SRH144by Shure

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TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
79%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Shure's SRH144 headphones deliver well-balanced sound at a bargain price, with sparkling high notes, well-defined high-mids, and ample but not extremely powerful bass.
  • The lightweight, comfortable and collapsible plastic headband is topped by a metallic brushed finish that makes the band look like it's made of metal.
  • The leather ear pads slide up and down vertical tracks on the headband, offering a surprisingly good fit.

CONS

  • The semi open-back design lets in some external sound; it also leaks sound out. If you don't want to bother others with your tunes, maybe the 144 isn't for you.
  • R&B fans are better off with Shure's bass-focused SRH145.
  • The 144 lacks accessories. Shure's SRHm+ offers an inline remote and mic for $10 more.
This headphone carries an astonishingly low list price of only $40, while supplying both the stylish looks and audio quality of a much more costly set of cans. Like its siblings, the SRH145 and SRH144m+, the SRH144 is produced by Shure, a company that first made a name for itself in high-end professional headsets. The 144 isn't as heavy on bass as the 145. Also, in contrast to the 145's closed-back design, the 144 is a set of semi open-back on ear headphones, with all of the advantages and headaches of that type of design.
NameSRH144GrindMajor IITMA-2Solo 2
ManufacturerShureSkullcandyMarshall HeadphonesAiaiaiBeats
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List Price$40$60$119$145$200
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At $39, the Shure SRH144 has the look and performance of a far more expensive model. With a focus on crisp high-mids and bright highs, the S…

At $39, the Shure SRH144 has the look and performance of a far more expensive model. With a focus on crisp high-mids and bright highs, the SRH144 still has plenty of bass, and doesn't distort, even at top volumes—though, the SRH145, also just released, focuses more on bigger bass, if that's your thing.

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80%

The build is quite solid...The ear pad is soft and comfortable...By design, the headphone is still pretty big even folded up.

The build is quite solid...The ear pad is soft and comfortable...By design, the headphone is still pretty big even folded up.

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80%

What the SRH145 may do best is to stay out of the danger zone at both ends of the frequency spectrum. Bass is punchy and full, providing a h…

What the SRH145 may do best is to stay out of the danger zone at both ends of the frequency spectrum. Bass is punchy and full, providing a healthy pulse for electronic and hip-hop tracks, while treading judiciously when it comes to lighter acoustic tracks.

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Shure has made a name for itself for professional grade headphones, such as the SRH1540s. Their reputation raised expectations that their ch…

Shure has made a name for itself for professional grade headphones, such as the SRH1540s. Their reputation raised expectations that their cheaper headphones would benefit from the performance of their more expensive models. The Shure SRH144 Portable Semi-Open Headphones (MSRP: $39.00)—along with the similar SRH145s—are the cheapest models in Shure’s lineup, but the 144s are only a decent listening experience that benefits mostly from...low price.

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The competition is heating up for high-performance budget headphones, and these two new Shure on-ears, the SRH144 and SRH145, are bona fide …

The competition is heating up for high-performance budget headphones, and these two new Shure on-ears, the SRH144 and SRH145, are bona fide contenders. They sound the same, and sell for the same price; the difference is the SRH144 semi-open design lets you hear sound in your environment, while the SRH145 closed-back design hushes external noise.

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Shure's new SRH on-ear headphones come in two sonic flavors. The SRH144 offer "extended range." That basically means more natural, balanced …

Shure's new SRH on-ear headphones come in two sonic flavors. The SRH144 offer "extended range." That basically means more natural, balanced sound with better high-frequency response than the SRH145, which are a bass-heavy model meant to appeal to the crowd that might otherwise be shopping for Beats by Dre.

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Unfortunately, the SRH144s completely break down in the sub-bass and lower bass audio ranges. The distortion translates into fuzzy, cracklin…

Unfortunately, the SRH144s completely break down in the sub-bass and lower bass audio ranges. The distortion translates into fuzzy, crackling sounds that can disrupt your music. Fortunately, you'll mostly notice this in extremely bass-heavy music.

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