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Looking for over-ear headphones with deep, rich, and punchy bass and a good amplifier.

post #1 of 20
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Price-range: $100-$300, around $180 would be great...but I would spend more if it's really worth it.

 

As the title says, I am looking for headphones. They will be driven by a laptop most likely, (I might get a desktop later on and get a Xonar card) they will be plugged into an amplifier (see second part) as well has being passed through one or 2 EQs...those being MaxxAudio 3 and or REW v5 + some equaliser. As for everything else besides the bass I have no specific requests except that the quality of the sound be good. As for the bass, I am a basshead...not just any basshead, but a "bass freak" so to speak. I like very deep, loud, punchy bass...that similar to what you'd get from subwoofers and that's what I'm looking for. Quantity of bass isn't entirely important, but the quality could not be more important. I'm looking for that skull rattling bass...and that ever so sweet frequency of bass that produces the vibrations that tickle the ear drum. I've heard the bass from the Bose Companion 5 speakers...and that's around the type of bass I'm looking for, talk about eargasm...even on low levels of volume.

 

So long as the headphones meet the bass that I want, I don't care too much about everything else. I have not been spoiled when it comes to sound quality, but I do expect some degree of it and would be ecstatic if I could get better sound quality than that I'm used to as heavy bass. Build quality does matter heaps, but I doubt anything $125+ will have sub-par build quality. Portability is not important at all...these will stay at home. Weight does matter, but as long as it isn't too heavy it's not a concern. Comfort is a concern, these will be worn for up to 6 hours, as long as it's got ample padding then it's fine.

 

I've found that ATH pro700MK2 and Ultrasone HFI-580 have good reviews, I heard the ATHs are like putting "two subwoofers to your ears", and I've heard the Ultrasones produce all the bass a basshead could ever want, but am unsure. I've also heard of many other mainstream brands, but I'm not on board with the CPOs, M50s, Crossfade LPs, etc.

 

As for the type of music I listen to, I listen to mostly pop and bassy music like dubstep and what not...I rarely listen to anything else. 

 

Thanks in advanced for any help. If you need more info, just let me know.

post #2 of 20
Ultrasone HFI-580 are very nice for the price in terms of good bass response. I have not heard the ATHs. Having a headphone amp is important for getting the best bass out of them.
post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Ultrasone HFI-580 are very nice for the price in terms of good bass response. I have not heard the ATHs. Having a headphone amp is important for getting the best bass out of them.

 

I've heard good things about them, and forgot to add the amp part.

 

I have a FiiO E6, and am willing to spend up to $60 for a better one, any recommendations? I like a more dark sound. 

post #4 of 20
I don't try to judge solid amps too much based on sound coloring since the goal of solid state is transparency. E11 is pretty good for its bass boost.
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 

Does anyone have any suggestions or can say that the 580s are really that good? Also, would the E11 amp be better than a digiZoid ZO3?

post #6 of 20
See this portable amp shootout. Rankings are after the reviews.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

See this portable amp shootout. Rankings are after the reviews.

 

Thanks, I'll definitely go with the E11 then, still looking for headphone recommendations though.

post #8 of 20
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Thanks, I'll definitely go with the E11 then, still looking for headphone recommendations though.

I wasn't clear on what you were looking for, or I would have recommended something. On the one hand, you seem to be seeking heavy bass output headphones. On other, you are specifying the Bose Companion 5 as a reference for bass. Are you looking for the best bass SQ with a little impact? Or a ton of bass emphasis? Which kind of basshead are you? smily_headphones1.gif
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


I wasn't clear on what you were looking for, or I would have recommended something. On the one hand, you seem to be seeking heavy bass output headphones. On other, you are specifying the Bose Companion 5 as a reference for bass. Are you looking for the best bass SQ with a little impact? Or a ton of bass emphasis? Which kind of basshead are you? smily_headphones1.gif

 

Essentially both. I want the bass to sound great, and have a lot of punch to it. Tight, rich bass that would satisfy just about any basshead and overwhelm anyone else quite a bit is what I'm looking for.

post #10 of 20
I'm a basshead, but I don't like +12db of bass gain over the mids and highs (lol). I'm an SQ basshead smily_headphones1.gif

And to be honest, I was kind of confused since you referenced the Bose Companion 5. That acoustimass module is not exactly a bass monster, and it has been measured to have a pretty steep rolloff under 40hz. Multimedia computer set subs do not put out my idea of tight, rich bass.

Invest in a better amp than the E11, and get the HE-400s, and be prepared to throw the acoustimass module out the door when it comes to excellent sounding bass with deep extension. biggrin.gif
post #11 of 20
Check out this review of the HE-400, and notice how it compares to other more expensive headphones in that list. And right now the HE-400 can be had for $300.
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

I'm a basshead, but I don't like +12db of bass gain over the mids and highs (lol). I'm an SQ basshead smily_headphones1.gif

And to be honest, I was kind of confused since you referenced the Bose Companion 5. That acoustimass module is not exactly a bass monster, and it has been measured to have a pretty steep rolloff under 40hz. Multimedia computer set subs do not put out my idea of tight, rich bass.

Invest in a better amp than the E11, and get the HE-400s, and be prepared to throw the acoustimass module out the door when it comes to excellent sounding bass with deep extension. biggrin.gif

The first thing I noticed when I heard the Companion 5 speakers was the deep thump of the bass, it may have not had a lot of bass...but it sounded simply amazing. That sound signature is what I'd be looking for, but I would want much more punch than that.

 

I'm not entirely too comfortable throwing down $300, $200 would be acceptable and $250 would be pushing it...but a $300 pair would have to essentially have to make even the best sub $200 headphones sound like pure garbage. I will also not be using this every single day, so $300 is a bit much to spend on something that will be used uncommonly. Is there anything else that would sound great?

 

Thanks for you help so far, this would be a lot easier if I wasn't such a bass noob.

post #13 of 20
Then Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250. They are a really good price on Amazon right now if you want an open headphone with bass. Open headphones will give you a more expansive soundstage than a closed headphone, although no isolation.
post #14 of 20
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Then Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250. They are a really good price on Amazon right now if you want an open headphone with bass. Open headphones will give you a more expansive soundstage than a closed headphone, although no isolation.

 

Sounds like a great option, but will a laptop be able to drive the 250 ohm impermanence, and do these have better bass than the 770s?


Edited by xskugga - 3/30/14 at 11:50pm
post #15 of 20
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Sounds like a great option, but will a laptop be able to drive the 250 ohm impermanence, and do these have better bass than the 770s?

They have to have a headphone amp. The E11 would work fine.

I've never compared them directly against each other. But the DT990 used to be the flagship headphone of Beyerdynamic.
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