|Fair enough for music, however if you don't like bass why not listen to $10 tinny earbuds? Why pay more for phones with deeper, cleaner bass if you don't want bass?
What the hell!? Is bass all that should be produced accurately, to hell with other frequencies? We look for accurate and detailed bass (lack of large pressure of bass does not mean the bass frequencies are not there and clearly audible BY YOUR EARS, just not by your bones perhaps what you guys seem to be looking for), same for midrange and treble, big soundstage with accurate placement of instruments through that space, realistic timbre of instruments (acoustic. electronic is more mixer/master dependant), speed and decay and no congestion of sounds.
Tell me about 10$ earbuds that has even slightest idea about hifi sound.
Hifi is NOT about all bass and screw the rest, it has never been since audiophile hobby started. Bass is just part of big picture. Strong eardrum rattling bass is a different area all together.
Headphones have difficulties to play strong bass without messing up other frequencies because there is only one driver that has to do it all. Thats why many headphones with balanced sound lack serious power in sub-bass, and thats why bass heavy headphones often have recession problems in its midrange. Headphones have always been about compromises compared to speaker world, not to mention live-instruments. What headphones can offer over speakers is accuracy and detail for much cheaper price and no need to fiddle with room acoustics. Intimacy is a bonus too, no need to worry about bothering others.
This is coming from person who likes bass that can be felt. But I leave that stuff to speaker world.