Shure Aonic 40 im Test

Shure Aonic 40 in the test: The power lies in the middle
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  • excellent endurance of more than 27 hours
  • very good usability
  • comfortable and yet firm seat
  • well designed app with all essential features
  • strong mids in the sound
  • Multipoint connection
  • good telephony acoustics

  • weak bass
  • just average ANC
  • no wearer detection
  • IPX-certified water protection is missing


connect test verdict: very good (440 out of 500 points)


Anyone who imagines the USA inevitably thinks of size and breadth, of bombast and power. And it is precisely this picture that the American sound manufacturers usually try to live up to.

Anyone who has ever had Bose or Beats headphones on their ears will certainly not have complained about one thing: not enough boom in the ear canals. Especially when it comes to the basses, people from across the pond like to get as powerful as the technology allows.

So one could actually assume that the company, which was founded in Illinois in 1925, would also do so Audiohersteller Shure, who has made a name for himself with his microphones, always pays special attention to the low sound frequencies. Who the latest Over-Ears On behalf of Unicorn 40 However, those expecting a perfect-sounding bass experience will be in for a real surprise.

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How is the sound?

In terms of sound, the Shure over-ears unfortunately show anything but a masterpiece in the low-frequency range. the Bass sounds roughsometimes even almost uncomfortably discolored and unfortunately never nestle as softly and balanced into the general soundscape as one would wish from a real top-of-the-line headphone.

The unclean playing basses stand anyway crisp mids opposite to. The frequencies in the human vocal range are best reproduced by the Aonic 40 – also because the Shure Over-Ears in the heights not always whole dissolve so fineas one would wish.

Shure Aonic 40 in the test: measurement laboratory
Frequency response (left): The Aonic 40 can claim the powerful mids as a clear strength. Bass and treble, on the other hand, are rather fickle. Damping (right): While the passive damping at Shure is good, the ANC also lacks a bit of power in the end.
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Who on the on the mid-focused sound the Aonic 40 is found at Shure in all other important aspects that headphones should offer in addition to the sound true feel-good package.

What are the features of the Shure Aonic 40?

First of all here would be the outstanding battery life with over 27 hours of playtime, which makes these headphones a real long-distance runner. In addition, Shure almost all major audio codecs such as aptX supported. Even if you use the over-ears per Multipoint If you want to connect to several devices at the same time, you will get your money’s worth with the Aonic 40.

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How to operate the Shure Aonic 40?

In general it works service remarkable easy by hand: regardless of whether directly to the buttons on the headphoneson the voice assistants or about the well designed appwhich with their equalizer and the option to customize ANC and transparency mode provides all important features.

But since we’re on the subject of active noise cancellation: That ANC of the Aonic 40 unfortunately plays not in the absolute upper class. The competition in the price range above 200 euros usually offers a good deal more in terms of noise reduction. But what counts positively is that ANC instead never appears with audible noise, but instead works pleasantly quietly.

What is the verdict of Shure’s Aonic 40?

The Aonic 40 offer excellent endurance and convince with their great wearing comfort as well as with the convenient operation on the headphones and in the app. the lack of bass power and the just mediocre ANC are serious criticisms.

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