Shure Aonic Free review: Bigger can be better

The case for the Aonic Free earbuds is frankly huge, the biggest we can remember testing in years. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The earbuds themselves are also chunky, but the bit that goes in your ear is mercifully smaller - and therefore comfortable. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
If the size is a deal-breaker for you, fair enough, but if you can overcome that then the good news is that these 'buds sound excellent. Really super. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
There's no active noise-cancellation (ANC) here, but the passive isolation that's offered is genuinely impressive. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The earbuds have a great companion app that lets you control a bunch of options, including equalisation (EQ). (image credit: Pocket-lint)
Almost every alternative option is smaller than the Aonic Free, but the Shure sound as good or better as more expensive alternatives. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
It's a shame the earbuds so bulky, because the sound on offer here is truly excellent. (image credit: Pocket-lint)