It is not easy to find a pair of earbuds that sound perfect for all music types. One main factor that separates different types of music, and different types of earbuds, is bass.
Headphones with huge bass will be great for lovers of hip-hop and dance music, but won’t sound natural or well-balanced when you use them for classical or acoustic music. The Fiio F9 are a good example of these. Check out the reviews of top bass earbuds below.
The Beats co founder once said “People aren’t hearing all the music”. This wasn’t just a marketing ploy. By saying this he means most people miss a substantial amount of bass in the music they are listening to.
As a recorder and producer he wants people to hear that big bass. Beats by Dre fuses their strategic marketing campaign together with their signature sound and appealing designs. They have been motivating other headphone makers to include enhanced bass in their headphones as well.
Bass heads looking for huge bass aren’t too concerned with neutral and precise sound. The FiiO F9 earbuds aren’t all about balanced sound, but they are all about that bass.
They have the best build quality for the price and the technology in the hardware is high-end. These earbuds blast bass with a 9.2 mm dynamic driver and dual balanced armature drivers which deliver bass and detailed, clear sound.
The detachable earpieces are a great feature because you can replace the cable if necessary.
[wp-review id=”4663″]The Aurisonic Kicker are truly bass heavy earbuds which carry great bass depth and impact. Not only that, but they sound smooth and pleasant over all ranges. These earbuds are 3D printed so they contour brilliantly to your ears and are very comfortable.
The headphones are lightweight and solidly built with a rugged cable which is detachable. This is a safety feature to keep the headphones from being damaged or broken by an accidental tug on the cord. The eartips provide a solid, snug fit.
The Aurisonic Kicker earbuds aren’t cheap, but based on the bass they offer, similar sets cost much more.
Featuring a 9.4mm Dynamic Driver, the Pioneer SE-CX8 earbuds bring you a unique listening experience. Once you crank the volume up, these earbuds are able to shake your ear canals and they do vibrate at low frequencies. The bass impact is huge, however the bass overall is moderately deep while mid-range are slightly recessed and highs are quite pleasant. Note that if you play music at low volumes, the bass will calm down and may not offer enough bass for your taste.
In order to deliver a big bass impact the housings are quite large and the cable is somewhat heavy. It is a plus that the cable can be detachable and is flat to resist tangles.
With 16 mm dynamic drivers, the Sony MDR-XB90EX delivers incredible bass depth and impact. The sub-bass is especially phenomenal and considerably refined even on high volumes. In addition to the extremely punchy bass, the Sony MDR-XB90EX earbuds also deliver clear and precise mid-tones and treble making them perfect for listening to a wide range of music in addition to bass-heavy music.
These lightweight extra-bass earbuds come with an serrated, tangle-free cord and are very comfortable to wear over long listening sessions. The angled nozzle design and earbud housing with assist fitting do a good job of keeping the earbuds from falling out.
The Sony MDR-XB90EX may not come with inline controls or a microphone, but the combination of class-leading bass performance and durable build quality in a lightweight package makes them an excellent buy for bass lovers in this price range.
Exceptionally punchy and powerful bass performance
The HiSoundAudio HW2 earbuds stand out among other bass earbuds not only because of their wooden construction, but also their solid bass performance. The earbud housings, which are built from rosewood, are small and lightweight. The overwhelming bass is obtained from the 9 mm drivers offer deep and powerful bass. The mid-range and treble are clear but quite crunchy.
The cable is bright red and tangle-free, but it is quite stiff, making it difficult if you want to wear the headphones over your ears. The HiSoundAudio HW2 earbuds come with six pairs of eartips and a carrying case.
Overall, the HiSoundAudio HW2 deliver good and balanced sound performance with an emphasis on bass at a very attractive price.
Deep bass and big bass impact
Wooden construction and design is not to everyone’s taste
The RHA MA-750 earbuds are well-built and sound great. They come with a durable and thick, tangle-resistant cable which also has soft four-inch earhooks on the earpieces ends for over the ear wear style. These bassy earbuds are constructed solidly with stainless steel and definitely have a premium feel to it.
One drawback of most bass earbuds is that they overwhelm you with bass instead offering crisp details and a pure listening experience. The RHA MA-750 earbuds, however, manage to overcome this by delivering a nice clean sound that includes prevalent and punchy bass. The impact of the bass doesn’t reach the level of XB90EX, but it sounds great.
The full, well extended treble and bass enhanced mid-range gives an overall recessed style, V-shaped sound profile. These earbuds deliver a notably rich and deep low-end bass performance, even at high volume levels. The mid-bass of the MA-750 earbuds is decent, but clearly the focus of the low-ends tends to be on sub-bass, making the sound too bassy at times. The mid-range is also clear and smooth, while the treble is bright and well extended.
Stainless steel housings make these earbuds heavier than their competitors, but the weight is barely noticeable while wearing them over-the-ear. Additionally, they stay comfortably and fit evenly in you ears.
Beats Tour 2.0 are another set of bass head earbuds offering extreme bass performance and flashy style in an eye-catching package. These lightweight earphones feature a convenient, tangle-free flat cord that lets you store them in your pocket without worrying about messy cord knots. Other convenient features include a built-in microphone and inline remote with 3 buttons for volume, playback and call functions.
The earphones come with 4 pairs of ear tips as well as 3 pairs of wing-tips (also called earhooks). The eartips ensure a perfect, customized fit into the ear canal and provide effective noise isolation. The wing-tips lock the earbuds in the ear, keeping them from falling out. These features make Tour 2.0 perfect for fitness activities.
The Tour 2.0 pumps a lot of bass in a smoother manner than the MA-750 earbuds. Even the most subtle and low-end bass tones are present, but note that these earbuds don’t focus much on sub-bass. The treble is also smooth, not edgy or over extended, while the mid-range is relatively flat and sometimes overshadowed by the bass.
The Sony MDR-XB50AP are bass oriented earbuds. They should offer solid, adequate bass for anyone. Though the bass impact and depth may not be on par with more expensive pairs, the high build quality is a selling point for buyers who look for quality earbuds with a decent amount of bass.
Note the the bass is slightly boomy – check out Sony MDRXB50AP’s frequency response.
The S1 earbuds come with a very nice carrying case which includes all the accessories you need for a snug and comfortable fit. Though the earbud housings are quite big, the dual dynamic driver earbuds have a bass-heavy sound that is strong and rumbling. That being said, some users have complained that the bass could be more prominent.
Other affordable basshead sets like JVC HA-FX101 and Popclik String also are worth checking out. They both offer heavy, strong bass. This type of sound signature is usually accompanied by bloated sound, but these pairs still carry on a level of clarity that ensures you won’t miss what makes the tracks sound great.
The Fiio EX1 earbuds deliver excellent, balanced sound with a durable, quality build. They are robust with aluminum housings and a Kevlar intertwined cord. The Fiio EX1 earbuds sound clear and refined across all ranges. Unlike other earbuds that might be on your short list, the FiiO EX1’s sound tends to be more natural. ‘
They offer an adequate amount of bass that isn’t too overwhelming and keeps the low-ends crisp and tightly controlled. The mid-range is sweet while the bright and clear treble is easily one of the best on this list. Overall, the sound stage is expansive and spacious. In addition, these are a more comfortable set by design, and the eartips can only insert shallowly into the ear.
Balanced sound across all levels
Durable and lightweight
Bass is good but not exceptionally rich and deep
Slight sound leakage
No inline mic or controls
What is Bass and why do people love Bass?
The sounds played at the lowest frequencies we hear refers to bass, which ranges from 10Hz to 200Hz. Bass is considerably good in earbuds if it has some levels of impact and depth, too much bass will make sound less detailed.
People who like strong bass in the music
Good to go, the rhythm is quick and sometime aggressive
Bass is overwhelming but less crisp
Again bass is prominent and interfers other ranges
Read more about why people love bass. This article pointed out that the reason we react to bass is because it is similar to the sound of your mother’s heartbeat. Because of this memory imprint, your brain pays more attention to sounds with low-frequencies than sounds with high-frequencies.
There is also a study showing that less experienced listeners tend to prefer more bass and attention to the low-ends, while more experienced listeners prefer a more natural, well-rounded sound. Do your age, gender and experiences affect your preferred amount of bass? Please comment below!
Who shouldn’t buy bass heavy earbuds?
If your favorite music genres are classicalor acoustic, you should avoid bass heavy earbuds.