I recently talked about the Shure Aonic 215 headphones. In short, I liked the sound and even felt nostalgic. But that was all over – a difficult fit, price, and several other points did not allow me to recommend the device for purchase. The Shure Aonic 50 is a completely different story!
Shure Aonic 50: Design
The headphones are available in three colours: black, brown and silver. The most beautiful version seems to me to be black. The upper part of the headband is made of eco-leather. The inner part of the headband and ear pads are made of the same material.
The “frame” is made of metal. The cups are made of pleasant ordinary plastic: it is not glossy, not matte – just the way it should be. The assembly is good. There are only two questions: why such a huge case in the kit, and why didn’t they make a regular input for an audio cable (2.5 mm is used here)? Moreover, the network and other sources indicate “mini-jack” – do not believe it, here it is 2.5 mm, good old, as in the ancient “Nokia”.
Yes, there is one more question. The lever on the right cup is responsible for switching modes. Notifications do not accompany only the transition from one to the other – and the noise reduction is almost invisible here. And to catch the middle position is difficult: if you squeeze it a little, the button goes up. Here, you can watch the video instruction:
There are no questions about the three-button remote control, about the quality of speech transmission too, in the office, you can communicate without problems, they hear you, you hear, everything is ok.
There are complaints on the net about the rigidity of the headband. I did not notice anything like that. In the office, I periodically wear headphones for an hour and a half in a row. For symmetrical adjustment of the headband, there are drawn marks on the guides. There are also clicks.
The claimed operating time is about 20 hours, the fifth version of the Bluetooth profile is supported. Discharging is quiet: when used for two to three hours a day, the charge can be enough for four to five days. The main thing is not to forget to unplug your headphones. USB Type-C is used for charging. I tried to connect them with such a cable to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.
There are several nuances here. Firstly, the sound is not transmitted in the off state. The headphones must be turned on. Secondly, the headphones can receive sound via cable, while the second smartphone (iPhone 12 Pro Max in my case) remains connected. Thirdly, subjectively, the tracks in different services and different players sound more pleasant when listening to them with a cable connection. There are much more details, depth, even more volume reserve. There is something in this. At the very least, I advise you to try this method – if suddenly the sound will not be transmitted, try another USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable.
In general, the headphones are like headphones, well assembled, tightly knocked down, nothing superfluous. The connection to the smartphone is reliable. For a couple of weeks of use, it has never fallen off the iPhone. The cups cannot be folded, but you can safely wear them around your neck. Headphones are perfect for this.
The Aonic 50 works with the same application as the Aonic 215, and it’s worth installing, at least for the sake of a firmware update. Well, also for pampering with the equalizer.
Shure Aonic 50: Noise reduction & Transparency mode
If Bose QC35 or Bose NCH 700 deserve an A for the noise-cancelling mode, I will put a solid A with a plus on the Shure Aonic 50. The ANC is invisible. The transparency mode is also invisible. If you want to get rid of noise, turn it up since the huge volume reserve makes the headphones literally scream. True, at the same time others suffer – your music will be perfectly heard.
Shure Aonic 50: Sound
I liked the sound. I listened to it paired with Samsung smartphones, with the iPhone 12 Pro Max, a wonderful picture is created. Without trying to describe something, I will recommend listening in the store on your own with your music. Headphones can be safely put on a par with Bowers & Wilkins PX7. Lovers of musical perversions can try different players and formats – the headphones support aptX, AAC, that is, it will be good with both iOS and Android.
Verdict: Should you buy Shure Aonic 50?
Shure Aonic 50 can be purchased from Amazon for $288. And I think this is one of the best deals in its category. I liked the good materials, assembly, the ability to connect a smartphone via Bluetooth and USB Type-C, pleasant sound and battery life.
Cons – some people find the headphones heavy and too stiff.
The sound delights everyone.
I can only recommend the headphones for purchase.