Shure AONIC 215 Gen 2 Review: All of this and more

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Ignore (if you can) the ‘individual’ looks and the optimistic claims for bombardment life, and instead only listen. These are deeply impressive in-ear monitors


  • Sound utterly positive and convincing
  • Impressive control app
  • Earbuds themselves are very comfy


  • ‘Truthful Wireless Secure Fit Adapter’ is far from the most decorative thing yous’ll always clothing
  • No active racket-cancellation
  • Bombardment life is less than Shure reckons

Key Features

  • Bluetooth five.0
    With SBC, AAC and aptX back up

  • Modular blueprint
    In-ear hooks can exist detached and swapped out for another module


Information technology may not have the mainstream profile of some audio brands, but people who know Shure know what the company is capable of. The company’s microphones, for example, are spoken of in reverential terms, and its in-ear monitors aren’t far backside.

Neat sound, though, will only carry yous so far. Anyone with half an eye on the truthful wireless market knows the features have to piled on in order to compete – and  that’s non something Shure has ever been capable of doing.

With this second generation of its AONIC 215 True Wireless in-ears, though, Shure has managed to squeeze in a little more functionality and practicality. And it’s managed to practise so without altering the unique aesthetic 1 jot. Is that a good thing?


  • UK
    RRP: £209
  • U.s.
    RRP: $229
  • Europe
    RRP: €229

The Shure AONIC 215 Truthful Wireless Gen 2 are on sale now, and in the United Kingdom they become for £209. In the U.s.a. the asking toll is $229 or then, while in Australia yous’ll likely be asked to part with AU$379 or thereabouts.

You don’t need me to tell y’all the market is awash with very well-regarded truthful wireless in-ear headphones at this sort of money, from some of the biggest brands around. None of them has a more than auspicious reputation than Shure, though – and, equally we shall come across, this sort of money put Shure’s way buys a fair bit more other brands will give you.


  • Comfortable, low-contour earbuds
  • Large, ungainly earhooks for Bluetooth reception and bear on command
  • Modular design

I’m going with ‘divisive’ to describe the design of the AONIC 215 True Wireless Gen 2. Shure has made some worthwhile upgrades to the original AONIC 215 True Wireless, equally the ‘features’ section will item, just one affair that hasn’t changed is the modular pattern. Each big Bluetooth-adapter-cum-earhook (or TW2 for short) can be detached, cheers to its MMCX connection, so the earbuds themselves tin can be used with a cable or replaced by other compatible Shure models.

As far as delivering flexibility goes, it’s hard to fence with – but unfortunately it’s also difficult to contend with the exclamation that it makes the wearer await like they have some kind of obscure medical status for which they’re receiving treatment.

Shure AONIC 215 TW2 worn by reviewer

Like every Shure in-ear monitor, though, the AONIC 215 earbuds themselves are depression-profile and comfortable. The twist-to-fit action provides enough of passive noise isolation, and the wide selection of cream and silicone eartips in the box makes getting the perfect fit straightforward.

The rather bulky, remedial expect of the over Truthful Wireless Gen 2 is carried over to their charging instance. Naturally enough, given the size of the earbuds-plus-TW2, the charging case is a hefty number that will spoil the line of your jacket and won’t fit into a trouser pocket. It’southward quite robust by prevailing standards, though, so it should prove quite resilient if you drop it. Just attempt not to drop it on your foot.

Shure AONIC 215 TW2 charging case


  • Optimistic claims for battery life
  • Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX codec support
  • Useful and quite all-encompassing app

For the 2nd generation of its AONIC 215 Truthful Wireless, Shure has quite sensibly left the earbuds themselves well alone and instead fiddled around the edges of practicality and usability. I’m all for this, if for no other reason than I always idea the AONIC 215 to be amid the all-time pound-for-pound in-ear monitors of this century.

Then in each light, ergonomically shaped earbud yous’ll find a full-range dynamic commuter, the size and limerick of which Shure has never been all that keen on divulging. The earbuds click to the TW2 earhook (or to a hard cable) using a secure MMCX connectedness. The TW2s then hook over the wearer’s ear – each has a round, bulbous little termination that features a single, fairly big, push/button button.

Shure AONIC 215 TW2 earbud housing

Wireless connectivity is via Bluetooth 5.0, and there’south compatibility with SBC, AAC and aptX codecs. Shure suggests the AONIC 215 True Wireless Gen two are skilful for eight hours of playback, with another three full charges in their chunky charging case – merely in all honesty, no matter how I tried I couldn’t eke more than six hours out of them at a time. Listen at big volumes and that number drops yet further – and hither I was thinking ‘range anxiety’ was restricted to owning an electric auto.

Shure has achieved an IPX4 rating with these Gen 2, which is very welcome – merely more welcome yet are the upgrades to the app and to operability. The ShurePlus PLAY app (complimentary on Android and iOS) is at present among the best effectually; at to the lowest degree every bit far every bit usefulness and stability are concerned.

Shure PlusPlay app AOINC 215 TW2

In the app information technology’due south possible to choose between six EQ presets or create a custom setting using the (carefully annotated) iv-band EQ. It’s as well where you can dabble effectually the edges of the push-button controls: deploy different presses to handle play/pause, book upwards/downwards, environment way on/off (the app too lets you adapt the amount of external sound let in by environs mode), answer/cease/turn down call and summon voice assistant. It’due south also possible to integrate your Apple Music business relationship, although for other streaming services you’ll need the native app.

Sound quality

  • Coherent, confident and endlessly informative sound
  • Control and assail in equal mensurate
  • Great focus and staging

It’s at this indicate that I can stop making excuses for the Shure AONIC 215 True Wireless Gen two and, instead, beginning rhapsodising near them instead. Considering for all that they brand the wearer look (at best) a bit weird, those lucky enough to be wearing them tin can revel in some of the virtually counterbalanced, most engaging and most convincing sounds available at anything like this sort of coin.

With EQs left well alone, a TIDAL Masters file of Camera Obscura’south
Suspended From Grade
(which is downscaled to TIDAL’due south ‘HiFi’ resolution) is presented with absolute assurance, positivity and realism. The walking bass and kick pulsate have substance and detail, simply are controlled with the sort of certainty that makes the straight-edged assault and decay of private notes or hits utterly naturalistic.

Shure AONIC 215 TW2 in case

At that place’s a torrent of information available in the midrange, where the singer’south phrasing, breath-control and regionality are made completely evidently – every bit are the harmonised contributions of her backing vocalist. Space and altitude are given every bit much importance equally the music itself, with the result that the soundstage as described past the Shures is both robust and believable. And at the top of the frequency range, there’s proper seize with teeth to treble sounds but substance to become with it – and, again, prodigious amounts of fine detail filling in the story where transient response is concerned.

Make a fairly key gear-change to Aphex Twin’s
Start As You Mean To Proceed
and the Gen 2 have no trouble keeping a business firm grip on the hectic percussion and rapid-fire low frequencies. Integration of the frequency range is seamless, and forth with the completely consistent tonality it allows the Shure to present a completely unified, coherent overall sound.

Shure AONIC 215 TW2 design

These are dynamic earbuds, both in the sense of being able to travel quite a distance from ‘loud’ to ‘quiet’ and in being able to identify and deliver the small harmonic variations that even the most processed, mechanised music is full of. All of the minutiae of the grind and squelch Aphex Twin trades in is revealed but not in anyway spotlit or overstated.

Committed EDM listeners might find the AONIC 215 True Wireless Gen 2 slightly short of depression-end extension, but that’due south mitigated more than than somewhat by the control, shape and punch the Shure impart. And in all honesty, that’south about it for audio downsides. These are very accomplished earbuds indeed.

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Should yous buy it?

You lot’re after the most convincing sound this sort of money tin buy
Despite some extremely capable rivals, the Shure are the most talented around

You like agile noise-cancellation
The passive isolation here is decent, but not a friction match for, say, Bose’s active culling

Terminal Thoughts

Basically, you have to reach an accommodation. The AONIC 215 True Wireless Gen two sound the business organization, no dubiousness, but they look downright weird and their battery doesn’t final as long as the manufacturer thinks it should. Ask yourself if you’re prepared to compromise…

How we test

We test every headphones we review thoroughly over an extended flow of time. Nosotros use industry standard tests to compare features properly. We’ll ever tell y’all what we observe. We never, e’er, have money to review a product.

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Practice the AONIC 215 TW2 support active racket counterfoil?

No, but they do take an ambient way (Environment Fashion).

Full specs





IP rating

Battery Hours


Release Date

Model Number

Audio Resolution



Frequency Range

Headphone Type

Shure AONIC 215 Gen 2







41.6 One thousand



SBC, AAC, aptX

Bluetooth five.0

Black, Bluish

– Hz

True Wireless


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