Shure SRH 440 DJ headphones
Current Price: 99$ Headphone.com
- Cord Length: 10 ft. (3 m)
- Detachable Cable: Yes
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 44
- Weight: 272 grams w/o cable
- Isolation: -12dB ~ -16dB
- Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
- Headphone Type: Full Size
- Acoustic Seal: Closed
- Cord Type: Coiled Left-Side
- Coupler Size: Large
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
- Sensitivity: 105 dB/mW
Curves (this sounds cheeky J)
Computer FLAC ----> DAC (AMB Gamma 1) ----> DOZ class A headphone driver
Comparisons Sony MDR v7506, HD280 Pro, Borrowed DT100 Beyer dynamic
Burn-in: Sine sweep 0Hz--36Khz 1.06 V peak-to-peak 20 Hours + 10 hours random music
1.) Pad pressure is quite comfortable not to strong and neither to lose.
2.) Ear cushions nice and comfortable however not quite sweat resistant does get a little hot in there.
3.) Headband prevents them to feel heavy although they are 272 grams.
Build and Durability:
1.) Detachable cable with lock, quite a nice feature considering the price. Locks well and is quite sturdy.
2.) Headband needs a cushion; it would help for long hours of use.
3.) Flexible and rugged although I don’t like cables to be exposed (it’s happened with my Sony MDR’s the cable got stuck in the clamps and almost broke.)
4.) Coiled cable with strain relief and is surprisingly quite springy not in a good way.
1. High’s could be better but considering the price as for other competitors they are quite crisp with detail and a bit harsh for me.
2.) Mid’s is where this can shines, clear accurate and with great impact the HD280 pro has a stronger focus on the bass and clearly the SRH440 is clear winner considering the Mid’s
3.) Low’s good with clarity but as for impact and delay the cans could do better. HD280 has a better base response with more punch and energy.
At an impedance of 44 Ohms and with a sensitivity of 105dB/mW these work well with portable players however don’t expect Boombastic base as they somewhat die out on the lower side of the spectrum. Other than that mid range is good and highs are crisp and lose out a little on detail.
1.) Imaging: considering these are closed back they suffer on imaging with classical and instrumental music.
2.) Accuracy: Quite good, Mid’s and High’s are clear but as for the bass, the need little more juice is always felt.
3.) Localization: for closed back design, localization is somewhat poor but for techno and dubstep genre music these would perform great with each beat precise and well localized.
Isolation: Good but against the MDR7506 the isolation could be better but its more of balance of isolation and comfort the MDR's have a much higher clamping force and not so good ear pads.
Verdict: At 99$ I consider them a steal for their price.
Pros: Price, functionally, clear mids and clear but not punchy bass
Cons: Headband could use a cushion, a little harsh for me on the High’s and needs more impactful bass.
Who should buy: Someone looking for a closed back all-round performer and functionality with more emphasis on new age electronic style music.
Who should not buy: someone looking for cans with good sound stage and a more colorful performance. (Most probably an open back design will be good for them)
Hope this is helpful.