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best headphones for under $400

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To make it short and simple i want a good set for about $400.  i listen to techno, rock and roll, r&b, and classical.  i want something with HEAVY bass though.

 

any suggestions would be fine!

 

also i want good audio(of course) and good build quality


Edited by nhullheart - 2/19/13 at 3:01pm
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HE-400

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AKG Q701 with FiiO E11.
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AKG Q701 with FiiO E11.

Please read, OP said heavy bass.

 

My vote is for the HE-400, best all rounder with amazing bass at that price.

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He said ""heavy bass".

 

The AKG K701's are anything but bass heavy. Still a terrific pair of headphones non the less.
 

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To make it short and simple i want a good set for about $400.  i listen to techno, rock and roll, r&b, and classical.  i want something with HEAVY bass though.

 

any suggestions would be fine!

 

also i want good audio(of course) and good build quality

 

Very little that is $400 is going to have heavy bass (a few exist). I'm sure you are describing it like face pounding thunder. But in reality, these are not subwoofers and cannot do what speakers do. In your price range, most headphones are not going to sound like big bassy things, because it's sonically trashy and most of market is still catering to more balanced approaches to sound at that price range. Don't get me wrong, I love bass, I'm an absolute sub-bass-head. But I don't want you to think you're going to get subwoofer performance here.

 

But I will say, instead of spending $400 on a headphone, I suggest you look at the $200~300 range, and put the rest into a decent amplifier that can help control bass even more (like Fiio E12 or Digizoid Zo).

 

Also, be ready to equalize heavily to emphasize the kind of bass that you like. This is where the amplifier comes in too. When you equalize, you lower the frequency response of everything except the bass range. This allows the bass to be emphasized without asking the driver to go beyond it's abilities. Then you simply turn the volume up to compensate. And the amplifier will help make that volume attenuation easy while providing the energy needed to control those bass tones, as they take gobs more power to produce and control than everything else.

 

I would look at two kinds of headphones. Bassy at stock and simply "nice" all around headphones and simply equalize them. As any headphone can be made bassier than something that is simply bassy at stock just fine. It's quite easy.

 

Look into:

 

Sony XB700

AudioTechnica PRO700MKII

Beyer DT770 PRO

AudioTechnica A900X

Logitech UE 6000

M-Audio Q40

 

And look into:

 

Mr Speakers Mad Dogs with Alpha Pads

Denon D600

Ultrasone PRO 900

Vmoda M100

 

Very best,

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If you want amazing bass for relatively cheap, just get good iems.

My senn IE7  provided very addicting bass, I  mean the one that make you want to hear all kind of bass heavy stuff,

and I  guess it would be the same with the IE8.

No full size headphone I  tried were able to provide to get the thumping bass energy , combined with richness ,

of my Iems.

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To make it short and simple i want a good set for about $400.  i listen to techno, rock and roll, r&b, and classical.  i want something with HEAVY bass though.

 

any suggestions would be fine!

 

also i want good audio(of course) and good build quality

If you want "heavy" bass, then get some beats by Dr Dre. tongue_smile.gif

"Heavy" bass will always have a negative impact on the mid range, not because of the technical limitations of the headphone, but because of the limitations of human hearing.

 

You'll never find a "heavy" sounding headphone with great clarity in the other frequencies, because your ears will not allow you to hear the other frequencies as clearly over the over exaggerated lower frequencies.
 

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Beyerdynamic DT770's.

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