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I found the Downtowns to be less bassy (not necessarily in a good way), although I didn't listen to them for too long. And I prefer circumaurals, anyway. I thought the Uptowns were fuller and richer. I bought them and I really like them. They're my current favorites. They do a lot of things very well. If it's true that they're only $100 on Amazon, I recommend them without hesitation.
Fortunately, with a little bit of modding - 15 minutes of time, the bass on the HD-428 can be improved to levels that probably exceed the HD-600s. Yes, I can say that because I do own the HD-580s and the HD-428s.
Do you mean more bass than they currently have? If so I'm actually not interested, there is already plenty of bass in them as is IMO. >_>
I would go with the Uptown. I haven't ever listened to the Downtown or HD 428s but the Uptown have a very good spectrum with a decent soundstage. The bass on the Uptown is clean, tight, and crisp but is still fun to listen to as it isn't overpowering. The mids are forward and the highs are good and not fatiguing at all. If I had to choose out of these I would go with the Uptown. Trust me the Uptown are a great option and you should be happy with the bass on these.