Shure SRH440-E Professional Headphones : Excellent headphones. But with an unfortunate design flaw

I use these for monitoring when doing film editorial work. It knocks out surrounding sound very well, while providing a clear neutral sound. Allows you to hear instruments and sounds i haven’t heard before – so in my “ears” perfect for the job.

These only lasted 3 months before breaking and losing sounds quality.

My husband is thrilled with his present.

My husband loved these headphones for his home studio. Great buy and a very good brand. Would recommend if you have a small home studio.

Great quality will last a long time.

I’ve spent a small fortune on earphones and headphones as i love music, both listening and recording and always strive to hear it at it’s best. I am highly impressed with the natural sound of these headphones and am hearing new sounds within tracks i’ve listened to for over 30 years, extra complexities within cymbals and drums for example. Absolutely brilliant and can’t believe how reasonably priced they are, spent 3 figure sums in the past in quest for perfect sound reproduction. Ironically the best earphones i ever had we’re also shure but even they weren’t as good as these.

These headphones were purchased for a recording studio. The clarity of these are incredible, the sound is so pure and clear.

Not exactly what i anticipated1 initially good but now,in jan. ’18,the product is failing and i shall be returning to supplier.

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  • Good sound quality, but uncomfortable
  • Great sound quality but not very comfy

Shure SRH440-E Professional Headphones, accurate audio across an extended range, collapsible, black

The SRH440 Professional studio headphones provide exceptional sound reproduction and comfort. Optimized for home or studio recording, they reproduce accurate audio across an extended range.


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With a history of audio innovation spanning over 90 years, Shure has turned a passion for making great microphones and audio electronics into an obsession. No wonder Shure continues to set the worldwide industry standard for superior microphones and audio electronics.

SRH440

Professional Studio Headphones

Building on 87 years of audio experience, the SRH940 Headphones from Shure deliver world-class audio performance, comfort, and durability to professional audio engineers, musicians and audio enthusiasts. Reference-quality frequency response and 40 mm neodymium dynamic drivers combined with comfort and durability provides the ultimate listening experience. The included replaceable cables and ear pads ensure a lifetime of use.

  • 40mm neodymium driver optimized for reference monitoring and accurate listening
  • Enhanced frequency response delivers accurate audio across an extended range
  • Closed-back, circumaural design for superior isolation in noisy environments
  • Impedance and power handling optimized for performance with most pro and consumer audio devices
  • Adjustable, collapsible headband provides comfort and portability
  • Replaceable earcup pads ensure long product life
  • 9.8-foot (3.0 m) coiled detachable cable provides plenty of length and easy storage and replacement
  • Carrying Bag protects headphones when on the go or not in use
  • Legendary Shure durability to withstand the rigors of everyday use

SRH240A SRH440 SRH840 SRH940 SRH1540
Design Closed-Back, Circumaural Closed-Back, Circumaural Closed-Back, Circumaural Closed-Back, Circumaural Closed-Back, Circumaural
Created for Personal listening Home & Studio Recording Critical Listening & Studio Monitoring Critical Listening, Studio Monitoring & Mastering Monitoring & Critical Listening Applications
Driver 40 mm dynamic, neodymium magnet 40 mm dynamic, neodymium magnet 40 mm dynamic, neodymium magnet 40 mm dynamic, neodymium magnet 40 mm dynamic, neodymium magnet
Sensitivity (1kHz) 107 dB/mW 105 dB/mW 102 dB/mW 100 dB/mW 99 dB/mW
Impedence (Nominal, 1 kHz) 38 Ω 44 Ω 44 Ω 42 Ω 46 Ω
Max Input Power (1 kHz) 500 mW 500 mW 1000 mW 1000 mW 1000 mW
Frequency Range 20 Hz – 20 kHz 10 Hz – 22 kHz 5 Hz – 25 kHz 5 Hz – 30 kHz 5 Hz – 25 kHz
Net Weight (w/o cable) 0.52 lb (238g) 0.60 lb (272 g) 0.70 lb (318 g) 0.71 lb (322 g) 0.63 lb (286 g)
Cable Type and Cable Length Attached straight oxygen-free copper, 2.0m (6.5ft) Coiled, detachable, non-PVC, oxygen-free copper (OFC), 3.0 m (9.8 ft) Coiled, detachable, non-PVC, oxygen-free copper (OFC), 3.0 m (9.8 ft) Coiled & straight detachable, non-PVC, oxygen-free copper (OFC), 3.0 m (9.8 ft) Straight, Dual-exit, detachable oxygen-free copper, 1.8 m (6 ft)
Connector Gold-plated 1/8″ (3.5mm) stereo mini jack plug with 1/4″ (6.35mm) threaded adapter Gold-plated 1/8″ (3.5mm) stereo mini jack plug with 1/4″ (6.35mm) threaded adapter Gold-plated 1/8″ (3.5mm) stereo mini jack plug with 1/4″ (6.35mm) threaded adapter Gold-plated 1/8″ (3.5mm) stereo mini jack plug with 1/4″ (6.35mm) threaded adapter Gold-plated 1/8″ (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack plug with 1/4″ (6.35mm) threaded adapter

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The mp4 player i use is the cowon iaudio j3 which incidentily knocks ten bells of(i am not going to swear)out of any. Mp3/mp4 out there for sound quality. This includes the ipod, i did not really fall in love with the sound quality of the 440’s at first, but after using them for a few hours they ‘burned in’ and really started to sound great. I was going sell my se 535’s and replace them with these. Because they each have there own different sound character which is fantastic. By the way my comments about the cowon iaudio being the best. Player in the world stems from the fact that i have owned a ipod, creative zen, sony, and various others at one point so i have heard the vast.The cowon iaudio j3 makes all the others sound like ’empty boxes’, i paid over £300 for the shure se 535’s (earphones) and less than £100 for the shure srh 440 (cans)and they they both sound fantastic in there own way. So if you’re thinking about buying the shure srh 440. They are fantastic for sound, comfort, and you can wear them for ages without getting fatigued.

Best set of headphones i’ve had for a long time (i’ve had a lot). They are a very true sounding set, not to bass oriented (which so many are these days). Easily better than my ath-m50x. With amazon prime streaming i’m hearing stuff in even old recordings that just isn’t there normally. Less impressive with spotify but with cd a really class act. Listening to everything from pop through metal to mahler they are just brilliant.

The sound quality is excelent and the product is really high quality. I am not giving 5 starts only because they are not very comfortable to have on your head for more than 1 hour. The top part that hangs on your head is too hard so i find myself moving it every now and then, but apart from this (which might be just me) the sound quality is really amazing.

Had them a couple of weeks now and i’m very happy with my purchase. They are very comfortable, sound great and look really nice too.

Very crisp sound and a impressive noise cancellation. It is able to cancel environment noise to produce high quality sound.

I bought these back in 2010, so i’ve been using them for a while. The sound quality is very good; i cannot fault them here. ) the support is also very good: sometime during 2011 or early 2012 a small part broke and i had a warranty replacement, despite the warranty having expired, because they could not provide just the part i needed. They are quite big & bulky, so not very good for travelling with. The cushions that go over your ears are not very soft (perhaps they have hardened over time?) and as a result they are not very comfortable. I cannot use them for long at a time, and sitting through a film is quite painful, to be honest. For these reasons i am looking at alternatives.

I have had some serious headphones over the years from pioneer senhieser and even denon spending upwards of £300 on one set for dj use. But by far these are the best compromise of price clarity bass and high and mid performance. Best headphones i have used. Isolation is amazing almost like noise cancelling ones. The fit is nice on the ears nice big cups. Only criticism they dont feel the most premium but for the money they have clearly put all the money where it counts in the drivers. If you buy beats over these you need a kicking.

Just my third pair of moderately priced headphones in 35 years, i felt so cool at 18 wearing my first set of cans thanks to my parents, both pairs were excellent and seemingly lasted forever so these new shure srh440 have a lot to live up togo into a shoe shop and try on many new pairs of shoes, they always feel stiff and awkward. Find that rare pair that feel soft and supple and fit snugly (and don’t cost an arm and a leg) and that is the pair you buy. The srh 440 felt like that straight out of the box. Have had them on for hours today, don’t even notice them. The quality is immediately noticeable. Every cd that i play, every mp3 track on my laptop, i can hear new things that were never there before. I actually turn the volume down, not up. The sound is richer and deeper and i am going to enjoy the next few months listening to all my cd’s and mp3 tracks. I don’t like too much bass and the srh440 scores well for me on this. On the all-important domestic side the srh440 has gained my wife’s approval. She says that she cannot hear any annoying sound leaking out of the cans, she no longer has to put up with my tuneless ambient music or my raucus viking orchestral metal. And on the same note when i have them on i cannot hear a sound of her ‘coronation street’ soap opera on the tv and trust me that is a very big plus factori paid £69. 50 for these which also covered p&p.

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  • Good sound quality, but uncomfortable
  • Great sound quality but not very comfy

Shure SRH440-E Professional Headphones, accurate audio across an extended range, collapsible, black

Easily the best headphones i’ve owned. They can get a little uncomfortable after extended use though. They are big and solid which is fine. There is little to no sound leakage either which is really very good. The headphones were delivered very quickly.

These are pro quality headphones and delivery exceptional linear flawless ‘true’ sound. The bass, mids and top are perfecti’ve had mine a few days and haven’t burned them in yet, but boy are they goodthey look good, comfortable, sound isolating cans, easily transportable as they fold away. They come with a removable coiled cable, cleverly locks into place, and the gold plated screw in 1/4 ” adaptor plus a padded carry bag. Most importantly, the sound – plugged into an iphone 4 – simply wow, into a sony walkman – even better, and through my imac with cakewalk ua1g external audio interface – sublime – but this also means you get to hear the flaws and compression defectsall in all, whether you’re a pro, a sound engineer, audiophile, or just want a pair of exceptional quality headphones to listen to your mp3 player – for the price, i cannot think of anything better.They’re not pretentious, nor are they a marketing gimmick (unlike the crass ‘beats by dr dre’, they’re simply a quality product beautifully designed with sturdy build quality. I’ll update my review in time. The srh880’s are superior but they’re also £60 moreand as i’ve since learnt, one can replace the excellent pads with the superior pads from the srh840 which are more comfortable, better sound isolation and better bass response.

Really good sound, the closest i’ve found to my broken sennheiser hd201s without spending £££, and better bass.

Perfect headphones which came highly recommended by a digital producer. Clean sound and great response for eq editing. Prime – also delivered quickly so great seller.

I normally hate using large headphones. My glasses press in the side of my head. You get that horrid sweaty hot ear thing going on and it always feel weird and heavy and they just don’t fit right. I love these headphones ty shure.Finally a company that understand design-very accurate sound representation. The sound from these is crystal for the price you’re paying. They’re not crazy bass heavy which something i personally dislike. Although they don’t have a recess for glasses the padding is so soft you don’t even notice it. I’ll quite happily wear these for long stretches without any issues at all.

These headphones are excellent for the price. The sound is excellent across all frequencies. They are not bass-heavy as is the case with a lot of headphones at this price. The detachable coiled cable is a nice feature. Took a star away because i am concerned with the exposed cable that runs from the left cup to the right. It is very easy to catch with a thumb or to get caught in an object when moving the headphones. It is only a matter of time before the cable snaps by getting caught. When that happens they will be useless without rewiring or taking the headphones apart to repair.

This is the most comfortable headphone i have never had before, and it’s well-functioning and provide a perfect anti-noice function.

I have owned many pairs of headphones over the years and still have a yearning to experience listening to my music through different ones. I have owned some costing over £600 and some under £100 – you don’t always get what you pay for. The shure srh440 are a case in point as straight out of the box they have an excellent soundstage and ‘weight’ to their sound which is very important to me. Years ago i owned a set of shure e2c iem’s and now own a set of se215’s for travelling and using with my ipod. The srh440’s maintain my view of shure headphones and that’s complete value for money and out performing some of the other ‘premium’ headphone manufacturers by some way. My next purchase will be a set of shure open back headphones. Buy these – for the money you can’t go wrong.

The noise isolation on these headphones is amazing. When you are wearing them all low to mid level noise is blocked out and no one else can hear the sound. These are the first decent set of headphones i’ve bought so i can’t really compare them to anything. But i can say that the bass is very weak at first. I use them with my pc so i just use the realtek driver equalizer to ramp the bass up to an acceptable level.

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  • Perfect for Home & Studio they reproduce audio accurately over an extended range
  • Impedance and power handling optimised for performance with professional audio devices
  • Adjustable headband and collapsible construction provide comfort and portability
  • Detachable coiled cable that locks securely into the ear cup
  • Includes threaded 1/4″ gold-plated adapter, carrying bag, and user guide