Perhaps the best headphone of the year
Shure’s new noise-canceling headphones sound very, very promising – may become the model the others have to knock this year
At the CES show in Las Vegas, Shure is launching two new products this year, a wireless headphone with active noise reduction and a set of so-called genuine wireless in-ear headphones.
We had the opportunity to listen to them on a slightly busy Las Vegas trade show floor, and we were thrilled with what Shure has accomplished.
Of course, five minutes is not long enough to create a particularly well-founded impression to make a Aonic 50 Review, but they sounded very well-balanced and airy with a solid bass foundation and a fairly well-resolved treble.
The impression was that they sounded better than both the Sony WH-1000XM3, Bose NCH700 and Jabra Elite 85h, and potentially they could also beat Bang & Olufsen models, which we have long considered the very best wireless.
Of course, it must be said that we only listened to music that Shure himself had prepared (streamed from an iPhone, ed.), And the files were probably of very good quality, but what we heard promised at least very well.
The noise reduction was also reasonably good – they reduced noise from the booth area quite markedly, but we still believe that, for example, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is notch better.
A rotary knob on the side of the headset allows you to control how much ambient noise is allowed.
Shure has also developed an app that both allows you to adjust the functions of the headphones and not least adjust the sound to your taste.
It can also be integrated with the music library on your phone and play music and use equalizer with headphones other than Shures, but then of course you will not be able to access the settings built for Aonic headphones.
The headphones also seemed quite light and very comfortable to wear, and the battery life is stated at 20 hours on a single charge, which is good but not extraordinary.
Shure’s fully wireless in-ear model is called the Aonic 215 and is based on the company’s existing 215 model.
They have a soft strap that is fastened around the ear, but they also sat very well in the ear and were quite comfortable to wear. So the first impression was positive here too, despite the fact that the design is something special.
The battery life is stated to be eight hours on a charge with three extra charges in the case, ie a total of 32 hours. Admittedly, it’s quite large, but at least relatively flat, so it does not take up much space if you want to carry it in your pocket.
The headphones also sounded pretty good, but the equalizer in the Shure app was set to ‘Low Boost’, which gave them a slightly overwhelming bass reproduction. If you know the 215 model from before, you know very well what it is you are getting into here.
The price will be $ 279, which is roughly on par with Apple’s AirPods Pro.
Both models will be launched during the spring of 2020.