Shure Aonic 215 review: True wireless earbuds for audiophiles

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Shure may well be a nicely-acknowledged audio brand among the musicians and audiophiles, but it sort of missed the boat on client wi-fi headphones. Properly, now the company ultimately has a set of of correct wi-fi earbuds and they’re not your typical AirPods clones, while at $279 (£259 AU$146), they do expense a little bit more than Apple’s AirPods Pro.


  • Progressive layout with removable Bluetooth module
  • Quite a few ear strategies involved to make certain you get a restricted seal
  • Includes Shure SE215 earbuds but you can attach other Shure earbuds
  • In depth, exact seem with restricted bass and transparency manner
  • 8 hours of battery everyday living with a few more rates from charging circumstance (32 hours complete)
  • Excellent get in touch with quality, while seem is only mono for phone calls

Will not Like

  • Costly
  • Big charging circumstance
  • Controls are confined at launch
  • Mono voice phone calls (seem only comes out of proper earbud)

What is exciting about them is that the Bluetooth module is removable. As its identify indicates, the Aonic 215 Correct Wireless Sounds-Isolating Earphones incorporates Shure’s SE215 buds, the $ninety nine entry-degree model in its line of earbuds that have removable cables. But the modules, which can be acquired individually for $230 (£209 $AU120), are intended to generate any Shure earbuds that have a removable cable, like the $one,000 SE846. 

The Aonic 215 in white. It also comes in crystal clear, blue and black.

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Weirdly, they’re sort of the audiophile equivalent of the Beats Powerbeats Pro. They have a hook that wraps about the prime of your ear and they stayed in my ears pretty securely (even more securely than the Powerbeats Pro earbuds). And like that Beats model, they have a jumbo charging circumstance. Even while it is really technically more substantial than the Powerbeats Pro’s circumstance, it won’t feel more substantial, possibly due to the fact it is really a little bit thinner.

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A Shure rep told me they really don’t have a drinking water-resistance score but explained they must be fantastic for light workout routines, contemplating Shure buds are utilised by musicians, some of whom sweat quite a bit throughout performances. Nevertheless, if you’re wanting for a correct sports activities headphones, this is just not it. But, as I explained, they seriously do continue to be on your ears (and in them, too). 

Aonic 215 future to the Beats Powerbeats Pro.

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As with other sound-isolating earbuds, it is really important to get a restricted seal to get seriously great seem. Of all the eartips that are involved — there are a large amount — only the major set of foam strategies bought me that restricted seal. But at minimum one particular of of the alternatives labored and you must be equipped to obtain one particular that functions for you.

The seem is just not for most people. As I explained, these are geared towards audiophiles, and they have a more neutral seem profile with nicely-balanced seem which is properly specific and has great definition in the bass. For anyone who’s utilised to headphones that are more hyped in the treble and the bass, they may well feel a very little flat, but if you respect exact and clear seem you may like these.

This possibly is just not the headphone you’d get if you listen to a large amount of hip hop or digital music with pounding bass lines. These are heading to be much better for rock, classical, jazz and more “refined” music. Properly-recorded tracks and albums like Caetona Veloso and David Byrne Stay at Carnegie Corridor appear across seriously properly.

I did check out the Bluetooth modules with Shure’s $one,000 SE846 buds, which are heavier, have quad drivers and metal in its place of plastic posts (you stick the eartips on the posts). Yeah, they’re much better: Far more open up, articulate and richer sounding with further bass (the SE846 also has actual physical filters you can increase to tweak the seem). The SE846s are less difficult to generate than the SE215s, so they perform a very little louder. The SE215 is essentially the toughest to generate of its earbuds, according to Shure, and an update to the ShurePlus Participate in companion application for iOS and Android will enable you to choose which earbuds you’re making use of with the Bluetooth modules.

Frankly, it is really overkill to use seriously high priced buds with a Bluetooth module (correct, the SE846 does appear with a cabled Bluetooth alternative, but you also get a pro-degree wired cable). Yeah, these aid the Apple-helpful AAC audio codec alongside with aptX if your device can stream aptX (Samsung Galaxy phones do). But with larger-finish Shure earbuds, you’re heading to want to go wired for significant listening classes. That explained, the strategy listed here is that if you want to go certainly wi-fi, you now can.

The removable Bluetooth model with the SE215 and SE846.

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Battery everyday living is rated at 8 hours, which is rapid turning out to be the typical for the latest Bluetooth five. correct wi-fi earbuds (the charging circumstance offers you a few more rates for 32 hours complete) Though the buds routinely change off when you put them in their charging circumstance, you do have to manually change just about every bud on. These do have actual physical buttons and the controls are initially rather confined but will develop by means of software program updates that will enable for some customization to the still left and proper earbud controls (at the moment, you can find no way to advance tracks nor are there quantity controls). At launch, you can pause and perform your music as nicely as remedy and finish phone calls with a one press. A triple press activates your device’s voice assistant. And double pressing the still left or proper manage button activates a transparency manner so you can listen to what’s heading on about you and also listen to your voice in the buds when you’re earning a voice get in touch with.

Really, I must say “bud” not “buds,” due to the fact these only have mono for phone calls — the seem comes out of the proper bud only like it does on Bose’s Soundsport Free of charge, a element that some folks complained about with that headphone. That is too poor due to the fact they are decent for earning phone calls and have two beamforming microphones in the proper Bluetooth module to decide up your voice. The future generation must increase stereo voice phone calls but it won’t be able to be extra to the current model. (You can use the proper earbud on its very own for phone calls for those people who treatment about that element).

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The companion application lets you regulate the degree of transparency. It also can perform back again high-fidelity lossless tracks if you have a collection of those people you want to shop on your phone. Alas, the app’s equalizer only functions in the application with the music saved on your phone, not music streaming products and services. 

General, I believe this a amazing strategy. Yeah, it feels a very little very first-gen. And yeah, it is really a very little quirky and too high priced, specifically when contemplating its features list is confined when compared to some other high-finish correct wi-fi earbuds out there. For occasion, you can get the Sennheiser Momentum Correct Wireless two, which features active sound-canceling and a bit richer seem with more highly effective bass, for about $twenty more.

But I appreciated the Aonic 215. It has a unique layout which is definitely in preserving with Shure’s in-ear keep an eye on heritage and will make you like a musician wearing them even if you’re not. I just believe to obtain a bigger viewers, these will have to appear down to closer to $two hundred.