Submitted June 12, 2011 by a customer from netzero.net
"SHURE DELIVERS THE GOODS"
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Them bottom line is the sound. And they sure are the BEST I've heard. I can see myself using these phones for a long time. The highs, mids and lows are very even. I actually hear things on these phones that I didn't hear before. I unpacked them and immediatly put on my YES "CLOSE TO THE EDGE" and ELP's "BRAIN SALAD SURGERY" and heard little nuances I didnt hear with the Sony V6's. They actully have a slight boost in the midrange spectrum making vocals stand out. If you want heavy bass these are NOT FOR YOU. If you want a flat response, accurate monitoring for recording and mixing your music production at wee hours of the morning with decent volume, without aggravating your wife or neighbors...get a a pair YESTERDAY.
First off I would like to clarify that these phones..in my opinion...are best suited for music production. If you write your own music and are into music produciton like me, these are great as they posess a flat response and you get a very accurate representation of you mixes with minimal coloration. What you hear is what you get. They reproduce very even highs, a slight boost in the mids and good lows. If you want thundering bass, these is not for you. I write and produce my own songs and demos in a small studio apartment and I can turn these up loud at 3:00am while my neighbors are sleeping like babies. These cans are very accurate when mixing, mastering and have very good noise cancelation. I feel more confident with my final mixes now as they are very accurate. I rated them at nine because nothing is perfect....although these are very close.
It comes with a detachable coiled cord..very useful to fold the cans and store them. A 1/4" adapter that screws on for added safety and a pouch for carrying your phones. The earcups are good. I've heard some complaints about fatigue while wearing them, but I have small ears and they don't bother me too much. I suppose if you have larger ears it might be a problem.
They seem very well made. They are brand new and the cushioning seems a tad stiff, but maybe after theyr'e worn in they'll feel better. You can buy replacing cushions from a model up that will also fit the 440's, but I've heard that it makes them more bassey. I want mine the flatest possible for mixing and production. Even though they are well made and look tough, I take very good care of mine and I see no problem as far as quality and longevity goes.
I think they are reasonably priced considering their performance and I can say I am very happy with this product. I have other manufacturers headphones, but these 440's are my babies.
I've NEVER had to deal with Shure customer service because i've never had any problem with their equipment. I've owned the old ball type mics, the SM57's, SM58's, Beta's and when I saw these phones I was certain they would live up the Shure legacy and reputation. I was not let down. Shure lives up to their legacy with these phones.
The Wow Factor
To me they look very professional. The color,layout and overall design are representative of the name Shure. They are a tad stiff like I mentioned earlier, but they are new and I'm sure as I use them more often they will get better. I like the detachable cord so you can store and trasport them. There is also a straight cord that can be purchased for those who aren't into coiled cords. But buy them for the sound.
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