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  • Josh McDonald

Quick Listen: Bose Rondo Audio Sunglasses

Updated: Jun 6, 2019

I couldn't help myself, I had to have a listen.

A short call to my local Bose shop confirmed they were available for demo.

I like how they look. I've always been a fan of Bose's Midnight Blue colour, which the Rondo and the Alto are both adorned in. The gold accents are a nice touch, adding a hint of quality to the otherwise plastic construction.

One little gold button. That's all you need. Pause, play, skip, answer and hang up, the button does all with a satisfying click. Tip the sunglasses upside down and they turn off. Neat.

I didn't get to connect them to my own device, so I'm not sure how all that works. If it's anything like the rest of the Bose lineup, it's simple and user friendly.

But that means I didn't get to play any tracks I really knew, I was stuck with the Bose Promo playlist. Listening in a loud show room with music you don't know isn't ideal, but what I did notice was the frequency range is limited, struggling to produce anything below 200Hz. Volume isn't massive either, so if you like booming bass they're probably not for you.

The sound presentation is different. It's not something I've ever come across. Because the drivers are in the arms of the sunglasses, there's no seal like headphones. It's a super near-field experience.

Audio quality isn't their strongest feature. Music, calls and access to your assistant of choice in a stylish set of frames, all for $299, that's their selling point.

They're cool though, I'm intrigued and I'd love to spend more time with them.

Weird. New. The future? Maybe.