JLab is introducing a brand new Bluetooth audio gadget designed to be clipped onto your present glasses or sun shades. The Jbuds Frames are two modules with downward-firing audio system you place proper outdoors your ears. They’re a part of a resurgent development of open-ear audio that has normally been the area of Bluetooth-enabled sunglasses and bone-conducting bands.
They’re retailing for simply $50, which inserts in with one other development: Jlab’s historical past of providing surprisingly inexpensive headphones. Typically, these headphones outperform their price point and so the corporate is hoping it will probably pull that trick off once more by undercutting Bose, Amazon, Aftershokz, and others. Nevertheless, to date there’s a reasonably low ceiling on audio high quality for open-ear headphones — so don’t count on audiophile high quality regardless.
The Jbuds Frames are two largish modules which clip to the temples of the glasses you already personal. Not like built-in options, there’s no try by any means to cover the truth that you’ve bought headphones in your eyeglasses. They ship with a number of sizes of clips to allow them to match to extra sizes of glasses.
For audio, every unit has a 16mm driver that Jlab says gained’t be “heard by these shut by.” That’s the essential premise of open-ear audio: though the audio is taking part in simply outdoors your ears, it’s directed in such a approach that solely you’ll hear it. You won’t get the best constancy, however your ears gained’t be coated so you possibly can take note of the world round you in case you are out exercising.
The Jbuds Frames have an IPX4 water resistance ranking, so they need to be good for the rain or sweat. They’ve buttons to manage quantity, settle for or reject calls, and change EQ settings. JLabs says they can be utilized as a pair or independently, for those who simply need to connect and use one.
Battery life is rated at over eight hours of audio playback — and it should be good, given the scale of those modules. Slightly than coming with a charging case, they ship with a particular cable that splits into two magnetic charging factors.
I lately reviewed the Amazon Echo Frames and located having open-ear entry to audio all through the day to be actually handy. In concept, the Jlabs Frames would supply that very same comfort with out asking me to alter my eyeglasses. There’s competitors, nonetheless, within the type of the recently-announced (and much more expensive) Bose Open Sport Earbuds, which relaxation in your ears as a substitute of your glasses.
Each are going to be obtainable within the early spring of 2021, so we’ll have an opportunity to check each of them out quickly.