Originally Posted by smodtactical
I see what your saying. Upon further listening and turning up my volume I did feel there is more bass quantity than I initially thought, especially when listening to bass tests.In terms of whether or not the bass is tight or not, I'm just not sure. I don't have much experience listening to other high end headphones. I can say that I feel the bass doesn't bleed into the mids or highs.
Hmm, the easiest way to explain what tight bass is... imagine a fast-paced but very bassy music track. On cheap headphones with poor bass control (loose bass), fast, successive bass beats will kind of "blur" into one another. Part of the reason is because cheap headphones use drivers that have poor control of their diaphragm (this "control" determines the "resolution" of headphones; the higher the resolution, the better control the drivers have over sound reproduction, and the more details you'll be able to hear). The other reason cheap headphones have blurry bass presentation is because they tend to boost the mid-bass (which is around 100Hz) to create the impression that it is bass-heavy - the problem is an overabundance of mid-bass tends to give music a "blurry" quality, because it drowns out the sub-bass as well as the details in lower mid-range.
On expensive headphones with tight bass, you will be able to hear each beat distinctly, because good driver units inside these headphones control the movement of the diaphragm better, and because mid-bass isn't boosted (I consider that a cheap trick =_=). If bass is boosted on expensive headphones, typically this is done in a very linear fashion throughout the entire bass spectrum (nothing "peaks out")
This effect is also very audible when you compare cheap subwoofers in budget home theatre systems against expensive subwoofers. Cheap headphones and speakers like to "pretend" to be exciting by providing a large quantity of bass, but the quality of bass is poor.
Personally I think a lot of bass addicts are that way because their first impression of "good sound" is "a lot of bass", because the first time they bought a full-sized headphone it was probably a cheap model that had thundering bass. Then they listen to expensive headphones and find them "bass shy". I don't think most music actually contains that much bass, realistically speaking.
Edited by Bagheera - 2/10/13 at 9:05am