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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 $299, this one won't let you down.
i. Am I an audiophile - No
ii. Do I possess decent hearing - S(h)ure. I completed the Philips Golden Ears challenge - which means at the very least I am not too old, and my hearing is still ok.
iii. Do I understand frequency response, sampling theorem ...etc - Yes (I am an Engineer)
I listen to music straight from my phone as mp3, flac, from my Macbook Pro - again as mp3, flac, and from my Schiit Magni/Modi combo - exclusively for when I want to sit down and "just" listen to music - and exclusively with flac.
I listen to Classic Rock mostly, but listen to a bit of everything including rap, hip-hop and pop. I also listen to Indian music - so yes, a lot of A R Rahman thrown in as well.
I do not play musical instruments, not am I classically trained in music.
Headphones I use:
I have a Fidelio L1 and M1, Beyerdynamic COP and have listened to Audio Technica ATH 50 and have listened to a pair of V-Moda Crossfade LP's for a breif time. I have also used a whole lot of 20-50$ earphones. I like the Fidelio L1 the most - it's the headphone that got me introduced to the lossless music listening. All that till I tried the Shure SRH 1440.
I find the COP to be extremely good for a closed back headphone. I don't play with the Bass port too much - just leave it in position 3 (of 4). I want to hate it compared to my Fidelio L1's , but haven't yet been able to bring myself to :) (Well, I do sound biased with a predisposition, but I just like my Fidelio L1's and am quite objective about their quality.)
I listened to a couple of tracks on the Fidelio L1 and Shure SRH1440 - and at first, I felt like the Shure's had nothing more to offer compared to the L1's - which I was both happy and sad about. Happy for my Fidelio's - sad, because either I couldn't distinguish one's signature from the other, or this is as far as I got before I could tell the difference between two good headphones. (It's one thing to be able to differentiate a $40 headphone from a $300 headphone, and another thing to differentiate two $300 headphones.)
However, after listening patiently to a few more tracks, I think I might be gravitating towards the Shure more. I think compared to the Shure, the Fidelio L1's sound a little muffled and not very highly resolving. The bass is maybe a little more pronounced, but at the high end, the Shure's are definitely clearer. Now there are professional reviewers out there who feel the Shure 1440 might be a little too bright - maybe that is true. But it is very detailed. I think depending on the track you pick, or if most of your music is identical, then based on your collection - you may or may not like the Shure's.
I think the accessories are wonderful too. A hard case is much appreciated. Two cables and two sets of velour pads are definitely welcome. I think this is the best money you can spend on headphones - they should last a long time
After having used both the Philips Fidelio L1 and M1, I decided to pull the plug on the X1 as well. (The X2 is already out, but I wanted the X1) Now, I haven't listened critically to the SRH1440 and the X1 back to back to pin point differences, but I will have to concede that the X1 sounds better to me. The X1 has a wonderful soundstage, has boomy bass, and the high end isn't too shrill. The Shure SRH 1440 is ok too for the most part, but I feel it is too shrill at the high end for a lot of tracks. This might be a more linear response than the X1, but is harsh for listening for extended periods of time. You can always play with EQ to adjust for that, but I generally don't mess with the EQ too much. It is also worth pointing out that both headphones will work with a Portable player like the FiiO X1, and the MBP 15" Retina I use drives these pretty well as well. I do use a Schiit Magni/Modi 2 Uber combination at times, and for all of them, the X1 and SRM1440 work pretty well. The one place in which the SRH is a better value for money is the X1 doesn't have a replaceable earpad, and the stock cable it comes with is sucky! The SRH comes with 1 extra set of earpads and 2 good cables, also a nice case. Win!
The next set of headphones I want to compare this and the X1 to are Beyer DT 990 250 Ohms, (to see if my Schiit stack make a difference) AKG K712pro, HiFiMan HE400 and Grado 325i. I would also like to sample the SRH1840 and 1440.
I finally decided to pickup two more headphones to test out. I bought a Shure SRH 1840, and also a AKG K712. So I tried doing some comparisons of the SRH 1440 with three other headphones - the Philips Fidelio X1, the Shure SRH 1840, the AKG K712. One of the things that still in my opinion the 1440 had going for it is the wonderful accessories that came with it for it's price point.
I have already spoken about the Fildelio X1's. Now, the AKG K712 Pro can be had at the same price point, and I have to concede it is a better headphone. The orange looks of it leaves a bit to be desired, but otherwise it is a more balanced sounding headphone to me. In comparing the K712 to the Fidelio, the Fidelio X1 was the darker sounding of the two, but also did not sound as clear at times, and the soundstage of the 712 was wider still.
The Shure SRH 1840 came out the real winner really. If I could hold on to only one of the above headphones, (and I have since sold a lot of my headphones), it would have to be the SRH1840. It is possibly the most balanced headphone of the lot. The sound signature is very flat and the sound stage is wide without being too wide. In many ways, the K712 and the Fidelio X1 keep up with it, the Fidelio X1 sounds better if you're a bass head, and if you like a wider sound stage, the K712 is comparable. However, to me, the 1840 were the clear winners over everything else. The 1440 did not stand a chance - the 1840's are lighter, better looking (IMHO), come with the same accessories, and sound a lot more linear. I do not experience fatigue due to listening to extended periods, since the top end is not accentuated like the 1440's. The 1440's left my ears tired with any amount of extended listening.
So there you have it. If you can stretch your wallet a little more, go for the 1840's. If not, make sure you audition these and compare them to some other good headphones in the price range before you pull the trigger.
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- 40 mm neodymium drivers deliver full-range audio with rich bass