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Headphones item created by , May 5, 2010
Pros - Great sound quality, Rugged
Cons - Bit uncomfortable, exposed wires
The mids and highs are amazing. The soundstage isn't very wide but it's pretty good for closed back headphones. The response is almost flat with a bit of a "bright" sound signature. They get uncomfortable after about 30 minutes of listening.
The sound quality is great. You can clearly hear each instrument separately. These sound absolutely great for closed back headphones.
Pros - Good sound, great bang for buck
Cons - A bit uncomfortable for extended use
These were the first high quality headphones I ever bought. I love their sound, although it could certainly be better when it comes to the treble in some songs. The only issue I have with them, really, is that they're a bit uncomfortable for extended use -- they're like a vise on your head.
Pros - Rugged
Cons - Painful to wear. Heavy
Bought these based on the good reviews. Tried and tried but they were just so uncomfortable i sold them. Way too much pressure on the ears, plus the headband never sat well either. Most uncomfortable cans i've ever tried on. Shame, as they sounded pretty good.
Pros - Sound like a charm!!!, very noticeable quality and balance, excellent sound pressure, good quality, zero leaks
Cons - Too heavy, I'm worried about the small cords up the cans
Pros - Great sound, Detachable cable, Removable/replaceable earpads, Good build quality and foldable
Cons - Heavy, Not very portable, No flat response
Note: I wrote this almost 2 years ago!
Last year, after using open Sony cans that served me well for
what seemed to be a lifetime, I decided that it was time to look
for new cans, ones that would let me get lost in my world while I
was at work and to use for recording ideas that sometimes hit my
head. The search was long and hard. I read hundreds of reviews
from different sites, different types of headsets (i.e. in-ear,
closed, open, etc.) and in the end I still did not know what I
wanted. Enter Shure:
Now, this company is no stranger to the audio business. Anyone
that has seen ANY concert knows their presence since the SM57
is one of the most-used microphones ever. It seems they are
gathering a strong presence also in the earphone business,
something I did NOT know of. When I looked at the SRH series, I
felt in love. Then I read some of the reviews and it was a given, I
NEEDED TO OWN ONE OF THESE.
Now, remember on that first paragraph when I said I wanted new
headphones to use at work/home? Well, I bring back that note
because these cans are BIG. Really big! Also, these cans are
HEAVY and these cans make use of a 10 foot long COILED cable!!!
Trust me, you wouldn't want to use these while walking in the mall
or wherever... get some cheap in-ears for that.
* Transducer type: Dynamic neodymium magnet
* Driver size: 40 mm
* Sensitivity (1kHz): 105 dB
* Impedance (1kHz): 44 Ω
* Max. input power (1kHz): 500 mW
* Frequency range: 10 Hz - 22 kHz
* Net weight (without cable): 181 g
* Length of cable: 3 meters
* Type of cable: Detachable coiled oxygen-free copper
* Plug: Gold-plated 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack
* Shure SRH440 Professional Closed Back Headphones
* Replacement ear cushions
* Threaded 6.35mm gold-plated adapter
* Detachable Coiled cable
* Travel pouch
Even though these are intended for musicians, and they even
mention the word "MONITOR" when describing these, they do not
have a flat response, meaning there is some "coloring" when
listening to music and that does not a good pair of monitors
make... but that doesn't mean they don't sound AWESOME!!!!!!!!
And that's the best thing, you get immersed with the sound they
Let me start by saying that I'm no expert. I'm no musician (at least not good! ) nor an
enthusiast! I'm just an end user with very distinct tastes. I can
listen everything from Chopin to freaking Dillinger Escape Plan but I
want them to sound good and believe me, these pair sounds
great. Pop in the "****** Buttons" and you'll hear every effect,
every beat perfectly! Put on some Underoath, Killswitch Engage,
etc. and you'll hear every bass line more clearly, every lick sounds
tasty and that's what's important. Definitely the sound is
what puts this headset on the map! The only negatives with the
sound... vocals and bass!! I mean, the whole mid-range is kind of weak, but
other than that the balance is quite good.
*UPDATE* After a few more hours, mids settled in quite Ok. Maybe it wasme
getting used to the cans.
*UPDATE_2* Replaced earpads with Shure 840 ones and sound changed for the
better. I can actually enjoy them EVEN more now as it sounds fuller, even the low-end
enjoyed a bit of a boost.. so I recommend getting a pair of 840 pads (they are more
Sure, the headphones do have its cons, but overall, these are the
best pair my ears have had the pleasure of hearing (and I've had
some Seinheisers, Grados, etc... they are all good, but they also
have their differences and if you give me some SR60s, I'll pick the
Shure did enter the headphone arena with a bang! Love
the sound produced by the SRH-440 and the design is good (I don't like the
exposed driver cables though). Being closed earphones, you can indeed use
them for recording on a studio but be aware of the slight coloration.
The best part about all of this, that I had not mentioned, these cans only cost $100
bucks. Heck, if you go to amazon.com, you'll probably find them
cheaper now!! (they were a hundred when I bought them like 6
So if you are looking for great closed headphones and are on a budget,
my vote is for the Shure SRH-440 and no other. If you are looking
for great headphones, are on a budget, but you don't record, or don't care for
tonal balance, then get the Grados SR60s. If you don't like open/close and are
looking for in-ear ones... then do whatever, I don't really care for
Pros - Neutral, Great Balance, Awesome unamped
Cons - Light on the bass without an amp
For reference, I am using these with the SRH840 Pads, powered through a Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty Titanium & Behringer Xenyx 1202FX Amp/Mixer.
So lets go!
First off, Comfort. A lot of impressions said they felt these headphones were heavy, or the headband was painful. I've been wearing mine hours on end since I got them and I haven't experienced any discomfort with the headband, or the weight though to be fair I am used to wearing a PC Headset most of the time and they usually run heavy. Also the SRH840 Pads make a huge difference in the pad comfort. The memory foam makes them squishy and feel like they're not even there.
Isolation: Again the 840 Pads help with this, but they isolate outside noise to the point my wife has had to come to the top of the stairs in the office and pound on something before I can hear her at all. She was not pleased she had been screaming up the stairs and I couldn't hear her.
Sound Quality: AMAZING. This is my first pair of professional headphones but they are so crisp and crystal clear it's hard to believe. The Highs and Mids ring true even over the ample bass. I know there are a lot of people who seem to feel this set is lacking in the bass department. I am not a basshead, but I have listened to several bass heavy albums (the Dubsteb Saved My Life mix CDs, Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday, The Marshall Mathers LP, Dre - 2001) and there was plenty of bass to go around.
They also fair very well with quieter pieces (Iron & Wine - In The Reins, Crosby Stills Nash & Young - So Far, Andrew Bird - Live in Montreal). With Andrew Bird - LiM I could actually hear as he hit the pedals to start and end loops of violin pieces. I could hear every snicker and whisper from the audience. I could even hear him quietly counting time to himself between loops. I'd never been able to hear that on any set of speakers or headphones I own.
They're also a great set for rock (Foo Fighters - Wasting Light, Incubus - If Not Now, When?) Vocals shine through heavy guitar with no distortion and no single part drowns out the other. Every aspect of the music seems perfectly balanced at all times.
Overall I couldn't be happier with these headphones, and can't wait until I can afford a pair of phones that will make these sounds bad. Thanks again to the community here for helping me make a great decision, and I'll be updating this with impressions through my Samsung Epic 4G w/ FiiO E5.
My FiiO E5 Arrived, and I'm listening to the 440s with the amp right now. I know the E5 is a very entry level amp, but even for the 20 dollars, the little nudge in volume and bass that this amp gives really makes these cans shine even more. Mids and Highs are more defined, and bass has that added THUMP that seemed to be missing before. I'm glad I picked this up as a starter amp, and I'll certainly be picking up the cmoy omap2227 amp I want asap! If a starter amp like this helps, I can't wait to hear a decent amp power these cans. It just makes me want the 840s that much more. Soon...
Edit: So after some more listening I think I'd revise this a little. They're definitely a fantastic set of of full cans but they certainly have a specific purpose. I've found them to be most enjoyable with acoustic & vocal pieces. They suit rock music okay, but I don't think I'll continue to use them for anything with an emphasis on bass (Dubstep, Hip Hop).
The bass response is very sterile, or dry I guess would be a good way to put it. It's there, it just isn't impressive, even with the extra pads.
Pros - good sound, low price, solid construction
Cons - heavy
I've only had these for about a week, so take that into consideration.
Sound: love it. Robust, musical and nicely balanced. Not quite as good as my Grado SR80s, but not outshined by the Grados either. I've really been enjoying listening to several types of music with them: classical, rock, jazz. They seem especially good for classical choral music.
Construction and Design: They seem pretty well-made, but only time and use will tell. The design is pretty ho-hum. Not ugly, but nothing special either.
Comfort: They fit pretty well, but the weight gets to be a bit much after an hour or so of use. I definitely feel the weight pressing on my head. I wish they were lighter weight like the ATH-M30 and ATH-D40fs sets I have at work.
For the price these are pretty nice headphones. I am pleased with my purchase.