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My Shure SRH 440 headphone review will explain why these may just be the best closed back reference headphones under $100. Before we get started though..
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What I will bring you in this review
- Video Review
- Amp/DAC Requirements
- Who these headphone benefit?
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!
Shure SRH 440
The Shure SRH440 is a bit of a mixed bag. As far as build quality, they do suffer a little bit and feel cheaply made and flimsy. The construction becomes subpar when compared to other headphones in it’s price range. It’s not a deal-breaker, but you will notice a marked difference. They are vastly inferior in this regard to close competitors like the Sony MDR V6, MDR 7506, and Sennheiser’s HD 280 Pro. More on all of those cans in the Final Word.
All of those headphones trump the 440’s in terms of comfort and build. I have owned both the 7506’s (almost identical to the V6’s) and the 280 Pros. The 280’s are extremely flat, almost boring and lifeless actually. Some will disagree however. The 7506’s are very analytical and cold, but have a somewhat harsh treble range. Your ultimate decision depends on what you’re willing to sacrifice in this price range. Do you value comfort/build more than sound, or vice versa? That’s not to say that the other options aren’t without flaws. The build on the 7506’s is good, but the ear-cups present an issue with cracking and peeling. The 280 pros are built like a rock, period. If you want more bass, the V6’s/7506 may be more for you, as the 440’s are more neutral overall. The 280’s are darker in the treble than either the 440 or V6. But I digress..
The isolation on the SRH440’s is excellent, as well as the treble. These are probably the most prominent and best features about this can. Metal 571 likened the overall sound signature to that of the HD 600. A bold statement indeed! A “passing resemblance” he called it. Check him out on twitter!
The bass of the 440 is very well extended, but largely “bass light.” This isn’t your average bass heads ‘phone. Don’t expect Beats by Dre or anything. The 440 is also pretty revealing of bad sources, so be aware of that. The treble isn’t as clear or clean as the HD 600, as there is more distortion and ringing. It’s a little more indistinct. The overall “evenness” of the response is excellent however, which makes it probably the best option in this price range as far as overall sound quality. The build? Lacking.
- Mixing/reference staple.
- Excellent sound isolation.
- Preferred overall for flat, even response.
- Bright in the treble, but not harsh. May be the best aspect of this can.
- Fold nicely for portability.
- Removable cable. A separate straight cable can be purchased as well.
- Bass is tight, accurate and clean.
- Replaceable ear-cups.
- Build and comfort both lacking.
- Ear-pads will get hot and sweaty after awhile. They are big enough but not deep enough. They are replaceable however.
- Hardly any headband padding.
- Soundstage. Don’t expect much, but it’s decent. Not much imaging or width.
- Burn in period may really bring out the best in these.
Check out the video review!
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Who these headphones benefit?
They are really meant for mixing and reference, but I’ve seen them endorsed for and with:
- String instruments (Violin, Acoustic guitar, Cello)
- New age
- More detailed music with less of an emphasis on impact.
Not good for:
- Poorly recorded music
- Bad sources
These have a very well extended bass frequency, but it’s not booming. The treble range and sound isolation are both excellent, but again they are lacking in build quality and comfort. As far as even sound across the spectrum, the 440’s just may be your best bet in this price range.
Well this is really tough. So I will try to break it down as quickly and concisely as I can.
Sennheiser HD 280
- Superior construction, solid as a rock.
- Extremely flat sound with less treble and detail retrieval. Darker than the others.
- Supreme isolation.
- Comfort is a plus, but they are a tad bulky. Not portable.
- Bass light. Not for bass heads.
Sony MDR V6/7506 (almost identical)
- More bass heavy than the 440 and 280 pro.
- Excellent construction/longevity overall. Ear-cups may fall off and/or peel like aged sunburn though. Lol.
- Very bright in treble range. Maybe too bright/Sibilant.
- Comfort decent, but may need frequent adjustments.
- Extremely flat sound overall. Cold and analytical.
Shure SRH 440
- Lacking in comfort and build. Poor construction. Very flimsy and don’t hold up well over time. Ear-cups not deep enough.
- Incredibly flat and even across the sound spectrum. Probably the flattest of this bunch.
- Treble is detailed and bright, but not harsh. The best out of the bunch.
- Bass roll off. You’re not going to feel the bass at all with these.
- Excellent sound isolation, but not as good as the 280.
It’s hard to make a full proof, outright recommendation. Hopefully I’ve covered what you need to know about the 440’s in this Shure SRH 440 headphone review!
Do you have a better idea of which of these suits your needs better? Did I provide enough information?
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