Not sure if I should post this here or in the Audio Technica ATH-WS99 specific thread, so mods please move if necessary. Before continuing, please keep in mind that I am not an audiophile and have relatively little experience with high end (or even mid) equipment. Many years ago I did have a Focal system in one of my cars and have had Klipsch PC speakers, but that's as close as I've come to high end.
After talking with a few people and reading a few forums, I was under the impression that the WS99 do well enough without an amp. Well, I received my WS99 a week or two ago and am having some issues with the sound. Basically I'm very disappointed with the range and/or bass of these. Everything I listen to is full of midrange with a touch of high and basically no bass at all. The sound is very clear with good detail, but that's about it. I have tried listening to what is typically very bass heavy music such as dubstep, drum and bass, and hip hop. Everything I listen to sounds as if it is being ran through some sort of high-pass filter, regardless of how much bass boost I apply or how much I play with the EQ.
I also have some old Bose in-ears and a very old pair of Sennheiser opens (don't recall the model) that both produce FAR more bass than these. I don't expect Beats muddied up over emphasized bass but I do expect some sort of bass.
I am using these headphones off of an iphone, galaxy s3, desktop PC (onboard audio), and laptop. I have noticed that they sound slightly better at super high volumes, but this is at volumes that would more than likely be damaging to ears. As a plus, they at least don't distort at such high volume.
I bought them direct from Amazon (as in not a reseller on amazon) and believe them to be authentic after careful inspection of both the headphones and the packaging.
So, anyone have any ideas on how I can get some sort of bass out of these? Is this purely because my devices just cant push the headphones?