Oakley Thump 2 review: Oakley Thump 2

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Music player built into sunglasses for cordless listening; plays MP3, AAC, WMA, WMA DRM, and WAV tracks; up to 1GB of storage; multihinged earbuds allow for a perfect fit with most users; USB 2.0 connection.

The Bad Doesn't come with wall charger or hard case; poor battery life; advanced playback controls are hard to remember; high price; music can be easily heard by those around you.

The Bottom Line The Oakley Thump 2 is a great choice for athletes who want portable tunes minus the headphone cord.

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The Oakley Thump 2

The Oakley Thump 2 offers something that no other MP3 player, even the Apple iPod, has: UV and blue-light protection. That's because the Thump 2 cleverly builds a flash-based player into the frame of a pair of sunglasses for cordless on-the-go listening. The Oakley Thump 2 picks up where its pioneering predecessor left off, opting for a slightly more mainstream style and quadrupling the memory for about the same price. We tested the high-end Thump 2 (black with red accents), which offers 1GB of storage, enough for about 240 songs, for a list price of $449. The Thump 2 also comes in other sizes: 256MB, available in brown with bronze and gunmetal, as well as black with grey and gunmetal; and 512MB, presented in black with black iridium and chrome, in addition to white with black iridium and chrome.

The new and improved Oakley Thump 2 (1GB shown).

The Thump 2 earbuds use an ingenious new multihinged system that lets you easily place them exactly where you want. You can even jut them out a bit from your ears so that you can hear what's going on around you--try that with regular headphones. The only downside: However you wear them, they leak noise pretty badly. Don't use the Thump 2 if you're a train or subway commuter, especially if you're sitting next to us. Make sure you try the Thump 2 before buying, as style is subjective. Also, the glasses or earbuds will not fit a tiny percentage of users.

The Oakley Thump 2's telescoping earbuds will fit most people.

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Oakley Thump 2 (512MB, black/black iridium)

Part Number: 05-165 Released: Oct 14, 2005
Pricing is currently unavailable.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Oct 14, 2005
  • Color polished black
  • Weight 0.1 lbs
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards AAC
  • Installed Size 512 MB
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type sunglasses with digital player
  • Run Time (Up To) 6 hour(s)
  • Capacity 512 MB