by Adam MolinaAugust 15, 2016

Bass is one of the most divisive aspects of sound. Some people prefer to have headphones and speakers that gives their music a little extra power in the low end while others prefer more of a neutral sound that blends with the music. Loving one or the other doesn’t make you any more of a music lover than someone else, but it is crucial to your own personal enjoyment. Sound is a very personal experience and whether you consider yourself an audiophile or a bass head, we hope this list will help you out. We split it into five different categories, each with a “best” pick and a bang for your buck pick. They range from the most comfortable to the bassiest headphones and everything in between.

Best All-Around

V-Moda Crossfade M-100

V-Moda is one of those companies that is gathering a large following in consumer audio. Not everyone is a fan, but those who are swear by more than a few of their headphones. If you want a pair of headphones that are good at everything, check out the V-Moda Crossfade M-100. These have an industrial design complete with exposed screws and metal. On the outside of the ear cups are interchangeable metallic plates called “shields” that V-Moda sells separately with a few different designs. But their main purpose is to help passively block outside noise. They let you focus on what’s important: the sound. Each ear cup has a 50mm driver baked into it which gives the M100s an impressive sound throughout the range. They aren’t the most accurate headphones you’ll find on this list and they don’t have the strongest bass, but if you want a little bit of both then these are a good choice. You can use the Crossfade M100s throughout the entire day, since they can be easily used whether you’re sitting at a desk or on-the-go. When not in use you can fold them at the hinges and toss them in the included hard shell carrying case. The V-Moda Crossfade M100s come in four different color options, with the white model coming with a matching case as well. With an impressive 4.5 out of 5 star rating, bass heads and audiophiles can both find something to like about these.
Bluetooth
No
Noise Cancelling
Noise isolating
Water-Resistance
No
Size/Weight
4.5 x 7 x 9.5 inches/ 280 g
Pros
Good soundFoldable design
Cons
Not too durable

Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2

When searching for quality sound at a good price, you’ll probably come across Audio-Technica. The company has been around for a while and has a great reputation that stems from their knowledge of sound. The ATH-PRO700MK2 come from a long history of good products, but these are given an extra push in the low end. Similar to the V-Modas these have a good all-around sound, but if you’re looking for a slight push in the bass these might be perfect for you. DJ headphones tend to have a stronger bass just because of the environment they’re used in. That’s not to say that the rest of the frequency range is ignored, it’s just not given as much prevalence. That is definitely the case with the ATH-Pros. You won’t have to worry about comfort thanks to the padding on the ear cups and the headband, and they also can fold down nicely for travel. These have 53mm drivers in each ear cup that were specially designed for the environments that DJs find themselves in. It’s hard to hear the low end of your music in a loud setting, and Audio-Technica took that into account when designing these. The closed-back design, emphasis on bass, and swiveling ear cups make them perfect for DJ’s sure, but they also make them a solid pair of headphones for anyone who enjoys a stronger bass. If you’re into bold colors you’re out of luck here, because the ATH-Pros are only available in black with minimal silver accents. As is the case with most AT headphones, these come with two detachable 1.2m cables (coiled and straight). You’d be hard-pressed to find a pair of Audio-Technica headphones that don’t have a good score on Amazon, and these are no exception. With over 100 reviews these have an impressive 4.1 out of 5 star rating.
Microphone
No
Bluetooth
No
Noise Cancelling
No
Water-Resistance
No
Size/Weight
7.5 x 11.5 x 10.2 inches/ 305 g
Pros
Defined bassswiveling ear cups
Cons
Proprietary cables

Best for Accurate Bass

Sennheiser HD 650

For this category we're leaving the world of punchy extravagant bass for more of a neutral sound. And if you want premium flat sound, it's hard to beat a Sennheiser product. Specifically the HD 650s in this case. Though they’re not exactly brand new good sound doesn’t age, and these sound great. They have a wide frequency range and an open back design to help you get a more natural sound out of your music. If you thought the ATH-M50Xs had a flat sound, wait until you hear these. Though open-backs headphones aren’t always practical for use with mobile devices, that’s even more-so the case with the HD650s. Not only because of the sound leakage that occurs, but because of how they connect to source devices. They end in a 1/4” connector and though they do come with a 3.5mm adapter to plug into your phone, don’t be fooled. They aren’t meant to be used with your average smartphone. Will it work? Sure. But if you really want to get the full experience out of them you’re probably going to need a decent portable amp as well. There’s a reason Sennheiser is on this list twice, and these are them. These are comfortable enough for all day listening, and have a nice and neutral sound if you’re into that. Not to mention that the HD650s are made of lightweight aluminum and only weigh about .6 pounds. With over 400 reviews on Amazon these have an amazing 4.7 out of 5 star rating. If you want to see why so many enjoy Sennheiser, give these a shot.
Pros
Sound qualitySoundstage
Cons
Ends in 1/4' jack

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro

Im not much of a car guy but German engineering is a thing right? That must bleed over into headphones as well because Beyerdynamic has consistently had great quality headphones for both audiophiles and the average person. But the Custom One Pros combine the two, so if you want accuracy at home and bass while on the go these are perfect for you. What makes these headphones so unique is a small slider on the bottom of the ear cup that lets you choose between four different sound style: light bass, linear, vibrant bass, or heavy bass. Say you’re listening to something classical and would prefer not having too much embellishment on your music, you can simply slide it over to “linear” which has the flattest sound. If you then want to switch it up and listen to some EDM, you can slide it over to “heavy bass” and everywhere in between. These headphones can be as versatile as your music taste. Besides having a fairly customizable sound, you can also customize the way your headphones look with different colors. There are 16 included designs in the box and you can get more at their website. On top of that you can also replace the ear and headband pads if you get bored with the ones they come with. Though these arent exactly inexpensive at $199, they are definitely worthy of the “Bang for your buck” title purely because of how much you can get out of them. With a 4.1 out of 5 star score on Amazon its hard to not recommend these.
Microphone
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Noise Cancelling
No
Water-Resistance
No
Size/Weight
10 inches x 5 inches x 6 inches/ 290 g
Pros
Clean soundAdjustable bassComfortable
Cons
Build Materials

Best for Strong Bass

JVC HA-SZ2000

Accurate headphones are great, but sometimes you might not want to hear a balanced sound. Sometimes you just want to strap tiny subwoofers to your head and call it a day. If that sounds like something youd enjoy, then the JVC HA-SZ2000 headphones are the subs for you. The design doesnt look like anything special, but its the build quality that makes these perfect for bass. These really do have an insane bass, but you wont hear any annoying rattling regardless of how hard you push them. The build is that solid. A big bass doesnt mean a reckless low end. The HA-SZ2000s exercise control over every aspect of the low end, it just emphasizes them. Comfort shouldnt be a problem either because even though these are a fairly large pair of cans, they have equally large padding made of synthetic leather. If you find yourself needing these to be a little more compact you can always fold them at the hinges as well. If you consider yourself a bass head, you have to give these a try. With more than 50 reviews on Amazon these have a solid 4.4 or of 5 star rating.
Microphone
No
Bluetooth
No
Noise Cancelling
No
Size/Weight
12 x 10.3 x 4.7 inches/ 498 g
Pros
Super strong bassFoldable design
Cons
PriceHeavy

Sony MDRXB800 Extra Bass

If you’re not a fan of Beats or don’t want to shell out too much money, then the Sony MDRXB800s are the way to go. Sony doesnt really make bad audio products, and these are proof. The MDRX700s were a favorite among Sony customers but since those were discontinued, these are the next best thing. The MDRXB800s are an inexpensive pair of headphones for the average bass lover, but they give also do justice to the mids and highs. Large 50mm drivers push the big sound and thanks to the comfortable padding you can listen for as long as you want. Though these are technically over-ears, the paint more closely resembles on-ears in that theres no depression to fit around your ears. Instead they sit flat on top of them which is a little weird if youre not used to on-ears, but youll get used to it. As is the case with all of the headphones weve looked at so far, that can also fold down for travel. With a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon, these are at least worth a listen.
Bluetooth
No
Noise Cancelling
No
Water-Resistance
No
Size/Weight
4.8 x 4.8 x 10.4 inches/ 289 g
Pros
Controlled bassPrice
Cons
Design

Best Features

JBL Everest Elite 700

If you want a pair of headphones with a slightly emphasized low end and a sleek design, theres always the JBL Everest Elite 700. As a company that makes audio products for the average consumer, JBL is king. Their products usually score pretty high on the performance-to-price ratio and though these arent cheap, theyre worth it. These have a fairly unique design, with most (if not all) of the angles being rounded off for a smooth aesthetic. The ear cups have a good amount of padding for those looking listening sessions, and theyre also slightly angled for a better fit on your ears. The padding helps to passively block outside noise which, when added to the active noise cancelling, means you can successfully block most annoying noises. While using wirelessly with ANC these should get you around 15 hours of constant playback and can last even longer if you hardwire them to your source device. These also have a something called TruNote technology which calibrates the dinner to your ears with the push of a button. If youre not a fan of the way it sounds when you try it out you damn always adjust the sound manually via the JBL app. These dont have much of a score to go by on Amazon, but reviews across the internet have been very positive.
Bluetooth
Yes
Noise Cancelling
Yes
Battery Life
15 hours
Size/Weight
3 x 6.7 x 7 inches/ 303 g
Pros
Active Noise CancellingSolid build
Cons
Price

Monster Inspiration

These were far from bang for your buck when they were first released, but now that theyve dropped in price the Monster Inspiration headphones are worth a look. Even though Monster parted ways with Beats long ago, that didnt stop them from continuing to make their own headphones. The Inspirations are a large pair of over-ears with a strong bass and modern design. The headband is made of a smooth leather and has a good amount of padding for comfort. But if you werent a fan of the rounded off design of the Everest Elite 700s, maybe youll like the smooth angles of the Inspirations. Large rectangular ear cups share the same leather padding as the headband and fits great on the head. Though these are a fairly large pair of headphones, they do have hinges built into these headband for folding. They also come with three detachable audio cables. Two of which have mics and remotes specially designed for either iOS or Android devices so you wont be left without functionality because of your phone preference. These headphones can usually be found for around $100 on Amazon where they have a 4.1 out of 5 star rating. Depending on what color you think best suits your style you can choose from black, white, silver, and space grey.
Microphone
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Noise Cancelling
Yes
Water-Resistance
No
Size/Weight
5.91 x 2.36 x 5.12 inches/ 299 g
Pros
Active Noise CancellingComfortable
Cons
Requires AAA batteries

Best Comfort

Beats Studio 2.0

You know we can’t talk about bass without bringing up a Beats product. For better or for worse, Beats is a name that always comes up when discussing headphones with a strong bass. In this case it’s a good thing. You can’t argue that the Beats brand doesn’t put an emphasis on the low end, but that can be a good thing if that’s how you prefer to listen to music. Audiophiles will scoff at Beats because they don’t have an accurate sound, but the average person really could care less. More bass is more fun, and if you want a booming bass you probably want the Beats Studio 2.0. You’ve probably already heard, or at least seen the Beats Studio headphones. If you haven’t, it’s worth a trip to your local electronics store to try it out before you pull the trigger on buying them. The Studio 2.0s also have a few neat tricks that make it great for personal enjoyment despite it’s “Studio” name. These have adaptive noise cancelling built in which should remove most of the annoying sounds you may encounter on flights or public transportation. You can also fold them at hinges for easy storage. Battery life is spec’d at about 20 hours when being used with ANC turned on. On top of that they have a built-in mic for hands-free calling should you need it, and a few handy playback controls built into the headphones as well. You probably don’t need us to tell you but if you wanted a strong bass in your headphones, then Beats are a great option. And the Beats Studio 2.0s are on top of the food chain. They have a over 1,800 reviews on Amazon and a 3.8 out of 5 star rating to boot.
Microphone
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
Noise Cancelling
Yes
Water-Resistance
No
Battery Life
20 hours
Size/Weight
7.28 x 9.57 x 4.52 inches
Pros
ComfortableActive Noise CancellingBattery life
Cons
Price

Skullcandy Crusher

Another pair of headphones worth mentioning are the Skullcandy Crushers. Not only do these have a good amount of padding for optimum comfort, but they have a built-in amplifier to help give a little more power to the low end. For many high end headphones you need an external amp to really power the headphones to their optimal abilities, and while the Crushers aren’t exactly what you would consider “high end” they definitely benefit from the built-in amp. A single AA battery is all you need to keep it going strong for up to 40 hours of constant playback. Normally battery life applies to the longevity of the headphones when it comes to Bluetooth and ANC, but the power coming from your mobile device most likely isn’t enough to power the internal amp. If the battery dies on your you’ll still be able to use the headphones just fine, just don’t expect the complete low end experience. These even have an auto-off feature that automatically turns off the amp after 10 seconds of not being on your head or if you unplug it from the phone. If an internal amp powering your every basshead need sounds like something you’d be interested in, you can usually find the Crushers for less than $100. They also have an impressive 4.4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.
Microphone
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Noise Cancelling
No
Water-Resistance
No
Battery Life
40 hours
Size/Weight
8.89 x 0.39 x 1.35 inches/ 399 g
Pros
Built-in AmpAdjustable bassPrice
Cons
Require AA battery

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