Bass head? Don't be ashamed. If you're looking for headphones that will place two subwoofers next to your ears, you've come to the right place. We've found headphones that let you feel the music through the side of your skull. It can be hard to tell which headphone actually has the best bass response, as they all mention having thunderous lows. We've spent hours scouring the internet reading forums and music sites to find you the actual best bass headphones. These bass headphones are so powerful that they can be damaging, so use with caution.
We'll quickly discuss a few considerations to make when selecting your headphones so you will have an idea of how we ranked the headphones. This should also help you be confident you are selecting the best bass headphones for your needs. For example, are you looking for pure bass? Or do you want an overall strong listening experience will accentuated low ends? Picking right bass headphones for you is crucial, as these can be quite the investment. Let's get started!
V-MODA Crossfade M-100
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0
Considerations When Selecting The Best Bass Headphones
With the rise in popularity of EDM and Hip-Hop, consumers are now looking for an accentuated bass response in their headphones. EDM music is usually centred around a strong kick with frequencies in the 40 - 100Hz range with sub frequencies usually sticking around the 10 - 40 Hz. The average listening can pick our frequencies as low as 20 Hz. Having a headphone that achieves this threshold is obviously essential (most do), although some bass heavy headphones are capable of delivering frequencies as low as 4 Hz.
So what makes a pair of headphones 'bass headphones'? While they are not too far off of regular headphones component wise, there are a few characteristics that will make a headphone more bass heavy.
- Driver Diameter
The driver refers to the 'speaker' of the headphone. Similar to regular two-way speakers, the larger diameter driver will do a better job at handling the lower frequencies and push out thumping bass. For strong bass headphones look for driver diameters around the 30 - 50mm mark.
- Bass Specific Features
In order to increase the bass response, some companies have specifically added features to get more low end. Look for features such as the bass vibration inhibition cylinder in the JVC HA-SZ2000 (this allows the bass to be increased without causing any distortion). Another that come to mind is the dual driver technology from V-MODA. This separates the drivers into specific frequency ranges (similar to a two-way speaker) and prevents any cross contaminating.
- Frequency Range
While this may seem important, having a set of headphones that can produce down to 1 Hz isn't going to make a huge different in the bass response. While the average listening can pick up frequencies down to 20 Hz, many headphones are capable of going much lower. While this will give you more sub frequencies you can feel, too much a you may run into issues with clarity. Hypothetically, if your driver was able to reproduce frequencies as low as 1 Hz, then your driver would physically move forward and back once every cycle. While this wouldn't be audible, it would still be physically impacting the driver of the headphone. This could potentially take away from the ability to produce clear audible signals if your driver was taken up producing a ton of inaudible frequencies.
- Comfort, Durability, and Price
The basic considerations of other headphones still apply. While you may be after bass response specifically, you will dread putting them on if you find them uncomfortable. While not as important as DJ headphones, the durability should still be top notch. For most, these headphones will be an investment and should be as durable as possible. Meaning, the least amount of plastic as possible with individually replaceable parts. Luckily for us, the most bass heavy headphone also happens to be the least expensive. Like everything else, the quality range of headphones can be huge. It is unfair to compare a $50 headphone to a $300 headphone. Hopefully you can find a few features you are willing to sacrifice (portability for instance, if you are planning on listening to them primarily at home or at work) and a few features you really want. Knowing what you will appreciate the most is the first step in selecting the best bass headphones for you.
Below we've selected and rated our favourite bass headphones on the market. We've first ranked them by bass response, and then for overall listening quality. They are order in best bass response (also lowest to hight price-wise). Enjoy!
Our Top Picks For The Most Bass
- Most bass out of all headphones
- Specifically designed for strong bass
- 4 Hz - 29 kHz
- 30 mm driver diameter
- Brass vibration inhibition cylinder
If you are simply looking for the best bass, the HA-SZ2000 is by and far the winner. They were specifically designed to deliver a huge punch. Luckily, the other bands of the frequency spectrum are not compromised by the overpowering bass. While most people pick up these Japanese imports specifically for the powerful bass, many have commented on the good overall sound quality.
While you won't get the overall subtleties of a high end audiophile headphones, these do outrank everyone else in terms of bass. It's not surprising that these headphones are built like a tank. With such thunderous bass you are going to need some heavy components. Hopefully you are willing to sacrifice a little portability for the level of bass these provide.
They are surprisingly responsive to EQ changes. This is good because although the highs come through over the bass, the mids are a little muted and require some EQ boosting to come through.
Take note this will require a break-in period (approx. 80 hours). Once broken in, they really come to life with monstrous bass. Additionally, while not required, using these headphones with a microphone amp will give them extra punch.
The only negative comment we have is with the ear pads. They tend to be a bit shallow so your ear touches the inside of the driver. Many people have remedied this problem using the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00OLKV5LI” locale=”US” tag=”audiogearlab-20″ cart=”n”]Brainwavz Replacement Memory Foam Ear Pads[/easyazon_link]. Throw these on and the headphones will be much more comfortable.
Bottom Line: The best bass by far. If you are looking for a set of headphones equivalent to two subwoofers next to your ears, these are them.
V-MODA Crossfade M-100
- 50 mm dual diaphragm driver
- Great sound isolation
- Very durable
- Great bass response
The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 is one of the most popular headphones on the market. They have a reputation of being a very well built headphone that has an amazing sound quality. There are a ton of great features to talk about with Crossfade M-100.
First up, bass. The duel 50 mm dual diaphragm driver is capable of delivering bass frequencies as low as 5Hz. A unique feature of the M-100s is the dual diaphragm driver. Having a separate diaphragm for the bass frequencies allows the driver to separate the bass from the mids and highs (similar to a two-way speaker) - resulting in strong bass with clear mids and highs. This results in some of the most powerful bass on the market. V-Moda has put a lot of work into allowing these headphones to have loud bass without any sound distortion. Unlike the HA-SZ2000, these weren't specifically designed for bass. While the bass response is still top of the market, the entire frequency spectrum is represented in a way that these can be used for any type of listening.
The Crossfade M-100 doesn't only excel in sound. The build quality is also fantastic. These headphones were designed to be durable, rugged and comfortable. It uses a steel frame with a STEELFLEX headband - allowing the headband to bend and flex without cracking. V-MODA boasts that this headband is virtually indestructible. A great feature to have when you are making an investment with these headphones. The cable/ 45 degree plug can be bent over 1 million times (100x the industry standard). It has also been designed to withstand high and low temperatures in both humid and UV intense environments. Long story short, you will have a hard time breaking these headphones. If you do manage to break your headphones, V-MODA will discount you 50% on your next pair!
Comfort also needs to be mentioned. While some people found the ear pads not to their liking, we actually find the headphones to be very comfortable. They sit nicely on your head and the memory foam cushions form nicely over the side of your head. The snug fit gives these headphones a nice sound isolation. This prevents any background noise from bleeding in, or your music from bleed out.
They also fold down into an incredibly small package. This makes them incredibly portable. They are perfect headphones for everyday listening. Due to their strong bass response and durability we also recommend them for DJ headphones.
Bottom Line: While they don't have a bass response as powerful as the HA-SZ2000s, their overall strength makes them one of the best headphones on the market today. If you are looking for a headphone that has amazing overall features, as well as a strong bass response, these are your headphones.
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0
- Great bass response with strong overall sound detail
- Incredibly comfortable
- Strong design
- Very durable and portable
- Premium headphone
Another very high quality headphone from Sennheiser. It's difficult these days to put together a list of the best headphones without including something from Sennheiser. The Momentum 2.0 is one of Sennheisers most popular headphones. Sennheiser took all the feedback from the original Momentum headphones and has turned out a hugely popular second version. Every part of the Momentum 2.0 is quality. They also happen to have an extremely strong bass response, hence they've made our top three.
As soon as you open your Momentum 2.0s you will be reminded you've bough luxury headphones. Every aspect of the Momentum 2.0 is designed to be sleek, comfortable, and durable. Let's first start off discussing the sound quality and bass response.
While the bass frequency isn't as low as the other headphones on our list (16Hz - 22kHz) it still goes well below the audible range. Where the Momentum 2.0s do come out on top is in the overall sound quality and detail. These headphones give you a level of detail that is only represented in very high end headphones. They have a tight control over the attack with clear renderings of decay. This makes them perfect for someone looking to hear all the subtleties of their music while still having extra punch on the low end.
Secondly, they are extremely comfortable over ear headphones. You will have no problem wearing these for long listening sessions. Their durability is also very strong as they are built with minimal plastic pieces. You'll note they have a very minimalistic design with a low fashion profile (opposite of the Crossfades). They fold down nicely, making them very portable. Only good things to say here.
Bottom Line: One of the best premium headphones with the best bass response. If you are serious about listening to your music and require a top notch headphone, these are your choice!