Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly the time of year when you’re going to throw on the shades and listen to some tunes on the beach, but Oakley nonetheless has now made available its new Thump 2 sunglass-MP3 player combo. This time around, they’ve boosted the memory, making available 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB versions.
First impressions may make you think of Terminator…according to a review on gizmodo.com, they made the wearer “look kind of badass.” Others just call it ugly. They may not be terribly practical in the gym, but if you like riding your bike or going for a run outside, these eliminate the tangling of wires, and are actually a pair of real nice quality sunglasses—they are Oakley’s after all, based on the “hard-edged style” of the GASCAN™ line.
As far as audio quality, reviewers are pleasantly surprised, and the Thump 2 is even Mac-friendly, though not completely iTunes friendly. You have to jump through some DRM hoops before your iTunes-purchased songs can be sent over USB to the Thump 2s. The glasses also feature Oakley’s High Definition Optics technology and the frame is made of lightweight “O Matter.”
You can grab the 256MB version ($299) comes in black or brown, the 512 MB ($349) in black or white, and the 1GB ($449) in black only. Or you can wait for the Korean knockoffs to hit the streets, who knows when that will happen.
• Solid-state NAND flash memory with no moving parts
• Up to 6 hours of playback time on a single charge
• Three-color indicator light to show battery level
• 75MHz DSP with 18-bit Sigma Delta DAC for state-of-the-art audio fidelity
• Custom Mylar speakers with three directions of movement for precise positioning
• Patented XYZ OPTICS for razor sharp clarity at all angles of vision, even at lens periphery
• Lens contours that maximize protection against sun, wind and side impact
• PLUTONITE lens material to filter out 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light
• Supports storage of data files along with song files
• Includes High Speed USB cable for transferring song files from Mac* or Windows PC
• Prescription ready