The Shure Aonic50 Gen 2 is a major upgrade on the previous model, with improved battery, ANC, and the addition of 3D audio simulation.
This is the first update since the impressive Aonic50 series was introduced 3 years ago and now with the level of competition available, it makes sense for Shure to release a serious upgrade.
Shure Aonic50 Gen 2: What’s new?
For starters, the active noise canceling system has been overhauled. With its environment mode, you can quickly tune in or out of your surroundings at any time.
The new Aonic50’s have 3 operating modes: music, cinema, and podcast mode. Although this seems like an intelligent feature, the idea of switching modes every time you change the time of content you’re listening to seems like a headache.
Cinema mode does simulate three-dimensionality, so this is certainly something that may appeal to some users, especially when gaming. Meanwhile, there is a wide range of high-resolution audio codecs supported, including Qualcomm aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, AAC, SBC, and Sony LDAC.
If you want to truly unleash the audiophile capabilities, connecting the Aonic50’s via USB-C allows high-quality audio playback at up to 32-bit 384 kHz, which will be interesting to some.
The headphones support Bluetooth 5.1 with an approximate 10-meter range, which is a bit of a letdown that the multisource Bluetooth 5.2 technology was not implemented here.
Overall, the Aonic50 Gen 2 provides a high-quality wireless discrete listening solution which is what you’d expect in this price range.
Pricing and availability:
The Aonic50 Gen 2 is available for order from Thomann.
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- Aonic50 Gen 2: Shure