Shure Aonic50 Wireless Headphones 

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This is the latest set of over ear headphones to cross my desk. On the face of it they are Bluetooth meaning you have the freedom to move around within the range of Bluetooth. However unlike earbuds which are either Bluetooth or corded with this set from Shure you have the option to use them corded should you wish to do so.

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The Aonic 50 wireless headset measures 15cm from earpiece to earpiece when parallel; there is 18cm from base of earpiece to centre of the well-padded headband. There is 3cm plus of expansion available on each side for those who need it.

The right earpiece has USB ‘C’ connection for charging as well as on/off button, volume up and down and a slider control. The left earpiece has the 3.5mm connection for the times for wish to use them corded. Both the USB ‘C’ to USB lead and 3.5mm to 3.5mm lead are included in the lid of the zip up inner container in the box outer.

I have mentioned the well-padded headband, the earpieces are also well padded as well and should keep your ears warm on a cold day.

Up to twenty hours play on a single charge. My unit was brown but I see Black or White are also available.

While remaining battery level is not available from the Bluetooth screen in your phone this is available in the Shure Plus Play App which is downloadable from the Google Play Store and this also allows you to store your favourite settings. This includes a varying amount of noise cancelation something extremely useful in noisy environments such as on a noisy train or tube, however be wary of too much noise cancelation when walking along streets. I found this very effective but you may not hear a car horn. There is an environment mode available by a single switch that lets you hear external noises.

Sound quality was excellent with good instrument separation even with .MP3 files; however for headphones of this quality I suggest .wav or other quality files such as Flak.

As always I test all types and styles of music and can say even things like opera sounded acceptable, I also test the range of spoken voice everything got a tick.

At the time of publication the Shure Aonic 50 headphones are available from Amazon for £175.

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