We are reader-supported. Links on our site may earn us a commission. More about us

Shure SRH440 review

In this review, I’ll be looking at the Shure SRH440 closed-back headphones. These are an incredibly popular choice for starter headphones, so let’s take a look and see why.

About the author

I’m a producer, audio engineer, and songwriter with a decade’s worth of experience with a wide range of gear and recording techniques. I have worked with and tested a huge variety of headphones, including Shure, Sennheiser, AKG, Beyerdynamic, Sony, and Audio-Technica, among others.

Shure SRH440 headphones review
Image: Higher Hz

Final verdict on the Shure SRH440 4.0

While there are quite a number of headphones out there that can outperform the Shures, the SRH440 come through with a wonderfully affordable price of $100 and a decently accurate sound quality.

What I like

  • Neutral sound.
  • Detailed imaging.
  • Comfortable.
  • Affordable.

What I don’t like

  • Lacks bass.
  • Harsh high end.
Check availability here: Amazon

Power and frequency response 3.9

On paper, the Shure SRH440 has a frequency response of 10 Hz – 22 kHz. However, the reality of its performance requires a more nuanced analysis.

For one, there is a substantial drop-off starting at around 60 Hz. The response is fairly neutral from this point on, until quickly dropping off again at 15 kHz.

With this in mind, it’s safe to say that these headphones are not meant for casual listening. You won’t be getting much sub-bass, nor will you be getting any sparkly high end information out of these.

However, the midrange remains neutral and accurate. Detail is excellent, and perhaps too excellent. Upon testing, I was able to catch on to subtle issues even on professionally mixed and mastered tracks.

Overall, these are best for professional monitoring. Casual listeners would fare better with different headphones.

Build quality 3.8

These headphones are rather chunky, and while the general design is more than adequate for most purposes, the material has quite a bit of give to it.

Longevity might prove to be an issue here, but again, for $100 what more can you expect. These are budget headphones, and their ability to last wasn’t the highest priority on Shure’s checklist.

Shure SRH440 build quality
Image: Higher Hz

Comfortability 4.5

The Shure SRH440s are quite comfortable with all things considered. The earcups are made of vinyl which isn’t the greatest, but are replaceable and can easily be swapped out with SRH840 pads which feel far nicer.

Stability 3.5

While I can’t recommend these headphones for sport, the SRH440 are perfectly stable for casual listening and monitoring. Just be wary of running or working out with them, they may fly off.

Noise cancellation and isolation 4.0

As far as noise cancellation is concerned, the Shure SRH440 do a fairly decent job. While not the best I’ve heard, I can easily recommend using them on your commute or work environments.

Accessories 4.9

Upon purchasing the Shure SRH440, you’ll also receive a carrying pouch, a coiled cable, and a 1/8 to 1/4-inch adapter. This is about everything you’ll need to get started.

Shure SRH440 headphones with accessories
Image: Higher Hz

Compared to other studio headphones

While the Shure SRH440 truly are some of the best options under $100, for those of you looking for cheap studio cans, here are some alternatives to consider.

Shure SRH440 vs Sony MDR-7506

These are some of the most ubiquitous headphones in the recording world. I can’t say they’re better than the Shures, nor can I necessarily say that they’re worse. Both are great starter options.

Read the full Sony MDR-7506 review

Shure SRH440 vs Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

While the ATH-M40x has far more bass response, I find it a bit exaggerated for serious use. The Shures are ultimately more comfortable, and are more accurate for critical listening.

Read the full Audio-Technica ATH-M40x review

Who are the Shure SRH440 studio headphones best suited for?

Overall, the Shure SRH440 are a great pair of budget studio headphones, best suited for novice producers.