Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.7
Mixed Usage
7.1
Critical Listening
6.6
Commute/Travel
6.8
Sports/Fitness
6.8
Office
6.2
TV
6.1
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 are okay mixed usage over-ear headphones that can be used for a variety of use cases. They don’t excel in any usage but can be very versatile. Their sound is decent, and you also have a great EQ that lets you customize it to your liking. Unfortunately, they lack an ANC feature to be a good option for commuting, unlike the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC. On the upside, they have low latency for Bluetooth headphones, so most people might not notice the delay when watching video content. They're a good option if you’re looking for headphones that can do a bit of everything without breaking the bank.

Test Results
Design 6.8
Sound 7.2
Isolation 5.9
Microphone 6.0
Active Features 7.1
Connectivity 6.7
Pros
  • Fairly comfortable and durable design.
  • Low latency for Bluetooth headphones.
  • Great battery life.
Cons
  • Sub-par isolation performance.
  • Bass is prone to inconsistencies across users. Sensitive to glasses.

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6.8

Design

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT headphones are very similar to the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC, but they don’t have a noise cancelling feature. They are decently well-built headphones and they feel less tight than their ANC variant. The ear cups are well-padded, but the headband lacks padding, which you can feel after a while. On the upside, they come with an audio cable to use the headphones wired, even if the battery is dead.

Style

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT look fairly similar to the Sennheiser HD 4.50, but they don’t have silver accents on the ear cups and headband, which makes them stand out a bit less. They are fairly low-profile over-ears and don’t have a very flashy design. The padding is decently thick on the ear cups, but there’s not much on the headband. The dark matte finish gives the headphones a high-end look but might feel a bit plasticky once in your hands.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.5 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.9 lbs

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 are decently comfortable and have good padding on the ear cups. They feel a bit softer than the Sennheiser HD 4.50, but they are noticeably less tight, which people may prefer. The headphones are lightweight and don’t apply too much pressure on the head, which is good since the headband isn’t well-padded. Also, the cups are fairly small and shallow and might not be very comfortable for people with bigger ears. These headphones might get uncomfortable for long listening sessions.

6.5 Controls
Ease of use : Okay
Feedback : Mediocre
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
No
Additional Buttons : N/A

The HD 4.40 BT don’t have the best control scheme and have similar flaws to the Sennheiser HD 4.50. The buttons are the same, and they feel cramped and unresponsive at times. You get call/music management, track skipping, and volume controls, which are common. However, the track-skipping switch also acts as a button to play/pause, so it feels very mushy and feedback is poor. On the upside, the volume rocker is good, but you get an audio queue for each volume change, which can get annoying.

6.6 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 5.1 C

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 are not very breathable. They have a tight fit and a decent seal around your ears which obstruct a good amount of airflow. They should be okay for casual listening and most use cases, but will make your ears sweat during more demanding activities like running and exercising.

6.1 Portability
L : 7.1 "
W : 4.5 "
H : 1.8 "
Volume : 58 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : No

The HD 4.40 BT are not the most portable over-ear headphones, but they can fold into a more portable format, which takes less space. However, the cups don’t swivel to lay flat, which would make them easier to slide in a bag or to wear around the neck.

5.5 Case
Type : Pouch
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

These headphones come with a soft pouch that protects the headphones from small scratches but won’t protect against water exposure and physical damage if they are dropped. On the upside, the pouch doesn’t add bulk to the design.

7.0 Build Quality

The HD 4.40 and 4.50 are built the same way. They are lightweight but feel fairly durable. The cups feel dense and should survive a few accidental drops. However, the headband isn’t reinforced by a metal sheet like the higher-end Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless. Overall, they feel a bit plasticky, but they don’t feel too cheaply made.

7.0 Stability

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 are stable enough for you to run with, but they still won’t be the best option for exercising or intense sports due to their bulky over-ear design. They aren’t as tight as the HD 4.50 and fall off your head more easily. On the upside, the wireless design also ensures that the headphones won't be yanked off your head, as there's no cable to get hooked on anything.

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.8 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS

The Sennheiser 4.40 come with a 4.8-foot long right-angle 1/8” TRS audio cable and a micro-USB charging cable.

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7.2

Sound

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT are decent-sounding closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a good, powerful, and extended bass and a well-balanced and accurate mid-range, but have an underemphasized treble range that lacks in detail. Also, their bass is slightly thumpy, which some may like, but is inconsistent across different users. Overall, these headphones will be suitable for a wide variety of music genres but will sound a bit on the darker side, so they may not be ideal for vocal-centric music. Their audio reproduction is similar to the HD 4.50, and we didn’t use any EQ settings from their app to measure their frequency response.

8.2 Bass
Std. Err.
:
2.66 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
3.73 dB
Mid-Bass
:
2.38 dB
High-Bass
:
-1.31 dB

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 have excellent bass. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass, responsible for thump and rumble, is overemphasized by almost 4dB, which adds a noticeable excess of thumpiness to the bass, but some may prefer this. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and the punch of the kick drums, is also overemphasized by more than 2dB. There’s also a small dip in high-bass, which results in a slight loss in warmth.

Also, their bass delivery varies noticeably across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response, so your experience may vary.

8.7 Mid
Std. Err.
:
1.78 dB
Low-Mid
:
-0.52 dB
Mid-Mid
:
1.37 dB
High-Mid
:
1.9 dB

The mid-range is great. There’s a small dip in low-mid as a continuation of the high-bass, which makes the vocals slightly thin. However, low-mid and mid-mid are well-balanced and within 1.5dB of our target. This is important for clear reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. High-mid, however, is over our target by more than 2dB, bringing a bit of excess intensity and projection to vocals/leads.

6.2 Treble
Std. Err.
:
4.92 dB
Low-Treble
:
-3.19 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-2.66 dB
High-Treble
:
-2.86 dB

Like the Sennheiser HD 4.50, the HD 4.40 BT’s treble range is mediocre. The response throughout the range is fairly uneven and very underemphasized. The dips centered around 4.5kHz and 7.5kHz have a negative effect on the clarity and presence of vocals, leads, and cymbals.

6.3 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.81 dB

The HD 4.40 BT have a mediocre frequency response consistency performance. These headphones are prone to consistency issues, especially in the bass range. The maximum variance measured across our five human subjects was about 8dB at 20Hz, which is noticeable. We also noticed that certain types of glasses could break the seal on these headphones and cause a drop in bass. In the treble range, they delivered fairly consistently but might be a bit sensitive to positioning.

7.8 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.35
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.96
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
3.28
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
6.31

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 have good imaging. Weighted group delay is at 0.35, which is good. The GD graph also shows that the group delay response is entirely below the audibility threshold. This results in a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response, ensuring accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, and video game effects) in the stereo field. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

5.5 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
3.58 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
1.09 dB
PRTF Distance
:
15.3 dB
Openness
:
5.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
2.4
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT have a sub-par soundstage. The PRTF graph shows an inadequate amount of pinna activation with low accuracy, and there's no notch present in the 10kHz area either. This suggests a soundstage that will be perceived as small and located inside the listener's head as opposed to in front. Also, since they are closed-back headphones, their soundstage will be perceived as less open-sounding than that of open-back headphones.

6.8 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
5.825
Weighted THD @ 100
:
4.222

The Sennheiser 4.40 have a passable harmonic distortion performance. The bass range distortion is within good limits, but there are peaks in distortion in the treble range around 4.5KHz and 7.5KHz, which could make the sibilants on these headphones slightly harsh and impure.

5.9

Isolation

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 have sub-par isolation performance. Unlike the HD 4.50, they're not noise cancelling, therefore they won’t block out lower frequency noises like engine rumbles. This means they won’t be a good option for commuting. Thankfully, since they don’t leak too much, you’ll be able to block even more ambient noise by raising your listening volume without disturbing the people surrounding you.

4.9 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-13.55 dB
Bass
:
0.18 dB
Mid
:
-10.23 dB
Treble
:
-31.46 dB
Self-Noise
:
21.91 dB

Their noise isolation performance is poor. Since they don’t have an active noise cancelling system, they don’t isolate against low-frequency noises like the rumble of airplanes and bus engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by more than 10dB, which is okay. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds and A/C noises, they isolate by over 31dB, which is good.

7.9 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
34.66 dB

The leakage performance of the HD 4.40 BT is good. The significant portion of their leakage is between 450Hz and 2.5KHz, which is not too broad. However, the overall level of leakage is very low. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at about 35dB SPL and peaks at 45dB SPL, which is slightly quieter than the noise floor of an average office.

6.0

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT have a mediocre integrated microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin and noticeably muffled, lacking in detail, and might feel unnatural. In noisy situations, the mic will be able to separate speech from background noise in moderately loud environments, like a busy street, but will not do well in loud environments such as a subway station.

5.2 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
306.43 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
5.32 dB
HFE
:
3272.31 Hz
Weighted THD
:
68.448
Gain
:
38.09 dB

The recording quality of the mic is sub-par. The LFE of 306Hz results in a recorded/transmitted speech that sound relatively thin. The HFE is at 3.3kHz, making speech noticeably muffled and lacking detail. The response between the LFE and HFE points is quite uneven, suggesting an unnatural speech transmission.

6.9 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
19.99 dB

The integrated microphone of the HD 4.40 is decent at noise handling. It achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 20dB in our SpNR test. This means it will be able to fully separate speech from ambient noise in moderately loud environments but will struggle in loud places like a subway station.

7.1

Active Features

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 have a great battery life that will last you for about 29 hours, which means you won’t have to charge them daily. Also, you can use them passively, even if the battery dies, which is very convenient. They are also compatible with the Sennheiser Captune mobile app, and you get access to a good EQ to customize their sound to your liking.

7.0 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
28.9 hrs
Charge Time
:
2.4 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
Yes

The HD 4.40 BT have a great 29-hour battery life. This will be more than enough for a normal workday, and you won’t have to charge them often. When you do, they only take about 2 hours to fully charge. Unfortunately, they don’t have a power saving feature, so be sure to turn them off when not using them. On the upside, you can use them passively with an audio cable even if the battery is dead, which is convenient. For an even longer battery life, take a look at the JBL Live 500BT.

7.5 App Support
App Name : Sennheiser Cap Tune
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
Parametric + Presets
ANC control
:
No
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
No
Playback control
:
Yes
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

These headphones support the Sennheiser Captune app. They don’t have as many features and controls as the HD 4.50 and Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless, since they aren't noise cancelling. You still get a nice parametric EQ to customize their sound to your liking and have access to an in-app player, but that’s about it.

6.7

Connectivity

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT are Bluetooth headphones that can also be used wired when needed. Unfortunately, they don’t connect to multiple devices simultaneously like the HD 4.50 and Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless do, but they support NFC, which is good. They also have excellent wireless range, but it seems to be a bit inconsistent at times. Also, while their latency is lower than most Bluetooth headphones, it might still be a bit high for watching video content and gaming.

8.0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
Yes

These headphones are Bluetooth compatible. While they can’t connect to two devices simultaneously, they support NFC for a quicker and easier pairing procedure. If you really care about multi-device support, then consider the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC instead.

7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only

You can use the included 1/8” TRS audio cable to use these headphones passively on pretty much any platform that has a headphone jack. However, their cable does not have an in-line microphone.

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A

These headphones do not have a dock. If you're looking for headphones with a dock for customization options, look at the Arctis Pro Wireless. If you want a charging dock, look at the Astro A50, and if you're looking for wireless headphones for watching TV, look at the Sennheiser RS 185.

9.5 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
52 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
284 ft

The wireless range of the Sennheiser 4.40 is excellent. We practically maxed out our facility during our testing procedures, but we noticed very different results. However, the wireless range was fairly inconsistent, and we could get results down to about 150ft of line-of-sight range. On the upside, with 52ft of obstructed range, you should be able to walk to the next room over without getting too many audio cuts. Note that wireless range is dependent on your signal strength and many other factors, so you may experience different results.

5.8 Latency
Default Latency
:
116 ms
aptX Latency
:
109 ms
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

The latency of the HD 4.40 is good for Bluetooth headphones, which normally average around 200-220ms of delay. However, this will still not be optimal for watching videos and gaming. On the other hand, they support the aptX codec, which may give you an overall better performance and slightly lower latency, provided you have the right dongle/transmitter. Also, some apps and devices offer some sort of compensation, so you might not even notice the delay that much.

In the box

  • Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT headphones
  • 1/8” TRS audio cable
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 are decent mixed-usage headphones that set themselves apart by their amazing wireless range and low latency, which makes them more suitable to watch video content than most Bluetooth headphones. However, they don’t have a great isolation performance, since they lack an ANC feature like other similar Sennheiser models. If you’re looking for ANC headphones for your commute, take a look at our recommendations for the best headphones, the best noise cancelling headphones and the best over-ear wireless headphones.

JBL E55BT Wireless
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The Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT might be a better option than the JBL E55BT for most users, thanks to its nice app that allows you to EQ the sound of the headphones to your liking. They also have very low latency for Bluetooth headphones and have a few more hours of battery life. On the other hand, the JBLs are slightly more comfortable and can be paired with two devices simultaneously. They also come with a cable that has an in-line microphone, which the HD 4.40 lacks.

Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT are better mixed-usage headphones than the Skullcandy Hesh 3, thanks to their app that gives you access to a good EQ. They also have less latency, which is good for watching videos. Other than that, they are similarly performing headphones; they even have a very similar look. The Hesh 3 might be a better choice for you if you like bass-heavy genres.

Sony WH-CH700N Wireless
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The Sony WH-CH700N are slightly better headphones than the Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT. They have a great audio reproduction and have over 30 hours of battery life. Their control scheme is noticeably easier to use, and they have an ANC feature, though it doesn’t seem to isolate against ambient noise that well. The Sony app is also great and offers multiple controls and customization. On the other hand, the Sennheiser headphones have low latency for Bluetooth and take noticeably less time to charge. However, they won’t be as comfortable as the WH-CH700N.

Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
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The Sennheiser HD 4.50 are more versatile headphones than the Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT due to their ANC feature, which makes them suitable for commuting and at the office. Other than that, these two models are practically the same and perform quite similarly. The HD 4.40 is also a bit less tight on some heads, which can be more comfortable for people with bigger heads. They also have a bit less latency, which is noticeable when watching videos.

JBL Live 500BT Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The JBL Live 500BT have a very small edge over the Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT Wireless. They feel slightly better-built and less plasticky, and their sound quality is slightly better as it doesn’t lack as much detail in the treble range as the HD 4.40. You also get about 10 extra hours of battery life with the Live 500BT. Their audio cable also features an in-line microphone, which the Sennheisers are lacking. However, the HD 4.40 support NFC pairing and have lower latency, which is better suited for watching video content without any delay. 

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Conclusion

6.7 Mixed Usage

Okay for mixed usage. They have decent sound and you can EQ them to your liking as well. However, they don’t have an ANC feature like the HD 4.50 or PXC 550, which makes them a bit less versatile for commuting and to use at the office. While they are stable, they won’t be the best option for sports due to their bulky design. Their latency also might be too high for watching videos, and some will notice a delay. Their microphone is mediocre at best for online gaming, and latency issues will be noticeable with video games.

7.1 Critical Listening

Decent for critical listening. The Sennheiser 4.40 have a good, powerful, and extended bass, a well-balanced and accurate mid-range, but an underemphasized treble range that lacks in detail. Also, their bass is slightly thumpy, which some may like, but is also inconsistent across different users. Overall, these headphones will be suitable for a wide variety of music genres, but they have a slightly darker sound overall, and vocals and cymbals will sound a bit bland. On the upside, they have a good EQ, which lets you customize their sound to your preference.

6.6 Commute/Travel

Passable for commuting. The Sennheiser HD 4.40 aren’t the most portable headphones and they lack an ANC feature like similar Sennheiser models. They don’t isolate at all against lower frequency noises like engine rumbles. On the upside, you’ll be able to use them during the longest flights, as they have a great 29-hour battery life.

6.8 Sports/Fitness

Okay for sports. The headphones feel secure and stable on the head for jogging, but they are noticeably less tight than the Sennheiser HD 4.50. Also, their bulky over-ear design won’t be ideal, as it traps heat under the ear cups, and they aren’t very portable. Their control scheme also isn’t the best, and might be hard to use during exercising.

6.8 Office

Okay for the office. These headphones passively isolate well against A/C noise and do a decent job against ambient chatter, especially if you're playing a bit of music. They also don’t leak too much, so you’ll be able to block more noise by raising your volume without disturbing your surrounding colleagues. Additionally, their great battery life will last you longer than a full workday, but some might need to take a break because their headband lacks padding.

6.2 TV

Passable for watching TV. They're fairly comfortable and you should be able to wear them for a full movie without feeling too much soreness. Also, their latency is lower than most Bluetooth headphones, but some may still notice a delay when watching video content. On the upside, their great wireless range will easily let you watch from the comfort of your couch without getting audio cuts.

6.1 Gaming

Mediocre at best for gaming. Playing video games over Bluetooth is not ideal, even with latency that is lower than most Bluetooth headphones. Also, their microphone is mediocre and won’t be suited for talking with friends and teammates online.

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