The SRH440 is a closed back pair of headphones which is primarily intended for professional use, specifically for studio tracking and monitoring applications. In line with this purpose, these headphones have great sound isolation properties. Being professional use headphones, these lean toward a more neutral sound, but with a little extra coloration which makes them quite fun to listen to.
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Pro Reference quality sound which can also be fun to listen to
These headphones produce great sound that is fairly neutral, with slight elevations to the bass, mids and highs.
Bass has a nice fullness to it, with some extra depth which gives the sound a lot of body.
The mids are neutral but slightly forward, which makes vocals sound really clear. Aggressive guitars can sound a bit harsher because of this though.
Treble has good extension, and the added peak on the highest frequencies add more sparkle to the sound.
Overall, these headphones can be used both for critical listening and for casual music enjoyment as well.
Pro Superb sound isolation
These headphones are designed for tracking use, and this shows in how good these headphones isolate sound. When wearing these headphones, ambient noise is reduced by a significant amount, allowing you to hear the headphone output clearly with minimal interference. This can also be beneficial if you decide to use the headphones outdoors. This is because only minimal sound leaks from these headphones, which will reduce the chances of you disturbing others while listening to music on the go.
Pro Can easily be stored because of its detachable cable
The cable can easily be removed from the headphones, which makes these quite easy to store when not in use, as you will not have to deal with the cable getting in the way. Also, this feature makes the cable quite easy to replace should it break.
Con Does not have the best build quality
These headphones may come off as feeling a bit cheap. The overall build is quite plasticky, with a lot of rattles. While this headphone is not fragile by any means, the build certainly does not inspire confidence.
Con Ear pads are not the most comfortable
The ear pads of these headphones can get warm pretty quickly. The surface of the pads are made from pleather which can trap heat and can make the area around the ears warm up fast. Also, while the ear pads are quite large in size and are soft, they are also quite thin. People with larger ears may experience their ears rubbing against the driver housing, which can get quite uncomfortable.
Con Headband can get quite uncomfortable due to thin padding
The headband area of the headphone may get uncomfortable with long use. The thin padding provides minimal cushioning, so the plastic headband may dig into your head a little harder than you find comfortable.