The Shure SRH 440 are good-sounding headphones with a durable but plasticky design. They're comfortable, and have a well balanced audio reproduction for critical listening but aren't the most versatile headphones. They're a bit cumbersome to carry on your person, they don't block a lot of noise and they're too unstable and bulky for the gym. However, they are quite an improvement compared to the SRH 240.
The Shure SRH 440 have a simple, utilitarian design that feels durable. They have an all-plastic build quality, that's not as premium as some of the other headphones we've reviewed, but feels sturdy enough for most use cases and is significantly better than the SRH 240. The headband is flexible and the ear cups are dense and well padded. That and their relatively lightweight build and roomy ear cups make them comfortable to wear for long listening sessions. Unfortunately, they're a bit too bulky for sports and physical activities so they won't be the most stable headphones to take to the gym.
The Shure SRH 440 look somewhat similar to the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. They also have a studio design that's a little bland, but the utilitarian look will work for some. They have a thick headband that's well padded and dense oval ear cups that make the headphone look durable. They only come in one color scheme, however, an all-black matte finish that's understated and won't stand out but also feels professional.
The Shure 440 are comfortable over-ear headphones. They have large ear cups that fit well around most ears. The headband is not too tight and the whole build is mostly plastic so they're relatively lightweight on the head. The quality of the padding, however, could be improved.
The Shure SRH 440 are decently sturdy headphones despite their all-plastic design. The headband is flexible and won't break even under heavy strain. The ear cups are also dense enough to withstand a few drops without getting damaged. However, the build quality does feel a little cheap and the exposed audio cables from the headband to the ear cups could get damaged through regular wear and tear and cannot be replaced.
The SRH 440s are not sports headphones. They will easily slip off your ears if you're doing high-intensity activities like running or working out. On the upside, they're stable enough during casual use and the detachable cable will disconnect if it's hooked on something provided you haven't locked it into the ear cups.
The Shure SRH 440 are a good sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a very good Bass, a very good Mid Range, and a very good Treble Range performance. However, their Bass lacks sub-bass and is prone to inconsistencies across different individuals, and their Treble could be slightly sharp on S and T sounds. Additionally, they Image well, but their Soundstage isn't the most open and spacious sounding.
Very good Bass Range performance. Low-frequency extension is at 50Hz, which is decent. Low-bass, responsible for thump and rumble, is lacking by about 4dB. But the SRH 400 has more low-bass than SRH 240A. Bass and high-bass are nearly flat and within 0.50dB of our target. Also, their bass delivery varies significantly across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.
Excellent Mid Range performance. The response is virtually flat, but consistently over our target by about 2dB. This gives a slight emphasis to the Mid Range, over Bass and Treble.
Very good Treble Range performance. Low-treble and treble are virtually flat up to 7KHz. The bump centering around 10KHz makes the S and T sounds on these headphones slightly sibilant and sharp.
Sub-par consistency performance. The Bass Range of these headphones is susceptible to inconsistencies across humans. We also noticed that certain types of glasses could break the seal on these headphones and cause a significant drop in Bass. We measured the maximum of 18dB of difference at 20Hz between our human measurements. However, their Treble consistency is decent.
Decent Harmonic Distortion performance. The amount of harmonic distortion in the Treble Range is very low, regardless of the level, which is excellent. However, high-bass and low-mid show excess distortion, especially under heavier loads.
The Shure SRH 440 only passively isolate against ambient noise. They won't be the ideal headphones for commuting as they let too much noise seep into your audio in loud environments. Unfortunately, they also leak a bit too much for quieter settings, although they shouldn't be too distracting to the people around you at moderate volume levels.
Sub-par Isolation performance. These headphones do not isolate any noise in the Bass Range. In the Mid Range they achieve about 8dB of reduction, which is sub-par. In the Treble Range, they are able to reduce the outside noise by 24dB, which is about average.
Average Leakage performance. The significant portion of the leakage is spread between 500Hz and 5KHz, which is a relatively broad range. However, the overall level of leakage is low.
No active features.
No compatible app.
Wired headphones, negligible latency.
The Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO are better headphones than the Shure SRH440 thanks to better build quality and better and more consistent bass delivery. However, they are way more expensive, and the Shure SRH440 are very comfortable headphones that offer great value for their price tag. They are all plastic, but if you’re looking for budget critical listening headphones, the SRH440 are a great pick for sound quality. On the other hand, the metallic frame of the DT 1770 feels more high-end, and they isolate a bit more noise than the Shures.