The most recent true wireless earbuds from Shure are the AONIC 215 True Wireless Gen 2. It combines the entry level SE215 earphones and the Shure True Wireless Secure Fit Adapter Gen 2 (oh, these names are wrong). It is the most affordable model in Shure’s TWS line, a line in which the adapters stay the same, but the connected earbuds improve in sophistication as you move up the price scale.

PROS

+Accurate audio performance with rich lows and clear highs

+Class-leading EQ

+Customizable controls

+Water-resistant design

CONS

-Expensive

-Bulky build and case

SHURE AONIC 215 (GEN 2) SPECS

TypeIn-Canal
WirelessYes
True WirelessYes
Connection TypeBluetooth
Water/Sweat-ResistantYes
Active Noise CancellationNo

Even though the Shure Aonic 215 earbuds felt like a beta product in several aspects, we liked them. The Aonic 215 (Gen 2) true wireless earphones are now available with the exact $229 pricing and what, at first glance, appear to be very similar essential characteristics. What is a novel? The on-ear controls have been enhanced to include volume and mute, the earphones are now somewhat water resistant, and—most notably, the in-app EQ has been improved so that you can create a personalized sound profile and use it whenever you choose rather than just while the app is open.

The entire Aonic 215 auditory experience is altered as a result, largely because the EQ is far superior to the condensed, diluted versions seen in the majority of rival models. As a result, the second-generation Aonic 215 receives our Editor’s Choice award as the best wire free headphones for audiophiles.

Improvements Everywhere!

I must say that after giving the original Aonic 215’s design a second glance, I’ve come to like the way it looks, fits, feels, and is conceptualized. I’ve worn several pairs of true wireless in-ears by this time, and they often fall into one of two design categories: those with a chunky, stemless design, like the Sony WF-1000XM4, or those with a thin, Apple AirPods Pro-like stem. However, the Aonic 215 earphones from Shure are in a league of their own. They come in models that are either black or blue and include detachable ear hooks that house the wireless pairing electronics. Why does this matter? You may create vintage cabled in-ears by removing these parts and adding a cable (available separately).

The on-ear controls are mostly mirrored, which makes memorizing what they do easy. For starters, a press and hold for five seconds puts them in pairing mode, while two second hold powers them on, and four second hold power them off. A single press controls playback, while two presses switch the ambient listening mode on or off. A single press and hold of the left earpiece lower volume and the same on the right earpiece raise the book. Single button presses also handle call management. You can customize how all of these controls work in the app.

Conclusion

It’s difficult to stress the significance of this change to the in-app EQ because, up until now, the only place you could hear how fantastic it sounded was inside the Shure app. Nobody desires that! It’s comparable to learning that your new driver license is only suitable for parking in the DMV lot. This restriction is removed with the second generation Aonic 215 earphones, and the outcome is magnificent. Your default option can now be the top performing EQ that we evaluated. You may improve this product by adding fully adjustable on-ear controls and a little water resistant rating.

The aforementioned AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM4 are your top two alternatives if you’re looking for noise cancellation in in-ear headphones in this price range. The Sony model has the best noise cancellation we’ve tested, while the AirPods provide an easy iOS connection. However, in terms of pure audio performance, we haven’t tried another pair that sounds as excellent as the Aonic 215 by default and provides as much flexibility to customize the sound to your preferences, earning the earphones our Editors’ Choice award.

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