Audio-Technica ATH-M50x vs Shure SRH440

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x review
vs
Shure SRH440 review

If you are looking for a quality sound let me share my thoughts having tested over ear closed back headphones Shure SRH440 vs Audio-Technica ATH M50x. Both models come with a wire.

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Features

With quite a low impedance of 44 and 38 Ohm the models Shure SRH440 vs Audio-Technica ATH M50x both have a great sound quality with mobile devices and MP3s. The range of frequency response is very wide with 15Hz-22KHz and 10Hz-28KHz. The sensitivity is represented by 105 vs 99 dB respectively.

Sound

The sound of Shure SRH440 is very bright on highs and mids but the lows lack a bit in sub-bass. Still, they will satisfy most listeners. The brightness of trebles may seem even sharp with some tracks.

I like the live reproduction of sound in Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. The music is engaging for casual listening, still it is detailed and clear for mixing. The sound is full at all ranges including crisp highs, distinct mids, and strong bass. The trebles are not fatiguing. Of course, the soundstage is not expected to be wide, but it is recouped by noise suppression by the closed cups.

Comfort and design

For the type of over ear headphones they are quite light with 310 vs 285 g. Adjustable headband allows it to fit comfortably on the head. Large cups sit tightly and soft. They are unfoldable for the Shure SRH440 unlike for the more compact Audio-Technica ATH M50x.

Detachable cable allows to interchange it with an audio cable and makes it safer when tangled over something. Both headphones feel nicely on the head and I can wear them comfortably for hours.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x pros and cons

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x pros and cons

Pros

  • Great audio device with a neutral sound for casual listening, mixing, and recording
  • Comfortable fit and reliable built of materials and joints
  • Swivelling and foldable ear cups add portability to this model

Cons

  • Leaky sound from ear cups is not the best to use them for travelling, office etc

Shure SRH440 pros and cons

Shure SRH440 pros and cons

Pros

  • Good balance of sound ranges
  • Quality and sturdy built
  • Comfortable fit without tightening for long listening sessions with large and soft cups and adjustable headband

Cons

  • Noise isolation level is limited by natural suppression with closed cups only, will leak at loud volumes
  • Bulky and cumbersome design is not the best to carry out

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
8.3
Shure SRH440
7
10
7
Shure SRH440

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May 27, 2020

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Common

Product

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
Shure SRH440

Model

ATH-M50x
SRH440

Brand

Audio-Technica
Shure

Reviews

14076
894

General

Wearing style

over ear
over ear

Enclosure

closed back
closed back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

45/1.7
40/1.5

Impedance, Ohm

38
44

Frequency response, Hz

15Hz-28KHz
10Hz-22KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

0.3

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

99
105

Magnet type

neodymium
neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

285/10
310/10.9

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

300/9.8
300/9.8

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5
3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

App control

Control functions

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

has not
has not

Bluetooth version

has not
has not

aptX

has not
has not

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

has not
has not

Bluetooth profiles

has not
has not

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

has not
has not

Battery life, hrs

has not
has not

Charging time, hrs

has not
has not

Charging port

has not
has not

Charging cable

has not
has not

Speed charge

has not
has not

Battery free listening mode

has not
has not

Battery level indicator

has not
has not

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

has not
has not

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
Shure SRH440
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
Shure SRH440

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.3
  • 7
  • 8.3Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
  • 7Shure SRH440

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is better headphones in this comparison. Check Audio-Technica ATH-M50x price