Shure Aonic 50 wireless noise-canceling headphones review

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The Aonic 50 are Shure’s first pair of wi-fi noise-canceling headphones. Beginning at $399, the Aonic 50 are positively within the premium class of wi-fi headphones and compete towards the likes of the Bose Headphones 700 and the Sony WH-1000XM4.

Shure is an audio tools producer that has been operational since 1925. The corporate excels at making skilled audio gear reminiscent of recording tools, microphones, studio headphones, and in-ear screens which were utilized in audio manufacturing for many years. With the Aonic 50, Shure goals to convey a few of that skilled audio pedigree to the wi-fi headphones world.


The Shure Aonic 50 are a reasonably large and hulking pair of headphones. They’re simply bigger than all of their essential rivals and look extra like house audio tools than one thing you’d wish to put on open air.

Shure Aonic 50 wireless noise-canceling headphones review

An enormous a part of the headphones are the earcups which can be the scale and form of donuts. These huge earpads have thick cushions inside with a comfortable, leather-like materials on the surface and a fabric-like materials on the inside edge. The good factor concerning the earcups is that they arrive off quite simply with a fast twist and Shure sells alternative pads.

The headscarf has extra of the leather-like materials on the underside with a stiffer model on the highest, full with faux leather-based stitching. The fabric is comfortable and nice to the touch and appears extra laborious sporting than the extra cheesy model seen on different headphones that shreds itself in a couple of months.

Shure Aonic 50 wireless noise-canceling headphones review

The headscarf will be adjusted by sliding out the yokes from both aspect. The yokes slide out with a clicking mechanism and there are additionally markings made on the inside aspect so you may match them on each side. The headscarf has a good quantity of journey and my medium sized head sat in the course of the adjustment size.

Just like the Sony 1000XM4, the headscarf cannot actually be adjusted simply when the headphones are in your head, and you might be compelled to take away them each time if you wish to regulate their size.

The earcups do not have an incredible quantity of articulation and principally simply flip in a single route to lie flat. Sadly, the earcups are simply too vast for you to have the ability to hold them round your neck on this place with out choking your self so it is higher to not flip the earcups round in any respect. Additionally, as a result of the headphones do not fold a lot, the equipped carry case is the scale of dinner plates and measures round 25cm in diameter.

Shure Aonic 50 wireless noise-canceling headphones review

The controls are positioned on the correct earcup. This contains the three step slider for noise-canceling on/off/setting mode, buttons for quantity and playback management, and lastly the facility/pairing button. Many of the buttons really feel advantageous to function and you finally get used to their place.

What I did not like was the slider. It has a deeply unsatisfying sliding motion and unusually stiff for such a small management, which makes you apply extra power than mandatory after which shoot previous the toggle you might be aiming for. For instance, I largely needed to toggle between NC on and off, which have been positions 1 and a pair of however I might usually simply slide it previous 2 to three into the Atmosphere mode. I must hold a finger on the alternative finish that will apply its personal power whereas sliding with my thumb so I management the motion of the slider extra exactly and cease it as quickly because it reached the second slot.

Shure Aonic 50 wireless noise-canceling headphones review

The Aonic 50 are made completely out of plastic. This contains the yokes which can be made to appear to be metallic, similar to the faux leather-based all over the place. A big a part of the aesthetics of those headphones is making them look dearer than they’re and never being notably profitable at it. No less than the Bose and Sony fashions come clean with the truth that they’re plastic with out attempting to appear to be one thing they don’t seem to be.

Regardless of the ocean of plastic the Aonic 50 are nonetheless an unusually heavy pair of headphones. At 334g, they’re heavier than the 1000XM4 (251g) and the Bose 700 (250g) and nearer to the AirPods Max (384g). The AirPods Max, nevertheless, are made out of aluminum and stainless-steel whereas the Aonic 50 are made out of lies and deceit.

Regardless of all the burden, the Aonic 50 aren’t notably well-built. My assessment unit was already creaking after a couple of month of use. Whereas I do not essentially count on them to interrupt, it isn’t precisely clear what Shure did with all that weight because the Aonic 50 appear and feel just about like some other pair of plastic headphones, simply heavier.


The Shure Aonic 50 are reasonably snug pair of headphones. The benefit of them are the thick earpads and headband. The earpads are much less conforming to the form of your head than on one thing just like the 1000XM4 however in addition they do not feel laborious towards your ears and are vast sufficient to accommodate most ear styles and sizes.

Shure Aonic 50 wireless noise-canceling headphones review

What’s much less likable concerning the headphones is the burden and to some extent, the clamping power. You may’t actually overlook that you’re sporting these headphones and that is not simply because they’re vast sufficient to be in your peripheral imaginative and prescient on a regular basis. You particularly discover them in the event you flip your head as headphones of this dimension and weight normally have important inertia and vast heart of gravity that may trigger your head to swing in the event you flip it rapidly. It may additionally trigger the headphones to slide off in the event you look down.

As compared, the Sony and Bose alternate options are extra snug attributable to their decrease weight and softer earpads. The Aonic 50 really feel extra like house audio headphones than one thing you’d wish to put on open air.

Software program and options

The Aonic 50 are appropriate with the Shure Play app, obtainable for iOS and Android. Via this app, you may regulate the extent of energetic noise-cancellation, degree of the setting mode function, regulate minor settings, and likewise replace the firmware. The app additionally has a built-in media participant for enjoying native audio recordsdata and an EQ that works just for the built-in participant and nothing else.

Shure Play app for Android
Shure Play app for Android
Shure Play app for Android
Shure Play app for Android
Shure Play app for Android
Shure Play app for Android

Shure Play app for Android

The Shure Play app is of doubtful practicality. Essentially the most use I received out of it was to disable all of the beeps and voice prompts the headphones produce whenever you flip them on/off or change the ANC modes and these settings get saved on the headphones as soon as modified. Shure would not appear to launch firmware updates usually sufficient to warrant having the app put in on a regular basis. As for the built-in music participant, it isn’t nice and also you possible have considered one of your personal by now. The EQ can be ineffective because it solely works for the music participant within the app and nothing else.

The app can also’t bear in mind what headphones you may have, not like the Sony and Bose apps. Each time you launch the app, it does a recent scan of what Shure machine you may have linked. In case your telephone closes the app within the background, it should as soon as once more scan whenever you reopen it. It takes a couple of second to scan and acknowledge your linked headphones however it’s nonetheless a tiresome course of that does not have to occur each single time the app is launched.

EQ settings for built-in music player
EQ settings for built-in music player
EQ settings for built-in music player

EQ settings for built-in music participant

Shifting past the app, the Aonic 50 have variety of options that luckily do not require you to have the app in any respect.

For starters, the Aonic 50 have probably the very best implementation of multi-device pairing I’ve seen. They seamlessly hook up with the final two paired units when powered on. You normally will not even understand they’ve finished this except you verify each the linked units. On the 1000XM4, you might want to undergo a course of by the companion app to allow this and on the Aonic 50 it simply works. And in contrast to the Sony, you are not restricted to SBC or AAC right here, and each linked machine can use any codec, together with LDAC.

Talking of codecs, Shure has gone out of its strategy to assist as lots of them as potential. You’ve got your commonplace SBC and AAC, together with aptX, aptX HD, and aptX Low Latency. Lastly, you additionally get LDAC.

Shure additionally determined to up the ante almost about wired audio. It comes with the usual audio cable (which sadly plugs in utilizing a much less commonplace 2.5mm cable on the headphone aspect and there is additionally no airplane adapter offered) but in addition a USB-C cable, which aside from being required for charging may also be used to make use of the headphones utilizing USB audio.

Shure Aonic 50 wireless noise-canceling headphones review

You need to use USB audio mode with most units, together with all Home windows and Mac computer systems and likewise most Android smartphones. I have not tried with any iOS or iPadOS machine as I did not have the required adapter however it’s potential it may work there, too. The USB enter accepts audio as much as 32-bit/384kHz, which needs to be loads for any audio supply you could have.

The Aonic 50 function energetic noise-cancellation. It has two ranges, regular and max, with max being set by default. There may be additionally ambient/transparency mode known as Atmosphere mode, which makes use of the exterior microphones to play ambient audio by the audio system. You may regulate the depth of this impact by the Shure Play app.

Sadly, the Aonic 50 have no type of put on detection, which implies they will not auto pause or swap off whenever you take away them. Shure additionally would not specify what number of microphones these items have and if there are any contained in the earcups to measure the interior noise and cancel it out or regulate the sound primarily based on the seal. In addition they cannot compensate for the air stress adjustments like Sony.



The Aonic 50 turned out to be a tough pair of headphones to assessment. There are clearly some bugs to iron out right here within the present model that I examined ( and though I’ve knowledgeable Shure assist about it, I am unsure if they’ll do something concerning the suggestions.

The problems largely relate to the inconsistency within the sound between completely different modes and codecs. The sound is completely different between ANC on and ANC off by a substantial margin. There may be additionally a difficulty with how the headphones sound with LDAC codec, however solely in 88.2kHz or 96kHz modes in comparison with different codecs and even wired modes.

Test settings
Test settings

Take a look at settings

As such, some choices needed to be made with what could be chosen for all of the audio assessments. Between ANC on and off, it was a straightforward name; the headphones needed to be examined with ANC on as that is what you are shopping for them for. The headphones really sounded extra impartial with ANC off and the compensation curve Shure applies in ANC on mode adjustments the sound significantly however once more, that is how the headphones are primarily designed for use and the way they’re set out of the field. Apparently, the ANC Regular and ANC Off sound the identical, however ANC Max (default) is the place the tonality adjustments significantly.

As for the codec, I made a decision to forgo LDAC completely and as an alternative simply use aptX HD, which had constant audio with the opposite wi-fi codecs and wired audio and appeared like how the headphones have been meant to sound. LDAC 88.2kHz and 96kHz made the sound unnaturally louder but in addition fully misplaced all low-end presence and simply turned extraordinarily mid-focused. That is the one mode the place this occurred and it appeared extra like an anomaly than a function, particularly since this did not even occur within the wired modes.

So lastly, the headphones have been set to ANC Max and aptX HD for testing with Android and ANC Max and AAC for testing with iOS.

Audio high quality

The Aonic 50 are good sounding headphones. Shure deserves reward right here for not tuning the headphones to match the standard V-shaped tuning of in style headphones on this phase however quite intention for some semblance of neutrality for extra important listening. Nevertheless, it would not fairly get there and has some limitations that maintain it again.

Shure Aonic 50 wireless noise-canceling headphones review

The mid-range is well the star of the present right here. The Aonic 50 have an excellent a mid-range that’s largely even and constant all through. Vocals and string devices have glorious presence and readability within the combine, making these best for listening to a large style of content material, together with films and video games.

The low-end is a little bit of a blended bag. The mid-bass response is kind of even and never bloated as is the case with virtually each different pair of wi-fi headphones on this value vary. Bass notes have a pleasant assault and slam that feels punchy with out being muddy and overwhelming.

Nevertheless, the upper-bass area is a bit boosted, which provides some undesirable increase to percussion devices. The drums in Desires by Fleetwood Mac, for instance, are far more outstanding and ahead within the combine than they’re presupposed to be. This is not as distracting within the grand scheme of issues like an overblown mid-bass response however it may be a bit distracting on some tracks with heavier vocals or numerous percussion devices.

However, the low-bass response is kind of missing because the sound simply rolls off after the mid-bass. This implies you do not get that low-end rumble that you simply count on in sure mixes. The Interstellar soundtrack, for instance, makes use of the pipe organ loads. It has a booming low-end on sure tracks like Mountains and No Time For Warning once they hit their crescendo, however you do not hear a lot of it on the Aonic 50.

Shure Aonic 50 wireless noise-canceling headphones review

Shifting on to the high-end, the tonality right here is essentially satisfying. There may be some tendency to trigger some sibilance on sure tracks despite the fact that these aren’t essentially vivid or scorching sounding headphones. However on most tracks the high-end is not notably offensive and enhances the mid-range properly.

When it comes to total dynamics, the Aonic 50 aren’t notably spectacular. The sound is not particularly revealing or excessive decision. The extent of element appears on par with different headphones on this value vary regardless of the general superior tuning. The imaging is first rate however the soundstage is mediocre.

I additionally examined the headphones in wired mode. They sound simply advantageous right here and the attention-grabbing factor is there may be principally no distinction in audio whether or not the headphones are on or off. Usually, when utilizing wi-fi headphones set to off in wired mode causes them to sound typically horrible as all of the audio processing is switched off. However turning the facility on or off appears to trigger no distinction within the sound on the Aonic 50 and any distinction would really be attributed to ANC kicking in when on. If the ANC is ready to off, there may be actually no distinction within the headphones on vs off sound in wired mode.

Nevertheless, I do not personally think about wired mode to be an necessary function. Whereas it is a good factor to have in a pinch, you may spend half as a lot and get considerably higher sounding wired headphones if that is what you really need. The wired modes even have limitations, such because the controls changing into ineffective and likewise the dearth of microphone performance. Additionally, USB cables typically are usually thick and quick and make poor audio cables.

General, the Aonic 50 sound first rate for his or her product class. The place they stomp throughout their rivals is within the total tonality and tuning of the drivers, which produces a a lot cleaner and impartial sound with out being tuned for one specific vary of the frequency response. However, they’re solely common in each different facet of their audio high quality. The inconsistencies with the ANC modes and codec choices additionally leaves loads to be desired.

Microphone high quality

The Shure Aonic 50 have common microphone high quality. Voices are likely to sound a bit uninteresting and vague. It is okay for many voice calls and none of my callers complained concerning the name high quality however chances are you’ll wish to put money into a wired headset if voice high quality is necessary to you.

Shure Aonic 50 wireless noise-canceling headphones review

As talked about earlier than, the microphone doesn’t work in wired mode, no matter whether or not it’s analog or digital.


The Aonic 50 have mediocre energetic noise-canceling. The ANC solely has some impact on the ambient sound and reduces a few of the background hum however by and enormous you continue to hear your environment pretty clearly, particularly when there’s nothing taking part in on the headphones. The ANC system additionally produces a definite hiss when enabled, which could be very audible when enabled in an already quiet room.

That is with the ANC set to Max mode. The Regular mode is subsequent to ineffective as the extent of noise isolation it affords will be achieved simply by good earpads on most headphones. The earpads on the Aonic 50 are agency and do not mould to the form of your head the identical approach those on the Sony or Bose fashions do. This impacts the seal, which not simply impacts the ANC efficiency but in addition sound high quality.

Shure Aonic 50 wireless noise-canceling headphones review

The noise-canceling on my Aonic 50 items additionally had a difficulty, the place I may hear flutter from the drivers whereas strolling. It was tremendous apparent even with music taking part in and made it tough to give attention to the audio whereas strolling as there was a relentless fluttering sound each time my heels hit the bottom. This subject may very well be restricted to my subject as by some means I doubt Shure would ship headphones with such a severe flaw.

As for the Atmosphere mode, it does what it is meant to do by letting in ambient sound by the audio system. It would not actually hassle attempting to make the sound appear to be it isn’t coming by audio system and it has an excellent elevated excessive frequency response, which makes it sound prefer it’s consistently raining round you. However, in the event you simply need to pay attention to your environment for a short second whereas ready for, say, an airport announcement then it ought to do the job.


The Aonic 50 have good latency efficiency. There may be little or no perceptible latency whereas watching movies on all examined platforms and units, making these appropriate for watching content material. You could even get away with some informal gaming though it is strongly recommended to make use of the cable for extra severe periods.


The Aonic 50 had dependable connectivity throughout my testing. I used the headphones with quite a lot of units and there have been by no means any dropouts or some other connection associated subject.

Battery Life

Shure claims 20 hours of battery life for the Aonic 50. This determine is on par with what Bose claims for the 700 however is decrease than the claimed 30 hour determine for the Sony 1000XM4.

Shure Aonic 50 wireless noise-canceling headphones review

In my testing, I received round 16 hours over a number of check runs utilizing aptX HD. Whereas 16 hours is not dangerous, it’s decrease than what different huge headphones can do. It is particularly disappointing contemplating the scale and weight of those headphones, and also you’d assume Shure may have match a bigger battery in there.

Shure would not point out how lengthy the headphones will final after a fast 10-minute cost however I received round 2 hours of playback.


The Shure Aonic 50 are priced at $399, however since they’ve been available on the market for some time now you may get them for $349 and even much less.

All issues thought of, the Aonic 50 are an okay pair of headphones. I preferred their audio high quality and they’re typically superior to their rivals on this value class in that division. In addition they provide a variety of codec choices in addition to analog and digital wired choices. The Aonic 50 additionally has top-of-the-line implementations of multi-device pairing I’ve seen to this point.

Shure Aonic 50 wireless noise-canceling headphones review

Apart from that, the Aonic 50 are a reasonably mediocre pair of headphones. They’re massive and heavy and never completely appropriate for out of doors utilization. The construct high quality additionally would not justify the burden. The microphone efficiency is common and the noise-cancellation is mediocre. Even the battery life is under common for such massive headphones. The Shure Play app additionally would not provide any significant performance and is behind all people else in primary usability.

The headphones even have some high quality management points. Totally different ANC modes and codecs produce vastly completely different sound in a approach that does not appear intentional. My assessment unit had loads of different points, reminiscent of clicking sounds each time the amplifier or DAC inside activated or deactivated itself, a buzzing sound within the microphone, and the aforementioned fluttering sound whereas sporting these headphones whereas strolling.

All issues thought of, I might move on the Aonic 50 except the headphones and the app see some important enhancements by future updates. Though they do not sound pretty much as good, the Sony WH-1000XM4 and the Bose Headphones 700 are higher headphones total.


  • Good audio high quality
  • Seamless multi-device pairing
  • Broad codec assist
  • USB audio enter


  • Giant and heavy
  • Restricted folding choices
  • Inconsistent audio high quality throughout completely different modes
  • Mediocre noise-canceling
  • Common microphone
  • Underwhelming battery life
  • Poor companion app

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