Originally Posted by Eugguy
Hello Head-Fi community,
I'm interested in a pair of headphones that can offer a full heavy sound, ear massage, good levels of bass. I would say as much as bass as possible without sounding like mudd. Not like the Sony Xb series. I've recently tried a number of flagships but have returned them all. Some of these include denon d2000, d5000, d600, pro900, vmoda m100s, akg167. One of my favorite pairs of headphones are the akg181. These are the only headphones that create bass for me. I've also used sennheiser hd25s, nice but a bit shrill and not enough bass. I'm considering MadDogs? He400? For iems I own sennheiser ie8, ie80s, denon c300. I like a big soundstage with full sound. Would like a headphone that offers a similar sound.
I will most likely be using these to DJ with 90% and listen 10%. I listen primarily to house music. I like a clean thumping club type sound, but with detail. I like to feel the music as much as possible. Loud and clear. Good impact and slam!
If anyone can give me any recommendations I would be thankful. Someone please give it to me!
Thank you! Peace, love and all of the above!
First, none of those are flagships. Not even close. They are entry and mid-level headphones. As you get into higher end and flagship level headphones, you will have less of what you're looking for, and definitely not what you're looking for, for `Djing'. Ripping the cord out of an actual flagship level headphone would pretty much put you in tears. I would suggest you stay in the $200ish range headphones.
Second, if the D5000 and PRO900 didn't have enough slam and not enough overall bass, then you're simply out of luck. What you seek doesn't exist in stock form.
At this point you need to start exploring tweaking any headphone to meet what you're looking for. This is going to involve heavily using equalizers and bass enhancing devices/amplifiers. So an equalizer and/or cmoy/zo2/fiio basically. For you, the ZO2 is probably the direction to begin. And get ready to heavily equalize. To properly equalize you do not raise bass, you lower every other frequency except bass. This way you do not distort. Do this first, then apply the Zo2 and find a bass profile that works for you. Then you will have as much bass as is possible. No stock headphone will get super bassy like you're looking for.
Beyer DT770 PRO
Beyer Custom One Pro
AKG K167 and AKG K267
Shure SRH750 DJ
Ultrasone DJ1 or HFI 580
Equalize them for maximum bass without distortion. And use a Digizoid ZO2.
Example of using an EQ to bring out bass by lowering other frequencies (notice sub-bass and mid-bass are kept normal or slightly reduced, everything else is dropped by like -18 db):
For your needs, I would probably go with the M-Audio Q40 with a pad swap (DT770 pads, or possibly some other faux leathers). Detachable cable. Durable. Has all the bass any headphone could ever want. Equalizes for maximum bass very nicely: