I am looking to purchase a pair of full-sized headphones that have a strong emphasis on bass. I want the headphones to perform admirably on all ranges of bass (low/sub, mid-range, and high). Here is the problem, though. I would prefer the headphones to be excellent in all other departments. I want crisp and pronounced highs and mids as well. I know these aspects cannot be perfect, due to the fact that I want heavily pushed bass. I'm just looking for the other sounds to be as good as they can be, relative to "basshead" headphones. I would hate to grab a pair of headphones, and then have a problem with using them for extended periods of time because the music just doesn't sound good. Don't let this throw you off though, I am looking for STRONG, THUMPING, POWERFUL, and CLEAR basshead phones.
So far my list has been narrowed to Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700 MK2, Sony MDR XB1000, and Sony MDR XB700.
Please provide some more suggestions, or give me a clear winner in my situation.
From the research that I've done, I have come to the following conclusions. Please correct me if I'm wrong. The Sony XB700's deliver the "most bass", however they do not excel in any other department. The Sony XB1000's are a much more comprehensive set of headphones. They provide very strong bass, but in a more "audiophile" experience. The Audio-Technica's apparently provide one of the most powerful bass experiences out there, but sometimes I don't hear too much about it. Some threads say it is the strongest on the market, while other threads don't even mention it. I have a pair of Audio Technica ATH-50's, and that is my first experience with higher-quality headphones. I absolutely love them, but I'm looking for a pair specifically for bass. But still I've got to have decent audio quality.
Which one of these headphones is the best (for what I'm looking for)? Any other suggestions?
I have one more inquiry. I am looking for a great all-around set of headphones. This pair I would prefer to be balanced, and not boost any certain frequency or aspect of the audio. Closer to a pair of monitoring headphones, but more spectacular and advanced than my current Audio Technica ATH-M50s. I was thinking Sennheiser HD-598's. Any other suggestions?
Fire away, and thank you! This thread is primarily for the basshead phones, but if you've got input for my secondary question, please don't hold back.