Shure Aonic 215 review: True wireless earbuds for audiophiles

Nancy J. Delong

Shure may possibly be a properly-recognized audio brand amongst musicians and audiophiles, but it sort of missed the boat on shopper wi-fi headphones. Nicely, now the firm eventually has a set of of legitimate wi-fi earbuds and they are not your common AirPods clones, while at $279 (£259 AU$146), they […]

Shure may possibly be a properly-recognized audio brand amongst musicians and audiophiles, but it sort of missed the boat on shopper wi-fi headphones. Nicely, now the firm eventually has a set of of legitimate wi-fi earbuds and they are not your common AirPods clones, while at $279 (£259 AU$146), they do price tag a little bit a lot more than Apple’s AirPods Professional.


  • Modern layout with detachable Bluetooth module
  • Various ear guidelines integrated to make sure you get a tight seal
  • Consists of Shure SE215 earbuds but you can connect other Shure earbuds
  • Thorough, exact seem with tight bass and transparency manner
  • 8 several hours of battery lifetime with 3 further costs from charging scenario (32 several hours complete)
  • Excellent get in touch with high quality, although seem is only mono for phone calls

You should not Like

  • High-priced
  • Substantial charging scenario
  • Controls are confined at launch
  • Mono voice phone calls (seem only comes out of appropriate earbud)

What’s attention-grabbing about them is that the Bluetooth module is detachable. As its name indicates, the Aonic 215 Legitimate Wireless Noise-Isolating Earphones incorporates Shure’s SE215 buds, the $99 entry-degree model in its line of earbuds that have detachable cables. But the modules, which can be bought independently for $230 (£209 $AU120), are built to travel any Shure earbuds that have a detachable cable, which include the $one,000 SE846. 

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

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Weirdly, they are sort of the audiophile equal of the Beats Powerbeats Professional. They have a hook that wraps all-around the top of your ear and they stayed in my ears extremely securely (even a lot more securely than the Powerbeats Professional earbuds). And like that Beats model, they have a jumbo charging scenario. Even although it truly is technically greater than the Powerbeats Pro’s scenario, it does not really feel greater, probably because it truly is a little bit thinner.

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A Shure rep explained to me they don’t have a h2o-resistance score but stated they need to be high-quality for mild workouts, contemplating Shure buds are applied by musicians, some of whom sweat quite a little bit throughout performances. However, if you’re on the lookout for a legitimate sports headphones, this isn’t it. But, as I stated, they seriously do stay on your ears (and in them, much too). 

Aonic 215 future to the Beats Powerbeats Professional.

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As with other sounds-isolating earbuds, it truly is critical to get a tight seal to get seriously excellent seem. Of all the eartips that are integrated — there are a great deal — only the premier set of foam guidelines got me that tight seal. But at least one particular of of the alternatives worked and you need to be ready to obtain one particular that performs for you.

The seem isn’t for everybody. As I stated, these are geared towards audiophiles, and they have a a lot more neutral seem profile with properly-well balanced seem which is nicely in-depth and has excellent definition in the bass. For another person who’s applied to headphones that are a lot more hyped in the treble and the bass, they may well appear a tiny flat, but if you appreciate exact and thoroughly clean seem you can like these.

This almost certainly isn’t the headphone you would invest in if you pay attention to a great deal of hip hop or digital tunes with pounding bass strains. These are likely to be superior for rock, classical, jazz and a lot more “refined” tunes. Nicely-recorded tracks and albums like Caetona Veloso and David Byrne Stay at Carnegie Corridor come throughout seriously nicely.

I did consider the Bluetooth modules with Shure’s $one,000 SE846 buds, which are heavier, have quad drivers and metal instead of plastic posts (you stick the eartips on the posts). Yeah, they are superior: Extra open, articulate and richer sounding with further bass (the SE846 also has actual physical filters you can increase to tweak the seem). The SE846s are much easier to travel than the SE215s, so they engage in a tiny louder. The SE215 is basically the toughest to travel of its earbuds, according to Shure, and an update to the ShurePlus Enjoy companion application for iOS and Android will let you to find which earbuds you’re applying with the Bluetooth modules.

Frankly, it truly is overkill to use seriously expensive buds with a Bluetooth module (legitimate, the SE846 does come with a cabled Bluetooth alternative, but you also get a professional-degree wired cable). Yeah, these guidance the Apple-pleasant AAC audio codec together with aptX if your system can stream aptX (Samsung Galaxy phones do). But with larger-end Shure earbuds, you’re likely to want to go wired for crucial listening classes. That stated, the strategy right here is that if you want to go actually wi-fi, you now can.

The detachable Bluetooth model with the SE215 and SE846.

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Battery lifetime is rated at 8 several hours, which is rapidly starting to be the typical for the latest Bluetooth 5. legitimate wi-fi earbuds (the charging scenario presents you 3 further costs for 32 several hours complete) Whilst the buds automatically convert off when you set them in their charging scenario, you do have to manually convert each and every bud on. These do have actual physical buttons and the controls are originally really confined but will grow via application upgrades that will let for some customization to the remaining and appropriate earbud controls (at present, there is certainly no way to advance tracks nor are there quantity controls). At launch, you can pause and engage in your tunes as properly as answer and end phone calls with a one push. A triple push activates your device’s voice assistant. And double pressing the remaining or appropriate control button activates a transparency manner so you can listen to what is likely on all-around you and also listen to your voice in the buds when you’re creating a voice get in touch with.

Essentially, I need to say “bud” not “buds,” because these only have mono for phone calls — the seem comes out of the appropriate bud only like it does on Bose’s Soundsport Totally free, a aspect that some individuals complained about with that headphone. That’s much too terrible because they are respectable for creating phone calls and have two beamforming microphones in the appropriate Bluetooth module to pick up your voice. The future technology need to increase stereo voice phone calls but it cannot be added to the current model. (You can use the appropriate earbud on its have for phone calls for those who treatment about that aspect).

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The companion application lets you regulate the degree of transparency. It also can engage in again superior-fidelity lossless tracks if you have a selection of those you want to keep on your cellphone. Alas, the app’s equalizer only performs in the application with the tunes saved on your cellphone, not tunes streaming products and services. 

All round, I feel this a amazing strategy. Yeah, it feels a tiny very first-gen. And yeah, it truly is a tiny quirky and much too expensive, primarily when contemplating its capabilities list is confined compared to some other superior-end legitimate wi-fi earbuds out there. For instance, you can invest in the Sennheiser Momentum Legitimate Wireless 2, which capabilities lively sounds-canceling and a little bit richer seem with a lot more powerful bass, for about $twenty a lot more.

But I preferred the Aonic 215. It has a distinct layout which is absolutely in keeping with Shure’s in-ear watch heritage and will make you like a musician carrying them even if you’re not. I just feel to obtain a bigger viewers, these will have to come down to nearer to $200. 

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