Bassheads, who by definition always want more bass, will not be blown away by the SRH1440s. Yes, they have more bass impact and punch than the AKG K-701s, and far better detail and definition than the Sennheiser HD600s, but the SRH1440s lack the low-frequency “whomp” of the Audio-Technica W-3000ANV headphones. This is partially due to the SRH1440’s open-air design, which trades some visceral impact for improved airiness and detail. Personally, I’m more than willing to surrender some slam in exchange for better definition and speed. And unless you live for that feeling of having your eardrums pressurized, I suspect you will find the SRH1440’s bass response more than adequate.
From their upper bass and lower midrange through their lower treble, the SRH1440s are as smooth, uncolored, and as evenly balanced as any dynamic headphone I’ve heard. Since I often use headphones for monitoring during recording I appreciate the SRH1440’s lack of “emphasis” on a particular frequency. I hesitate to use the word “honest” because it implies that other headphones are dishonest, but when compared to the A-T W-3000ANV, the SRH1440s had noticeably less of a “look at me!” character to their midrange. Female voices through the SRH1440s had a less nasal quality to their timbre than through the W-3000ANVs. On some sources the W-3000ANVs generated more upper midrange sparkle, and depending on your tastes in sound and music that can be very seductive, but the SRH1440s were more harmonically accurate and less spectacular.