So because you’re all so interested(!), I’m popping in for a periodic update. These Shure adaptors, and the new version sent, both did the same thing: Stuttering and dropping out.
It happened very occasionally in my area of SW London, but when I travel into London? Absolute nightmare – particularly in train stations. I normally travel into Liverpool St or Victoria by tube, depending on where I’m working on a given day. Liverpool St is the worst, but Victoria is a close second. Walking across the main station floor, one end to the other, the sound would drop out between 50 and 200 times. Sometimes multiple times per second. This happened on the old phone (Samsung S20 and on the new one Samsung S22+). Without fail – even on days when there was an overland train strike and very few passengers in either, it still cut out a LOT.
Victoria was better – perhaps 20-30 drop outs per visit, but still unacceptable.
This was using streamed music (Amazon Music, Radio Paradise, BBC Sounds) or downloaded music Amazon.
I would sell the Shure Aonic 215, but why inflict this on someone else? They’re now my running earphones.
I then bought Campfire Orbit wireless. These are really, really good. First off – the connectivity. Not quite zero issues – it’s stuttered maybe 3 times total in 5 visits to Liverpool St and once at Victoria, but that is the sort of failure I can happily live with. The sound is fantastic too – wide sound stage, clear detail. There’s an app too, and you can refine the settings to match your taste. I’ve only had them a fortnight, so not experimented fully. Are there gripes? Minor ones – it’s quite hard to pinch the IEM out of the case as there’s little protruding material to grip – which has led to me dropping them twice; and I’ve had a failure of one ear to connect twice so far (but pop it back into the case, and try again – fine). There’s also no noise cancelling, but I’ve never wanted that – I prefer a tight seal to the cabin-pressure of ANC. And they’re a lot easier to quickly remove/reinsert than the Shure, so the invariable “speak to someone in the shop” is a lot easier to navigate.
Review of Shure:
Design – bit odd, but secure – 7/10
Ease of living with – 0/10
Review of Campfire Orbit:
Design – acquired taste, hard to remove from case, buds are LARGE – 7/10
Ease of living with – 10/10.