The Best Headphones for Bass Lovers.
I like big bass and I cannot lie. The surging popularity of bass-heavy headphones, from Beats to Sol Republic have sent one message loud and clear: bass is king! This round up of the best bass-head headphones evaluates these headphones bass on how hard the bass hits. Not only that, but how the headphones handle other parts of the music as well. Sometimes bass heavy headphones will muffle the vocals, which can hurt the overall sound. It’s like listening to a song playing at a party next door. You want the best headphones that will give you an awesome sound and will able to rattle your bones with the bass.
We will separate the outstanding over-ear bass headphones from the pretenders. We will also highlight the best bass earbuds. Sir you want earbuds for the gym or commute, these earbuds will deliver the deep, bassy sound you’re looking for in a tiny package.
1. Sol Republic Tracks HD Headphones
Sol Republic has a unique approach where they let you choose mix and match to find the best headphones for your preferences. There’s the V8 (Tracks), V10 (Tracks HD) and V12 (HD Ultra) headphones. The other options involve the color that you want. Surprisingly, the V10 (HD Ultra) headphones are the ones that had, by far, the best bass response. The V12 sounded flat overall, and in fact I would not recommend it unless you were listening to mostly acoustic music.
Sol Republic’s headphones also have tremendous build quality. The solid plastic strip headband is flexible like the “Street by 50′, although it doesn’t have the same memory foam padding. It’s not quite as comfortable as the Streets, but they are more lightweight and the music doesn’t ‘bleed out’, which makes them more commuter friendly. They are also about $100 cheaper. So if you want mind boggling bass headphones but can’t quite justify the $250 price tag of the Street by 50 headphones, the Sol Republic’s are a quality buy.
2. V-MODA Crossfade LP Headphones
These headphones, when it comes to overall sound quality, are actually the best sounding headphones. They can handle almost every genre of music you can throw at them. They especially shine with electronica and other types of dance music. They also have a great sense of 3-d soundstage, which lends itself well to live music or watching movies. The reason that the V-Moda’s fall to number 3 on this list is that they don’t have the bone rattling bass that the above two headphones do. Don’t get me wrong: the bass is powerful. But not quite in the same league as the Street by 50 headphones.
The look and feel of these headphones is great. I love the steel plates on the outside that give it a techno-industrial feel. The detachable cloth-covered cables and hard-shell case are also very nice extras. It’s no wonder that USA Today declared them 2012’s ‘headphones of the year’.
3. Ultrasone HFI-580 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones
The Ultrasone headphones are one of those headphones that are good at everything. They can handle classical music just as well as dubstep. They manage to give to great clarity and detail in every track you throw at it. The Ultrasone’s are compatible with Dolby’s S-Logic surround sound technology, so if you manage to set it up, you can watch movies and have an amazingly immersive experience. These headphones are great companions to your laptop, especially if you do a lot of mixing, production, or watching movies on your laptop.
1. SMS Audio Sync Headphones
Following in the tradition of the Beats headphones craze, these Street headphones manage to improve on the weaknesses of Beats and make for some truly durable and heavy-hitting headphones. As bass-heavy as Beats headphones are, SMS Audio headphones have more of a thump. Putting on the comfortable faux-leather memory foam ear-cups was like entering a club. The dark and bassy sound means that even poor quality tracks sound good. The noise isolation of the headphones is also top notch. The one problem is that noise bleeds out of your headphones. The headphones keep music out, but everyone around you can easily hear the music you’re listening to. If you’re commuting on a busy train or flight then this would be a concern. If you’re using them at home then it’s not a problem.
The best feature is the sturdy build quality. The super flexible polymer construction means it can bend like no other headphones I’ve tried. You can sit on them, throw them in your backpack and these headphones will come out fine. The only way you could break the headband is if you stood on them and twisted. They are that sturdy.
Best Bass Earbuds
If you want to take your booming tracks to the gym or otherwise would prefer some earbuds, or IEM’s as they’re called, these are the most bass-friendly earbuds around.
1. Klipsch Image S4 Enhanced Bass Earphones
These headphones are listed #1 on our list of ‘best headphones under $100‘ for a reason. The soft oval ear-tips fit nicely into the ear and deliver some of the greatest sound you can hear in headphones outside of the $300 price range. The bass-enhanced earbuds deliver quite a punch. They also work well with portable devices like iPhones and iPads. Most models feature a convenient inline remote where you can control your music when you’re on the go. Here’s a quick tip for more bass in portable devices: download a free Equalizer app and turn up the bass. Usually that will give your earbuds the extra little kick they need.
2. Sennheiser CX300B MKII Earbuds
That’s right, Sennheiser has made it on a list of ‘bass-head’ headphones. These earbuds are not your typical Sennheiser sound, however, as they are designed with bass-heads in mind. The bass is so deep, even, that it can muddy the mid-range a bit. For that reason it comes in number two to Klipsch, which sounds similar but still manages to keep the vocals and other parts of the sound clear as day. These Sennheiser earbuds are a great budget buy though, as they are frequently in the $20 range. For that they make a great set of bass-head earbuds that you can take to the gym.