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Looking for powerful In-Ear Buds!

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I'm looking for some powerful in-ear earbuds. I listen to mostly Electronic music, hip hop, and rap. So I'm looking for incredibly powerful bass at high volumes, without the other stuff getting distorted. I currently use UrBeats buds by Dre. Honestly? They're not bad, considering they're beats.

 

I just purchased a pair of V-MODA Crossfade M-100's, and am currently using them right now. I HATE THESE with a burning passion. Can they handle the bass I'm looking for? Yes. Is there any way to make them produce that sort of bass and sound quality with the music I listen to? No. I tried with equalizers for hours and hours, and can't even produce the same sort of sound quality that my Urbeats do. Which, frankly? Is sad.

 

You might all say "Oh, well then you're an idiot because the V-MODA's are excellent and blah blah blah".

 

I'm not looking for flat, equalized headphones. I want headphones with clear mids and highs, but that can have extremely powerful bass without having to somehow turn the bass up on an equalizer 3X higher than it can go. I want my head to shake. Unfortunately, these V-MODA's are so quiet that that effect is nearly impossible to achieve. I think I'm going to stick with ear buds because of their ability to keep sound in very well, and the fact that (Contrary to what you're all going to tell me), I personally think they have better sound.

 

So, can anyone suggest any in-ear buds that can produce what I'm looking for that are $300 or less? Or can anyone suggest any way to make these V-MODA's more powerful and have the bass I want without having to buy anything else? Thanks!

post #2 of 31

You forgot to mention whats your source, headphones are not able to bring magic out of thin air, they will always be limited by their weakest link. For example, if you're driving them from an ipod shuffle your Vmoda cannot do everything by themselves. Before you spend $300 on another set of headphones which may just lead you back to my original statement, there are cheaper ways to do this than buying another headphone and probably more effective. You want more power and along with that some bass EQ, combing the extra power from FiiO E11 portable amplifier amp your VModa then flick on the bass EQ settings should bring the bass up to levels you require.

You could also consider C&C BH2 portable amplifier which runs for 80 hours a charge, and has a special feature called 'LF' (Low Field) which enhances the low end and gives the mids and highs more clairty. There are other amps entirely made for BASS boosting, like Zo2, which going off impressions should provide enough bass for you to drop a nugget.

Amp the Vmoda before trying another headphone, research the suggestions I have made. 

post #3 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much! My source is my iPhone 5, just playing some simple MP3 files. Also, I'm looking for portable amps. They'd have to be portable so I can listen to my headphones on the go. Thanks for the help! But which of those options would you suggest? The volume is fine. I just want more bass.
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Thank you very much! My source is my iPhone 5, just playing some simple MP3 files. Also, I'm looking for portable amps. They'd have to be portable so I can listen to my headphones on the go. Thanks for the help! But which of those options would you suggest? The volume is fine. I just want more bass.


I would suggest C&C BH2 for $100 which will give you a nice bass boost while enhancing clairty, soundstage and detail all at the same time using it's LF feature and is already logged to work well with the Vmoda. the amp is no bigger than a credit card and puts out 300mW per channel. On the other hand, FiiO E11 has a stronger bass boost with the option for two settings. EQ1, EQ2 with the later being the strongest bass setting and is a little cheaper,

I will give you our C&C BH thread to get started, the rest and which you decide will need to come from research on your end. I suggest using the search feature or googling up on reviews for the amps I mentioned.

Be sure to read the members impressions in separate links below the review

http://www.head-fi.org/t/644363/c-c-bh-portable-headphone-amp-80-hours-from-a-single-charge-buyer-review

The main thing here is don't get carried away and spend over $100 right now, as there are other amps you're going to stumble across during your journey such as JDS C5, that run for $200. Stick to the suggestions I made as you're still just experimenting. There are also cheaper amps like FiiO E6 which will give you an idea on what we're trying to accomplish for you without breaking the bank. 
 

post #5 of 31
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Thank you! I'm going to make a run to best buy tonight and take a look at what they have. Can you suggest any retailers that might carry these amps? I'd like to be able to return it if I dislike it. Thanks!
post #6 of 31
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Thank you! I'm going to make a run to best buy tonight and take a look at what they have. Can you suggest any retailers that might carry these amps? I'd like to be able to return it if I dislike it. Thanks!


FiiO products can be found on amazon, I don't know of any stores that sell them in my country.

The C&C BH is usually purchased on eBay and must be shipped from China (about 2 weeks)

 http://www.ebay.com/itm/C-C-BH-Portable-Headphone-AMP-battery-AMP-CC-BH-NEW-/261172737290?pt=US_Pro_Audio_Amplifiers&hash=item3ccf1bb50a



 

post #7 of 31
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Originally Posted by Bobby123179 View Post

Thank you! I'm going to make a run to best buy tonight and take a look at what they have. Can you suggest any retailers that might carry these amps? I'd like to be able to return it if I dislike it. Thanks!

Another vote for FiiO E11
Buy it from Amazon, they have an excellent returns policy.
post #8 of 31
Thread Starter 
Awesome! Thanks!

Also, would it make a difference if I bought a new or used one? Because sometimes I can find used ones for half price.
post #9 of 31

You would be PERFECT for the Denon C300. Check it out. For what you need, I don't think you need much else.

post #10 of 31
Thread Starter 
Would the Denon's be better than my Urbeats?
post #11 of 31

I find JDS labs bass boost to be better than fiio bass boost, fiio gets a bit muddy sometimes, as for earbuds themselves, klipsch s4 and x10 are nice and punchy as far as bass is concerned, a step up are the senheiser ie8`s and monster turbine pro (gold or copper depending on preference), I always recommend JVC FX700/800`s as they are by far my most preferred dynamic in ear, they have massive rear vents so they never distort and they are super sensitive (almost as sensitive as se535`s) so they will push dangerously high volumes, they are also by far the fastest bass heavy dynamic but bass quantity is less than ie8`s, isolation is so-so though and the housings are on the heavier side if ergonomics concern you. You mention powerful, the JVC`s command the bass line much better than any other, the vents means you can really feel the movements of air, its surreal simply. 


Edited by ryanjsoo - 2/18/14 at 8:49pm
post #12 of 31
Thread Starter 
Well, people say the bass that my Urbeats have are "Bloated". Although, if that's what "bloated" means in terms of bass, then I guess I'm looking for headphones with even more bloated bass! I thought I was looking for more powerful bass, but I guess not. Do you know of anything that has more powerful bass than the JVC's? I know you said they "control" the bass well. But to me, that translates to "they have very weak and quiet bass just like the mids and highs."
post #13 of 31
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I just looked up the IE 80's. they look really nice! But unfortunately, my budget is closer to $300, not $450. If I could find a (I hate to do this because then I don't have the warranty) used pair for $300, I may consider that. Or if I can find them on sale, that might be good! But otherwise? I might have to pass because those are getting a little high in price.
post #14 of 31

Check the For Sale section. There should be a few pairs floating around, some still with warranty.

post #15 of 31
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Also I can't find the monster turbines on their website, so I assume they're discontinued. Meaning I don't get a warranty if they break. Meaning if they break, not only am I out $150 or so, but then I have to continue my search for a good pair of headphones with $150, not $300.
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