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BEST BASSHEAD IEM UNDER $30

post #1 of 21
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Hey everybody seeing this, I was wondering and looking for the best bass iem under 30 bucks. I was seeing if the v-moda bass freq or the jvc xtreme xplosives and radius atomic bass 2 and the pioneer se clk721 basshead ones.. I want to get the best bass headphones that dont distort the highs and mids and have best sub bass with clarity. how are these though? Suggestions on any other options?
post #2 of 21

MH1C. Has a heavy bass end that extends impressively low, a nice, clean and warmish midrange, and a calmer treble that still has a bit of sparkle. Overperforms hugely and I'd say sounds better than basically every sub-$100 IEM. MSRP is $80, but the bulk packaged ones can be had for as low as $20.

post #3 of 21

I personally liked my JVC HA-FX101s

However, I heard that the JVC HA-FX40 and Sony MH1C were quite good too.


Edited by KuroTaka - 1/18/13 at 11:46pm
post #4 of 21

I have the Sony MDRPQ4/BLK PIIQs and I absolutely love them. Clear thumpy bass and good airy trebles. The bass doesn't go out of control. But for me and plenty others was a bang for the buck! 

post #5 of 21

Was about to post XB90EX, then I saw "under $30"   ....okay, JVC FX3X then ! biggrin.gif

post #6 of 21
Sony MH1c (bulk version), check out the fan thread
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by Audiophilester View Post

Hey everybody seeing this, I was wondering and looking for the best bass iem under 30 bucks. I was seeing if the v-moda bass freq or the jvc xtreme xplosives and radius atomic bass 2 and the pioneer se clk721 basshead ones.. I want to get the best bass headphones that dont distort the highs and mids and have best sub bass with clarity. how are these though? Suggestions on any other options?

 

I reviewed MOST of the hyped budget IEM's in this website in here with regards to bass: http://www.head-fi.org/t/644735/w-pics-basshead-budget-fi-headphones-comparative-test-with-comparison-to-expensive-audiophile-gear-sony-mh1-jvc-ha-fx101-philips-she3580-soundmagic-e10-sennheiser-hd555-hd598-cx300-cx870-hifiman-re0-etc

 

If your priority is maximum quality bass (I know that's not all of it, but bass comes first before everything else) then take a look at my comparative review.

 

The MH1-C is indeed satisfying (don't get the MH1 because you'll need an adapter) but it may take time for you to appreciate the "open soundstage" that has been hyped about it. I initially dismissed it because it could not drive my bass needs.

 

I stand by the recommendation for the JVC HA-FX101 for maximum quality bass. Depending on your EQ settings, music with harsh high frequencies such as black/death metal may be unlistenable. The bass of the FX101 is on par with the top of my list, the Sennheiser CXL400 (it's already discontinued and only low quality fakes are available in the market) however, the bass drops in quality at the dangerous volume levels I listen to when I'm craving for bass. If you listen to bass extremely LOUD as I do, the Creative EP-630/630i (rebranded CX300) is an unfailing bet.

post #8 of 21

Yes, for $30 the CX300 got my vote too.  I don't have it personally but I did recommended it to a friend and tried it.  You won't be disappointed, and now it can be had for $15 to $20 if you shop around.

post #9 of 21
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Yes, for $30 the CX300 got my vote too.  I don't have it personally but I did recommended it to a friend and tried it.  You won't be disappointed, and now it can be had for $15 to $20 if you shop around.

 

Yes! Although I only recommend buying the genuine Creative EP-630/630i (whichever's cheaper) for $15 sold directly by Amazon.com (not marketplace). Buying elsewhere almost guarantees you a fake on both the EP-630 and the CX300. And just to repeat for emphasis, EP-630 = CX300 I can confirm it. (This recommendation is based on having "maximum quality bass" as priority; it does not mean the rest of the factors are neglected altogether.) (If you read ClieOS's multi-IEM review, he categorized the CX300 as "balanced" while the S4 was in the "bass-heavy" category; but according to my test and as many others have pointed out, the CX300 decimates the S4 bass-wise.)

post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 

but are they under 30? thats the thing though. 

post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 

so the jvc has that great of bass for price? I have read threads that it sounds artificial. but i dont have them so just saying. By any chance any of the ones I have put in the thread are better that the JVC FX1X1 xtreme bass? 

post #12 of 21
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Bulk packaged?

post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by Audiophilester View Post

Bulk packaged?

 

That's just the non-retail version; it doesn't come in a box, but rather in a small plastic packet. They're still the same earphone, but largely different prices. EDIT: for the MH1C

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post #15 of 21
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I dont tend to trust this brand so much in headphones. Just in their amps they make. But thanks though. 

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