Battle Royale (with Cheese): Bose Frames Vs Aftershockz Aeropex

Bad to the bone…conduction.

Joshua Beck


I love headphones, as you might have noticed; I’ve written at length about AirPods, Samsung’s Beans, and several other pair of musical earplugs recently.

But none get me more excited than the more expiramental types of headphones out there. The kind that dare to think out of the box.

For me, I don’t need noise-cancelling, surround sound, heavy bass headphones all of the time. In fact, most of the time I just want to have a soundtrack playing in the background while I’m working, preferabbly without blocking my ability to hear my surrounding enviroment and preferabbly without my surrounding environment having to be subjected to listening to “You’ll Be Back” for the hundreth time.

So, the two pairs of “headphones” that I’ll be comparing today are two of the most interesting I’ve come across: a pair of music-playing spectacles and a headband that sends sound through your skull.

Neat, huh?



As always, we begin here. I mean, they aren’t worth considering if you aren’t willing to pay for them.

The Areopex are definitely the cheaper of the two, coming in at $159.99, and come in four different colors; black (which is actually more of a dark gray), red, blue, and light gray.

It is worth mentioning that you can get Aftershockz bone conduction headphones for less- the Aftershockz Air run $119.99, and the Aftershockz Titanium run $79.99- but both of those are older models. Personally, the Titaniums were kind of painful to wear after a while, and neither sounded as good as the Aeropex. So for the purposes of this review, I’ll only be looking at the newest- and inherently most expensive- model.

The Bose Frames are a little pricier at $199, but it doesn’t stop there. I wear glasses every day, you see; without them, I’m about as blind as Matt Murdock or Mr. Magoo. The Frames, by default, come as sunglasses, and non-prescription ones at that. And from…