15 Best Bass Headphones in 2017
Pick one of the hardest hitting bass “cannons” you can get right now.
Updated for 2017.
While Beats by Dre are good bass headphones, if you keep reading, you will find out many that are much better.
We admit that Beats are better than average “no name” headphones you get in a supermarket, but …
… comparing them to our selection of bass headphones, would be the same as comparing apples to oranges.
How can we say that, you ask?
Well, we can’t make you believe with words, but we bet once you try our top pick for best bass headphones, you will know.
Below are 15 headphones that excel in bass and most of them are better than any Beats headphones.
- Comparison Table: 15 Best Bass Headphones
- What to Look for in Over-Ear Bass Headphones?
- 5 Best Over-Ear Bass Headphones Reviewed
- 2 Best On-Ear Bass Headphones Reviewed
- Vote for Your Favorite Over-ear Bass Headphones!
Comparison Table: 15 Best Bass Headphones
JVC Kenwood Victer HA-SZ2000
|Fostex USA TH900||Yamaha PRO 500||Beats Solo3 Wireless||Denon AH-D600 Music Maniac||V-MODA Crossfade M-100||Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2||Sennheiser Momentum 2.0||JVC Kenwood Victer HA-SZ1000||Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2|
|Price||$$$$ ($120-$200)||$$$$$$$ ($500+)||$$$$$$ ($300-$500)||$$$$$ ($200-$300)||$$$$$ ($200-$300)||$$$$$ ($200-$300)||$$$$$ ($200-$300)||$$$$$ ($200-$300)||$$$ ($80-$120)||$$$$ ($120-$200)|
|Drivers||55mm (subwoofer)||50mm||50mm||Dual||50mm||50mm||40mm||40mm||55mm (subwoofer)||53mm|
|Cable length||4ft (1.2m)||10ft (3m)||4ft (1.2m)||/||10ft (3m)|
|5ft (1.5m)||4ft (1.2m)||4.6ft (1.4m)||4ft (1.2m)||4ft (1.2m)|
3.5mm optional cable
Comparison: Best Bass Headphones under $100
|Model||Sony MDRXB800 Extra Bass||Monster® Inspiration ANC|
Sennheiser HD 201
|Philips Rich Bass SHS5200/28|
|Price||$$$ ($80-$120)||$$ ($30-$80)||$$ ($30-$80)||$$ ($30-$80)||$$ ($30-$80)|
|Cable length||4ft (1.2m)||4ft (1.2m)||10ft (3m)||10ft (3m)||5ft (1.5m)|
|Connection||3.5mm - gold plated||3.5mm - gold plated||3.5mm - gold plated||3.5mm - gold plated||3.5mm - gold plated|
What to Look for in Over-Ear Bass Headphones?
Driver size = Sound quality
The bigger the driver size, better the sound quality. This is one of the rules that is usually true for headphones. And when it comes to playing bass it is no different. The best bass headphones have at least 50mm drivers or bigger.
To really hear every bass tone in your music, you need big drivers to provide the physical structure for best sound production. Small drivers just don’t cut it.
One big benefit of over-ear and on-ear headphones is comfort. If they are big, heavy and bulky, doesn’t mean they have to be uncomfortable. In fact, since they are already so big, manufacturers make them extra soft and comfortable to wear.
If you plan on wearing these on long trips, at home or even for sports, you want them to fit tightly while never irritating your ears, even after long hours.
Most over-ear and on-ear models are much more comfortable than the alternatives, but at the same time, make sure the model you want is not badly “comfort-designed”.
Durability (you don’t buy these every day)
Since you don’t buy headphones like that every week you need them to last. A good pair of headphones can cost a small fortune. You don’t want to spend it on something that is likely to break in a few months.
Do you plan to carry your headphones with you?
Then you must pick a well-made product designed with durability in mind. Not all expensive headphones are also durable.
Quality materials, especially strong fabrics touching around your ears will make your headphones last longer.
5 Best Over-Ear Bass Headphones Reviewed
A “Basshead’s” must-have!
Disclaimer: These headphones require a powerful amplifier and right EQ settings to get the most bass out of them.
These Japanese headphones are our first choice when it comes to bass. JVC HA-SZ2000 play bass better than 99% of other headphones.
If you think yourself a “basshead” and haven’t yet tried these, you aren’t a real “basshead”.
These closed-back over-ear headphones are deemed as one of the best bass headphones by many headphone enthusiasts… and for a good reason. (won #1 bass headphones on Head-fi.org”)
The flagship product of JVC which has put in all the technology known to them has made these, compete with the best.
When it comes to playing complex sounds where single drivers would struggle, these headphones never seem to have a problem or to be trying too hard.
THE bass! You will experience a new level of bass, unless you’re already used to high-grade audiophile headphones. You can be sure these will surpass or at least match the best you’ve heard in this price range.
With regular iPod or tablet output you can listen to them loudly, but really come alive when connected to a good amplifier. Equalizer is almost a must-have if you are more demanding and have a specific taste of how your music should be played.
Without an amplifier these headphones won’t produce the level of bass they’re capable off. Keep that in mind.
Other ranges are overpowered by the monster lows so they don’t come alive, but this is what basshead headphones are all about anyways.
In the end, being called “bass cannons” would be the most suitable name for these cans.
Big plush ear pads will fit even the biggest heads. The weight needs some getting used to, but since these are serious headphones this is to be expected.
JVC HA SZ2000 headphones are meant to be enjoyed in the comfort of your home sitting or lying down, the heavier design doesn’t bother that much in this situation. Of course you can still take them with you outside.
Sound isolation is about average, it’s not horrible, but not great either. The good thing is you can replace original ear pads with better isolating ones.
In the end, big high-end headphones, which these are, are usually very comfortable and these JVCs are no different.
Featuring double drivers; 50mm drivers for deeper tones and 33mm drivers for higher tones. The 50mm driver is basically a sub-woofer which makes deeper tones extra low for a headphone.
The double driver design is a bit special and unusual for headphones, but doesn’t seem to have any disadvantages, quite the opposite.
The design is bulky and strong, and seems these headphones can survive quite a lot of punishment. This is why they are quite heavy, but this isn’t necessarily bad.
You do have to understand that the casing hides 2 big drivers inside which makes them big.
The only thing that is lacking is a slightly longer cord. Make sure to have an extension if you plan on using these at home.
The price is quite good, for all the technology you get, other brands would usually charge you more money. This makes this model very good value for money.
If you’re looking for a pair of high-grade, comfortable, well made headphones that play bass like a pro JVC HA SZ2000 headphones should be your first pick.
- BASS… you didn’t experience before from any headphones
- Well-made, quality materials for long life
- Great value for money, could’ve easily charged more
- Equalizer friendly
- Short cord
- A bit heavier
- Require an amplifier
Here is another masterpiece by Yamaha.
This well-known Japanese music instrument maker has created high-end, audiophile, over-ear headphones.
The sound in these is full of detail, while bold and loud at the same time. They are very easy to drive and you can get high volume out of them with laptops and phones.
The bass is prominent, but balanced. You can hear the deep lows like they were intended, plus get clear mids and trebles as well.
If you’re looking for overpowering deep bass, these are not for you. With Yamaha PRO 500 you get rich balanced bass, the way bass was originally intended to be heard.
If you want bass above everything else, get JVC HA SZ2000 above.
These are heavier than alternatives and might be a bit uncomfortable if you’re not used to wearing heavier headphones.
Their size also fits bigger heads so if you have a really small head you might have a problem fitting them comfortably without jiggling. At the same time, this is good news for people with bigger heads. You won’t have any problem wearing these at all.
The noise isolation these offer is only passive, and really depends on the environment. In really silent rooms others will be able to hear your music, but outside on the street you will hear the outside sounds just enough to avoid any accidents.
The design is quite sleek and looks similarly to many popular, well designed headphones. “Some say these look like Beats copycats.”
Durability wise, these are sturdy and able to withstand the everyday use. One of the possible problems might be their weight, though you seem to get used to it after a while.
Overall you can see the high attention to detail and aesthetics that Yamaha has put in creating this pair of cans, and we surely appreciative it.
If you’re looking for stylish, big and loud, over the ear headphones that play rich and balanced bass, Yamaha PRO 500 are your best choice.
- Rich, balanced bass
- Clear mids and highs
- Quite loud without an amplifier
- Stylish, sturdy design
- Heavier than average
- More suitable for bigger heads, thus uncomfortable for smaller ones
The V-Moda brand is one of the most popular headphones brands in the world.
These over-ear, closed back headphones easily compete with other bass headphones and excel at overpowering bass.
If overpowering, punchy bass is what you seek, these are great for you.
When it comes to clarity of mids and highs these can’t compare to JVC HA SZ2000 or Yamaha PRO 500, but what these do have is loud, punchy, overpowering bass that makes every song sound different than before.
Overall the sound is still great and can easily compare to other audiophile headphones in the same price range.
Using an amplifier is very easy and you’ll get a high enough volume out of them on a regular smartphone as well.
The only drawback is their comfort for people with bigger ears. Smaller, shallow pads can be an issue and in some instances people report excessive sweating around the ears.
This doesn’t mean they are uncomfortable, you can still easily listen to them for hours, as long as you don’t have a big head or big ears.
Another great thing about Crossfade M-100 is their noise isolation. With very good passive isolation, people around you won’t be able to hear what you’re listening to or if you’re listening to anything at all.
You on the other hand, will still be able to hear some environment sound (but not too much) at lower volumes, just to make sure you know what’s going on around you. This is always useful when traveling.
The design of these is very prominent and easily distinguishable for those who know something about headphones. Specific V-Moda design will steal attention in public which is never a bad thing.
The build quality is great. Made out of quality materials that give you the confidence to take these headphones with you, anywhere you go, without any fear of breaking them. You can feel the sturdiness and quality of materials by touching them.
For a portable, durable and stylish option that sounds great and excels at overpowering bass, V-Moda Crossfade M-100 are your top choice.
- Punchy, overpowering bass
- Great overall sound quality and clarity
- Quality, sturdy build that will last
- Stylish, recognizable design
- Overpowering bass might be too much for some people
- Might be uncomfortable for people with larger ears
Considered as the best overall portable headphones for many people, Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 headphones are definitely among the best you can get in the price range.
These are over the ear design with closed back for extra comfort and sound isolation.
While this new model is slightly more expensive you still get a lot of value out of high-grade audiophile headphones that won’t leave you disappointed.
The sound is crisp and clear with strong bass to make every genre of music sound good. These are not suitable for people looking for flat response, but for those who like a more dynamic balance of highs, mids and lows.
You’ll get them quite loud on your smartphone or regular MP3 player so there is no need for an amplifier, though you can still use it.
The real advantage of Momentums is their clear, balanced sound no matter what genre of music you’re playing. This makes them very good for portable headphones for everyday use and even for working out.
The bass response is accurate and detailed which will make audiophiles happy, as long as you’re not expecting these to be “bass canons” you will be very happy with the sound signature.
Overall comfort is very high. They made them bigger to fit bigger heads as the old 1.0 model used to be a bit small.
They are quite light. This makes them very comfortable and you can wear them for hours without any pain or fatigue.
Ear pads are made out of memory foam covered by leather which gives them a premium look.
The metal headband loosens over time to fit you perfectly, if you feel like they are a bit tight at first.
The sound isolation is quote good as the leather pads protect you from noise interference, perfect for commuting.
Durability wise, you can put them through a lot of physical stress without fear of breaking them. Quality metal ear cups and headband will last you years if you take decent care of them.
Timeless design that fits any outfit and occasion makes them very versatile in their use. Detachable cables and foldable structure help with that.
The mic and in-line remote are compatible with modern smartphones, there are 2 models, one for Android and the other for iOS (iPhone), so make sure to pick the right one.
In the package you get a nice carrying bag, airplane adapter.
If you like dynamic sound with strong bass without overpowering other ranges in a durable, comfortable and portable design, get Sennheiser Momentum 2.0.
- High-end sound, clear and balanced
- The right amount of bass
- Comfortable even after hours of wearing
- Durable design that lasts
- Increase in price from 1.0 model
Here is another great product from Sennheiser.
These light-weight bass-rich over ear headphones are hard to beat.
For the price that you are paying you’re getting great bass response, even though it can’t really compare to the models above. The HD201 is after all a budget model.
They are not better than professional “several hundred dollars headphones” these are better than any other generic over-ear headphones you can buy in a regular store. For a very low price which is ranging around $20 they are a steal.
The HD201 model features stereo crisp bass acoustics to give you an above average music experience.
If you’re looking to get this model you are probably not an audiophile willing to spend hundreds on a pair of headphones, but instead want something affordable that is still good.
Sound quality is very good for such cheap headphones, the level of detail and soundstage are nothing spectacular, but considering the price you will have a hard time finding better sounding headphones in this price range.
The bass is punchy and give the music a good rhythm, but doesn’t overpower other ranges too much.
This brilliant set of headphones prides itself on providing great noise isolation and outstanding comfort at a low price.
The ear pads are slightly smaller, but very soft. If you have a bigger head you might want to try them first or consider some bigger model, but for most people these should be comfortable.
They are very light because of their plastic design, this also helps with comfort.
Generally, they feel quite “plasticy” but this is to be expected from such a cheap model.
As long as you don’t abuse them too hard, they should last long enough, in any case you get 2 years warranty if the suddenly die out.
For the best value for money, standard over ear design headphones with strong bass, pick Sennheiser HD201.
- Very affordable high quality headphones
- Nice details and bass for the price
- Comfortable, soft ear pads
- Sennheiser quality
- Low end price range, so can’t compare to high-end
2 Best On-Ear Bass Headphones Reviewed
The Beats Solo 3.0 are a powerful contender in the wireless headphones space, especially if you are invested in the Apple products ecosystem.
Beating out many other respectable headphone brands, the Solo 3.0 delivers a comfortable and lively listening experience, with a commanding low-end presence.
What’s in the Box?
Your unboxing experience will certainly not disappoint, as the Beats Solo 3.0 arrives in a well-thought package that forecasts the quality inside.
- Beats Solo 3.0 Wireless headphones
- USB charging cable
- Analog 3.5mm RemoteTalk audio cable
- Carrying case
- Quick start guide
- Warranty card.
You won’t receive a dedicated charger or USB power converter, but you likely have one of those already, or you can simply charge them from your computer.
These are Beats, so we need to talk about that bass, and yes, there’s plenty of it.
The great thing about the Solo 3.0 is that the low frequencies are not so overbearing that it totally eclipses the rest of the listening experience.
Bass is strong and punchy, with a good amount of articulation. There can be a little bit of competition with the low-mid frequencies with certain music genres or tracks.
Mids are consistent and allow for great vocal clarity, whether listening to music, playing movies, or listening to podcasts.
The highs are present and certainly not too bright. If anything, the treble range can lack the brilliance and shimmer you might expect for cymbals or higher frequencies.
The balance between the lows and highs is improved when listening at higher volume levels, but the low/mid interaction can become more noticeable as well.
Separation is good, yielding a reasonably wide soundstage that isn’t excessive. This is great for movies because it seems to keep the listening experience in focus.
The sound quality of the Beats Solo 3.0 in wired mode is not as crisp and strong as other premium brands, but wireless performance and quality are superior to most.
The Solo 3.0 is a noticeable improvement in the Beats catalog, providing an overall great listening experience for modern pop, hip hop and EDM genres.
Previous Beats detractors and haters might want to give the Solo 3.0 a listen, as the extreme bass coloring of older models has been better and controlled and balanced.
And fans of the original Beats by Dre sound signature will quickly begin to appreciate the added bass quality and refined articulation.
For a smaller on-the-ear design, Beats delivers a very comfortable set of headphones with the Solo 3.0.
The lightweight construction allows for a secure fit that doesn’t feel too tight or clamp too hard, although users with a large head size may feel some discomfort.
Soft leather trimmed earpads rest easily on the ears without pushing too hard against the upper ear, allowing listeners to wear glasses without too much pressure.
The drivers inside the earcups are also covered with a soft padding that adds to the overall comfort level.
Even though they are lightweight and feel plush, there is a surprising amount of ambient noise isolation. This is great for focused listening in an office or in public.
While you may not want to do a lot of strenuous exercise with the Solo 3.0, the headband has good grip that keeps the headphones in place for most activities.
Some users with larger ears or head size may find that the earpads can cause the ears to get warm and possibly uncomfortable after an hour of use.
The Beats Solo 3.0 features a basic design that is minimalistic yet remains true to the Beats brand contemporary style, and it is available in several tasteful color options.
The lightweight design features a lot of plastic, but it feels solid and sturdy nonetheless. The headband has good reinforcement that holds up well.
The earcups have a decent swivel range for a comfortable fit, but they can rattle a little bit when carrying the headphones (this does not affect audio quality).
For Apple device users, the Beats headphones will easily and automatically pair with all devices on the user’s iCloud account once the first device is paired.
Wireless audio connectivity range readily exceeds 50’, making these one of the better wireless headphones from a connectivity standpoint.
With a playback time surpassing 40 hours and two more hours with a five minute charge, it’s hard to find another set of quality headphones that will beat that.
The standby power mode helps extend the battery life as well.
One of the few downsides (and a rather minor one at that) is that the included carrying case could be a little more robust to match the rest of the product quality.
A standard one-year warranty is provided. This is simply ok, since other premium brands can offer a 2-year or even a 3-year warranty on their headphones.
The Beats Solo 3.0 wireless headphones deliver solid value and robust performance that is suitable for bassheads and modern music listeners alike. Apple users should definitely consider these for their classy style and effortless compatibility.
- Strong bass response, but not overdone
- Great sound quality in wireless mode
- Lightweight design & very comfortable
- 40+ hour battery life
- Long range connectivity
- High frequencies lack detail at lower volume levels
- Basic carrying case for a premium product
- Leather trimmed earcups can get warm after 45-60 minutes
For the cheapskate bassheads only!
These cheap on-ear headphones offer great bass output that you would expect from other more expensive headphones.
While they are quite small in size they don’t disappoint in their performance.
The sound quality will surprise you.
The highs and mids are accurate and crisp which is uncommon for such cheap headphones…
… and the best part is the bass.
Because of the airflow bass really comes alive and makes music a lot more dynamic and lively. This is many people use them for sports.
You can’t ask for better sound, these are superb.
The fit is quite tight and may be uncomfortable for people with big heads, but generally people report comfortable fit even when doing sports.
The ear hook design works well keeping the headphones on is very easy, you just need to get used to the feeling of wearing them.
The drivers almost touch your ears because the cushions are very thin but firm, so comfort is is good and your ears will not sweat either.
These headphones are air free in other words, everybody around you can hear what you are listening to.
There is basically no passive noise isolation and you leak sound at higher volumes, it’s good to keep this in mind in public.
The special nylon protected cord is built for durability and tangle free experience. It looks like fabric but is actually very strong and doesn’t tangle at all.
They are made out of plastic as you’d expect from under $20 product, nothing special, just bare basics.
If this is not your thing then you should choose some other headphones, but for this kind of money you’ll have a very hard time finding the same quality bass, especially from a reputable brand like Philips.
If you’re looking for dirt cheap headphones that produce above average bass, get Philips Rich Bass Neckband.
- Great bass sound for the price and size
- Very cheap
- Comfortably light
- Tight fit that doesn’t jiggle
- Might be too tight for some people with bigger heads
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