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Oakley THUMP MP3 Sunglasses Review

by December 08, 2004
Oakley THUMP MP3 glasses

Oakley THUMP MP3 glasses

  • Product Name: THUMP MP3 Sunglasses
  • Manufacturer: Oakley
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStar
  • Review Date: December 08, 2004 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 495 ($395 for 128MB)

Convenient flip-up lenses
Blocks 100% all UV (not just UVA/UVB)

Raked-back lens contour
Polarized lenses (256MB version only)


Fully wireless design

MP3, WMA & WAV support

75MHz DSP with 18-bit Sigma Dela DAC

128MB or 256MB of solid state flash memory

Up to 6 hours playback time

Mylar speakers


60 to 120 song storage capacity (based on 64 kbps and 4 minute average song length)

Rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery (fully charges in 3 hours, 80% charge in 1 hour)

Weight: 1.8 ounces (review sample 1.9 oz.)

USB 2.0 support for high-speed data transfer (includes cable)

Acoustic expansion speakers with forward/back booming and sideways pivoting


  • Coolest product of 2004
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to use
  • Fast USB 2.0 interface; doubles as portable USB drive
  • Li-ion battery is 80% rechargeable in 1 hour


  • Not inexpensive
  • Premium price for 256MB of storage
  • No AM/FM tuner (had to pick on something)


I review a lot of products... a lot of products. I was never as thoroughly impressed as when I opened up the box sent to me from Oakley which contained the first ever MP3 sunglasses. Billed as the "world's first digital audio eyewear" the Oakley THUMP is everything you could imagine. Remember that over-hyped movie you wanted to go see and then were let down by the actual event? Not gonna happen here. This is the real deal and I'll go into detail as to why these babies are going to be the NUMBER ONE Christmas present for 2004.
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