Shure has announced the AONIC 40, building on the success of the AONIC 50 which I reviewed in 2020. My full review is already published and you can read here.
It appears to have made several design improvements which makes it look more user-friendly. Priced more affordable with almost similar premium features, the AONIC 40 promises studio-quality sound topped with more ANC settings and Environmental Mode adjustments. Through the ShurePlus Play app, you can customise EQ with fine controls. As it can be folded inwards, the headphones will be less bulky to carry around. Just like the AONIC 50, you can enjoy music with the AONIC 40 via Bluetooth, 3.5mm analog, and digital USB connectivity.
Here are some differences between the AONIC 50 and AONIC 40
- AONIC 40 supports three ANC levels, while AONIC 50 supports two.
- AONIC 40 supports these codecs: aptX, aptX HD, AAC, SBC. AONIC 50 supports additionally LDAC and aptX LL
- AONIC 40 runs up to 25 hours battery life, vs. 20 hours on the AONIC 50.
- AONIC 40 retails in US for USD 249, while AONIC 50 retails in US for USD 299. In Singapore, AONIC 50 retails at SGD 529, so I expect the AONIC 40 to be selling above S$400.
The Shure AONIC 40 is available in Singapore at S$399. I have completed the review and you can read it here. Find out whether they have improved the ANC quality, and how would the sound quality differ from the AONIC 50.