I've been away from the headphone scene for quite a while and I'm wondering what the best in ear headphones are that are less than $50 and are strong in the sub bass department. Now, to clarify, I'm not looking for bass heavy headphones, but headphones that can hit low, so low that you no longer hear it but feel it. However, I still do enjoy my mids and highs :) I'm not sure if such headphones exist in this price range, however I can reach a little higher price if possible, but only a little. Any suggestions?
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Sub-Bass for $50 or lesspost #1 of 226/3/12 at 7:22pmThread Starter
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You might not believe me at first, but the Philips SHE3580 offer true sub-bass and are under $10. I own a pair and have also listened to dozens of $200-ish headphones and IEMs, and the ability to reach low to the sub-bass region is better on these $8 IEMs than most high-end headphones. With that being said, the rest of the presentation of the SHE3580 is decidedly of lower-quality with somewhat poor instrument separation, detail, and clarity -- though their sound signature is still balanced, and not overpowered by bass. I thoroughly, thoroughly recommend them for the price and for sub-bass.
It's all about finding what works for you. If you've been spoiled by high-grade IEMs with incredible clarity, these won't cut it. But if sub-bass for electronic or rap music is your number one priority, these will put a huge smile on your face. You can read some more impressions here:post #3 of 226/3/12 at 8:01pmpost #4 of 226/3/12 at 8:03pm
Sub-bass on the cheap means you will be missing something elsewhere in the sound. I have been enjoying JVC HA-FX101's for around $20.00 and hearing some depth, but when I switch to a detailed IEM, I find out what i've been missing in the highs and part of the mids.post #5 of 226/3/12 at 9:09pm
Yup, ...the SHE3580 has got really impressive sub-bass for such a cheap IEM, ...the bomb in them starts coming out after 50hrs of burn.
Even if they don't meet your taste, they're really only $8 ...so no biggie !post #6 of 226/4/12 at 12:11amThe JVC ha-101s are pretty much better than the she3580 in detail, clarity, and accuracy (as far as you can get with bass phones). Probably better suv-bass as well. Makes you feel like there is actually multiple drivers with an actual sub woofer.post #7 of 226/4/12 at 1:49ampost #8 of 226/4/12 at 2:43am
+1 for the fx101's I love these great lows good clarity and detail. For 16 bucks and some change you get a lot for your dollar. Out of the box they are a little muddy once burned in they open up bass tightens highs get more detailed.post #9 of 226/5/12 at 11:54am
Might also want to take Pioneer's Basshead SE-CL721 into consideration:
I don't own them myself, but a friend of mine just got them recently so I had a chance to audition them for an hour or two when we met up. The only song I had on me at the time with any meaningful bass was Ageispolis by Aphex Twin. My impression was pretty positive. The bass extended pretty darn low - and more surprisingly - was clean and relatively tight throughout. If I were in the market for sub-bass IEMs for $50 or less, these would definitely be a contender for me.
BTW, the MSRP on these just happen to be $49.99.post #10 of 226/5/12 at 6:58pmThread Starter
I ordered the HA-FX101s. From comparative ears, they're markedly better than the SHE3580. I can't find enough information to take the plunge on the SE-CL721's, but thank you for the advice! I appreciate it everyone!post #11 of 226/14/12 at 10:21am
The XKDUN-CK700 have excellent sub-bass and are only $6. However, they take about 3-4 weeks to arrive and sometime the quality control can be a bit poor. I still would recommend checking them out as they are ultra cheappost #12 of 226/14/12 at 5:20pmQuote:
I agree with this, very good sub-bass, I found them similar to Hippo VB. Or you can look at Phillips SHE3580, JVX FX101, but personally my favourite out of those is the SHE3580. CK700 are still pretty damn good though.post #13 of 226/14/12 at 11:51pmpost #14 of 226/15/12 at 12:41amQuote:
Have you actually heard the jvc? I have to admit I'm a big fan of the new Vsonics and I just love the GR02 Bass edition but the jvc has some exceptional bass extension that not many iems have in the sub-$100 range. When you take into consideration its ridiculously low price you realize that such bass has no place in that price range. The bass is not only large in quantity but goes down to at least 30hz without any effort and still succeedes to not lose control and bleed too much in the mids. It's definitely tighter and more aggressive than the gr99 as the gr99's bass while also extending pretty low is a little bit on the softer side and doesn't pack the same punch. As far as mid-clarity and treble, neither of them is particularly impressive even though they both have pretty decent details in the mids, so I wouldn't say that the Jvc should have a very different SQ score. The things for which the gr99 deserves a higher score are built quality and accessories, I would have to give the higer score for comfort to the Jvc because of its smaller housing, which will fit better the people with smaller ears.post #15 of 226/15/12 at 6:22amQuote:
FX101 is a good start.
I have 101, CK700 and SE-CL721. I would take the fx101 first, but if you did the foam mod to remove sibilance in the ck700 then they are a draw. Pioneer 721s are interesting. Ton of bass and extremely warm with a very in your face soundstage. They are fun but not for critical listening. Not to mention their styling is a little over the top.Return HomeBack to Forum: Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors
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