If you work in or run a professional music studio, it can be a real challenge to find the right sounding, yet durable headphones available. However, they do exist. In fact, one of the most recommended and decent headphones comes from Shure. Since 1927, Shure has been one of the top names in professional audio equipment and still is. That’s over 90 years of experience. All that experience is combined with modern materials, the latest technology and a genuine interest in creating the highest quality, most innovative products. And that shows through in the SRH440 Professional Studio Headphones.
What makes these headphones so good and why should you give them a try? Here are some of the best reasons I could come up with:
Review of Shure Headphones
The first thing I like about the Shure SRH440 Professional Studio Headphones is the fact that they are extremely affordable. On average, they can be yours for about $100. That’s quite amazing considering the high quality, professional-level sound reproduction they offer. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal.
In fact, similarly appointed headphones can be double the price, if not more, with about the same quality. Sure, you can always spend a lot more, but if you’re on a budget, these are probably the best value of any headphones in their respective price range.
Impedance & Power
Shure has carefully calibrated the SRH440’s for maximum impedance and power handling. They have an effective 44 Ohm impedance and 500mW max power input. Such a high impedance means these headphones are much clearer than a similar pair which might have a lower impedance.
And, with a high maximum power input, they’re optimized for performance. When paired with professional audio devices like DJ mixing consoles and amplifiers, they are superior performers. Many professional studios incorporate these headphones into their mix with excellent results.
True Sound Reproduction
The enhanced frequency response of the SR440’s delivers incredibly accurate extended range audio due to the 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers. If you’re looking for the kind of bass that rattles the fillings out of your teeth, these headphone won’t fit the bill. However, what the will produce is excellent bass with clear mids and bright highs delivered with remarkable precision.
Shure’s SRH440 headphones do a splendid job of isolating you from ambient noise, mostly because they are closed back, circumaural headphones. In layman’s terms, they cover the ear completely. Although in most cases, it is still possible to hear things outside, albeit in a slightly muffled way.
When in the studio, this is of the utmost importance, it keeps out the ambient sounds and allows you to hear the music and singers clearly without cranking the volume to maximum levels. If you decide to go out walking down the street with these on, you’ll still be able to hear traffic, but your music won’t be obliterated by external sounds, a definite win-win.
Comfort and Durability
The SRH440 headphones are meant to last, made with durable plastics designed to take a bit of abuse and still stay together. They’re fully adjustable and fit just about any size head, although some reviewers say that they are best suited to average or larger heads. They’re collapsible too for ease of storage and transport, although they are meant to stay in the studio.
Nicely padded earcup pads make them easy to wear for long periods, and they’re replaceable, which ensure that you’ll use these for years to come. Finally, a 9.8-foot (3.0 m) coiled detachable cable means you can move around and not feel like you’re on a short leash.
They do have a couple of drawbacks, however. As we said earlier, if you’re seriously into bass, these aren’t going to live up to your expectations. However, that’s a small issue, and they are excellent at covering the entire range of lows, mids, and highs with no trouble at all. Another problem you may encounter is the coiled cable, some of the professionals that use them end up replacing it with a straight wire, but that’s a matter of preference rather than a real issue.
Overall, the SRH440 Professional Headphones from Shure are highly recommended by just about everyone who’s tried them. They provide a great value for the money, performing as well or better than more expensive models. They’re well known for providing excellent sound replication, superior isolation and they’re made to last even if you’re a little rough on them. For a busy professional audio studio, these are top-notch, affordable headphones that won’t disappoint even the most ardent audiophile.