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Shure SRH440 Professional Studio Headphones (Black)
- Optimized for home and studio recording
- Closed-back, circumaural collapsible design
- Detachable, coiled cable
- Includes SRH440, threaded 1/4" gold-plated adapter, carrying bag, and user guide
- Provides exceptional sound reproduction and comfort
- 10-foot coiled, detachable cable
- Replaceable ear cup pads ensure long product life
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OK, we had some bad luck. So we ordered a new one from Amazon. In less than 3 months, the earmuff was broken off again. See pic.
The headphones are comfortable on my head and ears. The sound quality is good and the noise cancellation is good as well. But they just keep breaking under reasonable usage circumstance. Admittedly, teenagers (girls) also use these but they stay parked at our computer 100% of the time and I did not feel like our use case was extreme. Yes, the kids dropped them off the table occasionally and these were probably dropped on the floor a couple times, but for $90 I don't feel like they are very durable. Otherwise they are good headphones
If you are going to use them in a studio or placid environment and totally pamper them then there's nothing wrong. I'm just disappointed in their durability. Ordered a Sennheiser HD280PRO and build quality seems much better at the ear muff. Haven't owned them long enough to say they are better, but from looking at the ear muff attachment I do not think my next problem will be that.
No fault to the vendor or Amazon. I never bother with reviews but I just wanted to point this problem out.
UPDATE 11/29/2017: The Sennheiser HD280PROs are still great and haven't broken yet. Definitely recommend you purchase them over the Shure SRH440.
At first use, the sounds are very decent with excellent mid range sounds. This is not a headphone for people that like the sound of bass that rattles a car's trunk. These are for those that want to hear every detail in a song...even the minute ones. It offers good bass, but just not to an extreme some people would like.
I had an issue though it seems to have gone away. I would have one side of the headset go out but slowly. The music would cut, then vocals. I checked to see if it was properly connected and twisted and it was. The issue seems to have resolved itself though its a bit unsettling once you've just received the headset.
Whats cool is that these headphones fold in so they are easier to transport if you do have to take them somewhere.
Personally, and if you have an ear with a protruding antihelix such as myself, these headphones (and probably many others) will hurt if you wear them for 30+ minutes. There is nothing but a very thin material between your ear and the plastic base over the speaker. This will push the ear creating discomfort.
Its a great headphone, but comfort is lacking (for me) and im concerned about the reliability of this pair...back to my music...
*update 6/14/11* having problems yet again with the left (cord side) speaker/cable problem. For some reason the speaker kicks in an out. Sometimes when I unplug it and plug it back in, it works...sometimes it doesnt fix the problem. I will probably have to contact the vendor.
*update 7/23/11* contacted seller about sending the headset back.
*update 8/12/11* contacted manufacturer
update and probably last. contact attempts failed with shure as they have been unresponsive to the last 2 emails i sent out. Feb 27 and March 8 were the last dates of the emails. Issue unresolved. Minus star for customer service.
- Sound great. There's pretty much nothing below 120hz, but I knew that going in. Their low-end sounds similar to the AKG K271, only with less chomp between 100-200hz. Still, their sound is enjoyable, and I think they will be useful for mixing.
- Extremely, unbelievably uncomfortable. The ear cups are too shallow, the padding a insufficient. You can swap out the pads from the srh840/srh940 version for like $15-25, but supposedly that changes the sound, and not for the better.
- The creak when you move - no good for vocal tracking.
- My head might be a little on the small side, and the headband just fits at the smallest setting. If you've got a tiny head, these will be even less comfy. Headband also has insufficient padding, and is uncomfortable.
These could be decent headphones for <$60, but they are *not* worth $100. They feel cheap, they creak terribly, and are ridiculously painful to wear. I'm a bit insulted these list for $100, actually. You can buy a pair of AKG K271s for not much more, and they are *very* comfortable, especially the MKII model, which comes with the velour ear pads.
If you're going to spend $100 on headphones, you'd be better off spending it elsewhere, these are not worth it.
Previously I was comparing these to my old AKG K270 headphones, which I don't currently have enough power to drive sufficiently, so I purchased the k271 mkII, which require less oomph to get them moving. Anyway, now I can definitely say that the SRH440 sound absolutely terrible in comparison. The SRH440 seems to have practically nothing below 200hz, and I think it starts to roll off even higher up. You can feel none of the bass, none of the kicks, whereas with the K271 mkII you can actually *feel* the bass, and not only the kicks, but the transients in general are sharp and potent, something entirely lacking in the SRH440, which sound like mush in comparison. No hyperbole here, the SRH440 sound dead and lifeless in comparison.
The stereo image on the K271 just blows the SRH440 out of the water, OMG, the SRH440 really do sound like mush in that aspect also. The clarity on the K271 models is astounding. The K271 is not known for its low-end response, it's actually anemic down there, but the low end *is there*, you can hear it, you can even feel it above 120hz. On the SRH440 it sounds like anything under 200hz is *absent*, just not even there. You can't feel it, fine, but you can't hear any of it either, it sounds like it's been abruptly cut off, no gently slope, just lopped right off.
Not to mention the K271 mkII are very comfortable -- if my k270 pair is any indication, you can wear them all day long and not incur *any* pain, whereas the SRH440 cannot be worn for mere minutes before becoming irritatingly painful. Also the SRH440 always fall off my head, where the K271 models do not. Actually, no circumaural headphones I have ever owned before have fell of my head like the SRH440 do, I do *not* know what their deal is.
I really wasn't expecting such a massive difference between the SRH440 and the K271 mkII. Yes, the K271 mkII are light and plasticky, but they still feel heaps more solid than the SRH440, which are embarrassingly cheap and crappy feeling.
The SRH440 are just a terrible buy for the price. These aren't worth more than $30 in my opinion.
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