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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome audio experience!

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bluetooth, Listening to music, Noise cancellation

    Shure has been known for making high quality headphones and microphones for a few years now, and I cannot think of any products really geared toward general consumers, until now. I was not sure what to expect from their new AONIC 50 but opted to give them a try to see what all the hype was about. The packaging is a bit unique but designed in a way that properly secures the contents. Included in the round box, you’ll find a nice round semi-hard carrying case, which houses the headphones when not in use, a 3.5 mm headphone audio cable, a USB C to A cable for charging and digital listening, and a manual. There is also quick start guide in an inner envelope, attached on the inside of the box, that walks through pairing. The headphones came with about a 60% charge out of the box, which allowed for powering on, Bluetooth pairing, and immediate use. Using the USB C cable makes the unit plug and play on PC (in my case a Windows 10 Laptop) and were immediately setup by the OS for use. This did not require changing any settings, as my PC audio began playing through the headset immediately. It should be noted that the included cable is designed for use near the PC and will require a longer cable if your desktop or laptop USB port is a bit out of reach. On the rear side of the right earphone you’ll find volume buttons, a center button used for various functions, including answering or hanging up a call, skipping tracks (FWD/Back), and for activating your personal assistant on iOS or Android OS. The power button is also used for initiating pairing, by pressing and holding down during power up. The voice prompts make the process easy, and for a built-in voice, it is clear and easy to understand. You can tell Shure wanted the experience to feel higher quality by not including a mono sounding voice for this process. The power button can also be used to check the battery level by double tapping the button. This is useful for Bluetooth paired devices, like a Mac, which may not display the battery level on the Bluetooth menu. You will also find the toggle switch that enables Noise Cancelling, normal listening, and an “Environment” listening setting that does a great job amplifying the sound around you. On the bottom of the left earphone, you will find the 3.5 mm jack for plugging in older devices that may not have a USB connection or Bluetooth. This makes the device compatible with just about any listening device of your choosing. The headphones are not terribly bulky, are light weight, have a very premium feel with aluminum like metal finish, and the top headband has a nice comfortable and soft feel, along with the headphones themselves. The headphones do fold inward, for easy storing in the case, and for placement in a bag and with the carrying case. It also has the added benefit of making it easy to adjust the headphones to you, for a better listening experience. Identifying right and left is made easy by looking either inside the earphone with a large “R” or “L” or on the metal portion of the headset with the same R/L on either side. The included case has a small pocket, with a Velcro tab, to secure the included cables and manual, along with an elastic strap that runs horizontally to hold the headphones in place when stored. Having an iPhone, the pairing process was straightforward and quick. Hold the power button while the headphones are powered off, until you hear the pairing notification after they power on. Using the Bluetooth settings menu, you will see the Shure 50, and simply tap on it. There was no need to confirm any pairing codes, and the headphones connected right away. The other neat thing about this, is the ability to connect them to both your PC, using the USB C cable, and have it paired with Bluetooth to your phone. Should you get a notification on your iPhone, you will likely hear it over Bluetooth, and playing content on your PC will then play over the headphones while plugged in and your iPhone isn’t in use. You will, however, notice a pause of audio coming from your PC when a notification or music is played over Bluetooth while plugged in. This is a great way to stay connected at work on your PC with the cable, and on your personal iOS device over Bluetooth (not sure if Android will do this). While using the headphones with the USB cable on a PC, you will hear an audio notification when the battery is fully charged. Having new Bluetooth 5 devices means better connection and coverage. If you are working from home or at an office, and step away from your desk a short distance, the headphones maintain a connection without any loss in quality. In my case, I was able to keep my iPhone in my bedroom and walk to my kitchen without any disconnection or distortion. Even with a Bluetooth 4.1 Mac, I was able to maintain a good connection, until I was at the far end of my home. While this is always dependent on your environment, I found a similar strong connection with every device I had paired and was actively using; in my case, an iPhone 11 Pro, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro (desktop), and a Windows Laptop with Bluetooth 5. There is also a free app available in the App Store called “Shure Play” that can be installed on iOS, which allows you to adjust the environment mode volume, gives you basic battery, and also allows adjustment of the Noise Cancelling between “Max” and “Normal” options. When you launch the app for the first time, you’ll receive a few permission pop ups for Bluetooth discovery and for allowing access to your Apple Music library (for iOS users). You will find a Music button that provides you with your music library and allows for creation of custom playlists. While the app isn’t required for use, you will find various feature options, firmware updates, and changing prompt notifications will require the app. It is important to note that any playlists you have saved in Apple Music are not imported over. However, you can search your music library using Artists, Albums, Songs, and Genres. It will also display any recently added tracks for easy selection. Any music played within the Shure app, is not played using the native Apple Music app. So, if you hit play on the Apple Music app at any point or the Shure Play app is closed completely (not simply minimized in the background), it will stop playback of the Shure Play selection. The Shure Play app will also not display the current playing track on Apple Music if you are using the native Apple Music app. It acts independently and provides a great listening experience if used on its own. Navigating the library was like using the native app and adding tracks to a playlist was also quite easy. The Shure Play app also has some helpful settings, located on the settings tab for EQ audio presets. This is disabled by default and can be toggled on with 5 pre-set options available. You can also create your own EQ settings, which allows for a more personalized listening experience. The app makes this easier in landscape mode, using the touch screen to make fine adjustments. The EQ even allows you to adjust the gain, for those tracks that tend to be quieter. Even without EQ settings adjusted, the audio is clear and lows are at a good level, but with EQ the audio is amped up for an even better experience. There are is also an option to perform a firmware updates, which does require the device is paired and turned on to complete. The process of updating the firmware only took a few minutes to complete and requires the app to be open. Even without the EQ settings, I would like to point out that the audio is clear, and highs and lows reproduced beautifully. The headphones are amazingly comfortable to wear, and the various articulation points make for easy placement on your head. If the noise cancelling is toggled off, the headphones still do a great job producing a pleasurable listening experience, albeit with some background noise. Noise cancelling was quite effective, especially when set to the “Max” setting, and found that it does a great job cancelling out most background noise. Having a home full of small dogs that like to bark at the smallest noise, or squirrel movement in the back yard, make the noise cancelling (NC) feature really shine. I would imagine these would work well in busy airports, office environments, louder homes, and would even cancel out the ambient noise from my fan running in the background. Overall, I am really impressed with the level of cancellation that the headphones can produce and compare to most other premium headphones with similar features (having owned three other premium brands). I am also incredibly impressed by the Environment mode. When toggled, it resembles microphone monitoring on some headphones, with environment sound amplified for easy listening. This is especially great if you are on a conference call but need to listen to your colleagues, or family members, conversing with you in the same room. The volume of the environment mode is also easily adjusted using the Shure Play app, and even on the lowest setting makes it easy to hear those around you. It has the added benefit of amplifying your own voice when you are speaking, or if you want the satisfying sound of clicking coming from your mechanical keyboard while you work. Overall, I would recommend these for anyone looking for great sounding audio, those with high quality audio needs, remote workers and even those in a loud office environment. Shure has really done a great job delivering on the noise cancelling, while maintaining an excellent listening experience. The crisp clear audio, with deep bass, easily bests some of the other brands you have come to know, with a quality construction that feels solid while providing comfortable long-term wear.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Slightly overpriced, but WELL worth it

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bluetooth, Noise cancellation, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Portable

    INITIAL THOUGHTS & SETUP: When I first opened the shipping box, I got my first surprise – the product box was round…and, not just round, but large. When I say “large”, I’m talking almost 11” in diameter, and 3.25” thick. Upon opening the product’s box, I was greeted with my next surprise...a large (10” diameter x 2.5” thick) carrying case. In regards to being environmentally-friendly, this is probably the absolute best example I have seen, with absolutely NO ADDITIONAL packaging material. Yes, there’s a bit of included “literature”, and, yes, the headphones, themselves, were in a protective ‘bag’, but that’s it. HUGE “kudos” to Shure. As for ‘setup’, Shure does have their ‘ShurePlus Play’ app (available on Android & iOS), but it is not “required”. While it does provide access to certain functionality, it is, for the most part, a music-playing app, similar to PowerAmp, Apple Music, Google Play Music, etc. I’ve used the headphones with, as well as without, the app, and I’ve noticed no discernable difference. As for the ‘setup’ part, it’s connected in the same manner as (pretty much) all other Bluetooth headsets. SOUND QUALITY: I would venture to say that Shure has released the Aonic 50 headphones to compete directly against the Sony WH-1000XM4...Sony’s “latest & greatest” consumer Bluetooth headset. While I don’t have a pair of those, I do happen to have Sony’s MDR-XB950N1, which are quite good in their own right (even if they are 3.5 years old). In terms of overall sound quality, the Shure headphones sound extremely good…DEFINTELY better than the XB950s. Of course, coming from a company that built their name (and the quality backing that name) from producing high-quality products aimed at the highest-quality sound, it doesn’t surprise me – Shure has produced some of the best microphones & studio headsets known to television & movie studios, as well as the recording industry. Put another way, high-quality audio is “in their blood”. Speaking of Sony, one thing I never liked about their top-of-the-line headphones was their use of “touch controls” – swipe your finger ‘this way’ for one thing, ‘that way’ for something else, ‘single-tap’ for this, ‘double-tap’ for that, ‘triple-tap’ for something else. It’s too much to remember, plus it doesn’t always work as perfectly as they would like it to. That’s why, 2-2.5 years ago, I purchased the XB950N1...it had physical controls. Sure (no pun intended), it doesn’t have all the “wiz-bang” wizardry of the WH-1000X series, or the advanced features, but it sounded extremely good for what it was – a lesser-expensive, little brother, that sounded almost as good, and had decent-enough noise cancelation. Move forward a few years, and Sony had advanced both the sound quality, as well as the noise cancelation, to be much better…but, STILL leaving room for improvement. Well, that “improvement” is here…except that it’s NOT coming from Sony. It’s coming from the premiere audio manufacturers, Shure. Shure, with their Aonic 50, have bested Sony at their own game, producing a Bluetooth headset that not only sounds better than Sony’s top-of-the-line headset, but also has (at least, in my opinion) better noise cancelation. The lows, mids, and highs, are miles ahead of any other Bluetooth headset in this price range. Heck…I’d even be willing to pit them against some slightly-more-expensive headphones. Speaking of the noise cancelation side of things, Shure has not only produced a headset that sounds at least as good (personally, having listened, albeit, very briefly, to the WH-1000XM4 at a local Best Buy, the Aonic 50 sounds BETTER), but Shure has crafted a noise cancelation that “one-ups” Sony. How? First, I definitely prefer the controls on the Aonic 50…for one thing, instead of a simple On-Off, the Aonic 50 has a 3-way switch – noise cancelation off (middle), noise cancelation on (down), and “external audio passthrough” (up). Second, while Sony’s latest (1000XM4) has slightly better noise cancelation in the low end, Shure’s is much better in the midrange & high end, where people need it most. While watching a movie, when my wife came in the room and started talking to me, I couldn’t hear a word she said, even after pausing the movie (talk about the next best thing to having a “mute” button installed on the wife). Moving the switch all the way up (ie. “external audio passthrough”) amplifies external sounds, making it easy to hear someone talking to you (yea, sometimes, I do need to listen to something she says, even if I really don’t care to), and it works perfectly well. ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS: In addition to being a Bluetooth headset, there is also a 2.5mm audio jack on the headphones, and they come with an audio cable, turning them into one of the best pair of wired ANC headphones you can find. Also, having Bluetooth 5.0, which translates into a highly-efficient battery life, you get up to 20 hours of listening pleasure. Additionally, it has “multipoint”, meaning the Aonic 50 headphones can simultaneously be connected to to different devices (such as watching a movie on your tablet, while still being connected to your phone for incoming calls). One of the best things about the Aonic 50 is their audio codec support – they support ALL major Bluetooth codecs – AAC, LDAC, aptX, aptX HD, and aptX Low Latency. Whether listening from an Android or iOS device, you’ll be getting the best sound possible. Let’s not forget the materials. I’m not trying to put Sony down, but even their best Bluetooth headset is mostly plastic on the exterior. The Shure Aonic 50, on the other hand, are mostly metal. Even the Bose 700 can’t compare (they have more plastic than the Sonys). The only real “down side” to the Aonic 50 is the huge carrying case. This is, most definitely, NOT something you want to be carrying around with you on a regular basis. Other than this one “flaw”, the Aonic 50 is outstanding. CONCLUSION: If you want “extra base”, then some of those ‘other’ headsets (you know what brands I’m referring to) might be more to your liking…but, if you prefer more accurate audio, especially across the entire sound spectrum, then the Shure Aonic 50 is an outstanding choice. I won’t go so far as to say its noise cancelation is the best…but, it certainly hold its own against “the best”. In terms of overall sound quality, again, not “the best”, but I’d put it in the same class…possibly even within the “top 3” for its price-range. Where it beats the others (in the same class, and price-range) is in build quality, material quality, and the company behind the product. Sure (again, no pun intended), Sony makes great audio gear, but they now rely more on their name than the quality of their products. Bose also makes great audio gear…but, again, their banking you’ll buy their stuff based on their name, and not the true quality of their products. I could continue on, listing other brands, and their “problems”…but, why bother. The truth is, Shure not only makes outstanding audio gear, and produces outstanding-quality products, but they have exclusively produced microphones & headphones their entire business-life. Shure is to headphones what Stanley is to producing thermos bottles, if that makes any sense. So, would I recommend the Shure Aonic 50 Bluetooth Headset? If you can afford to spend $350-400 (or, if you’ve just spent a lot of time saving up that much for a quality set of Bluetooth headphones), then, the ONLY answer I can give is, “yes”. As for those who can’t afford spending so much, I’ll give you this little piece of advice: Save up your money, and get these…your ears will GREATLY appreciate what you did for them (I can’t say the same about your wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, etc). Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or anywhere in-between, is a 100% honest review, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A good competitor to the high-end scene of ANC

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bluetooth, Listening to music, Noise cancellation

    Features/performance: USB Type C Charging and digital playback. Bluetooth 5.0 supported codecs aptX, aptX HD,aptX Low Latency, SBC, AAC, LDAC The multipoint connection allows you to connect 2 devices at the same time. Driver Size: 50mm Supported wired connections: 3.5mm audio and USB C digital audio connection. Battery life rated at 20hrs with ANC on. Without ANC battery life can almost double. I have been using it a couple of hours each day with around 45mins of talk for the last several days since I received them and so far the battery is down to 45%. It’s been right around 7 days since the first full charge and this is including ANC on for most of the time. 6 microphones for excellent MIC quality. I tested on a Teams conference call and voice calls from my phone. No complaints from the caller and they said I sounded clear. 15mins of charge gives you around 4hrs of playback. ShurePlus Play is an app that allows you to perform firmware upgrades, high-resolution file music player, and edit equalizer settings. You have your choice from 5 presets (De-ess, Flat, Loudness, Low Boost, Vocal Boost). You also have the ability to create custom equalizer settings. Problem is that it only works with local music files played through the Shure music player apps like Spotify or Apple Music are out of luck. It also allows you to adjust the ANC level from max to normal. The app also shows the battery percentage. Environment Mode is also available to be aware of your surroundings for outside environments. Shure provides a protective carrying case that looks like it's carrying a mini tire. (look at the pics you see why) Charging cable and 2.5mm to 3.5mm aux cable for wired connection listening. Build Quality and Style: It screams luxury from a solidly built anodized aluminum frame surrounded by soft stitched faux leather. The earpads are thick that are soft are memory pillow. The soft feeling of faux leather helps in making them a comfortable headset to use. With the solid aluminum frame, they hug your ears with the con being after a while your ears will get warm. They’re comfortable to be used for people that wear glasses. The earcups themselves are made out of hard plastic with no squeaks at all. Adjusting the size provides this satisfying clicking feeling when sliding up and down. With this build quality, the headset should provide years of quality service. You definitely get your money’s worths on the materials and craftsmanship of the headphones. The style comes up as a cross between old school and new technology. without being over flashy. Sound Quality: One word I can use to describe the sound would be balanced. If you’re used to bass hitting headsets the sound coming out of the Aonic 50 will probably be more on the flat side for you. The low-frequency effects are perfectly balanced with the mids but with just the right amount of kick to contribute to the song. If you find the bass lacking you can compensate for this with a third party equalizer. For audiophiles, they will be satisfied with the sound reproduction as is without the use of an equalizer. For most genres of music, it sounded great. For songs that are known for strong bass is the only time I felt missing that strong bass hit that I get from other headphones. One of my go-to songs immediately for new headphones is When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin. From the way, the harmonica sounds to the guitar riff accompanied by solid low frequency produced by the drums. It’s the extra details that these headphones managed to reproduce that makes it stand out against the competition. Even with ANC activated it doesn’t have a strong effect on audio reproduction. The only subtle effect I’ve noticed is on the low-frequency effects. Overall it falls more on a reference side of things a flat accurate sound profile. Like I said earlier if you enjoy the bass you most likely will end up being disappointed. For those that value a detailed balanced sound, the Shure Aonic 50 will exceed your expectations. ANC Performance: For me, the active noise cancellation performed very well. A lot of the low frequency sounds you get from the ac running or washing machine we’re considerably muted. Now it won’t work wonders for people talking and stuff like that. Overall I must say I was satisfied with how well it managed to cut down background noise. Now it did take me a little bit longer to warm up to this style of reference sound. But in the end, I learned to appreciate what it accomplishes in bringing out those small details in the music that other headphones struggle to reproduce. The investment is high but in return, you get amazing build quality, a vast amount of support for High-Quality Bluetooth Codecs thus making it an excellent headset for Android and IOS users, If I had any small complaint would just be the ANC slider preferring the use of a single button to cycle through the ANC modes instead of having a hard time trying to toggle it between ANC On, Environment Mode, and Normal. At the end of the day, I highly recommend them if it fits your style of sound listening. “Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.”

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fantastic but the bass is a bit lacking

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bluetooth, Listening to music, Noise cancellation
    Cons mentioned:
    Equalizer, Volume

    I am always listening to music, so when opportunities to review headphones, earbuds and speakers come around - I jump right in. Let’s do a quick pro/con list & then get to the details. Pros: Great Case Great Material / Frame Very comfortable Easy to control and use Good reported call quality (Environmental mode) App adjustments (Environmental mode) stored in headphones, not in App Cons: Mediocre Bass Equalizer in App is only for uncompressed / raw files loaded INTO the App Notable: No disconnection chime/message ('Bluetooth disconnected') when switching devices When I opened up the quite stylish round box, I found a round case inside and the headphones well secured within. Initial impressions were … impressive: nice and clean. The headphones were secured with an elastic to hold the headset in place even when in the case to lessen shifting and likely for drop protection when unzipping the case. Included with the headphones is a USB cable and 3.5mm audio cable, both individually wrapped (see pics). The aluminum used for the frame is sturdy and there’s a nice clean resistance in turning the headphones. I find this nice because most plastic headphones I own don’t hold their form while open, if they’re able to be made flat. As I charge everything before jumping in, the first charge took around two hours. Thankfully, Shure has adopted USB-C, as I find it ever-so-frustrating when vendors keep putting out new products with Micro USB. Holding the Bluetooth/Power button for two or so seconds, turns it on/off. For the first time power-on, the headphones are immediately entered into pairing mode. The voice prompt is crystal clear and for me, the AONIC 50 headphones synced up with a Pixel 4 XL without any problem. To pair it to another device, turn the headphones off, then hold the power button until you hear the “pairing mode” prompt that we all heard in the beginning. First impression while using the headphones: comfortable! I had to extend them to the longest length to feel correct, and each ear piece could be pivoted ever so slightly for the perfect fit on my head. There isn’t much play above the ears, so wearing sunglasses for me wasn’t perfect but I survived (see pic). Even after a few hours of use, the battery level is still solid (75+%) and they are still very comfortable. As far as weight goes, they are about as heavy as a gaming headset to hold in my hand, but I don’t feel any of that weight while wearing them. Onto the sound. Well, it sort of depends on what mode you’re in! But it’s a sliding selector switch on the right ear piece that controls the mode: Active Noise Cancellation and Environment mode. Each of those modes have their place. Walking outside or at a store? It may make sense to run Environmental mode so you can hear your surroundings. Walking through a parking lot and from parking space to the store, I paired another phone and started a stream and I was unknowingly in Environmental mode. Wind + leaves blowing loudly really caught me off guard; it definitely works and keeps you aware of your surroundings, given the volume isn’t cranked up. Big headphones walking around a supermarket show you’re on a mission, but a quick press of the ‘dot’ pauses music and Environmental mode allows you to talk to people without any impact to hearing. How about the best mode while writing a product review? Active Noise Cancellation was perfect for me. I can barely hear the clacking of my blue clicky switch gaming keyboard. The Shure Play App can tell you which mode you’re in, but you can only adjust the amount of outside noise you let in, as the physical switch on the headphones controls the mode. The buttons are pretty easy to memorize and therefore control audio and calls with ease. Fortunately, the adjustments made aren’t locked to the App, they’re stored on the headphones for any other connections you make. In the Play App, you can’t adjust the sound of your streamed tunes; uncompressed audio files (flac, wav, aiff) need to be loaded onto the device and opened through the App. At that point, the EQ can be customized based on your preferences. I find this pretty lame, to be honest. I found some free samples online to test with. Even using an uncompressed file within the App to play with the equalizer, the bass on these headphones don’t impress me whatsoever. There are crystal clear highs and vocals and the mids are great. I have other earbuds and headphones that offer great bass so I was disappointed with the lack of bass. When making calls, it seems like the person on the other end has different experiences based on the mode the headphones are in. Environmental mode was reported to sound the best and with background music at a good level, wasn’t noticed by the other person. Merely testing with sound recorder Apps didn’t reflect a multi-user experience. From Rap to Reggae to Alternative Rock and even some violins and piano, everything sounds great, just with minimal bass. So, do I recommend these headphones? I do. Do I wish there was more bass? I do.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Classy Style, classy sound.

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bluetooth, Listening to music, Noise cancellation
    Cons mentioned:
    For travel, Price

    Immediately upon opening the packaging box, my reaction was “Boy, this has got to be the biggest case ever!”. I mean, we are talking 10” in diameter! While I appreciate the fact that this case would protect this investment quite effectively, I do wonder who would tote this huge case around while commuting, rather than leaving it at home for proper headphone storage. However, upon taking the headphones out of the case, I was like: “Wow, these are some great-looking headphones!” At this point, the case’s size was no longer a concern. The black AONIC 50 Headphones simply look stunning, with their sleek design, ionized metal arms, and chrome logo on the cups. It screams luxury and it is something I would be proud to take on a business class flight, a work meeting, or video conference. These seem very well built and durable. The headband is made of faux leather on top with sturdy stitching and is quite flexible. The earcups are made of a matte plastic, and, while they did attract some fingerprints, look great, nonetheless. The right earcup holds all the controls. Personally, I would have liked the buttons to be dispersed between the earcups as this seems to me a bit too clustered. Once I got used to the layout, I am happy to say I was able to control with ease all functions -power, volume, play/skip/forward, and assistant from one side. There is also a slider that controls noise cancellation (ANC), which I think is a bit awkward and somewhat clunky, but still effective. There, you also have a USB-C charge/connection port, which I appreciate for future-proofing. On the left side, we have the 2.5mm to 3.5mm jack, which I think is odd, but Shure included a cable for it. The most important factor, at least for me, is the sound quality. In this regard, I am very pleased with the default sound signature of the AONIC '50s. Having support for multiple codecs including Bluetooth 5.0 Qualcomm® aptX™, aptX™ HD, aptX™ LL and more, there is something for everyone. Without getting into audiophile territory, the 50mm drivers produce an even or flat-oriented sound with distinct separation and great soundstage. The bass is punchy, but in some cases may lack depth or resonance. Personally, I don’t mind this as I like the bass to be tight and not overbearing. The mids are clear and present and the high frequencies are not fatiguing or harsh. I found the sound great for easy listening, classic rock, classical music, live performances, and podcasts/audiobooks. Perhaps these may not be the best for hip-hop, EDM, or any deep bass-oriented music. Overall, I believe these provide an exceptional listening experience, which I expected from Shure. When it comes to comfort, these cans are decent. The headband padding is good enough, with good clamping on the sides. I found that the headphones shifted often while walking -especially on a hike with uneven terrain. The earpads are super soft and do not rub against my ears (I will admit that I have small ears) and had no issues wearing glasses. After a couple of hours, the side of my ears did get a bit hot and sweaty, so keep that in mind, especially if you rock out to music as I do. Call quality is good. I was told my voice sounded clear, a bit tinny and recessed, but clear. There were no hiccups or breakup. I did try calling in different environmental settings. The noise cancelling (ANC) was not quite to the standard of other headphones I own, but I thought it was well implemented. It helps that the headphones themselves can block a lot of ambient noise passively. I tried this feature while washing dishes, walking on a heavily trafficked road, and while the TV was on. Again, while not overly impressed, the ANC did block most of the noise. Perhaps this can be improved through a firmware update later on. The Environment Mode simply picks up the sound around you through the microphones. It’s a convenient feature when you need to be aware of your surroundings, like crossing a street or listening for the next train stop announcement. Again, it is nice to have but to me, it is a feature I really will not be using all that much. If you do get these headphones, I recommend downloading the ShurePlus PLAY app. There, you can adjust and customize settings like noise cancellation, environment mode, the equalizer, and update the firmware. You can also play music straight from there, but I thought it was a bit unecessary in my opinion. Other good things about the AONIC 50s include a 20-hour battery life (so far so good), strong connectivity throughout my medium-size apartment, experiencing no lag while watching videos, and high-resolution playback through USB-C, which I appreciated when gaming on my PC. In the end, I believe the Shure AONIC 50 ANC Wireless Headset is a welcome and worthy addition to the world of premium headsets. So far, no ANC headset at this price range has been perfect for me, and this also is no exception. Having stated this, I highly recommend checking these bad boys before making any decisions on other comparable headphones from other well-known brands, and if you do decide to get these, you definitely will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Not perfect but pretty darn close

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bluetooth, Noise cancellation, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Equalizer

    The Shure brand name strikes a note of expertise, respect and high quality. I was eager to see how they fared in the wireless headphone realm and was happy to try out these Shure AONIC 50 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless headphones. It's becoming a very competitive arena now in this category and the Shure's play with the best of them. The price is a bit higher than most but it pays off in quality. The first distinction about the AONIC 50s is the packaging. It comes in a round box which stands out among the crowd. In the box you'll find the a high quality, round padded carrying case, the headphones, a 3.5 mm audio cable to connect to audio equipment and a USB A to USB C charging/connecting cable. One thing I thought was missing were the instructions. I went online to download a PDF but it turns out they are tucked in a pocket on the underside of the box lid, so keep an eye out before disposing of the packaging. There is also a companion Shure Plus Play app. You can control the level of ANC or environmental sounds allowed in or out. It also has a customizable equalizer function and several pre-programmed sound profiles. I got the app to work for a short time before it crashed but it may be due to the fact that my iPhone 12 Pro is running beta software. I tested the existing sound profiles in between several app/iphone restarts but for me, it's really unusable at the moment. I hope Shure has an update for the app soon so I can fully try it out. The headphones are constructed of what appears to be solid aluminum and leather. I'm not sure if the leather on the earcups (both are removable/replaceable) and headband are genuine leather but it's very premium and plush regardless. The headphones are very light compared to my other wireless headphones which was a major plus but the headband seemed to have a tighter fit than I am used to. I'm sure in time, they will become more comfortable. The earcups are clearly marked L or R on the inside and fit very nicely over my ears. The left earcup has the 3.5 mm plug so you can use the included cable or an existing 3.5 mm cable to make them wired if you choose. The right ear cup has a few buttons on it that control power, play/pause, volume up and down and the on/off for the ANC function.With the ANC off, you can hear the sounds around you amplified so that you can talk or listen to people while still wearing them. It's a popular function now among the wireless headphone brands. The buttons are a little hard to locate by feel and I actually prefer the touch sensitive functions that other brands are incorporating. For me, it's harder to go back to actual buttons once I went down the touch sensitive route. Setting up these headphones couldn't have been easier. Once powered on, they immediately went into pairing mode and I was up and running within 20 seconds. It was amazing. They are Bluetooth 5.0 so the range is around 30 ft., and they support a ton of audio codecs like apt X, apt XHD, apt X Low Latency, Sony LDAC, AAC and SBC. That is far more than my other wireless headphones and is much appreciated. The battery is listed at 20 hours with ANC off. I'm not sure how long they are listed to last with the ANC function on, but It seems they may not run as long as a few of their competitors. However, you do get 4 hours of use with just a 15 minute charge which is nice. For me, the actual listening performance of these headphones is a bit of a mixed bag. I listened to a wide selection of music from Electronica, eg. Above & Beyond, all the way to Classical. The AONIC 50s sounded great with virtually everything I listened to. They have great spatial separation and robust bass without being too heavy. However, I did consistently experience some distortion in the bass, I believe, which was surprising. For testing the EQ profiles built into the Shure Plus Play app, I settled on Billie Eillish's No Time to Die. For me, it has a nice array of highs, mids and lows. I listened to it for each of the pre-programmed EQ profiles ( I believe there are 5 with the ability to modify them to create custom versions) and unfortunately, I experienced the same distortion in certain parts of the song. In general, they really do sound warm and spacious but compared to my favorite pair of wireless headphones I use most often, they fall a bit short and it was a little disappointing. Overall, Shure has done an amazing job with their first foray into the wireless headphone arena. The AONIC 50s are light, constructed from very high quality materials and sound pretty amazing. Yes, I found a few small issues but I really am enjoying them and plan of using them much more. Hopefully the app issues will be resolved soon and I can tweak the EQ settings to help eliminate the distortion I experienced. I'm definitely looking forward to it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Beautiful Sound

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    Pros mentioned:
    Bluetooth, Listening to music, Noise cancellation
    Cons mentioned:
    Portable, Price

    The first thing that jumped out at me was that everything from the packaging to the headphones themselves screamed quality. The headset is solid with a build quality second to none, and comes in a quality (albiet a bit large) carrying case to store them. Some may be turned off by the fact that the headphones do not fold-- the ear cups roatate and the headset flattens for storage. Portability is not their strong suit. It seems durability took precedence. The removable earcup pads and headband are well cusioned with a soft faux leather covering. Comfort was excellent, though they may get a bit warm form some in hot, humid conditions. Extended usage for several hours did not alther the comfort -- they were great in that regard. Noise cancellation was excellent. Standing next to a gas powered tile cleaning machine (see picture), you could hear a bit of a drone when speaking but the call was clear. There was feedback to the call recipient however. While playing music the outside noise was barely perceptible and soon forgotten. The noise cancelling is adjustable, and at the high settings the noise was even less noticeable, however the music was slightly flatter to me. Not a huge deal, but the change in spatial sound is perceptible. The high density foam used in the earpads also doe a good job of passive isolation. Connection is via wire or bluetooth, and the Shure Aonic 50 seems support all the high end codecs (aptX, aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, AAC, LDAC) required for reproducing high fidelity sound. Mulit point bluetooth is supported allowing connectivity to two devices at the same time. Battery life is a claimed 20 hours with ANC. After 2 days of normal use, the headset is still at 88%. Shure offers and app which allows you to control certain features as well as check and update the firmware (the evaluation was on the latest firmware (0.4.9.0) Sound is awesome. Drums were tight and snappy, and vocals were wonderful. In instances where vocals were somewhat overwhelmed in other headphones when multiple instruments can detract from the vacals, The Aonic 50s kept the vocals from being masked while the other instruments were clear and distinct. These are fantastic at reproducing music. Overall the sound quality is stellar, and the noise cancelling is quite effective. Compared to my Sony WH-1000XM4 which I considered to be in a class of its own, the Shure Aonic 50 is right up there when it comes to performance. The Aonic has a higher MSRP than the WH-1000XM4, but the Shure uses higher quality -- and more expensive materials, which may justify it's higher price tag. For me, if price were not a consideration, the Aonic 50 would be my favorite headset.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Audiophile grade cans for 21st century !! WOW !!

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    Pros mentioned:
    Listening to music, Noise cancellation, Sound quality

    Like a kid on Christmas, I excitedly awaited UPS delivery, and immediately tore into this review First impression was super premium across the board, packaging, build quality, subtle touches to detail, The Whole 9’s. When companies. Ail the little things, you can trust their core competency. For Shure that usually nebas studio level sound quality. Having long been a fan for Shure cans for studio usage — HD 598 open-back wired that have held up remarkably for years and remain my go-to reference cans, I cherish the comparisons. As is typical of my review methodology of audio products, I feel it is imperative to critially listen to audio recordings you are well familiar with, paying close attention to the subtletes between notes, as well as various kit materials, driver types, crossover frequenices, etc. Mike Oldenfeld’s 1973 recording Tubular Bells (The Exorcist seemed fitting considering Halloween holiday). Very smooth mid bass integration, with detailed and crisp highs without even a hint of top-end harshness all too common as manufacturers try to artificially inflate sonic detail by applying unnatural frequency curves. It’s not uncommon for audiophile evaluation material to include Pink Floyd catalog. Staples include 1973’s “Dark Side of the Moon”, and 1979’s “The Wall”, but let us not forget 1975’s “Wish You Were Here”, and 1977’s “Animals”. WYWH starts with “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”. These Shure 50 headphones present the music with the appropriate weight striking the delicate balance between the heft of the bottom-end, textured and rich mid-range, with smooth top-end. David Gilmour’s delicate note and a half triple fret bends on his trusty Strat are a joy to experience. The saxophone solo that launches 11:07 into the song is filled with such emotion and character, offset by an ensemble of supporting instruments to the coda. The transition into “Welcome to the Machine” is another all-time favorite. The synthesizer’s stereo separation pulsing between left and right earphones is something to behold. As with reviewing high-end 4 and 5-figure loudspeakers, it’s prudent to remind focussed on what you’re listening for specifically, but with the best of the bunch, it’s difficult to not get lost in the music as the cans and walls melt away leaving only immense sonic enjoyment. Once the brunt of the review “work” is done, it’s always rewarding to listen to something new. Fortunately one of my favorite rock bands AC/DC just released their new single “Shot in the Dark”. I’m pleased to report that these Shure 50 headphones do not skimp on the raw classic rock image produced by a combination of Gibson Guitars and Marshall Amplification. The band’s sound has remained iconic for decades, yet Angus and the boys are able to retain the gritty sound with a certain rawness to it. These headphones don’t miss a beat, and stayed on my head the better part of 2 hours consecutive on first listen with no ear fatigue whatsoever. The cans are super comfortable, light weight, feature packed, sound absolutely killer, and offer a tremendous feature set from Shure’s exclusive ShurePlus PLAY App. The App unlocks the true power of the Shure AONIC 50. In addition to media library management (useful to segment your audiophile tracks from general music) the app enables high-resolution and uncompressed audio playback. The fun is just getting started bc it also includes a parametric graphic equalizer, with gain, frequency, and bandwidth adjustments possible to create various sonic profiles for diff genres of music. I was also pleased to learn that Shure pulled no punches, and used the much more advanced version of Active Noise Cancellation known as Hybrid ANC, by using an environment microphone inside and outside the cans. These really are the real deal, with and without the App. I’m so thankful for the sonic enjoyment they bring me each and every time I’m in need of serious ear candy. Button Operation —————————— *Power On/Off - Hold PWR 2 seconds *Pwr Bluetooth pairing - Hold 6 seconds *Pwr Battery status - double tap *Center button - press 1x play / pause *Next track - double tap *Prev track - triple tap *Answer / End call - single press *Decline a call - press 2 seconds *Siri voice control - triple press *Vol +/- volume up/down *ANC switch up - environment mode *ANC switch down - active noise cancellation Specifications ———————— *50-mm driver (excellent bass) *dynamic neodymium transducer *20 hz - 22 kHz frequency response *97.5 dB/mW sensitivity @1 kHz (easy to drive) *39 ohm impedance *100 mW max input power *11.8 oz (334 g) weight Codecs ———— *aptX, aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, SBC, AAC, LDAC ShurePlus PLAY App ——————————— *uncompressed audio files iOS / Android *Shure EQ for customized sound profiles *parametric graphic equalizer *Frequency / Gain / Bandwidth settings *Bypass EQ setting to audition changes *factory and custom sound mode presets *music library management features *Ten Environment boost level adjustments *Hybrid ANC normal / max toggle switch *Firmware updates are enabled in app PROS ———- + excellent solid build quality + impeccably perfect balance + world class tech incl Bluetooth 5 + lightweight and uber comfortable + smooth and volumous bass response + rich and exquisitely textured mid-range + subtle top-end detail that avoid harshness + 20-hour battery lasts days and days of usage CONS ———- -eq curves apply to both cups vs independently -no personalized listening test to match user ears -app incompatibility with iOS 14.2 beta (public release fine) CONCLUSION ———————— As more and more audio companies spring ANC headphones on the market, the quality difference widens further between good, better, best. I clearly place these Shure AONIC 50 cans in the latter category. They skimp on nothing, and integrate excellent materials and craftsmanship for a truly rewarding step above all the other “me too” products. The headphones alone are a fantastic purchase, and with the power features of the ShurePlus PLAY app, it puts these over the top. Strong buy recommendation

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Amazing Pillow-like Headphones

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    Pros mentioned:
    Bluetooth, Noise cancellation, Sound quality

    The headphones come in their own sleek zip up black carrying case. Inside of the carrying case comes the USB-C to USB-A cable (1M long), 2.5-3.5MM male to male audio cable (1.5M long), and the noise cancelling headphones. To adjust the headphone cups, you must twist them towards you. Inside the headphone cups, they are mark with an "L" and a "R" to let you know which side is which. The bottom button on the right headphone cup is the power button. When you turn it on for the first time, it will atomically enter paring mode with your device. Go to your settings and select "Shure 50". You will hear "connected" and then you are good to go. It took me 30 seconds to start hearing music in my headphones. It was the easiest setup ever. I was also able to connect to a phone call in the middle of the phone call with no problem. The sound of the caller is clear, and they were able to hear my voice perfectly fine with no issues. If you need to manually pair, then you need to turn off the headphones, press and hold the power button for 6 seconds, and then when you hear "Bluetooth pairing mode," release the button. From your audio source, select "Shure 50". When successfully paired, you will hear "connected". You can connect to more than one device (8 total). Here is what happens: I was connected to one device listening to music. I received a phone call that rang in the headphones. I answered the call, but it took about 15-20 seconds for the headphones to disconnect from one device to allow me to hear the caller in the headphones. Once it disconnected from my music device and connected to my phone, everything was great. It's just that initial connection takes some time to transfer over. Once the phone call was done and the caller hung up, it quickly connected to my music device in less than a second and continued playing my music. When you are listening to music, the center button (has an elevated circle to let you know which button it is) between the volume increase and decrease buttons will be your controller If you press it twice quickly, it skips to the next track. If you press it three times quickly, it goes to the previous track. Pressing it once will play/pause the song. Pressing it once will also answer/end a phone call. The noise cancelling button gets activated by sliding the button up or down. Up will deactivate the noise canceling feature (saving you battery life). Sliding it down will activate the noise cancelling feature and use up more battery. The headphones get up to 20 hours of battery life noise cancelling option off. The battery life is longer (up to 22hrs) if you are listening at less than max volume. You can get double runtime using noise cancelling without bluetooth. Standby time is about 35 hours. Fifteen minutes of charge gets you about 4 hours of use. Two and a half hours of charge gets you from 0% to 100% full battery. It weighs 11.8 oz. It does feel a bit heavy but when those headphones cover your ears and the sounds travel into your ears, it's like heaven. The bass is great, and the earcups feel soft on your ears and head. They are stable and do not move around while on your head. They cover your entire ear, so any discomfort is gone. The ear pads are replaceable, so all you have to do is twist and pull off. They are real easy to remove and put back. I would most definitely recommend these headphones to anyone and everyone. They are super comfortable, and the sound is amazing. They have a long batter life, and the bluetooth connection to multiple devices makes it very easy enjoy the headphones while doing other things.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The best - (And I'm 100% SHURE!)

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    Pros mentioned:
    Listening to music, Noise cancellation, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    For travel, Volume

    In the days of most every other company giving in to the wireless earbud craze, and thus using all their advertising budget, it is refreshing to see one company stand out from the crowd. As they should. Tall and proud. For these headphones are tantalizing to the audiophile in all of us. Going into it, I will say that I was expecting a lot. This is the company that makes my work-horse beta 58a microphones! Of which, I love and find no fault with. The Shure AONIC 50 headphones are sort of a hybrid, they are wireless, utilizing Bluetooth 5, but give you the luxury of sound and comfort that only premium OTE headphones can deliver. And the AONIC are premium in every aspect. That's not even including the fact that the AONIC 50 are ADJUSTABLE noise cancelling as well! Unboxing, I was greeted with a spectacular semi-hard-shell zip up carrying case. I feel confident that this case will protect the product in all my travels. And they will travel! Shure made sure (yes, I will be making puns) to have a rugged carry handle on the case. It's the little things like this that go a long way. Unzipping, inside I found the headphones, an "even your grandma can understand" owner's manual, a 3.5mm cable for when you want to be "wired", and a USB-C cable for charging and for connecting to "High-Res audio devices". Before getting all technical, it must be pointed out how comfortable the AONIC are! I have a big head which usually leaves me feeling like OTE/Studio headphones are trying to squeeze my brain out of my nostrils! Not so with the AONIC. The band can be lengthened to accommodate my big head! There is no "squeezing" effect like with other brands I have used. The cups feel like they are made with memory foam, so there is no "ear fatigue" either. Another on the "it's the little things" list, is that inside the cups in large font are the letters "L" and "R". I'm OCD about that, but I like to be assured I'm wearing them correctly. There is no second guessing in that aspect! All my audio "testing" was done either in my silent studio office utilizing a well-known DAW, or in the case of testing the noise cancellation feature - a well-known chain coffee shop that plays music that isn't anyone's......er....... I mean not my cup of tea (see what I did there?) :) The specs include a 50mm driver, dynamic Neodymium magnet delivering a very respectable 20Hz-22kHz frequency range. Impedance and sensitivity at 1kHz are 39 and 97.5dB/mW. The max input power is 100mW. The premium headphone amp supports many codecs, including aptX, aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, SBC, AAC, and LDAC. SHURE claims that the wireless range is 30ft. I can confirm that I was able to go further. Roughly 45 feet. Couple all that with an "up to" 20-hour battery life and you have yourself an awesome pair of comfortable headphones... BUT WAIT.... There's more! We haven't even begun! One of the two things that blew my mind was the adjustable (Via Shure Plus app) active noise cancelling. There are two little mics, one on the inside and one on the out, which allows the ANC to adapt to your surroundings and dampen noise over a bigger frequency range. Out of the box, and default in the app is the "Max" setting. This utilizes a mixture of both feed forward ANC and feedback ANC. This setting removes up to 30dB of surrounding noise and annoying coffee consuming patron conversation. Again, these are so comfortable that when I was walking back to my car, I forgot I had them on. This led to me seeing but not hearing an incoming plane to our intl. airport! And normally such a plane would be LOUD. If, however, you are at the office and you don't need such a strong level of noise cancelling - you can switch it to normal mode. The one feature I wished other headphones had, this one does. No longer do I have to take off the headphones to hear something important (announcements, winning lottery numbers ha ha, etc.). Instead, you can easily switch to environment mode. This turns off the ANC to the degree that you can hear what's going on around you. All these settings and more are all configurable in the ShurePlus app. The second thing that blew me away was the sound quality and range! When I say these are the best sounding headphones I've ever had, I truly mean it! Using the above mentioned DAW, I played back full mixes and the clarity of each instrument was unbelievable. The "high" notes on an electric guitar produced no shrill buzzing, just as lows of a bass guitar or kicks of a bass drum produced no rumble. If you want to hear music the way the artists and producers meant for you to, then you want to get these headphones! It's a no brainer, and I'm SHURE of that (ok, the puns are over now)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome Headphones!

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Listening to music, Noise cancellation, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Volume

    If I was going to give a one word review for the Shure AONIC 50 Headphones, it would be, "Wow!" These are well worth the investment if you are looking for a top-of-the-line pair of headphones! These are a great looking set of headphones and every aspect of them appear and feel very well-built. The materials look and feel solid and durable, unlike some leading headphones that appear to be primarily made of cheap plastic. I have been working from home and have worn them for my entire work day, several days in a row, and they are also very comfortable to wear for extended periods. The Shure headphones are easy to use. They paired with my iPhone instantly. I really like the actual buttons for finger tip control. I have used some headphones that have swipe functionality or areas you touch to control things. I prefer having actual buttons I can feel. Since you are not looking at these controls when using them, being able to feel what you are doing makes them much easier to use. They have a power button, a button used for play/pause/answer calls/forward or reverse a track/volume up and down, and a button used to toggle between active noise control and the environmental mode. Of course, most importantly, when looking for a set of headphones, is the sound. The sound of these headphones is amazing, which was not a surprise given the reputation of Shure headphones. I have listened to a variety of types of music and genres, including hard rock, soft music, male and female singers, heavy bass tracks and everything I have listened to sounds great! The clarity, bass and treble response are all top-notch! I tend to enjoy heavy bass and I found the bass response to be very good without the equalizer on, and then it can be enhanced even more with the equalizer function. There is a free ShurePlus Play App that can be downloaded to enhance your use of these headphones. It is not required, as I was able to connect to my iPhone via Bluetooth and play music directly from any music app, but the ShurePlus Play App offers some additional features that come in handy. You can set it up to provide access to your Apple Music App songs through the Shure App. It pulled in all artists, albums, songs and genres for access through the App. It did not pull over my playlists from the Apple music app, but the Shure app allows you to build playlists within the app. If you play music through the Shure App, then you can use the equalizer built into the Shure app to control the music. It provides 5 preset 4-band settings, but you can also build and save additional equalizer presets to fit your own tastes. The app also allows you to do firmware updates when needed, access the user guide, control other settings, and control the settings for Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Environmental mode, I tested the ANC settings with a number of sounds around my house. It has a normal and max mode, which both work well and the best one to use varies by type of noise. I walked into a furnace room with a loud furnace and very loud, old dehumidifier running. I could not hear any of that background noise with the ANC on in either setting with the music on at a mid volume level. If I turned the music volume to a low setting, I could barely hear background noise on the normal setting and I could hear no noise with ANC on the max setting. The ANC also blocked out TV noise, other household noise and the sound of my car while riding as a passenger. I have not flown since getting these, but I have no doubt they will work well with airplane noise. Likewise, these headphones have an Environmental mode that allow you to hear however much outside noise as you want to hear. In the App you can set the Environmental mode at 10 different settings to allow varying levels of outside sound in. This could come in handy to listen to music but also be able to hear if someone is trying to talk to you while you have them on without removing them. You can use a button on the outside of the headphones to switch between ANC and Environmental mode, which will be convenient if in ANC and you quickly need to switch to the environmental mode to hear outside input. I have used ANC on other top brands of headphones and the ANC on these Shure headphones have the best ANC I have used. I have never seen the environmental mode, but feel this will come in handy also. Finally, these headphones come with a USB-C cord to charge them or connect to Digital Audio. They have also provided a 3.5mm cable to connect to other devices, such as airplane sound systems. The wireless feature is incredibly convenient, but I think it is great they thought of sources like airplane sound and provide the necessary cable for that. They come with a very nice hard case that will protect them in any luggage. It is a round case, approximately 10 inches in diameter and 2.25 inches deep, and has an inside pocket for the cables. While I like the case a lot, I will say this will not fit into the briefcase I use for business travel, but it will fit in any carry on luggage or in my backpack that I use for other travel. It does have an outside loop that could be connected to luggage also. The headphones say they will go for 20 hours when fully charged, which I have found is pretty accurate. Another nice feature is that you can get four more hours on a 15 minute charge, so easy to get a little boost while waiting in an airport. It takes about 2.5 hours for a full charge. All-in-all, I can't say enough good things about these Shure headphones! They are going to last me for many years of enjoyment to come! I highly recommend them!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Big sound

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bluetooth, Noise cancellation, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Portable, Volume

    If you want simple to use controls. If you want great sound If you need really good ANC Then I highly recommend these. Found sound to be great. Tested ANC around home - worked great while vacuuming and doing dishes (while others watched TV in next room) – almost making both a “joy” to do. Nice to not have to blast the volume to override outside sounds helping to save your hearting. Maybe I am showing my age but I am really tired of touching the wrong area or sliding the wrong way on most new headphones – causing them to turn off or inadvertently changing volume or track, etc. These have a separate on/off and separate volume up and down buttons. There is a multitouch/function button situated between the up/down volume buttons with raised indicator - making it easily found and to navigate. I am retired but used to work from home often and can see that these would be great to stop sound distractions. Documentation indicates they work with Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Bluejean. There are so many features and specifications for these headphones that if you are considering please go to Shures website to get most complete info. In the box; Hard sided black traveling circular case with a nice built in mesh area to store the included USB-C and USB connector and 4ft 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable. Basic manual with control information. Suggest you go to Shure website and download PDF manual. 2-year warranty Use/impressions; Nicely designed and seem very sturdy with well cushioned headrest and earpads. Is made of anodized aluminum including earcup swivels. Replaceable leather earpads Easily synched and uses Bluetooth 5 .0. I had good signal up to around 35 feet thru 2 walls. Supports aptX, aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, AAC, LDAC. To be fair I don’t know what some of these are but others might. Can be connected using provided 4ft 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable or USB-C. I did try to use USB-C to USB-C on my Windows 10 laptop and android phone and neither worked (but it did indicate it was charging). What did work on both is a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter. Also, if using cable, you can still use ANC – as long as battery has not run out. Found the sound to be great whether using Bluetooth or audio cable. Even at low volume bass was very nice but make sure you check your equalizer settings. The headphones themselves are pretty much standard size but they don’t fold in any way other than the earcups swiveling sideways. So, the case is about the size of a dinner plate, not great if planning to use for travel. There are some voice alerts letting you know headphones have been turned on, when they are connected, etc. Shure app is okay. You can set ANC levels (normal or MAX) or Environment mode (can hear outside noises), see battery charge info, use pre-set equalizer settings or adjust and create your own. Import your music to play, etc. I found headphones to be comfortable to wear BUT they fit very snugly around your ears/head. I assume to aid in noise canceling. They were also comfortable when I wore reading glasses As mentioned, controls are buttons on the right earcup. I found them very easy to use. Center button is multifunction – one tap for play/pause, next track 2 taps, previous track 3 taps, answer/end call 1 tap, decline call hold for 2 seconds, 3 taps to activate voice assistant and factory reset. Easy to move volume up/down using dedicated buttons. Noise canceling function is very good. As stated, they worked great while vacuuming. I did have an issue when going in/out garage door from house. It closes automatically and when it “slammed” shut I got very uncomfortable feedback thru the ANC. I did have volume a little high and ANC on MAX. Watching movies on my laptop, using Bluetooth connection, the sound I heard was well synched with the screen. I have had other headphones where that was not the case. Having the option to hard wire these is nice if headphone battery is dead, somewhere you cannot use Bluetooth or maybe to tap into in-flight entertainment. I don’t use headphones for calls so did not test that feature. But documentation indicates there are 6 microphones. 2 beamforming (4mm) on the right earcup for voice and telephony. 1 microphone on top of each earcup (6mm) for environment mode as well as FeedForward ANC. 2 microphones (6mm) inside each earcup for FeedBack ANC. Manual indicates around 20 hours of continuous use with a 15-minute charge providing 4 hours of playback and around 2 ½ hours for 0 – 100% charge. I didn’t run until battery ran out but after 2 hours of use indicated I had 91% left. My only real negative is that the headphones don’t fold necessitating a large carrying case. Overall a great option if you are looking for headphones in this price range. I do have a pair of Bose 700s that I did a back to back comparison and I would give edge to Shure on sound, app with controls, for me, being MUCH easier to use than Bose. But Bose are a tad lighter and case is ¾ the size of Shure’s. But please check Shures website for complete info as there is a lot……

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Sound never felt so good

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Bluetooth, Noise cancellation, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    For travel, Portable

    The Shure Aonic 50 is a wireless headset that offers superb sound quality while giving you isolation of from outside noise pollution. With its hefty price tag it comes in with hopes of competing with some big hitters like Sony and Bose. Let's see what you can expect to get from this high end headset. Out of the box you get everything needed to get you started including the main headset and power cable. Connection is done either through Bluetooth, nfc, or the free app. Initial charge time for a full cell was roughly about a hour and so far with noise cancellation at its full setting i have been able to receive right around 18 hours of run time. The design of this headset is top notch for sure. The cushions and head straps are probably some of the thickest and most comfortable i have ever had the privilege of using. With removable and replaceable earcups, this unit is sure to offer longevity. One big draw back i noticed right out of the gate was the lack of a collapsible band. With the market that this unit is coming in at, both its big name competitors offer this in their headsets which allow for a compact design for easy carry on. This unit does not offer this and therefore you are left carrying around this bulky headset while you board your airplane, bus, or where ever it is you are headed. Through the free app you can easily set up your headset to meet your needs such as utilizing Shure's equalizer settings to get the sounds you want, and adjustment of your noise cancellation in order to allow as much or as little outside noise in. Let's get in to functionality and sound. In the way of noise cancelling headsets this unit is pretty much the same as most others. The right earcup holds all the buttons you need to access all your basic settings such as volume controls, foward/back playback, and noise cancelling/ambient sound button. This unit does allow features that give you access to pair which ever personal assistant you choose, rather it be google or alexa. You can also answer calls or use this headset for your zoom meetings as the built in mic allows this. In the way of noise cancellation this unit is awesome and does a great job of cancelling outside noise however most units have a different frequency at which they really shine. The Shure Aonic 50 shines in the low frequency category meaning it will cancel such low frequency noises as air conditioning units, washing machines, and jet engines from airplanes. The sound quality is top notch and is almost guaranteed to please just about every audiophile out there. With the use of the free app you can easily fine tune your sound settings to fit your desire, rather it be more bass your looking for or higher vocals. Either way the sound quality is enough for just about everyone to fall in love with. So should you buy this headset? Well that depends on what exactly you plan on using the headset for. This headset is great for people who travel daily or weekly by bus, plane or train as this headset will do a phenomenal job at blocking out all those engine noises and passenger chatter. If your working at home now due to covid and you have noisy roommates or kids, then this unit is a must have as the mic does a great job at getting your voice heard and the noise cancellation will keep out all that noise pollution allowing you to focus on your zoom meeting. Now if your just looking for a headset that offers good sound and none of those other issues are a thing for you then i would pass on this unit due to the hefty price tag and the fact that there are other headsets out there that offer studio sound quality at half the price. My only real complaint that i have with this unit is the fact that it is not collapsible and therefore makes it cumbersome when traveling. Other than that this is a excellent headset to pick up if you have the funds for it. The good: -Great sound quality -Awesome noise cancellation -Long battery life -Replaceable earcups The bad: -Lack of a foldable design

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Superb headset with excellent sound

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    Pros mentioned:
    Bluetooth, Listening to music, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Equalizer, Volume

    The Shure AONIC 50 is a spectacular wireless headphone. The fit is great and they are super comfortable to wear for long stretches at a time. The sound is spectacular for everything from music to voice calls. With the SHURE PLAY app you can tailor the sound to you liking with a comprehensive Equalizer. I think the EQ happens purely in the playback software and not in the headphones though. I found out after fiddling for a bit with the app, while listening to Spotify and not noticing any audible difference when changing EQ settings, that it only has effect when playing via the PLAY app which for my iPhone is limited to Apple Music. If you want EQ functionality outside of listening through whatever PLAY integrates with any other app will need to implement EQ functionality, which the Spotify app does, by the way. I paired the headphones with my phone, laptop, and desktop computer. In all cases it worked perfectly with no issues, could connect to multiple devices at the same time and remembered each one when powering the headphones back on. There are multiple options for connecting to devices including Bluetooth, USB-C to USB-A (also for charging), and 3.5mm analog. Both cable types are included, however, the USB cable is pretty short and not all that useful for audio connections unless your device connection is really close to you. A couple of things to note is that when you plug in the 3.5 audio cable all Bluetooth connections will be turned off as stated in the manual. If you are plugged in via USB, connections will be maintained so that you could charge and listen to audio at the same time. My experience with the battery life is positive so far. For my first use I plugged in and charged the headphones. The app stated that they were at 95% charge when I started. After close to 10 hours of mixed use listening to music both Bluetooth and with cable, participating in online meetings using the microphone, and a couple of phone calls there was still 40% charge remaining. Given that I think that the headphones would probably come pretty close to hitting the 20 hours claimed by Shure on the packaging. Speaking of the packaging the retail box is a strange round hat-box style package. Inside is a very sturdy clamshell style zippered case with a rubberized outside which will do a great job protecting your headphones when not using them. Really the only area of improvement for these excellent headphones would be the side buttons. The controls are straight forward and easy to use. I did find that the center button / volume control was a little hard to locate by feel at times. Maybe the center button could be just a tiny bit larger or have a little different placement. Same goes for the other buttons. Overall, a superb headset with great sound and features. You will not be disappointed at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Solid headphones with great natural sound!

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

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    A solid pair of over-the-ear headphones. Sound is pretty amazing. As several reviewers elsewhere have written, the sound is very natural, even--don't expect exaggeratedly thumping bass. Very comfortable to wear so far, although--to be fair--I've only had them on for about a two-hour period. That first international flight--post-COVID--will be the big test. Only partial negative to these headphones so far--I can foresee these being a bit of a pain to travel with. The sturdy round case is huge...and I don't want to travel without a case. Just wish these folded a bit (the only real movement, aside from extending/retracting from the headband, the only movement is the headphones rotating to allow them to be more-or-less flat).

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great set of headphones.

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    Shure AONIC 50 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphone (Black) The Shure headphones are built very strong. They have solid metal head band parts and feel very significant. They hold your head tight enough as to not fall off if your working around the house. They connect to 2 devices at once without issue. The voice quality in a call is clear and acceptable. If you attempt to add a 3rd device they will, at random, drop one of the others. In my case they dropped the phone over the stereo equipment. It was absolutely painless to get them back to the 2 devices you want to use. The noise canceling feature is adjustable by the App you install on your phone. They have 2 settings in the app, max and normal. They also have 3 settings for outside noise canceling. They are basically on, off, and environment mode. In environment mode they will actually pickup outside sounds and pump them into your ears. All 3 settings work as designed. Volume, noise canceling, and power buttons are easy to work with very little effort. They have the standard functions like all other wireless headphones. Battery change time is not bad. They charged from 50% to 100% in about 45 minutes. It took almost 6 hours, at medium to loud levels to get them down to 50%. They come with a large carrying case, a charging cable and a standard headphone cable to be used as normal headphones. The headphone cable is a very nice 5 feet long, the charging cable is 41 inches long. Unlike some other Bluetooth headphones, these actually work in a stand alone mode with the 3.5mm wire plugged in, they do not need to be turned on. These are on the medium to high end of the price range, but Shure has spent their time in making them worth the money. The build quality alone puts them ahead of many others in their class.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good Quality Headphones

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    These headphones are great. From the moment I put them on I knew they would be good. I first noticed the clarity of sound they produce. You can hear everything clearly. Especially with noise cancellation. This is not a negative but I’ve had better noise canceling headphones but these do get the job done. I like how you can switch it on and off with a switch in the side just in case you need to hear something in the room. These headphones are very comfortable. So much so that I’ve fallen asleep with them on! That never happens. If I did have one negative about the headphones would be the size for me. They look huge on my head. But I can deal with that. I do believe these can compete with the best out there in this category. They’re very sturdy and can stand toughness. Very well built. I like bass but these don’t overwhelm you with it. Which is a good thing because every song doesn’t need it. You can not go wrong with this headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fantastic sound quality, not-so-good ANC but OK

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    Pros mentioned:
    Listening to music, Noise cancellation, Sound quality

    Headphones have recently become an everyday utility for me since being forced to work from home since the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a device I have mainly be wearing for about 8 hours a day to juggle a variety of uses, such as conferencing with coworkers during meetings, listening to music while focused on my work, and taking them on the go for my daily exercise routine. The only problem? My existing headphones weren't that great at noise cancelling when needing to focus on important work tasks while sharing your housing with other neighbors beside you who tend to be a bit of an annoyance at inappropriate times. I will admit they are a subpar brand and didn't cost me anything since they were provided by my job for work, but it was definitely time for an upgrade. Then the perfect opportunity arose to give Shure's first wireless noise cancelling pair of headphones, the AONIC 50, a chance to give me peace of mind for my workday and beyond. I will admit, these are very nicely designed headphones and they feel great on my head. For the price point, you definitely want a product that's built robustly and is going to give you what you pay for, and the AONIC 50 does the job in that department quite well. They also don't feel quite as "ear heavy" like other headphones tend to be which can become a sore as you wear them for long periods of time. You also get a hard carry case to protect them in, and while it's quite bulky it's a great reminder to the owner that they own a product from the same company that's known for making professional recording and studio equipment. The AONIC 50 comes with several control functions on the side of the earpiece including the ability to control music, phone calls, and it's active noise cancelling (ANC) tech using a simple switch between "Environment mode", allowing you to listen to the world outside you while in use, or ANC which does the opposite. There is both normal and "MAX" (the default) ANC settings to switch from based on the level of noise around you. You can use the AONIC 50's wirelessly using Bluetooth, or you can use them the traditional way with an included 3.5mm audio cable. The AONIC 50 charges using USB-C; a charging cable is provided as well. Regarding wireless connectivity, according to Shure, "The AONIC 50 has Bluetooth® 5 wireless technology for enhanced stability and a range of up to 30 feet (10 meters). A2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.6, GAVDP 1.3, HFP 1.7, HSP 1.2, IOPT, TCRL profiles are supported." The sound quality is absolutely incredible as I would expect from a quality Shure product. I paired my AONIC 50 to my iPhone and started listening to a variety of tracks from my own music collection. It's important to note that none of the music I play is streamed from the likes of Spotify or Apple Music, but rather the collection of music I own, in order to play the highest quality music files to get the most out of the AONIC 50. I even downloaded some public domain LDAC files and gave those a whim to really hear the best out of these headphones. I'm really impressed with the overall balance between bass-midrange-treble response across a variety of genres, like rock, reggae, hip hop, electronic and Latin. The engineers at Shure really spent a great deal in delivering a set of headphones that deliver quite an experience. The only other thing I hoped they really spent a great deal on is the centerpiece feature of the AONIC 50 which is active noise cancelling. I can still notice a good amount of mid and high-pitched noise not being blocked out while wearing them, and I made sure I was even on the MAX setting. The obvious solution many people would tell you is to play some music and up the volume a bit, but there's other times where I just want to listen to dead silence without needing to play continuous white noise playing to help keep me relaxed and concentrated. Maybe I'm expecting too much from this pair to go that above and beyond in giving me total peace and quiet, or maybe I'm just really sensitive to noise? Beats me. In conclusion, the AONIC 50s are very nicely built headphones that sound harmonious and is going to be an excellent option for the music lover but if you're looking to use these for frequent travel in noisy environments, like taking the train or flying on planes often, it may not perform as well as other well-known ANC headphone models from the likes of Bose and Sony. ANC headphone models from both of these brands have been extensively reviewed by thousands of people around the world and are known to deliver excellently in that aspect. Otherwise, if you're making sound quality a top priority while still being able to block out enough noise to make it a symphony in your ears, then you can't go wrong with the Shure AONIC 50 - just make sure you explore all other options are similar or lower price points prior to making your final decision. Enjoy!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent and priced accordingly

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Noise cancellation, Sound quality, Use with apps

    Shure has been a well-known name in studio audio equipment for years, particularly microphones and headphones. They have moved into the pro-consumer market as well and have several headphones, but I believe the AONIC50 is their first venture into the wireless, noise-canceling market. They certainly entered it in a big way. These high-end and high-priced phones are poised to give Bose and Sony’s best a run for it. At $400 they are priced at the top end of the market, and what do you get for all that money? You get first-class build quality and appearance, studio-quality balanced and purposely neutral sound, and up to 20 hours of battery life between charges. They are large, but the heavily padded leather ear cups make them very comfortable. They also have state of the art high-speed, high-definition audio processing and codecs. The processing is internal not app-driven meaning whether connected by Bluetooth, USB or analog cable, the sound will be as good as the source with no lag or latency. The noise-canceling ability is impressive as well, and it is switchable. Noise-canceling always has some effect on sound quality, so to get the absolute best sound … turn it off. There are two levels of reduction selected within the app. The normal level is quite adequate for general use with little coloring or loss. On high, there is some compromise, so I would reserve that mode for planes, trains, and automobiles where you really need it. With noise-canceling off, you can choose whether to allow ambient sound through and if so, how much of the outside world you wish to hear. There is a switch to change modes which makes it quick and easy with no need to open an app. Besides an on/off pairing button, there are the typical buttons for volume up, volume down, track switching, voice assistant, and phone control. As a minor complaint, I found the subtlety raised buttons a bit hard to find by touch at first. The amount of noise reduction and ambient sound pass-through is controlled by the Shure Play app. It shows the mode the phones are in, the level of charge, and lets you adjust the “Environmental Level” which is the amount of ambient sound passed through. The app has a couple of other features. It’s where you check and update the firmware, and there’s a built-in music player with an equalizer. It will only playback and equalize cuts that are located on your device. However, if they are high-definition and you have Bluetooth 5, you will get the full impact and quality of uncompressed, high-def audio. The sound quality is excellent. It’s full range, clean, neutral, and true to the source. As mentioned, the equalizer only works with the in-app player, so if you want to kick the sound around, you may need an add-on app. These headphones are about true, clean, uncolored sound, and they do not need any help to provide that. They are not trying to be Skull Crushers with thundering bass, and if that’s your thing, I would suggest you look elsewhere. If you want a high-quality build, look, feel, and sound with excellent noise reduction, these are among the top choices. Listen and decide.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent quality & sound

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Noise cancellation, Sound quality, Use with apps

    I wasn't sure what to expect from these headphones (pun intended), but I was blown away by the sound quality. The headphones are well constructed, comfortable leather head padding and ear pads. The metal frame construction makes them feel very durable and solid. There is a case for them too. They don't fold, but the earphones rotate for storage and add to comfort when adjusting them while wearing. It comes with a charging cord and a cord for a wired headphone option. This is great when my kids want to use them, I can just plug them into their device, rather than have to pair it to another device. Mine took around 45 minutes to charge when I first opened them. The booklet has great info for the use of the buttons. However, I was able to get an additional pdf link to further explain the app settings options. Definitely download the app to see what I'm talking about. Made me wish I was a sound engineer to play more with some of the settings. I did enjoy playing around with the noise cancelling level in the app. It comes with the standard presets, but in the app I was able to increase the noise cancelling to the max option. It worked well! As for the other stuff, it sounds great as is, so I left that alone. The headphones come very well packaged, please remove the small black pads that say "remove". I didn't notice them and wondered why my head felt like it was in a vice. They are snug (as all headphones this style are). I place mine on spot that keeps them a tad stretched when I don't use them. The wireless part of these headphones is great and it has a very good range. I don't notice any difference with them being bluetooth. The other exciting feature of these headphones is the voice clarity when you use the mic for calls. I have received a lot of compliments on how clear I sound, as if I was talking directly into the phone. Over all, I am very pleased with these headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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