Shure, a manufacturer of American audio products, is known for its professional and audiophile-grade headphones, earphones, and microphones, which are used in recording studios around the world. Although regular consumers can easily buy and use Shure products, only purists and audiophiles are likely to enjoy the kind of sound that Shure usually has to offer with its headphones and earphones.
The company is now trying to make some changes with its wireless Ionic Lineup, Which was launched earlier this year CES. The Shure Aonic 50 is the more expensive of the two products launched in the Aonic range, and is priced at Rupees. 33,999 in India. With wireless connectivity, active noise cancellation and wide Bluetooth codec support, the Shure Aonic 50 goes up against the new Sony WH-1000XM4, Along with this Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 And Senhaiser Momentum 3 Wireless.
Is the Shure Aonic 50 the best pair of wireless headphones you can buy now? Can this Purist brand match the needs of regular consumers just like Sony and Bose? Learn in our review.
Technologically advanced, many Bluetooth codecs are supported on the Shure Aonic 50
The Shure Aonic 50 is priced at over Rs. 30,000, but it looks and feels completely worth the price. It is beautiful and well built, and in recent times I have used the most sophisticated-sophisticated premium wireless headset. It is a large, heavy pair of headphones at 334g, but is also very comfortable in long listening sessions and provides proper passive isolation that ensures the effectiveness of active noise cancellation.
Although the ear cover is made of simple plastic – matte black or brown – the headset feels solid. The Shure logo glows attractively. The brushed aluminum arms, soft padding on the ears and under the headband, and the textured finish on the top of the headband add to the elegance of the Shure Icon 50.
The hinges and folding mechanism is slightly firm, and the headset folds flat only, but has enough flexibility and room for movement to ensure a secure fit. Included in the sales package are a very large hard carry case, a stereo cable and a USB Type-C cable for charging. Interestingly, you can also use a USB Type-C port to connect the Shure Aonic 50 directly to the USB source device for digital output. It works with both a Type-C to Type-A cable connected to a laptop as well as a Type-C to Type-C cable connected to an Android smartphone.
While some brands are adopting swipe and gesture-based controls, Shure clings to the classic buttons for a tactile feel and ease of use. There are buttons for power, playback, and volume control, and a slider that lets you choose between listening, active noise cancellation, and standard listening methods. There is a USB Type-C port on the right for charging, while a 2.5 mm stereo jack on the left for connecting the included 2.5 mm-to-3.5 mm stereo cable for wired listening.
I’m used to seeing some notable features on premium headphones such as wear detection and gesture control, so it’s a little surprising that the Shure Aonic 50 is very straightforward in its approach. Nothing fancy here, and everything is controlled manually, but it does all the work as it is supposed to. Although they may sound old-fashioned, the headphones are more for this in core specifications.
The Shure Aonic 50 uses a 50mm dynamic driver and has a frequency response range of 20-22,000Hz. For connectivity, the headphones have Bluetooth 5, and you can also plug them into the headphone jack on a source device using the included cable. Supports all major Bluetooth codecs including Shure, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX low latency, and LDAC, ensuring that you ensure the best possible transmission of data without using it as a wireless source device .
Shure has a companion app for Aonic 50 headphones called ShurePlus Play, which is available on iOS and Android. The app covers the basics by allowing you to control the levels of active noise cancellation (normal or maximum mode) and hearing-through mode (10 adjustment points). You can also update the firmware, adjust the equalizer, and make other small tweaks on the headphones. Interestingly, the app also acts as a music player, which categorizes and lists the details of the audio tracks on your device. While I didn’t often use the music player in the app, it came in handy for quick reference while adjusting the equalizer and noise cancellation settings.
The Shure Aonic 50 claims to have a battery life of around 20 hours of listening, and I was able to make this claim quite easily with active noise cancellation, and using the LDAC Bluetooth codec extensively. Although not as impressive as the battery life offered by many of Sony’s headphones, it is a good enough figure given the offer factor and features.
Detailed, analytical sound on the Shure Aonic 50
The studio has a very low tolerance for variation in sound signatures; Sound professionals need equipment to ensure that they are as neutral and balanced as possible. Shure headphones and earphones usually have a flat, neutral and detailed sound signature, and stick to this approach despite being marketed as an everyday pair of Shure Aonic 50 headphones.
As a result, the Shure Aonic 50 is probably the most elaborate, analytical, and pair of wireless headphones you can buy right now, for focused tuning and extensive Bluetooth codec support. If you’re looking for detail and accuracy, this approach is amazing, but if your headphones have even a little ‘flavor’, you may be a bit too controlled to speak.
Starting with high-resolution audio, The Stranglers by Golden Brown showcased the abilities of the Stream Shaonic Aonic 50 using Tidal Masters. It is an incredibly wide pair of headphones, capable of easily capturing this busy and beautifully haunting track. Every hint of nuance in the recording and sound it different. The plush giant soundstage gave each element a different sense of direction and position, adding a strong sense of depth to this stereo recording.
Playing with Marvin Gay’s What’s Going on Dolby Atmos Music, the huge soundstage of the Shure Aeonic 50 was truly in its element. The headphones offer a near-realistic soundstage that emulates far better sound than the basic stereo separation, and the incoherent details in the track can be heard uniquely and almost accurately in the virtual stage.
The Shure Aonic 50 sounds good, even if you’re listening to regular high-resolution tracks or compressed streaming audio, but using high-quality source material has a definite and audible effect on performance. The precise nature of the sound means that the Aeonic 50 will also be quick to highlight flaws or weaknesses in the recording, and this is something that should be taken into consideration if you are considering taking these headphones.
It is also worth noting that the balanced, natural sound signal of the Shure Aonic 50 may not be for everyone. When used as a wired headset with an LDAC Bluetooth codec or when a USB cable is used for transmission, the headphones came out much sharper, focusing more on details than anything. This often means that the tracks were not as entertaining or fun as other headphones Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 Or a premium Sony wireless headset.
The bass was often slightly jerky, the highs were slightly sharp and piercing, and the mid-range was often slightly high and intense. Although audiophiles and purists will certainly appreciate this attention to detail and neutrality with specific types of music, everyday listeners may find the headphones a bit sluggish and lacking in drive.
The usually lively Light It Up by Major Ledger with Shure Aeon 50 didn’t hit me as much as Senhaiser Momentum 3 Wireless. The bass and thump and drive of this electronic track were very silent, and it greatly enjoyed this dance track. Interestingly, the sound was given a bit more character by listening to the same track using a different source device with the Qualcomm aptX codec, suggesting that headphones could play a bigger role in telling the headphones how to sound is.
Active noise cancellation on the Shure Aonic 50 is impressive, but perhaps slightly too intense at the maximum level. While there was a definite reduction in ambient sound, it also made for a very deep ‘silence’ effect which was a bit unnecessary for me. You can reduce the level of noise cancellation through the application, but there are only two levels to choose Normal and Maximum. Normal mode was not enough, and I think Bose and Sony headphones had more granular control as possible. Call quality on the Shure Aonic 50 was also good, and I had no problem with voice calls during my time with headphones.
Shure’s first wireless headset is exactly what you’d expect from the company – detailed, analytical, and just about the most practical pair of wireless headphones you can find. The Shure Aonic 50 sounds good, sounds great, and focuses on what matters most – getting out of as many audio tracks as possible. It is a technically adept pair of wireless headphones that is one of the best you can buy today.
All of that said, many may find the sound too neutral – the sound signature is definitely not for everyone. You’ll really need access to high-resolution and binary audio tracks to get the best from these headphones, while the Bose and Sony options are far more forgiving of regular audio quality. Lack of flexibility in active noise cancellation can also be a problem – it is either little or not enough, with no level in between.
The Shure Aonic 50 is one of my favorite premium wireless headsets for many reasons, but if you’re spending this much money, you need to be sure what you want. If this level of insensitivity is not for you, then it makes sense to look at Bose and Sony’s options; Recently launched Sony WH-1000XM4 May be particularly worth considering.
cost: Rupees. 33,999
- Looks good, well made
- Very comfortable, diverse connectivity options
- Technologically advanced, many Bluetooth codec supported
- Broad, Analytic, Delightful Sound
- Great comprehensive soundstage
- Active noise cancellation is not very customizable
- Balanced sound signature is not for everyone
Rating (out of 5)
- Design / Comfort: 4.5
- Audio Quality: 4
- Battery Life: 4
- Value for Money: 3.5
- Overall: ४
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