My 2 cents. I wouldn't call myself a bass head, but I sure appreciate some good bass. And let me tell you, the HE-400's bass is pretty damn good. When it comes to aspects of the HE-400's sound that may potentially worry you, the bass shouldn't be one of them. In no way would I call it anemic. If your recording has a strong bass line, you will hear it. No bass EQing here. It's plenty hard hitting as is imo, but it does respond very nicely to a bass bump.