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Shure SRH440 Professional Studio Headphones, Enhanced Frequency Response and Extended Range for Home and Studio Recording, with Detachable Coiled Cable, Carrying Bag and 1/4" Adapter (SRH440-BK-EFS)

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The SRH440 headphones are suited for use both at home or in the studio. Impedance, power handling and sensitivity are all calibrated for professional audio devices such as DJ mixers, mixing consoles and headphone amplifiers._ Treble peak may offend some, but otherwise very well balanced and natural tonality with decent technicalities. The sound on the SRH-440 is very balanced and neutral if a little boring. It feels almost cold. However one should remember here that the SRH-440 is designed primarily as a monitor headphone and these are traits that are preferred in music production with no one sound spectrum dominating the other.

The headband is quite "cushy" and forms rather nicely to the head. But sometims, when wearing them for a long time, the top of my head begins to get sore where it rests upon my head. Again, the fit here is not aggressively awful…but it’s really noticeable on the head and not super ideal for long sessions. If plush comfort is an absolute must, odds are good you won’t love these. Alex Rowe, Medium Isolation The legendary neutral reference. "Veiled" with a warm tilt (in comparison to HD600), and pretty terrible at imaging. Treble is certainly less bright than a 7506 and does tend to work better over longer listening sessions.

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Anothter pair of headphones with bass emphasis. Not overly bassy, though. But a bigger problem is treble, which is a little too polite to be neutral. I would not consider these headphones a good value.

As with the HD600, I never get the feeling that the 440 is trying too hard to impress me which is most certainly a good thing considering what people use it for. Needs a little more upper midrange to balance out the honkiness. Good dynamic performance especially in the bass. Earpads will get hot and sweaty after a while. They are big enough but not deep enough. They are replaceable, however.Ranks will be determined based on the best unit tried. Because of this, I am not accounting for unit variation. I cannot guarantee that what I’m hearing is what you will be hearing.

Looks like they have an entirely redesigned build and comfort, which is great news for those familiar with the old pairs (especially the 440). Also, no more coiled cable! It feels crisp, open, and clear, with very good separation and a pretty decent Soundstage for a closed headphone IMO. The issue, if there is one, is that the range above about 1khz is elevated compared to the bass and lower midrange. This is particularly noticeable on vocals, where singers often sound a bit light or thin. This discontinuity isn’t very big, so the results remain musically involving, but this isn’t the most neutral headphone you can buy. Interestingly, neutral tonal balance is a strength of the SRH840, so give Shure a gold star for market segmentation. You’d be hard-pressed to find many people who haven’t at least heard of these in passing, though they don’t seem to be nearly as popular as they were a few years ago.In fact, the 440 easily made my best studio headphones for mixing, mastering, and music production list and still remains a top recommendation in that category even despite some of the issues we discussed earlier. The padded headband and ear cups of the SRH440 provide comfort suitable for hours of uninterrupted use._ Clean, resolving yet intense sound scratches the detail itch but is a little too edgy for long listens. As with the 7506, you’re getting a coiled cable, but here it’s detachable and not nearly as annoying as that one is.

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