$ 299.00 $ 374.00
Shure's entry-level open-back headphone is a clear performer for home listeners or producers intent on maximum musical detail at minimum cost. A well-focused and slightly 'forward' tonal presentation delivers resolution without overt stridency or too-sharp vocal edges. The crisp tone synergizes well with laid-back recordings or lower bitrate files and sounds spectacularly detailed with audiophile music. Open-back earcups means no isolation whatsoever -- everyone around you will hear all your favorites -- so these are not suitable for airline travel or the cubicle, but the SRH1440 are solid mid-priced contenders for smooth open-field listening in any private space.
What We Think:
A slightly less resolved, more energetic version of 'big brother' SRH1840 model, the Shure SRH1440 lowers the price and sounds a bit more forward or 'up-front' in its musical presentation compared to the intensely resolute but tonally rounder (and pricier!) SRH1840 soundscape. The SRH 1440's completely open-back earcup construction offers no isolation but helps lend a sense of air-filled dimension to the soundstage image that's missing in Shure's sealed-back designs. Bass response leans towards the tightly controlled but is not totally lacking deep texture or good tonal weight. However, these are not bass-centric headphones so EDM funkers and hip-hop fans may find themselves wishing for a tad more low-end oomph at times. The SRH1440's strengths remain in its extremely well-presented vocal midranges and nicely extended highs which are accurately rendered for headphones at this pricepoint. The wider spatiality becomes especially welcome for symphonic or orchestral music that typically has lots of available recording space / stage 'room' information. We do hear a hint of pinch in certain parts of the upper-mid frequency ranges which can register as overly-leading with brighter audiophile recordings with an extremely dynamic transient attack. Easier efficiency versus 'big brother' SRH1840 means any decent headphone amp will help add deeper definition, smoothness and musical impact; in particular, a good tube amp will synergize especially well with the forward tonality and FR response curves of the Shure SRH1440.The Shure SRH1440 headphone has a completely open-back circumaural ['around the ear'] earcup construction that will fully cover the earlobes on most wearers. Detachable headphone cords allow easy replacement if ever needed, a great thing to extend product lifespan and durability. The quality OFC headphone cabling attaches in a 'Y-type' design with discrete independent 'snap-in' connections into the left / right earcups. A extra cable is provided in the SRH1440 box along with an extra set of earpad cushions -- another nice plus from Shure. By the way, the packaging / shipping box is HUGE on these, so don't be surprised at the gigantic box when you see the package on your doorstep! And with your HeadRoom 'authorized Shure dealer' purchase receipt, the free 2-year manufacturer's warranty is serviced at no charge through Shure Audio's Chicago facility in case of any eventuality.
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