Shure SRH1440 Professional Open Back Headphones (Black)
- 40 mm neodymium drivers deliver full-range audio with rich, controlled bass
- Open-back, circumaural design for exceptionally natural sound, wide stereo image, and increased depth of field
- Impedance optimized for direct connection to wide range of portable audio devices
- Fully adjustable, premium padded headband with steel frame and sleek, ergonomic design for hours of listening comfort
- Oxygen-free copper cable with Kevlar reinforced jacket for superior performance and durability
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The SRH1440 Professional Open Back Headphones provide full range audio with rich bass in a sleek, attractive design. The premium-padded headband with steel frame provides hours of listening comfort. An included storage case, replacement set of velour earpads, and an additional cable ensures years of uninterrupted listening enjoyment.
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2. Very easy to drive, works well with my macbook
3. Generous accessories. In the box, you can find replacement for every replaceable part of this headphone.
I'm just talking about the pros of this headphone. Because I don't own many headphones at this price range and I'm satisfied with this one, I can't find obvious cons about it. If you want a comparison, from my point of view, it blows Sony MDR-1adac and Denon mm400 away, and though I know that IEMs can't be compared to headphones, I like this one much more than audio technica IM03 (either with the AT-HDC5 cable or balanced cable). Generally speaking, if you want a full-size open back headphone at $299, this one won't let you down.
They are not "blow-you-away" headphones that "immerse you in an ocean of deep and rich sounds,
leaving their competitors on the dust", or other such superlative audiophile reviewer babble... no...
but they are simply good, quality headphones. I found them to be acceptable. I am keeping them.
Here is the back story:
Earlier this week, I ordered and received the $180-more-expensive (nearly $500) Sennheiser HD 650
headphones. I was impressed by their almost unanimously great reviews.
I found the Sennheiser HD 650 to be totally unacceptable for two reasons:
1.) The HD 650 was very uncomfortable - like a tight vice grip on my head.
2.) The HD 650 has a whopping 300 ohms of impedance, which to my surprise, I discovered was
too much impedance / resistance even for my $250 TEAC model UD-H01 D.A.C. - Headphone Amp Unit to
be able to power them beyond just a moderate volume level.
So, I returned the HD 650, and instead I ordered and received the Shure SRH1440 Headphones.
They were much less expensive (at $300), and much more comfortable on my head,
and because their impedance is only 37 ohms... which is about ONE-TENTH of the HD 650's 300 ohms...
I was able to power them with my TEAC model UD-HO1 Digital-Analog-Converter - Headphone Amp Unit.
The Shure SRH1440 headphones have very comfortable and soft velour cloth ear pads
(a better choice than genuine or fake leather, as velour cloth breathes well against your skin).
They are not too tight, not too loose, very flexible and adjustable... easy to fit to your head.
They produce a nice balanced sound... not too full of bass... not too full of treble...
(though if you have an old-school equalizer like I do, that is easily adjustable to suit your taste anyway).
I did not like that the cord is only 2.1 meters (6.9 feet) long, as I could have ideally used just
an extra foot or two... but I can make that work for me. I did not like that the cord has a cheap,
thin, rubber-coated, strangely "bendy / bouncy" quality to it, rather than being a cord that drapes
down more smoothly and uniformly, as it should. That being said... it is a very lightweight cord
that does not tangle and does not weigh you down... and both ends are gold-plated... so it is acceptable to me.
It is unexpected and generous of Shure that they also provide SRH1440s buyers with a second set of cords,
and a second set of velour ear-pads... so you can swap-out your cords and ear pads in a few years,
when your first sets gets old, and you then have the feel of a new set of headphones... that was thoughtful.
You also get a semi-rigid carrying case. You also get an adapter to convert the tiny 3.5 mm termination jack
(which fits into an iPod / iPhone / iPad etc.) into a 1/4 inch classic big headphone jack such as those
found on most home audio components, receivers, and headphone amps.
In closing... I would like to point out one thing, on a related note, concerning what I
learned this week about the required amplification of a good set of headphones:
Although these Shure SRH1440 headphones, at just 37 ohms of impedance,
are able to achieve a higher volume level than the Sennhesier HD 650's with
their crazy-high 300 ohms of impedance... I still found that my new TEAC headphone amp
was only able to power these low-impedance Shure 1440s headphones to what I would
call a "moderately loud" listening level, if I turned the headphone amp's volume control
all the way up to 100%. That's loud enough for me... but it might not quite be loud enough
for some people.
Apparently, in order to get really good (distortion free) somewhat high volume out of good headphones,
you really need to buy a high-end, very powerful headphone amp, capable of delivering more
power than my $250 headphone amp / DAC combo unit is capable of delivering.
I found that discovery to be very surprising. That's not the fault of these headphones... but it is
something that the buyer of quality headphones should keep in mind. A powerful headphone amp
is necessary to realize the full potential of quality headphones.
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