The very first version of the LCD2 had a solid bass emphasis and were dark. I sold mine and miss them to this day as they handled bass with incredible detail and richness. Sub-bass was a delight. They did qualify as a bass head headphone but were also incredibly organic with that sound. The current version of the LCD-2C does do a very admirable job with bass but it is more balanced than the first version of the headphone. I do not think of the LCD-2C as a bass head headphone.