Best Bass Headphones

The 10 Best Headphones for Bass (2021 Updated)

If you have come looking for the best bass headphones with the deepest, most earth-shattering bass, you’re in good company.

Forget about the cheap junk that other “review sites” have been going about headphones with good bass – we know what headphones truly have good bass – we’ve tried them all.

We’re going to recommend you headphones that we have tried and tested ourselves, and are confident that they deliver some of the deepest bass notes that will make any bass head smile (trust us, we love bass!).

Let us introduce you to the best bass headphones on earth that deliver the most powerful, deepest and bone-shaking bass you’ll ever hear.

The Best Bass Headphones

1. Fostex USA TH900

Fostex USA TH900

Simply unbeatable…the king of bass is here

Now if you are looking for absolute bass canons that can deliver very low bass, the Fostex USA TH900 are the headphones you’ve been looking for.

Bass is the main highpoint of these headphones. While the bass in other headphones below 30 Hz is barely audible, the Fostex headphones have no issue playing very low with authority. The low-bass is well-defined and these headphones can transition between low bass frequencies without excessive midrange push.

It’s very rare to find headphones that can play the entire bass spectrum with both speed and authority, and the TH900 gets this combination done flawlessly. The bass to midrange transition, which is another tricky area to get right, is very smooth and the upper bass doesn’t overwhelm the lower mid-bass frequency ranges.

Apart from the bass performance, the Fostex TH900 features housings made from Japanese Cherry Birch and finished with Urushi lacquer. They do feel like a premium set of cans that are meticulously crafted and polished.

The Fostex TH900 is the headphone to get if you want true AUTHORITY in the lower-bass regions and deep frequency areas. No other headphone comes close.

Our Score

10

out of 10

Verdict
EXCEPTIONAL
The Fostex TH900s are absolute bass canons, and when properly amped, deliver a low-end that beats anything else hands down

2. Ultrasone Pro 900i

Ultrasone Pro 900I Headphone

The best headphone with the deepest bass and clarity…

Now if you are looking for the best headphone with the deepest, earth-shattering bass, the Ultrasone Pro 900i is the “classic” choice for bass heads.

These cans are beautiful in every single way. Aesthetically, the Pro 900i looks nicely polished with a nice surface shimmer when exposed under light. The bass on these headphones hit hard and very tight – they’re the kind of headphones that will bring a smile to bass heads.

That said, these headphones are not only good for bass, but for any kind of music genre as well that can benefit from the lows that the 900i produces. These headphones have exceptional clarity and can reproduce notes and details in the music; the mids are excellent as well.

Just play an Adele track on this headphone and the vocals will touch your soul – you can actually FEEL the music as any real audiophile can tell you. The highs are crisp and very well-defined without being harsh; the lower mids and mid-bass is phenomenal.

The Pro 900i features a 40mm titanium coated dynamic driver with an incredible 6 Hz to 42 kHz frequency range. These headphones have their own sound profile and personality and will never sound boring.

Just be sure to pair these with a decent headphone amp – these headphones NEED an amp to truly shine or the music will sound dull.

If you love headphones with incredible bass that doesn’t destroy the highs or mids, the Ultrasone Pro 900i will not disappoint.

Our Score

9.8

out of 10

Verdict
AMAZING
Coming in a close second, the Ultrasone Pro 900i is famous for its low-end bass and detailed clarity, and is second to none except to the Fostex TH900s

3. Meze 99 Classics

Meze 99 Classics

Pristine sound with natural sounding deeper bass…

The Meze 99 Classics is a unique set of headphones that deliver extremely deep, natural sounding bass with clear midrange and crisp highs. They are some of the most natural, well-balanced sounding headphones with very deep bass – and one of the few that don’t require amplification to sound good.

These headphones are very power efficient and can work with any device due to its low impedance. The sound of these headphones is natural with excellent dynamics. It sounds just like the Sennheiser HD 650s, but with slightly more bass and more energy.

I would say that the sound of the Meze 99s feels refined and sweet – but has a deep low end. The bass hits hard when it needs do, and is never overpowering – but smooth and rolls off nicely. These headphones sound rich without being overpowering, and have balanced mids and highs.

The separation, imaging and soundstage is pretty awesome for a closed-back headphone. The sound signature is fun, and you can re-listen to your favorite soundtracks and discover something new in them.

The Meze 99 Classics have a nice walnut wood finish, with comfortable ear pads. The headband can seem slightly flimsy, but nothing to complain about. The headphone uses a Kevlar OFC cable with a detachable 3m thread cord.

While these headphones are not engineered for the deepest possible bass, the bass that you get sounds deep, refined and natural. It’s something that you don’t want to miss.

Our Score

9.4

out of 10

Verdict
AMAZING
The only headphone that delivers deep bass without amping, the Meze 99 Classics is a force to be reckoned with

4. Nuraphone

Nuraphone

These headphones are electronically engineered to deliver the deepest bass…

Nuraphone is the kind of headphone for those with an acquired taste for electronic sound and good bass. While this isn’t exactly the headphone for everyone, we were simply blown away by the sheer depth and volume of bass that these cans could deliver.

Let’s talk more about the bass – the depth of bass that this headphone delivers is beyond expectations. You’ll be blown away at the immersive experience and thumping sound experience. Compared with other ‘bass-heavy’ headphones such as the Sony XM4 or Bose QC35s, the Nuraphone out performs them all.

The sound quality of the Nuraphone can be rather subjective. This is a smart headphone that measures your hearing and uses the Nura app which creates a visual representation of how you hear. It then adapts the sound according to your hearing profile.

But from what we experienced so far, the Nuraphone delivers incredible sound. The highs and mids are crisp and very detailed, and the bass goes deep (VERY deep). It’s like sitting in a real life cinema while listening to these heads.

The headphone itself is quite unique – it a headphone with an in-ear design that goes into your ears. This can be a good or bad thing depending on how you like to listen, but if you don’t mind the in-ear design, these headphones can really deliver.

Again, while these headphones aren’t designed for everyone, we cannot deny that it delivers sound of the heaviest and deepest sounding bass we ever heard from a pair of cans.

Our Score

9.0

out of 10

Verdict
OUTSTANDING
The Nuraphone’s electronic sound signature delivers some of the deepest, unparalleled bass if you enjoy its in-ear “headphone” style

5. Sony MDRZ1R

Sony MDRZ1R

An audiophile-grade headphone for serious bass lovers…

The Sony MDRZ1R is the closest Sony got to the R10/CD3000 headphones for audiophile listening. These are some of the best headphones we have tested that delivers absolutely stunning audio quality; they are good enough to surpass the old classic and deliver some of the most vibrant, detailed and deep bass sound you’ll ever hear.

Let me just start by saying that the Sony MDRZ1R is no ordinary headphone. These are top-notch, audiophile grade headphones from Sony that are equipped with 70mm HD drivers and are capable of delivering excellent soundstage, imaging and positioning. They provide great sound isolation, and still maintain a spacious and airy resonance.

The headphone has outstanding build quality with top-notch materials. You can feel the quality of these headphones just by touching it – the cans are very well built, with a Fibonacci-patterned grill.

The bass response on these headphones is tight, punchy with great extension. They never sound bloated, and the bass compliments the higher mids and treble ranges naturally. Furthermore they are relatively easy to drive, and do not need some serious amping to bring out the sound quality.

Overall, the MDRZ1R isn’t a headphone that’s going to throw all the bass at you. It’s an audiophile headphone that delivers quality sound with deep bass that you can feel, but doesn’t sound overwhelming.

That said, the Sony MDRZ1R’s price point is probably out of reach for most people. But if you can afford it, why not give it a try?

Our Score

8.8

out of 10

Verdict
EXCELLENT
A classic audiophile favorite, the Sony MDRZ1R delivers tight, punchy and deep bass without affecting the rest of the audio frequencies

6. Sennheiser HD 820

Sennheiser HD 820

The best audiophile headphones with a pronounced low-end…

The closed-back version of the Sennheiser HD 800 series, this is a reference-grade audiophile headphone that delivers nothing but the absolute best quality sound and deep bass.

Let me just preface here by saying that the HD820s aren’t going to give you booming bass – the bass sounds tight, thicker and deeper. They are meant to natural and vibrant, and can bring up the finer subtleties in your music that you might not have noticed before. In other words, these headphones sound like what a quality headphone should sound like.

Compared with the HD800s, the HD820s sounds more musically intimate and detailed. That is not to say that they don’t have soundstage – the soundstage still feels big and warm. But the HD820s have a much more pronounced low-end and bass response. The HD820s feel like the more “bass-heavy” headphone for the HD800 series.

These Sennheiser headphones feel premium and look high-quality. They are made in Germany and come with 6.35mm cable. The HD 820s definitely require further amping in order to sound good – so be sure to get a good amp to go with these.

If you going to go with an audiophile-grade headphone and want a more pronounced lower-end with more bass, the Sennheiser HD 820s definitely don’t disappoint.

Our Score

8.6

out of 10

Verdict
GREAT
The HD820s are Sennheiser’s only closed-back headphone that can deliver extremely deep lows with pristine mids and highs for audiophile clarity

7. Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

The ATH-M50x has been around for a long time, and still delivers solid bass and crisp sound…

The ATH-M50X is still one of the best bass headphones you can get on a budget.

After more than a decade of being around, the ATH-M50X still makes this list for their clear, detailed accurate sound with deep bass. The bass sounds punchy and deep, and doesn’t overwhelm the midrange or sound muddy at all.

These headphones have very clean mid-range frequencies and crisp highs. The highs are upfront and detailed, which makes them nice to listen to for vocals and stringed instruments. The soundstage of these headphones sounds close and narrow due to its closed-back design.

With all that said, the ATH-M50x does deliver good bass. It’s the as deep as the Fostex or Ultrasone headphones, but it does feel punchy and nicely defined. They’re really good headphones to get on a budget or just for casual listening.

If you don’t care too much about getting an audiophile grade headphone and just want a headphone with good bass and decent sound quality, the ATH-M50x won’t disappoint.

Our Score

8.4

out of 10

Verdict
VERY GOOD
The ATH-M50x headphones deliver punchy deep lows and decent bass on a budget

8. Skullcandy Crusher Evo

Skullcandy Crusher Evo

Not your ordinary Skullcandy headphones…

Now if you are into Skullcandy – you’d probably be thinking that these headphones have “too much bass”, but that isn’t always true of Skullcandys.

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo has deep bass, but sound much better than the Sony XM4s and Bose QCs. If you are a bass head who loves great bass, these headphones will definitely satisfy you. We’ve tested rock, metal, classical, indie, jazz, hip-hop music genres on these headphones and they sound – surprisingly well balanced with a nicely done bass emphasis.

Unlike other Skullcandys, the bass on the Crusher Evo doesn’t’ sound overwhelming or muddy. The bass is powerful and ever present, but doesn’t muddy into the midranges. The highs and mids are very clear, and even more so if you personalize the EQ settings in the app.

The haptic bass can also be adjusted to a comfortable level if you require; the bass feels punchy with the added vibration from the haptic feedback. On the lower-end, the bass feels smooth and delivers a subtle rumble that enhances the listening experience.

While some people are dead against Skullcandys due to their “unnatural” accentuated bass, the Crusher Evo defies expectations by sounding more natural and well-balanced, with a good emphasis on the bass.

Their sound signature isn’t for everyone, but if you prefer a more bass-leaning headphone, give these headphones a go.

Our Score

8.4

out of 10

Verdict
VERY GOOD
The Crusher Evo is probably the only Skullcandy headphone that doesn’t screw up the bass – delivering tight punchy bass that compliments the upper frequency range

9. Sennheiser HD300 PRO

Sennheiser HD300 PRO

A dynamic headphone with a “fun” sound signature…

The Sennheiser HD300 PROs were initially built for monitoring sound, but they have really good bass from a technical standpoint. These headphones have a good bottomed bass that can reach to a sub-bass level and are good enough to make listening to these headphones fun.

The HD300 PROs are 64 ohms and 126 dB – they can get very loud with crystal clear highs and good midranges. The soundstage feels rather narrow due to its enclosed design, but this keeps the bass sounding more pronounced and punchy.

These headphones give plenty of punch from EDM, rock and hip-hop music genres, especially from the kicks and snares. It has a rather “fun” sound signature because of the way the bass sounds and delivers solid punches with good feedback. The sound isolation is good enough for moderate volumes and keeping out background noise.

The HD300 PROs are pretty comfortable to wear with their over-ear design and generous padding. It also has a foldable ear-cup design for added portability.

Our Score

8.2

out of 10

Verdict
GOOD
The HD300 PROs deliver loud and powerful bass when properly amped, and are some of Sennheiser’s best headphones on a budget

10. Sennheiser HD 569

Sennheiser HD 569

A great budget Sennheiser headphone with quality bass…

The Sennheiser HD 569s are closed-back headphones that deliver good bass and a natural tonal balance. The frequency response across the spectrum feels balanced and smooth with no pronounced bumps or dips. The 569s have really nice bass that you can actually feel – they are tight but not boomy, and go very deep.

Compared with the Sennheiser HD600s, these headphones have a slightly lusher sound and even deeper bass with a more expansive soundstage. That’s not to say that they are on par with the HD820s, but they do sound pretty sensitive to their audio source and deliver really nice detailed sound.

The ear padding on the HD569 is generous with decent sound isolation. You won’t be bothered by someone watching TV or the surrounding noise in an office environment. The ear pads are also replaceable which is good.

The headphone itself is powered by 38mm drivers with 23 ohm transducers; they don’t need any amplification due to their low impedance.

All in all, the HD 569s are a solid set of headphones from Sennheiser with really respectable bass and detailed sound quality. They’re relatively affordable as well, which makes them awesome picks for discerning bass lovers.

Our Score

8.0

out of 10

Verdict
GOOD
A respectable Sennheiser headphone that delivers well on the bass, mids and highs with crisp sound and generous comfort at a budget price point

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