the vibration. VocalSkull Alien 5 in fact is their 2nd generation bone conduction sunglass, it not only looks cool but has an upgrade. Such as the upgraded bone conduction speaker with a unique cavity design that greatly reduces the sound leakage by 87%. There’s an improvement in sound quality as well.
VocalSkull Alien 5 is using Bluetooth 4.1 with multi-point pairing that allows 2 mobile devices to be connected wirelessly to the headset. The Open Ear Solution is a neat feature where you are able to hear the world around you while listening to music, answering calls, etc. This is to ensure safety as you are still aware of your surrounding. Another feature will be the noise-canceling microphone as it increases the clarity of your phone calls. It has also an IP67 weatherproof rating and a battery life of up to 4 hours of normal volume usage.
It is comfortable to wear and you don’t feel fatigued even after wearing it for hours. The new speaker driver is better than the older generation VocalSkull Alien thus higher sound quality and leakage control.
2. AcTek Bone Conduction Sunglasses
Another stylish-looking bone conduction sunglasses, that looks ready for any outdoor adventures. AcTek bone conduction sunglasses come with an additional 2 more pairs of lenses which you can use as replacements. The sound quality seems to be a hit or miss with this one, so is best you audition them first before purchasing to see if it is really worth buying. The sound leakage is not tightly controlled so you might disturb others around you without knowing.
AcTek bone conduction sunglasses do have Open Ear which is important since, for your own safety, you need to know and hear your surrounding. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 with a wireless range of up to 33ft but doesn’t connect to multiple devices at once. The battery life is good, with up to 5 hours of playtime or talking using the built-in noise-canceling microphone.
This is one of the heavier glasses out on the market and may not be comfortable to wear for long hours. But if you are okay with sunglasses that weigh 55 grams then the comfort level could be fine for you. As mentioned, you should test it out before buying.
3. Zungle Viper Bone Conduction Sunglasses
Zungle Viper is their 2nd generation bone conduction sunglasses which received tons of positive reviews based on their website but they are not selling on Amazon though so it could be a bummer for some of us. It looks amazing and sleek, there a certain unique style to it, with the colorful lens (up to 8 color options + 1 clear lens) and bold look. It has good control of the sound leakage which also helps in improving the sound quality.
It uses Bluetooth 5.0 which is more stable when compared to older versions. Zungle Viper uses speakers called Vibra which is bigger than its predecessor (Panther) and is closer to the ears as well, thus better sound quality than the old one. The A.I. Voice control is a pretty neat feature too as you can access either Google Assistant or Siri. A surprisingly fast battery recharge, less than an hour and could last you up to 4 hours of playtime.
For the price point, the IPX4 rating is not really that attractive as it offers little protection against rain and no protection against dust and sand. So wearing this to a beach or pool party is not really that recommended.
4. EKEN G1 Bone Conduction Sunglasses
EKEN G1 bone conduction sunglasses has the longest battery life out of the 4 listed here, with up to 6 hours of playtime and 8 hours for a continuous call. Another cool feature is the Bluetooth 5.0 multi-point pairing compatibility which is pretty rare for bone conduction sunglasses. The wireless range is about 33 feet (10 meters) which is sufficient. The lens not only looks cool but also 100% protects your eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Using TR-90 material it is bend resistant but it doesn’t say if it is resistant to water and other elements (no IPX rating). The sound quality is okay and has an Open Ear solution so that you will be aware of your surrounding.
The sound quality of these Bone Conduction Sunglasses/glasses is definitely not audiophile-level and I also notice missing high frequencies which means either there are not really efficient ‘speakers’ or there’s something wrong with my skull. For functional use like answering calls and causal listening, it will be good enough and does look cool.
These devices have been around for a few years but the choices are getting lesser. Probably because of Audio Sunglasses which provide better sound quality since it uses traditional speakers that emits sound rather than vibrations. You may want to check them out first before deciding if you prefer bone conduction sunglasses or audio sunglasses. Regards to bone conduction sunglasses, I will recommend that you try them out first and test the sound quality, at least you will know what to expect before buying.