The concept behind Shure Aonic 215 is amazing: Shure made Bluetooth modules RMCE-TW1 that connect to any wired headphones with MMCX connector. They look frankly strange, these are not AirPods for you, you won’t be able to put them in a case in a second – he unbuttoned the case imposingly, put it in place, snapped the bow in the holder, zipped it up.
Therefore, I try not to pull out the headphones to “quickly listen to music at lunch” – if I did, then at least for an hour or two.
The second feature: you cannot plug in the earpiece in a second. Even after a couple of weeks of use, I can’t do it quickly. You unzip the case, the left earbud is on the right, and the right one on the left. Confusion is inevitable. Then you need to tuck the cup into the ear, and the nozzle into the ear canal. Not a second for sure. And you also need to press a button on each cup and turn on the modules!
I think that already at this stage, many will say: “No, my friend, I do not want to buy such headphones at all.” Let go of those who are afraid of difficulties. But Shure Aonic 215 fits perfectly in your ears, you don’t notice them. You can choose from blue, black, white or clear plastic. Although, given the size of the device, this is not at all important: they hide in the ear and are not striking. And the headphones are also very light! Well, traditionally for Shure there is a rich set, a bunch of different attachments – there is both ordinary silicone and foam.
There is a USB Type-C connector on the case, the operating time of the headphones is about eight hours, the case gives three more charges. One charge of the case was enough for me for five weekdays – I listened on the way from the parking lot to the office, occasionally in the office, on the way back, got at home to look at something on the tablet. Keep in mind that headphones only work with one device at a time; you cannot connect to two gadgets at once.
The modules support aptX, AAC and SBC, I advise you to experiment with different players on different devices. Although subjectively, Tidal sounds the same on both the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the Fold 2. It seems to me that the main advantage of the Shure Aonic 215 is the transformation of even the most vile stream in Mixcloud into something quite interesting and comfortable to listen to.
Every time there was an incoming call, the sound switched to the iPhone. I don’t know why it happened – then I tried to talk with the help of Shure. The sound goes to the right earpiece. When I’m in the office, you can hear quite well, on the street the wind blows away the voice. By the way, there is also a transparency mode, when microphones amplify ambient sounds – the function works well. You press the button twice, you calmly talk with your colleague, then you return to music again. Passive noise isolation will be good if you take the time to select the nozzles. I put on the foam, I’m more comfortable with it.
The branded application is worth downloading for the sake of updating the firmware (just recently a new firmware arrived), choosing the level of the transparency mode and the equalizer. The update is not quick, keep in mind: first, data is sent to the left module, installation and reboot, then the same actions with the right module. For everything about everything about twenty minutes.
These are single-driver headphones, and I would have guessed without reading the description: everything is smooth, comfortable, without obvious excesses. I listened to different music in different programs, everywhere the same emotion, calmness and high-quality presentation. I would not recommend buying these headphones without first listening with your device and your content.