As a supplier of professional audio-electronics, Shure Inc. has established its name as a trusted brand since 1925. With the launch of its SRH Headphone series, the company sought to bring excellent sound quality, comfort and its superior performance to professionals and consumers. This brings us to a review of the Shure SRH440 Headphones.
Out Of The Box
When you first open the Shure SRH440’s you are greeted with a detachable headphone cable, carrying pouch, and a 1/4-inch gold-plated adapter. This 1/4 inch adapter is nothing out of the ordinary for headphones of this caliber, but the carrying pouch and detachable cable are nice perks for headphones in this price range.
Listeners will be pleasantly surprised to find that the Shure SRH440’s are fairly balanced, although not entirely neutral. Unlike many other headphones in this price range, you aren’t overwhelmed with bass as you listen to rap music. The high frequency range response is crisp. At times, depending on the music genre, the sound can become a bit too bright. The Shure SRH440’s give listeners just enough to where every frequency range has a turn to shine.
These headphones are not what I would consider “everyday listening” headphones, but they do very well as a cross reference when it comes to mixing beats and instrumentals, especially if you use studio monitors that have bass heavy EQ settings.
After wearing the headphones for a few hours, I began notice some levels of discomfort to my ears. Periodically, users may need to readjust the position of the headphones on their heads to reach their desired comfort level.
Durability & Price
After about a year of semi-regular to regular use, I noticed that that padding around the outer area of the headphones began to crack. This had no effect on the headphones sonic performance, but was definitely a disappointment.
The SRH440’s don’t have the build quality of Beats By Dre or SMS by 50, but they do offer a price point that many consumers can appreciate. All things considered, the SRH440’s are an affordable pair of semi-professional studio headphones for less than 100 dollars.