It's been mentioned plenty of times before, has covered major distance in the topic, and the thread/post count in this .org is about to hit "Egyptian-level" status...
What truly is the best (so far) headphone for strong bass (>$300)? I need you guys' help, input, and/or expertise. (Scroll down for "In short")
My situation: I'm looking for a pair of bassy Over-Ear headphones that hit TWICE as hard in the ears than they do on my wallet. I'm not looking for any amps right now, but down the road, maybe a Fiio e5-e9, or a Digizoid Z02 could one day join the family. EQ may be used but mobile only.
My history: I can't say I'm an audiophile, but I like some quality. All my music is 256kbps and higher. I am a basshead, however, that comes second to overall performance. based on the budget, I'll settle in the superb-clarity department because I'm pretty easy to please.
First pair of headphones I loved and listened to... Beats studios (please continue reading if a smile cracked or a mental facepalm was considered). Connected my iPod to them at BestBuy and I loved them: comfortable, BASSY, stylish, seemed perfect. The pricetag though was crazy at the time in 2011. That said, I turned away and looked elsewhere.
Later, I read some head-fi threads and decided on my first actual purchase: Sony XB500's ($50-$60). Hands down, some of the best headphones ever!!!
Out the box they were awesome to me, and got better over time. I burned them in, had friends try em on different songs, and knew I found a pair of audio blowjobs lol.
Compared them to others:
V-moda m100's > nice, but lacked the amount of punch
V-moda LP's > quality was there, close contender
Dre Beats Solo + Pro > HA! I was so young, so nieve. nice too, but too many flaws vs. the number of perks
Bang for Buck, the XB500's are legendary. The XB700's "I heard" compete, but lack the punch/thump/impact. They're warmer. The XB1000's? Very deep, would love to try but can't find any.
Ive got a friend who I let use my xb500's for his FL music production and I think I converted a former Skullcandy fan to the new faith: quality. He loves em, uses them plenty as I just use my Sony shelf system at home, but when I thought about going for the xb700 or xb1000's, DISCONTINUED. Now rare, or overly expensive, I'm considering purchasing another set of bass cans altogether.
Analogy to what I'm looking for: A car with heavy bass. NOT A TRUNK SUBWOOFER, but clean impactful bass all around. I want the seats to boom, not the whole damn car. Outside the "car": little to no leak if possible. Inside: like Front Row Deadmau5/Zedd Tour Tickets or a Downtown Miami club, during Spring Break! NOT LOOKING FOR a THX Dolby Digital Surround Sound Home Theater System.
I want mids and highs to paint the picture, but the bass to let me know where I am. Strong and tight Punches & Kicks, no Haymaker Low Blows & Sweeping Roundhouse Kicks.
I want something that lets me play in 7-8feet/2 meter area of the pool. I still want to be able to visit the deepest end, but I know where I'm most comfortable. I want to remain off my feet, with only the neck-up exposed; still able to clearly see right before the "drop-off" and even the kiddie section.
[I hope these somewhat vivid descriptions help lol, I don't really know the mids vs high trebles and what not, unless I actually hear them I suppose]
Headphones to debate:
Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, 80 ohms
Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, 32 ohms
Philips Fidelio X1/28
Ultrasone PRO 900 (Waaay out of budget, but hoping used or Lightning Deal one day)
V-Moda Crossfade LP2
Sony XB700 or XB1000
Sample of song spectrum (25 songs, some bassy, some springy, some fun, some smooth):
I'm looking for the doctors and the former patients in Head-Fi.org community. If you don't really know first hand, just chiming in, wanna share two cents, go ahead-just please state that. It's your community, but with other people apart of it too; no trolls please.
In Short/ TL,DR: Comparable, if not better to Sony XB500's, what is your best pair of Bass producing headphones that deliver a good seal, overall decent quality, punch, rumble, boom, thump, and hard-knock that doesn't leak excessively, rattle around, just low hum, and distort sound? *Under<$300*