Shure SRH1440 Headphones (Playback)

Shure SRH1440
  • A zippered hard storage case
  • One spare detachable signal cable
  • One spare pair of velour ear pads
  • An adapter for ¼” standard connections

Ergonomic Highlights and Lowlights

Headphone buyers who want a flashy looking headphone will be disappointed by the Shure SRH1440’s decidedly proletarian appearance. Except for the chrome accent oval around the outside of the driver enclosures the SRH1440 is comprised of dark grey plastic. Only the headband section has a slightly different, rubberized finish that reminds me of the B&W P3. The headband also sports embossed lettering that says, “Shure.” I wish they had used a similar printing method on the other parts of the headband. Instead of elegant embossments or logos the SRH1440s have large white printed lettering that reads, “Shure SRH1440” and a large R or L to designate the channel. While I appreciate the big lettering, it looks industrial at best, and downright dowdy at worst. Given their sonics, the SRH1440 deserve a bit more physical style. But the good news for audiophiles is that Shure didn’t waste money on cosmetics.

On the comfort scale the SRH1440s get high marks. They are designed to fit so their large soft felt pads surround your ears. The headband itself also has soft pillows on the inside. The headband size is not only adjustable, but it has a calibrated adjustment with numbers so you can quickly readjust the SRH1440 to your own exact settings. I used 1 on the right and the left. The SRH1440s also have about 15 degrees of horizontal adjustment so the pads sit flush on your head. I suppose there’s someone whom the SRH1440s won’t fit, but for the other 99.99% of the population the SRH1440s will fit like a well-tailored glove.

The SRH1440’s 82” signal cable is detachable, using Shure’s MMCX connector hardware. During the review period I found the connectors worked well as quick-release devices if you catch your cable on something unyielding, such as the edge of your desk. If you travel with the SRH1440s you’ll appreciate how quickly the cable detaches and reattaches, yet stays firmly in place during use. The cable itself is made of a flexible material that slides easily. The first 22” of the cable exhibited some degree of microphonics, but after the right and left cable junction the cable was immune to microphonic transmission.

I wouldn’t call the SRH1440’s cable the last word in ruggedized cables, but since it’s so easy to replace, long-term wear shouldn’t be a problem. Shure even includes an extra cable with the SRH1440. My only criticism of the cable is that it sports a stereo mini-plug rather than a full sized ¼” stereo connector. I would have preferred that one of the two included cables was for ¼” stereo rather than both requiring an adapter for a standard headphone connection. Perhaps Shure will offer a dedicated ¼ cable in the future.

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