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Mandalore 12-27-2010 09:07 PM

Shure SRH-440s(To my ears)
Shure SRH-440s


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)
: 0.6 lb (181 g)
Shipping weight:
 1.55 lbs (612 g)
Length of cable
: 3 meters (9.84 ft)
Type of cable
: Detachable coiled oxygen-free copper
: Gold-plated 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack

A personal note:
This is my first “high quality” set of headphones, and so far I have been very impressed. I am a country enthusiast and with these headphones I can clearly hear Tim McGraw's and Carrie Underwood's amazing vocals.

Appearance and First Impressions:
The packaging was a basic cardboard box, with different items in there own individual plastic bags.

The headphones have just a basic functional look to them. They aren't flashy eye-catchers, just basic down to earth headphones.

The build of the SRH-440s is about as good as plastic body headphones are going to get in my opinion, they seem to be relatively sturdy and well made.

I guess I'll start this section with my main complaint about SRH-440s namely, heat. My ears get HOT inside of these to the point of which it almost, but not quite, uncomfortable. Other than that, I am perfectly satisfied, there is plenty of padding, and the band doesn't pinch at all.

Overall: The sound of the SRH-440s seems to be relatively balanced, maybe leaning just slightly towards the high end.
Treble: Very clear, sharp notes maybe a slight emphasis towards this end of the spectrum.
Mids: To my ear, they seem to be relatively balanced in this area.
Bass: If you have the EQ set on “Bass Booster” you can get a little kick, but these headphones are not the ones for bassheads.

In my opinion, the Shure SRH-440s were well worth the $100. They seem to have a fairly decent build quality, and I find them reasonably comfortable. In my (inexperienced) ears, they offer very balanced wholesome sound quality, without being particularly heavy in any specific area

I paid $99.99 at my local Guitar Center.

RADo 09-29-2011 02:42 PM

THANK YOU, you cleared up every doubt that I had about the 440's, I was really confused.
But generally i like open headphones more than closed

WalkGood 09-29-2011 04:05 PM

Nice review, I never tried the SRH-440s but did get some good time on the 840s and really enjoyed them. I can see how they can become hot on the ear outside of controlled environments but I did find the 840s very comfy, just didn't like the coiled connection cable. The guy that owned the pair I tried had modded a straight cable and that was a lot nicer. Although it's hard to find that locking 3.5mm plug unless you buy a replacement cable. You might want to add some pictures to your review.

SHY 09-30-2011 05:04 PM

I have the srh440 and had changed to them from allsandro ms1 and the aiai, cant say im dissapointed at all, great sound etc, only problem was as the reviewer mentioned was the heat from the pads however upgrading to the 840 pads inceased both comfort and sound quality.


koolkat 09-30-2011 05:26 PM

You should try some velour pads. The pads made by Beyer, Bose and Senns are great.

WalkGood 09-30-2011 06:59 PM


Originally Posted by SHY (Post 577570)
... only problem was as the reviewer mentioned was the heat from the pads however upgrading to the 840 pads inceased both comfort and sound quality.

Good point, I didn't know the pads were actually different. I didn't have any issues with the 840s either, found them comfy and enjoyable.

Confispect 09-30-2011 07:07 PM

Nice review congrats.

RADo 10-01-2011 11:00 AM

You should thank me for bringing back the attention to your review :P

just kidding, really good, concise review

Thunderkiss 10-03-2011 08:22 AM

Recently tried the Shure 440, Shure 840 and AIAIAI TM-1, using my Cowon S9.

The 440s were good, the 840s were better but I found them too big, while the TM-1s were awful.

Apparently, sales of the Shure 440s are very good, and after sampling them, I can understand why.

Mandalore 10-03-2011 01:12 PM

Thanks all, glad I was able to help :). I'll see about adding some pictures to the OP.

Thanks RADo ;)

RADo 10-06-2011 02:16 PM

you're most welcome :D

kredig 01-31-2012 09:58 AM


Originally Posted by SHY (Post 577570)
however upgrading to the 840 pads inceased both comfort and sound quality.

thank you for this one! now they feel really comfy (almost like two little pillows around my ears). i have read this somewhere else and i couldn't believe that the sound quality also improves. but that's actually true. now i have got a bit more bass which is good for older songs (and they still sound clean).

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