Shure Aonic 215 review: True wireless earbuds for audiophiles

Shure may be a well-known audio brand among musicians and audiophiles, but it kind of missed the boat on consumer wireless headphones. Well, now the company finally has a set of of true wireless earbuds and they’re not your typical AirPods clones, although at $279 (£259; AU$146), they do cost slightly more than Apple’s AirPods Pro.

Like

  • Innovative design with detachable Bluetooth module
  • Several ear tips included to ensure you get a tight seal
  • Includes Shure SE215 earbuds but you can attach other Shure earbuds
  • Detailed, accurate sound with tight bass and transparency mode
  • 8 hours of battery life with three additional charges from charging case (32 hours total)
  • Good call quality, though sound is only mono for calls

Don’t Like

  • Expensive
  • Large charging case
  • Controls are limited at launch
  • Mono voice calls (sound only comes out of right earbud)

What’s interesting about them is that the Bluetooth module is detachable. As its name implies, the Aonic 215 True Wireless Noise-Isolating Earphones incorporates Shure’s SE215 buds, the $99 entry-level model in its line of earbuds that have detachable cables. But the modules, which can be bought separately for $230 (£209; $AU120), are designed to drive any Shure earbuds

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Best internet providers in 2020: How to choose cable vs. DSL vs. satellite and more

In today’s world, high-speed internet service has become as vital as other utilities like water and electricity. It’s the gateway for everything from news to education, dating to dining, and all manners of entertainment, from music to gaming — and even what we used to call “TV.” For most Americans, a reliable and high-speed internet connection is now a mandatory part of both work and family life.

According to the most recent data available, the US ranks 10th (see 2017 PDF report) among countries for the highest average internet speeds (at 18.7 megabits per second, or Mpbs). But to the chagrin of citizens and politicians alike, high-speed internet isn’t yet universally available. Roughly 19 million Americans, or 7% of the US population, still don’t have access to a broadband provider, according to the FCC. This means they aren’t able to access the fastest speeds, unlimited data and other pleasures that come with top-notch high speed internet access. 

And we can’t even agree on the scale of the problem. A more recent survey from research firm NPD Group puts the estimate much higher: It says that 100 million Americans don’t have access to 25 Mbps

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