The 7 Best Bass Headphones

Taking the time to choose the best bass headphones is a process that needs to be taken seriously. If you are passionate about your sound like me, it is important to ensure that no stone is left unturned. The bass headphones chosen will likely spend hundreds and hundreds of hours pushing pure sound into your ears, so it’s vital to ensure the most effective pair for the money.

After all, paying $500 for headphones that look good, have a recognizable name, and provide an okay amount of bass clarity is one thing. Paying $100 or so for headphones from a relatively obscure brand such as Koss or Audio Technica that provide absolute smooth, pumping bass is a different animal altogether.

Luckily for you, I have spent a significant amount of time performing accurate due diligence, ensuring that the strongest showings were tested and detailed. Below, I’ve curated a list of some of the best headphones for bass lovers.

Things to Consider Before Purchasing Bass Headphones

If you are in the market to purchase a new pair of bass headphones and are in the process of doing your own due diligence (much like I have), you might find yourself completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information and statistics being thrown at you. Fancy words such as impedance, sound neutrality, frequency responses and more can be utilized to rate and describe bass headphones. My guide provides this information and explains the most vital aspects of each pair of headphones, so they can accurately be compared and contrasted without getting too in the weeds.

Quality of Sound and Quality of Bass

While other aspects are important, when it all boils down, my top consideration is always going to be sound quality. It should be noted that interested parties will have different needs and that this is dependent on the type of music being listened to. Additionally, quality metrics are also dependent on the sound quality to the individual buyer. We all hear things differently.

Customers who mainly listen to rap, hip-hop, and electronic dance music (EDM) will want to look for pairs of headphones that are mainly bass-centered. However, if you are more in tune with the classical music, it will be more advantageous to find headphones that provide emphasis on high- and mid-level frequencies.

Furthermore, if you plan to listen to multiple genres of music like I do, it might be better suited to grab a pair of bass headphones that provide a strong balance between high, mid, and bass frequencies.

Impedance and Power of Bass Headphones

Impedance is one of the measures that I will be using for comparisons of these selected best headphones for bass. It is the amount of power required to properly run the headphones at the desired output, period.

  • If some headphones have an impedance of up to 32 ohms, they are low impedance, which means that they will work properly, without needing an amplifier.
  • Also, If headphones show an impedance level between 32 ohms and 100 ohms, they can typically work properly without needing an amplifier, however, this is wholly dependent on the device having the power necessary to run them (iPhones can’t handle bass headphones with impedance levels above 100 ohms)
  • Finally, if headphones have impedance levels above 100 ohms, this means that they will most definitely need an amplifier for them to work properly.

Impedance is something also taken into consideration in my guide on the Best Studio Headphones.

Bass Headphone Utility

The utility is almost as vital as the quality of sound and bass when selecting a new pair of bass headphones. This is the second thing I look for, and I generally carefully compare comfort levels, portability, and overall design (closed, semi, or open).

Regarding comfort, it is important to check reviews and test out options to determine which pair of bass headphones will provide the best comfort through extended use. Some factors that weigh into this are the weight of the headphones and cushion type and quality of the ear pads and headband.

In regards to portability, most bass headphones on my list are collapsible and can be folded inwards to reduce the amount of space being taken up. Additionally, some of the headphones on my list also come with some form of hard or soft shell case to store the product in to prevent wear and tear from the elements.

Regarding overall design, it is important to denote the difference between open-back and closed-back bass headphones. Open-back headphones are built with some space for noise to escape. This is the preferred option for sound mixing, as bass frequency buildup inside the ear cups is prevented. Alternatively, closed-back headphones are often recommended for recording, as they prevent external sounds from causing feedback in the recording microphone.

My Selections for the Best Bass Headphones

  • Koss Porta-Pro
  • JVC HA SZ 2000
  • Sennheiser Momentum
  • V Moda Crossfade M 100
  • Audio Technica ATH M50 X
  • Bose Quiet Comfort 25
  • Sony MDR 1R

Koss Porta-Pro

  • Frequency Range: 15 Hz to 20 MHz
  • Impedance Level: 60 Ohms
  • Design Style: Open back

Koss? Koss. The Koss Porta-Pro is the absolute oldest headphone that is still being produced to this day. Unchanged since its initial release in the mid-1980’s, the Porta-Pro is a stalwart option in bass headphones.

Koss’ headphones are known for two things: their portability and comfort. The Koss ComfortZone has a slide to adjust the pressure of the ear pads and headband against your head. Its collapsibility makes this the ultimate in portability. These headphones also provide crisp, balanced bass, and texturized and detailed highs and mids, sufficient for both audiophiles and bass enthusiasts.

For a slightly higher price, you can get the headphones that I most recently used: the Porta Pro Wireless. These are hands-down the most portable best bass Bluetooth headphones on the market.

JVC HA SZ 2000

  • Frequency Range: 4 Hz to 29 MHz
  • Impedance Level: 16 Ohms
  • Design Style: Closed back

These bass headphones have been developed with one goal in mind: production of clean, heavy bass. They work similarly to subwoofers, producing strong beats from the ear cups. It should be noted that, as these are bass focused, they might not be the strongest option in this list for audiophiles looking for pinpoints on the highs and mids.

The JVC HA SZ 2000 is rather bulky compared to alternatives, weighing in at almost a pound, and the product has a low Ohm range, requiring an amplifier to really provide the crispness of the bass. As stated, the bass level in these headphones is incredible, far above the other options in this list. However, the amp requirement, price point, and lack of portability put these on a level playing field with the remainder.

Sennheiser Momentum

  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 20 MHz
  • Impedance Level: 18 Ohms
  • Design Style: Closed back

The Sennheiser Momentum is comprised of beautiful leather and metal and is the most aesthetically pleasing of the bunch. Additionally, the product is very light, weighing in at under seven ounces. However, it cannot be folded, so it lacks a bit in overall portability. However, it comes with a padded hard case for travel.

The quality of sound, from what I noticed, is very high. The bass is deep and accurate, while not as in-your-face as other options. The mids and highs are still crisp and clean, giving this an all-around focus on the audiophile, while still retaining the necessary bass notes for the bass-head in us all.

Another good feature of this option is the low impedance level. This allows the headphones to be used with phones or portable music players.

V Moda Crossfade M 100

  • Frequency Range: 5 Hz to 30 MHz
  • Impedance Level: 32 Ohms
  • Design Style: Closed back, over ear, circumaural

The V Moda Crossfade headphones have an appeal that is geared towards those bass enthusiasts on the hunt for a listening experience that is focused on the bass notes. The Crossfade M 100, which also made the list of Best Studio Headphones, is a great middle ground between audio lovers and bass lovers.

This product has metal hinges specialized for V Moda products, that fold inwards if dropped, protecting the ear cups. The product is lightweight, at under 10 ounces, and the closed back design assists to block noise from entering. The headphones have two 50mm diaphragm drivers, beautifully separating the bass from the mids and highs.

In a similar class to this is the V Moda Crossfade Wireless, which works in a similar fashion to the M 100, but costs a little less and is our choice for the best bass Bluetooth headphones.

Audio Technica ATH M50 X

  • Frequency Range: 15 Hz to 28 MHz
  • Impedance Level: 38 Ohms
  • Design Style: Closed back

The Audio Technica ATH M50 X is the gold standard for studio headphones and works perfectly as bass headphones as well. With a priority placed on quality of sound, they are the opposite of the frilly Beats options currently on the market.

The headphones are lightweight, plastic, and minimalist. The earcups are foldable, providing strong portability. The sound quality is incredible, with textured, proper balanced sound and high audio fidelity. The bass is crisp and beautiful. The only issue I found with use is that the sound imaging could use a little upgrade.

If you spend some time looking around for gently pre-owned ATH M50 X options, you will be looking at some of the best bass headphones under $100 that exist on the market today.

Bose Quiet Comfort 25

  • Frequency Range: Not available
  • Impedance Level: 32 Ohms
  • Design Style: Closed back

Bose has been in the game for a while. The Quiet Comfort 25 is a solid, high-quality headphone for travelers on the hunt for reliable noise-canceling options. This is far and above the gold standard for noise canceling headphones that currently exists.

While the design is a bit dated, the pros outweigh the cons. The headphones are portable and foldable, and I have used these on a ten-hour plane ride without any issues. These are some of the best bass wireless headphones as well. They run on a single AAA battery that provides almost 40 hours of continuous listening.

The quality of sound is well above average as well for bass. It has tight notes and solid clarity with highs and mids. On the whole, this product provides strong sound. It is also the only noise canceling option on the list, although this comes at a price.

Sony MDR 1R

  • Frequency Range: 4 Hz to 80 MHz
  • Impedance Level: 24 Ohms
  • Design Style: Closed back

Sony is the most recognizable brand in audio, period. No stranger to quality, the MDR 1R continues this drive to sound overhaul, with an average-weight, highly adjustable studio bass headphone. The Sony MDR 1R is comfortable, providing slight pressure to maintain placement.

The quality of sound is the best on my list, with only the JVC option beating it out regarding the bass levels. The MDR offers strong, detailed, textured sounds, with instruments appearing on their own instead of a mess of sound. The bass is extremely clear, with some noticeable thump power compared to alternatives.

My Overall Recommendation

If you are in the market for some new bass headphones to take your listening to the next level, the options above will all satisfy your needs. However, if forced to choose one to reign supreme over the others, I would go with the V Moda Crossfade M100. The M100 is a beautiful combination of solid build, portability, design features, and sound quality.

Its sound capacities are punchy and powerful, and the bass comes through with force. This all occurs without drowning out any of the other sound frequencies. It is the perfect option for both bass fanatics and audiophiles.

A solid runner-up is the Audio Technica ATH M50 X, especially if using them to mix music. As I stated in the Best Studio Headphones guide: “These headphones are the perfect option for lower budget home studio sessions, and work great for everyday use, as they are classified as “heavy duty”.

Regardless of your selection, I’m hopeful that the above guide and seven solid options provide you with some further information on what kind of bass headphones are preferred above others.

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