Excerpt: Shure has been a fixture in studios for decades. So it should come as little surprise that the SRH440 skews more towards a neutral tonal balance. But while the similarly signatured 280 sounded dull, distant, and tinny with certain genres of music, the Shure’s sparkling highs, well-balanced mids, and tight bass translated into a much warmer, more inviting overall sound.
Pros: Well built. Decent isolation. Clean, articulate sound that hits a sonic sweet spot. Ear cups pivot and fold into a portable package. Come with detachable 9.5-foot coiled cable and travel pouch. Great value.
Cons: Heaviest of the bunch. Exposed driver cables made me a little nervous. Not really comfortable for more than short, hour-long listening sessions. Noise isolation not as good as the Sennheiser or Destiny.
Excerpt: Shure is a firm known for professional-quality microphones and studio headsets, so we started out with high expectations of this entry. With an RRP a little above our £100 cut-off, the SRH440 phones are widely available at a price point closer to £80, so they sneak in under the wire.
Balanced output with strong bass, industrial good looks, suitable for studio work
Excerpt: Playback was suitably impressed when we reviewed Shure’s SRH840 headphones last year. The 840s set a benchmark for under $250 headphone performance, though of course Grado ‘phones, for very different sonic reasons, also hold a warm spot in our value-oriented hearts. When Shure recently introduced the even lower priced SRH440, at half the price of the 840s ($125), we wanted to get them into the lab as soon as we could.
Excerpt: It always pays to check your mixes using a decent pair of headphones as you’ll often hear nuances that are missed when listening through your main monitors. Shure’s new SRH 440s feature 40mm neodynamic drivers optimised for general listening and monitoring and have been finetuned to deliver accurate audio reproduction from 10–22,000Hz.
Excerpt: Shure 's SRH range of professional headphones claims to be the first choice for “music obsessives.” Well, as far as the SRH440s are concerned, the obsessives here at What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision would position them slightly further down their pecking order. Fans of dance will be impressed by the energetic sound: there's power aplenty, but at the expense of refinement and subtlety.
Pros: Power aplenty
Cons: Lack refinement and subtlety, one dimensional
Shure SRH840 and SRH440 Mixing & Monitoring Headphones
5 September 2010
Excerpt: A great set of cans is essential whether you spend a lot of time in the studio or play drums live to a click-track. A relative newcomer to the professional headphone space, Shure has taken their expertise with in-ear monitoring and microphones and applied it to this essential area of sound reproduction.
Conclusion: Le srh440 est un jeune très prometteur, qui aimerait pouvoir être le meilleur partout. L’énergie qu’il dégage est impressionnante mais il en oublie de laisser parler la douceur et s’envole parfois sans se contrôler.Le srh840 est lui un vieux sage. N’ayant pas l’énergie de son petit frère, c’est un casque qui accepte le compromis pour donner le meilleur à quelques styles élus.