The WS series seems so weird... I have a WS99, but I'm really curious about how the 55 and new x versions stack up to each other. It doesn't make sense to me!
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http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/AudioTechnicaATHWS55.pdf - not according to this measurement, bass peak is centered around 100Hz on the WS55 and looks to have roughly equal amount subbass presence as midbass. I've met several people who interpreted midbass as subbass "thumpiness" so I usually trust graphs more. :p
I felt the WS55X didn't have as much bass slam so much as thump. (I tend to consider sub-bass to be frequencies below 80-60hz or so - I set the crossover on my subwoofer to 50hz to integrate with my main speakers for instance).
In cases like these where the terminology is vague, graphs are indeed helpful. It's not so much trust as having a shared terminology and a shared intepretation, something which is never really going to happen.
For reference I consider something like the Sony 7550 or Vsonic GR07 to have linear bass (equal amounts of sub and mid-bass) or in the headphone world, the DT1350 sounded quite linear to me.