This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
First Look: Shure SRH1440 Professional Open Back Headphones hands-on
About Video Transcript

First Look: Shure SRH1440 Professional Open Back Headphones hands-on

2:35 /

The SRH1440 headphones are comfortable and ruggedly built with highly detailed sound that will surely thrill audiophiles.

Hey guys I'm Justin -- from CNET and this is your first look at he sure SRH 1440s. The first thing you're gonna notice about these headphones is their giant. Price tag. I had 400 bucks there's really no doubt that this is a pricey accessory but is it worth it will be answer isn't really as simple as you think. There open back design and high sensitivity rating means that they're really meant for listening to music at home through a procedure or a headphone amplifier. Nothing's really stopping you from using them with a portable music player however. But the lack of remote control on the headphone cable here and their bulky frame probably limits their appeal outside the house. So from an aesthetic point of view these headphones are just as good as any reference monitor over your -- that you'll find. Every pain point you'd find on standard headphones like -- plug. The -- hardware and cable attachments are all pretty heavily reinforced to give -- strength over the long term. In short actually includes two identical sets of seven foot cables just in case. The also come with an extra set of ear pads. Which are -- Steve Guttenberg found really comfortable and -- to Wear especially combined with the padding on the under side of the head. Finally you also get a soft travel case that houses the head phones and accessories. So what is an open back design had found. -- that basically means the ear pads it lightly over your here with -- that led an ambient noise sort of the opposite of noise canceling headphones. The benefit is that opened back style headphones generally allow more space shall listening giving your music more debt and direction. In terms of the SRH 1440s. Steve enjoys the bright tonal balance between two speakers but somewhat at a cost of peace and justice. Still these are a whole different class of headphones in the beats by doctor -- for example. And again you're gonna get much better performance at home with -- powered amplifier as opposed to an airplane or a busy subway car. -- back to their overall about structurally the -- -- -- age 1440s are among the more comfortable full size headphones we've tested. -- unlikely there in the bright and clear school but not so great if you really want that head shaking -- -- -- generous two year warranties certainly bounces out that cost however. And if you're an audio file shopping for one pair of headphones to last a lifetime and don't mind spending the money on the investment in short -- -- age 1440. -- definitely recommended. Check out cnet.com for more compared to reviews and photos but that's gonna do it for now. I'm Justin -- these are the short SRH 1440 headphones and that sounds.

New releases

The Armor A60 portable drive can...
2:10 October 24, 2014
CNET editor Dong Ngo did some blah blah talking and then a real-world drop test on the Silicon Power Armor...
Play video
Macan: Meet the very different...
21:47 October 24, 2014
Porsche Macan marks the beginning of several chapters for the carmaker, plus a new list of the safest cheap...
Play video
Help battling robots cause even...
6:03 October 24, 2014
This week on Crave, we take a closer look at the Hendo hoverboard, fly on a Virgin Galactic spaceship, and...
Play video
Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2: A...
2:00 October 24, 2014
The C5 Series 2 sounds better than the original and is one top in-ear headphones for less than $200.
Play video
Mr. Coffee gains some smart home...
2:27 October 24, 2014
The $150 Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew Smart brews 10-cups at a time and can be controlled by the Wemo mobile a...
Play video
The Philips 100W Equivalent LED...
1:20 October 24, 2014
We tested this bulb to see if it's a better buy than GE or Cree
Play video
Breaking open iPads, Groupon's...
2:54 October 24, 2014
The iFixit team reveals the secrets inside the new iPads, Groupon mimics Yelp, and Microsoft kills the free...
Play video
Vizio P series: Good and cheap...
2:31 October 24, 2014
The highly anticipated Vizio P series is among the cheapest 4K TVs available and delivers a very good picture,...
Play video